Sunday, February 1, 2015

First Acts: Funding Opportunities for Playwrights

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Wed, February 4, 2015, 5:00 pm

Are you a playwright developing a new performance piece and in need of financial and technical resources? Read more for an exciting opportunity from Kupferberg Center for the Arts in Queens NYC.

The “First Acts: New Plays in Development” series supports theater artists who are in the early stages of developing new performance pieces. “First Acts,” which is a project of the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at the exceptionally diverse Queens College, aims to amplify the voices of playwrights who are writing from minority or immigrant perspectives, in other words, voices that are not often heard in mainstream theater. By offering financial as well as technical resources for new play development, this program helps playwrights work through the question “what does my play need now?” “First Acts” supports the Queens College campus and community by providing relevant artistic programming and allowing for inter-disciplinary conversations and interactions on a wide range of topics. It also offers its audiences the rare opportunity to connect directly with art makers, and to be active participants in their processes. All performances are free and
open to the public.


Funding is made possible through the generosity of the Natalie Bailey and Herbert J. Kirshner Foundation. Awards range from $1000 to $2500, depending on the scope of the project. The award is given directly to the grantee, and can be used at the grantee’s discretion for such expenses as actor, playwright and director stipends, extra rehearsal space, props, costumes pieces, etc. A detailed projected budget should accompany the application.


In addition, the grantee will receive in-kind support from the Kupferberg Center for the Performing Arts:
  • Use of Colden Auditorium. Generally, “First Acts” performances are offered with the audience seated onstage (approximately 125 seats.) Grantees will be given two rehearsals in the space, along with one performance. Opportunities for further performances in other Flushing spaces can be arranged.
  • Access to technical staff for minimal lighting and sound cues if needed (25-30 cues.)
  • Promotion via Kupferberg Center for the Arts
  • Printing and distribution of fliers and programs.
  • Access to highly diverse Queens College campus community
Rehearsal March 11th, Tech Rehearsal and Performance March 12th
Rehearsal March 23rd , Tech Rehearsal and Performance March 24th
Rehearsal April 21st , Tech Rehearsal and Performance April 22nd
Rehearsal May 4th, Tech Rehearsal and Performance May 5th

All performances are in Colden Auditorium with audience seated onstage. They commence at 7pm.


Please send the following to Sophia McGee at
A one paged description of the proposed project
A synopsis of your piece
A proposed budget
Your first and second choice of dates


Woodward/Newman Drama Award

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

"Full-length" plays will have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes).
Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission. Plays that have received developmental readings, workshop productions, or productions at small theatre companies are acceptable. No scripts with previous productions at major regional theaters will be accepted. Once entered, subsequent activity does not change the acceptability of the script.

Each submission must include a synopsis (1 page or less) including the cast size. A separate page should include a brief bio of the playwright, and production/development history if applicable.
Each submission must include a cover letter with contact information and a $10.00 reader fee. Agent submissions require no fee. The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. The BPP only accepts U.S. checks or money orders (Make check payable to "BPP"). No international checks or money orders will be accepted. If submitting internationally or if you want to avoid paying by check, pay online with your credit card here

Make sure to note with your submission that you have paid the reader fee online.
It is preferable for musicals to include a demo CD. The complete score is not necessary but may be included. All plays are read by BPP's literary personnel led by and including the Literary Manager and Artistic Director.
We do not accept email submissions. Scripts will not be returned. Blind submissions are not necessary. Please include all contact information. Plays submitted in previous years will be accepted.
The BPP reserves the right not to name a winner and/or name a winner but not commit to a reading or production.
Send to:
Woodward/Newman Drama Award
Bloomington Playwrights Project
107 W. 9th Street
Bloomington, IN 47404

Scripts must be postmarked by March 1, 2015, and received no later than March 10, 2015. We are not responsible for postal delays, and recommend you not choose to send Media Mail unless you are submitting several weeks in advance.
For further information, write BPP, Attn: Literary Manager, 107 W. 9th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404. 
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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Fourth Wall Review is seeking play submissions

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We are welcoming scripts of any genre and length, and searching for great plays to feature as "Play of the Month" on the Fourth Wall Review website, and in the Fourth Wall Review journal. The next issue being published is the Spring Issue in April 2015. Submissions by email only, please.

E-mail Play Submissions:

1. Please submit plays as an attachment to

2. Email subject line: Your Last Name, First Name, Play Title.

3. All plays must be submitted with a synopsis of the play as a seperate attachment. One or two paragraphs.

4. File formats: Word or PDF.

Play Formatting Guidelines:

Submit your play with a synopsis of the play.

We do not require a specific script format at this time. With that said, we have two formatting preferences outlined here:

1. Use the generally agreed upon formatting rules such as character names being placed center, or somewhat center, of the page above the dialogue, etc. For anyone new to playwriting, there are many formatting resources on the web that can be referenced through a Google search of "play formatting". Below are a couple of web sources for formatting. At the bottom of the page is the email for manuscript submissions. Please submit your script as a Word or PDF file only.


2. You can place the character names in ALL CAPS on the same line as the dialogue followed by a colon. Any stage direction immediately after the name is italicized and in parenthesis.


JIM: Hello. How are you doing today.

JIM (Frightened): How are you doing today.

Play of the Month:

Submissions for "Play of the Month" should be previously unpublished, and ideally have no production history or have had a very limited production history.

Submissions guidelines for Art, Audio and Video files:

We are always looking for talented artist, filmmakers, graphic artists, performers to publish in the Fourth Wall Review or to premier work on the Fourth Wall website.
Email Graphics, Art, Audio or Video to: Email to:

The Relentless Award, established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

For additional information and submission guidelines, please visit For answers to specific questions, please email

Suncor Energy Stage One Festival

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Submissions for 2014/2015

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

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

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

Who Can Apply?

Anyone is allowed to apply.

