Monday, June 26, 2017

The Players Follies Play Reading Festival

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The Players Follies Group (a 55 and older theatre troupe) will be producing a Senior Play Reading Festival November 18 & 19, 2017. The festival coordinator is looking for 1 to 10 minute non-published plays to be performed in The Players Backstage Theatre. Plays are being accepted now through July 28, 2017. Local theatre artist Cinda Goeken will coordinate and lead the event. A committee of judges will select the plays to be presented in a “Reader’s Theater“ style. Plays should be sent to The Players, 838 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota FL. 34236. Attention FOLLIES Play Reading Festival.

There is no remuneration if a play is chosen as a part of the series. Previously submitted short plays that were not chosen for production, but have been rewritten, may be re-submitted for consideration.

A complete listing of the winning plays will be posted on the Players website by August 31st, 2017. Non-chosen entries will not be notified.

  • Plays should be 1 minute to 10 minutes in length.
  • Playwrights should be aware the Players Follies is a 55 and older theatrical troupe.
  • Maximum number of performers needed to produce the play is 8. Playwrights are asked to delineate if there are multiple roles that can be doubled.
  • Manuscripts must be typed and bound, with playwrights’ biographies included.
  • No evaluations will be rendered with any rejected entries.
  • Author may submit a maximum of 3 scripts.
  • Published plays are not eligible.
  • Musicals are not accepted.
  • Submit one hard copy to: “The Players Follies Reading Festival”, The Players, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236.
  • Postmark deadline is July 28, 2017. No submissions will be accepted past that date.

Winning selections

A full presentation of plays will be chosen to be read in front of a paying audience on The Players Backstage Theatre November 18 & 19, 2017. The chosen plays will be announced via The Players website by August 31, 2017.

Winning Playwrights will be notified by August 25th, 2017.

Plays not following proper guidelines or meeting the requirements will be disqualified.

Ivoryton Playhouse Women Playwrights’ Initiative

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The Ivoryton Playhouse is delighted to announce our second annual Women Playwrights’ Initiative.

Thanks to all participants, our inaugural Initiative was a resounding success. We once again seek submissions of one-act plays by women playwrights.

The Women Playwrights’ Initiative develops new one-act plays by and about women, and the issues that shape their lives. Friendship, political and economic advocacy, sexual satisfaction, aging, gender equality, racial issues, marriage, singlehood, motherhood, careers, and power. The Initiative provides a safe, nurturing environment for play development, including a week of intensive rehearsal with the playwrights, directors, and actors. It will culminate in a staged reading festival in February/March 2018, Passion, Power, Prose: Women Playwrights’ Initiative featuring interactive talkbacks with the playwrights, directors, actors, and audience.

Ten minute plays are acceptable, and all plays must run no more than one hour.

We will be accepting completed manuscripts by email only until June 30, 2017. The week of rehearsal culminating in staged readings on Friday and Saturday nights will be in February/March 2018. Writers whose works are chosen will be invited to Ivoryton for a week to work with directors and actors on their play. They will also receive a small stipend.

Interested playwrights should email a completed manuscript, (for musicals include a script and CD), bio, and resume, including your telephone number and email address.

The Women Playwrights’ Initiative also seeks resumes from directors, and those interested in being readers, both men and women.

Play submissions, and resumes from directors and readers should be emailed to Laura Copland, Director of Play Development at Ivoryton Playhouse,

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Theatre Roulette 2018

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Theatre Roulette is MadLab’s annual shorts festival, a tradition that has lasted more than 15 years. Theatre Roulette began as an “invitation-only” festival, then expanded to taking local submissions, then to taking submission from across the United States, and now receives over 2000 scripts annually from every corner of the world.

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

All submissions should be send to
Please put “THEATRE ROULETTE SUBMISSION” in the subject line.

Theatre Roulette is a juried festival.

Due to the overwhelming number of scripts we received in 2016, we will only be accepting the first 1500 scripts submitted in 2017.

Submissions must arrive no later than September 1st, 2017.
Submission will be chosen and applicants informed if his/her piece was chosen on/or before February 2nd, 2018.

Scripts should be between 5-20 minutes in length. Scripts of greater lengths will be considered, but due to time constraints, it is unlikely that unsolicited full-length plays will be selected for the festival, unless you are a Nobel or Pulitzer winning writer, in which case, your script will automatically be accepted for production as long as you waive your standard royalty, which would probably be more than the budget for the entire festival. If you are not sure whether or not you have won a Nobel or Pulitzer Prize, please find out through the glory of the world wide web and let us know.

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

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

MadLab will also be accepting full collections of shorts. This would be a group of plays that are meant to be performed together and would constitute a complete night of plays.

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

You must email your script to us. Please send your script attached as a Microsoft Word document or PDF format. Scripts should be emailed to Please put “THEATRE ROULETTE SUBMISSION” in the subject line. If “THEATRE ROULETTE SUBMISSION” is not in your subject line, your submission may not be received. All submissions will receive a reply email to ensure that your submission was received.

For ROULETTE, MadLab pays $50 to each playwright.

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

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

Best of Bolton seeks short plays

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We are seeking writers to submit poetry, stories and short plays to be performed across two Best of Bolton showcases on Sat 11 November 2017.

Writers can be of any age and live anywhere; professional or beginner. There are no rules on content, themes or the language in which submissions are written – we are eager to hear new voices and welcome diversity.

How To Apply

1. This is an international competition open to anyone residing in the UKorabroad.

2. Entrants must be sixteen or over. There is no upper age limit.

3. We can only accept a maximum of 3 entriesper person

4. The competition opens on Tue 18 April with the deadline for entry being Sat 8 July. Any entries received after this time will not be read.

5. All entries must be accompanied by a completed copy of the submissionentry form which includes full contact details and agreement to abide by the terms and conditions,which can be downloaded at  Best of Bolton - Terms Conditions 2017.pdf

6. Entries must be submitted either:

* by (signed for) post to the following address: Best of Bolton, Octagon Theatre, Howell Croft South, Bolton BL1 3SP
* or by email to the following email address:

7. Scripts must be submitted by the writer(s) themselvesand not by an agent or any other third party.

8. Please do not submit any supporting materials including CDs, photographs,reviews or any audio-visual material.

9. Entrants retain the copyright in their entries but, in the event of being judged a winning entry, grant to the Octagon Theatre a non-exclusive licence to perform their work, as well as use it on any online platforms. Entrants also grant a licence to publish extracts of their work, along with their name(s), on The Octagon Theatre’s website.

Script Guidance

1. Work submittedmust be original, unperformed and unproduced.

2. Length:For drama, monologue and prose (extract of novel/short story) the submission must be no more than700 words. For poetry, the submission must be no longer than 30 lines.

3. Copyright:The entrant must exclusively own and control all copyright and all other related rights to the submitted script.

4. The submitted work must be available for production and unattached to any other theatre or company. Any work that have been professionally optioned, produced or published will be disqualified.

5. We do accept work co-authored by more than one writer. Please ensure that only one entry is submitted with one set of contact details.

