Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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-addressed 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

Fantastic.Z 2017 New Works Festival

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Seeking submissions for the 5th annual New Works Festival at the Eclectic Theatre June 14-16 entitled Family.

Add your short play to our festival and help Fantastic.Z celebrates the bonds that bak and bind us to the people we love. We're looking for 10-minute plays dealing with LGBTQ issues and our theme of family. We like comedy, tragedy, and everything in-betwen.

To submit your play or for more information contact by the February 10, 2017 deadline.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Evergreen Museum & Library Artist-in-Residency Program

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House Guests is an artists-in-residence and exhibition program that celebrates the history of the Garrett family, collectors and patrons of the arts, who hosted artists and musicians at their Evergreen estate during the first half of the 20th century. Every year Evergreen opens its doors to an artist and invites them to use the collections, the architecture and the grounds to practice in place. House Guests offers the public new ways to see and understand this historic place through the work of contemporary artists.

The House Guests Artist-in-Residence program provides housing, individual studio, and a stipend, allowing the artist the time and space to produce new work in a visually and culturally rich setting. One residency is awarded every year.


There is no formal application for the residency program. If you are interested in being considered, please send 10 slides or digital images on CD (not via email) of your work, two letters of recommendation, a written proposal (including detailed information on your residency plans), and a résumé to:

House Guests Residency Program
Evergreen Museum & Library
The Johns Hopkins University
4545 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21210

Applications for each annual residency must by postmarked by December 31

Call for Submissions For 5th Annual LaBute New Theater Festival

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The St. Louis Actors’ Studio is proud to announce call for submissions for the 5th Annual LaBute New Theater Festival at the Gaslight Theater, with plays debuting from July 07 - 30, 2017. Submissions will be accepted through December 31, 2016.

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.

Submissions should be sent to:

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

Monday, December 5, 2016


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So we have found a better way for producers to put up their shows and get something back, and have the producing costs be at a price point that will work. This is our Third Spectacular Event and the response has been amazing.

So from April 1 - June 30, we offering our Spring Play Spectacular at our new 52 seat theatre on West 45th St.

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

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

We are only accepting 15 plays for this event.

To submit your 30 - 75 minute play, please forward,
  • the complete draft of your play as a .pdf file, 
  • a synopsis of the play, 
  • the running time of the play,
  • the set and lighting requirements, 
  • your mailing address, 
and a creative team leader contact email address to:

by December 24, 2016

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

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

Act One: One Act Festival January 9th - 28th

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The Act One: One Act Festival 2017 is now accepting submissions for the 2017 festival. 

Deadline for submissions is December 9th and acceptances will be awarded from now until December 12th, i.e.: We will be reading plays as they come in and notifying before the deadline passes. Early submission advised.

The Act One: One Act Festival 2017 is a self-producing competition style one-act play festival. The plays are divided into three different programs. Each program will run six times with four of those performances being evening performances. The Audience will vote for best plays so if all of your friends come you will be sure to make the finals!

The top six nominated plays will compete on January 28th at 7:30pm for Best Actor, Best Actress, Director and Best Play. Best Actor wins $50, Actress $50, Director $50 and Best Play $100. We also intend to invite the finalists to have their play published in a short play anthology. This would be a non-exclusive deal, which doesn’t prevent the author from pursuing a deal with Samuel French for example and is not mandatory.

All types of short play are considered, but please remember to keep the staging simple with minimal set and props. We will be using the theatres standard lighting plot and will provide you with a light and soundboard operator. In addition we will offer free 2-hour rehearsal space to each show from Jan. 3rd - 13th, which is subject to availability and on a first come first served.

We are ideally looking for plays that are 10 – 20 minutes in length.

The Act One: One Act Festival 2017 plans to run a rotating schedule of performances beginning Thursday, Jan. 12th through Saturday Jan. 28th. Each Play is responsible for providing their Director and Actors for their production.

Break a leg! Equity Showcases permitted but acts will obtain their own code; The Secret Theatre will provide Equity compliant Insurance to the productions.

Scripts may be submitted to:

Spring Writing Classes at Primary Stages ESPA!

Spring 2017 classes at Primary Stages ESPA are now open for enrollment! Here are just some of the classes in our lineup of opportunities in the writing department:

Kara Lee Corthron (Writer, Julius By Design at Fulcrum Theater, "Kings" on NBC)
If you're just stepping into the world of playwriting, welcome! Whether you're a theater artist boldly crossing the line from one discipline to another, a novelist or poet searching for a new form, or a budding playwright who wants to get down to basics, this class was made for you.

This 10-week class will guide you through the development of your first draft, providing concrete deadlines, constructive feedback, and a collaborative environment that will encourage you to get your ideas on the page. Instructors include:
Leah Nanako Winkler (Writer, Kentucky at EST)
A. Rey Pamatmat (Writer, House Rules at Ma-Yi Theatre Company; Co-Director, Mi-Ya Writer's Lab)
Crystal Skillman (Writer, Geek and Rain and Zoe Save the World)
Michael Walkup (Producing Artistic Director, Page 73)
Winter Miller (Writer, In Darfur at The Public)
Eddie Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages)

Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River Theatre Company)
All writers have that one play sitting in a drawer that they never quite finished. Maybe you didn’t know the ending, maybe the play went somewhere so unexpected that the beginning no longer works, or maybe you just got stuck. This class will help you jump that final hurdle and finish your draft.

Annie MacRae (Associate Artistic Director, Atlantic Theater Company)
This class is for those with complete first drafts who are ready to hear the play in full and embark on strategic rewrites. Over ten weeks, you will have the opportunity to hear your draft read aloud in its entirety twice

Richard Vetere (Writer, screen adaptations include The Third Miracle, produced by Francis Ford Coppola, starring Ed Harris and Anne Heche, and The Marriage Fool starring Walter Mathau and Carol Burnett)
This class is for writers wishing to adapt source material of any form (play, novel, tv show, web series...the sky's the limit!) into a screenplay, focusing on adapting specifically with the camera in mind.

...and much more! Click here for the full list of writing classes.

Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere.

Primary Stages ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x211 or email


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Kumu Kahua Theatre is a non-profit theatre company that has presented original productions of special relevance to the people of Hawai‘i for more than 40 years. Kumu Kahua’s activities and productions are supported by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts by appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai‘i celebrating more than 30 years of culture and the arts in Hawai‘i.