All applications should include:

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

2014-2015 Deadline: February 28, 2015

Please submit applications in hard copy form to:

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

If you have any questions, or for more information, please contact Artistic Producer, Mark Bellamy at

Friday, January 30, 2015

MadLab Theater seeks full-length plays

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


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

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



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

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

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

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

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

Due to our environmentally conscious president, you must email your script to us. Please send your script attached as a Microsoft Word document or PDF format. Scripts should be emailed to Please put “MADLAB 2016 SEASON” in the subject line. If “MADLAB 2016 SEASON” is not in your subject line, your submission may not be received. All submissions will receive a reply email to ensure that your submission was received.

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

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

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

Write the Next Great American Musical

Great musicals are the result of great collaboration. You’ve got a lyricist writing the lyrics, a librettist writing the book, and a composer setting it all to song. And in the end, it all has to seem like it was written by a single voice. This semester, Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) offers two classes that are perfect for the playwright who wants to venture into the world of musical theater writing. 

LIBRETTO with KAIT KERRIGAN (Librettist/Lyricist, ...Samantha Brown at Goodspeed)
A musical is only as good as its libretto, the piece that marries the plot and character development with musical composition. This 10-week class tackles the techniques of plot structure, story development, and adaptation, as well as how to write for various musical genres such as pop, rock, and musical theater. By the end of the class, you will have a solid treatment of your musical and be prepared, with or without a composer, to embark on the first draft.

LYRIC with ADAM GWON (Lyricist/Composer, Ordinary Days at Roundabout Theatre)
Lyrics are the foundation of musical theater storytelling and, for many playwrights, the final frontier. An understanding of this discipline is essential not only for lyricists themselves, but also for their collaborators. This 10-week class will cover song structure, scansion, and rhyme, teaching you to apply your existing storytelling impulses to a lyric format. 

Collaboration is at the heart of what we do here at ESPA, which is why Kait Kerrigan’s LIBRETTO class will be working closely with Adam Gwon’s LYRIC 1 class this semester.  

Classes begin the last week in February.  Payment plans available. 

FADE TO BLACK” PLAY FESTIVAL seeks 10-minute plays

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

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

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

Complete the script submissions form. See

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

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

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

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:

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 ( 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: 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 and we’ll help you out!

Thursday, January 29, 2015


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  • You must be 18 years or older to enter.
  • The play must be unpublished, original works only.
  • The play must be full length, at least 90 minutes. Dramas, comedies, and farces are accepted. No adaptations or musicals.
  • Cast size is limited to five characters, with interesting storylines.
  • The play should require only a single set.
  • Scripts should be typewritten on standard paper size, bound with staple only and pages numbered.
  • Submit three copies with title only. Include unbound sheet which includes the title of the play, playwright's name, address, email, and telephone number.
  • Entries are accepted from October 1 to March 1. Entries postmarked after March 1, 2015 will not be considered.
  • The Playwright's Biography
  • The development/history of the play 
  • Character breakdown, and brief synopsis of the play.
  • Your complete mailing address, email address, and telephone number.
  • All scripts must be firmly bound. No changes or revision accepted after submissions. 
  • No double-sided pages.
  • UpStage Theatre Company will not assume responsibiliity for lost or damaged scripts. 
UpStage Theatre Company
Emerging Playwright Project
1713 Wooddale Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Chagrin Valley Little Theatre 10-10 Festival

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CVLT began the biennial 10-10 Festival in 2009, putting out the call for short plays to be performed at its River Street Playhouse, the smaller venue adjacent to the main theater building. Ten plays would be chosen, each lasting roughly ten minutes. The first 10-10 that July was a resounding success, receiving submissions from all over Northeast Ohio and beyond. The second and third editions were equally a hit. Now The 10-10 is back for its fourth edition!

Play Submission Guidelines

The play selection team is now accepting script submissions for consideration! If your submission is chosen, your play will be performed tentatively in July 2015, at the River Street Playhouse a "black box" environment which seats approximately 65 patrons. 

Playwrights whose scripts are chosen will be contacted early in 2015.
Plays must be postmarked/emailed no later than April 1, 2015.
You must be 18 years or older to submit a script.
Scripts must be complete. Scenes from a full-length production or from other works cannot be accepted.
Your show should have an estimated production "running time" of 10-12 minutes.
Your script must be original – CVLT will not accept responsibility for copyright violations.
Please include a cover page which details your contact information - ensure all contact information is current.
Please do not include your name on any pages beyond the title page, as our committee will be reading the plays 'blind'.
You may submit no more than 2 scripts under your authorship.
CVLT reserves the right to choose directors for each play. You may not direct your own production.
CVLT cannot compensate you for your submission, nor will you receive compensation if your script is chosen for production.

Send your hard-copy submission to the address below:
Do not send your only copy of the script, as no script can be returned.

CVLT 10-10 Festival
Attn: Cindee Catalano
40 River Street, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022

Scripts may also be submitted via email to (PDF or MS Word accepted.)

For more information, email and we will forward your queries to the production team. Good luck!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


NYCPlaywrights has made the selections for the TAKE BACK THE ROM-COM reading.

We had almost 300 submissions and we’re sorry we couldn’t include all the plays we liked. Thanks to everybody for participating.

Special thanks to Alice Anne English, Bryn Packard, Nilsa Reyna and Doug Rossi for their good work in the selection process.

The reading will be held at the end of March. The date/time/location will be announced soon.

Congratulations to the authors of these plays:

  • GOING UP? by Cynthia Morrison
  • GOODNIGHT IRENA by Rhea MacCallum
  • HAPPY CHRISMUKKAH by Jack Feldstein
  • SEMICOLON IS A DOUBLE by Larry Rinkel
  • VERSAILLES by Jason Rainey
  • YOU’RE DRIVING ME CRAZY #3 by Todd Wallinger
  • YOU CAN'T BE THE ONE by S. L. Daniels

16th Annual Midtown International Theater Festival

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MITF Call for Scripts

Deadline February 26, 2015

The Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF) is gathering projects for its sixteenth season (production dates: July 13 - August 9, 2015). (The last week is exclusively for the Commercial Division.)

If you have a project you think might be worth producing in the MITF, now's the time to send it in! The rules are easy-peasy.

