Wednesday, September 3, 2014

MILKEN COMMUNITY SCHOOLS ANNOUNCES NEW PLAYWRITING PRIZE

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International search for plays written for teens to perform

Milken Community Schools is excited to announce the creation of a major international playwriting prize for plays written to be performed by teenagers.  The prize includes a cash award of $2,000, a script development process, and a full production of the play. A professional dramaturg will assist the playwright and provide readings as needed during the rewriting process. The winner will be promoted to theatres and high schools internationally.

This much-needed award encourages the writing of plays meant for teenagers to perform. High schools, unlike theatres, are constantly looking for large-cast plays with a majority of female actors. Although a variety of grants currently exist for both plays written for adults to perform and plays created by children, the Milken Playwriting Prize is for plays written to be performed by teens.  

“This is a wonderful opportunity for playwrights,” says Milken Playwriting Prize Director Robert Menna . “Our hope is that an increasing number of writers will focus on plays for younger performers. It’s also a chance for writers to challenge themselves in a new way, with the assurance of a professional-level development process and a full production."

SUBMISSION POLICY:  Professional playwrights and authors are especially encouraged to submit. There is no entry fee. The plays must be unproduced and unpublished, have casts larger than 10, use a majority of female actors, and be between 30 and 90 minutes in length. Other parameters can be found on the Milken Playwriting Prize web page:  www.milkenschool.org/playprize.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS:   September 15, 2014 .
Prize announced: January, 2015
Development process:  through April, 2015
Production opens:  November, 2015 

Robert Menna , Director of the Milken Playwriting Prize, has extensive experience working with playwrights. He served as Dramaturg/Literary Manager at Seattle’s Intiman Theatre, founded the Seattle Playwrights Alliance, and worked as co-director of the Ojai Playwrights Conference. He has written and directed dozens of plays, working with noted writers and receiving a commission from the Denver Center to adapt Newbery Award Winner Avi’s The End of the Beginning  . As an educator, Menna taught in the MFA Acting Program at the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver as well as in various high schools.  For more than eight years, he has taught at Milken Community Schools. He has also co-directed the Denver Center's Living History program, which reached more than 10,000 high school students annually with its mix of theatre, history, ethics and literature. He holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Washington. 

About Milken Community Schools

Milken Community Schools is one of the largest Jewish, independent, co-educational schools in the country. Serving grades 7-12, Milken is a place of rigorous academic exploration and intellectual inquiry built on a foundation of spiritual and ethical practice, developing students with sharp minds, generous hearts, and kind souls. The school’s 10-acre campus is located in the Santa Monica Mountains along the Mulholland Corridor.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Queer Scare seeks short plays

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The Village Playwrights will celebrate Halloween with "Queer Scare," an evening of short play readings at the LGBT Community Center.

Five to eight plays will be selected to be read from 8 pm to 10 pm on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th Street, NYC. We are looking for plays that are LGBTQ themed as well as scary, supernatural, or have drag themes. The Village Playwrights will produce your play or you may self-produce. There is no fee to submit. By producing we shall cast the actors, supply a director and hold a rehearsal. Authors may choose to rehearse their play more than once. The play will be minimally staged.

October 1 is the deadline for submissions.
To submit, email your 10 to 20 minute play to villageplaywrights@gmail.com

Fourth Annual New Voices Play Reading Series



The Landing Theatre Company invites you to submit to their fourth annual New American Voices Play Reading Series

Submissions will be accepted August 1-September 30, 2014
The 2015 New American Voices Play Reading Series will be presented March 13-15, 2015

The Landing Theatre Company is now accepting full-length plays for the 2015 New American Play Reading Series in Houston, Texas. Four plays will be selected for staged readings directed and performed by professional local talent. Selected playwrights must attend the readings in Houston. A $100 reward will be granted to each of the 4 winning playwrights. Playwrights must cover their own travel expenses.

Fees
There are no fees for submitting. Submit the play via the play submission form online to landingtheatresubmissions@gmail.com

Details
Selected playwrights must attend the festival.
Each playwright will be paired with a local director prior to the festival to prepare for the event.

Directors will cast each play prior to the festival.

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

One rehearsal will be scheduled when the playwright can attend.

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

Play submissions must meet the following criteria:
Playwright must be a citizen or legal resident of the United States of America.
Play must not have been produced.
Play must not have had a public reading in the Houston area.
Submission must be received on or before September 30th.
Submission must be a minimum of 30 pages long and have a minimum run time of 45 minutes.
Submission must be in .doc, .pdf or .rtf format.


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

Only one play per playwright per submission period.

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

Playwrights will only be notified if your play is selected.

More submission criteria found online: http://www.landingtheatre.org/#!submissions/c59z

MITF Starts New Season with Sept. Short Play Lab - Cash Prizes


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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 the September Short Play Lab. Not only do you rub shoulders with your fellow short-playwrights, but you get to showcase your work to people you don't know yet. (Our Labs are always well-attended, and they can lead to other festivals and events that we produce, such as the Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival and the Midtown International Theatre Festival.) The rules are easy-peasy:
Deadline is Sept. 7. 

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 MS-Word.
You produce the play whether or not you live in New York. The SPL provides the theatre. This Lab will take place at Roy Arias Studios, 300 W. 43rd St., New York, NY 10018.
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.
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, Sept. 20. The production dates are Saturday, Sept. 20 - Sunday, Sept. 21.
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. 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 Word format, to john.chatterton@gmail.com. Any questions, don't hesitate to shoot me an E-mail!

Thanks,

John Chatterton
Executive producer, Short Play Lab

Monday, September 1, 2014

Alumnae Theatre Company’s New Ideas Festival call for scripts

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Alumnae Theatre Company’s New Ideas Festival (NIF) is an annual, three-week juried festival of new plays, works-in-progress and experimental theatre. Each week a different program of up to four plays, as well as a workshopped reading on Saturday at noon, is presented. The 2015 festival, NIF’s 27th season, will run from March 11 to 29, 2015.

NIF offers dramaturgical support, rehearsal and production space, technical support, access to Alumnae Theatre’s costume and props collections, publicity and sold-out houses.

We are now accepting scripts and proposals for the 2015 festival. The deadline for submissions is September 5, 2014; September 15 for Alumnae members. We invite you to submit your own play or pass this information along to a playwright you think may be interested. Note that there is no submission fee this year.

Submission guidelines
Scripts or proposals should be submitted electronically in PDF or Word format to NIFscripts@gmail.com.

Scripts must be original works that have not been previously performed outside of a workshop. They may be in any genre or style, with a running time of 10 to 40 minutes; one act of a full-length play may also be accepted for production. Submissions longer than 40 minutes will only be considered for a reading, which will showcase the script development done over the rehearsal period.

Please include a cover page with the script/proposal, providing the play title, a list and description of characters (including age), and a short play synopsis. Send a separate contact page with the play title, playwright’s name and contact information, and a short bio (75 words or less). NIF does not provide feedback on submissions or return scripts.

NIF will confirm receipt of submissions within two weeks, and scripts/proposals will be sent to the NIF reading committee. The 2015 festival lineup will be announced in early November, followed by cold reads of all chosen plays in early December.

Preference will be given to scripts that include challenging roles for women of all ages. NIF welcomes voices from diverse communities.

Theatricum Botanicum presents: BOTANICUM SEEDLINGS A DEVELOPMENT SERIES FOR PLAYWRIGHTS

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With its roots in the McCarthy Era Blacklisiting, Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum has provided a home in Southern California for professional Shakespeare and the classics in its scenic, outdoor amphitheatre in rustic Topanga Canyon for over 40 years.