Each year Kumu Kahua Theatre co-sponsors a playwriting contest with the UHM Theatre Department in its effort to bring new and exciting drama to the stage. Although Kumu Kahua Theatre has a strong commitment to producing the works of local playwrights in recent years they have produced several plays pertaining to Hawai‘i that have been written by non-Hawai‘i residents. Kumu Kahua Theatre recognizes that many playwrights who have moved to the mainland, for example, may have valuable insights to offer about their local experiences.

The playwriting contest is offered in three separate categories. One prize will be offered in each category. All plays must be original and not involve adaptation form any copyrighted source. They should not have received previous production in their current form. Any number of scripts may be submitted by an individual, but a different pen name must accompany each play. Plays previously submitted to the contest are not eligible. Members of the board of Kumu Kahua Theatre will read all entries in the competition and consider each for workshops, which may lead to a production. Kumu Kahua Theatre is especially interested in plays pertinent to Hawaii.

Winning playwrights receive cash prizes and are regularly offered the opportunity to see their scripts included in a future Kumu Kahua season.

For the Hawai‘i Prize ($600), which is open to residents and non-residents of Hawai‘i, the play must be set in Hawai‘i or deal with some aspect of the Hawai‘i experience. Some examples of appropriate topics might be: pre-colonial life in the islands; relation between indigenous and colonizer; the coming of whalers; missionaries and merchants; the history of ethnic immigration and adaptation to Hawai‘i; the development of enter-ethnic relationships; labor history; the territorial era; militarization; the move toward statehood; tourism and development; contemporary immigration and diaspora; women’s rights; the experiences of Hawai‘i’s people outside of Hawai‘i. Restricted to full-length plays (minimum 50 pages of standard form).

For the Pacific/Rim Prize ($450), which is open to residents and non-residents of Hawai‘i, the play must be set in or deal with the Pacific Islands, the Pacific Rim, or the Pacific/Asian American experience. Restricted to full-length plays (minimum 50 pages of standard form).

For the Resident Prize ($250), which is open to the residents of Hawai‘i at the time of submission, the plays may be on any topic, and of any length.

To submit a play:

1) You must send three copies of your play. Plays should be typed on ordinary bond paper, double-spaced, and on one side of the paper only.

2) Prepare a front page for the manuscript which bears the play title, pen name, and the division in which the play is being entered. Do not place your name anywhere on the script.

3) In an ordinary envelope place a piece of paper with the following information clearly printed or typed:

a) play title and pen name

b) playwright's real name

c) social security number

d) address and phone number

e) competition division

4) Seal the envelope and print or type the play title on the outside.

5) Place the playscript and the sealed envelope in a large envelope (or otherwise wrap them together) and mail to:

Kumu Kahua Playwriting Contest
Kumu Kahua Theatre
46 Merchant Street
Honolulu HI 96813

Submitted playscripts become part of Kumu Kahua Theatre/UHM Theatre Department Competition Plays, a collection of manuscripts housed and bound in the Hawaiian and Pacific collection of Hamilton Library at the University of Hawai‘i. Kumu Kahua Theatre reserves first production rights for two years to all contest winners. All other rights are retained by the playwright. Three judges, whose decisions will be final, will be selected by Kumu Kahua Theatre to evaluate the plays. If, in the opinion of the judges, the plays submitted do not show sufficient merit, one or more prizes may be withheld. Results of the contest will be announced to the press.

All contestants will be notified. Stay tuned for recent contest winners!

Any more questions? Contact us.

East End Fringe Festival

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Early Bird Submissions pay no fee on entries by December 15, 2017. December 16 through March 16, a $25 non-refundable submission fee is due with application, via PayPal.

This diverse and intimate theatrical event will debut Summer 2017 at the historic Vail Leavitt Music Hall in Riverhead New York. As a catalyst for cultural and community development, The East End Fringe Festival is dedicated to connecting adventurous emerging and established artists, appreciative audiences and supportive businesses and organizations to foster the growth of creative arts on Long Island.

Accepted entries will be notified the week of April 15. Your acceptance of participation in the festival will be confirmed by our receipt of your signed agreement with a money order or cashier’s check for $300 by May 1.

No refunds for withdrawals after May 1, 2017. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Each accepted entry will be scheduled for three performances, including one prime time slot, during the course of the Festival.

The Vail-Leavitt Music Hall is equipped with basic lighting and sound. It is up to the performing company to provide additional equipment if required. (see "About Us" for theater specs)

East End Fringe Festival will provide a lighting/sound technician for 1 tech rehearsal and 3 performances.

East End Fringe Festival does not provide sets, props, or equipment and as storage space is limited, arrangements must be made in advance.

Each production will be given a 15 minute load-in and 15 minute load-out time for each show.

Use of fog, smoking, open flame, guns firing on stage, stage blood, bubble machines and paint are prohibited. Contact East End Fringe Festival for possible exceptions.

Each production is responsible for securing all rights, royalties, copyrights, and union waivers for published works or Equity actors and must provide proof upon acceptance in the Festival.

Each production will receive 30% of ticket sales for their performances.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

This Is Not Normal: Application Call

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November 22, 2016 – July 1, 2017

With a hat-tip to John Oliver


This Is Not Normal is an arts festival at The Brick, encouraging not only theater applications, but responses from all media. Replete with Not Normal weekly cabarets and Not Normal Collective Action Projects, the festival aims to remind us of the reality we live in and the reality we are moving towards. A portion of festival proceeds will be donated to the ACLU.

June 9, 2017 to July 1, 2017

Sought: primarily plays, but also dance pieces, music, films and other performance works that are festival-friendly and ready to present in a repertory format which address the theme. Short works will be considered for weekly cabarets. Visual art and video installations will also be considered.

The festival also welcomes programming ideas and opportunities for collective organizing in defense of civil liberties and non-discrimination. Educational outreach and community engagement ideas are also sought.

Deadline: December 10, 2016
For more info and to apply, please fill out the following form.

Sundog Theatre is seeking one-act plays for "Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry 2017"

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For Sundog Theatre's 15th annual presentation of original, short
one-act plays about our favorite boats, the Staten Island Ferries.
(No submission fee)


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

--Plays should be 15-25 minutes long and have their setting on the Staten Island Ferry. Plays should be at least 15 pages long.

--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/lighting needs.

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

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

--As in life, humor is good.

IMPORTANT: It is Sundog's 15th anniversary.  Please incorporate the number 15 into your play in some way.

Remuneration: Six authors will receive $100 each and be produced in our series of five March 2017 performances in Staten Island.

NO FEE to submit.


--Please send two copies, bound or stapled, blind submission (removable cover page with title, author and contacts) to
Sundog Theatre,
"Scenes 2017" PO Box 183, Staten Island, NY 10301

--Submissions should include brief synopsis,
70-word bio and also resume of writer.

