Saturday, October 10, 2015

Manhattan Reading Competition

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Best Play or Musical : $1,000!
No submission fee to participate in this competition

Scripts accepted from all over the U.S.

Opportunity for staged readings in the Manhattan.

We accept scripts between 20 and 60 minutes long.

Deadline: February 21, 2016

Submission accepted from everywhere in the US
Shows from outside NY and NJ can only run if the entire cast is from New York City.
Submissions must be between 20 and 60 minutes long.

How to Submit your work to Manhattan Reading Competition 2016

In order to submit a play please send the following via email:
1. A 100 word synopsis of the play
2. The complete script + character breakdown
3. Your telephone number and home address, plus the phone number of
one other person in your production that we can contact
4. Your bio.
5. All genres of shows are welcome to submit to our festivals.
6. All Plays and Musicals must never have had a reading in the Tristate area.

As soon as your play is accepted, you will be sent the festival guidelines. All plays will be given a reading at the theater.

The Winner will be announced during a special prize ceremony at the end of the Reading Competition on March 10/2016

There is no fee to submit your play to the Manhattan Reading Competition.

If your play is accepted you will be asked a $200 deposit which will be returned to you the same day of the staging of your reading.

This competition has no hidden costs. Again, there is no submission fee. Only those plays that are accepted will be required to send the deposit check. Submissions will be accepted until February 21, 2016.

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Your reading will be staged in one of the most beautiful venues in NYC: a 99-seat theater with
fixed red upholstered seats and six spaces for wheelchairs.

A 23′ x 29′ stage where up to 25 actors can fits comfortably.

Ideal for playwrights who wish to stage an exciting, live reading using any of the 55 props we offer for free.

For those who would like more than lights up and down, we have 55 lights that can paint the setting of your play, which one of our tech directors will set up for you before your reading

Visit our theater:

For readings of musicals we offer an electric piano and a great sound system should you need microphones or soundtracks for your singing/reading.

We also offer 10 chairs and 10 reading stands.

You will not need to bring anything to the theater
except your craft and artistry.

All readings will be offered a prime performance time
and will be staged between March 29 and March 6, 2016.

The theater is used by our winter festival, which is
one of the most successful festivals in the country.

The 5 best plays will be automatically accepted into our Thespis Summerfest 2016 from reading to staging.

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The Brick's Oven

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The Brick is now accepting submissions for its new play reading series, The Oven. Each month, The Brick will pair a playwright with a director, dramaturg, and team of actors to work in depth on their script over the course of one week. At the end of each development period, The Brick will present a public reading at its space in Williamsburg. Plays must be full-length, between 45 minutes and 2 hours in length, unproduced and original. Only one submission per playwright. Preference will be given to plays that embrace The Brick’s mission and aesthetic. 

There are no geographic limitations on who can submit, but please note that all rehearsals will take place in New York, and playwrights are responsible for their own expenses. Plays that have had readings or workshops in NYC during the past six months will be ineligible. 

To apply, send a cover letter, resume and PDF or Word file of the play to oven (at)

FutureFest 2016

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Fee will be waived for members of the Dramatists Guild
It’s our 26th year for Dayton Playhouse’s one-of-a kind New Works Play Festival. We look forward to seeing your work!FutureFest will be held: July 2016

FEES: $20 non-refundable submission fee. This fee will be waived for members of the Dramatists Guild. Checks and money orders should be made payable to “Dayton Playhouse”. Contact the FutureFest Director should you wish to pay by credit card. For those submitting digitally – the $20 can be mailed separately or processed by contacting the FutureFest Director, you can also click the link below.

ELIGIBILITY: Entry must be an original work, full length with a minimum run time of 75 minutes (NO musicals, plays with music or plays for children) that has not been published or produced where admission was charged prior to FutureFest 2016. Staged readings/workshop productions are not disqualifying factors.

ENTRIES ACCEPTED: Submissions will be accepted August 1 through October 31, 2015 (postmark).

SCRIPTS: May be submitted via US mail or electronically.

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

Please note that entries that do not comply with our guidelines will not be accepted. Submit via Media Mail. If you would like confirmation that we received your script, include a SASP (no envelopes). Eliminated scripts will not be returned. Script evaluations will not be provided.

CONSENT: Playwright gives the Dayton Playhouse permission to photocopy scripts for reading/ production purposes. Semi-finalists will need to provide a PDF of their script.

Should your script be selected and produced as one of the 6 finalists, you must be available to attend the weekend festival and participate in all events.
Finalists must acknowledge the Dayton Playhouse if/when script is published.The winning playwright awards the Dayton Playhouse the option to produce the winning play as part of its main stage season royalty free.
AWARDS: A $1000 honorarium will be awarded to the winning playwright; runners-up each receive $100. The Dayton Playhouse provides the 6 finalists travel (within the continental U.S.) to Dayton, OH, and housing for FutureFest weekend (July 16-19, 2015).
SELECTION PROCESS: Each entry is guaranteed a minimum of 3 reads/evaluations. The committee narrows down the entries to 15 – 20, which are then read by the entire committee who selects the 12 semi-finalists. A second committee selects the 6 finalists. During FutureFest weekend, the plays are staged and publicly adjudicated by a panel of 5 theatre professionals (New York based and regional). Following the final production of the weekend, the adjudicators vote and select the winner.
NOTIFICATION: Finalists will be posted on the Dayton Playhouse website ( in May 2016.
SUBMIT TO: Dayton Playhouse FutureFest, P.O. Box 3017, Dayton OH 45401-3017
or email to
QUESTIONS: Contact: FutureFest Program Director

INDEMNIFICATION: The Playwright/Submitter agrees (by submission) to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the Dayton Playhouse, Inc. 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.

Friday, October 9, 2015

The Great Gay Play and Musical Contest 2015

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NOTE: Dramatists Guild Members are exempt from paying this entry fee by using the discount code Guild 2015 when applying.

Deadline: October 31, 2015

The Great Gay Play and Musical Contest seeks to develop the highest quality work with LGBT characters or themes. We seek material that is innovative and groundbreaking, and that deals with LGBT history, or issues of importance to the community. While we do appreciate the traditional well made play with LGBT themes, we like hearing fresh stories told in new ways. and we hope to begin relationships with writers looking to engage in that work.

As you explore our website, you will see on our production history that we have already produced world premieres of material that has been developed in the contest. And we have produced Chicago premieres of work done elsewhere, along with historical LGBT pieces.

And while there is an entry fee to apply, Dramatists Guild Members are exempted from that fee. You will be able to enter the Dramatists Guild Discount Code (Guild2015) on the page which asks for credit card information.


We recommend NOT SUBMITTING PLAYS THAT HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED IN PREVIOUS YEARS unless they have been re-written.

Awards & Prizes

The contest generally has a semi-final round, and a final round of up to five finalists. The finalists receive $400 cash prize and a chance to work with the artists of Pride Films and Plays to develop their work in rehearsals in Chicago. The finalists work is presented in 'enhanced staged readings' performed at the Center on Halsted, and featuring members of the PFP Artistic Ensemble along with guest artists. 

Rules & Terms

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The Great Gay Play and Musical Contest

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN A PRIZE. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. The entry period for The Great Gay Play Contest (the "Contest"), sponsored by Pride Film and Plays (the “Sponsor”), an Illinois not-for-profit corporation, begins September 1, 2015 at 12:01 am. Central Time (CT) and ends October 31, 2015 at 11:59:59 p.m. CT (the “Entry Period”; October 31, 2015 will be referred to as the “Deadline Date”). Sponsor’s computer is the official timekeeping device for the Contest. Void where prohibited by law.


