Thursday, July 31, 2014

Seeking Fringe reviewers

FringeReview is a UK-based online publication with the aim of bringing coverage to the underserved fringes of the theatre. Begun in 2006 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, we quickly spread across the UK before going international. 

This year marks our first year in the US and we are looking to take on reviewers for the New York International Fringe Festival

You will have experience thinking and writing in an evaluative way in response to live performance, as well as a background, which supports this role. Such backgrounds may include a formal education in theatre or performance, considerable experience working within the industry, a proven track record as a theatre-goer with evidence of reflection (such as a consistent blog or journal of responses).

We will provide opportunities for you to experience and respond to theatre, as well as opportunities to increase your published writing portfolio through a recognized critical entity. In addition, we offer constructive criticism via our editorial team to help you develop (where appropriate) as a writer.

Contact info is 

Check us out at or visit our parent site at

North By South Theatre Los Angeles is now accepting submissions for its 2014 Winter Rites Festival

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We are looking for a series of companion pieces, written by one playwright, that speak to the spirit of the holidays, however you define them. Do you have one or two one-acts that deal with the holidays? A series of short plays or ten minutes? Then we want to read them! Don't have the plays yet but you've got a great idea? We want to read your pitch! Any and all styles and genres are open for consideration, we just want the best possible story.

We're looking to put together an ensemble evening for two-four actors, but we're flexible on casting for the right idea.

Deadline: September 1, 2014

Please send your submissions to:
Jeremiah Munsey
Literary Manager
North By South Theatre Los Angeles

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fourth Wall Review seeks works of any length, genre and topic for the first issues

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Fourth Wall Review is a publishing venture dedicated to playwriting and playwrights. We are currently accepting  submissions for our Summer/Fall issue with with an August 1st deadline.

The Fourth Wall Review is a print and online journal dedicated to publishing quality dramatic writing, along with interviews and essays relating to the craft of dramatic writing. The Fourth Wall will publish online bi-monthly and triannually in print. We are currently accepting submissions for the Summer/Fall 2014 online issue and the Winter 2014 print  issue.  We are  welcoming works of any length, genre and topic for the first issues. Submissions must be original and previously unpublished works.

We do not require a specific script format at this time. However, writers please adhere to generally agreed upon formatting rules such as character names being placed center - or somewhat center - of the page above the dialogue, etc. Please submit scripts as a Word or PDF file only.

For Play Submissions: Electronic Submissions Only.
File Format: Word or PDF.

Please Submit in an attachment to

First Laugh One-Act Play Festival

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First Laugh returns to Piccolo Theatre in February 2015! This two-weekend festival of one-act plays premieres the original work of local and regional playwrights, and joins comedy writing and performance to answer the question, “What was your first laugh?” This juried festival will feature a fantastic prize awarded to the audience favorite. The festival’s second weekend will showcase Gregory Luick, grand prizewinner of First Laugh 2014 by presenting his full-length play Work In Progress. Join us as we explore the unique origins of what people find funny.

Submission Guidelines
Incomplete submissions cannot be considered until are materials received.

To be considered for entry into the festival, playwrights must provide:
  • 1 one-act script inspired by the first thing you found funny, no longer than 25-minutes in length
  • 1 vision statement detailing the script’s usage of the theme “The first thing I found funny.”
  • 1 synopsis of the one-act script
  • 1 ground plan and scenic design conducive to sharing the playing space with two other companies
  • (please contact Tony Lawry for a pdf of the playing space)
If your play is selected for the festival, we will notify you by email; we then will require a $50 production deposit, which will be held and returned to you after the festival is over.

Playwrights must also include:
  • A production team, director, and actors. (Piccolo cannot provide artistic staff for your one-act)
  • A production contact list of cast and crewmembers including name, phone number, and email address.
  • A list of cast and crewmember program bios (each bio must be no more than 100 words in length)

How to Submit:
For email submissions, please send PDF files of all materials to Tony Lawry at, Subject Line the play’s title, by no later than September 12, 2014

For postal submissions, mail to:
Piccolo Theatre
c/o Tony Lawry, One Act Festival
600 Main Street
Evanston, IL 60202

Must be postmarked by September 12, 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The LSU Department of Theatre presents Outworks 2015, a festival of one-act plays with LGBTQ themes

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Deadline for Submission: November 17, 2015 

Award: $150 and production videotape

The Louisiana State University Department of Theatre in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for our 10th annual Outworks festival. A part of the LSU Theatre Lab Season, Outworks 2015 continues our commitment to producing new one-act plays that explore topics in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or queer (LGBTQ) experiences.