There's no application fee. 

If your project is accepted, there's a participation fee of $600 ($999 for Equity showcases). This earns you a place in the Festival, with many FREE perks (see below). If you wish to participate in revenue from your show, you may pay a Theatre Usage Fee that entitles you to a share of the gross.

In exchange for your participation fee, the Festival offers a unique array of benefits unmatched by any other theatre festival in NYC:

• Twenty hours FREE rehearsal time, plus severely discounted additional time
• FREE showcase insurance
• FREE external storage (availability permitting)
• FREE marketing consultation, with E-mail followup
• No side letter with Equity, so no hidden costs
• COMPS for all participants to each others' shows
• Five production photos taken by our publicity staff

Our regular lineup of full-lengths will be supplemented by our Commercial Division, to be held at an appropriately splendid venue (Off-Broadway style, at least). This division is for shows with commercial ambitions. Shows can have sets; they get more time to set up and strike; they get unlimited extra rehearsal time during the run to fix problems; and the Festival will stay open an extra week just for them.

In addition to our traditional festival of full-lengths, we are also a growing festival of one-acts, known as the MITF Short Subjects, curated in person by Festival executive producer John Chatterton. Short Subjects must be 60 minutes or less and are performed in the same spaces as the full-lengths. Short subjects don't pay an application fee, and the participation fee is only $100. They get most of the same perks as full-lengths, except for free rehearsal time (they can pay for unlimited discounted time) and marketing consultation. Short Subjects are also limited to non-union productions. They receive half the profits from their performances. To develop innovative theatre, the MITF is devoted to keeping costs for participants down, starting with such benefits as 20 hours’ FREE rehearsal space for full-length shows, FREE storage, FREE showcase insurance, and more.

In addition to our regular performances, last year we included performances of the Short Play Lab, normally done during the regular theatre season only. The Short Play Lab comprises 2 programs of 10-minute (or less) plays, each program performed twice in one weekend.

Finally, last year we also fielded a cabaret series. We’ll be looking for more cabaret acts this season.

We require scripts to be E-mailed to us in Word or PDF format, with ancillary materials (like music demos) E-mailed in appropriate file formats. You may snail-mail us DVDs where appropriate.

Please check out the rest of our Web site for more details, contained in the Festival Manual, online application forms, and other pages dedicated to special subjects. The MITF is the third-biggest theatre festival in New York City. It also has the biggest ratio of paid staff to participants. It's a comfortable place to preview your work, whether you're new to producing or have commercial ambitions. (Last year 4 MITF alumni shows were playing Off-Broadway simultaneously!) And the Midtown location can't be beat for access to industry and general theatregoers!

Wings to Fly 6th Annual Young Playwright’s Festival

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SAY Sí is currently accepting submissions for its 6th Annual Young Playwright’s Festival, Wings to Fly. The ALAS Youth Theatre Company will select and produce an evening of short plays written by emerging young writers from the San Antonio area. The selected scripts will culminate into a 2-day festival where local audiences will enjoy a diverse collection of new works written by San Antonio’s next generation of playwrights.

High School students and young adults have a chance to get their new and original script produced by SAY Sí’s ALAS Youth Theatre Company. San Antonio is full of talented young playwrights, and ALAS wants to take their work from the notebook to the stage!


SAY Sí will accept short plays, one-acts and full-length scripts until February 9, 2015. Scripts must be suitable for all audiences. There is no restriction on subject matter or style. Scripts must be written by individuals or groups ages 21 and under. The script can be submitted by the playwright themselves, a parent/guardian or a teacher. The selected scripts will be produced and performed by ALAS Youth Theatre Company at SAY Sí’s Black Box Theatre for the Wings To Fly festival, which takes place April 3 & 4.

Script Submission:
Scripts must be submitted by February 9, 2015 to or as a hard copy to:

Joy Jimenez @ SAY Sí
1518 S. Alamo St.
San Antonio, TX 78204

Please attach a cover sheet with your contact information.

If you have questions please contact Joy Jimenez at 210.212.8666.

Center of the World Festival seeks 10-minute plays

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7th Annual Community Readers Theatre August 14-16, 2015
$500 Grant Award!

Welcome to the 7th Annual Amateur Playwrighting Contest. 10-Minute Plays with an Environmental Humanities theme based upon our local history.

Submissions are accepted from October 1, 2014 to May 30, 2015. Use your gifts to help us develop a storytelling videography of our local area as part of our Cal Humanities Grant Project.

Script submission donation: There is a suggested minimal donation of $10.00 which can be paid by check to Center of the World Festival, Inc.

Send donation with submitted scripts. 

Or you may donate online at this link: Events, Tickets, Donations

These donations are used to pay for the advertising expenses associated with conducting this Festival. No donation is expected from under-age minor amateur playwrights nor adult hardship cases.

The play must be original and unpublished and unproduced in any type of setting or venue.

The play must be complete in and of itself and not be an incomplete fragment (such as a monologue, etc.) taken from a longer play nor an adaptation of another person's material already published. However, edited (shorten versions) of your own work may be accepted, if source is identified and available for comparison. Adaptations of public domain material, published before year 1900, may be considered if source is identified.

The play must be appropriate for readers’ theatre presentation (no elaborate sets or stage directions). Please read the section on Readers Theatre for more information. We do not conduct, nor send, written evaluations of scripts to playwrights. Play theme must adhere to Social issue topics, such as ecology, justice, peace, equality, crime prevention, freedom of speech, etc. See Theme Rules for more details.

The Festival is for a General Audience base. DO NOT SUBMIT "Mature Audience Only" material. Please consider general audience for appropriate language in your script dialogue.

The plays are limited to 10-minute scripts, which are about ten pages long. Some flexibility: no shorter than 8 minutes and no longer than 12 minutes.

The Play Submission Form must be used as the cover page. The next page shall be the Play Title Sheet, which includes the title of the play, the playwright's name, the list of characters, and setting. Playwright Agreement also must be signed and sent with your script.

