Sunday, April 23, 2017

Off With Her Head Productions is accepting submissions of new plays

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Off With Her Head Productions is accepting submissions of new plays for our workshop program, The Uncorseted Series. After our inaugural night of new work was a success, we are excited to branch out and meet new writers to collaborate with.

About Uncarpeted:

This series was founded to accomplish a trifecta of goals - workshop and present the plays of young writers, support local Brooklyn businesses, and raise money/awareness for feminist political and volunteer organizations. For our first series, we presented two one act plays, dealing with themes of women's sexual agency, and donated money for Marie Stopes, an organization that supports female reproductive health in countries around the world. Our partnering Brooklyn business is Cafe Forte, a wonderful gem of a cafe in Crown Heights that serves delicious food, coffee, and adult beverages. We had an excellent turnout in March, and were able to unite and introduce some of our favorite artists to one another, so we are excited to keep the series going.

How and what to submit:

If you're interested in workshopping a new play through our series, please submit a short bio about your work and a 10 page sample from the play to the email address listed. Writers of all genders, races, and backgrounds are encouraged to submit. All we request is that you are excited about the goals of the series, and that your play adheres to the mission statement of our company, listed below.

Inspired by the tragic ends of women like Anne Boleyn and Marie Antoinette, Off With Her Head is named for these women, who were powerful, beautiful, sexual beings eventually beheaded for being anomalies in their communities. The mission of this company is to take stories about women and re-imagine them, whether that be by placing classic stories in a modern setting, or taking stereotypes of women that have pervaded until today, and turning them on their heads. We are also interested in exploring the ways that women have and can break out of social constructs that have been imposed on them. We strive to take stories about women, open them up, and make them new again.

We hope to curate the next few months of the series, so we look forward to reading your work!

Email: offwherhead@gmail.com

Off With Her Head Productions
Brooklyn, NY 11238 

Mad Apple Collective seeks one-act plays (UK - open to all playwrights)

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For our third residency at ACANTEEN this October, we are opening our submission window until 19th May.

The Locked Room
Four intriguing one-act plays set in the confines of a locked room…

We are looking for four brand-new one-act plays, which bring a sense of dark intrigue and mystery to our theme The Locked Room.

What can happen when people find themselves locked in a room? Who are they, how did they come to be there and is there a purpose to their incarceration? Yet more intriguing do they (all) get out?

We’re after exceptional ideas that are well written, with memorable characters and a plot that will leave the audience and us spell-bound.

As our third residency will take place in October, we are particularly interested in pieces with a sense of the macabre or malevolence.

The Brief:
Plays must be approximately 30 minutes in length;
Plays must contain a maximum of 3 actors;
A table and up to four chairs are available as standard ‘set but our space is ‘black box’ and pieces must be capable of being performed with minimal furniture, set, props, costume changes etc.;

Recommendations
  • We recommend using Celtx or equivalent to write scripts so that they are produced in a standard format;
  • Submissions should be in either PDF or MS Word form.
  • A very approximate length for a 30-minute play is 23 pages
Submissions should be sent to madapplecollective@gmail.com by 9pm on 19th May 2017.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

March Forth Summer Salon

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We here at March Forth love good stories, and without writers… well we don’t have many good stories, now do we? That is why every summer we provide writers with a chance to have their work read and shared informally in an environment that promotes collaboration, thoughtful feedback and the building of our artistic community.

For four Mondays every summer we gather writers, actors, directors and dramaturgs to read a new play along with the playwright. We discuss what we’ve just experienced, and address any questions or concerns the playwright might have. This is a perfect opportunity for early-career writers or seasoned veterans looking for a supportive arena to try out their newest venture!
Summer Salon Guidelines
  • Full Length, original plays only (no musicals).
  • Play must be complete at the time of submission. Revisions to submitted scripts are allowed, however incomplete texts will not be considered.
  • Playwright must be able to attend the Salon in NYC (August 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th)
  • All submissions materials must be provided in PDF format.
  • Multiple submissions accepted, however only one slot will be awarded per playwright.
  • Preference will be given to plays that stretch the bounds of theatrical storytelling.
To be considered for our Summer Salon, please send a resume, synopsis, character breakdown and ten-page sample of the play you wish to submit to MarchForthSubmissions@gmail.com by May 15th. Please note in the body of your email which Salon date(s) you are available for.


Writers whose work is selected for further review will be asked to submit their full script no later than May 31st. Final selections will be made by June 15th.

Are you an actor and interested in reading at one of our salons? Send your headshot and resume to MarchForthSubmissions@gmail.com and we will be in touch if we have any openings!

Women in the Age of Trump: STAY WOKE (excerpt) by Chloé Duvant

STAY WOKE by  Chloé Duvant is a finalist for NYCPlaywrights project "Women in the Age of Trump."

 Chloé Duvant on her play:
This was written a day after Donald Trump was elected president, where I was trying to figure out what my purpose was within this world, despite the fact I no longer felt welcomed here. In the end, I figured my purpose was to create art, and I should not shy away or be intimidated by what is happening in this country, or in the world; instead, I should use my art to speak on topics, and make myself heard.
Thanks to Chloé Duvant or allowing NYCPlaywrights to publish this video excerpt of her play STAY WOKE. And thanks to Keona Welch for her good work.



CHLOE DUVANT is the pen name of an aspiring writer, currently residing in Los Angeles, California. She is a sophomore at the University of Southern California, majoring in Narrative Studies, with a minor in Cinematic Arts.
Web site http://chloeduvant.com
KEONA WELCH recently joining the cast of Netflix's SEVEN SECONDS. Other credits include, And Miles To Go (The Wild Project; Dir. Hal Brooks), Kunstler (Hudson Stage; Dir. Annette O'toole), Moony's Kid Don't Cry (Drama League's DirectorFest 2012; Dir. Christopher Windom), A Raisin in The Sun (Huntington Theatre Company; Dir. Liesl Tommy), Ruined (The Philadelphia Theatre Company). Film: CUSTODY;DIDN'T I ASK FOR TEA?; END OF HOPE; BIRTH REPORT; THE RIOT; CANDY. TV: "Law & Order"; "Law &Order SVU". Training: Duke Ellington School of the Arts & Rutgers University, BFA

NYSUMMERFEST PLAYWRIGHT/MUSICAL/ONE ACT/ SHORT FESTIVAL COMPETITION

ONLY SPOTS IN SEPTEMBER AVAILABLE

SUBMISSIONS WANTED

Welcome to the best and most supportive festival in US Play and Musicals between 5 and 90 minutes accepted

TO SUBMIT

http://newyorktheaterfestival.com/summerfest-festivals/submission-rules-summerfest-playwrights-festivals/

BEST PLAY OR MUSICAL $3,500

BEST DIRECTOR, ACTRESS, ACTOR, SINGER EACH $500 BEST STAGE MANAGER, SET DESIGNER AND LIGHTING DESIGNER EACH $200 BEST MUSIC SCORE $300 BEST ORIGINAL PLAY $200

NO FEES REQUIRED TO SUBMIT TO THIS FESTIVAL.

WHY YOU WILL NOT FIND ANY OTHER FESTIVAL EVER THAT OFFERS ALL WE OFFER

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

North Park Playwright Festival 2017

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Our goal in building the North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe was to provide a small theater to produce new, untested plays.  In support of this goal we have produced the North Park Playwright Festival each October.  The festival provides a platform for brand new, short (ten minute), plays written by playwrights from around the world.  Over the past twelve years more than 440 new plays have been produced.  We encourage new directors and actors to become involved in theater through the festival as well.  Through the North Park Playwright Festival over ninety playwrights, directors, and actors each year are able to showcase their talents.  We invite interested playwrights to submit work to the festival.  Please follow the guidelines below.

1. Short new plays (no more than 12 pages, less is fine) that are easily staged and have casts with no more than four people. Our theater is very small and we normally use a minimal set concept in this festival. We have to be able to change sets in just a few minutes as we do six to seven plays each evening of the festival. We don't have space for large casts.