Judging and Prizes

1. All winning entries are automatically under option to The Octagon Theatre for a period of eighteen months after the announcement of the awards.

2. If the Octagon Theatre chooses your work(s) as a winning entry/entries, then it/theywill be performed by a professional actor(s)in the Best of Bolton showcase on Sat 11 November in the theatre.

3. No payments will be made, including travel or subsistence expenses in the event of the writer(s) visiting the theatre throughout the production and performance periods.

4. We regret that no correspondence can be entered into regarding any part of the judging process.

Lakeshore Players Theatre Active Voice: Staged Reading Series

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  • A play to be performed by no more than 10 performers.
  • Full-length in any genre.
  • If a musical, the score should be original and able to be played by one pianist.
  • Translations, collections of one-acts, and any play that has received a full scale professional production prior to submission are not eligible.
  • Opportunities for diversity are preferred.
We respond primarily to plays with a sure command of language and a clear dramatic action.
A complete submission package includes:
  • Title of the play
  • Your contact information
  • A concise paragraph describing why your play is a good fit for Lakeshore Players Theatre
  • Character breakdown and description
  • Time and place
  • Synopsis
  • 10-page sample minimum, full manuscript welcome if complete
Submission Deadline: August 7, 2017

Submission Method:

Send a PDF via email to
Company Contact Information:

Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Office: 651-426-3275 | Tickets: 651-429-5674 |

Lakeshore Players Theatre’s (LPT) mission is to provide community enrichment and education through the performing arts. A community based nonprofit theater under professional management, LPT is committed to strengthening our community by helping people of all ages and experiences to participate in the performing arts. The 2017-2018 season is Lakeshore Players Theatre’s 65th season.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Fred Ebb Award

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Each applicant must be a composer/lyricist or composer/lyricist team wishing to create work for the musical theatre, and must not yet have achieved significant commercial success.

Application Materials:
A CD of up to four songs from one or more musical theatre pieces, with typewritten lyrics and a description of the dramatic context for each song; and
A completed application form.

We will code the applications as they arrive. Because all submissions will be reviewed blind, please do not place name(s) of writer(s) on the CD, lyric sheets, or description of dramatic context. Only musical theatre work will be considered. Please do not submit live recordings. The applicant(s) must have written all the songs included in the submission. For example, a composer cannot submit one song with her own lyrics, and a second song with lyrics by another writer. No individual may appear on more than one application. You cannot apply as an individual and again as part of a team, or as part of more than one songwriting team.

Submission Deadline and Award: Applications will be accepted from June 1st – June 30th.

Please mail or deliver applications to:

Fred Ebb Award, Roundabout Theatre
231 West 39th Street, Suite 1200
New York, New York 10018

Mailed submissions must be postmarked not later than June 30.

The winner will be selected in November, and will receive $60,000. The Foundation will also produce a one-night showcase of the winner’s work.

Download the Ebb Foundation Application 2017

The Lanesboro Jerome Artist Residency Program

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The Lanesboro Jerome Artist Residency Program, located in Lanesboro, MN (pop. 754), aims to provide an immersive, meaningful experience for emerging artists from Minnesota and the five boroughs of New York City. The program is unique in that it provides an entire rural community and its myriad assets as a catalytic vehicle for engagement and artistic experimentation, with staff working with each resident to create a fully-customized residency experience. Lanesboro Arts’ goal is to be flexible and accommodating to the artists, allowing them access to local resources needed for conceptualizing and realizing their place-based work. Lanesboro Arts recognizes “place-based work” as work that is specifically inspired by and designed for the place in which the work takes place; it can be a new project, or an interpretation of the artist’s current work tailored to engage the community of Lanesboro. The emerging artist residency program was designed to align with and amplify Lanesboro Arts’ vision for communities–especially rural communities–to embrace artists as economic drivers, culture bearers, community builders, and problem solvers.

The application deadline for residencies taking place in 2018 is July 31st, 2017 at noon. 

Jury review will take place in August and applicants will be notified by September 15, 2017 at the latest as to the status of their application. Selected artists residents and runners-up for 2018 will be notified by September 29, 2017.

Artists must be residents of Minnesota or the five boroughs of New York City to be eligible to apply. To be considered, eligible artists must submit their application through an online webform on Lanesboro Arts website. Complete program details are below.

 Please contact Adam Wiltgen at 507-467-2446 or with any questions.

Submissions for 2017-2018 Scratchpad Series due July 16th

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The Scratchpad Series, our newest program, jumpstarts The Realm’s relationship with early-career playwrights by doing one of the things we do best: listening to what playwrights need and then giving it to them. Whether it’s a place to hear a rough draft aloud for the first time, space to fine tune a more mature work or time to focus in on a particular aspect of a piece, we want to give playwrights what they need to thrive. Scratchpad is a chance for us to engage with a whole new group of playwrights each year, erasing limitations of geography or access by working to identify early career playwrights from all across the country to participate.

Scratchpad participants will spend a week in New York City for a developmental reading of their play with top-notch professional collaborators—director, cast, and The Realm’s artistic staff. If the playwright is based outside of New York, The Realm will also facilitate travel and housing for the workshop.

Playwrights Receive
  • One week developmental reading of their play 
  • Professional collaborators, such as a director, cast, and The Realm’s artistic staff.
  • Facilitated travel and housing (if the playwright is based outside of New York City).
Program Criteria
  • Playwright must consider themselves early-career.
  • Play to be considered should be a complete draft.
  • Submitted script has not been produced in NYC.
Submitted script is not under commission from, or slated for production by, another institution.

What We’re Looking For
We love plays with evocative language, plays that contemplate big, unanswerable questions, that are intellectually curious and embrace the complexity of life, and demonstrate an understanding of the possibilities of dramatic storytelling. And of course, plays that are inherently theatrical—that could never be anything other than a play!

As a playwright-centric company hoping to help create the next generation of successful playwrights, we believe it is our responsibility to ensure that the playwrights and the stories we support fully reflect the diversity of the society we live in. As such, we encourage writers and stories with unique cultural perspectives, experiences and backgrounds. With Scratchpad in particular, we aim to help artists break through any barriers that may exist—geographical, economic or otherwise—bringing voices and stories as diverse as our country to work with us and hopefully one day be seen on stages all across the United States.

All applications must be submitted electronically by July 16th, 11:59PM EST.

Friday, June 23, 2017

An evening of Monologues & Shorts

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A medium-brow charity event to benefit the NY Foundling. The 90 minute show will be made up of original and contemporary monologues and shorts followed by a reception.

The event will be a wonderful opportunity for artists, actors and writers alike. It is a chance to perform, to workshop new pieces and ultimately to share and create fantastic stories.

The arts are as important and vital to our world as ever and this evening will be a charitable experience in more ways than one. While benefitting the NY Foundling and the amazing work that they do, it will also be a special opportunity to share gifts, to give from your heart, and to be delightfully entertained amongst friends, colleagues, fellow artists, and an appreciative audience.