You acknowledge that this is a competition for playwrights who self-identify as amateurs, in various meanings of that word, but excludes playwrights who identify themselves as professionals.

Play must be typewritten (or Word Processed) on 8.5" by 11" paper. Pages should be secured only with a removable binder clip (no staples). Please number each page of the play. The play must be typed in standard play format, using one side of each page only.

You may submit three plays for consideration. However, only one play per author will be chosen as a finalist. A separate submission donation is requested for each different play.
Two entry ways:

1) E-mail transmission to:

You may submit the play in Word Doc or ".pdf" format by e-mail, accompanied by a ".pdf" of your signed Playwright's Agreement, and ".pdf" of Play Submission Form and Play Title Sheet. In the event that your signature is delivered by e-mail delivery, such signature shall create a valid and binding obligation with the same force and effect as if such ".pdf" signature page were an original of your signature.

2) "Hard-copy" paper "snail-mail" submitted applications with Play Submission Form, Play Title Sheet, and Playwright's Agreement. Send to:

The Center of the World Festival
P.O. Box 1929
Frazier Park, CA 93225-1929

If you wish to be notified that script was received, please enclose self-addressed, stamped envelope. Do not send manuscripts by certified mail, or signature required.

Please retain your original and send us only one (1) printed copy. COWFEST will keep this copy in its private archives to validate non-profit mission fulfillment. You give permission for sufficient copies to be made by Festival staff to fulfill the preliminary reading, Festival production, and other requirements for cast, staff, and directors. PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR ORIGINAL COPY!

You may wish to copyright your material. Check writers' guides for more information, or visit

Deadline for play submission is May 30, 2015. All submissions will be judged by reader/actors of a non-professional community reader’s theatre in Pine Mountain Club, California.

Finalists will be announced by June 30, 2015. All playwrights will be notified of the results. For further information, read section on Selection Process.

Should your play be selected as a finalist, you are giving the non-exclusive right to the Center of the World Festival to produce and perform the play in readers theatre format from August 14 through August 16, 2015. We encourage the playwright (or a proxy) to be in attendance at this Festival production.

Playwrights will retain copyright and full ownership of their plays. Playwrights will receive sole credit for writing their play.

No changes will be made to the script without permission of the playwright. The director shall be the sole person to give cast and crew notes of production; however, playwrights may give any notes regarding the play production to the director.

After the play is accepted as a finalist, the play may not be withdrawn for any reason. If you are concerned about the quality of production by an amateur readers theatre, please do not submit for this Festival.

The play chosen for grant award will be determined by the spectator audience of the Festival.

At this time, we are not accepting phone calls. If you would like to talk to someone personally about the Festival, please send a letter with your submission, explaining your questions. Or contact us by e-mail at the link on this website. Please provide a phone number, e-mail or fax number, and the best times to reach you by phone. We will contact you as soon as possible.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

March Short Play Lab

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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 March Short Play Lab. Not only do you rub shoulders with your fellow short-play playwrights, but you get to showcase your work to people you don't know yet. 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 (visit our website: for submission opportunities and requirements). The rules for submitting to March's Short Play Lab are easy-peasy:

Deadline is March 8. Notification will be soon after submission, depending on number of submissions. The sooner you get your script in, the more time you have to prepare. Get that script in pronto!

Plays should be 1 - 10 pp. in standard playscript format.* (The shorter the better; shorter plays get priority.) Include a title page, as the first page of the script, with your contact info (only means of contact is by email).
Submit scripts in a PDF file.
You produce the play whether or not you live in New York. The SPL provides the theatre. This Lab will take place at 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, March 21. The production dates are Saturday, March 21 - Sunday, March 22.
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 a PDF file, to Any questions, don't hesitate to shoot me an E-mail!


John Chatterton
Executive producer, Short Play Lab

Watermelon One-Act Festival (Lexington Park Maryland)

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Welcome to - home of Watermelon Inc.'s production of the Watermelon One-Act Festival (WOAF)!

Now accepting scripts for WOAF 2015!

Please email scripts to Up to three scripts per playwright may be submitted. Please complete a script submission form for each play.


The 2015 Watermelon One-Act Festival will be hosted by The Newtowne Players (NTP) at the Three Notch Theater located at 21744 Coral Pl, Lexington Park, MD 20653.

a. Plays will be selected by February 28th. Playwrights will be contacted by March 1. The $100.00 participation fee must be received by March 14th.

b. A phone conference will occur on March 21 at 6 pm among all production representatives, the WOAF Coordinator, and the WOAF Technical Director. This phone conference provides an opportunity to review information and answer questions. A conference call phone number will be distributed via email prior to the meeting.

c. A technical package with additional information and requirements (e.g., program format, poster image criteria for website) will be distributed to all production representatives before the phone conference. The technical package is due 4 weeks prior to the technical rehearsal.

We welcome all original and unpublished works between 10 and 65 minute running time (includes set up/breakdown and curtain call). Ten to fourteen entries will be selected based on the quality of the writing, story/plot, and character development. Minimal technical requirements is advised as there are only 60 minutes for a technical rehearsal, all props and actors must fit into a 10- by 10-foot space, and there is no technical award. To submit a play is completely free and up to three scripts can be submitted per participant. 

However, if selected, a non-refundable $100 entry fee is required to assist with defraying festival expenses.

Further information, including festival rules and script submission forms, are available for download.

Watermelon is NOT producing the play, merely presenting the finished product, which may be performed a total of two times if selected as a finalist.

Please email us if you have any questions.


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

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

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

Please use a standard playwriting format.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please send all plays to:

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

If you have questions, please contact me at

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

Monday, January 26, 2015

Theatre Southwest Festival of Originals

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

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

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

Scripts should be mailed to:

Theatre Southwest
8944 Clarkcrest
Houston, Texas 77063

The Puzzle is looking for 10-minute plays

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The Puzzle is looking for 10-minute plays! Mail your play to the following address by March 31, 2015 with the application below. The 5th Annual “The Puzzle: Marble’s Theatre Festival” will be held June 15-21, 2015. We look forward to reading your play!

