Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Lakes Area Radio Theatre accepts script submissions from writers

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Lakes Area Radio Theatre accepts script submissions from writers. Your original radio plays can be in any genre. Please see below for further guidelines regarding scripts.

Format Your script must be in a radio play format which differs from stage plays and screenplays. There are no stage directions, visual cues, lighting directions. The scripts should include easily discernible audio cues such as dialogue, sound effects (sfx), and music cues. Number the pages and number the lines starting over with 1 on each page for the lines.

Content We ask that content be suitable for all ages and family friendly. If you include innuendo and/or adult humor, please keep in mind some “children’s shows” which appealed to adults as well: Rocky and Bullwinkle, Fractured Fairytales, and the like. We broadcast our shows on a growing network of radio stations.

Length Lakes Area Radio Theatre has a 30 minute broadcast space to fill every other week. Plays can be 29-31 minutes in length. Script lengths are in the range of 5000 +/- words.
We will accept scripts for single shows
We will accept scripts that would run for 2 installments
We will accept a series of shorter plays which fill 30 minutes

Fame Not Fortune We pay a royalty fee of $30 per half hour of entertainment. This is based on input from radio script playwrights from around the USA as well as a BBC radio script writer.

Royalty Agreement If we accept and use your script, we will send you a writer’s agreement. This agreement will grant us the right to produce the script; it will grant us the right to reproduce as many copies of the script as needed to produce the script; it will grant us the broadcasting and rebroadcasting rights to the taped production (radio and podcasts); the writer retains all rights to their original and/or adapted work.

Return Policy We may not take the opportunity to use your script. There could be a number of reasons for this such as its length, content not deemed suitable for our audience, or just that we believe it needs more work. We will try to give feedback so that writers can edit and resubmit their work.

Script Submission We accept hard copies and electronic copies of scripts. Electronic copies are preferred.

Please send them to: 
 Kent Garlinghouse, 
Script Director Lakes Area Radio Theatre 
2214 Geneva Road NE Alexandria, MN 56308

lakesareatheatre@gmail.com

Thank you! If you have further questions, please contact us.

Applause Theatre & Cinema Books is looking for material



Applause Theatre & Cinema Books is looking for material for the following three books, edited by Lawrence Harbison: 
One on One: Contemporary Monologues for Kids Ages 7-15,
Duo! The Best Scenes for Kids Ages 7-15, and 
25 10-Minute Plays for Kids.

1. Monologues/scenes from plays (which don’t necessarily have to have been produced) but will consider material written for these books

2. Monologues should be two to three minutes long and scenes should be three to five minutes long

3. For the ten minute play book, the characters should be in the same age range as the monologue/scene books

4. For the monologues, include a descriptive blurb containing name/age of character, to whom he/she is speaking and the dramatic context and for scenes, include a descriptive blurb containing name/ages of characters and the dramatic context

Monologues/scenes/10-minute plays may be sent to Lawrence Harbison.

Submissions will be accepted until April 1, 2015.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Nick Darke Award

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Following Nick Darke’s death the Nick Darke Award was conceived by his wife, the artist and film maker Jane Darke, with the support of his family.

Writers are asked to submit work on an environmental theme in recognition of Nick’s lifelong commitment to this issue. The word environmental may however be broadly interpreted (see www.falmouth.ac.uk/nickdarkeaward for previous winners’ work).

The award is presented each year to a writer for work that pursues an environmental theme within one of the following three disciplines: — Stage play — Screenplay (feature film or short film) — Radio play 

Nick Darke wrote in many forms but earned his living in the world of theatre, screen and radio. As this award is intended to contribute financially to the life of a writer, the award is in one of these disciplines. With the opportunity to win £6,000 and open to all writers, this competition provides the time to write that financial support facilitates.

In the first instance applicants should outline the form of their idea (theatre, radio play, feature film, short film), pitch it in 25 words or less and then outline the story idea in 750 words, suggesting character, plot and structure.

They should also submit 20 pages which are representative of their work; this can be from an existing or new piece of work.

The submissions will be read by a group of readers who will produce a long list for the Longlist Committee. The Longlist Committee will reduce the submissions to a final shortlist of eight for the judges. The winner is announced in October.

The awarded is solely funded by Falmouth University through the Falmouth Graduate School, which offers postgraduate courses (MA and MFA) and research degrees (MPhil and PhD) and supports the wider environment for research and advanced scholarship at the University. www.falmouth.ac.uk/graduate-school

Submission form in PDF format.

Theatre Conspiracy New Play Contest

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Submission fee waived for members of the Dramatists Guild.
17TH ANNUAL NEW PLAY CONTEST Theatre Conspiracy will be accepting submissions for its Seventeenth Annual New Play Contest between November 2014 and March 30, 2015. All works submitted will be read and judged by a panel of qualified theatre teachers, directors and performers.

Script Parameters: Work submitted to the contest must be a full length play with seven actors or less and have simple to moderate technical demands. Plays having up to three previous productions are welcome. No musicals, we are a tone deaf theatre company!.

Remuneration: First place: $700.00 and full production. However, it is our goal to produce more than one entry each year.

Submission Guidelines: 1. Send complete script to Theatre Conspiracy Inc. 10091 McGregor Blvd. Ft. Myers, FL 33919 or send via e-mail totcnewplaycontest@gmail.com

2: Include Biography of the Playwright and character breakdown.

3: If you would like to have the script returned include SASE. If not include an SASE for results.

4: Include a non-refundable administrative fee of $5.00. Make checks payable to Theatre Conspiracy (DO NOT MAIL CASH). Entry fee waived for members of The Dramatists Guild (Please provide proof of membership).

5. Deadline for submissions is postmark date of March 30, 2015. Please do not spend $20 to overnight or second day your script! Save your money!!!!

6. One entry per playwright per year please. Send your best script.

Contact: Bill Taylor: Artistic Director 239-936-3239

Sunday, March 1, 2015

HBO Seeks Diverse, Emerging Writers for HBOAccess Writing Fellowship

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HBO has announced the launch of the HBOAccess Writing Fellowship which will begin accepting applications on March 4, 2015. The program will give emerging writers from diverse backgrounds an opportunity to attend a week of master classes held at the HBO campus in Santa Monica, California focusing on character and story development, pitching ideas and projects, securing an agent, and networking. Each participant will then enter into an 8-month writing phase where he/she will be paired with an HBO development executive and guided through the script development process. At the conclusion of the program, HBO will hold a reception and staged reading for industry professionals where the writers will be introduced to the entertainment industry.

The HBOAccess Writing Fellowship is open to diverse and female writers 21 and older who must be able to work in the US. Prior to the application, the writer must NOT have been staffed on a network or cable series in excess of 13 episodes and/or had more than one feature film or more than two plays produced.

All submissions must be made through the online portal, Without A Box, and will require a resume, a writing sample, a completed release form and a personal essay in 500 words or less explaining how his/her background has influenced his/her storytelling. For more information on eligibility, visithttps://www.withoutabox.com/03film/03t_fin/03t_fin_fest_01over.php?festival_id=13830.

GENERAL RULES

What is the submission process?

Candidates are required to supply the following:
• Without A Box Application
• Resume or Bio
• Original Material – ½ hour or 1 hour teleplay, play, screenplay
• Answer to the personal statement prompt
• Agree to terms and conditions

Who is eligible to apply?
Any diverse writer, 21 or over, who meets the application requirements.

What is the definition of diversity?
For the purposes of the HBOACCESS program, diversity is defined as those who identify as any of the following: Asian Pacific American, Sub-Continent Asian American, African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Middle Eastern, and/or women.

Are there any guidelines on who can apply?
Yes, applicants may have previously served as staff writer for up to 13 episodes. They should not have more than 1 feature film released by a studio, independently or shown in major film festivals. Or had 2 plays produced on or off Broadway.

What kind of material should I submit?
Submissions must be original 1/2 hour or 1 hour teleplay, screenplay or play. 
No short stories, novels, graphic novels, or blogs will be accepted. No spec material will be accepted.

What is the personal statement prompt?
How has your background influenced the stories you want to tell?

Can writing teams apply?
Yes, teams can apply, however no more than 2 people can constitute a team.