Theatricum is also committed to furthering new works and new voices in theatre through Botanicum Seedlings. Playwrights are invited to submit samples of full length works of any genre for this development series, which acts as an adjunct to Theatricum’s Summer Repertory Season.

The submission window is September 1 - December 1 annually. Works received during this period will be considered for development and production during the following year.

Opportunities through Botanicum Seedlings include Playreadings, Play Festivals, private GreenReads (for a fresh look at early drafts) and Playwrights Workshops culminating in developmental GreenReads. Since its creation in 2002, the
program has supported well over 100 new plays.
The goals of Botanicum Seedlings are:
 to maintain focus on the needs of the playwright in regard to a play’s growth;
 to foster relationships with emerging playwrights around the globe;
 to act as an advocate whenever appropriate in recommending plays to other companies;
 to establish Theatricum Botanicum as a guiding force in the development of original material; and
 to provide a nurturing environment in which Theatricum company members can expand and stretch in new directions as actors as well as directors, writers and dramaturgs.

For consideration, please keep in mind that Theatricum encourages provocative, political and socially relevant material, and prefers works that are uniquely theatrical and character-driven. Although the company is classically based, Seedlings
is by no means traditional in its sensibilities and is not looking for classical translations or adaptations unless they are highly original. Nor are we interested in scripts which might be better suited to film or television.
In addition, Botanicum Seedlings is committed to gender parity, with a goal of 50% or more women playwrights and directors involved in its public readings.

Submissions may also be considered for production as part of Theatricum Botanicum’s Summer Repertory Season.

Please note that the theatre very rarely includes new works in its season; both of our performance spaces are outdoor amphitheatres in a natural setting.

From September 1 - December 1, we accept electronic submissions of 10-15 page dialogue samples from full length plays (sorry, no queries for one-acts or short plays) accompanied by playwright’s bio and play history as MS Doc
or PDF attachments sent to seedlings@theatricum.com. (Only one play per year, please!)

If electronic submission is not possible, send complete plays, musicals and accompanying materials to
Botanicum Seedlings
c/o Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum,
P.O. Box 1222
Topanga, CA 90290. 
All materials will be recycled unless special arrangements are made beyond including an SASE.

Our goal is to acknowledge receipt of all submissions and queries. Please know that while we read and review all materials we receive, we are not able to personally follow up with every submission.

For more information on Seedlings writing workshops, private dramaturgy and other Theatricum events and programs,

visit www.theatricum.com or contact seedlings@theatricum.com. The business office can be reached at (310) 455-2322.

Thank you in advance for your submission, and for your patience if our response is delayed.

Jennie Webb Kimberly Shelby-Syszko
Seedlings Program Director Seedlings Literary Manager

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Testimonial

Thanks to Fran Pesch for the kind words about NYCPlaywrights!

"NYCPlaywrights is known as being one of the best websites for playwrights looking for new works submission opportunities. "
Fran Pesch ~ 
FutureFest Program Director

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!-DESDE EL PUENTE Annual One-Act Play Festival

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Calling all Latino Playwrights to submit to Desde El Puente, Raíces Theatre Company’s 1st Annual One Act Play Festival. Ten plays will be chosen to have a 4 day run from June 11 to June 14 2015 in Buffalo, NY.

Please read our submissions guidelines carefully. Submissions that do not follow our guidelines will not be taken seriously.

Playwrights: May submit a maximum of 2 One Act Plays no longer than 10 minutes, if you find yourselves with more than 10 pages on hand ( or less) please read it aloud and time it. 

 All plays must have a cast no larger than 6 characters and minimal set requirements as there is no time for elaborate set changes. 

All plays must deal with subject matter that relates to the Latino culture. 

If selected your play will be cast, produced and directed by Raíces Theatre Company. 

All plays will run every night. 

Selected plays will receive at $20 royalty. 

Please email your submissions to play to raicessubmissions@gmail.com in standard format WORD or PDF. 

Subject line should have your name and title of the play. 
Body of email should contain your contact information (name, mailing address, telephone number and email)

Deadlines: All submissions must have arrived before December 31st, 2014.

An email confirmation will be sent to you when we receive your play. If we select your play for the festival we will notify you no later than April 31st, 2015. 

Please do not email us asking for status, if you are selected you will be notified. Please note that Plays will be read as they come so the earlier you submit your play the better, once we have 10 that we like we reserve the right to close the submissions before the dateline.

We look forward to reading your work!

North By South Theatre Los Angeles is now accepting submissions for its 2014 Winter Rites Festival

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We are looking for a series of companion pieces, written by one playwright, that speak to the spirit of the holidays, however you define them. Do you have one or two one-acts that deal with the holidays? A series of short plays or ten minutes? Then we want to read them! Don't have the plays yet but you've got a great idea? We want to read your pitch! Any and all styles and genres are open for consideration, we just want the best possible story.

We're looking to put together an ensemble evening for two-four actors, but we're flexible on casting for the right idea.

Deadline: September 1, 2014

Please send your submissions to:
Jeremiah Munsey
Literary Manager
North By South Theatre Los Angeles
jeremiah@northbysouththeatrela.org

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Editing is hard. Let us help.

“I have rewritten — often several times — every word I have ever published. My pencils outlast their erasers.” ― Vladimir Nabokov, Speak, Memory

As soon as you finish your last line of dialogue, the need for rewrites begins. THE REWRITE, a 10-week class at Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) will begin by establishing writing goals to conquer over ten weeks. Whether you choose to embark on a rewrite of your entire play or focus on individual scenes, writing exercises and in-class discussion will inspire you to ask new questions of your play, look at it from various angles, and deconstruct it with your fellow writers.


THE REWRITE
Section A with KARA LEE CORTHRON (Writer, Julius By Design at Fulcrum Theater, "Kings" on NBC)

Wednesdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm, beginning September 17

Section B with JOSH HECHT (Director, Christine Jorgensen Reveals at New World Stages)

Sundays from 2:30pm – 5:30pm, beginning September 21


Save 10% with discount code NYCP at sign up!

The Downtown Urban Theater Festival (DUTF) is currently accepting submissions

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The Downtown Urban Theater Festival (DUTF) is currently accepting submissions for its 13th annual season to be held at HERE (www.here.org) in SoHo, New York City May 6-23, 2015.

DUTF, produced by Creative Ammo Inc., was founded in 2001 with the purpose to build a repertoire of new American theatre that echoes the true spirit of urban life and speaks to a whole new generation whose lives defy categorizing along conventional lines. That purpose has been realized many times over, as more than 100 writers have created and refined their work for the stage and thousands of inspired audience members have applauded their performances. DUTF gives writers from America’s burgeoning multicultural landscape the opportunity to share their stories that interpret our history and our times. It is a place where writers can create and refine their work for the stage.

For more info about DUTF, visit us online at:

www.dutfnyc.com

www.facebook.com/pages/Downtown-Urban-Theater-Festival/152194641470752

www.twitter.com/DUTFNYC

DUTF is supported, in part, by New York State Council on the Arts and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

DUTF will accept 15 theatrical works (plays, musicals and solo works) comprised of full-length productions (60-90 minutes) and shorts (under 45 minutes). Each work is performed only once during the festival. Three of the works will receive $1,000 awards in the categories of Best Play, Best Short and Audience. There is no submission or participation fee and each playwright will receive a monetary production stipend at the start of the festival to defray some of the production costs.

To submit for DUTF 2015, please forward the following to dutfcoord@gmail.com.

(1) Playwright’s bio with contact info - name, address, phone # and email

(2) Photo of playwright

(3) Synopsis of theatrical work

(4) Complete script of theatrical work

(5) Estimated running time of work

(6) Actor/director/crew bios, if available

(7) Description of stage set (if any) and production needs (i.e. sound and lighting)

THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014.