The Puzzle Theatre Festival
Marble Collegiate Church
1 West 29th Street
New York, NY 10001



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Call for Submissions

10 Plays/10 Minutes each

1st Annual 10 Minute Play Festival

Calling all Playwrights to submit to Desde El Puente, Raíces Theatre Company’s 1st Annual 10 minute 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 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 February 15, 2015. 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!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

International Playwrights Group Residency at the Royal Court

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Since 1989 the Royal Court Theatre has collaborated with emerging playwrights from all parts of the world, working in over 70 countries and in more than 40 languages. The International Playwrights Group (formerly the International Residency) is part of this programme that offers the opportunity for international playwrights to spend time at the Royal Court Theatre in London, developing a new play. It also offers international theatre artists a forum to meet and work with leading British writers, directors, practitioners and performers.

In summer 2014, seven international playwrights were invited to London to take part in a focused, residential writers group, working with members of the Royal Court Theatre artistic team in July 2014.

International playwrights will be asked to develop a new play during their time in London in collaboration with members of the Royal Court artistic team. Writers will follow an intensive programme that combines group sessions led by leading British theatre makers with individual one-to-one meetings. Each playwright will be teamed with a Royal Court script advisor and translator who will work with them to help realise their new play. There will also be an opportunity to share work with the rest of the group in a workshop environment, working with a company of professional actors.
The Royal Court Theatre will arrange complimentary tickets to all shows at the theatre for the duration of the programme, as well as a selection of productions at other venues in London.

Writing facilities can be provided throughout the programme, but applicants are asked to bring a laptop computer or tablet with them where possible.

The International Playwrights Group is the latest incarnation of the Royal Court Theatre’s development work with international writers in London. This started in 1989 as the Summer School before becoming the International Residency for Emerging Playwrights from 1993 with support from the British Council. This evolution has taken many forms, focusing ever more closely on international playwrights and their plays.

Many new and exciting theatre projects have evolved in different parts of the world as a result of these programmes, including seasons of new international work at the Royal Court which have often included the work of former participants, many of whom have gone on to become some of the most celebrated playwrights in their countries. These include Marcos Barbosa (Brazil); Pedro Miguel Rozo Florez (Colombia); Marius von Mayenburg (Germany); Anupama Chandrasekhar and Abhishek Majumdar (India); Amir Reza Koohestani (Iran); Dalia Taha (Palestine); Anna Wakulik (Poland); Olivier Choinière (Québec, Canada); Gianina Cărbunariu (Romania); Juan Mayorga (Spain); and Natalia Vorozhbit (Ukraine).

The Royal Court Theatre is one of Europe’s leading theatres, which since 1956 has presented a programme of new and innovative drama that has become known throughout the world. Since its foundation, it has presented premieres by almost every leading contemporary British playwright, from John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger to Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls to Jez Butterworth’sJerusalem. The Royal Court Theatre is the only British new writing theatre with a commitment to working with playwrights across the world to develop new plays.

The Royal Court Theatre may seek funding for successful candidates in order to pay for their participation. Playwrights may be asked to help in researching and applying for grants available in their home countries. Please note that acceptance on the International Playwrights Group is NOTdependent on funding.

Playwrights will be expected to write in their mother tongue and this work will be translated by the Royal Court. However, participants will need to have a good working knowledge of English as all meetings and group sessions will be conducted in English.

Travel and Accommodation
International travel, subsistence and accommodation will be provided by the Royal Court Theatre, supported by a number of local and international funding bodies. Accommodation is self-catering and in single rooms, within walking distance or a short bus ride from the theatre.
The Royal Court Theatre will also reimburse any UK entry visa costs.

The 2015 International Playwrights Group will take place from Monday 6th – Friday 24th July 2015 (inclusive)
Successful candidates will arrive in London on Saturday 4th or Sunday 5th July, departing on Saturday 25th July.
Applicants must be exclusively available for all dates.

The deadline for completed applications is 6pm GMT on the 30th January 2015.
Please note, applications will not be accepted after this date under any circumstances.

Applications are now open and will be accepted until the closing date.
No preference is given to early applications – all will be considered equally as long as they are received by the closing date.

Between 5 – 7 participants will be selected from all applicants to take part in the 2015 residency.

Please provide us with the following:
A completed application form in English (download here)
A recent example of your work (this should be an original, full length stage play in the original language and not an adaptation)
Two letters of recommendation from people who know your theatre work.
A personal statement as to why the International Playwrights Group would be of particular benefit to your development as a writer.

Applications are accepted by email or post. E-Mail applications are preferred.
Where possible, please complete the electronic form in Microsoft Word.

All e-mail attachments should be titled as follows:

All postal applications should be printed single sided and unbound. Please do not send ring-bound or stapled scripts. Please ensure that all scripts contain page numbers. If hand-writing your application form, please ensure your writing is legible, in black ink.

We will acknowledge your application within two working days of receiving it.
Please send your completed application to:
Elyse Dodgson, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8AS, United Kingdom

Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition

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Playwrights are invited to submit original scripts to the sixth Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition.  The friends and family of Ms Peter -a playwright, actress, and lover of history- established a fund at the Morgan Opera House in Aurora, NY, to honor her memory and to encourage the writing and production of theatre art.  

Criteria include: the play must be an original work, previously unpublished.  It must dramatize an historical event or an historical fiction.  It may include one or two acts and be no less than 45-60 minutes in total length, with no limit of form.  All scripts must be typed and will become property of the Morgan Opera House.

Submissions must be postmarked by Monday, March 2, 2015.  The winner of the $500 prize will be announced in April and the play will be presented at the Morgan Opera House, a small historic raked-stage theatre, in late 2015.  Submit one copy of work to Gloria Peter Playwright Competition, PO Box 327, Aurora, NY, 13026.

Refer to for clarifications.  Direct inquiries to Ann Mathieson ( or 315-364-7325.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Moonlit Wings seeks plays for young audiences

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PLAYWRIGHTS - Seeking Scripts: Summer Season 2015 Open to Submissions!!