When does the application process open?
March 4, 2015.

Can I still apply if I am represented by an agent or manager?
Yes, you are still eligible to apply.

Are there any costs to the candidates?
No, it is free of charge.

Is the program open only to those interested in television?
This program is for those who would like to work in hour and half hour series television.

Who are the mentors?
Each participant will be paired with a creative executive from HBO Entertainment, HBO Films, or Cinemax.

When will interviews be held?
May-June 2015.

Will I have to submit a second sample?
Yes, but only if you are chosen to advance to final round interviews.

Will I have to pitch an idea?
Anyone chosen to advance to final round interviews will be asked to come prepared to pitch the idea which will be developed during the 8 month mentorship. Concepts can be for either a ½ hour comedy for HBO or 1 hour drama suitable for HBO or Cinemax.

Can I pitch more than 1 idea?
Yes, you may pitch up to 3 ideas.

What days/times will the Master Classes take place?
The classes will take place August 17-21 at the HBO offices in Santa Monica from 10am to 5pm.

Will HBO pay for travel and lodging?
HBO will provide a small stipend to those selected. However, all participants in the program will be responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.

Must I be a U.S. citizen in order to apply?
No, however you must have a right-to-work permit prior to applying to the program. This is not eligible for VISA sponsorship.

Can HBO employees apply?
Those who work for HBO directly are ineligible for the program.

Write a ten-minute play about an endangered species

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GUIDELINES

Go to the World Wildlife Fund worldwildlife.org/species or CITES cites.org/eng/gallery/species/index.html and choose one or more species (Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish, Flora & Fauna, or Invertebrates). The species must be integral to the plot, not just mentioned. Astonish the audience with the magnificence of the species – take us on an adventure – make us laugh, make us cry, make us weep if they're gone – motivate the audience to save them!

8-10 plays will be selected for a Staged Reading at a California theatre, with an award of $100 USD for each play. Multiple playwrights/Translators on a single play will divide the award equally (unless they request a different division). The audiences’ “ticket” will be a donation to a specified non-profit Wildlife Conservancy. There is No Entry Fee.

Entries must be received by midnight November 30, 2015.

Winners and Finalists will be announced by May 31, 2016 via e-mail and on the SES website. One submission per playwright. Plays must be in English, or have been translated into English. SES does not offer critiques.

Plays may be Comedic, Dramatic, or for Young Audiences (performed by adult actors). No adaptations or musicals. Maximum 4 actors – no elaborate props, swinging trapezes, or flaming torches, please.

Playwrights must hold the copyright. Legal clearance of materials not in public domain is the playwright's responsibility. Previously produced plays are accepted, published plays are not. Playwrights are obligated to inform SES if their play becomes published after submission. Plays with any contractual commitments, which restricts SES in any way, are not accepted. SES reserves the right to decide what is restrictive.

Include on the Title page: your Name, Address, Phone Number and e-mail – On the 2nd page: Cast List, Location/Time; Name of the Species; CITES Appendix I, II, or III; and any Playwright’s Notes/Glossaries.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR PLAY

Electronic submissions please

Submit the full script as an e-mail attachment (Word Doc. or pdf format) to Nikki Harmon sesprize@yahoo.com

Put your Name; Contact info; Name of the Endangered Species in the body of the e-mail. In the subject line put “SCRIPT SUBMISSION” and the “Title of your Play”

If you have any problems sending your script let us know - we'll figure it out. sesquestions@yahoo.com

SES reserves the right to cancel the competition if not enough plays meet the mandate and artistic caliber required for presentation. If canceled, an announcement will be made via e-mail and on the website.

All winning playwrights are invited to the Staged Reading. Travel and accommodations are not included in the Prize.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Hit & Run IX call for 10-minute plays

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Stage Left Theater, of Spokane, WA is pleased to announce its call for comedic scripts for Hit & Run IX, a staged reading of short plays in November.

*What? 10-minute plays (12 page maximum)

*One script only. It must be a comedy.

*Please don’t send scripts submitted in previous years.

*Playwrights can be from anywhere, but plays must be in English.

*Standard play format preferred.

*There are no restrictions on content, but our audiences prefer more family-friendly fare.

*Deadline: May 1, 2015

Notification: September

Submission procedure:

1. Send the full script with a title page with your contact information, a synopsis and character breakdown, and a short bio. Include all the information in one document. The document should be labeled the play’s name_your last name (i.e. Hamlet_Shakespeare).

2. E-mail your script as a Microsoft Word document or PDF to sandrah@spokanestageleft.org. The subject line should include your name and the title of the play.

Fee? None. No payment to writers as this is an all-volunteer event.

Questions? Contact Hit & Run coordinator Sandra Hosking at sandrah@spokanestageleft.org.

Thank you and we look forward to reading your work.

Discount tickets: CLINTON THE MUSICAL & HUNTER GATHERERS

NYCPlaywrights has discounts for two shows - see below for details.

We are also offering a pair of tickets to each of these shows - through the NYCPlaywrights mailing list - join the mailing list here.


Clinton The Musical
New World Stages / Stage 4
340 West 50th Street
Performances begin March 25th
ClintonTheMusical.com

Starring Kerry Butler (as Hillary Rodham Clinton), Tom Galantich (as WJ Clinton), 
Duke Lafoon (as Billy Clinton) and Judy Gold (as Eleanor Roosevelt)

 “Ribald and entertaining!  Clinton The Musical is every bit as outrageous as you might think.
- The National Review

If President William Jefferson Clinton behaved like two different people—one moment noble, the next naughty—that’s because he was! Clinton The Musical explores the two very different sides of the 42nd President of the United States: “WJ,” the wholesome, intelligent one, and “Billy,” the randy, shameless one. With Hillary (Rodham) Clinton at their side, the two will handle issues from The White House to
Whitewater, and in the process make history. Maybe. You cannot miss this Hillary-ous new musical and outrageous double Bill!

Advance Sale Student Offer:

$49* (reg. $75-$95)

THREE EASY WAYS TO REDEEM:

1- ONLINE: Visit TelechargeOffers.com and use code CTSTU49

2- PHONE: Call 212-947-8844 and mention code CTSTU49

3- IN PERSON: Print this discount or display this page from your device and bring to: New World Stages - 340 West 50th Street 

Please Note: $30.00 Student Rush Tickets Available at the Box Office on the day of the performance only –
Limit 2 tickets per valid ID - Cash only - Subject to availability.

*Not valid for 4/9/15. Additional blackout dates may apply. Schedule and cast subject to change. Offer subject to availability. All prices include a $2.00 facility fee. Normal service charges apply to online and phone orders. No exchanges or refunds. All sales final. Cannot be combined with other offers. Not valid for prior purchases. Limit 10 tickets per order. Offer may be revoked at any time.

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HUNTER GATHERERS
Duo Theatre
62 East 4th Street
Limited Engagement March 3rd - 28th!

HUNTER GATHERERS is a pitch black comedy that begins with one couple’s annual dinner get-together with best friends. The evening begins with an animal sacrifice that quickly descends into more sex, violence, deception, wrestling, and dancing than at previous parties. It’s an ominously comic evening where the line between civilized and primal man is blurred, and where not everyone will survive long enough to enjoy the brownies for desert.

STARRING: Emily Dahlke, Joseph W. Rodriguez, Megan O’Leary and John Russell

Special Offers: $18 (reg. $35)

TO REDEEM:
ONLINE: Visit SmartTix.com and use code YOUNGCARL
PHONE: Call 212-868-4444 and mention code YOUNGCARL

RESTRICTIONS: Seating is general admission.  Subject to availability. Not valid on prior purchase.
Offer cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions.  Additional blackout dates and restrictions may apply. 
No refunds or exchanges. Offer may be revoked at any time. 

PlayFest 2015

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PlayFest (Fall, 2015) is seeking new full-length plays that speak to the human condition in our fascinating and complicated contemporary world. We are interested in plays exploring important, challenging, and crucial social issues that affect our lives today.

Topics can range from today’s international headlines to tonight's interpersonal issues in the bedroom. Both comedies and dramas are welcome.