The show will be mostly made up of original monolgues and short plays.

Monologues - 2-4 min.
Short Plays - 10 min. up to 4 characters

The submission deadline is Monday August 8th.

Once the plays have been selected, casting will take place and there will be a short rehearsal period before the performance on October 21st.

Email written work in either PDF or Word doc format.

Caleb Reese Festival of New Plays and Musicals

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* Fees are waived for members of WGA or Dramatists Guild (please provide with a link to your DG page, ID number or photo/copy of your membership card).

The Phoenix Theatre New American Theatre Festival is accepting submissions for our 2018 Festival beginning May 1, 2017.

The new works festival runs March 5 - March 18 of 2018.

The festival presents four staged/concert readings (with script in hand) of new, unproduced plays or musicals as well as a night of new short plays and a Composer/Lyricist Cabaret.

Submissions for the 2018 festival will be accepeted beginning May 1, 2017.
The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2017.Selections will be made in November 2017.

*IMPORTANT* Click HERE for detailed step by step submission instructions.

Once you have carefully reviewed the guidelines below, click HERE to submit.

The Festival is accepting submissions for the following:
  • Full Length Plays: both dramatic and comedic
  • Plays should be original, un-produced, full-length scripts.
  • Plays that have received more than two development processes (i.e. festival participation) are not eligible. 
  • No screenplays, please.
  • No Theatre for Young Audience pieces will be accepted.
  • Cast size must be limited to 5 actors or less (actors may play more than one role).
  • Submission fee: $10.00*
  • * Fees are waived for members of WGA or Dramatists Guild (please provide with a link to your DG page, ID number or photo/copy of your membership card).
  • PDF downloads only! Hard copies will no longer be accepted. 
  • Email submissions must be sent to the email address provided in your registration confirmation adhering to the following guidelines: 
  • Full Length Submission written in the subject line.
Please include the title of your play, your name, address and contact information in the body of your email submission, as well as a brief synopsis of your play and how many acts it is.
PDF file must be a blind copy of the script.
Fee must be paid online.
A notice of receipt will be sent by email once your script has been received.

Plays selected will receive a development process with a director, dramaturg and actors. This includes twenty hours of rehearsal time and up to three performed readings, with script in hand, in front of an audience. A guided feedback session with the audience will follow each performance. Questions for the talkbacks are developed with the playwrights and are facilitated by the festival director or one of the coordinators.

If your script is selected, you must be available to be in residence for six to seven days during the festival. The week of the festival will be determined after selections are made. The 2018 festival is March 5 through March 18.
Airfare and lodging are provided for the festival, as well as a small honorarium. Travel to and from your home airport is not included
  • Full Length Musicals: both dramatic and comedic
  • Musicals should be original and un-produced.
  • Musical Revues are being accepted.
  • No Theatre for Young Audience pieces will be accepted.
  • No more than three collaborators (book writer, lyricist and composer) for each work. 
  • Cast size must be limited to 8 actors (actors may play multiple roles).
Submission fee: $10.00*
* Fees are waived for members of WGA or Dramatists Guild (please provide a link to your DG/WGA page, ID number or photo/copy of your membership card).

PDF downloads only! Hard copies will no longer be accepted.
Email submissions must be sent to the email address provided in your registration confirmation adhering to the following guidelines:
Full Length Musical Submission or Musical Revue Submission written in the subject line.
Please include the title of your musical or musical revue, your name and the names of each collaborator, address and contact information in the body of your email submission, as well as a brief synopsis of your musical and how many acts it is.
The PDF file must be a blind copy of the script.
Links to Dropbox (or other downloadable sites) are acceptable for full zip files, including recordings/demos of music.
Fee must be paid online
A notice of receipt will be sent by email once your script has been received.
  • Musicals selected will receive a development process with a director, dramaturg and actors. This includes twenty hours of rehearsal time and up to three performed readings, with script in hand, in front of an audience. A guided feedback session with the audience will follow each performance. Questions for the talkbacks are developed with the playwrights and are facilitated by the festival director or one of the coordinators. 
  • If your script/musical is selected, you must be available to be in residence for six to seven days during the festival. The week of the festival will be determined after selections are made. The 2018 festival is March 5 through March 18.
  • Airfare and lodging are provided for the festival as well as a small honorarium. Travel to and from your home airport is not included.
  • Short Plays: both dramatic or comedic
  • Plays should be original, un-produced, short plays between 10 to 20 minutes in length.
  • Plays that have received more than two development processes (i.e. festival participation) are not eligible. 
  • No screenplays, please.
  • No musicals, please.
  • No Theatre for Young Audience pieces will be accepted.
  • No multiple authors or collaborations will be accepted.
  • Cast size must be limited to 5 actors or less (actors may play more than one role)
  • No submission fee required. 
  • PDF downloads only! Hard copies will not be accepted. 
Email submissions must be sent to the email address provided in your registration confirmation adhering to the following guidelines: 

​Short Play Submission written in the subject line.
Please include the title of your play, your name, address and contact information in the body of your email submission, as well as a brief synopsis of your play.
The PDF file must be a blind copy of the script. A notice of receipt will be sent by email once your script has been received.
A notice of receipt will be sent by email once your script has been received.
Selected short plays will receive a short rehearsal process and a staged reading, with script in hand, in our annual Evening of Short Plays.
Travel and lodging for the festival is NOT included. However, playwrights are welcome to attend if it is convenient.
Original Songs for our Composer/Lyricist cabaret:
Please submit three complete, original songs: one ballad, one up-tempo and one production number.
Songs can be from an existing musical (of your own in development) or be stand-alone pieces. We are looking for a sampling of your work.
Email submissions must be sent to the email address provided in your registration confirmation adhering to the following guidelines:
  • Songs will be featured in our Composer/Lyricist Cabaret. The goal is to give a sampling of your work, your voice and your point of view.
  • Links to Dropbox (or other downloadable sites) are acceptable for full zip files, including recordings/demos of music. Please use QuickTime, WMP (Mp3 or Mp4) formats.
  • The PDF file of sheet music must be a blind copy of the songs. Lead sheets will not be accepted. Recordings do not need to be professional recordings.
  • Please include the title of your songs, the name of the composer and lyricist, address and contact information in the body of your email submission.
  • Composer/Lyricist Cabaret Submission written in the subject line.
  • If your music is selected, you must be available to be in residence for the week the Cabaret is scheduled. The week of the festival will be determined after selections are made. The 2018 festival is March 5 through March 18.
  • Composers will receive airfare, housing and a small honorarium. Travel to and from your home airport is not included.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Rewrite Your Play this Summer Online with Primary Stages

As soon as you finish your last line of dialogue, the need for rewrites begins. Over the course of four weekends, this class will be run just like real-life writing room, interacting with Josh and your classmates live via the Citrix platform. Open to writers located anywhere in the world, this class will begin and end with two marathon weekends of reading pages and in-class discussion, with two single-session weekends in between to check in on the status of everyone's play. You will leave this class with a stronger version of your play, and with the tools you need to transform any first draft into a polished, compelling work that's ready to submit.
Instructor: Josh Hecht (Artistic Director, Profile Theatre; Director, Christine Jorgensen Reveals at New World Stages)
Lectures via Citrix:
Weekend 1: Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23 from 1:00pm – 6:00pm EST
Weekend 2: Saturday, August 5 from 3:00pm – 6:00pm EST
Weekend 3: Saturday, August 12 from 3:00pm – 6:00pm EST
Weekend 4: Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27 from 1:00pm – 6:00pm EST

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

The Lark's Jerome New York Fellowship 2018-19

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The Lark’s Jerome New York Fellowship provides substantial artistic and financial support to an emerging writer of extraordinary promise and vision through an intensive two-year residency that provides resources and guidance to generate and develop a significant body of work.