Moonlit Wings Pro, celebrated entertainment production in the National Capitol Area & beyond, is accepting play and musical script submissions for our professional Performing Arts Camp for youth ages 7-14. Selected scripts will be workshopped and produced this summer by a DC creative team & playwrights will receive a production review with materials.


-Plays or Musicals (straight plays are fine, although we will ask to work music into your play)

-Runtime: 20-40 minutes (hour long scripts may be submitted but we will ask to make necessary cuts)

-LARGE cast, 15 minimum - 35 maximum, ensemble shows preferred, female driven or gender neutral casts encouraged

-Material suitable to be performed by talent ages 7-14

Our theme this year is: "Season VIII: ‘GREAT 8: Championing our greatest qualities that make us unique " and we are especially seeking stories about embracing our differences and celebrating our similarities.


Since 2008, MWP has mounted over 40 world-premieres of new theatre-for-youth workshop productions every summer. This summer we are selecting 4 brand-new shows to workshop and produce. Each show rehearses for a 2-week session with a professional director, choreographer, & tech director/stage manager and concludes with a public performance at the end of each session. Playwrights are given a thorough production review from the creative team and the chance to debut and promote their work with our leading youth arts organization. This is our 8th year in partnership with the Fairfax County Park Authority (est. in 1950), the 6th largest county in the USA, located in the National Capital Area. More at or watch this short documentary from our 5-Year-Anniversary:


DEADLINE: Friday, April 3, 2014

**Please email the following to with the header: "2015 Show Submission - TITLE HERE"

Then in the body of the email include the following info (bullet-points/list responses are okay):

-Your Name
-Phone Number
-Are you part of an organization or group? If so, which one?
-Title? Is this a play or musical?
-Has this work been produced before?
-A VERY brief synopsis of the show (3-5 sentences)
-Does your entry relate to our "Great 8" theme (suggested, but we’re open to all submissions)? If "Yes", how so?
-Cast size / Runtime
-Attach the script

We will reply to selected playwrights by or before May 2015. Our past collaborations have been with authors having work published by NYC's Beat By Beat Press, Playscripts Inc., Eldridge Publishing, and several independent literary organizations. Please forward all questions to Thank you for your interest!

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Theatre Gwaun Writers Festival

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Make a note in your diaries that all entries for the Writer’s Festival must be in by 21st February 2015. Ten minute plays, stories or poems that are your own work will be welcome from all ages. We will try to include as many as we can. Please note it will be a family audience. The 3rd Gwaun Writer’s Festival will be on Saturday 28th March 2015.

Please send to or postal entries to Theatr Gwaun.

Guidelines for submissions to the Gwaun Writers’ Festival

Submissions must be received by Saturday 21st February 2015. No entries after this date can be accepted.
No age limit. There will be three categories for judging; under 10’s, 11-18 and 18 and overs.
Must be author’s own work.
Can be submitted in Welsh or English.

Entries to be sent to or by post to 
Theatr Gwaun, 
West Street, 
SA65 9AL

Emailed entries to be as Word doc or pdf attachments.

Do not put your name on the script but use a covering letter with your name, address and telephone number

The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Scripts will not be returned but remain in your copyright.

Entries can be in the form of a play (no more than 4 characters), poem or selection of poems or a story. 10 minutes limit. Winning entries will be performed or read on stage by Theatr Gwaun’s drama groups.

If your entry is a play it must be simply staged with no scenery and with easily accessible props and costumes.

You will be notified a week before the Festival if your entry has been successful.
The winning pieces will be performed on stage at Theatr Gwaun on Saturday 28th March 2015.

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Arundel Festival Theatre Trail

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The Arundel Festival Theatre Trail, conceived and presented by Drip Action Theatre Company, is now in its fifteenth year. It performs at the end of August, on each of the Festival’s eight days, eight short plays at eight different venues all over Arundel – this year, for example, in a community hall, a restaurant, a football club and Arundel Jailhouse. An audience of over 2,000 came to see the eight 2014 Theatre Trail plays.

The Trail is firmly established as one of the major components in the Festival and is a great showcase for both new and established writers, both from the UK and beyond


Writers are invited to submit plays for next year’s Trail.

Plays should be between 30 and 40 minutes long, with practicable casting, props and effects. All entries should be submitted to

Drip Action Theatre Trail 2014

c/o SCGIS Ltd
65a High Street
West Sussex
BN18 9AJ

Entries must be received by 31st January 2015. There is no reading fee.

One play only per entrant, in hard copy (not e-mail). Please enclose an SAE if you’d like your play returned.
Our reading committee will select the plays that will be performed, with the best submitted script receiving the Joy Goun award of £250 at our Theatre Trail launch in May 2015.
Each successful playwright will receive a £150 writer’s fee.
For further information call 01903 885250 or email

MTC Residency

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MTC wants to help you share your talent with the Miami community
Apply for the 2015–2016 SandBox Series

MTC’s SandBox Series offers theater artists a five-week residency in which to develop,
rehearse, and perform new work. A program of MTCperformance, the series nurtures theater artists by inviting them into an environment that prioritizes quality, rigor, and ample time to engage in a challenging and rewarding artistic process. The SandBox Series is supported by a generous Knight Arts Challenge Grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Who Is Eligible?
Artists from theater discipline are welcome to apply. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and eligible to work in the United States.

What’s Expected of the Artists?
Artists chosen for the series are expected to create a new performance lasting 50 — 120
minutes, which they will perform 6-9 times over the course of 3 consecutive weekends.

Selection Process
Applications will be reviewed by a panel of theater professionals, and finalists will be invited to present their project proposals in person at Miami Theater Center. The four artists selected for the 2015–16 series will be notified in March 2015, and the SandBox Series residencies will take place between October 2015 and June 2016.