The PlayFest weekend of staged readings is a direct pipeline to our Signature Series, our fully produced mainstage series. We prefer plays that require six actors or less, but will certainly make exceptions for exceptional work. One man or one woman shows are welcome. We want strong, dynamic, compelling stories told with an original voice and a
potent theatricality.

In order to qualify for PlayFest a play must:

1. NOT have received more than two professional AEA productions
2. NOT have received a Broadway or Off-Broadway production
3. NOT have received Orlando production in current form
4. NOT be published for general distribution with the rights held by the Publisher

We will select six new works to be presented as readings. Playwrights will receive a stipend, travel and housing expenses. We will provide directors, actors, assistant directors, stage direction readers and stage managers. In addition to possible consideration for our Signature Series, some plays may go on to be fully produced at the University of Central Florida as part of our partnership with UCF.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES – PLEASE FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES!
At this time we are not looking for full scripts. We are asking for a simpler initial submission.

Submissions must include:

  • Cover letter
  • Bio/résumé
  • A one-page synopsis
  • Ten pages of dialogue from the play (any ten pages)
  • A character breakdown (with potential doubling)
  • Your mailing address, email address and direct phone number on the cover letter


Please do not send full scripts until requested to do so. Mail submissions via regular mail to:

Mark Routhier, Director of New Play Development
PlayFest
Orlando Shakespeare Theater
812 East Rollins St. Suite 100
Orlando, FL 32803

Email submissions will not be accepted.

Initial submission deadline for PlayFest 2015 is March 2, 2015.

If you wish to be notified of receipt of your submission, please include a SAS POSTCARD with the name of your play written on it. Otherwise you will only hear from us if we would like to see a full script.

Thank you!

Cupcake Lady Productions seeks bad plays


Send us the best of your worst work! Dig through the trash and find the most terrible play you have every written. We want the most absurd, out of context, inconsistent pieces of theater possible. Clunky dialogue, offensive language without redeeming value, and wildly implausible scenarios are all pluses.

Send us one of the short plays – or an inexplicable scene from a longer play – that you scrapped ages ago (10 minutes or less), or come up with something awful right now.

Come to the show: we will be performing the five (5) finalists, which we will officially announce that night! Our carefully selected judges and an audience poll will rate the plays, and we’ll award the winner (loser?) with a very special PRIZE at the end of the night!

NOTE: Limit to only one play submission per person, so be sure to pick the best of your worst work.

Submit YOUR worst short play to CupcakeLadyProductions@gmail.com by Sunday, March 15th, 2015.

ADIRONDACK PLAYS SEEKING NEW PLAYS FOR 6 ANTHOLOGIES

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Adirondack Plays is a publishing company with a mission: Connect theater groups with new plays relevant for the 21st century. Adirondack Plays publishes anthologies of new plays so that artistic directors can easily find plays for their particular needs.

We are publishing six anthologies this fall and are searching for new plays of any length that fit in the anthology topic areas. Considered plays can be unproduced of have a long production history; full-length, one-act or shorter; dramas or comedy – but not musicals. Plays submitted by May 15, 2015 will receive full consideration.

Adirondack Plays will pay royalties to the authors based on sales of the anthology. Playwrights retain all the rights with the plays for productions and for future publication.

Adirondack Plays does not publish single editions of plays, all submitted plays must fit into one of the following anthologies:

· Mostly Female - Community Theater throughout the country have the same problem -- more actresses than actors. While most plays have more male than female characters. This anthology will have plays -- both full-length and one-acts -- which have more roles for women (or non-gender specific roles).

· Social Justice - Plays with a cause. The Social Justice anthology will feature plays concerning race, feminism, poverty, wealth inequality, immigration or other issues of social justice.

· LGBTQ - The LGBTQ Anthology will focus on the issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and questioning individuals in the 21st century. All types of plays are welcome including romantic comedies, serious drama and everything in between. The only requirement is that non-heterosexuals are the main characters.

· Black Box - Black box plays have very basic technical arrangements, such as limited sets, simple lighting effects, and an intimate focus on the story, writing, and performances rather than technical elements. Plays for Fringe festivals and other experimental theater are encouraged.

· High School One Acts - One act plays are popular for high schools to get more drama students the opportunity to perform. One act plays are also often used in competitions. For this anthology, we are looking one act plays that are appropriate for high schools, meaning no sex and minimal violence. Note: characters are not limited to high school age.

· For Churches - Church theaters are in need of high-quality plays. Adirondack Plays for Churches will focus on plays with messages of love, forgiveness and generosity. Plays do not have to be specifically Christian, but should not contain vulgar language or sexual innuendo. In addition to full-length and one-acts, shorter plays that can be incorporated into worship services will also be accepted.

For more information or to submit a play for consideration please visit http://plays.adirondack-inc.com



Friday, February 27, 2015

Manhattan Repertory Theatre is seeking new, never produced before plays

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40 minutes - 120 minutes

for our SPRING PLAY SERIES

April 17 - June 28, 2015

Bring your never produced before play to life at Manhattan Rep for a minimum of two performances!

Our Spring Play Series includes:

2 performances at Manhattan Rep this Spring (more if you play is selling well.)

Over 12 hours of rehearsal time on the Manhattan Rep stage

3 hours tech, 3 hours Dress rehearsal, and 6 hours of straight rehearsal time in the theatre

Weekly development discussions if you wish with Artistic Director Ken Wolf, with help with casting, direction, the best way to set up a production from the start, how to make important cuts to your play, how to better structure your play, team building and more.

If you have written a play and you feel you want some support developing it and bringing it to production, as opposed to being flung onto the stage like at so many NYC festivals, our play development series is for you!

There is no cost for our Spring Development Series, but there is a $300 refundable security deposit which secures the space from damage, and secures an average of 13 audience members per performance for a total of 26 over two performances.

Our Spring Play Series at Manhattan Rep is by invitation only.


To submit please email:

A brief introduction with detailed information about yourself and your work, the complete first rehearsal draft of your play a synopsis of the play, the running time of the play, the set and lighting requirements, the playʼs history, (readings, when it was written, etc etc.) your mailing address, and a creative team leader contact email address to: manhattanrep@yahoo.com

By Thursday March 19, 2015.

Please put “SPRING PLAY SERIES" in the subject heading.

You will be considered on a first - come first-served basis.

The earlier you submit, the better your chances of being accepted into the series. If we fill up all production development positions early on, we will end submissions. Once submitted, we will get back to you within one week as to your acceptance.

There is no submission fee.

NON-EQUITY ONLY.

For more information: www.manhattanrep.com


If you have any questions about anything, feel free to write us at: manhattanrep@yahoo.com

9Thirty Theatre Company submission guidelines

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9Thirty Theatre Company (9TTC) accepts submissions from March to May each season. Please note that due to our small staff we are unable to respond to submissions that are not accepted. Please adhere to the guidelines below. Send submissions in either a .doc or .pdf format to Submissions@9ttc.org. In respect of our commitment to the environment please do not mail submissions to our office.


Guidelines

9TTC produces works that incorporate environmental issues as part of the part, characters, or theme. We are uniquely dedicated to Eco Theatre, connecting humanity and nature, in various forms.

We accept original one acts, and full length plays and musicals.

We do not accept one-person shows, children's shows, screenplays, or works without environmental themes. 9Thirty Theatre Company also does not produce works that have already been produced in New York City.

To have your work considered, please submit the following as one file:
• cover letter, including your contact information
• brief synopsis of piece (500 words or less)
• character descriptions
• 20 page dialogue sample
• brief production history of the work (if applicable)
• bio for yourself and any other collaborators
• if submitting a musical, please include at least 3 recorded demo tracks

To be considered for 9TTC's all submissions must be received by midnight on May 31st.


For Visual Artists

We are accepting pieces for display in our lobby at performances, from visual artists of all mediums whose work is in concert with our mission. This may include art made from found objects, sustainable materials, non-toxic and eco-friendly products, etc.