The Fellowship Period is January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2019.

In the first year, the Fellow will receive a stipend of $25,000, paid in monthly increments. In addition, the Fellow will have access to an “Opportunity Fund” of $5,000 for the purposes of travel, research, autonomous workshops, and so forth, for the duration of their fellowship and for up to one year after its completion. (The Fellow will request these funds in writing to the Artistic Director and no reasonable request will be refused).

In the second year, the Fellow will receive a stipend of $15,000, paid in monthly increments. In addition, the Fellow will continue to have access to any remaining balance in the Opportunity Fund.

Because the Lark's programs are philosophically designed to put artists at the center of their own process, all residency activities will be based on an initial Fellowship goal-setting meeting at the start of the term in January 2018. The Fellow will be expected to work with Lark staff to design a regular schedule of program activities, including participation in several of Lark’s new play development programs, such as Roundtables, Playground, Monthly Meeting of the Minds, Winter Writers’ Retreat, New York Stage and Film Vassar Retreat, Project Residencies or Studio Retreats. The exact structure is flexible based on the specific needs of the selected Fellow, who will participate in a range of these or similar programs throughout the course of the residency.
Additional activities will include:

  • Monthly one-on-one meetings with Lark's Artistic Director John Eisner;
  • Regularly scheduled meetings with Lark's artistic staff, including Director of Artistic Programs Lloyd Suh and Director of Scouting & Submissions Andrea Hiebler, as mutually decided;
  • At least 3, and up to 10 Roundtable readings of the Fellow’s' new plays in progress, to be scheduled throughout the residency period, at the Fellow’s request;
  • Opportunities to participate in offsite programs and partnerships in the U.S. or abroad;
  • Finance and entrepreneurial workshops including Lark’s Business of Art workshop.

Application deadline is 5:00pm EST, Monday, July 31, 2017.

Selection Process:

  • By application. The Fellow is selected by a diverse panel of theater professionals familiar with Lark programming and philosophy, but will not include current Lark Staff or Board Members.
  • Eligibility requirements:
  • Must be a New York City or Minnesota state resident (though the Fellow must commit to maintaining residency in New York City throughout the fellowship period);
  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of, and eligible to work in, the United States;
  • Must self-identify as an "emerging" playwright;
  • Must not have had more than two different works professionally produced at the time of application (meaning works produced on professional Actors Equity contracts or similar international contracts; Equity showcase/waiver productions are not included).

Finalists will be notified in September 2017. Additional work samples will be required from all finalists, including a copy of one full-length play.

Notification for all applicants will take place by November 2017.
2018-19 Application:
Please submit:

  • A cover sheet, including your name, address, telephone number and email address.
  • A one-page theatrical resume listing all productions, workshops, readings, commissions, publications, awards, etc., as well as education and training information;
  • A 10-page work sample of theatrical writing that best represents your current work as a playwright;
  • An Artist Statement (not to exceed two total pages) that answers the following questions:
  • In what way(s) do you consider yourself an "emerging" playwright?
  • How would this Fellowship and the activities described above be transformative to your work and/or life as an emerging playwright?
  • What specific goals do you have in your work for the upcoming year and beyond?

Applications may be emailed in MS Word or PDF format to Electronic submissions are encouraged. Mailed submissions can be sent to: The Lark, Attention: Jerome New York Fellowship, 311 West 43rd Street, Suite 406, New York, NY 10036. Applications are due by 5:00pm EST, Monday, July 31, 2017.

Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre seeks plays for National Suicide Prevention Week

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Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre - Los Angeles... Invites you to submit a short-form play to be included in A Light in Dark Places in accordance with National Suicide Prevention Week

Selected plays will have a six performance run and $50 prize
Performances will be the weekends of Sept. 8th-10th & Sept. 15th-17th at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre - Los Angeles in Hollywood

Three to six plays will be selected from the submissions.
The plays are to explore the themes of Suicide Awareness and Suicide Prevention.
Selections will be announced on or about July 15, directors will then be assigned and casting will commence in August. A four week rehearsal period is anticipated.

To apply, playwrights must submit an original 5 to 15-page double-spaced script (previously produced scripts are not eligible) via email to: as Portable Document Format (.pdf) attachment.

Applications must be received by 11:59pm, PST Saturday, JULY 1, 2017. 

The script must have the playwright's name, address, email and phone number at the top of the first page of the script and include a detailed cast breakdown, and all pages must be numbered.

Please see the accompanying pdf produced by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which will provide some guidance on how these issues may best be addressed.
For further information on the subject of Suicide Awareness and Prevention, please visit these

websites: (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)
( ) (To Write Love on Her Arms)

For further information about Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre - Los Angeles, please visit:
Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre - Los Angeles, 6773 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028 (323) 465-4446

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

One Company Writers Residency Retreat

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The Writer's Residency Retreat
with Nick Demos

September 5 to 11, 2017

The Lake House at DoLittle Farm, Long Valley, NJ

A four day residency at DoLittle farm in Long Valley, NJ (1 hour, 15 min outside of NYC). Transportation to and from NYC is provided. The stay is in an 8 bedroom, 4 bath home on a private lake. There are NO FEES to the artist. Meals are not provided. However, there is a grocery store nearby and a full kitchen for the participants use. No more than five participants will be in residence at one time.

Application deadline is 11:59pm on July 1, 2017.
Applicants will be notified of acceptance by August 15, 2017 via email.

Emerging and current writers are eligible to apply for the Farm.

Artist residency at the farm is for applicants who are:
  • Generating new or original work
  • Seeking to foster a rigor of practice by dedicating time and focus to the creative process
  • In need of a space in which to create and develop work
  • Seeking to make connections with a community of peers to engage in creative and professional dialogue
The Farm accepts applications from:
  • Writers working solo
  • Writers who work as a collaborative pair (no more than 2)
  • Writers of a musical (no more than 3)
Please note: only 1 application per individual or group.


All applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

One Co. does not accept applications from currently enrolled students.

One Co. does not accept applications from those who have already been awarded a residency in 2016.


Applications are reviewed by One Co. board members, alumni and industry professionals.

Applicants are selected based on the following criteria:

Merit of past work based on submitted work samples
Career record according to narrative biography and resume
Proposed projects and ideas as expressed in the proposal and artist statement
Artist will present a summary of the work completed at the Farm.