Fringe Theatre Company seeks 10-minute plays about holidays

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Our holiday show is going to be something along the lines of "A Year Of Holidays" and we are looking for 10 minute (or less) plays that center around some sort of holiday (it doesn't matter which one, any holiday will do!) 

If you'd like to submit, please email a short synopsis and character breakdown along with your script to stacy@fringetheatreco.com

Attention political playwrights: Call For Entries Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest 2015

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The Castillo Theatre (NYC) sponsors the Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest and reading series bi-annually. In its seventh year, the political play contest is intended to encourage the writing of scripts for the stage that engage the political/social/cultural questions affecting the world today and/or historical events and issues that impact on our heritage.

While Castillo recognizes that in the broadest sense, all theatre is political, the contest is seeking politically progressive plays that: look at social and/or economic problems and challenges; explore possibilities of social transformation; and, reflect the concerns and interests of communities or which explore the importance of community. The contest also welcomes scripts that experiment with form and seek new ways of seeing and new ways of experiencing theatrical performance.

The plays submitted to the Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest may be written in any style, set in any historical time, geographic or imaginary location, contain any number of characters and be of any length. The plays must be in English and cannot be musicals or adaptations. No scripts will be considered that have previously been submitted to this contest, have received a production or won other contests. Only one script per playwright per year will be accepted.

The contest is judged by a team of distinguished theatre artists. The winning script(s) will receive a reading at the Castillo Theatre in New York City during the theatre’s 2015 summer season.

All scripts should be submitted in hard copy and must be accompanied by:
  • a statement of the political/social/cultural questions that the script engages (scripts with no accompanying statement will not be considered)
  • a brief synopsis
  • a character breakdown, including gender, age and ethnic requirements, if any
  • a 100-word biography of the playwright
  • a current email address 

Please note:
Receipt of script will be acknowledged via email.
  • Scripts will not be returned. 
  • Castillo does not give critical feedback to playwrights/contestants. 
  • Contest winners are required to sign a letter of agreement, which will include, but not be limited to, granting the right for Castillo to produce one or more readings and/or a full production of the winning play. 
  • Contest winners are responsible for travel expenses or any other expenses incurred as a result of participating in the development of the play with Castillo, or as a result of attending the reading and/or production.
All scripts must be postmarked by October 1, 2014. The winner(s) will be publicly announced at the Otto René Castillo Awards for Political Theatre in New York City in May of 2015.

Send all submissions to:

Castillo Theatre
543 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
Attn: Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest

Questions and inquiries should be addressed to Madelyn Chapman at 212-356-8485 or mchapman@allstars.org.

Friday, August 29, 2014

DAYTON PLAYHOUSE FUTUREFEST

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NOTE: Submission fee is waived for members of the Dramatists Guild.

2015 is the 25th year for the Dayton Playhouse’s one-of-a kind New Works Play Festival.

Visit  www.daytonplayhouse.com for complete submission guideline information.      

$20 submission fee.  This fee is waived for members of the Dramatists GuildChecks and money orders should be made payable to “Dayton Playhouse”.  
   
ELIGIBILITY:  Entry must be an original work (NO musicals, plays with music, or plays for children) that has not been published or produced where admission was charged prior to FF 2015.  

Staged readings/workshop productions are not disqualifying factors.

DEADLINES:   Submissions will be accepted August 1 through October 31 (postmark).

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 (address, phone #, e-mail address) and resume.  If applicable, also submit a photocopy of your Dramatists Guild membership card.

Please note that entries that do not comply with our guidelines will not be accepted.

If mailing, submit via Media Mail.  If you would like confirmation that we received your script, include a SASP (no envelopes).  Eliminated scripts will not be returned.  Script evaluations will not be provided.

CONSENT: Playwright gives the Dayton Playhouse permission to photocopy scripts for reading/production purposes.  Semi-finalists will need to provide a PDF of their script.
                      
Should your script be selected and produced as one of the 6 finalists, you must be  available to attend the weekend festival and participate in all events.

Finalists must acknowledge the Dayton Playhouse if/when script is published.

The winning playwright awards the Dayton Playhouse the option to produce the winning play as part of its main stage season royalty free.

AWARDS: A $1000 honorarium will be awarded to the winning playwright; runners-up each receive $100.  The Dayton Playhouse provides the 6 finalists travel (within the    continental U.S.) to Dayton and housing for FutureFest weekend (July 16 - 19, 2015).

SELECTION PROCESS: 
Each entry is guaranteed a minimum of 3 reads/evaluations.  Readers narrow down the entries to 18 - 20, which are then read by the entire committee who selects the 12 semi-finalists.  A second committee selects the 6 finalists. 
                           

During FutureFest weekend, the plays are staged and publicly adjudicated by a panel of 5 theatre professionals (New York based and regional).  Following the final production of the weekend, the adjudicators vote and select the winner.

 SUBMIT TO:    Dayton Playhouse FutureFest, P.O. Box 3017, Dayton, OH  45401-3017 or email  to futurefest@thedaytonplayhouse.com 

QUESTIONS:   Contact FutureFest Program Director, at futurefest@thedaytonplayhouse.com or  937.424.8477              

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!

The Exit 7 New Short Play Contest

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Exit 7 Players is seeking submissions for The Exit 7 New Short Play Contest, performing in February 2015. The contest producers are Janine and Jeffrey Flood (co-producers, the LabWorks 15-Minute New Play Contest 2010-2013, Valley Repertory Company) and Rebecca Johnson (co-producer, Les Miserables, Exit 7 Players).

The Exit 7 New Short Play Contest will produce short plays by twelve playwrights in an exciting audience-participation format, awarding two winning writers a prize of $150 each.

Submission Process

You may submit either one or two plays. Please use the following process to enter the contest. Read all requirements carefully so as to be considered.

1. Format your script using no smaller than 12-point type. Use 1” margins on top, bottom, and sides. Please number your pages. (Click Sample Script Format to see a properly formatted page.)

2. Page one should start with the title of the play at the top of the page (as seen on the Sample Script Format). If you consider your play to be a comedy, please follow the title with “A Comedy”. If you do NOT consider your play to be a comedy, follow the title with “A Drama”. And yes, you must label your play as either one or the other.

3. Your play must be limited to 15 pages total. Any script 16 pages or longer will be rejected.

4. The plays we produce are chosen blind, so do not include ANY author information on the script itself. The contest Play Selection Committee does not see any playwrights’ names until the final selections for production have been made. Therefore, if you put your name on the script so that a member of the Committee sees it, it will be rejected. A company member who is not on the Play Selection Committee keeps the playwright contact info until the final 12 plays are selected for production.

5. Save your script(s) in .pdf format. You can submit your script(s) until Saturday, September 13th, 2014 via the form found in the link. Do not attempt to submit the script in any other format or to any other destination. Snail mail submissions are NOT being accepted.

Submission Restrictions

Please read the following carefully so that your script can be given due consideration:

1. Playwrights can submit 2 plays, but only 1 play per writer will be produced. Members of Exit 7 Players are eligible to submit to the contest, but if their script is chosen as one of the 12 semifinalists, they will be prohibited from working on the production of the contest in any capacity.

2. Scripts should require 2 to 5 actors. Please note that a play can include more than 5 characters, as long as they can be played by 2 to 5 actors. Scripts requiring more than 5 actors will be rejected. 

3. We will not consider one-man or one-woman shows, musicals, or children’s theatre.

4. Entries must be original plays. Scripts may be co-authored, based on factual  material, or an adaptation. Legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the playwright.