Artist Package
Artists chosen for the series receive:
Commissioning fee of $5,000.00
75 hours of rehearsal in the SandBox during the 3 week period prior to the premier of the commissioned work
25 hours of load-in and rehearsal with technical director, stage manager, and stage
hands supplied by MTC during the week leading up to the premier
Marketing, publicity, production, and professional development support from MTC staff
60% of revenue from box office
10 complimentary tickets for the run of the performance

About MTC
Led by our Founder and Artistic Director Stephanie Ansin, the team at Miami Theater Center produces thought-provoking contemporary works and newly imagined adaptations of classics that bring the transformational power of theater to audiences of all ages and abilities. Our programs include: MTCperformance – innovative new works and fresh adaptations;
MTCeducation – learning opportunities for students, professionals, and the general public;
and MTCfilm – a partnership with O Cinema that screens the best in independent cinema
several nights a week.

Materials to be included with application:
Artist Bio (1000 characters maximum)
Resume (2 pages maximum)
Project narrative (5000 characters maximum)
1 video of the artist describing their project (2 minutes maximum)
2 work samples: short video clips not exceeding 5 minutes each.

Videos may be submitted in DVD format or via a Youtube or vimeo video link.

If submitting Vimeo or Youtube links, list them on a separate page.
Production Budget (1 page)
Optional: Enclosed self-addressed stamped envelope for returning work samples.
Limit mailing envelop to 9” x 12”. Materials will not be returned if self-addressed stamped envelope is not included.

Mail application and materials to:

Miami Theater Center
9806 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami Shores, FL 33138
Attn: Yolima De Avila

For more information visit
Applications are due Monday, February 2, 2015 by 4pm

Click to view the PDF application

Aspiring Playwrights Contest Sponsored by East Valley Children’s Theatre

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

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

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

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

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

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

* No entry fee is required.


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


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

Friday, January 23, 2015


Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) invites you to join us for ESPAfest 2015: a week of free master classes, workshops, and performances!

To view the full schedule and RSVP to events, visit


Whether you’re a writer, performer, director, or some combination of the three, these free Master Classes offer once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to hear from some of the industry’s best and brightest.

SARAH RUHL: Monday, February 2 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Sarah Ruhl, Tony nominee, two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, and author of such plays as The Oldest Boy, Stage Kiss, In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, and The Clean House, joins us to discuss the challenges of playwriting today.

JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY: Monday, February 2 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

John Patrick Shanley, Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning American playwright (Doubt: A Parable), Academy Award-winning screenwriter (Moonstruck), and theater and film director, comes to ESPA for a Master Class on plays, screenplays, and much more.

JUDITH LIGHT: Monday, February 2 from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Two-time Tony-winning actor (The Assembled Parties, Other Desert Cities) and current star of Amazon’s award-winning show “Transparent” Judith Light shares her experiences about the ins and outs of the acting industry.


Alexander Technique Workshop with Karen Braga: 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Mixer: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Getting it Written Workshop with Deborah Zoe Laufer: 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Hang out after the Mixer with DEBORAH ZOE LAUFER, whose play Informed Consent will premiere at Primary Stages next season! Get your creative juices flowing with a series of writing exercises designed to push you outside your comfort zone, banish writer’s block, and break all the rules.


6:00 pm at The Laurie Beechman Theatre
An intimate evening of solo performances written and performed by Judy Gold’s Solo Performance students at ESPA. Hosted by Judy Gold.

Please note that tickets are free, but there is a $15 food and beverage minimum.


Detention #26: School Dazed and Confused

7:00pm & 9:00pm at Jimmy’s No. 43 in the East Village
Every month, we hook up our writers, directors, and actors to perform in a one night only show at Jimmy’s No. 43!

All events are free and open to the public. Happy #ESPAfest 2015!

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Theatre Conspiracy New Play Contest

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

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

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

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

2: Include Biography of the Playwright and character breakdown.

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

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

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

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

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

10 By 10 in the Triangle An international festival of new 10-minute plays

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10 Plays! 10 Actors! 10 By 10!

Call for Submissions

January 5 - January 30 2015
The 10 very best plays submitted will showcase on The ArtsCenter's Main-Stage Theater July 10-26

The Submissions:
Please email new, original 10-minute plays with minimal set requirements to artscenterstage{at}artscenterlive{dot}org.
  • Plays that have had no prior productions or limited prior productions are preferred. 
  • Musical submissions with little or no accompaniment are accepted. 
  • Plays that have been published are not accepted. 
  • Monologues are not accepted. 

New Submission Request:
Starting this year, for 10 By 10, ArtsCenter Stage is interested in presenting thought-provoking plays that highlight current social, political, and ethical issues. Plays that are socially and/or culturally significant and that speak to the whole of society are our interest. We are 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. We are also welcoming scripts that experiment with form and seek new ways of seeing and new ways of experiencing theatrical performance.

Submitted plays may be humorous or serious or any where in between.

Some thoughts to help determine whether your play falls within our parameters of consideration:

Play addresses issues that create barriers to social justice or dramatizes a social injustice:

• Supports life and dignity of the human person
• Influences attitudes of tolerance between and within racial groups
• Fosters new understanding and builds respect for cultural differences and identity
• Supports creative approaches to addressing issues of social justice/injustice
• Demonstrates the performing arts as a powerful tool and community resource for facilitating civic engagement and advancing social change
• Makes the audience bear witnesses to social injustice
• Inspires others to action against a social injustice
• Proposes solutions for social injustice
• Raises awareness of a little recognized social injustice or argues on behalf of an ignored human right

Playwrights may submit up to 2 scripts.

Submit one email for each script.
When submitting two scripts, two separate emails must be sent.
Do not zip the files.

Email Contents:
The subject line is the title of the play followed by the words 10 By 10 submission. (Example subject line: Fighting Mr. Right - 10 By 10 Submission).
The BODY of the email MUST include the title of the play and the playwright’s full contact information including playwright’s name, mailing address, phone(s), and email.
DO NOT attach contact information.
Attach script in standard format in Word or PDF with cast and set requirements.
There must be NO contact information on the script itself. Scripts that contain contact information will not be considered for submission.
Contact information found on a script will disqualify that play from consideration.
Submission Dates:
January 5, 2015- January 30, 2015
Plays will not be accepted before January 5, 2015.
Plays will not be accepted after January 30, 2015, 5:00PM EST.
We will notify the semi-finalists by email and will post those titles on our website.