The Contest is open to individuals who are at least eighteen (18) years of age or the age of majority in the state/country/province in which they reside on the date of entry who are legal residents of, and physically residing in, one of the fifty (50) United States (excluding Puerto Rico, United States territories, possessions, and protectorates, and foreign based United States military installations) or one of the following countries (see web site).


All plays and musicals entered into the Contest must be original. Plays or musicals adapted from pre-existing material will not be accepted, unless the author of the Play is also the owner of the material from which the Play is adapted or has the rights to said material. Plays must be written in standard play format, in English and can be no more than 120 8 ½” x 11” pages in length and in PDF format.

The title of your PDF should be the exact title of your play – or your play title with GGPC – but should not include your name or any other words in the title. Do not put any information on or in the play that would identify you and/or your co-author(s) including, without limitation, your name, your co-author’s name(s), your contact information or your co-author’s contact information.

Entrants will be judged only on the play accompanying their entries. Entrants will not be allowed to rewrite or correct their plays once submitted. Do not submit anything with your play including artwork. Any additional material accompanying the play will be discarded.

Scripts that have no production history will be accepted. We will also consider scripts that have been supported with staged readings or workshops as well as scripts that at the time of entry have had one community theater, educational theater, or one non-Equity production (which ran for no more than 25 performances). Plays which have received Equity productions are not eligible.

Plays which do not meet the above requirements will be disqualified.

Be sure to retain a copy of your play because Sponsor will not return the play you submit for the Contest.


You can enter the Contest via the Internet only.

There is a fee to enter the Contest (the “Fee”). Members of the Dramatists Guild and the PFP Writers Network are exempt from that fee. Entries must be paid with Visa/MasterCard/American Express/Discover. The amount of the Fee is based on the date of entry as follows:

Date of Entry Fee

September 1 to September 30, 2015 US $30.00
October 1 to October 31, 2015 US $45.00

Dramatists Guild Members are exempt from paying this entry fee by using the discount code Guild2015 when applying. The discount will be asked for on the page asking for Credit Card information. You will be asked to provide your DG number by PFP Staff when judging for the festival begins.

To enter, log on to, find the information on our Contest page, and follow the appropriate links to register. Register for the Contest by including your name, your mailing address, your primary phone number (with area code/country code), your cell phone number or alternate phone number (if any) (with area code/country code), your birth date and your e-mail address. You will attach your script to the Film Freeway entry, and need not send it any other way. Music for musicals (in mp3 files) should be emailed to Entry can only be made electronically – no snail mail applications will be accepted under any circumstances.

AUTHORS MAY SUBMIT MAY THAN ONE SCRIPT INTO THE CONCEPT. However, each script must be made as a separate entry. And DG members can only claim the DG exemption for the first script they submit.

Entries submitted or received after the Deadline Date will be disqualified.

Playwright's Festival

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Original Play Submissions (full length plays and musicals) for the 26th Annual Playwright's Festival

Play Submission Deadline: Monday, October 19th, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Play submissions should be sent by e-mail to William Mittler and Tim Espinosa CC:

Musicals should include dropbox links with scores or tracks.

Actor Auditions: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Bronwyn Dodson Theatre)

The Resident Theatre Company (RTC) at Fullerton College is seeking submissions of original full-length plays and original full-length musical theatre works of any genre for its 26th Annual Playwright's Festival to be held January 4-22, 2016 in the Fullerton College Bronwyn Dodson Theatre, Fullerton CA. Accepted scripts are workshopped and given a staged reading/performance.

Company members in the Festival have the unique opportunity to participate in the script development process from several angles. Performers have the chance to be the first to bring life to a written character, as well as learn the skills of efficient preparation for script-in-hand reading and the flexibility necessary for working with a fluid and changing script. Company members watch the process unfold and see how various choices impact the direction of a play, learning various critical tools to help understand why and how a piece of theater has its effect. By the time of the rehearsed readings, members of the company will be able to respond to the scripts both as performers and as colleagues of the playwrights.

The Festival is looking for directors, actors, dramaturges, and administrative staff to participate in Playwright Festival workshops and staged readings. There are also positions available for assistant dramaturges: students who want to focus on the playmaking and revision process. Assistant dramaturges will learn critical tools and methods for useful and positive interaction with playwrights in the middle of a sensitive and often-fragile revision process. This will be valuable for those interested in writing themselves, as well as for those studying critical theory.
Script Deadline: Monday, October 19th, 2015 at 5:00pm

Artistic Director: Tim Espinosa
Dramaturge: William Mittler
Please contact William Mittler for more information

Thursday, October 8, 2015

19th Annual Black Box New Play Festival

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The Gallery Players in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York, is seeking plays for its 19th Annual Black Box New Play Festival to be held in June, 2016. Each play selected will be given a black box production at Gallery Players and will be performed in a festival format with non-equity actors. Playwrights must be available for rehearsals and use this as an opportunity to continue work on their play.


Submission guidelines:
• Plays must be un-produced (readings are ok); must be the play’s world premier
• Length may be from 10 minutes to full-length
• Pages must be numbered
• A cover page with Title of the play and playwrights contact information is required, along with a plot synopsis of the play and a character breakdown
• Submit a copy of your resume
• Playwrights may not direct their own work
• Send two copies of your play, along with your resume, to:

The Gallery Players
Black Box New Play Festival
199 14th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215.

We will only contact you if your play has been accepted into the Festival. If you want confirmation that your mailing was received by us, please include a self-addressed stamped return postcard.

We do not accept email submissions.

We do not return scripts. Any scripts not chosen for the Festival will be destroyed to protect the copyright. 

11TH InspiraTO Playwriting Contest

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Full details (no fee, open to all):


Please read the full details below before applying.

1.This year's creative challenge: Shift. The play must show that a "shift" has taken place or is about to take place in the play.

shift: Move from one place to another, especially over a small distance. Change positions. Adjust. Correct. Lift. Land, people, buildings, structures or objects repositioned. Distruption. Swerve. Pivot.

Show us.

Leave your comfort zone.

2. The play must be a ten-minute play. The contest is open to anyone without geographic or age restrictions. You must submit online. Please fill out the submission form below and submit your play by December 1, 2015. There are no fees. Once you submit you will be taken to a page confirming that we have received your submission. You may only submit one play.

The story can be a comedy, a drama, a parody, absurd or anything in between (in English only). We accept any style except musicals.

The cover page should have the title of the play, the playwright's name and the list of characters. The pages should be numbered. The format should be easy to read. We accept previously produced plays (but not plays that have produced in InspiraTO before). The playwright must own the rights to the play up to June 12, 2016 (i.e. the script cannot be owned by a publisher).

We are particularly interested in scripts that aren't afraid to make bold choices: quality writing backed by imaginative staging. Only those playwrights whose plays have been selected will be notified by January 15, 2016.

The plays will be selected by a committee from the Toronto theatre community. If selected, your play will be performed in Toronto, Canada from June 2 - June 12, 2016. Between ten to eighteen, ten-minute plays will be selected and performed. 1st Prize: $500 CDN. Should your play be selected for inclusion in the festival, you are giving the non-exclusive right to Theatre InspiraTO to produce and perform the play in the 11th Annual InspiraTO Festival in Toronto (Canada's largest ten-minute play festival), in the June 2016. The InspiraTO Festival will find the cast, crew and market your play. Authors retain copyright and full ownership of their plays.