5. We will consider unproduced works as well as plays that have been previously produced, so long as their first date of production was on, or after, June 15th of 2013.

6. Submissions are restricted to plays that have not been published in any form, and they must be royalty-free to Exit 7 for this contest.

7. We’re seeking plays, not skits or sketches. Plays should have a beginning, a middle, and an end (though not necessarily in that order) and feature character development. Above all, make the script compelling.

8. Exit 7 is a community theatre. If we foresee difficulty producing a play due to unusual script requirements, the play may be rejected.

9. While Exit 7 is a family-friendly theatre, adult content is acceptable. Profanity, if it is fully justified by the script and for the character, will not be cause for outright rejection; however, profanity is no replacement for good writing. We will reject any script that requires nudity.

10. Keep set, lighting, sound, costume, and prop requirements to a minimum. The contest will feature 6 plays per night, with quick changeovers. A script with complex technical requirements could lead to its rejection.

Play Selection Process and Contest Format

1. Plays which do not meet submission requirements will be disqualified. A play selection committee of five Exit 7 members will read those plays which meet the submission requirements.

2. The play reading committee will select 12 plays for competition: 6 comedies and 6 dramas. Six plays will be presented on the first semifinals night (3 dramas and 3 comedies) and six plays on the second (again, 3 dramas and 3 comedies).

3. An audience vote on each semifinals night will select the finalists—four dramas and four comedies. The audience of the finals night will select a winner in the drama category and a winner in the comedy category, who will receive a prize of $150 each. A detailed explanation of the performance format and of the audience voting system will be made available to the playwrights whose plays are chosen as semifinalists.

Additional Information
1. By submitting your script you are agreeing to the following:
a. You have read, understand, and agree to all of the contest rules and guidelines as detailed on Exit 7’s website.

b. You understand that Exit 7 reserves the right to change any contest rules as needed (but we will attempt to keep any such changes to a minimum).

c. You attest that your submission is an original piece, and that you are the author of said submission.

d. You attest that your play has not had a production prior to June 15, 2013.

e. You understand that Exit 7 reserves the right to reject any submission for reasons including, but not limited to, length, quality, content, or for otherwise not meeting submission requirements.

f. You give Exit 7 non-exclusive permission to perform your play as part of The Exit 7 New Short Play Contest free of any royalties, as well as to record any performance of your play for archival purposes (not for resale or profit).
2. No playwright revisions will be accepted once a script has been submitted; Exit 7 reserves the right to request changes to any script, but none will be made without playwright consent.

3. No written or oral critique will be given on plays submitted.

4. Exit 7 will post the names of the semifinalists and their plays on its website and Facebook page once the selections have been made.

5. We will promote your play, but you should too.

6. Complimentary tickets will be made available to participating playwrights; those playwrights will be informed of our comp policy at a future date.

7. Playwrights must agree to allow Exit 7 to record their plays for archival purposes (not for resale or profit). A DVD copy of your play only will be copied for all semifinalist playwrights. You may use the footage of your play for self-promotion purposes, e.g. on your own website, if desired.

A Final Note

We are expecting literally hundreds of submissions…so make your plays compelling from the very first line of dialogue!

Audiences will choose the two prize winning plays from only 12 semifinalists, so once you’re in the contest, your chances are pretty good…the tough part is getting a play into the semifinals. Write a great script that grabs us, makes us laugh or makes us think, or both. Good luck! Keep an eye out for announcements on exit7players.org, and “Like” Exit 7 Players Theater on Facebook.

Lourdes University Drama Society 2014 One-Act Playwriting Competition Rules

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NOTE: the $5 entry fee is waived for members of the Dramatists Guild with proof of membership (membership card).

Cash awards of $250 for 1st place, $100 for 2nd place, and $50 for 3rd place will be presented. Winning plays will also be produced by the Lourdes University Drama Society.

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

Completed entry form

Bio of the playwright(s) – must be 100 words or less

Play synopsis including character descriptions

Three copies of the script

$5 entry fee or copy of current Dramatist Guild membership card


(checks should be made out to Lourdes University)

Mail to: Keith Ramsdell
Lourdes University Drama Society
One-Act Playwriting Competition 6832 Convent Blvd
Sylvania, OH 43560

Competition Rules:

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

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

Submissions are restricted to original dramatic works – no adaptations – that have not been previously published or produced outside of an academic environment.

While all reasonable care will be taken, Lourdes University Drama Society does not assume any responsibility for lost, misplaced or damaged scripts.

There are no restrictions on genre or theme.

Scripts will be judged on concept, dramatic action, characterization and dialogue. 

Preference will be given to plays with 2 to 4 characters, limited staging requirements, and content/language sensitive to the traditions and values of Lourdes University. The decisions of the judges are final. No critiques will be given, and no scripts will be returned.

Lourdes University Drama Society will produce the winning plays royalty-free during its Festival of One Acts 2015. This includes the right to make rehearsal copies of the script, to use the title of the play and the author’s name in publicity and promotion, and to videotape the play for archival purposes. The playwright will receive a program and DVD from the production. All future production and publication rights remain the property of the playwright.

The deadline for entries is a postmark of October 15, 2014. Late scripts will not be accepted, and revisions cannot be made once a script has been submitted. Winners will be announced and notified before December 31, 2014.

Formatting Instructions:

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

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

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

Incorrectly formatted entries will be disregarded.

More Information:

Please contact Keith Ramsdell kramsdell@lourdes.edu with any questions. You may also visit us on the web at www.lourdes.edu/dramasociety


Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Thistle Dew Theatre & KTDT Drama-dy seeks monologues and short plays for Stage and Radio

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Call for play submissions: monologues, short plays, one act or full-length plays for stage and radio.

! Contest !: Monthly themed monologues and mini-plays needed. On-going, no submission fee, no deadline.

Continuing calls:

Tales/Lies for THE LIAR'S LAIR

http://thistledewtheliarslair.blogspot.com/

Super Heroes (Of your own making)

http://superheroesthistledewktdt.blogspot.com/ .


Tales Told After School (No identifiable names).

Halloween (need I say more?).

November: Thanksgiving Dinner with the family.

December (November 15 deadline).

Contact Tom: tddtheatre@aol.com . Expect immediate response.

Rules for engagement:
  • Your play can be either a comedy or a drama. 
  • Your play calls for one (1) to six (6) characters. 
  • Your play exhibits freshness, sufficient conflict and engaging text. 
  • Your play must be production ready. 
  • Your play is in simple standard format, 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 breakdown and 300 word synopsis. 
  • The subject line of your email submission to tddtheatre@aol.com reads TDDT Play Submission . 
  • There is no entry fee. 
  • There is no deadline for (most) submissions. 
Address your queries to Tom at.... tddtheatre@aol.com

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"like" Thistle Dew Theatre on facebook

Check out our blogsites

"A closed mouth is never heard." Thomas M. Kelly

CULLMAN FELLOWSHIP 2015-2016

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The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers supports projects that draw on the research collections at The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (formerly the Humanities and Social Sciences Library).

Application Deadline: September 26, 2014, 5 p.m. ESTNotification: March 2015

Award Period: September 8, 2015 - May 27, 2016

Stipend: $70,000

The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers supports projects that draw on the research collections at The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (formerly the Humanities and Social Sciences Library). The Center looks for top-quality writing from academics as well as from creative writers and independent scholars. It aims to promote dynamic conversation about the humanities, social sciences, and scholarship at the very highest level — within the Center, in public forums throughout the Library, and in the Fellows’ published work.

Candidates who need to work primarily in The New York Public Library’s other research centers — The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Science, Industry and Business Library — are not eligible for this fellowship.