Artist will write a thank you note to the owner of the Farm.


THERE IS NO FEE TO APPLY. Only complete applications will be considered.

Please submit the following information below. Submissions should be one document with work samples attached and include:

Contact information

Two professional references (contact information only)
One page artist resume
Proposal (max 200 words)
Work samples

New Voices Series seeking short Halloween themed scripts

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The LTA Millennial Committee is sponsoring the second installment in our New Voices series and we need your Halloween themed short plays! We want to provide a platform for unknown playwrights and new directors by staging original shows directed by Millennials. Following our wildly successful inaugural spring event (over 100 attendees in one evening) we will be putting on a two night Halloween-themed performance on October 27th and 28th, 2017. To submit a show, please read the following closely.

THEME: We will select three shows of 30 minutes or less each that have a Halloween theme. This can be interpreted any way you want - murder mysteries, dramas, comedies, historical or modern - it's all up to you. It can take place at Halloween or it can have a creepy/macabre/supernatural element, or any other way you want to write it!

LOCATION: Little Theater of Alexandria has a small 3 story historic building next to the theater, and this will be our performance space. Each show will have a floor and the audience will move between. Please note, tech is VERY minimal in the space (essentially we can turn the light on and off, and that's about it) so shows with a great deal of sound or other technical needs will need to be altered to reflect this.

Dates & Deadlines: submissions must be received by July 31st, 2017. 
All submissions will receive a notification regarding selection by August 10.

Other Notes: It is free to submit, and no pay will be provided to winners; we operate on a volunteer basis only. You may submit a maximum of three shows. More than one show from the same author may be selected. Preference will be given to shows from VA/MD/DC, but you can submit from anywhere. No age restrictions on playwrights, although Millennials will be given preference if shows are otherwise of equal quality. Shows may have been performed elsewhere.

To Submit: Send the following to Ashley Amidon at Submissions not providing this information will not be considered. All shows must have a run time of 30 minutes for less; preference is for shows of 15 + minutes.

In the email: Please send an email to with the subject "Play Submission". In the body of your email, please include your full name, City/State of residence, a phone number, and whether you fall into the millennial age range.

Attached to the email: 

Please attach a full PDF copy of the script with no personal identifying information.


To be posted online if selected: either a 5 page selection of the script that can be shared with prospective directors and actors OR indicate in your email you are willing to share the entire script.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

2017 Playwrights and Artists Festival

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It is that time of year again. We have chosen our artwork for the 2017 Playwrights and Artists Festival. We, as always, extend first look to those who have submitted to our festival in years previous. The artwork will follow a refresher on the rules. (Please be aware that some rules have changed)
1. The play must be inspired by one of the works of art below.
2. The play must be written between the dates June 17 and August 6, 2017.
3. The play length needs to be between 15 - 20 minutes
4. Cast size maximum, 5 characters. Set should be implied.
5. Plays submitted MUST be a complete play and must include a beginning, middle and an end and contain a conflict. Our judges will be adhering to strict parameters during the adjudication process.
6. Playwrights may only submit one play for the festival.
7. The playwright would need to attend at least one of the two weekend performances (which take place in November). In person is preferred but we have in the past skyped with playwrights. As our festival is starting to reach a greater number people in wider locations we feel that we must take this into consideration. We always hope our playwrights can attend in person and feel the energy and excitement of having their work performed onstage for the first time but we understand that sometimes this is not logistically possible.
8. Plays must be submitted by midnight of August 6 2017.
There are no exceptions to these rules. We love the idea of fresh work based on the inspiration of our chosen art. We choose our artworks carefully. We love to see where it takes our playwrights. Each piece of art has infinite possibilities of inspiration. We wish all good luck writing and can't wait to see the results.

Submit two copies of your play. One that has a cover page with name, address, etc. 
And another that is a blind copy with no text which identifies your name, your address, etc.

Submissions must be made to this email address ( with “2017 playwright submission” in the subject line.

And now here are this years artworks.

Out of the Shadows
by Orazio Salati
Mixed media on canvas

Maria's Wish
by Joseph Q. Daily
Oil on Linen

Disco Shrine
Gordon Lee
Acrylic and Oil on canvas

MadLab seeks full-length plays

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Submissions are now open for full-length plays! Long one-acts, two-acts, three-acts if you think you have what it takes. Full-length submissions will be considered for our 2018-2019 regular theatre season (not for THEATRE ROULETTE. Information on THEATRE ROULETTE submissions can be found by clicking here). Bring it on, playwrights. We want you!

To maximize your chance of selection, please read all the guidelines carefully before submitting.
At MadLab, we love reading new full length plays and we desperately want to read yours!
“But what are you looking for?” “How do I submit?” Love that enthusiasm! Read on:
What makes a play a “MadLab” play? Like obscenity, it’s hard to define, but we know it when we see it. Here’s a few tips as to what we like to produce and what our audiences have come to expect:
  1. Plays with a strong Point of View. Our audiences expect to not only be entertained for an evening, but to leave the theatre with something to think about and remember. We want to read plays from and for the marginalized and forgotten. We love new takes on old problems. We adore speaking Truth to Power.
  2. Good Stories with Vibrant Characters. Now, any play can have that strong POV, but the special ones show us that through strong storytelling and equally strong characters. So, mesmerize us with your craft and enchant us with your characters. Bonus points for well written female characters and casts that give an accurate representation of our multiracial society, as well as those that challenge the concept of binary sexuality. We’re not saying we won’t produce your play about 10 white suburban dads and their annual golf outing, but…
  3. Plays that are Visual. Ok, we’ll be completely honest – we are on a shoestring budget as far as sets/costumes go, but we’ve been doing this for 20+ years and we love an artistic challenge. MadLab is a 75 seat converted garage black box theatre, so plan accordingly. But challenge us. You’d probably be surprised what we’re capable of.
  4. Make us Laugh. We’ve been told we have an “offbeat” sense of humor. We’ve also been told we may require psychological counseling. Be bold in your Comedy writing, don’t worry about offending us (or our audiences), and never be afraid of being silly.
  5. Make us Cry. See above.
  6. Heck, do both with the same play. Always the best option to our way of thinking☺
  7. Be open to collaboration. Even if you live far away, we want you to be involved in every step of the process in producing your play. We may have ideas for rewrites/revisions, we may not want you to change a thing, but we do want your voice to be heard and for you to feel like we’ve done your little fever-dream justice.

Now that we’ve surely created more questions than we’ve answered about what we’re looking for, here’s the nitty gritty about submitting your brilliant baby to the Lab.

​For our Full Length Season (3 new plays presented Aug – Dec) we’re looking for plays that evoke a certain feeling, an overarching theme if you will. Now, we’re wide open to different interpretations, so don’t let it scare you, but let’s see what happens when we focus a little.