2. We request new work. A play that has had workshops or one or two previous productions is OK, but we are not interested in work that has been produced in numerous other places. Our goal in building the theater was to have a place to produce brand new work and let playwrights have a chance to see their work done for the first time.

3. We seek complete plays rather than excerpts from a larger work.

4. Work will be chosen by the directors we have in the festival. It is not a "contest" and we are not really judging plays in the formal sense. The directors choose the plays we will produce, within the production budget guidelines we give them.

5. Most subject matter is OK. We don't do nudity or off color humor.

6. We ask that all submissions be sent to us via snail mail at the theater. Address is: North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe, 2031 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104, Attn Summer Golden, Artistic Director. We have too much trouble with differing email, word processing, and computer platform issues to take them via email. Additionally, our selection process requires the directors read the plays submitted and the cost of printing all the plays we receive each year is prohibitive. Please insure submissions have a title page with complete contact information (including email), a character summary, and are in proper script form. There is no charge to enter.

7. Submissions must be postmarked by June 30, 2017. Please do not send plays by any method that requires a signature from us. We are not often at the theater when delivery occurs. We will email notice of receipt to all playwrights submitting plays.

8. Send only one script. Multiple submissions do not increase chances of production.

General information:

We are trying to support new work and involve actors, playwrights, and directors of all experience levels. We have had a wide variety of artists involved from very experienced to first time directors and actors, to an 8 year old playwright (very short, well received play). We feel having a wide range of experience involved helps the new people learn from the more experienced.

We really appreciate your interest in our theater.

Jeff Bushnell and Summer Golden
North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe
2031 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92104
www.northparkvaudeville.com

Arch and Bruce Brown 2017 Playwriting Competition

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IMPORTANT: THE COMPETITION GUIDELINES HAVE CHANGED. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE SUBMITTING.

The 2017 playwriting competition will be open to submissions from March 1 through April 30, 2017. All manuscripts must be electronically submitted (no hard copies) and received by midnight on April 30. Only the first 150 submissions will be accepted, and we will not consider work previously submitted to this competition.

Only full-length works (dramas, comedies, musicals, screenplays) will be considered.

One entry per author, please. Scripts must be original and in English. All must concern lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or genderqueer life and be based on, or directly inspired by, a historical person, culture, work of art, or event.

There is no entry fee. Prizes are as follows: First Prize, $3,000; Second Prize, $1,500; Honorable Mentions, $500. Prizewinners will be announced before the end of the year.

To be eligible for the Foundation’s 2017 competition:

Your script must involve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or genderqueer characters and/or themes.
LGBTQ history must be central, not incidental, to the work. (For more information on the meaning of “historical,” go to the “What Is Historical?” page.)

You must submit a brief statement, no longer than one page, describing how the script fulfills the above requirements. This statement should explain the time period and historical issues involved.

Although submissions on any theme are welcome, this year we are particularly interested in works concerning pornography, sex workers, military service, aging, and education of LGBTQ youth. Also, we especially welcome works by and about women and people of color.
If your work has been produced in any form (workshop, staged reading, or full production), your submission must also include a synopsis of the work’s production history. We will give precedence to works that have never received a full production.

If all of these conditions of eligibility are not met, your submission will not be read.

When submitting:

Manuscripts should be in standard play or screenplay format, using a 12-point or larger font, and saved as a .doc, .docx, or PDF.

The cover page must include the title and your name, as well as your own email address, mailing address, and phone number. Even if you are represented by an agent, please provide your personal contact information.

In the case of musicals, audio segments should be sent separately as MP3 files and limited to a total of 10 minutes. We will request more if necessary.

Email submissions to:jwillis@aabbfoundation.org.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Talk Back Theatre seeks plays for readings in California

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TBT is dedicated to producing staged readings of new work. For our purposes, "new work" means that the play has never been fully produced. Previous readings and workshops do not render the piece ineligible. We are creating a forum for conversation, and as such we are seeking plays that raise questions about pertinent social, political, and/or environmental issues of our time.

Our inaugural call for submissions is OPEN NOW THROUGH MAY 1

Once submissions close on May 1, TBT will commence our play selection process. We will announce the chosen play in early June. The reading will take place in Orange County, California in late September 2017. While we encourage playwrights to attend rehearsals and readings, we understand that it may be impractical in some cases and do not require it. We do not discourage non-local playwrights from submitting.

In addition to a desire to foster conversation within our diverse community, TBT also seeks to support new voices in American theatre and local artists. As such, the playwright of the selected work will receive a writer's fee of $700.00 and will not be responsible for the payment of actors and directors nor the rental of spaces. Please note that TBT cannot provide any additional funds for travel or lodging.

To submit your play for consideration, please fill out the form and follow the instructions for formatting and sending your script. We look forward to reading the wonderful work you are creating!

Renegade Theatre Festival

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The Renegade Theatre Festival, held in Lansing, Michigan, is seeking new plays for our annual festival held in August. Going into its 12th year in the festival-rich Old Town district, Renegade is a free, completely volunteer festival that gives theaters and independent producer/writer/directors an opportunity to present works that they might not normally stage. This summer marks the eighth year of the festival featuring new, original works – Renegade N.O.W.!

We will be accepting plays in two separate categories. We will be accepting new, original works that meet the following guidelines:

New Plays #1:
Plays should be no longer than 90 minutes in length. (45 pages)
Have never been produced.
Can be any style/genre.

New Plays #2:
Plays written on the theme: Alternative Facts: Rogue Reality
Are not longer than 10 minutes in length.
Have a cast of no more than three characters.
Have never been produced.
Can be any style/genre.
Can be fully produced using minimal setting/props/costumes.

The deadline for new play submissions is May 15th, 2017.
Plays should be sent electronically to: ptufford35@gmail.com

All scripts should be submitted electronically. Only under certain circumstances will hard copies of scripts be accepted through the mail. Please feel free to email me with any questions at the above email address.

Please include your name, address, phone and email address with your submission. Playwrights should also include a brief synopsis of their play that can be used in promotional material as well as a short bio. Playwrights whose plays have been selected will be notified by late June.

Selected plays will be seen by as many as 2,000 festival goers as well as professional, community and educational theatre representatives. Highlights from previous festivals have included performances of comedy, drama, musicals, children’s theatre, performance art, readings of new works by local playwrights, spoken word and improvisation. Past participants have included Williamston Theatre, Peppermint Creek Theatre Company, Ruhala Performing Arts Center, Starlight Dinner Theatre, Lansing Community College Theatre, All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre, Mid-Michigan Family Theatre, Saginaw Valley State University, Holt-Dimondale Community Players, Shakespeare on the Grand, Riverwalk Theatre and Michigan State University.

We look forward to reading your new play!

Check out our festival website at: www.renegadetheatrefestival.org

Thursday, April 20, 2017

JETFest Now Accepting Submissions for the 2018 Festival

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The Seymore J. & Ethel S. Frank Festival of New Plays

$15 non-refundable submission fee. This fee will be waived (with hard copy submissions only) for members of the Dramatists Guild and submissions by legitimate literary agents (not lawyers/attorneys/friends).
Checks and money orders should be made payable to “Jewish Ensemble Theatre.” Contact the theatre should you wish to pay by credit card.

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

JET encourages all playwrights over 18 to submit their work. JET's programming generally reflects issues of social conscience and human rights both in drama and comedy. Use our past productions as a guide and if you have questions, contact us at 248-788-2900.

Entry must be a full length original work or adaptation with a minimum running time of 85 minutes that has not been produced prior to the festival in 2018. Cast size of 7 or less is preferred. Staged readings/workshop productions are not disqualifying factors.


ENTRIES ACCEPTED

Submissions will be accepted December 1, 2016 - May 31, 2017 at 11:59 PM. 
(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 finalists, you are encouraged to attend the readings and talk backs.