About Project Proposals

Please include the project name, history and plan of action, project description (please include what your work is exploring or a synopsis), and any research you have done.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Submission Call from Theatre Nova in Ann Arbor

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Deadline: March 31, 2015

Theatre Nova in Ann Arbor, Michigan is a brand new, 501C3 non profit theatre launching its first season this year. We focus on new works and most of our season is filled, but another part of our mission is to produce playwrights of color that write stories for actors of color in non-stereotypical roles. This means we do not want to read another play about segregation in the 1960's or another play about Cesar Chavez or another play about 911. We do NOT want actors of color playing drug dealers, criminals, terrorists or slaves. Consider ways in which we can present the experiences of people of color in a way that is universal and speaks about the human condition more than stereotypes or historical conflicts. LGBT characters are greatly appreciated as well. 

For this particular submission, we are accepting full-length plays from writers of color (male or female) with strong, three dimensional roles for actors of color (though there can be white characters in the play as well).  Think of Gina Rodriguez's golden globe speech "This award represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes." Because we are a new theatre, we can have no more than 5 characters in the cast. 

Please include: 
     In the body of the email. 
-A Synopsis 
-A Character Breakdown (include races and ages of characters)
-Set Requirements
-Brief Description of how this play promotes actors of color in a non-stereotypical manner. 

    As an attachment 
-20 page sample of script (any section that shows the best work) 
-Full Script (both as separate attachments. 


Any submissions that do not follow the requirements above will be discarded. We will only respond if we are interested in pursuing your script. Please do not ask if we received your submission or send any other unsolicited follow through. 

Email all requirements to RomanTeachesDrama@gmail.com


Best wishes!  

Theatre Southwest Festival of Originals

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Submissions for the Theatre Southwest Festival of Originals are being accepted now thru April 1, 2015.

Five twenty-minute plays will be chosen to play simultaneously. There will be five separate directors and five separate casts. These are not staged readings, but fully produced plays. Plays chosen will show a diverse selection of theatre. There are no prohibited subjects or themes - light comedies, satires, dark comedies, dramas, mysteries, thrillers, etc. are all welcome.

Below are the submission guidelines:
  • Playwrights may submit up to 2 plays for consideration. 
  • All entries should be UNPUBLISHED material. 
  • All entries may NOT have been PRODUCED within a 100 mile radius of Houston, Texas. 
  • All Genres are accepted (Comedies are encouraged). 
  • Monologues or one actor/character plays are NOT accepted. 
  • Plays should be 20 minutes in length (give or take a minute or two). 
  • While there is no maximum limit as to cast size or set requirements, COMMON SENSE should be used, keeping in mind that five different plays will be produced in one night. 
  • Number all pages of the scripts. 
  • Hard copies of scripts must be submitted by U.S. Postal mail ONLY. Emailed PDF files will not be considered. 
  • Scripts should be bound either in a folder with brads, or by the use of a single staple in the upper left hand corner. 
  • Please use Times New Roman, Courier or Arial fonts. 
  • Be sure to include ALL contact information (phone number, email address, and physical address) on the title page of the script. 
  • Include a list of all characters in the play, with a brief character description. 
  • Include a one paragraph summary of the play. 
  • Scripts can not be returned. 
One hundred dollars will be awarded to ALL selected playwrights.
There is NO entry fee.

Scripts should be mailed to:

Theatre Southwest
8944 Clarkcrest
Houston, Texas 77063
Attn: TSW-FOO

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Vignettes for the Apocalypse

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Award-winning company, EndTimes Productions, is now accepting submissions for its 7th Edition of Vignettes for the Apocalypse, New York’s oldest and largest Sci-fi/Horror themed theater festival. 

This year’s program will consist of two full-length plays, and three short play collections, to be presented at The Times Square Arts Center, Stage 2, 6/8-6/21, 2015. 

All submissions should fall within the horror, suspense, or sci-fi genre. 

The festival awards “The Serlings”, are determined by popular vote, with the author of the winning short play receiving $200. 

The author of each full-length will receive a $100 honorarium. 

Because we generally choose one comedy and one drama from amongst the full-lengths, awards are not given in the full-length category. 

We are also accepting radio plays for the launch of a horror/sci-fi themed podcast, to coincide with the festival. 

If you are submitting a radio play, please include, “Radio Play” in the e-mail subject line. 

Multiple submissions from the same author will be accepted, but please send each submission in a separate e-mail. Deadline for submissions is 3/21/15

Please send submissions to: submissions@endtimesproductions.com

27th Annual JETFest

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FEES:
$15 non-refundable submission fee.
This fee will be waived for members of the Dramatists Guild. 
How to join the Dramatists Guild

For those submitting digitally – the $15 fee cannot be waived, and may be mailed separately or processed by contacting the theatre.

ELIGIBILITY:
Entry must be a full length original work or adaptation with a minimum running time of 85 minutes that has not been published prior to the festival in 2016. Cast size of 7 or less is preferred. Staged readings/workshop productions are not disqualifying factors.

ENTRIES ACCEPTED:
Submissions will be accepted January 1 through June 30, 2015 (checked by postmark or time stamp).

SCRIPTS:
Submit a blind copy of your script, securely bound, typed in standard play format, with pages numbered. Include a list of characters/descriptions, scene breakdown, and a brief synopsis of your play. Your script(s) should be accompanied by a cover letter, including playwright contact information (name, address, phone number, e-mail address) and resume. Musicals must include a demo CD. If applicable, also submit a photocopy of your Dramatists Guild membership card.

The acceptable electronic format is an Adobe PDF file.

Please note that entries that do not comply with our guidelines will not be accepted. If you would like your script returned, please include a SASE. Script evaluations will not be provided.

CONSENT:
The playwright gives the Jewish Ensemble Theatre permission to photocopy scripts for reading/ production purposes. Should your script be selected as one of the 4 finalists, you are encouraged to attend the two readings and talkbacks.

The four finalists award the Jewish Ensemble Theatre the option to produce any of the finalist plays as part of its main stage season. Finalists must acknowledge the Jewish Ensemble Theatre if/when script is published.

AWARDS:
Each of the four finalists will receive a $500 honorarium. No other expenses will be paid.

SELECTION PROCESS:
Each entry is guaranteed a minimum of 2 evaluations. The committee narrows down the entries to 15 – 20, which are then read by the entire committee who selects the 4 finalists.

NOTIFICATION:
Finalists will be notified no later than December, 2015.

SUBMIT TO:
Mail: Jewish Ensemble Theatre
Jet Fest
6600 West Maple Rd.,
West Bloomfield, MI 48322.

Email: c.bremer@jettheatre.org

QUESTIONS:
Contact:
Christopher Bremer, Executive Director
c.bremer@jettheatre.org
248.788.2900

INDEMNIFICATION:
The Playwright/Submitter agrees (by submission) to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the Jewish Ensemble Theatre, its Adjudicators, Board of Directors and volunteers from any and all damages, liability, and claims, arising from the submission, production or elimination/disqualification of their submitted work.

FADE TO BLACK PLAY FESTIVAL seeks 10-minute plays

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Script submissions will be accepted from Sunday, February 1, 2015 until Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

The theme and subject matters of the work is open to the playwright's imagination.
Local Houston directors and actors are encouraged to participate.
Selected playwrights will be contacted no later than Friday, May 1, 2015.
There is no fee to submit.

Winner will be awarded a cash prize of $100.00.
  • To qualify for consideration, the scripts must conform to the following guidelines: 
  • Must be an original, unpublished work written by an African American playwright. 
  • Must be no longer than 10 minutes. 
  • Should accommodate a “bare-stage” set requiring only a minimun of removable stage props and require basic lighting and sound cues. 
To submit:

Complete the script submissions form. See www.FadeToBlackFest.com

Email pdf of original work to: submissions@wmgellc.com
Email header should read: Submission: Fade to Black. Include your name and the name of the play.

On the front page of your script include your name, contact information, title of the play as well as any character descriptions.

Only three (3) scripts are allowed per playwright.
All applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Free theater at Loyal University Chicago


The Queen's Speech

Saturday, March 14, 2015 7:30 PM

DESCRIPTION
The Queen's Speech is English professor Terry Boyle's contemporary re-telling of the Cain and Abel story, inspired by the form and content of the great Mystery Plays that developed in medieval Europe.  
In this modern interpretation of the original tale, Cain is still the marked man, marginalized by those from whom he seeks approval. Boyle adds psychological and comic force to the standard telling by representing the wandering Cain in the attire of a drag queen. Cain's monologue, interspersed by voices (ghosts of the past and present) continue to haunt a mind that is unraveling before our eyes, representing those who struggle with self-acceptance.