--Should be postmarked from now until no later than
December 31, 2016.

--Do not submit plays electronically.

Susan Fenley, Producer

Notification: Playwrights of selected plays will be contacted directly and their names listed on Sundog's website early 2017. Please do not contact Sundog to see whether or not we are using your play.

Saturday, December 3, 2016


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Greenbrier Valley Theatre (GVT) is pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for our 2017 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 with us? Here's what happens: A brief rehearsal process (approximately 10 hours) 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 provide 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.

Works produced at Greenbrier Valley Theatre's New Voices Play Festival may not be performed within a 50-mile radius of Lewisburg for a period of one (1) year following the close of the festival. Future productions within this 50-mile radius that include any of the original actors, in addition to securing rights from the playwright, should note in program materials that the play was originally produced at Greenbrier Valley Theatre and who directed the play during New Voices Play Festival.

-To submit your play electronically, please send a PDF of the script to

To submit your play by mail, please submit the full script in a three-brad folder or unbound.

Plays may be submitted to this address:

Greenbrier Valley Theatre
c/o: Education Department
1038 Washington Street, East
Lewisburg, WV 24901

Deadline for Submissions: December 4, 2016 at 12:00 A.M. (Midnight)
The playwrights of the selected plays, as well as everyone who submitted, will be notified by December 23, 2016.

No phone calls, please.

Thank you so much for your time. We look forward to reading your submissions!

INK tank seeks playwrights of color

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INKtank is Rising Circle Theater Collective's play development intensive for playwrights of color. INKtank has a two-fold mission of providing emerging playwrights of color an artistic home and support system while assisting them in the creation of a more developed draft of a full-length script. The final drafts of the INKtank plays will be presented at PlayRISE, a culminating festival event where the selected works receive a public reading.

The INKtank Lab seeks to select 3-4 writers of color who are invested in the revision process of their own work as well of their peers in an artistic community environment with a shared intention of honest feedback and rigorous pursuit of excellence. The lab cycle will be facilitated by INKtank alums, Raquel Almazan (La Esperanza, or The Hopefulness) and Monet Hurst-Mendoza (Lilia, Veil'd). INKtank is a collaborative process where Rising Circle will provide structure and resources, while playwrights create what happens week-to-week based on the needs of each writer.

Applicants must submit the following by January 6, 2017:

• One full-length script that you would like to work on during the lab. The play must be in line with Rising Circle’s mission statement to expand the scope of storytelling on the American stage by giving voice to unheard stories of people of color. We are especially interested in plays that have an urgency to address the current social, political and cultural times. Please note: we are not accepting one-character plays or musicals at this time.
• Resume
• A one-page Artistic Statement explaining your personal rewrite goals, what you feel are the strengths of the script, and what you would like to focus on for the piece during the developmental process. Please include any developmental history of this piece, if it has had readings in the past, or if there are any upcoming readings of your work.

*Please read all lab requirements and guidelines prior to applying.

*Applicants MUST live in the tri-state area to be considered.
*Finalist interviews will take place in early February.

All submissions must be sent via Submittable by Friday, January 6, 2017.

Pallas Theatre Collective welcomes submissions of completed, full-length and one act musicals

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Pallas Theatre Collective welcomes submissions of completed, full-length and one act musicals for their 2017 TableRead Series between October 15, 2016 and December 15, 2016.

TableRead 2016 will offer creative teams the opportunity to develop, workshop and present new works of musical theatre in collaboration with Pallas’s new musical development team through a series of university and professional readings (usually 3-4), culminating in a professional black-box style production in 2018. Creators are provided a small honorarium and some travel expenses, as well as 10% net box office receipts from the show. For more information and a list of past winners, visit:

Only completed projects will be accepted. Semi-finalists will be asked to submit full libretto, full score (generated through music publishing software, no lead sheets), and complete demos at time of request. A short interview with Pallas Artistic leadership will be required of Finalists. Musicals must be unpublished with no prior large-scale production. Proof of rights must be secured by the composers if the musical is based on copyrighted material before submission to TableRead.

TableRead only accepts digital submissions. There is no fee to apply.

Please place all required files in a single folder in a drop site (Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, etc.) and send the folder link to An email will be sent to you to confirm your submission within one week (please do not send emails about confirmation until after one week has passed). Please only include the following materials (incomplete submissions, or those not following guideline:
  • Creator contact information & bios
  • Story sentence: A one sentence statement of the story & 100 word synopsis
  • Cast size, character breakdown, including vocal ranges.
  • Development history & a list of attached parties if any (director, MD, actors, agents, current contracts, etc.) NOTE: Pallas Theatre is run by a collective of artists and most work is done ‘in house.’ We may not be able to accommodate all/any attached parties based on the size/scope/timing of the work.
  • First 30 pages of libretto only – must start on page 1 and must include title and credits page.
  • 6 mp3 demo tracks – must include the show’s first two songs. Songs submitted not in the first 30 script pages must include a brief description including placement in the show and the song’s function in the play.

Friday, December 2, 2016

QUEERLY BELOVED 10 minute plays for Valentine's Day

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The Village Playwrights announce a call for submissions for QUEERLY BELOVED staged readings of 10 minute plays to celebrate Valentine's Day on February 22, 2017 from 8 to 10 pm at the LGBT Community Center, NYC.

Playwrights must be from Metro New York area
  • Plays must be under 10 minutes. 
  • Plays must have a LGBTQ and romance/relationship theme
  • Plays are to be read script in hand, minimally staged with no props; actors must stand
  • You must produce the reading of your own play including casting and a minimum of 2 hours rehearsal .
  • Deadline Friday, January 13, 2017, 5 pm.
  • No fee to submit

To Submit:
send your play as an attachment to
your name and contact information should be in the body of the email but not on the script.
put the name of your script on the subject line

Living Room Theater New Play Incubator: Cultural Identity

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Living Room Theater is seeking playwrights to develop plays on the theme “Cultural Identity” for its New Play Incubator. Playwrights will be divided into 2 groups and meet 3 times. In the course of 3 weeks, the playwrights individually will create a 10 minute play related to cultural identity. Each group will culminate in a staged reading for the public. Actors and director will be provided for the reading.

There is no fee to submit or to participate. Playwrights that have participated in the previous incubator are not eligible to apply at this time. Playwrights must be able to attend all meetings of at least one group. Please do not submit if you cannot make all the meetings of at least one group. All meetings/rehearsals/readings will be held in Manhattan. Non-New York based playwrights may apply but must be able to travel to the meetings/reading. No travel stipend is provided.