In order to avoid real or apparent conflicts of interest, the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers does not accept applications from New York Public Library staff members or their partners, or from people active on the Library’s Board of Trustees, Board Advisory Committees, or Library Council.

Please visit www.nypl.org/research-collections for detailed information about the collections of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.

Fellows are required to work at the Cullman Center, on the project for which they applied, for the duration of the fellowship term. Fellows may have a few prior brief commitments, but must limit research trips, attendance at scholarly meetings, and speaking engagements, and may not accept other major work obligations during the course of this fellowship. Anyone who needs to be away for more than two days must notify the Director or Deputy Director in advance. The Library will pro-rate stipends for Fellows who spend too much time away from the Center.

Fellowships will not be granted to post-doctoral fellows or to applicants doing graduate-school dissertation research.

The Cullman Center will not accept dossier letters in place of new letters of recommendation.
Fellows must be conversant in English.

Completed applications and supporting materials — research proposal, Curriculum Vitae, letters of recommendation, and art work sample or creative writing sample — must be submitted by 5 p.m. EST on September 26, 2014.

New York Public Library staff members are not able to make corrections or additions once applications are submitted.

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The Seven Dictators Playwriting Competition

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Summary:
Write a three-act play ranging from 20 to 35 pages using seven dictators that existed/still exist in the 21st Century, in any possible theme you may wish to put/gather them in. The winning plays will be a published in a book under the name of the competition title

Seven Dictators Guidelines:

-You can submit your work in two ways:

Either as: An individual writer with your name.

Or as: A theater-acting team, with the team/theater’s name, and the name of the team leader/representative.

Write a play with a three-act structure ranging from 20 to 35 pages using seven characters of dictators that existed/still exist in the 21st Century, in any possible theme you may wish to put/gather them in.

During the play, the playwright is free to be creative in any possible way (no limitations) to create their piece.

The playwright is allowed to add up to three more anonymous characters (not real existing people).

We expect the writers to reflect and discuss problems in our world through the chosen dictators, and anticipate the dictators’ feelings, thoughts and plans. We expect them to discuss problems that might have happened, still existing, and/or will exist.

We expect the script to be unexpected, powerful, philosophical, and artistic, with sophisticated ideas, ideologies, beliefs, and settings. We simply ask you as the playwright to create a masterpiece in the realm of literature, something that was never written before, an invention!

The winning plays will be published in a book under the name of the competition title, and some entries may be performed on stage.
Plays should be submitted by email to: 7dictators@democracychronicles.com

The deadline for all submissions is January 1, 2015.

We strongly believe in you, we believe in this competition, and we believe you can be super inspired by what happened/happens/might happen in our world.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Theatre InspiraTO seeks 10-minute plays

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Theatre InspiraTO's 10th Playwriting Contest

Submission guidelines. Deadline to submit a play: Dec. 1, 2014 (11:59 pm, E.S.T.)

Please note: If you submitted your play between Aug. 6 to Aug 21, 2014 we would not have received it. Please re-submit.


1. This year's creative challenge: The urban jungle. Your play must speak to the urban landscape: The drama must address living, working or growing up in the in the city. It can show the consequences of living in the urban landscape or relationships that develop because of it.

Please note: Mentioning a street or section of a city is not enough if it doesn't effect the drama or if it doesn't address the issue of what it means to live in an urban environment. If we feel that this play can just as well take place in the country or small town we won't accept it. Use your imagination: be bold, be witty, be creative, and challenge us. The story can be a comedy, a drama, a parody, absurd or anything in between.

The big city environment offers a living and breathing entity that we love to hate or hate to love: harmonious, dynamic, complex, antagonistic, ever-changing, growing and dying, offering endless pleasures for some and never-ending suffering for others. A safe heaven? Or a battlefield? The story is yours.

2. The play must be a ten-minute play. The contest is open to anyone without geographic or age restrictions. You must submit online. Please fill out the submission form below and submit your play by Dec.1, 2014 . There are no fees. Once you submit you will be taken to a page confirming that we have received your submission. You may only submit one play. The cover page should have the title of the play, the playwright's name and the list of characters. The pages should be numbered. The format should be easy to read. We accept previously produced plays (but not plays that have produced in InspiraTO before). The playwright must own the rights to the play up to June 8, 2015 (i.e. the script cannot be owned by a publisher). Any style is acceptable except musicals. We are particularly interested in scripts that aren't afraid to make bold choices: quality writing backed by imaginative staging. Only those playwrights whose plays have been selected will be notified by January 15, 2015.

The plays will be selected by a committee from the Toronto theatre community. If selected, your play will be performed in Toronto, Canada from May 28 - June 6, 2015. Between ten to eighteen ten-minute plays will be selected and performed. 1st Prize: $500 CDN. Should your play be selected for inclusion in the festival, you are giving the non-exclusive right to Theatre InspiraTO to produce and perform the play in the 10th Annual InspiraTO Festival in Toronto (Canada's largest ten-minute play festival), in the May/June 2015. The InspiraTO Festival will find the cast, crew and market your play. Authors retain copyright and full ownership of their plays.

3. Tips on writing. The submission must be a play. A ten-minute play is distinct from a sketch, or a skit; it is a compact play, with a beginning, middle and an end. You need a character facing obstacles in pursuit of some specific goal. You need rising action, conflict, and a climactic moment and your play must tell a complete story.

Generally speaking, scripts (including the stage directions, character names and dialogue) that are over 1,900 words are more than ten minutes long on stage. This does not mean that all plays under 1,900 words are under ten minutes, so be wise: use Word Count and read the play out loud while timing the length (including all pauses). You don't want your hard work rejected because it was too long. Get inspired. See your story come to life!

Please fill out the online form, attach your play and submit.

Welders 2.0

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The Welders are thrilled to announce that we are officially opening up the application process for Welders 2.0!

In selecting the next generation of Welders, we’re looking for playwrights who are deeply involved in their craft, willing and eager take on the tasks of producing five plays, and committed to developing, sustaining and passing on the organization to Welders 3.0. We are also seeking an executive and creative director ready and able to drive the collective creatively and with both intelligence and enthusiasm.

The Process

In selecting the next generation of artists to whom we’ll be giving the organization, The Welders have decided to assess groups of candidates, rather than individuals. Our decision stems from an appreciation of the fact that we had the luxury of forming our collective organically, building relationships with each other over time. With that fact in mind, we didn’t feel it would be appropriate to select six individuals and thrust them together as a group. We want to find people who, through their own relationships, already know they want to work as a team.

The following application is thus intended to be completed by five playwrights and one executive and creative directorcollaboratively. Although there are questions that each potential Welder will need to answer individually, many will need to be answered as a group as well. After reviewing applications, furthermore, we will be selecting the most promising groups to participate in an interview process as well. That process will be conducted collectively as well: we will interview potential groups as a whole, rather than speaking with members individually.

Please note that we are perfectly comfortable with artists choosing to apply as a member of more than one group. Collaboration takes multiple shapes and we don’t want to limit possibilities; we want to open them up. Our only restriction is that each group should consist of five playwrights or generative theater artists and one executive and creative director: six individuals in total. It is not possible, in our experience, to serve as both a playwright AND as The Welders’ executive and creative director; the labor would be too great. All we ask, for those who are applying as a member of more than one group, is for transparency: please let everyone you’re applying with know that you’re applying with others as well.

Applications for Welders 2.0 are due by December 1, 2014. 

We’ve allowed a significant amount of time because we understand that it may take a while for groups to form, let alone to complete the application. Our intent is to review and consider applications during December and January and then begin the interview process in February of 2015. The interview process may require two rounds; our goal is to complete that process and select a new group of Welders to join us for the final twelve months of our three-year run by May 15, 2015. Our hope that is a year of working by our sides—participating in our bi-weekly meetings, producing with us, and learning how we work—will prepare the new group to take the reins from us smoothly and powerfully.