The 2018 “theme” is Evolution and Change. If we’ve learned anything in life, it’s that the world is in a constant state of Evolution. Everything Changes, sometimes glacially and sometimes in the blink of an eye. Like Death and Taxes, change is unavoidable and predictable. What isn’t as easy to predict is how change affects the humans involved.
All submissions should be sent to Please use “MadLab 2018 Season” as your subject. Ohio playwrights, please use “MadLab 2018 Season – Ohio”. We accept submissions from every US State and every foreign Country, but we would like to devote one show a season to an Ohio Playwright. Please Note: We receive TONS of submissions. If you do not use this as your email title line, your play will not be read.
We’re not picky about what format your script is in (though the standard Dramatist’s Modern Stage Play format is most welcome), so send us what you got as a Word or PDF attachment.
Please be sure to include your name, address and contact information on your title page.

The submission window is April 1 – July 1, 2017. 

 Season decisions will be made by the end of 2017 and you will receive notice one way or another. If your play is not chosen and you’d like some sort of critical feedback from our Artistic Director, please email and arrangements can be made.
We are only accepting 500 submissions with a Maximum of 2 plays per playwright. If you plan on submitting 2, send them in separate emails.
Plays should have a run time no shorter than 75 minutes and no longer than 2 hours 15 minutes. Please do not send us 45 page 1-acts or that 200 page beast you’ve been tinkering on for the last five years. They will not be read.
We are currently not accepting Children’s Theatre pieces, One Act Collections or Musicals. Not that we don’t appreciate them, they’re just not up our alley.
Please Proofread your Script before sending it to us. We hate to be “those people”, but nothing will get your script put down faster than a your/you’re or a to/too typo.
You will be Paid! MadLab currently pays playwrights $200 up front and 10% of ticket sales payble after close of show.
Thanks for your interest. Good luck with your submission, and regardless of the outcome here, be sure to keep writing and producing new works.

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Ten-Minute Musicals Project

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Since the inception of The Ten-Minute Musicals Project, over sixteen hundred submissions have been received, from librettists, lyricists and composers in fifteen nations: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, Uruguay, Ireland, England, France, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the Ukraine.

Stories 1.0 is the full-length musical comprised of works selected in the first several rounds. Several works in Stories 1.0 were workshopped in San Francisco, New York City, Miami, and Nashville over the years. Individual segments have been independently workshopped in Dallas, Chicago, London, and Boston.

SEEKING: Complete original stage musicals which play between seven and twenty minutes. Works which have been previously produced are acceptable, as are excerpts from full-length shows, if they can stand up on their own.

MUSICAL STYLE AND THEATRICAL FORMAT: Any musical style: pop, rock, C&W, show, opera, etc; or theatrical format: comedy, mystery, drama, etc.

CAST SIZE: Maximum of ten performers—five women and five men.


1. A printed script. (Note: printed on paper; not sent as a computer file on disk.) And please make sure your POSTAL ADDRESS appears on it.

2. Lead sheets or piano score. (This need not be at all elaborate; very basic is fine.)

3. A CD or DVD of either the entire piece or just the musical material.

4. A stamped self-addressed large envelope if you want the work returned. (Submissions from outside the USA should enclose four INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE COUPONS to cover postage. These can be obtained at your post office.)


DEADLINE: Simply postmarked by August 31st. (Do not waste money on overnight express, registered, or certified mail. All that's requested is that the package be postmarked by August 31.) Response will be by November 30th.

FINANCIAL REMUNERATION: $250/US royalty advance for each piece selected, with an equal share of licensing royalties when produced.


The Ten-Minute Musicals Project
Michael Koppy, Producer
P.O. Box 461194
West Hollywood, CA 90046 USA

MILDRED and ALBERT PANOWSKI Playwriting Competition

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1. There is a broad theme selected each year for the competition that entries for that year must adhere to. There is no restriction to style.

1.2 - Submissions for the 2018 competition will be accepted between June 1, 2017 and December 1, 2017. Submissions received outside of this period will not be considered. The theme for the 2018 competition is "A mystery about a Great Lakes legend or event."

2. The competition is open to any playwright, but only one play per playwright may be entered per biennium.

3. Entries must be original, full-length plays or musicals. They also may be co-authored, based upon factual material or an adaptation. The applicant must be the owner and controller of the copyright. The legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the playwright.

4.One-act plays and works previously entered in playwriting competitions sponsored by Northern Michigan University are ineligible.

5. Submission is restricted to plays that have not been previously produced or published.

6. No revisions will be accepted once a script has been submitted.

7. No written or oral critique will be given on plays submitted.

8. Once theme information has been decided, submissions will open June 1, 2017 and must be received no later than December 1, 2017 to be considered. The winner will be announced in March. A staged reading/workshop will be scheduled for summer of 2018. The full production will be scheduled in the 2018-19 season, and may happen in any of our performance spaces.

9. Northern Michigan University reserves the right to accept or reject any play entered in the contest.

10. Scripts should be submitted electronically either in PDF or Microsoft Word format. They can be submitted via email to Please include contact info in the email but not on the script. If your ONLY recourse is a paper script, then the script must be loose leaf bound in a 3-ring binder or with a binder clip. Scripts bound with staples are not acceptable. They must be either typewritten or word processed. Entries not meeting these criteria will be disqualified.

11. By submitting a paper copy of the script the playwright agrees to allow their work to be scanned into a PDF.

12. Paper scripts will not be returned. It is suggested that playwrights retain copies of their scripts.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Women Playwrights International commission opportunity

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Deadline: June 20
For this call we have implemented commissions by geographical regions. This aims to give each country the possibility of forming a selection that is representative of their culture.

The commissions are:1. Latin America and the Caribbean, 2. North America (E.E.UU and Canada), 3. Africa, 4 .Asia, 5. Oceania, 6. Europe.

The juries of each committee can not send their own plays to any of the open calls.

The criteria for nomination, evaluation and selection will be the same for all commissions.

A) General Criteria
- Women playwrights from around the world can apply if they have, at least, one staged play.

- Only one text per applicant will be received. In the same way, texts that are sent to different commissions will not be accepted.

- Texts must be sent in English (*), except for those that apply to the Latin-American commission, for they will be evaluated in Spanish and Portuguese.


- Women playwrights are free to decide to what region apply, according to their place of birth or residence.

- Women playwrights chosen will receive an invitation letter through email, that will indicate the format in which their play would be presented in the conference.

WPI is a non-profit association and has no stable funding to support its activities. In the case of receiving international funding, these resources are allocated to participants from countries where the status of women is in a state of insecurity. It is for this reason that those who have been selected must contemplate personal payment of the following:

- Translation of 15 pages to Spanish or English (in the case of latin americans). Given the fact that all activities related to WPIC 2018 in Santiago, Chile, will take place in Spanish (with consecutive, simultaneous translation or subtitles to english).

- Travel costs to Chile (airplane ticket, accreditation fee, residency, etc).

B) Participation Modalities

Having in mind the main theme proposed for this conference, the theme lines are the following:

• Territory: Texts that offer a perspective about the social, political, economic and cultural landscapes that define the reality of individuals. Plays that deal with tension in cultural, political and geographic frontiers. It can also be about the rupture of frontiers, the cultural crossing as well as the clash phenomena, such as being forced to exile or political exile and being faced to possible or impossible return, migrations, post conflicts displacements, refugees crisis, economic crisis, famine, the reality of living outside the country or place of origin.

• Bodies: Texts that think about female body issues. The strategies of domination and violence that control women’s daily activities. The intersection between women’s bodies and public politics, decisions about our own bodies (contraception, abortion law). Publicity, religious or governmental commands, medicine. Also desire and pleasure poetics as well as aesthetics. Gender transition, homosexuality, bisexuality, all possible forms of sexuality.

• Memories: Writings that propose different forms of fighting against oblivion, of installing themes and problems related to knowledge and traditions transmission. Biographies, autobiographies or construction of individual, social or collective stories.

• Wars and armed conflicts: Writings that assume war experiences and its consequences. Annulation practices of all possibility of personal development, situations in which basic human rights are systematically violated, especially for women and children.

• Natural resources: Texts that reflect about the excessive exploitation of natural resources, troubles regarding hunger and access to potable water that is taking place since decades ago, and the several consequences in the life of human beings, living creatures and environment.

• Ancestral voices: Writing that rescue ancestral voices of each culture. Texts that recompose the stories and originary knowledge of each ethnicity, that reflect their predicaments, their cosmogonies and that try to give a place in present times.

Excluded of this open call are performances or installation art, due to the inherent difficulty to be fairly evaluated in relation to written texts. But, texts that incorporate the use of technology as a constituent part of aesthetic or poetic chosen by each playwright are accepted.

C) Application Formalities:

Postulants must send their application to an email in one file, PDF format. Pages should be formatted for A4, with 1,5 spacing, and text set in 12 point Times New Roman type.

With the following information:

Geographical region to which apply

Professional bio presentation (one page long max.).

Presentation of the play and its relation to one of the selection themes (one page long maximum).

Argument summary of the play (one page long max), indicating the structure.

Complete text of the play. Texts must not exceed 50 pages.

Playwrights who would like to send plays longer than 50 pages, can send an extract of their best 50 pages.

Type of public to which the play is directed to (all audiences, familiar theatre, etc.)


Cimientos 2017

Now in its 17th year, IATI Theater’s play development program continues the tradition of expanding the possibilities of playwriting. Cimientos 2017 is composed of a lineup of playwrights that carry on the sacred task of pushing the envelope and exploring the boundless potential of contemporary dramaturgy. From historical fantasy to arcane magical realism, this year’s play readings will showcase how the world can be transformed and enhanced through what today's drama can achieve.

There is no submission fee for Cimientos.
Submissions lacking any of the following guidelines will not be considered.
Submission will only be accepted through the online form. See link above (only visible in month of June.)
Submissions must be the author's own work. The piece shall be free from copyright restrictions and the author agrees to hold IATI Theater and directors free and harmless from all copyright claims.

The playwright must commit to be present on the staged reading performance of his/her work.
The playwright must commit to be present on the PPP (Pal Playwrights Panel) assigned to his/her work.
This program is open to authors from anywhere in the world with original works in English or Spanish who are interested in a New York audience feedback. However, because of the PPP (Pal Playwrights Panel), every playwright must be present to take part in the monthly meetings or commit to presenting feedback electronically or in written form on the dates of the PPP's and with no delay.

Only one play may be submitted per playwright, per season.
Submissions must not exceed 90 minutes in length.
The play must require 5 actors or less. Plays that have more than 5 actors and do not provide a clear and stageable doubling explanation will not be reviewed. If doubling is possible, it must be expressed clearly on the online form.

The submission must be a completed full-length play that has not previously been produced in any setting. If the play has undergone a workshop, staged reading or development of any kind, the playwright must inform IATI Theater of the specifics on the online form.
The author’s name(s) should be nowhere within the script, any authorship information must not be visible in the play document. Scripts will be read ‘blind’.
Submissions for the 2018 Season will only be accepted from June 1 to June 30, 2017.

Please use a standard playwriting format.
*The 2018 Cimientos will consists of two main components:
*PPP (Pal Playwrights Panel): Playwrights accepted to the program, IATI Theater’s artistic staff and other specially invited theater professionals will converge in workshop meetings to discuss the new works that make up the particular season. Every meeting will be dedicated to a single playwright in the program, the focus being in further advancing the text before it is presented in front of a live audience.

*SRP (Staged Reading Presentation): Each playwright in the program will be given the opportunity to present his/her play in a directed, professionally acted staged reading. Thus, the piece will be exposed to a receptive audience that further develops the featured script through a post-reading talkback.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

DVRF Playwrights Program seeks full-length plays

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The Playwrights Program is an annual opportunity intended to help new and compelling full-length plays come to the attention of the greater public.

Each year the Dennis and Victoria Ross Foundation (DVRF) selects one previously unproduced play to receive an intensive development in New York City. This period is structured in dialogue with the playwright to best accommodate their needs and artistic goals for the piece. The program culminates in presentations to invited audiences featuring producers, directors, and other industry professionals.

Program finalists will be recognized and invited to participate in one of our Round Table workshops.

Previous plays selected for the Playwrights Program:
2016 - "Thirst" by C.A. Johnson | Directed by Danya Taymor
2015 - "The Third Rail" by Jacob Perkins | Directed by Mark Schneider

Rules and Guidelines for Submission
  1. We are seeking full-length plays only. While there is no strict minimum for length we suggest all submissions be at least 30 pages long.
  2. Submissions must be in English.
  3. No play that is currently under option, or has previously had a full, public production is eligible for selection. Submissions that have been developed previously or were under option must be accompanied by a brief summary of their developmental history.
  4. Please only one submission per playwright/playwriting team.
  5. The play must be original or based on material which the author previously was afforded the rights to.
  6. Playwrights must be residents of the United States and at least 18 years of age.
  7. This program is intended only for playwrights who will be able to attend at least a 1-2 week-long workshop and presentation in New York City in 2017/2018. DVRF will do its best to schedule this according to the selected playwright's availability. The selected playwright must be prepared to bear any lodging and travel expenses incurred while participating in the program. Please note we cannot compensate for time taken off from work. 
How to Submit

Submissions for 2017 are now open. Please use the form below to apply- we no longer accept email submissions. Submissions will close June 19th, 2017. There is no fee to send your play for consideration.

Scratch Night at TNC

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Crystal Field and Theater for the New City (TNC) will present a varied schedule "Scratch Night” performance program, which offers the opportunity for artists to present work in progress to an audience for one night. Scratch Night started in the United Kingdom in 2000 to show work in progress in an evolution of performances. At TNC, we will put our own spin on the idea to best serve our own theatre community and New York area audiences.

Our hope is that participating artists will learn something that will feed their work. And the best thing that can happen is that a piece of work will go forward into… either at TNC or elsewhere.