The 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 the 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 finalists.

NOTIFICATION

Finalists will be notified no later than December 31, 2017.


SUBMIT TO

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

Email:

QUESTIONS

Contact:
Christopher Bremer, Executive Director
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.

LIC One Act Festival 2017

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Call For Submission: Deadline April 24th
There are no participation/application fees

May 8-14, May 22-June 4

We are currently accepting submissions for the LIC One Act Festival 2017, a competition style festival. The Secret Theatre is seeking to promote emerging playwrights and new works for their annual one act festival. Please review the guidelines below before submitting. There are no fees to participate or apply.

All finalist have an option to be included in a non-exclusive play anthology for the festival. Audience votes will decide who makes it into the finals. All plays included in the final will have a chance to win cash prizes. Categories include:

$100: Best Play
$50: Best Director
$50: Best Actor
$50: Best Actress

Guidelines:
  • Plays must be between 10-20 minutes in length
  • This is a self-produced festival. The playwright is the producer. As such, you will be responsible for hiring a director and actors. (The Secret Theatre will not do this on your behave) However, a lighting designer and stage manager will be provided for the run of the festival.
  • Props and set must be minimal. The Secret Theatre does not have storage space for large set pieces, props, etc. There are rehearsal cubes, folding tables and single chairs available and suggest that you keep everything minimal. The Secret Theatre will not be responsible for storage of any costumes.
  • If selected, your play will perform at least 3-4 performances over the entire festival run. The number of performances, and program groups, is dependent on the amount of plays accepted and able to participate.

Please submit here:
https://form.jotform.com/70674296394973

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Capital Repertory Theatre’s (theREP) New Voices event in the 2017 Next Act! New Play Summit 6.

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New Voices Submissions

Capital Repertory, Albany, NY Announces
Next Act! New Voices
Call for Entries

Submissions are now being accepted for one act plays by young writers for Capital Repertory Theatre’s (theREP) New Voices event in the 2017 Next Act! New Play Summit 6.

Next Act! now in its sixth year, is an expansion of theREP’s commitment to the development of new work and directly reflects the theatre’s mission, “to create meaningful theatre generated from an authentic link to the community.”

New Voices, which received a pilot run in 2014 summit, reflects the theatre’s dedication to providing theatrical opportunities to students from Elementary School through College. This particular Next Act event is dedicated to new works from the next generation of playwrights, and will include 3-5 readings of one act plays by student playwrights. Next Act! New Play Summit 6 takes place October 20 – 23, 2017.

Accepting 15-Minute one act plays by students ages 13-22. - (must be enrolled in school at the time of submission)


Multi-cultural and ethnically diverse pieces encouraged.

Comedy and Drama welcome!

ELIGIBILITY
Eligible plays must be 15-minutes in length and should have no more than 7 characters.
Plays previously submitted to Next Act will not be considered for this years’ Summit.
Playwrights must be enrolled in school at the time of submission.

Submission Deadline: Friday April 28, 2017.

HOW TO SUBMIT

Playwrights should submit one document, as a Microsoft word or PDF file attachment. This document must include: a short one-paragraph synopsis – that illuminates the plays entire plot including its ending; character descriptions and the complete script. Playwrights should include the name of the school they are currently attending – and what year – in the body of the email.

Email your submission to nextact@capitalrep.org with NEW VOICES 2017 SUBMISSION in the subject line.

Electronic submissions preferred.


PLAYS SELECTED:

Three to five plays will be selected to have readings during the annual 4-day summit, which takes place October 20 – 23, 2017.

A limited travel allotment is provided.

Capital Rep is a professional LORT D theatre, established in Albany in 1981.

SENIOR THEATRE PLAYS, BOOKS, AND MATERIALS NEEDED

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Deadline: June 15, 2017

ArtAge Publications, the source of Senior Theatre plays, books and materials for older performers is accepting submissions for their 2018-19 catalog. Meeting the needs of older performers, from amateur to professional, there is something for everyone--from short and easy sketches to 3-act musicals.

What to submit: The Senior Theatre collection features plays and musicals of all lengths, but short shows which run up to 20 minutes are the most popular. Directors look for comedies with mainly female casts that require few technical elements and ones that can be staged as readers theatre. Successfully performed shows have senior casts (or mostly senior) with up-to-date, feisty characters in current situations. Roles should challenge performers, yet be fun to stage.

To learn more about the field and the Senior Theatre Resource Center, review the catalog and read Writing Plays for Senior Theatre, an e-document available on the website. Click here for the Writers' Guidelines with complete submission information. Let us know your questions.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

RADD Productions seeks work

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RADD is interested in inviting folks into our working community. Unfortunately we are a small team, and cannot sort through submissions in a mindful way- we just don’t have the time, or manpower. So, we created the“Slushpile”

If you have a project you want to produce, you can send a quick proposal to raddslushies@gmail.com. We are interested in films, plays, and performance art. Every two months we will pick out five of the proposals for an in-person meeting. The deadline for submitting and the time of the next pitch meeting is posted below - this meeting time is inflexible, so if you cannot make it please wait for the next cycle to apply.

Our process for going through these submissions is random, so please know that. If you aren’t contacted, chances are we didn’t read your proposal this time around. Because of this, you are welcome to apply as many times as you like. Feel free to simply by cut and paste your first email if the project hasn’t changed. Hopefully, if it’s meant to be, we find you.

www.raddproductions.com

Next Deadline | Saturday, May 6 @ noon
Next Meeting | Sunday, May 13th 11am - 1:30pm

Nylon Fusion Theatre Company is currently accepting new works

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Nylon Fusion Theatre Company is currently accepting submissions of new works for future projects.

If you are submitting to:
1- Our short play festival “This Round’s On Us” (about 10 minutes) *
2- The Political Play series (Full Length about 90 min) Note: Submissions do not have to be about Politics per se, but must be about topics that are socially and/or culturally significant.
3- The TV-style project (Episodic sitcom sample script- 20-30 pages) for **The New Situation Company. We are interested in writers residing in New York, as the team will be meeting frequently during script development. If you do not live in the New York area but would like us to consider your work, feel free to send in your sample script, as we would like to feature guest writers in the project as well.

This Round’s On Us: The redacted Word

Submission Deadlines:

The L Word - March 8th, 2017 (Show May, 2017)

The C Word - July 12th, 2017 (Show September, 2017)

TBA - September 6th, 2017 (2017)


The ____ Festival -- Redacted Festival What is forbidden? What should be covered up? What do we conceal and what do we reveal? Conspiracies, emails, Wikileaks, Tweet-storms, media bias, and social media rants. What kind of trail of evidence do we want to leave behind? What can’t we express in words? When are we at a loss? When are there too many words? What chokes us before we can say it? What is larger than a sentence? What words contains the Universe? The word need not even be spoken in the play.

To be considered This Round's On Us please submit/email the following: A cover letter, brief synopsis, resume and full script to nylonsubmissions@gmail.com Please be specific as to which project you are submitting to. Write on the SUBJECT LINE For example: This Round’s On Us: 1970’s and your name.

Deadlines for “Political Play Series”
To be considered please submit/email the following: A cover letter, brief synopsis, resume and full script to nylonLIT@gmail.com
Subject Line: Name of Play and Playwright.



We will contact you if your work matches what we’re looking for.
Thank you!



Nylon Fusion Theatre Company

Monday, April 17, 2017

Thespian Production seeks short plays

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We’re looking for short plays for our upcoming summer 2017 production. This year’s theme is ‘Silence is the loudest sound’. Plays should be between 10 -20 minutes with a cast size of 4 or less. Plays must include and mention a sycamore tree pendant.

In the subject line, please write: “Summer 2017 short plays production”
Submissions must also include:
  • Playwright bio. 
  • A brief synopsis of the play and the set and tech requirements (Minimal set).
  • Title page with the name, address and telephone number of the playwright, 
  • on all pages, please place the title of the play at the top of each numbered page.
  • Play must be original, unpublished, unproduced and free of royalty and copyright restrictions. 

Play must not have already been produced in NYC. (Staged readings are acceptable.)

Playwrights must submit only 1 play for this showcase.

There is no pay and no entry fee.
Email submissions only in either MS Word or PDF format. 

Submission deadline: May 5th 2017.
Please send your submissions to emerald744@yahoo.com
For information about us please visit www.thespianproduction.com

Seeking Summer Shorts 10-Minute Scripts

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We are seeking 8 original ten-minute plays for our Summer Shorts production, which will be presented at the Orlando Shakespeare Center's Santos Dantin Studio Theater.

Please check out the guidelines before submitting. We look forward to seeing your plays!

  1. Submissions will be accepted April 1st through May 1st. Please submit no more than 2 plays per writer. There is no charge to submit a play. Writers WILL receive a small stipend of $25 for being selected, and if possible will be provided video copies and photography of the event for their records.
  2. Plays should be 10 pages long, or approximately 10 minutes. Plays must be original, previously unproduced works. Plays that have been previously workshopped, presented as a staged reading, or have not been locally (Orlando) produced are acceptable.
  3. Scripts should be properly formatted and submitted electronically in .DOC (MS Word 2003), DOCX (Word 2007 and later) or PDF format. Please number the pages. Other file types are acceptable, but we may ask you to convert them to a new file type if we can't open them.
  4. Please send TWO copies of your script - one with full authorship information, and one "blind" copy, which omits the name (this is the copy our readers will see). Please include the following information on the title page of your main submission: name, e-mail address, contact phone number, city/country of residence, and a brief synopsis of the play. You may also include a resume or CV, in a separate attachment from the play submission. 
  5. The selected plays will be performed in a small 60-seat black box, so please keep your set requirements very simple. Remember that 8 plays will be presented in one evening, so plays that have minimal tech and set requirements are preferred. 
  6. Plays should be emailed to submissions@theprt.com. The deadline for consideration for the script call is 12:00 AM on May 1st. If you experience difficulty e-mailing scripts or attachments to this address, as a backup, please send them to info@theprt.com or charlesrdent@hotmail.com. 
  7. Selected playwrights will be notified via email, and granted the option of being produced. If the playwright is not currently a PRT Member, they are required to join PRT prior to production for a minimum of one season. However, the basic membership is free. If the playwright does not join, the play will be replaced in the lineup. 
These guidelines will also be posted to our main website, www.theprt.com, as well as our Facebook page. If you have further questions regarding this call, please contact us at info@theprt.com.

We look forward to your submissions. Good writing, everyone!

York Theatre Company Developmental Reading Series

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The York Theatre Company is currently accepting scripts for consideration for its
Developmental Reading Series.

Please see the answers to frequently asked questions below:

Who can submit?

Both established and emerging writers. The York Theatre Company is one of the only theatres in the country that accepts unsolicited scripts.

What materials should I submit?

1. A cover letter introducing yourself and the piece, complete with name, address, phone number and email address.
2. A complete script of the piece
3. A demo of the score (as complete as possible)

How long does the evaluation process take?
The process generally takes six to twelve months: our script readers are dedicated but busy, and we're always working through a backlog.

Will my materials be returned?
While each submission will get a reply, we are unable to return your materials.


What shouldn't I submit?
. Non-musical plays: the York's mission concerns musicals only
. Jukebox musicals: the York is generally not interested in musicals without original scores, except under special circumstances

Where should I send my materials?
If you would like to submit electronically, please send the script and demo to submissions@yorktheatre.org.

If you would prefer to submit a hard copy, please send it to:
York Theatre Company
DEVELOPMENTAL READING SERIES
The Theatre at Saint Peter's
619 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022

What if I have other questions that aren't answered here?
Please email our Reading Series Coordinator, Seth Christenfeld at schristenfeld@yorktheatre.org.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Players Theatre Short Play & Musical Festival - "only in New York"

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SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR
Short Play & Musical Festival – NYC
June 8 – 25, 2017

DATES & LOCATIONS:

June 8 – 25, 2017
The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre at The Players Theatre (3rd floor*)
115 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10012

3 weeks, 4 performances weekly (Thursday through Sunday)
5 plays and musicals featured each week.

ELIGIBILITY:

Short Plays and Musicals with a performance time of 15 minutes or less, no more than 15 pages in length.
Writers are eligible to submit up to 2 plays.

THEME: “NYC – Only in New York”

New York City is like no other place in the world! We are seeking plays that get to the heart of the Big Apple and explore what makes this town tick. Unique New York – it’s more than a tongue twister – it is a way of life!

All plays submitted must be centered on, or revolve around this theme.

** Note **

1) Playwrights are responsible for producing their own play – Host provides Theatre, technicians and box office

2) If selected, there is a $100 REFUNDABLE deposit required and a $50 NON-refundable tech fee required
Plays MUST be NO MORE 15 minutes in length and no more than 15 pages

Submissions open: March 28, 2017
Submissions close: April 21, 2017 at 5pPlay selection announced on: April 29, 2017

The Chameleon Theatre Circle's 18th Annual New Play Contest

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Rolling Submission Deadline: April 30, 2017
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 October 2017. All shows submitted will automatically be placed on the slate of shows in consideration for the 2018/2019 season by the Season Planning Committee.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

We are proud to announce that for the 18th 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. If you are submitting a musical, also include 3 copies of the music on a CD or flash drive.

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 or flash drives for musicals) and the required entry form(s) by April 30, 2017 (in hand, not postmarked by) to:

The Chameleon Theatre Circle
17th 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.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Apothetae at Lark Playwriting Fellowship

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The Lark is accepting applications for the pilot round of its Apothetae at Lark Playwriting Fellowship program, supported by the Time Warner Foundation.

The Apothetae at Lark Playwriting Fellowship includes a two-year residency for a Disabled Writer. The selected Fellow will work on multiple artistic projects through an individually-tailored program of Lark play development programs, and develop relationships with other theatermakers at various career stages from all parts of the world. The Fellowship includesa cash award of $40,000, plus a $5,000 Opportunity Fund for project-related expenses, and control over a $10,000 Production Enhancement Fund, to be allocated to a producing theater in support of a full production of one of the Fellow’s plays. The Fellowship also includes access to a wide range of Lark and Apothetae resources, including artistic program participation, office and rehearsal space, and staff support.

Up to 3 Finalists for the award will each receive a $5,000 honorarium.

Applications will be accepted from March 1 to June 15, 2017. All applicants will be notified in early September 2017.

The 2017 Fellowship period begins September 15, 2017 and ends September 14, 2019.

ACTIVITIES

Fellows will:
Work with Lark and Apothetae staff to identify individual artistic goals for the fellowship year, toward generating and developing new plays through a series of Lark programs;
Meet, collaborate, engage and work with a community of other professionals in the field, including playwrights, directors, actors, agents, producers and other industry leaders as appropriate;
Participate in and/or observe a variety of Lark’s play development processes, whether on or offsite, including retreats, workshops, readings, etc.;
Receive support for the advancement of work generated during the Fellowship year, including control over a $10,000 Production Enhancement Fund to be allocated to a producing theater partner in support of a full production of one of Fellow’s plays;
Take an active role in broader aspects of the Apothetae at Lark Initiative, including participation in ongoing Convenings of Disabled Artists and leaders, designed to provide a field-wide, community-based forum for issues of access, awareness and representation;
Receive continued access to Lark development programs beyond the fellowship period.


FINANCIAL AWARD

Fellows will receive:
$40,000 fellowship stipend paid in monthly increments for two years
$5,000 Opportunity Fund
Control over $10,000 Production Enhancement Fund to be allocated as Fellow chooses for the purposes of supporting a full production of a particular play

Please note that the fellows will receive a Form 1099 for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 calendar years and be responsible for their own taxes.
ELIGIBILITY

Fellowship applicants must:
Identify as a playwright with a disability;
Be a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Non-Citizen who possesses valid work authorization (permanent resident status/green card, refugee or asylum status, or temporary protected status);
Make a case for how their work can engage the cultural conversation surrounding Disability;
Make a case for how the Fellowship and participation in The Lark and The Apothetae’s community would promote transformative artistic and professional growth.

APPLICATION

Please submit:
A cover sheet, including your name, address, phone number, and email address.
A current artistic bio or resume;
An Artistic Statement that describes (1) where you feel you are in your creative and professional life; (2) career goals and a proposed strategy for using the Fellowship’s resources towards those goals; and (3) a statement describing how your work might engage this program’s goal of advancing the cultural conversation surrounding Disability;
A Work Sample that best represents you as a playwright. A full-length play script for the stage is preferred, but samples in other genres and of any length will be accepted. Please include a brief description of the work sample if you feel it would be useful in the committee’s review of your application; and
(Optional) One personal or professional reference (listing the referrer’s title or institutional affiliation, along with their phone number and email address). Referrer may be an artistic collaborator, colleague or educator familiar with you and your work.

Applications may be emailed in MS Word or PDF to apothetae@larktheatre.org.

The selection committee may request additional information, support material or work samples as part of their adjudication process.

Electronic submissions are encouraged. Mailed submissions can be sent to: The Lark, Attention: Apothetae at Lark Playwriting Fellowship, 311 W. 43rd Street, Suite 406, New York, NY 10036. Applications are due June 15, 2017.

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page and/or for questions about submissions, please email apothetae@larktheatre.org. If you have accessibility questions about the application process please contact Director of Community Relationships Anna Kull at anna@larktheatre.org or (212) 246-2676 x242.

International Fridge Fest

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The 1st New York International FRIDGE Festival will take place from Aug 31 – September 10th, at IRT Theatre (154 Christopher St. 3B) in the charming West Village neighborhood in NYC.

Curated and Produced by The Arctic Group, Fridge Fest will premiere New Works by playwrights including Matthew Minnicino, Daniel Talbott, Celine Song, and hopefully YOU!

Submissions open on APRIL 3, 2017

Deadline is JUNE 1, 2017 midnight EST
Here are some answers to your questions:

What are you looking for?
  • One acts, preferably between 20 - 30 minutes. That being said, we’ll consider 10-20 minutes. We ask that your play NOT to exceed 40 minutes.
  • Your play must include, but preferably FEATURE, a fridge. We provide the fridge. It is very likely that our fridge will be backless (and therefore walk-through-able) In terms of genre, there are no restrictions whatsoever. Our mission statement is to “pick a snowflake out of an avalanche”, and we want you to be that snowflake. We really like risk-taking and disclaimer-free art, so we encourage you to think outside the (ice)box.

What if I’m selected?
  • If selected, there is a non-refundable $200 participation fee. This fee includes: 4 performances, marketing, press, production stills for your show, help with graphics. And a potential encore.
  • You’ll be in charge of fully staging your play, though we’re happy to help with any casting, recommending theater-makers and personal issues (within reason.)

What do I need to send?
Email us your script, any supporting documents, a little bit about yourself and any questions you might have at arctichumans@gmail.com
Please format the subject of your email as such: TITLE OF PLAY - Length of play - Author. (ie. FROZEN MEATBALLS - 26 minutes - Mrs. Breezy Bottoms)

When will I hear back?
June 15, 2017.

What else should I know?
Performances will be ticketed. However, half of your shows (2/4) will be “Fill Our Fridge” nights, where tickets can be purchased by donating a non-perishable good, which will be donated to a food bank local to the theater.

Marion Thauer Brown Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition

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The MTB Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition celebrates good old-fashioned storytelling with a $250 first prize and $100 second-place prize. All genres considered and authors retain all script rights.

There’s no fee for entry. We simply ask the following:
  • Please keep to one entry per author.
  • The script should be your original work/story (no adaptations of another author’s works)
  • Please keep the script “family friendly”
  • 1) Avoid incorporating swearing, which for this context includes “damn,” “hell,” “God” etc.
  • 2) Avoid implicit or implied sexual context
  • Make sure your script is action/plot driven
  • Scripts should run no longer than 30 minutes

Entry deadline May 28th 2017.
Winners will be announced in June 21st 2017.

Rules, past winners and entry information can be found at http://mtbscriptcompetition.com/

SUBMIT YOUR SCRIPT

Please click on the link below to send a note expressing your interest in entering the 2017 MTB Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition. Please DO NOT attach your file in this note.

We will get back to you (hopefully within a couple of hours) with your entry form. Although this seems a bit cumbersome it will prevent my overzealous spam filter from diverting your entry.

Again, please DO NOT attach your script file with your interest to enter note.

info@mtbscriptcompetition.com

Friday, April 14, 2017

2017 ROCKFORD NEW PLAY FESTIVAL

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Deadline May 15th 2017
The 2017 Rockford New Play Festival is seeking submissions of new ten minute plays. 

Six scripts will be chosen as official selections of the festival and presented in an evening of staged readings in Rockford, Illinois on August 24, 2017. Each of the six playwrights will receive $150 and a link to a video recording of the reading. The 2017 New Play Festival Reading will also be broadcast live on Facebook.

This year, we invite you to share a play inspired by the question: “In light of the recent Women’s March on Washington, ‘Where Are You Going?’” We encourage you to be bold, passionate, and most importantly, yourself.

There is no entry fee. Please follow these rules:

Theme: plays must be relevant to this year’s theme: “In light of the recent Women’s March on Washington, 'Where Are You Going?'”

Language: Plays must be written for English speaking audiences.

One play per playwright will be accepted.

Originality: Submissions must be original and playwrights must be the copyright holder. Translations and adaptations will not be accepted.

Eligibility: Plays that have been professionally produced or published, or which are under consideration for production or publication, are not eligible.

Plays submitted to The Rockford New Play Festival in previous years will not be considered.

File Format: Plays must be submitted in PDF format.

File Name: “Your First and Last Name - Play Title.PDF” (e.g. Caryl Churchill - Top Girls.PDF)

Plays must have the following sections:

Title Page (Play Title, Playwright Name and Contact Info)

Character Page (Name + Short Description. In order of appearance)

Setting/Time Page

Play Body: 10 Pages or less. Plays longer than 10 pages (not including Title, Character, and Setting/Time pages) will not be read.

Plays must be in Standard Professional Play Format:

Font: 12 point serif (Times New Roman or similar), no bold or italics please

Margins: Top: 1”, Bottom: 1”, Left: 1.5”, Right: 1”

Character Names: Capitalized, first letter of name centered on page

Dialogue: Begins on the line below the character name, single spaced

Stage Directions: start at center of page, single spaced, in parentheses, no italics

Page Numbering: Upper right corner, Page 1 is first page of Play Body

Online Submission: Plays must be submitted through the online form. Email or postal submissions will not be accepted.

Double-check these rules before making your submission.

Any submission not following these rules will be disqualified.

Plays will be accepted until May 15, 2017 at 11:59pm CST, or until we reach 500 submissions, whichever comes first. Playwrights will be notified about the status of their submission no later than July 1st, 2017.

Have questions? Please email us at rocknewplayfest@gmail.com. Please note that we cannot accept play submissions via email.

Click the "Submit Your Play" to be taken to the online play submission form.

Shakespeare in the ‘Burg Fifth Annual One-Act Playwriting Competition

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Shakespeare in the ‘Burg is pleased to announce our fifth annual one-act playwriting competition, in conjunction with our Shakespeare in the ‘Burg theater festival. Dates of the 2018 festival will be announced on our website. The festival will be held at The Hill School, Middleburg, VA. There is no fee for this competition. We will choose three winners and each will have a staged reading during the Shakespeare in the ‘Burg festival. The readings will be performed by Shakespeare in the Square acting company from New York City.

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

Also new for 2018: The staged readings will be videotaped so if winners can’t be present, they will still be able to see their plays performed by skilled actors.

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

Competition Rules:

  • Open to all playwrights
  • Scripts must be original. Musicals, monologues, film scripts and television scripts are not eligible.
  • Running times of no less than 25 minutes and no more than one hour.
  • No more than one submission per playwright. Give us your best work!


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

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

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

The deadline for entries is a postmark or email at end of day, October 15, 2017.

Thank you and good luck!

The Nick Darke Award 2017

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We are delighted to announce the Nick Darke Award 2017 open for stage play submissions.

Deadline for entries 17.00 (GMT), Wednesday 31 May 2017.

With the opportunity to win £6,000, this competition is open to all writers aged 16 and over.

Following Nick Darke's death the Nick Darke Award was conceived in 2006 by his wife, the artist and film-maker Jane Darke, with the support of his family. Nick Darke wrote in many forms but earned his living in the world of theatre, screen and radio.

The Award is funded by Falmouth University through the Academy of Music and Theatre Arts (AMATA) and the School of Writing & Journalism. The relationship between Falmouth and the Award recognises Nick Darke's impact across the arts and endeavours to continue his legacy through the promotion of talent.

  • Applicants should submit a full stage play script along with a one-page synopsis
  • All submissions should be entered anonymously, do not include a name, address, phone number or email on the script or synopsis
  • Please put your contact details in the email with your submission
  • Further information available in our submission criteria
  • Email your submission in PDF format to: nickdarkeaward@falmouth.ac.uk
  • Falmouth University is ranked as the UK's number one university for the creative industries for the third year running. Falmouth also makes the top 30 of all universities in the country; recognition that reflects its world-class facilities, quality of teaching, levels of graduate employment and student satisfaction.

The University has a portfolio of ground breaking, industry-facing courses that are designed to help students get great jobs across the creative sector, from Acting, English and Fine Art, to Computing for Games, Textile Design and Business Entrepreneurship.

Contact
Email: nickdarkeaward@falmouth.ac.uk

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Jeffrey Award call for 10-minute plays

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The Jeffrey Award invites NYC playwrights to submit a ten-minute play on the theme "Second Acts."

The Award will provide a director and actors for a one-time reading of the play. In addition to the opportunity to hear your play out loud, the winner will receive a $250 cash award.

All submissions must be received by Noon, May 3, 2017. 

Winner will be notified in July.

Guidelines for the submission:

  • NYC playwrights only; one submission per author.
  • No more than a 10-minute play, which is usually 8-13 pages [read your play aloud and allow for nonverbal action]
  • Maximum 3 characters
  • Submit a standard format PDF with no identifiers on the title page or in the script.
  • Play must be previously unproduced
  • The reading will be script-in-hand, no props--think table read-- with a short rehearsal period, with the focus on having the playwright hear the work out loud in front of people.

Send to: thejeffreyaward@gmail.com.

The subject line should include the THEME and the TITLE of your play. For example: Second Acts: Title of My Play

Please include your contact information (address, email, phone number) in the body of the email.

We look forward to reading your work.

2017 New Musical Discovery Series

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Florida Theatrical Association announces the 2017 New Musical Discovery Series.
Aspiring writers from around the country are encouraged to submit their new works, which will be reviewed by a panel of theatre professionals, including renowned directors, writers, producers and performers. The panel will select two works that will each receive a staged reading. One final winner will receive a workshop presented of their piece featuring local directors and talent. The Discovery Series will also include talkbacks for students and audiences with the playwrights and directors.

The deadline to submit musicals for consideration is June 1, 2017.

Submission Guidelines:

  • All submissions must include: A cover letter A history of the musical’s development A synopsis Full script A CD or flash drive with at least six songs from the production (can be a very basic recording) *Please note that materials will not be returned.
  • Playwrights must be available for rehearsals and performances September 5-10, 2017.

All materials should be mailed to:
Florida Theatrical Association
Attn: Play Submission
100 S. Eola Drive, Suite 200 Orlando, FL 32801

For full submission guidelines and more information, visit www.FloridaTheatrical.org or email KennyHoward@FloridaTheatrical.org.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Ox-Bow Residency 2017

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Saugatuck Michigan

Fall residents are given the time, solitude, and focus often unavailable to so many working artists and writers. Each fall between 25 and 30 artists and writers participate in the residency creating a community of engaged peers. At Ox-Bow, artists can enjoy 24-hour access to their studios, and an inspirational setting, free from the expectations of commercial and academic demands. During the fall season, residents have the opportunity to work in studios not available during the summer session. Three studios are dedicated specifically to writers. The fall is also an ideal time to propose group or collaborative work. Please complete the application below. If you have any questions, contact us at 1.800.318.3019.

Please note, the fall residency is open to all artists not currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program.

Deadline is May 1, 2017

Left Coast Theatre Co. seeks 10- to 15-Minute Plays

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Left Coast Theatre Co. seeks 10- to 15-Minute Plays of any genre (comedy, drama, etc.) that relate to the theme listed below.

We encourage innovative/humorous/surprising scripts that address the following:

THE MORNING AFTER

Left Coast Theatre Co. returns to its roots with “The Morning After,” an anthology of original LGBTQ shorts. This year we are looking for plays that address big moments we experience in life: weddings, funerals, breakups, proposals, birthdays, coming out. But sometimes it’s the morning after that really changes our lives. We are looking for shorts that showcases the hilarity, the joy, the grief, the angst, and the uncertainty of the morning after the big event. #LCTCmorning

Submission Guidelines:

  • Playwrights may submit no more than two 10- to 15-Minute Plays.
  • Plays may be no longer than 10-15 pages, exclusive of your title and character pages.
  • Plays must include an LGBTQ theme, character, event, etc.
  • Plays must contain no more than 5 characters.
  • Set, props and costume requirements should be minimal.
  • Script should include title page with play title, playwright’s name and contact info as well as a character page that includes a brief summary of the play and how it relates to the theme.
  • Plays must be submitted in PDF format.
  • To submit your Play to the LCTC, please email info@lctc-sf.org with your name and title – which must include “The Morrning After…” – in the subject line (i.e. “Jane Doe – The Morning After I Told My Parents”).


Due: April 30th, 2017 at 5:00pm PST. No late entries. No exceptions.

Playwrights whose scripts have been selected for “The Morning After” will be notified in late May 2017.

$50 stipend is available for selected playwrights.

“The Morning After” runs at the Shelton Theater in San Francisco from November 2-18, 2017.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Dr. Floyd Gaffney Playwriting Competition 2017

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The Dr. Floyd Gaffney Playwriting Competition at UC San Diego, now in its tenth year, awards $1000 to a winning undergraduate author along with travel and lodging to participate in a staged reading of their play.

The University of California San Diego's Theatre and Dance Department seeks from all enrolled undergraduate students submissions of scripts highlighting African American experience in contemporary or historical terms. Adaptations from books and other forms not allowed.

Scripts must be original, unpublished, unproduced and free of royalty and copyright restrictions. Plays which have had staged readings are acceptable.

Scripts must be 50 pages or longer, typed. Manuscripts must be submitted electronically. You must also include your contact information (name, college email, and address); play title, number of characters, institution affiliation and a one page story summary.

Deadline for entry is 4/21/2016
Submissions:
All scripts must be submitted by email to playwritingcompetition@ucsd.edu.

5th Theatre Brut Short-Play Festival

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New Jersey Repertory Company invites playwrights to submit plays for its 5th Theatre Brut Short-Play Festival. The theme of the festival is “All About Eve”. 

Submitted works must be new, previously unproduced, unpublished, and no more than 10-15 minutes in length. Cast size should not exceed 4 (including any musicians). 

The actual performance areas will be small, so keep the setting simple and prop requirements modest. Plays can be dramatic, comedic, musical, monologue, or whatever sparks your interest. 

The deadline for submissions is May 30, 2017.

Although the theme is specified, they are not prescriptive with regard to style, and how you interpret the theme is the province of each playwright. Keep in mind that Theatre Brut seeks to foster “the creative impulse unfettered by social and artistic convention” so let your imagination soar and be adventurous. If you have ever aspired to "experiment" or stretch the boundaries of theater, this is the time to do so.

Submissions should be emailed to njrep@njrep.org

Make sure you include the full script, a brief synopsis, character description, and playwright bio. In the subject line put “Theatre Brut submission”.

Prior festivals have received 250-300 submissions and approximately 25 plays are chosen for each event. There is no compensation and playwrights retain all copyright of their works. By submitting, playwrights agree that in future presentations and publications NJ Rep and Theatre Brut will be listed as premiering the work.

Performances will be October 1 - October 8th at NJ Rep - West End Arts, Long Branch, NJ and will be supplemented by other arts events including poetry readings, an art show, photography exhibit, and other events to be announced.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Red Theater of Chicago offers free tickets

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An important part of Red Theater Chicago’s #FreeTheater Initiative
is our Director of Accessibility, Cheryl Farney

Red Theater Chicago is proud to make all productions accessible
for all audiences and artists alike. We offer Captioned performances and
Touch-Tours for every Red Theater production.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions:
access@redtheater.org

Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship

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Submissions for 2017-2018 Writing Fellowship due May 21st

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION HERE

About the Program
The Writing Fellowship is at the heart of what we do: helping writers write. Four early-career playwrights receive nine months of resources, readings and feedback designed to help them reach their professional and artistic goals. Over the course of the season, Fellows develop a single new play. Monthly group meetings provide a collaborative, energizing space for writers to share and refine their work. One-on-one meetings with The Realm’s artistic staff support each writer’s specific artistic process. Fellows work with a director, design consultant, and actors over the course of two readings to see their work come to life. Professional development resources are also integral to the program and are tailored to meet the needs of each Writing Fellow. Mentor opportunities, meet-and-greets, and professional seminars are designed to shed light on the business of theatre, and empower the Fellows to be active, informed participants in their own careers. The culminating event of the program is our INK’D Festival, which features a public reading of each Fellow’s play.

What We’re Looking For
Above all, we look for dedicated early-career writers who crave a long-term, rigorous development process. We value intellectual curiosity, imagination and bravery. We love plays with evocative language, plays that contemplate big, unanswerable questions, that embrace the complexity of life, and demonstrate an understanding of the possibilities of dramatic storytelling. And of course, plays that are inherently theatrical—that could never be anything other than a play!

As a playwright-centric company hoping to help create the next generation of successful playwrights, we believe it is our responsibility to ensure that the playwrights and the stories we support fully reflect the diversity of the society we live in. As such, we encourage writers and stories with unique cultural perspectives, experiences and backgrounds.

Writing Fellows Receive

$3,000 Award

Internal reading

Public reading

Prime real estate on the Realm couch

An occasional hug

Program Criteria

Playwrights must be able to attend meetings and readings in New York City approximately twice monthly from September 2017 through May 2018.

Playwrights should identify as early-career.

Those enrolled in an MFA program during the span of the fellowship are not eligible.

Plays to be considered for the fellowship should be complete drafts at a stage of development that would benefit from a nine-month rewriting and workshopping process.

Plays should have no commitments to other theaters that will limit their development with Playwrights Realm.

Plays going through another similar development process simultaneously, or that have had a production outside of an academic environment, are not eligible.

We are not looking for solo performance projects at this time.

Writing Fellows Application Components

Completed application form.

Theatrical résumé listing all academic credentials and professional productions

Full draft of the play that you wish to develop as a Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow. The script must be submitted in PDF format with your name and the play title on a cover page

A professional reference with contact information (optional).


DOWNLOAD APPLICATION HERE
To apply, please send the above materials to: writingfellows@playwrightsrealm.org

All applications must be submitted electronically by May 21, 2017, 11:59PM EST. Finalists for the program will be interviewed over the summer and final selections will be announced by early September.

Open Space Arts Summer Playwright's Festival

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Now accepting submissions for our 2017 Summer Playwright's Festival...

This year's theme... Smoke and Mirrors!

Plays must be:
- Family friendly (no overt swearing or violence, or sexual themes)
- Between 10 to 15 minutes in length (around 8 to 13 pages)
- Inspired by the theme Smoke and Mirrors
- Suitable for an outdoor stage (no big special effects or lighting requirements, no musicals)
- Looking for plays that involve younger characters (ages 13 to 35)

Other Guidelines:
- Plays should be submitted in .PDF or .DOC format.
- Playwrights may submit up to 2 plays for consideration
- Plays must have a cover page with the Title, Playwrights Name, City and State, and Email. Plays should also ideally contain a dramatis personae, a one sentence summary, and page numbers.

We love our local playwrights, but you do not have to live in the Maryland region to be considered.

Plays must to be submitted electronically to openspaceartsmd@gmail.com by April 15th, 2017. 

Please feel free to direct questions to that email as well.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Women in the Age of Trump: WAIT FOR IT by Lisa Carstens

WAIT FOR IT by Lisa Carstens is a finalist for NYCPlaywrights project "Women in the Age of Trump."

Lisa Carstens on her monologue:

I saw the call for Women in the Age of Trump and wrote this monologue that night. When a playwright friend saw my name on the list of semifinalists, she asked me what my entry was about, and I said it was “a weird and only tangentially relevant monologue that askance expresses the surreal woe of moving backwards in gender equity time.” She replied that she “couldn’t imagine what to write to respond to Trump. I’m stymied, flummoxed, incapacitated by the whole thing.” That’s when I realized that my monologue was about being stymied, flummoxed, and incapacitated by the whole thing.

Thanks to Lisa Carstens for allowing NYCPlaywrights to publish this video of her monologue WAIT FOR IT. And thanks to Diane Quinn and Bill Fuller for their good work.




LISA CARSTENS is Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of English at Pacific University, Oregon. Lisa recently had a short play produced as one of seven winners in The Fusion Theatre’s annual 10-minute playwriting competition, “The Seven” (Albuquerque NM, June 2016). Prior to that, the same play, “Future Perfect,” was a finalist in the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville’s 2015 National Ten Minute Play Contest.

DIANE QUINN is a professional Actor, dancer, singer, choreographer and model who has performed in many regional theatres all over the country, aboard a cruise ship and in Japan. She has also appeared on Sex and the City as Phyllis and Law and Order as Mr. Abbot's Assistant. Some of her favorite performances include Grete in Sight Unseen, Diana in Lend Me A Tenor, Ursula in Sweet Charity and dancing the Dream/Somewhere Ballet in West Side Story. She is an alumna of Atlantic Acting School. You can next see her in Central Park at her 7th Annual Shakespeare Sonnet Slam https://www.shakespearesonnetslam.com/

BILL FULLER (camera, sound and lighting) Professional Audio Engineer and Composer with 20 years of experience. Some recent Clients include: HBO, Showtime, The Daily Show, ABC World News Tonight, 60 Minutes, Reuters, The Ad Council, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, McKinsey, PWC, J & J, Verizon, Samsung, Google, Pfizer, Bayer, Coca Cola, Quidsi, BMW and Goldman Sachs. He has a degree from Berklee College of Music in music production and engineering. He is also a singer/songwriter currently completing his next CD and is Producing a soon-to-be launched Podcast.

MANHATTAN REP'S SUMMER PLAY SPECTACULAR

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100% OF THE TICKET SALES GOES TO THE PLAYWRIGHT/PRODUCER

Seeking fully produced plays 30 min to 90 min.

So we have found a better way for producers to put up their plays and get something back, and have the producing costs be at a price point that will work. This is our 5th Spectacular Event and the response has been amazing.
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So from JUNE 1 - JUNE 30, we offering our Summer Play Spectacular at our new 52 seat theatre on West 45th St.

For a $595 fee, you get a 2 hour tech/dress in the theatre (Nights and weekends), and TWO performances, and YOU GET ALL OF THE TICKET SALES! So if you have an inexpensive space to rehearse, a good team, and friends and family that can fill the house, you can actually make money putting up your play.

(And more performances are available for additional fees.)

You also received free ticketing service, a venue manager, reduced rate rehearsal rental space in the theatre if you want, and a brand new beautiful, clean, theatre on West 45th St to present your work.

We are only accepting 8 plays for this event.

To submit your 30 - 90 minute play, please forward,
the complete draft of your play as a .pdf file,
a synopsis of the play,
the running time of the play,
the set and lighting requirements,
your mailing address,
and a creative team leader contact email address to:
manhattanrep@yahoo.com

by April 25, 2017

Please put "Summer Play Spectacular" in the subject heading.

Plays that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis so if we fill up all of the 10 available slots we will end submissions before April 25, 2017

Other than added performances or added reduced rate theatre rehearsal rental, there are no additional Manhattan Rep based fees.

The 50th Annual John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award

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A competition for new full-length plays

Entry Deadline: April 15, 2017 

Winners Announcement: October, 2017

This Award was created in 1967 to honor the late John Gassner (1903- 1967) for his lifetime dedication to all aspects of professional and academic theatre.

This award will be administered by a panel of judges named by the NETC Executive Board.

A staged reading of the award-winning scripts, or of selected scenes from those scripts, may be given at the annual NETC convention in the fall or on another occasion.

RULES OF ENTRY

 The competition is open to all playwrights.
 Submissions must be new full-length plays. Musicals will not be considered.

 Plays submitted to the competition must not have been published as of April 15, 2017,  must not have been produced by a professional or Equity company as of April 15, 2017,  must not be under option for publication or professional production as of April 15 2017

 the play must be submitted, along with:
 a statement that the play will not have been published or
professionally produced as of April 15, 2017, and that it is not under option for publication or professional production and will not be under such option as of April 15, 2017.
 a list of the play’s workshop and non-professional productions, if any, and awards received, if any.

 Only manuscripts submitted electronically will be considered.
 Winners only will be notified.
 Deadline for submission of entries is April 15, 2017.
 Plays that do not meet the above requirements will not be considered.
 Playwrights may submit only one play to this or other NETC competitions in one year.
 The manuscript and enclosures must be emailed to: mail@netconline.org

The New England Theatre Conference, Inc. John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award 215 Knob Hill Drive
Hamden, CT 06518

Website: www.netconline.org

Email: mail@netconline.org 

Tel: (617) 851-8535

2017 ENGAGING ARTISTS FELLOWSHIP

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The 2017 ENGAGING ARTISTS FELLOWSHIP is an artist in residence program for emerging New York City-based artists interested in addressing the intersecting issues of labor, immigration, globalization, and economic justice in their creative practice.

The goal of the 4 month fellowship is to prepare artists for long-term activist and socially-engaged work in partnership with advocacy and social service organizations, coalitions, unions, and groups of neighbors throughout the five boroughs. Ideal candidates must live in New York City and have an interest in or dedication to the interrogation of topics such as: value, wage, debt, livelihood and family life, workers rights, labor, and alternative economies as they relate to the fellow’s respective communities and the larger landscapes of migration, neoliberalism, and/or the economies of the contemporary art market(s).

To Apply:
1. Complete the following application
2. Email portfolio and resume / CV as a single PDF to PJ@moreart.org

Due: Wednesday April, 10th at 12 PM Email subject line: Engaging Artists 2017 Application // [last name]

ONLINE APPLICATION FORM

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfy-NOasJp_0zKFniYbeI3egtd204pOAWga3s9F0108EWYArg/viewform

Philip Seymour Hoffman Relentless Award

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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, Finalists and Semifinalists will also be named.

Deadlines:

Submissions will be accepted from March 13, 2017 through May 15, 2017. 
Submissions must be sent via this website by 11:59pm EST, May 15, 2017.
Eligibility/Criteria for Submission:

Any unproduced play written by a United States citizen or permanent resident (green card holder) 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 below to submit your play and accompanying letter of recommendation to The American Playwriting Foundation.

NOTE: please DO NOT have your name or other identifying info (email/phone number) on any of your manuscript pages. Please also exclude agent info, development info, and dedications. This will preserve the author's anonymity for the judges.

Please provide your script file in pdf (rather than Word documents), with the title format: TITLE OF PLAY.pdf. Do not include your name in the file script title.

You'll receive confirmation that your script and accompanying materials have been received. As submissions are processed manually, please allow up to two weeks to receive this confirmation.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Talking Stick Festival 2017

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Full Circle: First Nations Performance is accepting artist submissions for the 2018 Talking Stick Festival. We welcome artist submissions from both established and emerging artists from all areas of the performing arts.

Project in Development

The Talking Stick Festival also offers opportunities for artists whose work is in development and are seeking artistic support or guidance. You can apply to present your work in the “Development Series” by following the instructions below:
  • Write a cover letter
  • Obtain two (2) Reference Letters
  • Submit a twenty (20) minute video of your Project in Development
  • DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: JUNE 14, 2017.

NOTE: Lastly, out-of-town artists are encouraged to pursue travel funding opportunities and include details of this in their applications.

Equity Library Theater Summer 2017 Play Festival

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Submissions are now being accepted for the New York's Equity Library Theater Summer 2017 Play Festival, to take place over two weekends in August at the NYPL Alvin Ailey Theater and the George Bruce Theater in New York City.

Seeking short plays (no more than 10 pp), from playwrights from all over the USA. Also seeking monologues (no more than 4pp). Musicals welcome!

Basic set requirements.

One submission per playwright. No unpleasant profanity, as this is a family friendly festival! No submission fee! 

Please include name, address, telephone number and email address. We do not produce your work, we provide a venue for you to present actors performing your play. There are no costs involved for anyone. Seeking actors and directors, too!

Deadline: April 15, 2017
Email: submissions@pineyforkpress.com

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Puppeteers of America Rose Endowment Fund

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The Puppeteers of America Rose Endowment Fund was established in 1975 to honor the passing of a fine performer and great friend of puppetry, Rufus Rose. The Endowment Fund makes possible financial grants to active puppeteers for projects that will further the growth and development of the art of puppetry.

Contributions to the fund are invested and every other year awards are made from the interest that has accumulated. Awards generally range from $500 to $1000.

An Endowment Fund contribution is a fitting way to honor a departed friend of puppetry or to express thanks to a consultant, committee or guild. It is also a concrete way to express interest in and dedication to the art of puppetry. Contributions to the fund are tax deductible. As this fund grows, more money will be available for the financing of worthy projects.

CRITERIA FOR FUNDING

The first priority of the Endowment Fund Committee is the allocation of funds to support the development and creation of NEW PROFESSIONAL PUPPET PRODUCTIONS.

These can include:
  • The production of new shows
  • The creation of experimental puppets or techniques
  • The production of puppet-related films, DVDs, videos, slide shows or publications

After production grants have been awarded, and if funds are available, puppetry projects in the field of education will be considered.

Any North American puppet company or individual puppeteer may apply for a grant from the Endowment Fund. Either the person making the application or one member of the applying company must be a current member of Puppeteers of America.

In general the Endowment Fund Committee will not fund transportation, living expenses, tours or performance bookings. Grants for equipment will be considered only if a specialized need can be demonstrated.

Proposals and requests for Endowment Fund grants are judged on the following criteria:

QUALITY: Is the project well developed, is it feasible, is the budget realistic?

CREDIBILITY: Based on your past performances and on recommendations. Visuals and a script outline are important.

IMPACT: Will the project serve as a pilot? Will it stimulate further activity? Will it help develop an artist or group? How large an audience will it reach?
DEADLINES
Grant applications are due by: April 15, 2017Awards will be determined by mid-June, 2017
Money award will be available by the PofA National Festival, July 18-22, 2017