If you have any questions about the application below, you can submit them electronically to Gwydion Suilebhan (gwydion@thewelders.org). Answers to submitted questions—if they might be useful for all applicants—will be shared on our website as updates to this page. We, too, want to be as transparent as possible.

The Application

The Welders 2.0 application has three components: a series of questions, a skills checklist, and additional supporting material. Each component is described in detail below.
The Questions

First, please provide answers to the following in a single PDF or Word document:

1) The names and proposed positions of all six applicants.

2) Short descriptions of one potential project that each playwright or generative artist might work on. (These are not commitments; merely possibilities.) A paragraph will suffice, but more detail is also welcome.

3) A sample “Why I Want to Be a Welder” blog post—500-750 words in length—for each group member, including the executive and creative director. Sample blog posts are available here.

4) Responses to the following three questions, composed as a group:
The Welders place tremendous value on diversity. It’s built into our value system and it’s expressed at every level of the organization, from our Board of Directors to the artists we work with. Explain to us how your group, as it’s constituted, will continue or even build upon those values.
The Welders are a DC-centric organization. Although not all of us live in the district, DC is our community, and we consider it a core part of our mission to serve that community. How are you all, as artists, embedded within the city? What’s your relationship to being part of your community? How will your group embody this aspect of The Welders’ mission?
We’ve spent our first few years establishing an alternative platform for new play development and production, one that’s succeeded in a great many ways. We don’t, however, consider the work finished or perfected. We intend to hand The Welders off to a new generation with the full expectation that things will change. The organization will evolve. So… with that in mind, and given your understanding of The Welders as we are currently constituted, what ideas does your group have for doing what we do either differently or better?
Skills Checklist

In developing a detailed understanding of the skills and effort required to run The Welders, we have assembled a checklist of responsibilities that helps us keep track of our own work. With that in mind, please use the following list to indicate which one (or more) of your group’s members might have the necessary experience to manage the following organization responsibilities, as well as the source of that experience. (In most cases, a short sentence—or even a half-sentence—will suffice.) Your checklist should be included with your PDF containing answers to our questions.

Please note that we do NOT expect you to be able to cover ALL of the following items—we get help from outsiders and we see no reason why the next generation of Welders won’t do the same. We simply want to know what resources and abilities your group will bring to bear.

Marketing and Public Relations
Maintain the Welders’ website (in WordPress)
Solicit and edit blog posts
Manage the Welders’ social media presences (currently Facebook and Twitter)
Write and send press releases
Art direct Welders photo shoots and video trailers
Solicit press and media coverage, both locally and nationwide
Maintain a press contact list
Serve as theatreWashington liaison

Development
Maintain a grant schedule
Write and submit grant proposals and grant reports
Pitch corporate donors
Maintain individual donor prospect lists
Set up and attend donor pitches
Plan friend-raiser events
Write donation thank you letters
Maintain relationships with funders and foundations
Plan and run annual fundraising events: The Weld and The Joint
Plan and run Board of Directors and Executive Committee meetings
Serve as Board secretary
Solicit Board members as necessary

Infrastructure and Financials
Maintain Google calendar, create Google + Hangouts, manage Google Drive
Create bi-weekly meeting agendas/take and distribute bi-weekly meeting notes
File Welders taxes
Maintain Welders budget and production budgets
Manage Welders bank accounts
Plan and run Advisory Council meetings
Plan and execute the search for Welders 3.0

Productions
Develop marketing reciprocity with other productions
Arrange opening and closing night parties
Set up talkbacks
Manage comp lists
Design, edit, and print programs
Art direct show image development
Create and implement marketing campaigns
Serve as casting director (arranging auditions, finding readers, etc.)
Contract with actors and designers
Find and contract with rehearsal and performance space
General production management

Please note, furthermore, that the above list of responsibilities does NOT constitute the entire organizational to-do list. It’s merely suggestive. Being a member of The Welders is, approximately, a half-time job, on average—and more than that at busy times—so those who are applying need to consider seriously whether they are willing to embrace the required effort.
Additional Materials

Finally, we would like you to submit (as separate documents) resumes or CVs for all six members of your potential group.

Thank you in advance for participating in what we hope will be an empowering hand-off to Welders 2.0! Finally: if you’d like to download a PDF version of this application, one is available here.

Seeking short plays about women in history

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365 Women a Year: A Playwriting Project is an open writers group that seeks female identifying playwrights who wish to join in our quest to write one acts about 365 women in history.

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365 Women a Year: A Playwriting Project is an open writers group that seeks female identifying playwrights who wish to join in our quest to write one acts about 365 women in history.

The project will be reaching out to theaters around the country and world for March productions and readings. We will also be seeking opportunities for publication in the coming year.

Plays should not exceed 60 minutes or 60 pages. There will be separate sections of the project: 10 pages and under, 11-20 pages, 20+ pages, 30-60 pages, and musicals. Set and props should lean towards simpler and limit for the characters is 1-8.

Please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/429235263876823/ for more information.

Ask to join the group. Once you are accepted then you may post the name of the woman your play is about. The quota on Caucasian women has been reached, so we are now accepting only plays on women of color.

Deadline is December 31, 2014.
Contact Jess Eisenberg Chamblee at j.e.chamblee@gmail.com

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Crazytownblog seeks participants

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Attention all writers, composers, bloggers, and artists of all kinds:

Crazytownblog, the voice of Bohemia, is looking for new voices to express their opinions about life, love, culture, art, politics, philosophy, music, theatre, and anything else that you can possibly think of for their weekly blog.

We are currently looking for writers that can make a 12 to 16 week commitment writing one post a week. Blogs can be about anything, but writers are highly encouraged to share their new work.

Writing a novel?

Write it on crazytownblog! Write a serialized version in weekly installments.

Or maybe you can take the #52songs challenge and post a brand new song or poem each week.


Are you producing a show? Talk about the many steps involved in creating your new work from page to production, or just write about things that matter to you.

You'll be joining a small community of other up-and-coming artists in New York that has included Ryan Scott Oliver (Jasper In Deadland), Gregory Jacobs Roseman (Save The Date), Julia Meinwald (Pregnancy Pact), David Davila (Vox Pop), Leah Bonnema (Huff Post's Top Ten Commedians), Alex Brightman (Make Me Bad), Kimberly Lew (Other People's Children), Owen Panetierre (Vestments of the Gods), Brett Ryback (Murder for Two), as well as photographers, directors, actors, singers, dancers, non-fiction writers, and pop-culture commentators.

What are you waiting for?

Share your thoughts with an audience of people who care about new work in New York City.

Send a bio, picture (for the website), and a sample of your work to crazytownblog@gmail.com by Sept 1, 2014. If you have an idea for an on-going series or a serialized play or novel, please send a proposal of that as well.

www.crazytownblog.com

Submissions are currently being accepted for Heiress Productions 2014 Playwriting Competition!

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Scripts should be full-length and mostly comedic in nature (or with major comedic elements). In addition, the plays should be unpublished and should not have previously been produced in New York City.

Submissions will be accepted through August 31, 2014. 

The prize for the winning play(s) will be a complete reading in NYC produced by Heiress Productions with the potential of moving on to a full stage production at a later date.

For consideration, please send the following materials to scripts@heiressproductions.org -


1. Cover Letter
2. Synopsis of the play
3. Ten (10) representative pages -
These will be the basis for the first round of consideration. Scripts selected to continue will be read in their entirety by the judging panel.
4. Resume/CV of the playwright(s)

Houston Family Arts Center is looking for a new, unproduced play

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Houston Family Arts Center is looking for a new, unproduced play to premiere as part of its 2015-2016 season.