LOCATION
Klarchek Information Commons, Fourth Floor (click for map)
CONTACT
Terry Boyle tboyle1@luc.edu

EVENT COST
Free Admission

OPEN TO
This event has been marked as open to the public.

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MadLab Theater seeks full-length plays

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Send us your full length plays. Long one-acts, two-acts, three-acts if you think you have what it takes! We can take it, and...well...we want it. These will be considered for our regular theatre season (not for THEATRE ROULETTE, I repeat...not for THEATRE ROULETTE). Bring it on, playwrights. We want you! We need some length.

GENERAL INFORMATION

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

All submissions should be send to andy@madlab.net
Please put “MADLAB 2016 SEASON” in the subject line.
Submissions must arrive no later than April 1st, 2015.

WE ARE ONLY ACCEPTING 500 SUBMISSIONS.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

We are looking for plays that are a bit off the beaten path. Things that are different, edgy, strange, unique, etc. I think you get our drift here.

Though we are up for anything, ideally, scripts should be long one-acts (70-90 minutes) or two-act plays (100-120 minutes). If you have something else longer, please feel free to send it on.

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.

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 andy@madlab.net. Please put “MADLAB 2016 SEASON” in the subject line. If “MADLAB 2016 SEASON” 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.

MadLab pays a royalty of $200 + 10% of our box office for any playwright that is gracious enough to allow us to produce his/her work. We know this will not be anywhere near worth the time and effort you put into writing your play, but we are happy that every little bit helps.

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 Andy Batt atandy@madlab.net

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

Babes with Blades seek full-length plays


Babes With Blades Theatre Company is a Chicago-based company, currently celebrating its 17th season!


Our unique mission, using stage combat to place women and their stories center stage, is at the heart of this playwriting competition. "Joining Sword & Pen" is the international playwriting competition we founded in 2005 to increase the number of quality scripts featuring fighting roles for women - and the 2015 competition is now open!

Just the facts:

Submission Deadline: 2/27/15

Prize for winner: $1,000 and production of the script in 2016 as part of BWBTC's season

Basic Requirements (full list of requirements on our site: www.BabesWithBlades.org)

1 - Only FULL LENGTH submissions will be accepted: 75-120 minutes (at least 60 pages) in length.

2 - The moment depicted in the 'inspiration' images (http://babeswithblades.org/?page_id=46) must be dramatized in the play.

3 - Women must be in most/all of the primary roles. Women must be featured in most/all of the combat. (Mixed cast is allowed)

4 - All submissions must be new, original works, inspired by the contest’s topic

5 - Submission Guidelines (found at: http://babeswithblades.org/?page_id=2707) must be followed.

Additional Questions?

Visit our JS&P History page and JS&P FAQ page. After that, if you’re still flummoxed, please email swordandpen@babeswithblades.org and we’ll help you out!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Playwrights Revolution

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SCRIPT SUBMISSIONS FOR PLAYWRIGHTS’ REVOLUTION

Capital Stage presents professional area premieres of new and recent plays. We are currently seeking bold, innovative new works that inspire thought and dialogue.

Script submissions are accepted as follows:
Playwrights wishing to submit work should refer to our Playwrights’ Revolution submission deadlines and criteria below

Agents may send full-length manuscripts via email to: literarymanager@capstage.org
or
Literary Manager
Capital Stage
2220 J Street #8
Sacramento, CA 95816

PLAYWRIGHT’S REVOLUTION 2015

Description

As Sacramento’s leader of bold, thought-provoking theatre, Capital Stage created the Playwrights’ Revolution. This series of staged readings seeks to identify and develop exciting new plays and playwrights. These new works are brought to theatrical life through a series of staged readings performed by professional actors in Capital Stage’s intimate theatre. Capital Stage invites audiences to take part in the new play development process by attending readings and participating in post-reading discussion.


Qualifications

Capital Stage is particularly interested in plays that fulfill our mission to bring bold, thought-provoking work to the region. Plays must be full-length in any genre: comedy, drama, musical, etc. Translations, collections of one-acts, children’s plays and any play that has received a full-scale, professional production prior to submission are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading or non-professional production are still eligible. Only one submission per playwright is allowed each year.

The Selection Process

Capital Stage’s competitive selection process consists of two rounds of selection. All play excerpts submitted during the first round, averaging 200 submissions, are reviewed. Then, selected playwrights are asked to provide a full manuscript of their play. Finally, Capital Stage invites four to five playwrights to have their work included in Playwrights’ Revolution.

Please note that only full-length plays will be considered. Preference will be given to those plays that are aligned with Capital Stage’s mission to bring bold, thought-provoking work to our community.


How to Apply

Playwrights interested in submitting a play for consideration for Playwrights’ Revolution 2015 should send the following to Capital Stage, Attn: Literary Management, 2215 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95816:
  • Your contact information; 
  • A concise paragraph stating your previous playwriting credits; 
  • Title of the play; 
  • Character breakdown and description; 
  • Time and place of the play; 
  • Synopsis; and 
  • A ten page sample of the play. 

2015 Deadlines

Capital Stage is accepting submissions from January 1, 2015 through March 1, 2015. Local, national, and international playwrights are encouraged to submit.

Suncor Energy Stage One Festival

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Submissions for 2014/2015

Each year, with the generous support of Suncor, Lunchbox Theatre is able to workshop scripts through the Suncor Energy Stage One Festival. All chosen playwrights receive dramaturgical support, a workshop with a professional director and actors and either a closed or public reading, depending on the stage development.

Lunchbox Theatre is currently inviting playwrights to submit one-act plays for consideration. All plays must eventually run approximately 50 minutes.

Submissions are not limited to comedies and musicals but content should be suitable for Lunchbox Theatre audiences – excessive use of foul language or nudity may limit the possibility of production.

Who Can Apply?

Anyone is allowed to apply.

All applications should include:

• Playwright’s resume
• History of any development the script has received thus far
• Premise of the play
• Plot outline for the basic structure of the play
• Minimum of 15 pages of script for the piece being submitted

2014-2015 Deadline: February 28, 2015

Please submit applications in hard copy form to:

Suncor Energy Stage One Submissions
Lunchbox Theatre
160 115 9 Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2G 0P5

If you have any questions, or for more information, please contact Artistic Producer, Mark Bellamy at mark.bellamy@lunchboxtheatre.com.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Gulfport Community Players (Gulfport, Florida) seeking original one-act plays

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The Gulfport Community Players (Gulfport, Florida) are seeking original one-act plays. Plays selected will be performed during the 15th Annual Summer One-Acts Festival being held July 9-19, 2015.

Playwrights are encouraged to submit family-friendly, 5-20 minute plays. Plays should be submitted between February 1 and March 15, 2015. The Players prefer light-hearted comedies and light drama. Scripts must be simple to stage and produce.

To enter the competition, send two non-returnable hard copies of the script to: Gulfport Community Players, 1619 49th Street S, Gulfport, FL 33707. Online submissions WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. The play reading committee will select between 8 and 10 plays. Playwrights will be notified by the end of April.

For additional information and submission guidelines, please visit www.GulfportCommunityPlayers.org/one-act-play-contest. For answers to specific questions, please email gulfportplayers@yahoo.com

Aspiring Playwrights Contest Sponsored by East Valley Children’s Theatre

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East Valley Children’s Theatre is searching for aspiring playwrights to become a part of the theatre’s future seasons of performances. Contest rules and prizes are listed below.

* All Plays must be submitted to EVCT no later than March 1, 2015
 (Must include a cover sheet with name, address, phone number, email address.)

* Plays must be suitable for children to perform for children.
(Small casts are not as likely to be chosen for performance, casts of 15 or more are preferred.)

* Plays must be one hour to one hour and a half in length. (Shorter plays may be submitted but they will not be considered for production by the theatre as one of its season’s productions.)

* Plays and Musicals must not have been previously performed. They must be original and unpublished.

* Musicals must include a copy of the music in some form, either
manuscript or recorded.