Group A Meetings

02/11/17 from 1-3pm

02/18/17 from 1-3pm (First draft due)

02/25/17 from 1-3pm

Staged reading date: TBD

Group B Meetings

02/12/17 from 1-3pm

02/19/17 from 1-3pm (First draft due)

02/26/17 from 1-3pm

Staged Reading Date: TBD

Please submit a resume, a 10 minute play, and a short paragraph in the email why you would be interested in writing about the theme “Cultural Identity” to Please specify which group you are applying for or if both groups work for you. Only selected finalists will be asked to interview the week of 01/30/17. 

Submission deadline is January 20, 2017.
Living Room Theater has been producing and developing new plays in New York City since 2010. Our mainstage productions include Thicker than Water, The Ephemeral Lightness of Dreams, The Procedure, Pretty Little Mouth, 29x/y, Slam Team, Lola and the Planet of Glorious Diversity. Work we have developed through our Writers’ Circle and other readings include Micro Shrimp, Lost at Sea, Flappers In Chains, Frank, The C Word, For Our Own, Apples from Eve, and An Orchid In Winter.

​Call for One Act Scripts for Gadfly's Final Frontier Festival: Fairy Tales

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Once upon a time, in the frozen lands of Minnesota, a group of queers gathered together to fight the rising tide of heteronormativity plaguing their arts scene. They sent out a call for stories of magic, heroes, and fairies. These stories they combined in their magic theatre cauldron and formed the Final Frontier Festival: Fairy Tales.

It's that time of year again adventurers! Gadfly Theatre Productions is seeking scripts for our annual geeky one act festival. This year's theme is fairy tales. Submissions should be 20-40 minutes long, contain minimal characters and set needs, and adhere or our queer/feminist mission. No ten minute plays, full lengths, or scripts not adhering to either the theme or mission will be considered.

So, if you have a script about a trans princess saving her kingdom from a dragon, a gay retelling of the Little Mermaid, or a story of a first born child promised to two different witches who then have to raise the kid together all Three's Company style, shoot them our way. Submissions should be sent to no later than January 15, 2017

Decisions will be made mid March and the festival will open in summer of 2017. As always, playwrights of color and trans identity are particularly encouraged to submit their work.

Leah Ryan's Fund for Emerging Women Writers

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All women who consider themselves emerging playwrights (as distinct from fledgling or mid-career playwrights) are eligible to apply for the 2017 FEWW Prize. Playwrights from all over the world are encouraged to apply, but the play must be written in English. Eligibility does not require that a submitted work adhere to the traditional three-act structure. One-acts, two-acts (even four-, five-, six- acts), monologues, adaptations, and any other wild (or deceptively tame) format will be considered with equal seriousness. The only absolute requirement is that the submitted text be a completed full-length work for theater.

The winner will be chosen by a committee selected by the board members of Leah Ryan's FEWW, and will be presented her award as part of the 2017 Lily Awards, which honors the work of women in American theater.

The winner will also receive a cash award of $2,500 as well as a staged reading of her play hosted by FEWW at a theater in New York City. In addition, a stipend of up to $700 for travel and accommodation may be provided by FEWW if necessary.

The deadline for submissions for the 2017 FEWW Prize is Monday, January 9th, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.

Finalists will be contacted in early March and will have one week within which to submit their full play.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The call for submissions is now open for EURODRAM 2017

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EURODRAM is a theatrical promotion network of works in European, Mediterranean and Central Asian languages. Its main objective is to present works by contemporary playwrights to both theater professionals and the public at large, with a particular focus on linguistic diversity. The network is organized into 30 language-based committeeswith a total of more than 300 members.

EURODRAM hosts two types of theatrical contests:
– Even years: the selection of plays written in the language of the committee (original plays).
– Odd years (as is the case of this edition 2016-2017): the selection of plays from other languages translated into the language committee (translated plays).

The complete list of EURODRAM winners is published in the press of all member countries, and has a large impact on subsequent theater seasons. The specific award varies depending on the language committees that grant them. For instance, in the case of Hispanic Languages Committee, the winning works have been distributed to a large number of theater professionals inside and outside of Spain, and are presented as part of a reading series in New York City. This event is being organized by AENY – Spanish Artists in New York in collaboration with NITE – New International Theatre Experience.

This year, EURODRAM 2017 will accept plays that have been translated into the languages of the committees.

To participate, send an email with the subject heading “EURODRAM 2017 – Submissions” to the director of the committee of the language in which the play has been translated. Check the addresses of the directors in each committee’s page by clicking here. If you want to submit a play translated into Spanish for the consideration of the Hispanic Languages Committee, please feel free to email me directly at with the subject “EURODRAM 2017 – Submissions”. Any email received with a different subject won’t be filtered into the proper folder and therefore won’t be able to participate in the selection process. Please, be careful.

PLEASE NOTICE THAT THE RULES MAY VARY PER COMMITTEE. Check the rules that apply to you here: EURODRAM 2017

The deadline for submissions is 31 December 2016.

If you have any further questions please contact Dominique Dolmieu, general coordinator of EURODRAM at

Vermont Pride Theater at Chandler seeks full-length plays

Vermont Pride Theater at Chandler (VPT) requests submissions for its seventh annual summer festival in July in the historic Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph (VT).

We are seeking full-length scripts that present the issues and concerns of today's LGBTQ populations, especially in rural areas. In addition to new plays, plays that have been previously produced or published are welcome and their performance history would be of interest. These should be e-mailed to <>, no later than January 15th 2017.

For more information about the festival, or about VPT itself, send inquiries to that same address.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Little Black Dress seeks 10-minute plays

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Submissions are now being accepted from awesome female playwrights for consideration in this year's festival. This festival utilizes a peer-review process for evaluating submissions, so please make sure to read over the following guidelines carefully before submitting.

This year's festival theme is Hot Mess. Playwrights are invited to submit short plays and/or monologues written on this theme. In the past we've had great success with short scene lets as well (10 minute plays comprised of a couple of scenes, which we can sprinkle throughout the lineup)

LBDI strongly suggests you do not submit plays or monologues longer than ten minutes. Keep in mind that in all instances, shorter is truly better. Plays running longer than ten minutes stand very little chance of making it into the festival as we strive to produce as many playwrights as possible.

Little Black Dress INK utilizes a peer review process for evaluating plays. By submitting to this fest, you agree to participate in this unique opportunity to help select plays for production.