Scratch Night is looking for a variety of the most daring artists to try out their most cool thoughts on stage and the audience will help in the development by way of TNC’s scratch ballot. Scratch Nights will take place throughout the year on a varied schedule. All theatrical forms are welcome. All stages of development are welcome.

What are we looking for?

Original theatre, puppetry, performance art, music, dance, and mixed media collaborations. No set running time.

Please forward all materials to Michael Scott-Price,

Must include the following:
  • Biography with contact information of the artist’s name, address, telephone number and email address 
  • Synopsis of the work 
  • Sample or concept of the work, no more than 10 pages 
  • Biographies of collaborators, if available 
  • Description of stage set (if any) and production needs (i.e. sound and lighting)
If you would like your work to be considered, please send a ten-page sample of the script, brief synopsis, bio and subject line: “Scratch Night submission” to us via email at

North Park Playwright Festival 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

General information:

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

We really appreciate your interest in our theater.

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

Friday, June 16, 2017

Ismena Collective seeks playwright

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Ismena Collective is looking to expand their semi-staged musical exploration into the life and work of diarist Anais Nin into a fully theatrical event.

They are looking for a young, enthusiastic and talented dramaturg/playwright to take our existing script, The Lie Box, which is a collage of Nin’s writing and create an engaging evocation of Nin’s colourful and dangerous life, work and relationship to music. The members of the cast are an actress, a soprano, cellist and pianist. There is an electronic score as well as live music. Initially, remuneration would be as part of a profit share from performances

What to submit/How to apply:
Send a short excerpt of your writing as a PDF, along with a short bio and a quick blurb about the piece to:
Please limit submissions to one per playwright

Deadline: 30th June 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Woodside Players of Queens Fall 2017 Play Festival

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Submissions are now being accepted for the Woodside Players of Queens Fall 2017 Play Festival, to take place in November.

Seeking short plays (no more than 10 pp), from playwrights from the five boroughs of New York City only.

Also seeking monologues (no more than 4pp). Musicals welcome! Basic set requirements.

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

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

Deadline: September 15. 2017


Next Gen musicals for young audiences submission guide

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Next Gen are always interested in new, exciting material for the schools and youth theatre market.

Please note, however, that we have submissions guidelines for those interested in being considered for publication. We require as follows -
Show Synopsis and brief CV of the individual (s) submitting their work.
If we do request material from you, please submit typed scripts and computer generated (i.e. not hand-written) scores for musicals, along with a CD.
Any supporting material (Reviews, videos, photos etc.) will be considered when making a final assessment of your work.

Due to the large amount of submissions we receive, we regret that we cannot at this time return submitted materials - therefore please always submit copies of your work, not originals.

In the first instance, please e-mail Matt Wright at with a Show Synopsis and CV.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Don’t wait for the perfect opportunity to come along; make it happen!

Instructor: Sasha Eden (Actor, Producer, and Co-Founder of WET Productions)
July 16, 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Countless artists from Lisa Kron to Lin Manuel Miranda to Anna Deveare Smith have at some point in their careers fulfilled their own artistic journeys by producing their own work, allowing them to create life changing, socially impactful artistic productions that challenged the status quo and changed the way we live in the world.

In this 5-hour intensive, producer and actor Sasha Eden will demystify the "how" of producing your own work, including discovering your voice and source material, engaging in successful collaborations, creating a healthy budget, designing mutually beneficial partnerships, building achievable production calendars, and identifying effective and creative fundraising techniques. The class will provide an overview of artistic producing that reinforces good instincts, prepares for inevitable challenges, and supports artists to produce from a place of joy, creativity, strength, and possibility. With twenty years of experience acting in and producing innovative, mission-driven original content in all mediums, Sasha will provide you with the insight, inspiration, tools, and techniques that have been tested in her own processes.

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


There is a nominal fee, payable monthly in advance. This fee includes the space, the casting, the actors and the feedback for all the readings.
Playwrights are admitted into the group based upon their writing skills and enthusiasm for the process.

Our Playwrights Lab. consists of an exciting group of playwrights who meet for 3 hours a week, Mondays, 7- 10 p.m., to listen to professional actors read their plays. After the readings, there is constructive discussion about how well the play is working, and serving the objective of the playwright.

These are not cold readings; Pulse provides the actors for the scenes, and gets scripts to the actors, so that they can read the scripts before the workshop meets.

The group is currently under the leadership of nationally and internationally produced director and playwright Alexa Kelly, with additional input from guest dramaturgs, directors and producers. It is supervised by Brian Richardson. All playwrights involved are expected to participate in discussion about all the works being read, not only their own plays.

The group is small.

One of the distinguishing features of our Lab, is that the playwrights receive FULL READINGS OF THEIR WORK, as needed in the workshops environment, until it is deemed ready for a full public audience. They are thus able to re-write and hear their changes as often as they wish! A unique and most valuable opportunity and learning experience for the development of the plays!

The Playwrights, under the leadership of Ms. Kelly continue working on the script until they feel it is ready for a public viewing. When the play is deemed ready, it is presented in a full public staged reading. Pulse casts the play, provides the director, and provides the presentation venue.

We select certain scripts from the Lab. for further development, ie, workshop productions, and then to full production, e.g. CHAOS THEORY, by Anuvab Pal.

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a beginning level class.

The Playwright must have a work in progress, and be willing to continue working on the script; this is not a workshop for people who consider that their work is already completed.

"Of course, you never forget your first New York production, and that was in a small off-off-Broadway Theatre, then and now helmed by this exceptional theatre artist, Alexa Kelly. ... Those kind of theatres are the heartbeat for young writers, and I'll never forget the love that theatre gave me."--Gary Garrison, Executive Director of Creative Affairs for the Dramatists Guild of America, New York.

It is the playwright’s responsibility to meet the deadlines as set up by Pulse.

TO APPLY, PLEASE SUBMIT A SCENE FROM YOUR WORK IN PROGRESS. PLEASE SEND A 20 - 30 PAGE SAMPLE “, including the title page, the cast breakdown and your bio to:

ATT. PLAYWRIGHTS’ LAB.” Also please complete an application form, and please SUBMIT it with your scene Attn.:

PLAYWRIGHTS’ LAB., Pulse Ensemble Theatre, P.O.BOX 2281, NEW YORK, NY 10108


More history on the Lab.

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

We are currently accepting submissions for the 2018-19 Reva Shiner Comedy Award. The top 10 finalists and the winner of the 2018-19 Reva Shiner Comedy Award will be announced at the end of March 2018.

"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. 

It is preferable for musicals to include a demo CD. The complete score is not necessary but may be included. All plays are read by BPP's literary personnel led by and including the Literary Manager and Artistic Director.
We do not accept e-mail submissions. Scripts will not be returned. Blind submissions are not necessary. Please include all contact information. Plays submitted in previous years will be accepted.
The BPP reserves the right not to name a winner and/or name a winner but not commit to a reading or production.

Send to:
Bloomington Playwrights Project
107 W. 9th Street
Bloomington, IN 47404
For further information, write BPP, 
Attn: Literary Manager, 
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