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

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

Get inspired. See your story come to life!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015


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Variations Theatre Group, a nonprofit company run by highly qualified theater professionals, invites submission of one act and full length plays for its First Frost Festival at the classy Chain Theatre in Long Island City (near MOMA PS1)  to be held between December 5th and December19th, 2015. There are no reading fees, submission fees or participation fees. We curate your work, select a few of them and, based on our evaluation, and run them for two weeks.
Deadline for submission is November 9, 2015. 
  • Plays could be one act or full length. There are no length restrictions.
  • Each play will be shown at least three times during the course of the Festival, which will be held from the 5th to 19th of December 2015.
  • Each play should bring its own production team. 
  • For more details and application form please visit our website
  • Applications must be emailed on or before November 9, 2015
  • Successful applicants will be notified on or before November 11, 2015.

For questions, please contact us at

MITF's New Fall Festival

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November 2 - 22, 2015

Dear Friend in the Theatre,

The Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF) has started a new festival -- in November. MITF: Fall combines some of the most popular features of other MITF festivals: short plays and musicals, a Variety division, the Short Play Lab, and staged readings.
Short plays and musicals are the mainstay of the MITF Short Subjects (part of the larger MITF, in July) and the Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival. We're looking for any kind of short play or musical that fits the guidelines:
* 30 - 60 min. long
* Easy to produce in a no-frills festival
* Any genre. (Plays using guns as props will not be considered).
* Plays must be sent in Word Document or PDF File. Pages MUST be numbered and script must be in standard playscript format.*

The Festival will take place at the Workshop Theatre's JewelBox Theatre, 312 W. 36th St., NYC

Short plays and musicals receive 3 performances, all in the same week. Producers receive a share of the profits, if any. Shows receive a tech rehearsal equal to 2.5 times the running time of the show.
The Variety division spans cabaret, magic, improv, sketch comedy, standup, and burlesque. Acts can be solo or group affairs, so long as they fit within an hour, including setup and strike, and so long as they bring their own music director and so forth. The Festival provides a keyboard and amp. Shows receive a 1-hour tech rehearsal and a share of the profits, if any.

The Short Play Lab is just like the regular Short Play Labs throughout the year: 2 programs of about 10 short plays each (not to exceed 10 min. in length), each program performed twice. The Festival takes the door; 2 cash prizes are awarded to the most popular shows, 1 from each program. Each show receives no more than 20 min. of tech rehearsal.

For all shows, the Festival provides a theatre (the WorkShop Theater Jewel Box), shared scenery (rehearsal cubes, a table, and 4 chairs), front-of-house staff, a board op (NOT a lighting designer), and a keyboard plus amp if necessary. Shows must be fully produced (off book!).

In addition to the fully produced shows, there will also be staged readings on weekday afternoons. Producers wishing to present a staged reading must make sure their reading doesn't exceed 3 hours and must pay a $100 fee. The Festival doesn't provide a board op or any technical rehearsal to speak of.
To submit a project, mark it clearly "MITF AutumnFest," and let us know whether it is a short play or musical, a variety act, a 10-min. play, or a staged reading. We'll curate the entries as they come in, so you can start working on them as soon as possible. Please send all playscripts and all Variety submissions (video reels, youtube, etc.), to:
We look forward to your submissions!

Submission Deadline For Short Subjects Is October 15.
Submission Deadline For Short Play Lab and Variety Is October 22.
*12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions; 1" margins all around.

Ninth Annual Original One­Act Festival

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Stage Door Productions, Inc.
Ninth Annual Original One­Act Festival
Fredericksburg, Virginia

Festival prizes to be awarded: Six plays shall be selected for production in the spring (March/April) of 2016. Of those six selected, one shall win the Grand Prize $150 and one shall win runner up $100 as determined by the festival play readers. Of the remaining four, one shall will an Audience Favorite Prize $100 to be determined by the audience attending the festival performances.

Guidelines for submission:

All submissions must be original, unpublished one act plays of 20 pages or less.
Submissions must be received by email between August 1, 2015 and November 1, 2015
Any submissions not adhering to the following guidelines may be eliminated from consideration. 

Additional information and guidelines:

All scripts must be submitted electronically via email in .pdf format.

All scripts should include a short biography of the playwright for publication on website, programs, and publicity materials to be considered for evaluation.
Playwrights will be notified via e­mail when their manuscript is received. 

Scripts should include:
A separate title page with name of the playwright, address, telephone number and e­mail address

A cast of characters with descriptions

A brief synopsis

Numbered pages

Playwrights shall not submit more than two plays to be considered per festival year.

Playwrights will be notified by February 1, 2016, if their play has been selected for production.

Plays selected for production will be listed on our website,

All production and publication rights remain the property of the playwright.

Stage Door Productions shall have the right to produce selected scripts without payment of royalties.

Production will be at the discretion of Stage Door Productions.

Only stage plays will be considered. Musical, film or TV scripts will not be selected for production.

All submissions must be original and unpublished.

Scripts will be judged on concept, dramatic action, characterization, cast size, and dialogue. Technical requirements will be noted.

Critical analysis or feedback will not be provided.

Playwrights should be aware that the size of our stage is limited. There are no opportunities for elaborate scene  changes.

Please consider our audience and do not send sexually explicit or gratuitously violent scripts.

Jewish Playwriting Contest

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Artists can submit projects to be for considered for the Jewish Playwriting Contest, our competition for full-length plays dealing with contemporary Jewish themes; for OPEN: Festival of New Jewish Theater at the 14th Street Y; and other developmental and advocacy opportunities as they arise.

To date, the JPP has advanced 23 new plays, 11 of which have gone on to production in New York, Boston, Detroit, Tel Aviv and around the US (see for more). Together with the OPEN Festival, the JPP has featured some of the country’s most exciting next-generation artists (Daniella Topol, Robert Askins, Brooke Berman, Jonathan Caren, Marc Bruni, Resident Director Benjamin Kamine, and tons of others).

IMPORTANT NOTE: SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN TO ARTISTS OF ALL BACKGROUNDS, DENOMINATIONS, FAITHS, CREEDS, RELIGIONS and other IDEALS. We believe that Jewish identity and culture are specific manifestations of universal human cravings for spiritual, ethical, moral and worldly joy. “Matrilineal descent” is neither important nor necessary.

CONTENT PREFERENCES: The JPP seeks plays that find the intersection between Jewish identity and global self. We want to look at the places where Jewish ideas, traditions, stories, myths, culture (and yes, religion) impact, inform, and hopefully improve our lives.

While we value history, we will always lean toward plays that tackle vibrant strands of today’s world: social justice, economic justice, diversity, strong women in Jewish life, LGBTQ inclusion, new perspectives on Israel, environmentalism, and interfaith relations.

Be bold. Think differently about what Jewish theater can be. Strive for epic size and impact. Embrace the emotional, mystical, the theatrical. Tackle the challenging, the controversial, the provocative. We are unafraid to walk these roads with you.

SUBMISSION: Entries are due by October 18, 2015 at 11:59 pm. Each submitting playwright must fill out the Project Application form ( Playwrights will upload their play to the form as a PDF with their name removed (all plays are reviewed blind). There is no fee to submit, but there is a one (1) submission per person rule.

ELIGIBILITY: Full-length plays that deal with contemporary Jewish themes that have never been produced in New York City. The following must be true of a submitted play:

1. It contains significant Jewish themes, characters, content, or points of view.
2. It is not a Holocaust play (stories that deal directly with the history of the Shoah, its survivors and their children, or the World War II period more generally).
3. It does NOT fall into the beloved category of "ethnically stereotypical comedy" (No 'Yiddishemammeh" plays, no "My Afternoon With Bubbe", no "Jewtopia")
4. It is in English. (We welcome translations).
5. It runs at least 75 minutes.
6. It has not had a full production in the NY Metro region, or a major regional theater (LORT C or above).

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Torrent Theatre is seeking 10-20 minute plays

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Torrent Theatre is seeking 10-20 minute plays for its 2015-2016 Season. All selected plays will be fully produced as part of Torrent's short play festival.

Torrent Theatre, a collaborative of young artists, strives to push social boundaries and spark a discussion amongst their audience, examining our every-day decisions and challenging the status-quo. What has come to be expected of us? Have we fallen into a trap - a vicious cycle of repetitive motions? Do we embrace the status quo and cling to tradition, or do we choose to resist that cycle and make waves in order to strive for something better?

The collaborative was founded by Albright College alumni Sheldon Carpenter and Ilyssa DePonte in January of 2015 and made their sold-out NYC debut with Neil LaBute's Reasons To Be Pretty in September.

Application Instructions

Please send submissions in PDF format as well as a 50-150 word summary of your play to

Rover Dramawerks 10-Minute Play Contest

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Rover Dramawerks announces our second annual 10-Minute Play Contest, We are seeking 10-minute comedies or farces to be a part of our SWEET Sixteenth Season.
  • Submissions will be accepted from September 20 to October 20.
  • Only the first 300 10-minute plays will be accepted.
  • No musicals.
  • Plays may have been produced previously but not in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
  • Plays may not be published.
  • Playwrights may submit only one 10-minute play. Additional plays submitted by a single person will result in disqualification.
  • A cast list and brief synopsis must be included.
  • Only PDF files will be accepted.
  • Name and contact info must not appear anywhere on the script (i.e. this is a blind submission process). 
  • Submissions will ONLY be accepted using the form provided:
  • There is no fee.

Five to eight plays will be chosen to be a part of Rover’s 10-Minute Play Festival, June 30 - July 9, with all winners receiving a $50 prize. The audience will also vote on the “Best of the Fest,” and that overall winner will receive an additional $100.

Rover Dramawerks performs in a reconfigurable black box theatre that seats 80-120. Please take this into consideration when presenting your work to us for consideration. We recommend that you check out our website at to see the types of plays we generally produce.

Please note: The judges reserve the right not to award prizes or productions if they feel the caliber of plays received does not warrant a winner.

Monday, October 5, 2015


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San Francisco Theater Pub is pleased to announce that our popular PINT-SIZED PLAYS event will be returning for a sixth year but first, right now, we are accepting script submissions from playwrights for THE MORRISSEY PLAYS.

Disappointed? That’s fine. MORRISSEY doesn’t need your love. Yours, or anybody else’s.

Conceived by head writer/director Stuart Bousel (from an idea by Nirmala Nataraj), THE MORRISSEY PLAYS is an evening of short plays that take place in a bar and involve people drinking heavily and talking about MORRISSEY, and/or living the way MORRISSEY would want them to live, if he wanted anything from anybody. Which he doesn’t. The 2016 MORRISSEY PLAYS will happen January 18, 19, 25, and 26 at PianoFight in downtown San Francisco.Because PianoFight is where Theater Pub performs and because January is the saddest month of the year.

The Rules:

* Plays must be no longer than the time it takes MORRISSEY to take off his shirt at a concert. This means plays may be as short as a few seconds, but no longer than two songs from “Vauxhall and I” (i.e. 10 minutes, or 8 pages). Additionally, each play should be titled after (and ideally inspired by) a MORRISSEY song. Yes, Smiths songs are an option. Duh.

* Plays must require no more than four actors. None of those actors can or will be MORRISSEY. None of the characters should be either. This isn’t a MORRISSEY drag show. Though if you’re the sort of person who would buy tickets to that- PLEASE APPLY.

* All of the characters in the play should drink. Sober conversations about MORRISSEY are the worst. At least half of them should smoke too, but we can’t smoke in bars any more. THANKS PEOPLE WHO WANT TO LIVE.

* Plays must take place in a bar. The kind of bar MORRISSEY fans would hang out in. This is for both thematic and logistical reasons. The plays will be performed in the bar space of the PianoFight building and the only set items we can guarantee are tables, chairs, and drinks. We can not and will not guarantee MORRISSEY.

* Plays must respect the bar space. PianoFight is incredibly supportive of our company, but in return, we need to be worthy of their trust. Don’t demand that actors do anything in your play that you wouldn’t do in a bar yourself. Except maybe talk about MORRISSEY. These plays aren’t about YOU, okay?

* Submissions should be emailed to, with the subject line “Last Name, First Name – Title of a MORRISSEY song”. Attach the script to the email as a PDF or Word doc. All scripts should include playwright’s name and contact information.

* Submission deadline is midnight Pacific time, October 25, 2015. Midnight is the time which suits MORRISSEY best because wistful sighs are loudest at midnight, and the light that shines from your window as MORRISSEY stares longingly at it from the shadows has the highest contrast. Selected plays will be announced in November “Spawned A Monster” 2015. (please note: MORRISSEY is the monster).

The Suggestions:

*MORRISSEY is a vegetarian. We are sincerely hoping at least one show is titled “Three MORRISSEY Fans Eat Hamburgers And Talk About MORRISSEY.”

*MORRISSEY is super divisive. You don’t have to like MORRISSEY to submit to this project. You just have to have an opinion and a good working knowledge of the MORRISSEY songbook. Don’t lie about this. We’ll know.

*Extra points if you can actually justify any song on “Kill Uncle” or come up with an explanation for the track list on “Hatful of Hollow”.

*Monologues are totally accepted. Particularly ones that open or close with “Fuck MORRISSEY.”

*MORRISSEY is a romantic poet’s wet dream and one witty-ass motherfucker- the 20th century’s answer to Oscar Wilde and Lord Byron, blither than Annie Lennox, sulkier than Lana Del Rey, too dark to be pop, too lazy to be goth, gayer than Suede (both Suedes), more hetero-depresso than Roy Orbison, the spiritual love child of Chris Isaac and Freddie Mercury, built by God to outlast even Madonna and most definitely Lady Gaga, able to hold the hands of Taylor Swift fans everywhere, look deeply into their eyes, and gently diagnose them as the human failures they are. So we’ll be looking for lyrical, dia-logo-magical stuff here. Or stuff that’s just really funny. I mean, seriously- how can anyone take MORRISSEY seriously? Especially post Johnny Marr. DONT YOU DARE SAY SOMETHING MEAN ABOUT MORRISSEY! Or Johnny Marr.

*This is an INCREDIBLY CONCEPTUAL project, and applicants should be open to crafting their pieces to fit the project. This could mean trimming, shaping, expanding, revising, etc. Nothing will be done without the playwrights’ permission and everybody will be asked to make whatever changes are needed themselves, but you need to be open to feedback and continued shaping as we work together to create an evening of droll and melancholy but also cohesive and entertaining pop theater. Imagine we’re all writing songs for an album, an album sung by MORRISSEY, only MORRISSEY is played by 6-10 actors who will at no time actually play MORRISSEY. The object will be to create material these actors can play- ideally without any of them doubling characters. This is an “in world” festival, for lack of a better terms. So come in knowing we may/probably will ask you to adjust material to fit better into the world of the evening.

The Legalese:

* Anyone may apply. MORRISSEY doesn’t believe in boundaries, except the unsurmountable one between the lover and the beloved one.

* There is no fee to submit a play for consideration. MORRISSEY knows you’re poor.

* Selected playwrights will receive a small stipend and the opportunity to have their play produced by San Francisco Theater Pub for four performances in January. Small stipends may also be cups of tears.

* San Francisco Theater Pub will handle all production responsibilities for the selected plays, including the director (Stuart Bousel). We reserve the right to choose actors for each play as we see fit.

* The submitted plays, whether chosen for production or not, remain the intellectual property of their authors. San Francisco Theater Pub makes no claims to these scripts and will not cut, edit, or otherwise change the playwright’s dialogue without the writer’s express permission.

* If you have additional questions, please email

We’d look forward to reading your submissions, but we’re sort of laying around the place feeling all sad for ourselves so… whatever.

Reva Shiner Comedy Award

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Guidelines for Submission

The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. 

We are currently accepting submissions for the 2016-17 Reva Shiner Comedy Award (deadline Oct. 31, 2015). The top 10 finalists and the winner of the 2016-17 Reva Shiner Comedy Award will be announced at the end of March 2016.
  • "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. 

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 e-mail 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:
Reva Shiner Comedy Award
Bloomington Playwrights Project
107 W. 9th Street
Bloomington, IN 47404
Scripts must be postmarked by October 31, 2015, and received no later than November 10, 2015. We are not responsible for postal delays, and recommend you not choose to send Media Mail unless you are submitting several weeks in advance.
For further information, write BPP, Attn: Literary Manager, 107 W. 9th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404. For faster replies, please e-mail us at

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Ruby Slipper Fringe

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The Ruby Slipper Fringe will provide independent female artists representing a wide range of demographics with a platform to be seen and heard by a supportive group of colleagues and to be introduced to a wider community of audiences. The Fringe will present new and in-process works that speak to a wide range of experiences, artisitc styles and genres while shining light on the lack of women's voices inherent in the worlds of playwrighting, dance, filmmaking, literary arts, music, visual arts and more. With the theme of parity in mind, programming will be made accessible to all members of the community through culturally sensitive curating that includes voices from an array of backgrounds and through socio-economically inclusive events which will be free and open to the public.

FEBRUARY 18 - 21 AND FEBRUARY 25 - 28, 2016
251 Spruce Street, Winston Salem, North Carolina 27101
(Detailed Schedule to be posted December 2015)

Applications Accepted: September 28 – November 30, 2015

Deadline for Applications: November 30, 3015

Artists notified regarding the status of their application: December 16, 2015

Artists Accept and Confirm Participation: No later than December 18, 2015

Fringe Schedule Confirmed (artist performance slots): December 30, 2015

Ruby Slipper Fringe Festival: FEBRUARY 18 - 21 AND FEBRUARY 25 - 28, 2016

Stage Left Theater call for 1-minute plays for Fast & Furious

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Stage Left Theater, of Spokane, WA, is pleased to announce its call for 1-minute scripts for Fast & Furious, a staged reading of really short plays, in February 2016.

*What? 1-minute plays (2 page maximum for dialogues, 1 page maximum for monologues)
*Two scripts maximum.
*All genres welcome (no children’s plays or musicals)
*Playwrights can be from anywhere, but plays must be in English.
*Standard play format preferred.
*There are no restrictions on content, but our audiences prefer more PG-13 fare.
*Cast size, no restrictions
*Deadline: November 1, 2015
Notification: January

Submission procedure: 
1. Fill out the submission form at
2. Send the full script with your contact information and character breakdown. Include all the information in one document. The document should be labeled the play’s name_your last name (i.e. Hamlet_Shakespeare).
3. E-mail your script as a Microsoft Word document or PDF to The subject line should include Fast & Furious Submission  and the title of the play.
4. Include your name and email address in the body of your email.
Fee? None. No payment to writers as this is an all-volunteer event.
Questions? Contact Fast & Furious coordinator Sandra Hosking at

Thank you and we look forward to reading your work.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Women's Project Theater Lab Application

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“The Lab is a force to be reckoned with. It’s like a cross between a creative think tank, a stimulating lecture series, a new works development lab, and a ridiculously fun artists’ retreat happening smack in the middle of NYC.”–Mia Rovegno, Director

“The WP Lab was an amazing experience for me. To have my ideas and creativity fostered in a group of talented women playwrights, producers, and directors was empowering. Not only has the Lab helped me to feel clearer about my voice as a playwright, it has inspired my confidence as a woman with something important to offer our greater theatre continuum. I am extremely thankful to WP for continuing to nurture my art.” -Dominique Morisseau, Playwright

“To look at the list of people who’ve been through the WP Lab is to look at a Who’s Who of American Theater.” -Sarah Krohn, Director

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: November 8, 2015 11:59PM

WP Theater is looking for 15 female-identified playwrights, directors, and producers who crave an artistic home, professional support, and the resources to launch them into the next phase of their careers to join the 2016-2018 WP Lab.

Lab provides up to fifteen artists with community, a vital professional network, entrepreneurial and leadership training, free rehearsal space and, most significantly, tangible opportunities for the development and production of bold new work for the stage.

Must be a female-identified artist living within 90 minutes of Women’s Project Theater via car or rail.
Must be able to attend evening meetings at Women’s Project Theater twice each month for the duration of the two years, as well as other events throughout the year, such as master classes, retreats, observerships and other special events at WP.
Regular attendance is mandatory and therefore applicants should view the program as a two-year-long commitment.
Must be available for an in-person interview.

Receive a stipend
Participate in a monthly lab meeting led by Women’s Project Theater’s Artistic Staff
Participate in a bimonthly meeting of the five artists in their concentration led by a mentor in their field.
Participate in master classes led by established artists.
Receive complimentary tickets to WP shows, invited dress rehearsals and other special events
Receive artistic support and professional development guidance from the artistic staff.
Participate in The Pipeline Festival, a festival of five new plays, written, directed and produced by the WP Lab, to be presented during the second year.

For further clarification of Requirements for Eligibility, please see the Frequently Asked Questions section below.

All applicants must submit a PDF document containing:
Current resume
One page statement that describes your artistic vision and the specific process behind it and why this residency would be useful for you in this moment of your career.
A list of 3 professional references, including title/affiliation, phone and email
In a separate PDF, the full length script most representative of your work and that you believe to be ready for production.
The draft should not have your name or any other identifiers.
The play must be at least 60 pages long, and must be a completed draft, though it need not be a final draft.
Directors & Producers:
A list of upcoming productions, workshops, readings and other projects with dates, venues, and your role.
You may also include a link to your website, or other online resources.
Additional materials should not exceed 3 pages and may include reviews (no excerpts) and photos
Hard copy applications will not be accepted.

All materials will be reviewed by a panel of theater professionals. Finalists will be notified by early May and asked to interview in June 2016. The 2016-2018 Lab will begin in September 2016.

For further clarification of materials required for application, please see the Frequently Asked Questions Section below.


Subject Line: WP Lab Application Submission
Hard copy applications will not be accepted
If you have specific questions, please email after reading the Frequently Asked Questions section below. No phone calls please.


What kind of conflicts would make me ineligible?

We accept that every artist will wind up missing one or two meetings, but if you know now that you will be away for more than three weeks in total in during the lab dates, you should not apply. Applicants should view the program as a two-year-long commitment and we will only accept applicants who can take full advantage of the program.

I’m not available for an in-person interview—may I still apply?

If you are unavailable for an in-person interview or have a limited conflict in regards to attending biweekly meetings, please make note of such conflicts in your application. We will try to accommodate such situations on a case-by-case basis.

When will the monthly meetings be held?

We will work with the artists selected to find a time that works for the group, so you need not worry about this question at the application stage.

If I am selected for the group and then my eligibility status changes, would I be automatically suspended from the program?

No, we will handle this situation on a case-by-case basis. Please do not let such a concern keep you from applying.

What kind of resume should I submit?

Your resume should list all readings, workshops or productions. Your resume should also include any other relevant theater experience. We would be glad to see a resume detailing your education or other work experience, though this is not required. Please feel free to submit multiple resumes if you think that this would be helpful as we consider your application. As long as you have a resume that details your theatrical experience, you need not tailor a resume to this application process alone.

If I can’t decide between two plays or have an additional writing sample that I am very proud of, may I include more than one play with my application?

No, we only read one play per applicant, so please only submit one writing sample.

May I send in music along with the book of my musical?

Please do, and give credit to the composer and lyricist.

Is there an age limit? Are you looking for young writers?

No, there is no age limit and we would be glad to admit a talented artist of any age into the program?

Will you let me know that you received my application?

Yes, we will email you once we have processed your application.

May I follow-up with you about my application status?

Yes, please email

If I have had some contact with a WP staff member, would it be better to contact them directly with my question rather than write to

No, please write to, but feel free to mention any contact with a WP staff member in your email.

Thank you for your interest in the WP Lab—we look forward to your application!

The 23rd International MiniFest

A juried showcase of the year’s best original one-act plays
Lower Denton Theatre. Wolfville, Nova Scotia
March 31 - April 2, 2016,

The Acadia Theatre Company (ATC) is pleased to announce its 22nd annual MiniFest, to be held in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada March 31 - April 2, 2016.

Once a year, hundreds of the best plays from around the world are submitted for a juried evaluation. The best make it to the short list, from which the winning plays are chosen by the Executive Committee.

In addition, awards will be presented for Best Play, Best Director, Best Male/Female Character and Best Ensemble, as chosen by the audience.

General seating tickets are only available at the door. MiniFest is always a popular event, and our friends and patrons are advised to come early to avoid disappointment!

For further information or clarification, please e-mail the ATC Administrator at

The deadline for all submission materials is November 15th, 2015.

Rules and Guidelines

  1. Anyone can submit an original script, provided that it has not been professionally performed.
  2. Playwrights can only submit two (2) scripts in total each year.
  3. The running time of the script can be no longer than 30 minutes in length.
  4. The scripts selected will be chosen not only for their dramatic quality and writing, but also for their suitability for the actors (and numbers of actors) available in any year. As MiniFest is modestly funded, scripts will also be considered from the point of view of their production requirements.
  5. Scripts must be submitted electronically no later than midnight on November 15, 2015, AST. No late submissions will be accepted.
  6. Rehearsals start in the first week of March, 2016.
  7. MiniFest may choose to present as many as eight plays over two consecutive nights. Each evening of plays may be presented as many as three times.
  8. Successful playwrights will not be offered royalties.
  9. Script submissions will only be accepted after a correctly completed application has been received.

  1. Your script can only be submitted electronically in Word format.  If you do not have Microsoft Word, or program that will save as a Word document, you can download the free Open Office and save the file as a Word document No PDF or other formats will be accepted.
  2. You can only enter two (2) plays in the competition.
  3. The first page, the Covering Page of your script, include:
    1. the name of your play
    2. the playwright’s name
    3. the contact information of the playwright (address, telephone number & email address).
  4. On the second page, the Character Breakdown and Setting Page, include:
    1. the character breakdown in your script (e.g. Sally – a CEO.)
    2. the setting (e.g. An apartment in NYC.) that your play occurs.
    3. the Time (e.g. The present.)
  5. As the play goes to the jury anonymously, please make sure that the pages of the script following the Covering Page (including the Character Breakdown Page) do NOT contain your name.
  6. Please make sure the document editing features are unlocked or disabled. This to enable removal or manipulation of pages for jury and production purposes. No changes to the text itself will be made.
  7. Please make sure your actual script pages are numbered, and contain (header or footer) the name of your play.
The deadline for all submission materials is November 15, 2015.

CLOCKHOUSE Submissions

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Clockhouse accepts works of poetry, fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, and dramatic works for stage or screen. We encourage submissions from both established and emerging writers. (Current students of Goddard College are ineligible to submit to Clockhouse, but we look forward to reading your work after you graduate.)

Submit to Clockhouse


All submissions must:
  • Be original, unpublished work written by the author
  • Follow the industry-standard formatting guidelines appropriate for the genre as well as the applicable guidelines below:
  • Fiction: Short stories and self-contained novel excerpts in a literary style. Genre fiction will be considered only if it sustains literary merit (Up to 5,000 words)
  • Poetry: All poetry in traditional and experimental styles including prose poetry (Up to 250 lines)
  • Memoir and Creative Nonfiction: All memoir and creative nonfiction in traditional and experimental literary styles. No academic or scientific essays (Up to 5,000 words)
  • Dramatic Work for Stage or Screen: Short dramatic works in traditional and experimental styles, either a standalone piece or an excerpt from a one-act or full length play or screenplay (Up to 15 pages)
  • Include a short bio of approximately 100 words or less
  • Include a brief artist statement: a few sentences about your work as an artist (i.e., not a “pitch” for this submission, but rather a statement about what you’re interested in writing about now, what drives your writing, or how your writing is reflecting or influencing the world at large, etc.)
  • Be submitted only through our online submission manager (see link at bottom of page). No email submissions will be accepted

Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will be discarded unread.

Submission period for the Summer 2016 issue opens on August 15, 2015 and closes at 11:59 p.m. on December 1, 2015.

Responses to submissions

Please expect to wait up to four months for a reply. After that time, if you have not yet received a reply, please check on the status of your submission by sending an e-mail to Indicate the title of your piece, the genre, and the original date of submission.

Friday, October 2, 2015

2016 New Voices Play Festival

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Greenbrier Valley Theatre (GVT) is pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for our 2016 New Voices Play Festival! This festival is an opportunity for up­ and­ coming or accomplished playwrights to submit their work which, upon selection, will be produced on the mainstage at GVT, the State Professional Theatre of West Virginia. The performance of these plays is an invaluable tool for playwrights to workshop what’s working in the play and what may need revision. The New Voices Play Festival has become a popular event among our patrons who are eager to enjoy these new works.

Play Submission Guidelines:

● Plays must be 5­ to 10 ­minute one ­act plays.
● Playwrights may submit up to two works for consideration.
● Plays must be unpublished and must not have had a full professional production.
● The subject matter of submitted plays is open; however, excessively strong language is discouraged.

Is this your first time submitting? Here's what happens: A brief rehearsal process (approximately 10 hours/play) takes place in January with an emphasis placed on clarity, not effect—getting the playwright’s words and story out to the audience. The plays are directed by theatre professionals and experienced community directors who cast actors from our local Lewisburg community. These plays are performed together before a panel of theatre professionals and local audience in attendance. Recognition will be given to the playwright of the 1) audience’s choice and 2) artistic panel’s choice. Additionally, the artistic team will also be providing comments for all of the selected plays with their initial reactions and ways to move forward.

Important to note:

● It is a challenge for us to cast youth actors during this time of year. The inclusion of youth characters is not forbidden, but be aware that we may not be able to appropriately cast young characters.

● It is also difficult to accommodate larger casts for this festival. We recommend including no more than 6 characters.

● There will be no financial award for these plays, even if selected to be performed. However, it will be an opportunity for them to be rehearsed, performed, and received by the Artistic Team of GVT and patrons of GVT who are excited to hear new works.

● Submissions will not be returned.

Submission forms are available at: h​ttp://!__education/new­voices­play­festival 

To submit your play electronically,​please send a PDF of the script along with a submission form to:

To submit your play by mail:​Please submit the full script in a three­brad folder or unbound, along with a submission form. Plays may be submitted to this address:

Greenbrier Valley Theatre
c/o Education Department
113 E Washington St.
Lewisburg, WV 24901
Deadline for Submissions: D​ecember 2, 2015

The playwrights of the selected plays will be notified of this decision by December 21, 2015.