  • Once our submission window is closed, you will receive a selection of plays to read and score using the LBDI online eval form. You MUST read and submit your evaluations by the required date in order for your play to remain in consideration.
  • Submitted works will be read by other participating playwrights and LBDI artistic personnel. But submitting to the festival, you agree to share your work for review in this process.

Submission materials must be emailed to LBDI by December 10, 2016 and should include:
The following information in the body of your email:

  • Your name
  • The title of your play
  • Your contact information *It is very important that you use a reliable email address as all correspondence will be done via email!
  • A blind PDF of your script - do NOT include your name anywhere on the scripts!
  • Email materials to

LBDI will be producing readings of the top scoring plays nation-wide. The top eight to ten scoring plays will also move on to full production with Little Black Dress INK.

Las Vegas Little Theatre's 9th Annual New Works Competition

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Accepting submissions until December 31st, 2016
  • 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 Dec 31, 2016. The winner will be announced no later than March 30, 2017. 
  • 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.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Submissions wanted for Pinning Our Hopes: A Night of Arts & Activism Around the Inauguration

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Pinning Our Hopes, a night of inspiration and action at Deane Hall, the Boston Center for rthe Arts Calderwood Pavilion, will feature theatre artists responding to issues of social justice and citizenship raised by the 2016 election. For one night, some of Boston's best performers will showcase work that speaks of solidarity and resistance, and leaders from local social justice organizations will be on hand to introduce how audiences can connect, contribute, and make a difference.

Submissions open now to writers nationwide: submissions must be original material and may be a monologue, a small-cast short scene from a play, poetry, spoken word, or a new work written in response to the election. The goal of the evening is to highlight the diversity and the experience of those whose rights are most under threat: People of immigrant communities, Muslims and those of non-majority faiths, LGBTQ people, and people of color, and women.

All performances, event space, and materials are being donated, and the event is free/pay what you can, so there is no compensation for the written material.

Deadline: December 14, 2016 
(later submissions may or may not be read)

Please attach contact info and also say whether you want your material to be shared for use with other Pinning Our Hopes performances or only the Boston event.

Send your submissions or questions to For more information or to host your own event, visit

MITF: Spring Seeks Variety Acts

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Dear Friend in the Theatre,

MITF: Spring is seeking Variety Acts. MITF: Spring combines some of the most popular features of past MITF festivals: short plays and musicals, a Variety division, the Short Play Lab, and staged readings. The Festival will take place at the WorkShop Theater's Jewel Box Theater and will run from March 4 - March 26, 2017.
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, mike, and amp. Each act will be given one performance with the possibility of added performances to those acts with the best advance ticket sales-Festival schedule permitting. Shows receive a 1-hour tech rehearsal and a share of the profits, if any.

To submit a Variety Act: Mark it clearly "MITF: Spring," and that it is a variety act. Please also include video reels (you tube, etc.), of your act as part of your submission application. We'll curate the entries as they come in. Please send all Variety submissions to:
We look forward to watching your acts!

Submission Deadline For Variety Is February 18, 2017.


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MultiStages, a multicultural, multidisciplinary theatre company located in New York City, is seeking original, unproduced, high quality full-length multidisciplinary plays by established and emerging writers for its eighth New Works Contest. The Contest Winner will receive a Workshop Staged Reading with professional actors or a Fully-Staged Production at a reputable theatre in New York City under an AEA approved code. The Finalists will receive a Staged Reading with professional actors in the New Works Festival.

MultiStages produces non-traditional multicultural, multidisciplinary theatre works that incorporate a fusion of art forms rarely found in today’s theatre. These fusions include collaborations with artists working in dance, music composition (including opera), visual arts, puppetry, poetry, multimedia, et al. If your play includes music, you may choose to submit with a composer. All submitted scripts must be multidisciplinary and multicultural, and respect non-traditional casting choices. All productions are subject to development by MultiStages in collaboration with the playwright.

You must Include:
Complete Script (w/ title only) in PDF. DO NOT include your name, this is a BLIND contest.
Script Cover Page (w/ title, author name(s), personal and/or agency contact info).
Up-to-date Resume and Bio.
Artistic Statement including Multidisciplinary and Multicultural Elements in the play.
We accept Scripts by EMAIL ONLY – please email a PDF script, resume, bio, and Artistic Statement, and anything else we need to know about you to:

Disciplines: If your discipline is music, visual arts, or video, you may send us a link to samples or send via dropbox or other shared server. If you need to send your discipline attachment via hard copy, submit to: Lorca Peress, Artistic Director, MultiStages, 344 West 87th Street (2R), New York, NY 10024. Include a cover note that this is the attachment to said play. Do not include any personal info on the attachments as they may be forwarded to our judges.

Deadline: Midnight, 12/31/16
No Submission Fee

Announcements: Spring 2017 – Semi-Finalists; Summer 2017 – Finalists and Winner

New Works Finalist Reading Festival (Finalists): TBS 2017 or 2018

Workshop or Production (Winner): TBS in 2018

Questions: address to Lorca Peress at

East Village Chronicles, Volume 13 April 2017

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Deadline - Friday, December 30, 2016
Metropolitan Playhouse, New York's OBIE Award-winning explorer of America's Theatrical Heritage, is currently accepting submissions for new plays inspired by the life and history of New York's Lower East Side. 
Submissions will be evaluated by Metropolitan's artistic staff, and we will produce up to 10 of the submitted plays in April 2017, as part of our 8th Annual East Village Theater Festival.

Subject - Very Important:

Plays MUST pertain specifically, though not necessarily exclusively, to the East Village and Lower East Side of Manhattan. Please DO NOT submit plays that do not conform to this simple guideline. We are eager not to waste your--and our--time. Plays that do not in some way illuminate life and/or conditions in that neighborhood--past, present or future--will not be considered. The subject or theme may well pertain to other places as well, but they must be quite specifically applicable to the East Village/Lower East Side.

As a secondary consideration, and as in prior years, preference will be given to plays that pertain to a chosen theme. For Volume 13, the theme is Prosperity as it relates to life in the East Village of today and in eras past. (See below for more information.)

Submission Deadline:
Completed scripts must be RECEIVED, by mail or e-mail, by 5:00 pm Friday, December 30, 2016.

By Mail:
Metropolitan Playhouse
220 E 4th Street
New York, NY 10009

By e-mail
PLEASE SUBMIT as ".pdf" files to

The Festival
East Village Chronicles, Vol. 13 is the 13th seasonal festival of new, one-act plays that celebrate and explore the varied history and eclectic culture that have defined Manhattan's Lower East Side (in all its permutations). Combined into two, distinct evenings of short plays, which run on alternating nights over three weeks, the presentations will include a variety of styles and tones, unified by their being clearly related to life in the theater's neighborhood.