HFAC produces “family-friendly” plays – not “children’s theatre,” but contemporary or period plays which do not contain strong language or adult themes. Some plays that HFAC has produced that fit into these parameters include "Over The River and Through the Woods" by Joe DiPietro, "A Raisin in the Sun," by Lorraine Hansberry, The 39 Steps by Patrick Barlo"Death by Design" by Rob Urbinai, and "Driving Miss Daisy" by Alfred Uhry.

Please submit a synopsis, character breakdown and 20-page sample to Artistic Director Teri Clark at teri.clark@houstonfac.com .

The deadline is November 1, 2014. 

The selected playwright will be brought to Houston for the opening.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Clockhouse seeks works for publication

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CLOCKHOUSE, the literary magazine published in partnership with Goddard College, seeks short dramatic works from emerging and established playwrights for its 2015 issue.  Dramatic works can be either a standalone piece or a self-contained excerpt from a play or screenplay, and up to 15 pages in length.
 
CLOCKHOUSE is devoted to a variety of genres, publishing fiction, poetry, memoir, creative nonfiction, as well as dramatic work.  Our mission:  Dare. Risk. Dream. Share. Ruminate. How do we understand our place in the world, our responsibility to it, and our responsibility to each other? CLOCKHOUSE is an eclectic conversation about the work-in-progress of life—a soul arousal, a testing ground, a new community, a call for change. Join in. 

Deadline is December 1.  

For submission guidelines and to submit your work, visit http://www.clockhouse.net.”

Elephant Theatre Company submissions guidelines

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The award winning Elephant Theatre Company is known for producing original, contemporary, cutting edge West Coast and World Premieres.

If you would like to submit your work, please send a hard copy script to: 
6322 Santa Monica Blvd., 
Los Angeles, CA 90038. 
ATTENTION ELEPHANT LITERARY
  • All submissions must include a cast breakdown and brief synopsis.
  • We are currently accepting only full-length plays.
  • Larger ensemble casts preferred, minimum of 4 characters.
  • Please do not submit if previously produced in Los Angeles.
All plays will be read by our Literary Department. If we determine that the script is a potential fit for our company, the Playwright will be contacted and the play read in our informal, in house reading series for company consideration. Due to the large volume of submissions, we are unable to provide any feedback and scripts will not be returned but will be recycled.

Thank you for your consideration!

EST/Sloan Project seeks works about science

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Proposals will be accepted starting September 1st, 2014.

Deadline for artist proposals and script submissions: November 1, 2014
Deadline for regional development grants: December 1, 2014

The EST/Sloan Project commissions, develops and presents new works delving into how we view and are affected by the scientific world. These plays examine the struggles and challenges scientists and engineers face from moral issues to the consequences of their discoveries.

The Project is designed to stimulate artists to create credible and compelling work exploring the worlds of science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes of scientists and engineers in the popular imagination. The Project commissions and develops new works throughout EST’s developmental season, including one Mainstage Production, as well as workshops and readings in an annual festival called FIRST LIGHT.

Now in its 15th year, the EST/Sloan Project has awarded commissions totaling more than $450,000 to more than 140 artists. Previous commissionees include: Billy Aronson, Mike Daisey, Jason Grote, Ann Marie Healy, Michael Hollinger, Israel Horovitz, Tina Howe, Shirley Lauro, Emily Levine, Romulus Linney, Quincy Long, Cassandra Medley, Dan O’Brien, Carey Perloff, Bill Pullman, Jaquelyn Reingold, Tommy Smith, Caridad Svich, Vern Thiessen, Alex Timbers, Bridgette Wimberly, David Zellnik, Stillpoint Productions, and The Royal Shakespeare Company.
Commission Awards

Commissions will be awarded to individuals, groups and creative teams for full-length and one-act plays and musicals. Commissions range from $1000 to $10,000. Commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, as are deadlines for drafts, finished work, and research support (if appropriate). Extant, full-length works may be submitted and are judged on a script-by-script basis by the EST/Sloan Project staff. Rewrite commissions for existing scripts range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Commissions are also available for regional theaters who wish to sponsor a local project focused on science and technology, either by commissioning a new script or developing an extant piece. Commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, but average $5000.
Submission Guidelines

The EST/Sloan Project is open to a broad range of topics related to the issues, people, ideas, processes, leading-edge discoveries, inventions, and/or history of the "hard" sciences and technology.
Hard sciences include the following areas:
  • Mathematics
  • Physics (geological, nuclear, theoretical, etc.)
  • Biology (evolution, zoology, animal behavior, ecology, molecular, genetics, etc.)
  • Chemistry (industrial, biochemistry, etc.)
  • Neuroscience
  • Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Technology includes:
  • Computer Science
  • Software Development, Computer Development
  • Engineering (civil, chemical, mechanical, electrical, aerospace, vehicle design)
  • Space Research
Areas not considered for commissions include:
Science Fiction
Medical Conditions and/or Victims of Disease
Psychology and Human Behavior

How to Apply

New Commissions

Individuals, creative teams and theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project commission should submit the following as their application for a grant:
A one- or two-page description or a simple outline/synopsis of the project. This document should describe the actual story being explored, the source of inspiration behind the idea, and how the science being portrayed would be inherently dramatic in the piece.
A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.

Rewrite Commissions

Individuals, creative teams and theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project rewrite grant should submit the following as their application:
A draft of the script.
A one- or two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the play, your goals for a rewrite commission, and any questions you have about the current draft.
A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.

A selection committee evaluates the proposals and makes the final decisions. Candidates may be asked to revise aspects of their proposals, provide writing samples, and/or arrange a meeting to discuss their project as part of the selection process.

Deadline for artist proposals and script submissions: November 1, 2013

Deadline for regional development grants: December 1, 2013
Regional Development Commissions

Theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project regional development grant should submit the following as their application for a grant:
A current draft of the script, or a one- to two-page description or outline of the project.
A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.
A one- to two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the project and your goals for the commission.
An estimated budget for the project.
Delivering Your Submission

We accept scripts in the following manner...
Email (preferred):

sloanproject@ensemblestudiotheatre.org
Via regular mail:

The Ensemble Studio Theatre

Attn: EST/Sloan Project

549 West 52nd St.

New York, NY 10019

Phone: 212-247-4982

Please contact us with any questions.

Best of luck to you,

EST/Sloan Project Staff

Saturday, August 23, 2014

11th Annual Ten-Minute Playwriting Contest

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Lakeshore Players Theatre is accepting submissions for 10-minute plays. 
Finalist plays will be produced at our Annual Festival in June 2015.

Play submissions will be accepted through November 15, 2014.

HIGH SCHOOL PLAYWRIGHTS


High school-aged playwrights are encouraged to enter. Plays must include a letter from a teacher or school administrator, written on school letterhead, verifying that the play was written during high school, in addition to the guidelines below. If the committee chooses to name a high school entry as a finalist for the 11th annual contest, the play will be produced with our other finalists in our festival in June 2015.

ALL PLAYWRIGHTS


Please read the following rules and requirements carefully. 
Plays not meeting the requirements will be disqualified.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

• The play should be approximately ten-minutes in length.

• The play must have no more than five on-stage (speaking and non-speaking) characters.

• You may submit only one play, so send us your best! Please do not make more than one submission.

• The play should be in a "play format" making it easy for the readers. 
(We like 12-point, easy to read fonts, such as Times New Roman or Ariel)

• The play must be unpublished and unproduced at the time of submission to our contest. We do screen for this, so don't send us your play if it has been produced. (Staged readings are not counted as "produced.")