We will notify the 10 finalists by email and will post those titles on our website.

We cannot respond to each individual playwright.

We will announce the final 10 plays by May 29, 2015.

The Award:
Playwrights receive an award of $100. Playwrights who attend our playwright gala on July 18, 2015 will also receive an additional $100 travel stipend.

The Space:
Our main-stage theatre is a 355-seat house with basic lighting and sound capabilities.

The Producer:
ArtsCenter Stage will provide directors, actors, designers, and technical crew for the festival. The directors will contact the playwrights at the beginning of the rehearsal process. For more information about The ArtsCenter, please visit our website: www{dot}artscenterlive{dot}org.

The Dates:
July 10-26, 2015, Fridays-Sundays, Playwright Gala Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Production:
The ten plays will be presented together as an evening of theatre. All ten shows run each night and are performed by an ensemble of five men and five women. Participating playwrights are invited to attend the Playwrights Gala on July 18, 2015 which includes an overnight stay at a local hotel.

If you have questions, please contact Jeri Lynn Schulke at artscenterstage{at}artscenterlive{dot}org

We’re looking forward to reading your work!

Jeri Lynn Schulke
Artistic Director
ArtsCenter Stage

Thursday, January 22, 2015

North Park Playwright Festival

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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 400 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.

We are looking for:

1. Short new plays (no more that 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, 2015. 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

Thespian Production is seeking one-act plays

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Thespian Production is seeking one-act plays for its 2015 "Whistling with Slush in my Shoes" Spring play festival. Plays should be between 10-15 minutes in length, have no more than four characters, and can be of any genre. We love producing new and unpublished works but do accept works already produced. Multiple submissions are accepted. Plays should have simple set requirements. Since we are a community theater, plays with excessive vulgar language are less likely to be accepted. Please include synopsis and contact information.

Plays will be accepted through January 30, 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Geva Theatre Festival of New Theatre

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The following guidelines apply to submissions for our Festival of New Theatre, Plays in Progress and general production consideration.

Playwrights with professional representation may have their agents send full manuscripts at any time. Please note that lawyers and law firms do not qualify as professional representation.

To best accommodate our schedule of new play activities, we have an Inquiry Window, during which playwrights who are not working with an agent may send a submission inquiry. 

This year’s window is from November 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015. Inquiries submitted outside this time period cannot be processed. Looking for other places to submit your play before the next Inquiry Window? The blog Play Submissions Helper keeps an updated list of new play deadlines.

Before submitting a play for consideration, please look at our production history and at the lists of new plays we have commissioned or produced, as an indication of the kind of work we are likely to produce.

Please do not send us the first draft of a play. Due to the number of scripts we receive, we can only read any play one time, so make sure you are sending us your best work. Plays for consideration in our play development series must not have had more than one production at another theatre.

To have your play considered, submit the following:
  • A cover letter introducing yourself, with your full contact information.
  • Your creative resume and a development or production history of this play. If the play has had other developmental readings or productions, they must be included here.
  • A description of this play, no more than ½ page. This need not be a summary of the plot – we welcome a description of the play’s world, characters and conflict, and your reasons for writing it.
  • A complete list of characters.
  • A ten-page dialogue sample. Pages do not need to come from the beginning of your text but must be sequential.
  • Please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you would like materials to be returned.

Direct your inquiry to:

Jean Ryon
New Plays Coordinator
Geva Theatre Center
75 Woodbury Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14607

After reviewing your query, we will let you know whether or not we wish to read the entire script. Playwrights submitting Inquiries can anticipate hearing from us by June 30. Agents submitting plays should expect a response within 6-12 months.

Centre Stage South Carolina seeks full-length plays

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Play Submission Guidelines and Process
  • We are searching for commercially viable comedies and dramas with innovative storytelling that deal with important social issues.
  • We accept only previously unproduced comedies and dramas with a running time of one hour and fifteen minutes to two hours.
  • Playwrights may submit only one play per year.
  • Plays that have received prior readings and development will receive favorable consideration.
  • We do not accept musicals or plays for youth.
  • Plays with excessive violence or profanity will receive limited consideration.
  • Cast size is limited to six.
  • Plays that utilize double (or triple or quadruple…) casting should use this technique for a dramaturgical reason. Double casting should not be an attempt to make a play with a large cast fit the guidelines.
  • Providing playwrights with the highest quality actors is a priority. Plays that can be effectively cast within our market will be considered favorably.
  • Playwrights are encouraged to submit plays that require minimal technical elements and are suited to our thrust stage. Please view the seating chart or our Theatre Accessibility page for images of the theatre.
  • There is no submission fee.
  • Hard copies will be read by at least two readers. However, the following will be rejected:
Screenplays or teleplays submitted as theatrical plays
Obvious first drafts
Plays with typos and spelling errors
Plays that are not formatted according to industry standards
Plays that require costly design elements
Submission Process

Mail the UNBOUND full text of the play along with the following required materials by February 1st to:
New Play Festival Literary Manager, 
Centre Stage
P.O. Box 8451, Greenville, SC 29604

Do not include return postage. Plays that are not accepted into the festival will be recycled. Submissions received after February 1 will be considered for next year’s festival. Semifinalists will be contacted by early June. Finalists will be contacted and posted to our website in early July.

Playwrights accepted into the festival will receive travel and lodging as well as one-on-one time with the playwright-in-residence. Each play will receive at least three rehearsals with a professional director and actors.

If you are wondering if your play is a good match for Centre Stage or if you have any questions about the festival, please do not hesitate to send an inquiry to
A full description/synopsis of the story including stylistic and thematic content. This description is not a teaser or publicity blurb; it should be approximately half a page long and include all major plot elements including the climax.
The complete casting requirements (limited to six actors)
The development history of the play (if any)
A brief bio (please be assured that past professional experience is not required)
Full contact information, including phone number and email address.