Metropolitan Playhouse will produce the plays on our 3/4 thrust stage in our 51 seat theater at 220 E 4th Street.

The plays will be directed by directors engaged by Metropolitan to coordinate and rehearse the entire festival.

The plays will be performed by a core company of actors, cast specifically for the festival, each of whom will perform in at least two festival plays. The cast of any given play will be drawn from this core company, and therefore anyone cast must be suitable for more than one play. Because we are forming a company, while playwrights' input is highly desired, final decisions remain with Metropolitan's artistic staff.

The Theme for 2017: Prosperity

The Chronicles plays have been connected each year in that they have focused on a certain topic, theme, or timeline. Selecting plays that are inspired by some such organizing principle helps to give the festival shape and to enrich the experience for audience members. (See * below for further discussion of the theme idea.)

This year, the Chronicles will be devoted to Prosperity. We believe this theme is especially resonant within the context of our national conversation and the particular history and character of the neighborhood. In our neighborhood, with its history of promise to newly immigrated Americans, its long defiance of the conventions of mainstream lifestyles, and its current rapid rise in real estate values, what it is to prosper has meant many different things over the decades.

Playwrights are encouraged to respond directly, indirectly, and creatively to this idea; how a play relates to the notion of "Prosperity" is up to the playwright. 
Technical Guidelines
We are seeking plays of no more than 30 minutes that can be played by 5 or fewer actors.
The plays will be presented with at least three others in a given evening, and as a consequence, should not require elaborate set or properties.

Performance Dates (subject to change): April 11 - April 30, 2017

Theater: Metropolitan Playhouse
220 E 4th Street
Alex Roe
Artistic Director, Metropolitan Playhouse
212 995 8410

* Interviews from regarding past festivals and the selection of themes may be found at: , and 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Everyday Inferno Theatre Co. seeks one-act plays

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If on a Winter's Night... (One Act Plays)

Length: 15-45 minutes in production / 50 pages or less

Topic: This year's theme is "Perception" – what that means specifically is open to your interpretation. If on a Winter's Night... takes the form of either fully staged readings or completed productions depending on the year. If you submit, you are indicating your willingness to be considered for either.

Playwrights: NYC area or able to travel at least occasionally throughout January.

Deadline for submissions: December 1, 2016
Compensation: Everyday Inferno Theatre Co. will cover all production costs associated with rehearsing and performing the piece. Playwrights retain copyright and full ownership of their plays. No further compensation will be provided.

Submit your work online at

PDF format is STRONGLY preferred. Google docs will not be considered.

Manhattan Rep’s January Short Play Competition

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Seeking fully produced, (cast, directed and ready to be performed by Jan.)

original, never-produced before, 7 - 20 minute 1 act plays for

Manhattan Rep’s January Short Play Competition

January 5 - January 21, 2017

at Manhattan Repertory Theatre,17-19 West 45th St. NYC

$100 Prize for Best Short Play

Each 7 - 20 minute play will be given a short tech rehearsal, a full dress rehearsal with the other plays participating, and a minimum of 2 performances! 1 more performance if your play goes on to the Finals.

To submit your 7 - 20 minute play production please email:

The complete script of the play as a .pdf, a synopsis of the play,

the character breakdown, the set and lighting requirements,

the play's production history (if it has been produced before and where)

your mailing address, and a creative team leader contact email address to: by December 15, 2016.

Please put “January Short Play Competition” in the subject heading.

We will contact you within a couple days, if not sooner, as to your acceptance.

Plays that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis.

The earlier you submit the better chances you have of being accepted for we may end submissions before December 15, 2016, if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee. NON-EQUITY ONLY.

We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights.

Once accepted, there will be a $30 commitment fee.
For more information, please log on to:

New Works Festival 2017 Script Submission

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Each year, Kitchen Dog selects six new plays from hundreds of submissions to be part of our New Works Festival. Selected scripts receive 15-20 hours of rehearsal, one public reading in June, and a $100 honorarium for the playwright. As Founding Members of the National New Play Network, it is our goal to showcase an exciting, diverse, and inclusive slate of plays that reflect the next phase of new work coming to the fore in the American theater and beyond. This year marks our 19th annual festival of new plays. In a continued effort to go green, we are only accepting submissions through the New Play Exchange (NPX). If you are unfamiliar with NPX or how to submit a play through the new opportunity module, please scroll down for tips.

We invite playwrights to submit full-length scripts that have had no more than one production. This is more of a showcase opportunity than a developmental one, so scripts should be close to production-ready, especially since we are unable to provide travel funds. Plays that call for five or fewer actors are ideal, but not mandatory. We ask that all scripts speak to Kitchen Dog’s mission. Only one submission per playwright will be accepted.

The web-based NPX is the most efficient way to get your work in front of hundreds of new play professionals across the country. This platform allows us to easily receive your plays, and to recommend them to our colleagues in the field. While we are only able to present six plays as part of our Festival, we are committed to writing recommendations in NPX for our top 25 finalists.

Only electronic submissions will be considered – no hard copies or emailed submissions accepted.

DEADLINE is December 5th, 2016.
If you have questions about submitting your play to us through NPX, please contact

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT PLAYWRIGHTS: Get details on how to submit your plays for our annual PUP FEST.


1. Go to and create a Writer account.
2. Once you've set up your profile, upload a full draft of the play you want to send to Kitchen Dog. Samples are not eligible for any NPX opportunities.
3. You'll get an e-mail from NPX telling you that your play is eligible (this can take up to 24 hours, but is usually much faster).
4. Make sure you're logged into NPX in your browser, click on the link in the email, review our criteria again - just to make sure - then click the big blue "tag my play" button.
5. You're done. It's really that simple!

The Monthly Question December 2016

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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 around Lama’s monthly question that will be performed at The Kraine Theater, NYC.

With the elections results and the upcoming holiday’s season, we were curies to find out… Why Hope?

We're accepting submissions of short plays /Monologues/Poems and songs until Nov 30th, 2016. Then we will choose pieces that address the question differently!

Our Mission: Lama means WHY in Hebrew. Lama generates new work that explores theatrical, psychological, political and social questions from within the nation and around the world to inspire different points of view and theatrical visions.

Important dates:

November 30th - playwrights/poets/song writers submission deadline!
December 5th - announcement of chosen works.
December 12st - performance night at 8:00pm. Casting the actors on the spot at 7:30pm. Location: The Kraine Theater, NYC.