• Submitting your play to our contest grants Lakeshore Players the right to produce your play in our annual festival and photograph and/or videotape it for archival purposes, if it is chosen as a finalist.



ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES

• The play should have simple technical requirements. There won't be a set — a few furniture pieces and a few props only — we only have about one minute in between plays to change scenes.

• As a community theatre, we want to appeal to the largest possible audience, therefore plays with excessive offensive language are less likely to be selected - please keep that in consideration.

• Two ways to submit: Email or Mail.

• Your play must be received no later than November 15, 2014 to be eligible.

Only plays submitted exactly as outlined below will be accepted.

EMAIL TWO PDFs
VERY IMPORTANT – Email submission rules below MUST be followed, or your submission will be disqualified.

1. Send one copy of the play with ALL contact information on the title page:

◦ play title

◦ your name

◦ your mailing address

◦ your phone number

◦ your email address

2. Send ANOTHER copy of play for the judges with NO contact information on the title page: just the title of the play.

3. Email Instructions

◦ Subject line: Include the title of your play, for example: 10 Min Contest: MY GREAT PLAY

◦ Include your complete contact information in the body of the email.

◦ Tell us where you heard about the contest.

◦ Please include the title of your play in the file name. For example:
My Great Play-Blind.pdf
My Great Play.pdf

4. Email plays to: office@lakeshoreplayers.com

MAIL TWO COPIES
Don't know how to PDF? No problem.

1. Send one copy of the play with ALL contact information:

◦ play title

◦ your name

◦ your mailing address

◦ your phone number

◦ your email address

2. Include ANOTHER copy of play for the judges with NO contact information - just the title and the play.

3. Mail to: 
11th Annual Lakeshore Players 10-Minute Play Committee
4820 Stewart Ave. 
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

4. Plays will not be returned to you.

5. If you would like confirmation that we have received your script, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard with your script.

FINALISTS 


Plays chosen for production in our festival will receive $10 per Lakeshore performance of the play, and a copy of the program from the festival within 60 days of the festival weekend. Production photos will be uploaded to PhotoBucket and available for viewing, sharing, and downloading.

Any questions? E-mail: office@lakeshoreplayers.com

Discounted writing class at Primary Stages ESPA

Write your next play with us. Whether you’re writing your first play or your hundredth, it’s not always easy to set the creative wheels into motion. THE FIRST DRAFT is a 10-week class to guide you through the development of your first draft, providing concrete deadlines, constructive feedback, and a collaborative environment that will encourage you to get your ideas on the page.
 
Writing can often be a solitary process, but this class will allow you the opportunity to strengthen your writing skills while building connections with your artistic peers. Each week, bring new pages in to hear them read aloud in class, and engage in discussion with fellow writers.
Weekday, evening, and weekend courses available to fit any schedule. Instructors include:
· Brooke Berman (Writer, Hunting and Gathering at Primary Stages)
· Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River Theatre Company)
· Edwin Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages)
· Joshua Harmon (Writer, Bad Jews at Roundabout Theatre)
· Josh Hecht (Director, Christine Jorgensen Reveals at New World Stages)
· Megan Carter (Dramaturg, Jackie at Women's Project)
Classes begin in September. Register now and save 10% off the new student rate with discount code NYCP. http://primarystages.org/thefirstdraft

Orange Tea Theatre Company seeks short plays

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Orange Tea Theatre Company is an exciting English language theatre company based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.  We are appealing for submissions short plays, between 10-30 minutes long to be performed in December. 

Deadline is Monday, 15th of September.

Please read our guidelines carefully before submission.

Guidelines:
  • The plays should have between 2-6 actors. Please visit our Ensemble page at www.orangeteatheatre.com/ensemble to get an idea of casting.
  • Plays must be completed, and run between 10-30 minutes.
  • We favour contemporary plays in modern day settings.  These will likely be performed in an unconventional theatre space, so lighting/sets must be minimal and creative.
  • Keep in mind that our demographic has a young, urban, and international outlook.  Our audience is a mix of Dutch natives and expats.
  • submissions@orangeteatheatre.com no later than 1 December 2013.  No need to send us a biography or reviews, your plays should speak for themselves. 
  • We acknowledge receipt of all plays and we will make further contact with those whose work we’re interested in taking further. 
  • More information about our company may be found at www.orangeteatheatre.com.

VARIATIONS THEATRE GROUP’S CALL FOR FULL LENGTH PLAYS

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Variations Theatre Group, a nonprofit company run by highly qualified theater professionals, invites submission of full length plays for its Fifth Annual Harvest Festival at the classy Chain Theatre in Long Island City, near MoMA PS1, to be held between November 3 - 22, 2014.
 
Guidelines:
  • Plays should not have a running time longer than 90 minutes.
  • Each play will be shown at least three times during the course of the Festival.
  • Each play should have its own  production team.
  • Deadline for  submission is September 15, 2014.
  • Application forms can be downloaded from our website shown below.
  • http://variationstheatregroup.com/newsite/harvest-theatre-festival-2014/
  • Applications must be emailed to Submissions@variationstheatregroup.com.
  • Notification of acceptance status will be sent by email on or about September 30, 2014.
  • A participation fee of $400 (which will be applied to the costs of running the festival, technical expenses and publicity) should be sent to Variations Theatre Group after acceptance of the play. Please see our website for details.
  • If you have questions, please email us at info@variationstheatregroup.com.

10-MINUTE PLAYS FOR HIGH SCHOOL/MIDDLE SCHOOL ANTHOLOGY

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For an anthology from Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, a division of Hal Leonard, Inc., entitled, 25 10-Minute Plays for Teens, the editor is looking for plays about subjects of interest to the high school and middle school market, ideally with mostly characters in that age group. I prefer that the plays have had a production, although this is not mandatory. If you have a play that fits these criteria, please send it to LHarbison1@nyc.rr.com. Plays previously submitted or published will be considered. All submissions must include a title page with the authors complete contact information.

http://www.halleonardbooks.com/contactus.do

12th Annual NJPC – Play Series

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The New Jersey Playwrights Contest of WPUNJ in Wayne, NJ is proud to announce the 12th Annual NJPC – 

Play Series (open to NJ Residents only) and 

Musical Series (open to all in the northern NJ, tri-state region within 75 mile radius of Wayne NJ).  

The NJPC helps bring new playwrights and composers and their work into focus in the community, the region and the state of New Jersey.  At this time we are seeking new plays and musicals, specifically those suited for staging in a black box theatre – i.e. small casts, limited scenic needs, etc. The NJPC offers the contest winners the chance to see their work fully realized on stage and is proud to have produced 13 original plays and musicals in our first 10 seasons! 

Three play finalists will be selected from all entries received by June 30, 2014 and given staged readings in the fall of 2014.  

Three musical finalists will be selected from all entries received by August 31, 2014 and given staged readings in the spring of 2015.

Entries must include: a completed, signed and legible Entry Form; a cover letter, stating availability of the author for participation in the process and the performance history of the piece; a one-page synopsis of the play or musical that includes the cast/vocal requirements and scenic needs; and a resume of the playwright and/or composer. 
NO SCORES OR LIBRETTOS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED UNTIL REQUESTED.

Entries must be emailed to TheatreSeries@WPUNJ.edu
In the subject line please put: 12th Annual NJPC and your full name.

Note: Those selected to participate in the next round must submit the play, or librettos and a piano score for the entire show in PDF format. (Audio files are also encouraged but not required.) Interviews with the authors will be arranged as soon as possible after selection.

To download the Entry Form cut and paste this url into your web browser:

For further information about the NJPC, please visit: