Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Scorpio Theatre is now accepting script submissions

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Scorpio Theatre is now accepting script submissions for its 2016-2017 season!

Scorpio Theatre’s mandate is to workshop and stage any new work, or those which have not been staged in Calgary. If you’re interested, please direct all submissions to “scripts@scorpio.ca“ and include the following:

- “2016-2017 Script Submission” in the email subject line.

- Which aspect of the production (if any) that you’d be interested in undertaking.

- A brief explanation of why you feel your script is a great choice for Scorpio.

Our many thanks in advance. We look forward to seeing what exciting new works we can bring to Calgary in the coming season!

Please note that priority for consideration for the 2016-2017 season will be given to those scripts submitted on or before December 31st 2015. Any submissions received after this date, may be considered for future seasons.

Additional information available at www.scorpio.ca

The Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence

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This annual award was established to honor past member and playwright, Bob Pickering, and to provide a vehicle for playwrights to see their works produced. Over 30 plays have been produced over since 1984. $200 is awarded for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.

Manuscripts must be received by December 31st

Types of plays accepted

Full length, unproduced plays and musicals. Children’s plays accepted. 

Unable to return without a self-atdressed stamped envelope.
Selection Process:

Chairman and committee members read and review each entry and select ten finalists from which the first, second and third place winners are chosen.

Branch County Community Theatre reserves the right and agrees to produce the first place winner in this yearly competition. First place winners are required to sign a production contract.
Production House:

BCCT productions are staged in the historic Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, Michigan. Built in 1882, Tibbits is a completely restored 500-seat proscenium theater.

Send submissions to:
Branch County Community Theatre
14 S. Hanchett St.
Coldwater, MI 49036

Monday, November 30, 2015

The Monthly Question. December 2015

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We are now accepting submissions for Lama Theater Company’s Monthly Question! The Monthly Question is a reading series of new and bold writing (short plays/ Monologues/ poems/ Songs) around Lama’s monthly question that will be performed at The Kraine Theater, NYC.

Our Mission: Lama means WHY in Hebrew. The Lama Theater Company is a writer/director-driven, nonprofit company that continually raises questions and encourages bold new writing from within the nation and around the world to inspire different points of view and theatrical visions.

Important dates:

December 13th - playwrights/poets/song writers submission deadline!
December 16th - announcement of chosen works.
December 21st - performance night at 8:30pm.

Casting the actors on the spot at 8:30pm, show at 9:30pm. Location: The Kraine Theater, NYC.


Scripts must be related to our monthly question.
Lama has been affected by current worldly events and the hatred that seems to be overly apparent. Our December question is :


What inspires you when you read the question? We are interested in what you are thinking about and how the question might affect the work you do. Gather whatever inspiration the questions give you, and use it to fuel your chosen discipline. The questions are open to many interpretations!
When you submit please keep in mind that Lama encourage artistic exploration, provoking and risk-taking writing.
Short plays are limited to 8 pages in standard playwriting formats. (You can submit your 10 pages play but please keep in mind that we might ask you to make a few cuts.)
Poems/ Monologues are limited to 2 pages.
Song samples should be mp3 and no more than 3 minutes.
Only submissions by electronic attachment will be accepted, Microsoft Word document or PDF.
Playwrights can be from anywhere, but plays must be in English.
Submit a BLIND copy of your script and include a list of characters/descriptions.
E-mail your Script/Song/Poem to: lamatheatercompany@gmail.com
The subject line should include the title of the play.
Please fill your contact info and the name of your play at our website:


Any Questions about Lama's monthly question? Please email us lamatheatercompany@gmail.com and we’ll help you out!
For updates and more info about Lama follow our page https://www.facebook.com/lamatheatercompany

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.

To submit your play electronically, please send a PDF of the script along with a submission form (see below) to: newvoicesplayfestival@gvtheatre.org.

To submit your play by mail: Please submit the full script in a three-brad 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: December 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.

Las Vegas Little Theater LVLT 2015 - 2016 New Works Competition

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LVLT 2015 - 2016 New Works Competition

Is NOW accepting submissions through December 31, 2015

CLICK HERE to Email your Submission OR EMAIL to NEWWORKS@LVLT.org



The submission must include both a copy of the play and your completed application. 1 application must be submitted with each Play. We will only be accepting 2 submission per person, if we receive more than 2 submission from an individual only the first 2 received will be considered. (THANK YOU!)


All plays must be full length (90 minutes or more). No musicals please.
  • Plays must have no more than 8 characters – doubling is allowed
  • The set must be simple or representational.
  • Ideally looking for subject matter that will appeal to an age range of 18 – 30.
  • Seeking new plays that have not been professionally produced or published.
  • Plays will be screened by the competition committee. The top 5 will be submitted to the judges.
  • Prizes – 1st prize = Production of the play in the Fischer Black box in May plus $150, 2nd prize = $75
  • 3rd prize = $50
  • Contestants must sign a release form to authorize production
  • Scripts cannot be returned
  • Materials that are adapted from or otherwise derived from copyrighted source material must also submit permission to use the material at the time of submission.
  • The winning author agrees to the production of his/her play with no royalty payment. The author also agrees to allow LVLT to video tape the production. LVLT cannot provide transportation, lodging or other compensation for the author to travel to Las Vegas for the production.
  • Members of LVLT’s board of directors may not submit for this competition
  • Submissions will be accepted through December 31, 2015. The winner will be announced no later than March 30, 2016
  • Decision of the judges is final. Any disputes will be decided by the LVLT board of directors.
  • Only 2 submissions per person please. If more than 2 submissions are received from an individual, only the first 2 received will be considered.
  • Each submission will be assigned a number and author’s names will not be provided on judges copies of the script to prevent any bias.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Lama Theater Company residency

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Lama Theater Company is holding an Artistic Residency in Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua- January 28th- February 18th, 2016 in collaboration with The Peace Project. Lama will offer 14 interdisciplinary artists from the East Coast, USA to live, create and volunteer in The Peace Project for one month.

WHY? Lama wants to encourage interdisciplinary artists from around the globe to create new work within a supportive environment. We will provide artists the space and time to take risks in ways that further the development of their practice. The residency program allows the artists a rural and serene environment in which to work creatively without distractions. Support to the community via the peace project, will consist of group sessions, collaboration, children’s workshops, and potential partnerships.

HOW? Time set aside for revitalizing the creative spirit, pursuing new trains of thought, or concentrating on an idea already in the works are essential parts of being a productive artist. Lama’s opportunity in Nicaragua offers the practicing artist a tranquil, natural environment in which to think, plan, and work.

TO WHOM? We are accepting submissions for the residency from Playwrights, Musicians and Poets. **Advantage to artists with Theatrical /Acting/ performance artists background but this is not essential.

About us: Lama means WHY in Hebrew. WHY – is a central question of human existence, it’s the leaping off point for all that follows in the pursuit of understanding. Once you begin to ask WHY, you embark on a path of limitless possibilities and that quest for the unknown makes for vital theater.