Read before submitting:
  • Scripts must be related to our monthly question. 
  • Our November question: WHY HOPE? 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. The questions are open to many interpretations! 
  • When you submit please keep in mind that Lama encourage artistic exploration, provoking and risk-taking writing. 
  • Playwrights can be from anywhere, but plays must be in English. 
  • Short plays are limited to 8 pages in standard playwright 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. 
  • One submission per artist. 
  • Only submissions by electronic attachment will be accepted, Microsoft Word document or PDF. 
  • Submit a BLIND copy of your script (without any personal information on it.) The subject line should include the title of the play and the country you are from. 
  • E-mail your Script/Song/Poem to: 

Please fill your contact information at our website:!the-monthly-question-submission-/c15j0

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Campfire Theatre Festival is accepting submissions

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"Emerging" is defined as a playwright that has not had more than two professional productions or a published script.

"Never been produced" means plays that have had small readings and workshops are fine, but plays that have been previously produced or published are not accepted.

We will accept plays in two categories:
  • One-act: Play must be between ten and sixty pages with no intermissions.
  • Full-length: Play must be more than sixty pages, less than one hundred and twenty pages, and may have an intermission.
We currently cannot accept musicals. We can accept children's plays. We will accept plays of any genre. Each playwright may submit ONE play-- not ONE of each category. Please keep in mind that we will be taking technical requirements and feasibility to produce with a short rehearsal schedule into consideration when making selections. 

  • Your play will be assigned a cast and director
  • Your play will be presented in a staged reading during our festival in Fall 2017 in Boise, Idaho
  • You will receive a prize of either $100 for a selected full-length play or $50 for a selected one-act
  • Campfire Theatre Festival is not currently able to provide playwright travel stipends; however, if a selected playwright can provide their own travel to Boise for the festival, all efforts will be made to assist with housing and meals.

The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2016. 

We will accept the first 100 one-act plays and 200 full-length plays and close submissions when we receive that many, even if it's before the deadline. 

Please email with the requested materials:
  • A theatrical resume titled "RESUME" including contact information
  • A document titled "ADDITIONAL INFO" containing the following:
  • A short response to the following question: Why do you think this opportunity would benefit you at this point in your career?
  • A casting breakdown (specific requirements, doubling, cast size, etc.)
  • A brief note on technical requirements
  • A short synopsis
  • A copy of your script titled "SCRIPT", blinded (no names or identifying info please!). The play must be in proper stageplay format or it will not be read.
Please title your email either "ONE-ACT" or "FULL-LENGTH" depending on what you're submitting. All documents must be in PDF form.


Fever Dream Festival seeks plays

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Benchmark Theatre is currently accepting submissions for their first annual Fever Dream Festival taking place summer of 2017 in Denver, Colorado. A celebration of science fiction, fantasy, horror and all genres in between, the Festival is a staged reading series of innovative plays with chimerical themes.

Submission Guidelines

Benchmark will be accepting submissions of short plays, one acts and full length plays from across the United States that are in the spirit of the Festivals' themes.

Submissions may be new or previously produced work. 

Only one submission per playwright, please.

Submissions should be sent electronically to with the subject "Fever Dream Festival Submission" and include:

• Cover letter with full contact information
• Brief playwright biography
• Synopsis including casting breakdown
• Full script in PDF or Word format

We will accept the first 300 submissions for the 2017 Fever Dream Festival until the deadline of January 31, 2017.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Women in the Age of Trump - NYCPlaywrights call for monologues and 10-minute plays

NYCPlaywrights seeks monologues and 10-minute plays. The theme is "Women in the Age of Trump."

President-elect Donald Trump has said a number of controversial things, including that he can grab women "by the pussy" because "when you're a star they let you do it, you can do anything." This is considered a description of sexual assault by some, but locker room talk by others. 

More on what Donald Trump has said about women.

NYCPlaywrights is looking for scripts about women in a time when the leader of the United States is Donald Trump.

We encourage scripts from first-time playwrights as well as experienced writers.

Although the theme is inspired by the 2016 US presidential election the scripts do not have to mention or be directly about the 2016 US presidential election.

NYCPlaywrights will select as semi-finalists as many of the scripts that we like and which meet the submission guidelines.

The semi-finalists will be listed on this blog and an excerpt from each script (if permission is granted by the playwright) will be displayed in a blog post, one per day, along with any web site links or other contact information the author wishes to share. The deadline is Sunday, December 24, 2016The semi-finalist script selections will be announced Saturday, December 31, 2016.

The finalist scripts will be selected from the semi-finalist scripts. Between 5 and 10 scripts will be chosen. Video-recorded excerpts of those scripts, read/performed by actors will be displayed on  (if permission is granted by the playwright) along with contact information and links to author web sites, author biography and a summary of the script. We decided to do video recordings rather than a single public performance so that people all over the world can see the work.

The finalist scripts will be announced Sunday, January 15, 2017.  Excerpts from the finalist scripts will begin posting soon after that.

The deadline is Saturday December 24, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST.
  • Send only one play per author to 
  • The script submission should be sent by email, with the script itself as a file attached to the email. File format should be .pdf because it will retain your original script formatting. 
  • There is no fee for submission. 
  • All rights will remain with the playwright. 
  • The script must be submitted by the author of the script, no agents or others may submit. 
  • Make sure you have your name and your email address on the script. 
  • Plays can be submitted by anybody, of any gender, anywhere in the world but must be primarily in English (a few non-English phrases are acceptable, but the phrases must include English translations in production notes or stage directions.) 
  • A play that has had a production is acceptable.
  • A play that has been published is not acceptable.
  • Please note: simply having a female character in the script does not, by itself, meet the theme of "women in the age of Trump" - the script must focus on one or more women and their experiences in a world which reflects the values of a country that would make Donald Trump its president. See More on what Donald Trump has said about women for ideas. If the script does not focus on one or more women it does not meet the theme of this call for submissions. If you have already submitted a script that does not meet this criterion, you can resubmit a new script that does, as a replacement. If you don't have a 10-minute play or monologue that meets that requirement, you might consider writing one, the deadline is December 24, 2016. 
  • 10-minute plays must be no more than 10 dialog pages (not counting the title page, list of characters, etc. Please have a title page, character list page, etc that is separate from the 10 pages or fewer of dialog) using standard script formatting - that means page numbers, centered character names in dialog pages, etc. See guidelines and a template here. For some advice on what we think makes a good 10-minute play go here. If you submit a 10-minute play you cannot also submit a monologue.
  • Monologues must be only one page long, using standard text size and spacing. See an example here. For some thoughts on writing monologues go here. If you submit a monologue you cannot also submit a 10-minute play.
  • There will be no money awarded for selected scripts.
  • The NYCPlaywrights selections decisions are final.

Any questions email

HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP)

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HARP is designed to support collaboration across disparate art forms by nurturing hybrid artists in the development of dynamic live performances. HARP provides significant long-term artistic, financial, and administrative support, tailored to each artist's individual needs.

Please note: This year's artist selection is focused specifically on dance and puppetry-led works - meaning these genres are primary drivers of the proposed project. Music or theatrical works which integrate these genres will also be considered, but only if one or more of the lead artists have a history of working in these specific genres.

“In these times, it's become increasingly hard for artists to find a place to take risks, a safe haven where they can develop daring new work. One theater has regularly bucked the trend, making its mission to ensure that artists have a home for their R&D, and that theatergoers can sample the exciting results.” - OBIE Committee, on the Ross Wetzsteon Award to HERE


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, 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 present stages of their work in CULTUREMART, our annual winter festival of workshop productions, before a public paying audience.

Each year, HARP artists participate in a 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. At times, 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 mainstage, 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.”


Artistic Development:

While in residence, the artist or team’s residency is linked to a specific project in development and an exploration of ideas and processes intrinsic to their artistic growth. HERE believes that artists must be in control of the work that they create. This control goes hand in hand with a responsibility to participate in all phases of their artistic projects from inception through all development stages to full production. HARP is designed to respond to the ideas and needs of its artists. The artists themselves must be proactive in bringing those ideas and needs to HARP and to each other; they shape workshop and discussion offerings, create performances, and work with HERE staff to publicize and promote HARP events.

Career Development:
HARP also includes hands-on administrative sessions to supplement our already strong artistic development process. We believe that in order for these artists to stay in the field, they must have the necessary skills to function as viable creative enterprises. HARP offers advice on business issues such as grant writing, project planning, budgeting, marketing, and nonprofit incorporation. Administrative sessions are led either by a HARP artist with the necessary skill, an appropriate HERE staff member, or an outside expert.

HARP artists also have access to an online resource managed by HERE that fosters these skills and asks the artists to participate in an online community discussion by posting work and responding to others’ work between meetings and presentations. Most important, frequent meetings provide community and address the needs of the whole artist. In addition, each member of the HERE staff dedicates significant one-on-one time with each artist to articulate the vision for the project in terms of producing strategy, audience development, marketing, fundraising, finance and production.

Facilities and Equipment:
HARP Artists have access to the HERE staff, including development, marketing, and general management team, and access to sample contracts, grants, and budget templates. Due to the lack of on-site rehearsal space and the heavy use of our theatre spaces, HARP is not primarily a space residency. However, HERE offers resident artists limited rehearsal space and equipment on an as-needed, as-available basis in our theatres. The Mainstage Theatre is a flexible black box theatre with a sprung wood floor which measures 46' x 46'. It can seat up to 150 (depending on the configuration of the seating platforms), and usually seats 99. The theatre has a complete lighting package including 92 dimmers and a complete sound system. The Dorothy B. Williams Theatre is a charming proscenium-style theatre with a 14' x 38' stage. The theatre also has the capability to transform into a flexible black box space. It has a fixed grid, a state-of-the-art lighting package including 75 dimmers and a complete sound system. The theatre has 63 seats and 8 stools. HERE has an extensive inventory of high quality equipment available for our artists’ use. HERE also actively develops partnerships with other organizations and landlords to offer dedicated rehearsal space to our resident artists.

In addition to the extensive range of community, development, and production resources listed above, HERE offers each resident artist a developmental commission, work-in-progress (WIP) and workshop fees in order to develop their project. The developmental commission, paid out in monthly installments, is up to $5,400 total for a 3-year residency. HERE also provides each artist with an annual WIP fund of $1,000, as well as a fee of $1,000-$2,000 for each workshop in our annual CULTUREMART festival. All of these funds may be used as each artist deems fit for their individual project. In addition, there are fees for creators and their collaborators in the budget for the final production. The budget is developed jointly by HERE and the artist. HERE allocates at least $20,000 towards the final production in addition to partnering with the artist to raise project-specific funding. Over a 3-year residency, HERE invests over $35,000 in cash in each project.

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.

This year's artist selection is focused specifically on dance and puppetry-led works - meaning these genres are primary drivers of the proposed project. Music or theatrical works which integrate these genres will also be considered, but only if one or more of the lead artists have a history of working in these specific genres.

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, meaning at its inception and has not been previously workshopped, and any underlying rights for 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 1, 2017 12 noon

Final Decisions Announced: March 17, 2017

Residencies Begin: April 1, 2017

The residence year extends annually from April 1 to March 31, with the exception of when a project is heading into final production.



Please provide full name and address of applicant. Only residents of the New York Metro area will be considered.

Project Summary:

Please provide a summary of your project.

Project Description:

What do you envision on stage and what will the audience experience be? Why does your project need the time our residency offers? Because of the long-term development process that we offer, we look for proposals that are in the very early stages of their growth - the seeds of an idea or an outline. A project that has already been workshopped is probably too far along to benefit from what the program offers. Please feel free to use bullet points if space demands are too limiting.

Artist Statement:

Please briefly tell the panel about your interest in this project, why this residency is a good fit for you right now, how you see yourself as a mid-career artist, and how you hope to develop over your residency. If more than one primary artist is included in this application, each primary artist should provide a statement in the space provided. If an ensemble is applying, one shared statement is appropriate.

Project Timeline:

This should be a 2-3 year timeline of how you will develop the work during the residency, indicating potential works in progress. This obviously will change and adapt over time, but it is helpful for the panel to see how you might use the flexible opportunities offered by the residency.

Short narrative bio and/or resume of the artist:

Please provide a resume or narrative bio.


Please list other collaborators on the project. If you don’t know your collaborators yet, please indicate what kind of collaborators you may intend to bring into the project.

Work Sample & description:

Please pay close attention to work sample instructions listed below on the form and then tell us why this work sample is relevant to the proposed project. Please include year, performers, and contributing artists.


After applications are reviewed by the panel, finalists will be interviewed by Kristin Marting, Artistic Director and Kim Whitener, Producing Director. 

Application DEADLINE: February 1, 2017 at 12 noon. 

Final decisions will be announced by March 17, 2017. Questions can be addressed to or 212-647-0202 x320.