* No entry fee is required.

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* The first place entry will receive a $500 cash prize, a stipend for travel, and will be produced by East Valley Children’s Theatre in its upcoming season, if it meets all the criteria for performance. Second and third place winners will be announced and recognized.

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Send entries to:
East Valley Children’s Theatre
P.O. Box 20514
Mesa, AZ 85277-0514
Or email them to: Karen@evct.org
For more information or questions call EVCT at 480-756-3828.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

TAKE BACK THE ROM COM: Saturday, March 28 @8PM

The public reading of the plays selected for the TAKE BACK THE ROM COM project will be performed Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 8PM at the WorkShop Theater Company’s Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th Floor in Manhattan.
Admission is free, although we will be asking for $10 donations at the door. 
A web site will be posted soon with more details.

The Chameleon Theatre Circle's 16th Annual New Play Contest

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Rolling Submission Deadline: April 30, 2015

The Chameleon Theatre Circle (located in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota) is seeking original works that have never been produced. All styles and genres are welcomed (i.e. one-acts, musicals, full length dramas, etc.). The winning plays will be showcased in a concert-format festival in November 2015. All shows submitted will automatically be placed on the slate of shows in consideration for the 2016/2017 season by the Season Planning Committee.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
We are proud to announce that for the 16th consecutive year we are not charging a submission fee! To enter you must complete an entry form, and submit it along with three (3) copies of each script to the address below. We request that copies of the plays be printed double-sided to save on paper, mailing costs, and storage. Authors located outside the United States that might be interested in submitting their plays via email should contact us at jim@chameleontheatre.org. If you are submitting a musical, also include 3 copies of a CD of the music.

Do not bind any author identification with your scripts. We will distribute the scripts "blind" to our readers for complete objectivity. Include the show’s title on at least the first bound page. Once the winning scripts have been chosen, we will disclose the playwrights' identity to our readers (and the world).

We do not accept plays that have been previously produced. We do accept plays that have had workshops and other readings. Receipt of play(s) will be acknowledged by e-mail only upon request. Scripts are non-returnable.

As in past years, this year's contest will have multiple categories.

TEN-MINUTE PLAYS
Three to five winners will receive $25 each plus a reading at the New Play Festival. All short plays will be entered in this contest. Generally, scripts of about 15 pages or less will fall into this category.

ONE-ACT
One to three winners will receive $50 each plus a reading at the New Play Festival. Any play that can be joined with one or two other shows of similar length to make up a complete evening of theatre will be entered in this contest. Generally, scripts of about 20-60 pages will fall into this category.

FULL-LENGTH
One to two winners will receive $100 plus a reading at the New Play Festival. Any play that can constitute a complete evening of theatre will be entered in this contest. It is important to note that these shows can be one, two, or more acts, as long as it makes up a complete evening of theatre.

MUSICALS
If five or more musicals are submitted, the theatre reserves the right to create a "musical" category. Musicals are defined as any original play using original or rights permitted musical dialogue to further the story and/or the characters. Winners, if any, will be awarded a prize amount based on the length of the musical i.e. full-length, one-act, and 10-minute. In the absence of enough qualifying scripts, or if the theatre determines not to create an additional category, any musical will be entered into the appropriate category as defined above.

THEATRE-FOR-YOUTH
If five or more plays intended for and/or by youth are submitted, the theatre reserves the right to create a "theatre-for-youth" category. Theatre-for-youth plays are defined as any original play intended for young audiences, young participants, or both. Winners, if any, will be awarded a prize amount based on the length of the play i.e. full-length, one-act, and 10-minute. In the absence of enough qualifying scripts, or if the theatre determines not to create an additional category, any theatre-for-youth submission will be entered into the appropriate category as defined above.

OVERALL CONTEST WINNER/AUDIENCE FAVORITE WINNER
At the theatre's discretion, we reserve the right to designate or not designate an "Overall Contest Winner" from any category and an "Audience-Favorite Winner" from any category at the conclusion of the New Play Festival. No additional prize money is awarded, just bragging rights.

Each playwright may submit up to two plays in any combinations. Please submit three (3) copies of each script (and CDs for musicals) and the required entry form(s) by April 30, 2015 (in hand, not postmarked by) to:

The Chameleon Theatre Circle
16th Annual New Play Contest
7287 153rd St W # 240069
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Note: This is a rolling deadline. Any plays submitted after this date will be considered for the following year's contest.

Writers wanted for cemetery tour

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Writers are wanted for the Annual Cemetery Tour, a collaboration of the Chapman Historical Museum & The Glens Falls (NY) Community Theater


1. Write one or more scripts for the cemetery tour, using notes provided by the Chapman.

2. Notes will be ready in April; final scripts are due by June 30, 2015.

3. Scripts should be 7 to 8 minutes in length.

4. Scripts can be a monologue or a dialogue – the second person can be another family member, friend or business partner.

5. The writing is on a volunteer basis; if selected, you will be recognized in the program.

6. Note: the 2015 Cemetery Tour will take place on September 26, 2015 at the Pineview Cemetery on Quaker Road in Queensbury.



HOW TO APPLY (AUDITION)

1. Contact John Muller to get a writing packet – phone: 480-3115 email: johncharlesmuller@gmail.com

2. The writing packet will contain biographical notes on one person who is going to be portrayed in this year’s tour.

3. Write a script and submit it to John Muller by March 15, 2015.

4. Indicate how many scripts you are willing to write (there will be 7 total).

5. We are looking for scripts to be accurate, lively, educational and engaging.

6. All scripts will be reviewed by a committee and writers for this year’s program will be selected by the end of March and assignments made at that time.

7. If you have any questions, contact either John Muller (see above), or Kim Harvish, educator at the Chapman Museum: phone 793-2826, or educator@chapmanmuseum.org.

Fresh Fruit 2015

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SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR Fresh Fruit 2015. READ BELOW FOR DETAILS ABOUT THE FESTIVAL AND CHECK BACK FOR FUTURE UPDATES AND COPIES OF SUBMISSION FORMS!

All Out Arts is now accepting submissions for the 13th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival, New York City’s grassroots, multidisciplinary international festival of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer arts and culture. A cornucopia of various forms of artistic expression, the festival will occur July 6-19 at The Wild Project in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Entries are accepted through March 22, 2015. Thanks to the generosity of New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and others, there are no submission fees for early applicants, and no performance fees are required.

The Fresh Fruit Festival’s goal is to present the whole spectrum of LGBTQ lives as expressed through Performance Art, Dance, Theatre, Video, Film, Spoken Word, Graphic Arts, Music & various other forms of artistic expression.

Submissions in all artistic disciplines & lengths are considered for presentation as long as they highlight or showcase a spectrum of the LGBTQ experience, and are finished, self-produced shows.

The Festival provides AEA-approved performance venues & insurance, marketing & publicity assistance, ticketing services, professional theater staff (logistics manager; a light or sound technician; front of house), repertory lighting plot & sound system, networking events & more!

Early Submission Deadline: February 22, 2015 (No Submission Fee)
Final Deadline: March 22, 2015 ($25 Late Fee)

Process: The application form must be completed entirely on-line, so we recommend that you download a blank copy of the form and notes HERE to prepare answers in advance. Please read the info sheets along with it to get a better idea of how the Festival works. When you are ready, go to the online application below:

ONLINE APPLICATION FORM

Helen McCloy Scholarship

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What Is It? The Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship for Mystery Writing seeks to nurture talent in mystery writing—in fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting.

Who May Apply? The scholarship is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents only. Membership in Mystery Writers of America is not required to apply. The McCloy Scholarship is intended for serious aspiring mystery writers who wish to improve their writing skills.

How Shall the Scholarship Be Used? The scholarship shall be used to offset tuition and fees for writing workshops, writing seminars, or university/college-level writing programs taking place in the U.S. in summer, fall or winter of 2015 or early spring 2016. Applicants must select a specific writing class/workshop/seminar to which scholarship funds would be applied.

What Is the Scholarship Amount? MWA will present two scholarships for up to $500 each. Scholarship checks are issued in late Spring and are made out jointly to scholarship winners and their chosen educational institutions.