Our Mission:

The Lama Theater Company is a writer/director-driven, nonprofit company that continually raises questions and encourages bold new writing and directing.

We are fearlessly searching for curious collaborators from within the nation and around the world to inspire different points of view and theatrical visions.

Lama generates new work that explores theatrical, psychological, political and social questions through a dialogue between artists of different disciplines and often of different cultural backgrounds. Our goal is to give the artists a platform to create risk taking and thought provoking theater, theater that will inspire the audience to question the world around them and by that to create a community that enlivens our existence.

The residency is an extension of Lama’s main project - The Monthly Question.

Once a month Lama Theater Company asks a question, and receives submissions from playwrights/poets and musicians. Lama then chooses a few short theatrical pieces that address the question differently and we present them at our cold reading event. This project inspired by a desire to encourage new and bold writing and to create a space for an artist’s community and to challenge artists to write and explore their theatrical voice.

About the Residency

Relevant to the Peace project’s mission and in conjunction with Lama’s mission, the Residency will be based around the Question/ theme- ‘WHY GARBAGE?’. A part of the artist’s work will be focused on environmental and peace issues and themes BUT Lama is strongly interested in what inspires you when you read the question? We are interested in what you are thinking about and how the question might affect the work you do. Gather whatever inspiration the question gives you, and use it to fuel your chosen discipline. The question is open to many interpretations.

There are 3 parts of involvement within the Lama’s month long residency:
Using The Peace Project’s (located in Laguna Apoyo) relaxing environment and beautiful setting to work on your personal creations and personal work plan. The residency is focused on practice and process for the artist. The focus is on the artist and not the completion of a specific work. Residents will have the option to participate in a residence group sessions, lead by Lama’s expert dramaturg (Erez Drigus.) During these sessions he will assist with the artist’s work and help them progress. In these sessions the work will be read out loud and open for group feedback.

Artist will be asked to write and create a piece of work (short play/Monologue/Poem/Song) around Lama’s monthly question of ‘WHY GARBAGE?’. This work will be in collaboration with each other and the dramaturg to create an evening of cold reading performance. “Why Garbage?” will be presented at a final performance in The Peace Project, and in The Kraine theater in New York City for 2 performances in March.

In addition to working on a clearly defined project, resident-fellows are asked to make a substantive contribution to the community via the Peace Project. Support to the community by volunteering and holding children’s workshops, such as English/ Drama/ Music etc. Mostly based around the “Why Garbage?” Theme. Lama’s project manager (Hannah Lunn) will create a volunteering schedule, where 2 artists volunteer for a few hours per day. The enjoyment and the inclusion of the community are priorities within the residency. * A performance with the kids at the end of the residency is optional (as part as the artist’s final performance). As process is our priority, we will witness the project develop without the pressure of an end result, but will aim for that goal.

Residency's schedule: Residents time is self-manageable, except the obligatory sessions: two times a week- a group session on 'why garbage' and continues work on the 'Why Garbage' evening; once a week- a collaboration meeting on the personal projects; once a week- a social gathering.


The Peace project is a nonprofit organization that has inspired over 25,000 artists, donors, corporations, service businesses, art patrons and others in 70 countries to donate art, money, resources and time which have helped The Peace Project transform tens of thousands of lives worldwide. Its ambitious objective is to change what people think about change. The PP’s heartfelt belief is that people working in unison, in community, are the most powerful agents for change and we are extremely excited to be a part of their environment for a month.

Chosen residents will stay at the peace project with room and board (meals) for an all-inclusive fee of 750 U.S dollars. Due to limited space, there will be 2 artists per room.

Residents are responsible for travel and other living expenses.

-However we will try to support and help all artists with the resident’s fee in December as we have some fundraising events lined up. And we will be buying group travel ticket’s to keep the travel cost low.


Important dates:

December 12th Playwrights/Poets/Song writers submission deadline.
December 14th - 18th Interviews!
December 24th Announcement of chosen artists.

The application must contain the following elements:
Brief Biography or Resume/ C.V. artist
Portfolio, videos, photos
Work Sample
Description of the project you wish to develop at the residency, include Work Plan
Details (specific needs of meals, health and additional information relevant to the work process)
What the question “Why Garbage?” Means to you?
Each completed application must fill his/her personal information here http://www.lamatheatercompany.com/#!nicaragua-2016/k0z2w

BRIEF BIOGRAPHY – Please tell us a bit about yourself and your creative passions in a brief one paragraph biography. Be personal, we want to know the real you! Or include your RESUME/ CV.

**Playwrights/ Musicians/ Poets with Theatrical/ Acting background: Please attach another resume with your acting experience.
PORTFOLIO, VIDEOS, PHOTOS of your previous works. Include different samples from at least two different works.


Playwrights: sample of a full length play or 2 One Acts/ Ten Minutes Plays.

Musicians: 3 samples of recorded music or clips.

Poets: 10 pages of poetry.

*If you are a performance artist - you can also attach your reel, clip or 1 CD or DVD from a performance.

WORK PLAN-Include a work plan for your month in Nicaragua. We are not looking for great detail as we want you to enjoy the spontaneity within the residency, but a brief outline of your objectives what you want to get up to and how and why Nicaragua is the best place for your specific project to be developed at; how the local environment and/or community, as well as the other artists in residence, will affect their work. Playwrights include 10-20 pages from the play you wish to develop.

WHY GARBAGE? Send us a short draft, write a few words, make a video, create a song or take a picture and briefly describe your rough take on the monthly question.

Any Questions about Lama's Artistic Residency? Please email us lamatheatercompany@gmail.com and we’ll help you out!

For updates and more info about Lama follow us https://www.facebook.com/lamatheatercompany

Ready to submit?

E-mail your application to: lamatheatercompany@gmail.com

And please fill your contact information in our site http://www.lamatheatercompany.com/#!nicaragua-2016/k0z2w

Door is a Jar Magazine seeks submissions

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Door is a Jar Magazine is looking for well-crafted poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama and artwork for the Spring issue of its bi-annual online publication. Please read over these submission guidelines carefully before submitting any work. Contributors can submit to multiple categories; however, only submit once to each category per submission period. The submission period for the Spring issue opens September 1, 2015 and will close April 1, 2016.
Our publication steers away from academic writing and publishes short, conversational works that use familiar language. Our magazine features new artists and writers and works that are accessible for all readers. Please look at our current and archived issues before submitting your work. Works that are confusing, abstract, or unnecessarily fancy will not be considered. Our entry guards stand firm against academic jigsaw puzzles. 

We only accept new, unpublished work. If you have posted something to your website or social media, this counts as being published.
Email your submissions to doorisajarmagazine@gmail.com with the category you are submitting to and your last name in the subject line. Within the email please include your full name, contact info, and a fun 5-sentence bio. (We're not as interested in how many degrees you have, or how widely you've been published. Instead, we want to hear about the real you. We want to know about the little things that spur you along.)
We accept simultaneous submissions; however, please notify us immediately if a piece is accepted elsewhere. We reserve first initial publishing rights and then all rights revert back to the author. We do not pay contributors at this time. 

Drama: Following the Standard American Format, submit up to 2 short plays attached as a Word or Pages document, with the genre and contributor name as the file name. Each play should not exceed two pages in length. 

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: ferry@sundogtheatre.org. Susan Fenley, Producer

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

Saturday, November 28, 2015

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

If sending a hard copy, please number the pages and staple or paperclip your submission. Send hard copies to Genie Ford, 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.

Turn to Flesh Productions reading series

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Reading Series 2016
Submission Guidelines

Submissions must be submitted electronically to turntoflesh@gmail.com. Please address all correspondence re: the reading series to Laura Pittenger, Literary Manager.

Only scripts submitted between December 1, 2015 and January 1, 2016 will be considered for the 2016 Reading Series.*

*Please note: If you previously submitted a piece and received a notice of rejection, please do not resubmit it. However, you may submit another piece within our guidelines.

If you are unsure of the status of your 2016 submission for any reason, please email turntoflesh@gmail.comwith subject line “2016 Submission Status Request.”

Turn to Flesh reserves the right to consider only pieces submitted between December 1, 2015 and January 1, 2016. Exceptions will only take place at the discretion of the Literary Manager with playwright’s explicit acknowledgement and permission.

Submission Package Must Include

A) A ten-page script sample in PDF format. You may submit any ten pages from your script.

B) Casting breakdown (M/F # of actors & short description of age/relevant casting info); approximate running time; intermission, special requirements.

C) The play’s production/workshop/reading history, if applicable. Please include any confirmed future workshops or productions of the play. (Note: a history of workshops/readings does not disqualify a piece from our reading series. The ideal script for this series is a play not yet ready for production, but one ready to be put on its feet. Again, your piece should benefit from a partially staged reading.)

D) A brief cover letter telling us who you are and why you feel your play would benefit from a staged reading with Turn To Flesh at this stage of development. Please include basic contact information, your city of residence, and your plan for attending and participating in rehearsals/the event in NYC, if selected.

The Reading Series Experience

Three scripts will receive a reading in June, July and August 2016, respectively. The final order of the season will be reviewed by the Artistic Director and Literary Manager in conjunction with playwrights’ schedules.

Each play will receive 9 hours of rehearsal and one staged reading before an exclusive audience in New York City. Turn to Flesh will hire a director and a complete cast for each staged reading; playwrights will not be required to supply their own creative team. The Literary Manager will attend all rehearsals and be available for dramaturgical assistance if requested. Audience feedback will be collected in written form and given to the playwright following the reading performance.

If selected for a reading, playwright must be available for 9 hours of in-person rehearsal and/or present for an exclusive reading event held in New York City. Regrettably, TURN TO FLESH PRODUCTIONS cannot provide housing or travel stipend for out-of-town playwrights. We can only consider submissions from playwrights outside New York/the greater Northeast region if playwrights can provide their own travel/housing and be present for rehearsal and/or the event.

A small honorarium will be awarded to each playwright who participates in the series.

What To Submit

Please review the TURN TO FLESH PRODUCTIONS mission statement and website to learn about our company and the kind of plays we are seeking. We ask that playwrights submit and adhere to the following guidelines:

This season, we welcome especially plays in the following styles: radio drama, commedia dell’arte, comedy of manners and farce.

Verse continues to be the signature style of TURN TO FLESH PRODUCTIONS; other forms of poetry and heightened language are also welcome (couplets, experimental, etc.).

Philosophically, the selected plays should embody the transcendental ideals of the “Good,” “True” and “Beautiful.”

The play should include a female protagonist and at least an even ratio of male to female roles.

Plays of 75-100 minutes are preferred.

Cast size of no more than 5-6 actors are preferred.

Adaptations must either be pieces in the public domain OR adhere to copyright guidelines in the United States. You may be asked to provide proof of permission for material not in the public domain.

What Not To Submit

No proposals/unfinished scripts will be accepted.

No translations of pre-existing material.

No “kitchen sink” plays - unless that kitchen sink play happens to be in verse.

No musicals, though some live music is acceptable; please email us with questions.

After You Submit

You will receive confirmation of your submission within 48 hours. Please do not send a follow-up email unless you do not receive a confirmation within that period.

At any point between December 1, 2015 and January 1, 2016 (approximately) you may be contacted by the Literary Manager to request the full script for review. At any point between December 1, 2015 and February 13, 2016 you will receive notification of your play’s acceptance or refusal. TURN TO FLESH PRODUCTIONS reserves the right to refuse any submission, especially those not in accordance with our submission guidelines.

On February 14, 2016, final selections will be publicly announced.

Pigs Do Fly Productions is seeking 10-minute contemporary plays

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Pigs Do Fly Productions is seeking 10-minute contemporary plays (strong comedies and dramas) featuring vibrant, healthy people over 50 doing interesting things with their lives, for a production in Ft. Lauderdale, FL in March 2016. The setting is limited. Optimal cast is four people (50 or older). No monologues.

Submit via email to: pigsdoflyproductions@gmail.com

Submissions must be received by midnight (E.S.T.) 1/6/2016.

-Must be a piece featuring vibrant, healthy people over 50.

-Straight, gay and bi works sought.

-Limited to two submissions per playwright.

-Playwrights may be from anywhere, but scripts must be in English.

-Plays must be in standard play format with numbered pages.

-Email your scripts as a PDF document

-The subject line of your email should include your name and the title of the play.

-There will be a small stipend awarded to the playwrights whose plays are chosen

-Questions? Contact pigsdoflyproductions@gmail.com

Friday, November 27, 2015

PL.A.Y Noir 2016 - Call for Submissions

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Punk Monkey Productions is officially accepting submissions for their 2016 production of PL.A.Y Noir. Plays should ideally be 10-20 pages in length and possess the classic noir themes of murder, mystery, deceit, and double-crossing. We always encourage playwrights to submit pieces with strong female characters, whether ingenue or femme-fatale. Examples to draw upon include The Maltese Falcon, The Third Man, and Double Indemnity. Submissions and inquiries can be sent to info@punkmonkeyproductions.com.

The deadline for submissions is January 1, 2016.

Heartland Theatre Company 2016 10-Minute Play Festival

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Heartland Theatre Company is seeking eight short original plays to be considered for production in June of 2016 as part of our 15th annual 10-minute play festival. This year, the theme is THE ART GALLERY.

The competition is open to all playwrights who wish to submit a play. Eight plays will be selected and performed from among all the submissions


1. Your play must fit the theme – THE ART GALLERY – or it will not be considered.
2. Your play must fit our theater and its performance space.
3. We require internet submissions in MS Word. Please note that we do not accept pdfs. Because we judge plays blind, we must remove any identifying information contained on the manuscript as well as add a tracking number. That is not possible with a pdf. If this is a problem for you, please contact playfest@heartlandtheatre.orgto discuss your situation.
4. When formatting your play, we ask that you follow our style sheet.
5. We are looking for NEW plays. Please do not send us anything that has previously been produced.
6. Your play must contain at least two (2) characters, but no more than four (4).
7. Heartland Theatre Company has a pool of actors ranging in age from 18 to 80. Make sure that your characters can be played by actors within that range.
8. Your play should consist mainly of dialogue, not monologues.
9. No children’s plays, musicals, or plays which were previously chosen as winners in any Heartland Theatre playwriting competition will be considered.
10. Do not put your name on the play itself, as submissions are judged blind. Make sure your title appears on every page of the play, however.
11. If your play cannot be considered for any reason, we will notify you as soon as possible. If, in the judges’ opinion, the problem is easily fixable and the play otherwise has merit, we may ask you for revisions. Asking for revisions is completely up to the judges and depends a great deal on timing. No plays submitted after January 1 will be considered for revisions.
12. Those plays which win and are staged will be videotaped for archival purposes.
13. No contracts beyond the guidelines mentioned here will be offered.
14. Only one entry will be accepted from each playwright.
15. Your play must be written in English.
16. Keep your play under ten minutes in length.
17. Remember that something has to happen in those ten minutes.
All entrants must complete and submit
Heartland Theatre 10-Minute Play Entry Form.

You must attach your script in MS Word format when you send the entry form.

***Deadline for entries considered for revisions is January 1, 2016. If you want the opportunity to do revisions, your play must be entered by January 1.***

Finalists will be notified approximately March 10.

Winners will be announced approximately March 31.
If you have any questions, please email playfest@heartlandtheatre.org

Taboo Theatre seeks adult fairy tales

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Taboo is looking for submissions again! We have wanted to do this for a while and we are very excited that now is the time. This year, instead of Grand Guignol plays, we are looking for original adult fairy tales, exploring diverse taboos. Our showcase will have the theme “The Uncanny: When the Fantasy is Too Real.”

Here are the requirements:
–Submissions must be accompanied by a 150-250 word description of which taboo your work is exploring and how.
–The plays can be either completely original, adaptations of classical works or other material that fits the requirements of this genre.
–The plays must be 10-25 minutes long.
–The plays should not require elaborate sets, props or costumes.
–Submissions may consist of one or more plays.
–Completed drafts are preferred but not absolutely necessary.
–Please include with your submission any past writing and theatre credits.
–Submissions will be accepted no later than February 15, 2016.
–Chosen submissions will be announced by March 1, 2016.

The accepted plays will be workshopped during early spring (the exact dates will be determined by the number of shows accepted). The selected works will then be rehearsed and mounted over the following months, with exact details and dates to be announced at a later time.

Submissions can be sent to Taboo Theatre’s Artistic Director at tabootheatre@gmail.com.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Woodward/Newman Drama Award 2016

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

The BPP is accepting submissions for the 2015-16 Woodward/Newman Drama Award. Submissions are due by March 1, 2016. The top 10 finalists will be announced at the end of May with the winner announced in June 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. 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, 2016, and received no later than March 10, 2016. We are not responsible for postal delays, and recommend you not choose to send Media Mail unless you are submitting several weeks in advance.
For further information, write BPP, Attn: Literary Manager, 107 W. 9th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404. For faster replies, please email us at literarymanager@newplays.org.

HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP)

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HARP nurtures the development of mid-career hybrid artists and their audiences, through cross-disciplinary exchange, peer-driven workshops, and panel discussions. HARP was conceived in 1999 to address an urgent need in the artistic community: a void of artistic and administrative support for mid-career artists. This lack of support was causing talented artists, in the most fertile periods of their careers, to leave the field. HARP was initiated to provide a much-needed forum to assist artists who are developing unique artistic voices and experimenting with new approaches to expanding the parameters of performance work.

As the works being developed are complex hybrid projects, each Residency will last up to 3 years, renewed annually. At the end of each residency year, the artist and HERE mutually decide whether to continue the residency. It is unlikely that any project accepted in 2016 will go to production before the 2018-19 season.


Artists or collaborative teams chosen for HARP are expected to participate in the program by developing the work as outlined in their application and by actively participating in the member and public activities associated with the program. Since HARP is designed to respond to the ideas and needs of its members, the members themselves must be proactive in bringing those ideas and needs to HARP and to each other. We expect our members to be both good citizens of the HERE community as well as ambassadors to the public.

During the residency, HARP Artists participate in monthly artistic meetings, bi-monthly work groups focused on both artistic and business topics, regular individual meetings on budgeting, production, and fundraising issues, and formal and informal work-in-progress showings.

At the monthly meetings, 2-4 artists show work, give feedback to other artist projects, engage in and contribute to artistic skill sharing. At the bi-monthly work groups, artists share career skills and learn from others, as well as from HERE staff and outside experts on topics ranging from grant writing to touring to budgeting to work samples.

Artists are also encouraged to show work in each stage of development. A number of work-in-progress showings, both public and private, allow members of HARP to contribute to the growth of their peers. Through this component, we create a balance of practical and theoretical work that exposes the whole group to a comprehensive experience. Each season, we present 8-10 public showings of HARP works-in-progress and provide HARP artists with a more formal opportunity to do their work in CULTUREMART, our annual winter festival of workshop productions.

Each year, HARP artists participate in an intensive one-week retreat at an artist colony where they are able to dedicate all of their energy to the creative process without the distractions of daily life. In addition, when possible, we offer one- and two-week project-specific intensive retreats for second- and third-year HARP artists.

Three to five projects that are in development are selected for production each year. Each selected artist participates in all development activities, and collaborates with HERE to raise funds and develop appropriate resources and support for their production. Projects are produced at the scale appropriate to the work – there is no set formula for producing in the season – chamber or main stage, four performances or 20, one performer or 25. It is our expectation that the works being developed in the program are being scaled to fit and will be produced in one of our spaces. Most works developed through HARP are fully produced by HERE.

The artists themselves shall retain ownership of all work initiated, developed, or workshopped during their residency. For the works that go to full production, HERE and the artists will negotiate a separate ownership and rights agreement. However, in all public materials about the artist or team the following must appear: "(Name of Artist or Team) was/is a member of HERE’s Artist Residency Program (HARP), 20 __ - 20__, NYC", and in all public materials relating to the work’s development, the following line shall appear: “Development of (Name of Work) was made possible through the HERE’s Artist Residency Program (HARP), 20_ - 20_, NYC." For works that go to full production the following line shall appear: “(Name of Work) was commissioned, developed, and produced through the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP), 20_ - 20_, NYC.” . .


HARP is designed to assist mid-career individual artists or collaborative teams (writers, performers, composers, directors, designers, dramaturgs, puppeteers, dancers, singers) working in a hybrid form in live performance. Hybrid form refers to the full integration (not just as backdrop) of two or more genres (theatre, dance, music, puppetry, media, and visual art) in the work.

We define a mid-career artist as one who has:

(1) completed their education within the last 8-15 years

(2) had at least a few significant residency or commissioning opportunities,

(3) created a body of work over at least 5 years and at least one full evening-length work, and

(4) earns some income from their art practice.

Artists must also meet the following criteria:

*The artist or team are residents of the NY metro area.

*The artist or team find themselves at a point in their career where they are developing a distinctive form/style/content of work, or are interested in stretching the previously accepted boundaries of their work by experimentation with form/style/content.

*The artist or team is interested in actively participating both in the community of HERE and in a peer-based program aimed at exchanging resources, ideas, critique, and support.

*The artist or team are proposing a project that is very early in its development process, and any underlying rights needed to work with pre-existing material for the project have already been secured.

Additionally, HERE believes that diversity is extremely important within the makeup of our residency program. HARP actively seeks this diversity both from the work itself in terms of genre and content, and in the background of the artists.

The selection panel includes HERE leadership, artists, and performing arts curators from NYC.


Application Due Date: February 3, 2016 12 noon

Final Decisions Announced: March 16, 2016

Residencies Begin: April 1, 2016

Residences extend annually from April 1 to March 31, depending upon whether project is ready for production.

2015-2016 Science Playwriting Competition – CALL FOR PLAYS

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The Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, in its ongoing mission to explore the intersection science and art, announces a CALL FOR PLAYS for the 2015-16 SBU Science Playwriting Competition. The event is made possible by the generous support of the Simons Center, the C. N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics, and the SBU Department of Theatre Arts.

Calling all talented playwrights with an interest in the sciences, and talented scientists with an interest in the theatre to compose a ten-minute play with a substantial science component. This contest is open to the general public:

First Prize Winner: $500
Second Prize Winner: $200
3rd Prize Winner: $100

Bringing science and theatre together can provide the inspiration for a play of exceptional artistic merit and lead to exciting new ways of learning about science. Indeed, we believe the best science plays can be great works of art because of the science they contain and great educational tools because of their artistic value. We are recruiting Stony Brook University’™s brightest minds to write great plays that make science accessible to a wide audience.

ENTRIES MAY BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY BELOW. ALL submissions must be received by midnight April 1, 2016.

A public staged reading of the winning entries will be performed during the Fall 2016 semester at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics.

– Plays should be around 10 minutes in length (usually around 10 pages).
– Winning playwrights will receive a directed, staged reading of their work in the Fall 2016 semester.
– Plays must have a title page that includes the playwright’s name, address, phone number, and email address.
– Plays must be unpublished work.

The awards committee will consist of Professors Christopher Herzog, George Sterman, and Steve Marsh.

*Note: please submit electronic entries as a pdf file. Submitting your play implies permission to have your play performed in a staged reading in the fall semester; all submissions remain the property of the playwright.

QUESTIONS? CONCERNS? CONTACT US AT scienceplays@scgp.stonybrook.edu

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Ivy Theatre Company is looking for scripts

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Ivy Theatre Company is looking for some awesome scripts for Ivy-ISH (Ideas Sewn Here)! We are looking for plays between 45minutes and full length. The character breakdown must be diverse or the playwright must be open to inclusive casting. If this doesn't apply to you, don't submit.

We are looking for dynamic plays of any content. You are welcome to submit more than one script as long as you feel it serves our mission: we are dedicated to dynamic storytelling that explores the human condition in a visceral way in order to provoke thought and challenge both the artist and the audience. Our work climbs inside, up and over the walls that have confined and silenced the voices of the few and the oppressed. All are welcome to apply, though women, LGBTQIA, and writers of color will receive priority.

Ivy-ISH is the first step in our developmental process, Trellis Project. Scripts chosen for Ivy-ISH will receive a staged reading and will be evaluated for a full production through our Trellis Project. We do not have a limit on the number of plays selected. If it moves us, makes us laugh, or simply intrigues us, we will give you the chance to move forward!

If you have any questions, email ivytheatre@gmail.com, but we encourage you to err on the side of submitting!

Urban Stages: The President Plays


An evening of 10-minute plays

NYC/Metropolitan Area Playwrights

Dear Playwright,

You are invited to submit an original 10-minute play to Urban Stages’ THE PRESIDENT PLAYS, a new opportunity under the auspices of Urban Stages’ Development Program.

THE PRESIDENT PLAYS challenges your creativity to write an original play using a “president” or “presidency” as the springboard, subject or theme. Think outside the box! ANY elected or appointed official can be featured, from a U.S. president to a chief officer of an institution to the president of the International Scrabble Club! Or find inspiration from a famous myth, speech or motto (“I cannot tell a lie” – “Yes we can!” – “Ask not what your country can do for you…”). We are seeking plays written in any style that reveal a fresh plot, sufficient conflict and a running time of 10 minutes, maximum. Plays are due at midnight on January 10. The first 60 submissions will be considered for programming. Selected plays will be presented as a staged reading at Urban Stages’ 74-seat theatre located at 259 West 30th Street in Manhattan. Performances will be Sunday, February 21 @ 2:00 & 5:00. Are you ready? Here are the guidelines. Please read carefully!

  • The springboard, subject or theme for your play must be a president or presidency. 
  • Write for a cast of 2-3 actors. 
  • We strongly encourage scripts that can be staged without relying on stage directions. If stage directions are necessary, please keep them to a minimum. 
  • Your script will be presented as a staged reading in accordance with AEA guidelines. Keep production values to a minimum. Standard set pieces will be available. Costumes are at the discretion of the director and the willing cooperation of the actors. No hand props can be used. Remember, less is more! 
  • Plays should be in standard script format: 12 point font, 1” margins on all sides, and character names on a separate line. Be sure to number all pages. 
  • Submit scripts in MS-Word - preferred - or PDF format. 
  • Scripts longer than 10 pages – title and character breakdown pages are not counted – will NOT be considered. Regardless of the number of pages, the running time MUST be no more than 10 minutes! 
  • You may only submit one script for consideration. 
  • Playwrights must attend both performances of the staged reading on February 21. 
  • We encourage you to attend rehearsals, if possible. The schedule will be determined later. 
  • The deadline for script submission is midnight, January 10
We strongly encourage original scripts developed for this presentation. Do not submit a play that has been previously produced.

Urban Stages presents the play. We provide the actors, directors, stage manager, rehearsal space and the theatre (located at 259 West 30th Street).
ALL participants are donating their time and talent. There is no fee or cost to the playwright. There is a ‘pay-what-you-will donation’ for audience members to attend the staged readings.
Each playwright and director will attend the staged readings of their script in designated seating.
Every play gets two performances on the same day.

Please make sure you follow all submission requirements.

  • Email your scripts to Bara@urbanstages.org
  • Write in the subject line: THE PRESIDENT PLAYS / Your Name 
  • In the body of the email send: 
  • Your complete contact information – name, mailing address, email address and phone number 
  • A one-line summary of the action of your play 
  • You will be contacted regarding your script’s status by February 1. 

If you have any questions, use the email address above. For more information on Urban Stages, see our website at www.urbanstages.org. We look forward to hearing from you!


Bara Swain
Creative Consultant
Urban Stages

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Cape Cod Theatre Project 2015

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Applications for the 2016 Season will be accepted after September 1, 2015.

Playwrights may send us one play per season for consideration. The proposed play must still be in development and cannot be receiving a professional production prior to August 2015.

To apply, please email a PDF of the script to capecodlit@gmail.com. Please label the document using your first and last name as well as the play’s title. For example: janesmithplaytitle.pdf

In addition, please include in your email a short biography and a brief artistic statement on how you propose to use your development time at CCTP. The bio and statement of intentions should be one page combined, sent as a PDF or Microsoft Word Doc and labeled with your first and last name. For example: janesmithbio.doc

As of November 1, 2011, we no longer review hard copies of scripts sent by mail.

Applications will be accepted from September 1, 2015 through Dec. 1, 2015.

The CCTP staff regrets that we cannot provide feedback on any submitted materials.

We look forward to reading your work.

Monkeyman Production seeks short plays

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Monkeyman Productions, Toronto's geekiest theatre company, is now accepting submissions for RETURN OF SIMIAN SHOWCASE. We want your short play to be part of our enlivening evening of entertainment, theatre, and laser sounds (PEW PEW). The show would be presented in the distant future, April 2016.

To qualify, your script must:
  • Be no longer than 15 minutes in length 
  • Have a cast of 2-4 characters 
  • Require minimal tech and encourage suspension of disbelief 
As always, we request scripts that get us to the geek – exploring our obsessions with pop and sub-culture. (See our full company mandate below.) This year, we’d also like to focus on scripts that use that obsession to say something about social equity and systems of oppression. Genre literature has always been at the forefront in critiquing society’s treatment of race, class, gender, orientation – we’d like to see some of that in your work.

Your play may:
  • Have had previous readings / productions 
  • Be a work-in-progress (playwrights will be welcome to attend rehearsals / work with their directors to develop their scripts – but we will set a cut-off date for any changes) 
Send your script as a PDF or DOC/DOCX file to showcase@monkeymanproductions.com

Submissions due by: December 25, 2015
You will be notified of play selections by: January 15, 2016

Production dates to be set for April, 2016

Since 2008, Monkeyman Productions has produced theatre of the futuristic, the freakish, and the fantastic. We examine the obsessions and enthusiasms of a society informed by comic books, monster movies, and video games – speaking the language of Internet addicts, collectors, and true believers. We draw from popular culture just as Shakespeare drew from the common culture of his day – creating our own laser-fueled, zombie-ridden mythologies with a definite eye for the absurd, but also a corresponding empathy for a subject matter which, in the end, encompasses all of us. We are all, in one way or another, geeks. We are all Monkeys.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Tiny Plays for Ireland and America Playwriting Challenge

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Part of the 2016-2017 John F. Kennedy Centennial Celebration

Part of IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts and Culture

In collaboration with Fishamble: The New Play Company and the Irish Arts Center

"Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country."
- From John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural address, January 20, 1961

As President Kennedy’s 100th birthday approaches on May 29, 2017, the Kennedy Center encourages everyone living in the United States to write an original play of 500 words or less examining his legacy as it lives on in the country today and responding to the call, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”

We want stories from across the United States, from people from all walks of life and all backgrounds, from writers young and old, from those who have written many times, to those who have never written a play before.

John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States and America’s first Irish-Catholic president, served in office from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963, a total of just over 1000 days. His presidency, while shortened due to his untimely death, is notable due to the significant social and political events that occurred including the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, Police Week, the establishment of the Peace Corps, the Space Race, the building of the Berlin Wall, the African-American Civil Rights Movement, and increased U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.

Kennedy’s legacy, ultimately, is that he coached our character as citizens of this great country. His presidency remains tied to, and identified with themes of exploration, innovation, creativity, courage, freedom, justice, and service.

Submission categories - one play will be selected for performance from each category:

· Middle school (grade 6-8 or equivalents) or ages 11-13

· High school (grade 9-12 or equivalents) or ages 14-17

· Adults ages 18-26

· Adults ages 27-59

· Adults ages 60 and over

· Kennedy Center Family (staff, volunteers, and their immediate family members)

Submission Criteria:

· All submissions must be 500 words or less, in English, and performable by a cast of no more than 3 actors.

· Playwrights are encouraged to write multi-character dialogue, not a monologue, although monologues will be accepted.

· All submissions should be complete plays which can stand on their own; structurally, each play should have a beginning, middle and end and not be an excerpt from a longer work. Excerpts from a longer work will not be accepted.

· Playwrights must live in the United States.
· Playwrights should submit a headshot that may be used publicly, including via social media.

· By submitting a play, playwrights (and/or their parents and/or guardians) agree that the Kennedy Center, Fishamble, the Irish Arts Center, and any sponsors or other supporters of the Tiny Plays project may use the playwright’s name, image and all or a portion of the submitted play to promote the Challenge, regardless of whether the play submitted is selected for performance.

Important: Please read the complete Official Submission Guidelines and Rules before submitting an entry in the Tiny Plays for Ireland and America Playwriting Challenge (the “Challenge”). By submitting an entry, you agree to be bound by the Official Submission Guidelines and Rules and represent that you have read and understood all requirements set forth [HERE].

How do I submit a Tiny Play and what are the deadlines?
All submissions must be received by the Kennedy Center by February 19, 2016. 

Plays may be submitted online through the application below (note, the first step of the submission process requires creation of a free Submittable account) or by mailing the paper application and script to:

Kennedy Center Education Division
ATTN: Tiny Plays
P.O. Box 101510
Washington, DC 20566

If you wish to download a paper application rather than submitting online, click [HERE]

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 help@stlas.org

Sunday, November 22, 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.

Contact us at Manhattanreadingcompetition@gmail.com

For more info
see our: Introduction

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.

For more info go to

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Discount tickets: DEAD AND BREATHING


National Black Theatre Inc., 2031 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10035
Limited engagement October 28th thru November 23rd

“Dead and Breathing is provocative, simultaneously heart-tugging and comedic and refreshingly unapologetic in its exploration of sexual identity, the right to die, and faith.

Be prepared for a few unexpected twists and an ending that will leave you on the edge of your seats. This production of Dead and Breathing is a must see! The National Black Theatre is the perfect venue for this type of work, because NBT has a legacy of bringing to the forefront conversations that shifts paradigms, and this is what this production will challenge the audience to do: have a new conversation.” ~Woman Around Town

A New York City Premiere by Chisa Hutchinson, directed by Jonathan McCrory. Cranky old broad, Carolyn Whitlock, has been in hospice for far too long and just wants to die already. When she tries to convince a loud, oversharing, and very Christian nurse to assist her suicide, she has to work harder than she ever has in her privileged life to end it. Through surprising humor and persistent questioning, Dead and Breathing investigates morality, mortality and the intense tug-of-war between the right to die with dignity and the idea of life as a gift.

Special Offer
$25 (Regularly $30) - November 5th – 15th


ONLINE: Visit Ovationtix.com and use code riseatNBT

PHONE: Call 212-352-3101 and mention code riseatNBT

Restrictions: Not valid on November 2nd. Phone and Online Service Fees will be applied at checkout. Subject to availability. Not valid on prior purchase. Offer cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. Additional blackout dates and restrictions may apply. No refunds or exchanges. Offer may be revoked at any time. Discount is not valid at box office.

Discount tickets: PROMISING


The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row
410 West 42nd Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues)

Limited engagement November 14th thru December 5th

Save 20% on Promising, a scandalous new political drama

Local politician David Carver's meteoric rise has caught the eye of the heavy political hitters in NYC and beyond. But the burgeoning career of the charismatic campaigner is threatened by a startling accusation. With a media circus in full swing just outside his apartment, David and his inner circle of supporters hunker down to strategize damage control for his campaign and to salvage any chance for a long-term future in politics. What no one completely understands, until this day, is how the maelstrom on the outside affects even his most loyal allies within. PROMISING is at once a scathingly funny and shocking indictment of our current political climate.

Special Offer
$20 (Regularly $25)


  1. ONLINE: Visit TelechargeOffers.com and use code TRPROMRRM
  2. PHONE: Call 212-947-8844 and mention code TRPROMRRM
  3. IN PERSON: Bring a print out to Theatre Row Box Office - 410 W 42nd St. Box Office Hours: Monday - Saturday: Noon - 6pm, Sunday: Noon - to curtain. There are no advance sales 1 hour before showtime!

Restrictions: $1.25 Facility Fee will be added at check out. Normal service charges apply to online and phone orders. Subject to availability. Not valid on prior purchase. Offer cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. Additional blackout dates and restrictions may apply. No refunds or exchanges. Offer may be revoked at any time.

YonderSpeak Theatre Co. 10-Minute Play Call for Submissions

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YonderSpeak in alliance with the Shippensburg University Dept. of Music and Theatre Arts is looking to celebrate unique voices from the Appalachian Region in a night of Theatre and Reception - Spring 2016. YonderSpeak Theatre Co. goal is to create a space to promote new works and emerging playwrights. We are looking for scripts that bold and invigorating.


- Plays must be between 10-15 minutes in length.
- Playwright must reside in one of the 13 Appalachian regional states: (New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina.)
- Setting should be simple or suggested (easily performed on an open platform/cabaret stage)
- NOTE: Script setting does not have to be tied to Appalachia.
- Cast Size Maximum: 6
- Submission Deadline: November 27, 2015.

Submissions should include:

- Your name, contact info, mailing address
- A title page
- Brief synopsis including setting and character breakdown.
- Playwright Bio (100 words or less)

How to submit your play:

Electronic submissions only.

Submit your full script as an email attachment (PDF preferred to bypass any technical issues) to: yonderspeak@outlookcom

Free creative writing class

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Hello all. Equity Library Theater is hosting a creative writing (fiction, playwriting and more) class starting November 28th at 3pm at the Queens Library at 40-20 Broadway Long Island City, NY 11103.

It is FREE and all are welcome to attend! It will run every three weeks until June 2016. Bring your scripts, stories, poems and more. We will read and discuss and will finish off the course with a performance of our finished works. More to come. Thanks Queens Library for putting it all together! Feel free to pass this on, thanks!

Source Festival 2016 10-Minute Play Submissions

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Source Festival seeks 10-Minute Plays of any genre (comedy, magical realism, drama, etc.) that relate to one of the themes listed below. These themes are inspired by the festival's three Full-Length Plays; please read the summaries and information about these plays here.

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

Secrets & Sound: seeking plays that explore a hidden truth or discovery. Your play must include a specific sound landscape or idea (such as cassette tapes, voicemail messages, vinyl, Suri, 8-track, etc), and be an active component of the play (as opposed to characters that happen to be musicians and play a drum on stage). Inspired by STATIC, written by Tom Horan.

Heroes & Home: seeking plays that address our modern sense of belonging while contending with an aspect of bravery. Courage can take many different forms, and we are looking for scripts that reveal this contemporary perspective within a domestic environment. Updated twists on myths & legends might serve as one potential starting point, but we encourage you to branch out into other ideas. Inspired by BURIES CITIES, written by Jennifer Fawcett.

Dreams & Discord: seeking plays that address the juxtaposition between the lives we lead and the lives we wish for. We urge the exploration of the potential tension/energy between commitment and desire. We want scripts that explore how these forces interact between dynamic characters (couples of all permutations, families, strangers in a specific environment, etc). Inspired by BALLAST, written by Georgette Kelly.

Eligibility Requirements:

- Playwrights may submit only one 10-Minute Play to the the festival and the play may only be submitted under one theme.

- Plays may be no longer than 10 pages, exclusive of your title page.

- Plays must be submitted in PDF format.*

- Plays must not have been previously produced or published.**

To submit your 10-Minute Play to the Source Festival, please complete the form below and upload your script as a .pdf file.

Please complete this form and submit the documents requested below.

Due: December 15, 2015 at 5:00pm EST. No late entries. No exceptions.

Playwrights whose scripts have been selected for Source Festival 2015 will be notified in the spring of 2016.

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19th Annual Black Box New Play Festival

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The Gallery Players, Brooklyn’s premier, award-winning Off-Off Broadway theatre, is seeking plays for its 18th 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. We are particularly interested in shorter pieces.

Submission guidelines:

1. Plays must be un-produced (readings are o.k.)

2. Seeking shorter plays from 10-40 minutes. No full-lengths please.

3. Playwrights may not direct their own work.

4. The deadline for submission is December 31st 2015

5. Please mail two copies of your play, a plot synopsis and a resume to:

Gallery Players

Black Box New Play Festival
199 14th Street
Brooklyn N.Y. 11215

We will only contact you if your play has been accepted into the festival. If you wish to receive confirmation that your play was received by us, please include a stamped, self-addressed postcard. We will not return plays.

Call for Monologue Submissions for 2016 Monologue Festival

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Chances are, you've had one – more than one. They can be inspiring, terrifying, tedious, nauseating, and profound. Jobs. Jobs put food on our tables, roofs over our heads, and (sometimes) anxiety in our hearts.

Forward Theater Company, an Equity theater in Madison, Wisconsin, is excited to announce its fourth monologue festival, Someone's Gotta Do It, to be held in September 2016 at Overture Center for the Arts. We invite you to create characters telling their work stories: the exhilarating, the necessary, and the outlandishly absurd.


• Monologues should be inspired by the theme: Someone's Gotta Do It.

• Monologues must be between two and ten minutes in length. Therefore, scripts should be a maximum of eight pages long, double-spaced, using a standard format (twelve point font), and be written for a single actor to perform. (All lengths of up to ten minutes will be considered).

• We do not accept musical submissions, adaptations, or children's plays.

• Monologues should require very simple production values: set-pieces, props, or effects needing set-up, strike, or special technical support may disadvantage an otherwise excellent submission.

• Each playwright may submit up to two scripts with no fee. 
(For each additional script, there is a $5 reading fee, payable by check to Forward Theater Company. Checks may be sent to Forward Theater Company, PO Box 14574, Madison, WI 53708.)

• We are soliciting new work for premiere productions. If the piece has previously received a fully-realized production, do NOT submit.

• Each script must include a title page with name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Please do NOT list your name anywhere on the monologue itself.

• Submit scripts via e-mail ONLY to monologues@forwardtheater.com. Please use the subject line "Monologue festival submission."

• E-Submissions will be accepted until midnight on January 15th, 2016.

• Entries will be acknowledged by e-mail once they have been received. Due to the volume of scripts submitted, we are unable to offer feedback.

• Winning scripts will be announced on our web site, on or before July 1st, 2016. Winning playwrights will be notified via email or phone on or before this date.

• Writers will be credited in marketing and playbill materials; no royalties will be paid for the September 2016 performances. Playwrights are entitled to two complimentary tickets to the opening performance.

If you have questions, please email kmoeller@forwardtheater.com.

Aspiring Playwrights Contest

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Sponsored by East Valley Children’s Theatre

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, 2016

. (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: Karen@evct.org
For more information or questions call EVCT at 480-756-3828.

Friday, November 20, 2015

International Radio Playwriting Competition 2016: Call for Entries

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Deadline: 31 Jan 2016

Join the 25th International Playwriting Competition – brought to you by the BBC World Service & British Council, in partnership with Commonwealth Writers and co-produced by The Open University!

– The competition is open to new and established writers, provided they live outside the UK.
– The submitted scripts must be written in English and must not have been published/broadcast.
* Professional writers/playwrights are strongly encouraged to participate.

In order to enter you need to send:
• A script for a 53 minute radio play with up to 6 central characters.
• A synopsis which outlines your play is no longer than 400 words.
A completed form attached to your play and synopsis.

There are three prizes:
– English as a First Language Winner: £2200 sterling and a trip to London to see the play being recorded for broadcast on the BBC World Service and to attend a prize-giving evening.
– English as a Second Language Winner: £2200 sterling and a trip to London to see the play being recorded for broadcast on the BBC World Service and to attend a prize-giving evening.
– The Georgi Markov Prize (for the writer of the script identified by the judges as, whilst not deemed ready for broadcast in its current form, showing most promise): A standard return flight to London, with 2 weeks accommodation – a week of which will be spent with the BBC’s London Radio Drama department and a week with BBC World Service. No cash alternative.

For more information and application form please visit the organizer’s website.

*NOTE: Hanoi Grapevine merely announces the open calls and cannot help in the application process. For further inquiries, please direct to the organizers.

MRT seeking short and long plays, performance art, etc.

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December 8 - December 20, 2015

Submit your:
SHORT PLAY PRODUCTION (7 - 40 Minutes), DANCE PIECE (2 - 15 minutes)

This December, Manhattan Repertory Theatre continues our celebration of 10 years of creating cutting-edge theatre and more in the heart of Times Square and we are celebrating by presenting a a HUGE 10th Anniversary HOLIDAY Event with Short Plays, Full-Length Plays, Dance pieces, Live Musical Acts,

Passionate Poetry Readings, and Performance Art.

There is NO FEE to submit and NO FEE to participate. This celebration event is FREE for artists to participate!

What we are looking for:


  • Short plays (7 - 40 minutes) - cast, directed, ready for performance!
  • Full - Length Plays (41 - 90 Minutes) - cast, directed, ready to perform!
  • Dance Pieces (2 - 15 minutes) -choreographed - rehearsed, ready to fly!
  • Passionate Poetry Readings (3 - 8 minute set, performed by the poet!)
  • Performance Art (3 - 10 minutes) - fully produced, ready to roll.

Live Musical Acts (20 minute set) to open up the shows.
(Music acts need not be new, original or Never produced before.)
Each play/dance/act/reading/presentation will be given at least 2 performances with a short tech and a full dress rehearsal with the other "acts" performing in a performance series.

We will run the Sound and lights for the Short Plays, Dance pieces, Live Musical acts, Passionate Poetry Readings and Performance Art.

The Full-Length Plays will be given a 2 hour Tech/ Dress weekend days or weeknights, and at least 2 performances. Full-Length plays will be responsible to bring in their own sound and light board operator.

To submit for this event, please email us the following:

For NEW, ORIGINAL short plays (7 - 40 min) & New Original full-length plays (41- 90 min) please email:

The complete short play as a .pdf file. A synopsis of the short play, the running time of the short play, the set and tech requirements, the play's reading history (if it has been read and where) your postal address,and creative team leader email address.

For Dance pieces please email:

A synopsis of the Dance piece, the running time of the Dance piece, the set and tech requirements, your postal mail address, and creative team leader email address.

For Live Musical Acts please email :

A brief demo of your music, mp3 file or similar is fine. How many and what instruments are involved. your postal mail address and a "band" leader email address.

For Passionate Poetry submission:

The complete poetry you wish to present, your poetry performance history, your postal mail address, and your email address.

For Performance Art submission:

A synopsis of the the piece, the running time of the the piece, the set and tech requirements, your postal mail address, and creative team leader email address.

Please email all to:

by Monday November 23, 2015

Please put "10th Anniversary Holiday Event" in the subject heading.


Submissions will be accepted on a First-Come, First-Served basis. The earlier you submit the better chance you have of being accepted. If we fill up all the performance slots before Monday November 23, we will end submissions early, so please submit early so that you don't get closed out.

All performances will be at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 303 W. 42nd St at 8th Ave.

Please come join us! It is going to be a blast!!

Followed by the Biggest Holiday Party in our 10 year history!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Prime Playmaking Project

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Do you have a sizzler where a read-aloud of just the dialogue could transform any playing space into a chamber of story delight?

Our *Prime Playmaking Project is a "shortcut cooking" method for producing quality theatre. Chosen submissions are loaded onto tablets, rehearsed with fine actors for a few hours, then taken varieties of venues, from formal playing spaces to bars, to living rooms. No stage directions are read out loud. The actors "enter" by standing and "exit" by sitting. It's a pure reading; something akin to campfire storytelling-- through theatrical dialogue. 

Do you have a piece that could be categorized as Science fiction, Fantasy or Suspense? Are you interested in having it boiled down to just characters using words to battle?

Chosen authors receive $5.00 for each performance of works under 20 minutes and $10.00 for each performance of works 20-50 minutes and $20.00 for pieces 50 minutes or more. Pieces are frequently used for more than one performance. Prime Playmaking also gives authors an excellent marketing angle for their pieces: A play that needs little to no budget to mount and has been proven (through our performances) able to carry an evening.

(please read all before submitting)

The piece must fit under the categories of either Science Fiction, Fantasy or Suspense.

Though not necessarily limited to 5 characters, the piece requires no more than 5 actors (less is even better).
Contains no physical actions OR it has tastefully-placed interludes of narration to cover actions.
The changes in setting and circumstance are very easy to track just through the dialogue.
Establishes high stakes from the get-go or an atmosphere of danger/outrageousness from the get-go.
Extra points for scripts with more roles for women!
If you don't have anything that fits our qualifications, feel free to refer friends to us and send suggestions of existing published works.

You can send word docs or pdfs to


If you do not receive a response within 30 days of your submission, please contact us and you will have an update within the week.