For more information, contact: Micah Hein, GVT Teaching Artist No phone calls, please.

Thank you so much for your time. We look forward to reading your submissions! ­The GVT Education Team

Premiere Stages seeks plays

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Premiere Stages is committed to supporting emerging and regional playwrights by developing and producing new plays. Through our Play Festival script competition, Premiere Stages offers developmental opportunities to four playwrights. We provide playwrights with an encouraging and focused environment in which they can develop their work through discussions, rehearsals, sit-down readings, staged readings, and full Equity productions.

Beginning October 1, 2015 through January 3, 2016, Premiere Stages will accept submissions of unproduced new plays from playwrights born or currently residing in the greater metropolitan area (New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania). There is no fee to enter. All plays submitted to the festival are evaluated by a professional panel of theatre producers, dramaturgs, playwrights, scholars and publishers.

Four of the submitted plays will be selected for staged readings with Equity casts in March 2016 and awarded cash prizes. Following the March readings, the winner of Play Festival is selected for a full production during Premiere Stages’ 2016 main stage season and awarded $2000; a second play will be selected for a 29-hour Staged Reading and be awarded $750, and the two other finalist writers will be awarded $500.

At Premiere Stages, we pride ourselves on a uniquely accelerated process in which plays we find particularly promising are developed and fully produced within a year of submission. In many professional theatres the time span between meeting a writer, staging a reading and producing the play can be years. At Premiere Stages, immediately following the Spring Readings, two plays enter an intensive development phase. Playwrights work with a director, dramaturg, and design team to develop the play for a staged workshop or full production only a few months later. When we find a writer we believe in, our Play Festival process allows Premiere Stages to fully commit the time, talent, and resources necessary to share their work with a broad regional audience.

Premiere Stages’ productions offer playwrights the chance to see their work fully realized on stage. We hope, however, that the plays developed at Premiere will go on to subsequent productions throughout the country. Because of this, playwrights whose scripts we produce retain the coveted “World Premiere” brand on their plays. Premiere Stages also strives to facilitate relationships between playwrights and other theatre professionals who we think will respond to their work. Plays are consistently reviewed by the New York Times and scouted by major publishing houses. Multiple Festival plays have been honored by the American Theatre Critics Association.

Premiere Stages will accept full scripts from literary agents or theatre professionals familiar with our work. All other writers are required to submit a 10-page script sample and synopsis. Please review full submission requirements and guidelines below.

Submission Guidelines

A note about submissions: Premiere Stages seeks to support a diverse group of writers. We are particularly interested in scripts that explore or address contemporary issues and tackle topics that challenge and connect with our audience. We encourage writers to view our production history ( for a better understanding of the type of scripts that we have produced in the past.

● Plays must be full-length and have a cast size of no more than eight.

● Plays submitted must be unpublished and must be works that have not been previously produced (readings, workshops, showcases are okay).

● Plays must be written by playwrights who were born or reside in the greater metropolitan area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania).

● Musical submissions, adaptations, and solo shows will not be considered at this time.

● Submissions are limited to one script per playwright.

● Electronic submissions (preferred) are due by 11:59pm on January 3, 2016. Hard copy submissions must be post-marked by this date. Hard copy submissions will not be returned.

● Playwrights must be available to be on-site at Premiere Stages for the development of their script.

Plays and synopses will be evaluated by a panel of arts professionals. The panel will submit their recommendations to the producing artistic director and literary staff.

Playwrights (non-agent submissions) Playwrights submitting without an agent must include:

● A brief synopsis of the play (no more than half a page).

● A character breakdown.

● A history of the play’s development (if any) and a brief statement of your goals for development.

● The playwright’s bio or resume.

● A script sample from the play (no more than 10 pages).

The panel will request full scripts from synopses of interest.

Agent submissions

Full scripts will be accepted from legitimate literary agencies and by professional recommendation of someone with an affiliation to Premiere Stages.

The schedule for the Premiere Stages Play Festival is as follows:

October 1, 2015: Premiere Stages begins accepting submissions
January 3, 2016: Deadline for submission to Festival (postmark deadline)
March 1, 2016: Scripts are reduced to four finalists
March 2016 (TBD): Readings of four finalist plays
April 2016: Festival winner and runner-up are selected for expanded development April to July: Development of scripts continues
Late June 2016: 29-hour Staged Reading of Runner-up
July or September 2016: Full Production of Festival Winner

Electronic submissions (preferred method) should be sent via email to:

All materials should be attached as PDF.

Hard copy submissions can be mailed to:

John J. Wooten, Producing Artistic Director Premiere Stages at Kean University 1000 Morris Avenue Hutchinson Hall, 2nd Floor
Union, NJ 07083

For more information about the Premiere Stages Play Festival, please visit our website at

For any questions regarding the submission guidelines, please email us at

2016 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival

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2016 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival

Produced by the Over Our Head Players
At Racine’s Sixth Street Theatre

Official Rules, Application, and Script information

The Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival is a festival of original comedies that run 10 minutes or less. Submitted scripts will be judged by the Snowdance Selection Committee. A selection of scripts will be chosen for production during the Snowdance Festival in the winter of 2016. These selections will round out a complete performance. Audiences attending Snowdance performances will have the ability to vote for the production they enjoyed the most. The votes will be tallied throughout the five week festival run, and the Snowdance “Best in Snow” will be awarded to the winning playwright after the final performance on February 28, 2016. Cash award of $300.00 to “Best in Snow,” with $100.00 awards going to both 2nd and 3rd place.

* Through November 1st - Call for scripts.

* November - Scripts chosen for production will be announced.

* January 29 – February, 2016 - Run of festival performances.

* February 28, 2016 (immediately after final performance) - Announcement of “Best in Snow.”

To enter a script, please follow these steps.

#1- Competition is open to original 10 minute or shorter plays free of royalty and copyright restrictions. Submission is considered to be approval to produce the piece without royalty if selected for production in the Snowdance Festival. Musicals, adaptations, and translations will not be considered. One entry per playwright.

#2- Plays must run 10 minutes or less. A rule of thumb - 1 page (8 1/2 x 11) of single spaced, average dialogue will total about 90 seconds. Read it out loud - time it – test it – and re-write if need be.

#3- Submissions must be postmarked on or before November 1st 2015.

#4- Manuscripts must be on standard 8-1/2” x 11” paper, cleanly typed and securely bound. Scripts should follow standard format. (Check any scriptwriting book in your library)

#5 – Plays can have a cast of 1 to 5 characters and should be easily staged. Avoid any elaborate set requirements. And remember it is a ‘COMEDY FESTIVAL’.

#6- The writer’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address (if applicable) should be included on the title page and only the title page. The title page should also include a cast list, set requirements, and a 1 to 3 sentence synopsis of the play.

#7 –Submit one (1) copy of your script.

#8 - Send scripts to: SNOWDANCE

C/O Sixth Street Theatre
318 Sixth Street
Racine, Wisconsin 53403

#9 - Any questions can be directed to Rich Smith at (262) 632-6802 or by e-mail at

* Plays selected for the festival will be produced by Over Our Head Players.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is seeking submissions of original, unproduced plays of any length

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Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is seeking submissions of original, unproduced plays of any length for the second season of its Paul Enger Play Reading Series, which will be held the second Tuesday of each month starting October 13, 2015 and running through June 2016.