Submission Details Applicants are required to submit:

* ONE Scholarship application form, completed - 2015 McCloy Application Form

* ONE copy of the official description of the writing class/workshop/program (from college catalog, workshop brochure, or other.)

* FIVE COPIES of a 300- to 500-word essay explaining the applicant’s interest in mystery writing

* FIVE COPIES of a sample of mystery writing for judging: either a synopsis and 3 chapters from a novel, or 3 short stories, or 3 short nonfiction pieces, or 1 screenplay or 1 play script

The scholarship committee may also require a letter of acceptance and/or syllabus or other documentation from the writing class/workshop/seminar to be attended.

Mail all materials in one complete package to:
2015 Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship Committee, PO Box 512 Charlottesville, VA 22902

Application Deadline All applications must be postmarked by February 28, 2015. No late applications or emailed applications will be accepted.

Questions? For individual answers and a copy of scholarship FAQs and submission tips (recommended), mail the scholarship committee at the PO box (above) or send an email to: McCloy.MWA@gmail.com No phone calls, please.

About Helen McCloy Helen McCloy (1904-1994) was a mystery author, editor, publisher, and agent. Creator of psychiatrist sleuth Dr. Basil Willing, McCloy served as president of MWA in 1950, won the Edgar® Award for mystery criticism in 1954, helped to establish MWA’s New England Chapter in 1971, and was named an MWA Grand Master in 1990.

Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Contest 2015

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Submission Guidelines

The Women &Theatre Program of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education invites submissions from female playwrights for the annual Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award.

The Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award recognizes plays & performance texts created by women that present a feminist perspective & contain significant opportunities for female performers. Like the Jane Chambers Award for professional playwrights, this annual award is given in memory of lesbian playwright Jane Chambers who, through her plays A Late Snow, Last Summer at Bluefish Cove, My Blue Heaven, Kudzu, & The Quintessential Image, became a major feminist voice in American theatre.

This competition is open to both graduate & undergraduate students; entrants do not have to be registered in a theatre or drama program to submit. The Jane Chambers Award for emergent playwrights encourages diversity of style & content. All forms of drama are accepted, including solo performance work. Excerpts from the winning play will be read at the annual Women and Theatre Program pre-conference, which will be held in Los Angeles, California, 2010 prior to the American Theatre in Higher Education Conference (ATHE). A professional playwright will offer feedback in a post-reading discussion with the audience.

Student winner will receive a $150 cash prize & a year's membership in Women & Theatre.

To enter, please send three copies of a typed script, application form, resume, and a brief description of the piece.

Please, only one submission per applicant and no email submissions.

Mail submission to:


Carrie Winship
1806 Parklawn Drive
Columbia, MO 65202

carriewinship@mizzou.edu

All entries MUST be received by March 1, 2015.

The Women & Theatre Program will announce the winner by June 30, 2015.

For more information email

carriewinship@mail.missouri.edu

Broadway Theatre Studio submission process

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There is no charge to playwrights whose work is selected for the BTS development process. All script submissions must meet the following criteria:
  • Completed, original work.
  • Appeals to a wide audience.
  • Deals with mainstream issues and themes relevant to current society and culture.

To submit your work, please send the following in MS Word or .PDF format to BTS Submissions:
  • One-page summary.
  • A paragraph describing your experience with the subject matter (e.g., if your script is set in a restaurant, briefly relate how many years you’ve worked in the restaurant industry, in what positions, how the restaurant you worked at was similar to the one in your script, et cetera).
  • First ten pages.
  • One scene from elsewhere in the work.
  • If a musical, three songs in .MP3 format along with lyric sheets.

Your submission constitutes permission for Broadway Theatre Studio and its members to perform your work in closed sessions for evaluation purposes. If submitting a musical that is selected for a workshop, you must be able to provide a rehearsal pianist/music director.

THE FOURTH ANNUAL OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY AT NEWARK NEW PLAY CONTEST

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RULES AND INFORMATION:

The contest is open to anyone, anywhere; plays, however, must be written in English.

If actors have memorized lines and presented the text under ANY circumstances (workshop, college production, etc.), then the script is INELIGIBLE for the contest.

If actors have given a staged reading holding scripts, that play IS eligible.

Please use a standard playwriting format.

Judging will be blind, so it is important for contestants to follow these directions EXACTLY. First, please ensure that your name does not appear on ANY page of the actual script. Second, please type your email address and other contact information on a sheet of paper, seal it in an envelope, and staple the envelope to the last page or inside cover of your script. If you wish to include a cover letter, please place this in the envelope as well. Electronic submissions are not allowed.

Plays are to be individual full-length works; a collection of short plays is not an acceptable substitute.

Please do not submit a script previously submitted to this contest, unless you have performed SIGNIFICANT revisions on it.

The contest is open as of today. The absolute deadline for submissions TO BE RECEIVED will be Friday, February 27, 2015; entries received after that date will be returned unread to entrants. Winners will be announced on or approximately July 1, 2015.

First prize is $300, second prize is $200, and third prize is $100. In addition, all prizewinners will receive an official certificate indicating their placement in the contest.

The authors of “honorable mentions” will also receive certificates.

Candidates will be notified by individual emails in ascending order: unsuccessful entries, honorable mentions, prizewinners.

All physical scripts become the property of Ohio State Newark, and will not be returned. To prevent unauthorized reproduction and stage production, at the end of the contest, all scripts will be shredded. Of course, the authors retain all publication and production rights.


Please send all plays to:

Dave Williams, Associate Professor
The Ohio State University at Newark
New Play Contest
192 LeFevre Hall
1179 University Dr.
Newark, Ohio 43055

If you have questions, please contact me at williams.1343@osu.edu

Thank you for your participation, and good luck to all.

The Relentless Award, established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman

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The Relentless Award, established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman and his pursuit of truth in the theater, is the largest annual cash prize in American theater awarded to a playwright in recognition of a new play.

What we are looking for:
  • Plays that are challenging.
  • Plays that exhibit fearlessness.
  • Plays that are not mainstream.
  • Plays that exude passion.
  • Plays that are relentlessly truthful
The American Playwriting Foundation encourages submissions by first time playwrights, women and playwrights of color.

Prize:
  • The author of the Relentless Award-winning play will receive $45,000.
  • The winning playwright will have the option to have the winning play published by the Dramatists Play Service.
  • The winning playwright will have a week-long residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm, an artist residency program housed on a working organic farm in Brewster, New York. The author can elect to have a director, a dramaturg and actors join him or her while in residence on the farm.
  • The selected play will have a national roll-out through the Ed Vassallo Relentless Reading Series, established to help bring to life and develop the winning play by presenting a series of staged readings at some of the top theaters across the United States.
  • When the winning play is selected, three runners-up will also be named.

Deadlines:

Submissions will be accepted up until midnight of July 10, 2015. The winner and three finalists will be announced on October 2, 2015.

Eligibility/Criteria for Submission:
  • Any unproduced play written by a United States citizen is eligible for The Relentless Award.
  • Each play must be submitted with a letter from a theater professional recommending the play. “Theater Professional” is defined as anyone who has worked in theater in any artistic capacity for a minimum of four years.
  • Plays with a producer, producing organization or theater attached are not eligible.
  • As much as we love them, one-act plays, musicals and plays for children are not eligible.
  • The author must be at least 21 years old.
How to submit your play:
  • Use the form to submit your play and accompanying letter of recommendation to The American Playwriting Foundation.
  • Please do not have your name or other identifying info (email/phone number) on any of your manuscript pages. This will preserve the author's anonymity for the judges.
  • We prefer to receive your files as pdfs (rather than Word documents).
  • You will receive a confirmation email after we receive your files.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Learn How to Be Your Own Producer

Primary Stages presents


with Sasha Eden (Co-Founder and Artistic Director, WET Productions)

This workshop is designed to guide each artist – actor, dancer, director, writer – through the process of becoming a successful producer, empowering all artists to develop and produce their own work. What if Christopher Guest had a great idea and did a few sketches with actor friends, but never felt motivated (or bad ass) enough to make Spinal Tap? Or what if Richard Linklater didn’t effectively rally his troops to commit 12 years to Boyhood? These artists, and countless others, are great examples of visionary entrepreneurs who successfully produced their own work: work that was personal, fulfilling, and reminded them why they chose the path of being a creative artist.

This workshop will guide you through each of the producing fundamentals: developing your concept, working with source material, participating in successful collaborations, merging entrepreneurial efforts with artistic inspiration, and the nuts and bolts of building a production company. You’ll walk away with confidence in making budgets, identifying and developing a brand identity, pursuing funding, marketing, and audience cultivation, as well as the courage to embark on your role as artistic producer.

Saturday, April 11, 12:00pm – 5:00pm


Seeing Place Theater submission guidelines

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Would you like us to consider your play?

We are now accepting submissions for completed plays and works in progress that are suitable for staged reading. For consideration, scripts must be no longer than 150 typed pages and should not require more than 150 minutes total to perform. Filmscripts, screenplays, and adaptations of other authors’ work are not eligible.

We're especially interested in playwrights from the Tri-State area who will bring their supporters to The Seeing Place, aiding us in developing an audience hungry for new works.

Please submit the following to info@seeingplacetheater.com:

1. One Paragraph Synopsis
2. Full Character List
3. 10 Page Script Sample (full scripts also accepted.)
4. Author’s Name, Email, and Phone Number

Woodward/Newman Drama Award

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Submission fee waived for members of the Dramatists Guild
The BPP is accepting submissions for the 2015-16 Woodward/Newman Drama Award. Submissions are due by March 1, 2015. The top 10 finalists will be announced at the end of May with the winner announced in June 2015.

"Full-length" plays will have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes).
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.

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.
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. The BPP only accepts U.S. checks or money orders (Make check payable to "BPP"). No international checks or money orders will be accepted. If submitting internationally or if you want to avoid paying by check, pay online with your credit card here


Make sure to note with your submission that you have paid the reader fee online.
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.
We do not accept email submissions. Scripts will not be returned. Blind submissions are not necessary. Please include all contact information. Plays submitted in previous years will be accepted.
The BPP reserves the right not to name a winner and/or name a winner but not commit to a reading or production.
Send to:
Woodward/Newman Drama Award
Bloomington Playwrights Project
107 W. 9th Street
Bloomington, IN 47404

Scripts must be postmarked by March 1, 2015, and received no later than March 10, 2015. We are not responsible for postal delays, and recommend you not choose to send Media Mail unless you are submitting several weeks in advance.
For further information, write BPP, Attn: Literary Manager, 107 W. 9th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404. 
For faster replies, please email us at literarymanager@newplays.org.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Competition for Youth Theatre

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The Beverly Hills Theatre Guild annually sponsors the Competition for Youth Theatre to discover new theatrical works and to encourage established or emerging writers to create quality works for youth theatre. The Play Competition for Youth Theatre represents grades 6-8 and grades 9-12 and offers two prizes:

FIRST PRIZE: $1,200
SECOND PRIZE: $600

Entries must be accompanied by the application form and in accordance with the submission policies and procedures. We accept scripts from January 15th to February 28th for this competition. No scripts will be accepted after these dates and all scripts received after the deadline cannot qualify and will not be returned. The playwright may request an application form from the competition office. Send a self-addressed, stamped, #10-business sized envelope (SASE) to:

Candace Coster, Competition Coordinator
BHTG--Competition for Youth Theatre Awards
P.O. Box 148
Beverly Hills, CA 9021


Rules for the Play Competition for Youth Theatre

1. The Marilyn Hall Awards consist of two (2) monetary prizes for plays suitable for grades 6-8 (middle school) or for plays suitable for grades 9-12 (high school). The two prizes will be awarded on the merits of the play scripts, which includes its suitability for the intended audience. The plays should be approximately 45 to 75 minutes in length. There is no production connected to any of the prizes, though a staged reading is optional at the discretion of the BHTG.

2. Authors must be U.S. Citizens or legal residents. Co-Authorships are permissible.

3. The plays must be written in Standard American English. Slang, jargon, and regional dialects, etc., may be used only to establish necessary characterization.

4. Authors may enter up to two (2) scripts in the Play Competition for Youth Theatre.

5. Entries must be unpublished, theatrical works written for the living stage and suitable for the grades designated. Play scripts may have had one (1) non-professional or educational theatre production. But the play may not have been produced on a professional level for which authors, actors or staff were paid.

6. Entries may be original plays, adaptations and/or translations. Authors of adaptations and/or translations of works that are under current copyright must provide (upon request) proof of permission from the copyright holder(s) or their legal agents to use such works.

7. Plays shorter than approximately 45 minutes are not eligible; musicals are not eligible; and plays entered in previous BHTG Competitions are not eligible. (Please note: plays with music, i.e. plays with an occasional interpolated song, are eligible: works that are designated as musicals are not.)

8. Submissions received with postmarks BEFORE January 15th or AFTER the last day of February of the contest year will not be accepted, read or returned. Authors will be notified of ineligible submission and the reasons why.

9. Submissions in noncompliance of these Rules and the Submission Procedures will be ineligible.

10. BHTG has the right to accept or reject any entry without explanation, and will not correspond with, or discuss with, any person the results of the competition, or the acceptance or rejection of any entry.

11. The competition judges' decisions are final in all respects.

12. BHTG has the following rights which it may exercise at its sole discretion:

a. To declare any entry ineligible if prior to Competition's close (June 1) the entry is in violation of rule #6. Authors must notify the BHTG of any change in status.
b. To reproduce as many copies of an entry as are necessary for distribution among the judges.
c. To use the author's name and title of any entry receiving an award for publicity about this Playwright Award and the results of the competition.
d. To present one script-in-hand, rehearsed readings of an award winning entry to an invited, nonpaying audience. No royalty payment will be due to the entry's author for these readings.

13. Each award winner will, at all times, in connection with publications, production, publicity, advertisements, etc. about the award winning entry, designate that the play is an "Award Winner of The Beverly Hills Theatre Guild/Youth Theatre Competition."

14. Each entry will be free from copyright restrictions relating to this Award, and the author will hold the BHTG, its officers, and directors free and harmless from all copyright claims and violations.

15. The BHTG is not a producing organization. No production is connected with the competition nor any prize awarded.

16. Sorry, the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild - Youth Theatre Competition does not sponsor scholarships, fellowships, educational grants, or loans to students or private individuals. Nor does the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild as an organization.


Submission Procedures

1. Each entry must be accompanied by an individual, completed application/entry form. Application forms may be duplicated as necessary. Application forms and Competition rules and Submission Procedures may be obtained by sending #10 business-sized SASE to the address below.

2. Each author must personally sign the application. Entries must be legible and signature clearly the name of the writer(s). The author(s) must sign the entry form. Proxy or agent signatures are not accepted and will lead to disqualification.

3. Bind your entry securely and include a title page with the name of the play, whether it is an "original" or an adaptation/translation from another work, and, if desired, copyright or registration information and date (instead of the author's name, please use "by the author.") On the second page list all characters, time, place, number of acts and scenes, and any other pertinent information such as whether the scripts make use of special effects, e.g., puppetry. Scripts must be bound. A clip holding pages together unfortunately doesn't constitute being "bound". (This is insisted upon for the protection of the script and benefit of the writer. Loose scripts may have pages become misplaced or lost. The competition is not responsible for loss or damage to entries or parts thereof.)

4. Do not show your name, address or any identifying information on any page of your entry. Attach with a removable paper clip, a sheet containing the title of your entry, your name, address, phone number and any other information.

5. To preserve anonymity, all entries will be identified by numbers for judging. All identifying marks will be removed.

6. Submissions will not be returned. This includes either eligible or ineligible submissions. Enclose with your submission a #10 business-sized SASE for our response.

7. You may enclose a self-addressed stamped postcard for acknowledgment of receipt of your entry. Competition winners to be announced on this web site in June.

8. The BHTG is not responsible for loss or damage to entries.

9. No script will be accepted by fax or e-mail. No electronic submissions or correspondence.

10. No entry is returned.

Address All Inquiries and Submissions To:
Candace Coster, Competition Coordinator
Play Competition for Youth Theatre
P.O. Box 148
Beverly Hills, CA 90213