Submitted plays will be screened by a selection jury. If selected, playwrights will be notified by the Series Coordinator and given a scheduled date for the reading of their play. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT IF YOU ARE UNAVAILABLE ON TUESDAY EVENINGS. Readings will begin at 7 pm and be held in Holy Trinity’s community room. Time permitting, playwrights will also be allowed an optional Q&A session with the audience following the reading for feedback and discussion about their works. Selected playwrights (and their actors) will have access to the space beginning at 4:30 pm the day of their scheduled performance.

Selected playwrights will be responsible for casting the actors for the reading, providing copies of their script for the actors, and complying with the existing rules and regulations of the Actors Equity Association Staged Reading Guidelines (for more on AEA guidelines, please visit their website: Holy Trinity will provide the space and seating with minimal set-up/tear-down of the staging area.


If you would like your play to be considered for the series, please send an email with the subject line “PLAY SUBMISSION” to with the following:

-a copy of your script in .PDF format
-a brief synopsis of your play
-a short bio + headshot
-contact information


Submissions received after that date will not be considered. ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS ONLY PLEASE. A running time of 75 min or less is suggested but not mandatory. The selection jury is looking for works of various topics in order to present a diverse collection of plays over the course of the season so as to reflect the inclusive nature of Holy Trinity Church.

The mission of the Paul Enger Play Reading series is to honor the memory of Paul Enger, a beloved member of Holy Trinity and a prolific writer, and provide a venue for upcoming playwrights to have their plays read and workshopped in order to nurture artists in a manner reflective of Holy Trinity’s core values.

Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry 2016

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Sundog Theatre in NYC is seeking one-act plays for “Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry 2016”

This is Sundog Theatre’s 14th annual presentation of original, short one-act plays about our favorite boats, the Staten Island Ferries.


--Submit original plays not previously produced or published, with a signed note affirming that.

--Plays should be 10-25 minutes long and have their setting on the Staten Island Ferry.

--Plays should be contemporary, involve 2-3 characters and require no special set pieces other than benches or railings found on the Ferry, limited and easily accessible props, and no special sound or lighting requirements.

-- Avoid overt and unnecessary sexual/violence situations and offensive language since we cater to a broad audience.

-- No musicals, long monologues, poetry, or verse since plays are memorized by actors in a short time.

-- As in life, humor is good.

Remuneration: Six authors will receive $100 each and be produced in our series of eight March 2016 performances in Staten Island.


--Please send two copies, bound or stapled, blind submission (removable cover page with title, author and contacts) to Sundog Theatre, “Scenes 2016” PO Box 183, Staten Island, NY 10301).

--Submissions should include brief synopsis, play history, a 70-word bio and also resume of the author.

--Should be postmarked from now until no later than December 1, 2015.

--Do not submit plays electronically.

--Questions: Susan Fenley, Producer

Notification: Playwrights of selected plays will be contacted directly and their names listed on Sundog’s website early 2016.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Call for Submissions For 4th Annual LaBute New Theater Festival

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The St. Louis Actors’ Studio is proud to announce call for submissions for the 4th Annual LaBute New Theater Festival at the Gaslight Theater, with plays debuting from July 8-31, 2016. Submissions will be accepted October 1 through December 31, 2015.

Professional Submissions: Successful entries will have no more than four characters and be crafted specifically to exploit our intimate performance space. (18' x 18' stage) Changes in scenery or setting should be achievable quickly and with few major set moves. Our focus is on fundamental dramaturgy: plot, character and theme.

Professional, new and previously unproduced one-act play submissions should include a letter of inquiry, a synopsis and a 10-page sample from the script. Running time for each performance should not exceed 45 minutes.

Up to eight plays will be chosen, in addition, a new piece from Mr. LaBute will be performed every night for the run of the festival. Mr. LaBute is scheduled to participate in the opening weekend activities.

High School Submissions: Winning plays by high school students will be presented in readings. The guidelines are straightforward: The one act should include no more than four characters featuring a clearly developed plot and distinctive characters. No longer than 15 minutes in length.
Non-Professional, new and previously unproduced one-act play submissions should include a letter of inquiry and complete script.

We are thrilled that Neil will be working with us again. Lending his name and talents to foster new works in the theater is just another example of his generosity and commitment to the arts, and we could not be more proud to host this ongoing event," says, William Roth, Founder and Producing Director of St. Louis Actors' Studio.

Submissions should be sent to:

LaBute New Theater Festival
St. Louis Actors’ Studio
360 N Boyle Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108

For more information: 314-458-2978 or

Shakespeare in the ‘Burg Theater Festival

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Shakespeare in the ‘Burg is pleased to announce our third annual one-act playwriting competition, in conjunction with our Shakespeare in the ‘Burg theater festival scheduled for April 1-3, 2016 in Middleburg, VA. There is no fee for this competition. The winning play will be performed during the Shakespeare in the ‘Burg festival.

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

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

Competition Rules:

Open to all playwrights

Scripts must be original, unpublished and not produced professionally. Musicals, monologues, adaptations, film scripts and television scripts are not eligible. Scripts may have been performed in a workshop environment

Our goal is to produce a one-set show with a small to medium-sized cast, with running times of no less than 25 minutes and no more than one hour.

No more than one submission per playwright. Give us your best work!

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

If sending a hard copy, please number the pages and staple or paperclip your submission. Send hard copies to Genie Ford, 36523 Mountville Road, Middleburg VA 20117. 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 of December 1, 2015.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Greenhouse Submissions

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Science and the Arts are intricately linked, as they both seek to answer the age-old questions of humanity. Many people see science as a debunker of myth, but in actuality science is as magical as imagination. What is more spectacular than the feats of Mother Nature, the beauty of the human body, or the alchemy of a lab? Strange Sun seeks full length plays that explore the interplay of science and art. Plays that explore specific people, theories, concepts, scientific methods of working are all exciting possibilities for submission.

Playwrights should submit a copy of their script IN PDF FORM. Please include a brief synopsis, cast list, workshop history (if any) and a short paragraph on what you would like to get out of an extended developmental process .
Please have your contact information on your script as well as in the body of your email..

Submit to:
In the subject line please write: GREENHOUSE: SCIENCE/ART

Submissions are open from September 1st – November 1st, 2015. Any plays submitted after that time will not be considered.

We will select four plays as part of the Strange Sun Theater Greenhouse On Book Reading Series in April of 2016. Some of those four plays may be chosen for further development with Strange Sun.

Please carefully review the submission guidelines below. Those works which fall outside the guidelines will not be considered.

Due to the large number of plays submitted, we will only be able to contact or provide feedback to those playwrights who are accepted as finalists.

  • Submit your play as a .pdf document
  • Please submit only unproduced plays (though plays with previous readings or development workshops will be considered)
  • We are interested in playwrights who are looking to develop their piece further, and are open to collaborating with directors, actors, and producers in developmental workshops
  • Playwrights from all over the world are invited to submit, provided the plays are in English
  • Only full length plays between 70 and 120 minutes in length
  • Submit only one play per playwright
  • Do not submit a play previously submitted to the Greenhouse
  • If musicals are submitted, please supply a link to demos of the music
  • We are not considering dance pieces, though plays which include a dance component will be considered
  • Plays submitted after midnight on November 1st, 2015 will not be considered
  • Due to the high volume of submissions, we will only be able to contact those playwrights we select
  • We will be contacting our finalists in December/January, and announcing our choices for the Greenhouse ‘On Book Series’ on our website by January 15th, 2015
  • We will hold our first developmental workshop and readings of the plays in April of 2016
  • For further information about the Strange Sun Theater Greenhouse Project, click here
  • Please have your contact information on your script as well as in the body of your email..

Because of the large numbers of scripts we receive, we are not able to give feedback.
Playwrights can only submit one play.