To celebrate this special anniversary of a decade of new LGBTQ theatre, your task is to submit an original ten minute play that incorporates any variation on the theme of the number ten (10). Some superstring theories cite the existence of ten spacetime dimensions. Hindu and Judeo-Christian religions find great significance in the number ten in teaching spiritual lessons. The number ten is both an anchor and a way to see what comes next, particularly in mathematics. It is linked to change, energy, and manifestation in numerology. Music, sports and finance use tens for chords, scoring, and accounting. For our tenth year anniversary we are asking that your submissions reflect on any variation of the number ten (10) as we at Outworks 2015 are looking forward to the next ten years and beyond of LGBTQ dramatic works.

Outworks 2015 Submission Guidelines:
● Submissions must be the author's own original, unpublished work. Each

entry shall be free from copyright restrictions and the author agrees to hold LSU, its officers, and directors free and harmless from all copyright claims.

● We are accepting one-act plays, ten (10) to twenty (20) minutes in length. ● Scripts must be LGBTQ-themed, reflecting the 2015 festival theme of the

number ten.
● Only one (1) script may be submitted per playwright.
● Title page must be in same document as the play script.
● All submission must be sent, formatted for Microsoft Word or as a PDF, via e-mail to with the phrase Outworks 2015 with your last name (e.g., Outworks 2015 Doe) in the subject line.

● Deadline is November 17, 2015 at 5:00 PM.
● Scheduled production dates are April 28 - May 3, 2015.

Submissions will be read and scored by a faculty/student committee. The committee will select six plays. These playwrights will receive $150 in monetary compensation, each play selected will be guaranteed three staged performances, and each playwright will receive a video of his/her production. Playwrights wishing to attend the festival are responsible for all travel expenses.

The LSU Theatre Lab season retains all rights and privileges concerning casting, production, and programming for Outworks. LSU Theatre reserves the right to:

● Reproduce as many copies of the play as are necessary for distribution to the judges and participants in the production.

● Videotape the performance for archival purposes.
● Use the title, author's name and images from the production for publicity purposes related to the Outworks Festival.

The final play list will be announced January 2015 on the LSU Theatre Department website. Those playwrights will also be notified individually.
Please send any inquiries to

Thank you for celebrating 10 years of Outworks with us! Alexis M. Skinner, Outworks Festival Coordinator

About the LSU Theatre Lab Season:

The LSU Theatre Lab season, produced by the Louisiana State University Department of Theatre, offers audiences an “alternative” theatrical experience. Providing a diverse and exciting schedule, the LSU Theatre Lab Season highlights the tremendous talents of the LSU graduate and undergraduate students (B.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D.) both on and behind the stage.

Athena Project seeks plays

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Athena Project is proud to announce the call for submissions for its Plays In Progress Series (PIP Series). This series will take place in Denver at The Aurora Fox Studio Theater over the course of 3 weekends, March 20-April 5, 2015, as part of a larger arts festival celebrating women artists, including the yet-to-be named world premiere, winner of this year’s PIP Series. Four new plays will be selected based on a blind submission process and given a dramaturg, director, designers, cast and workshop presentation during the festival. One play from the 2015 PIP Series will win a full production to be produced in March of 2016, based on a combination of audience vote and board input.

Scripts are being accepted online from now until midnight, July 31, 2014.

Submission Guidelines are as follows:

1. Playwright must be female and may only submit ONE full-length script.

2. The play must not ever have had a fully mounted production. Prior workshop presentations are permissible but the script must be a new version since the time of the workshop.

3. Submission must include:

--Full copy of script (without playwright contact info*)

--Character breakdown (without playwright contact info*)

--Short synopsis of script (300 word limit, without playwright contact info*)


--Cover letter addressing what the playwright would like to accomplish with the workshop presentation and how she heard about the call for submissions

*Contact info must be listed ONLY on resume and cover letter, not on script or any other documents (submissions will be read blind). All documents should include the Title of the Play, but no playwright contact information.

4. Plays submitted without all supporting materials included will be disqualified.

5. We recommend the playwright be able to travel to the area for rehearsals as needed if selected (or may Skype in). Attendance at least one workshop production performance during the festival at the playwright's own expense is mandatory. We will select 4 playwrights to participate in the PIP Series and hope to strike a balance between local and national work. Exact rehearsal and performance schedules will be worked out with the director, dramaturg, and playwright after all plays are selected.

Questions? See our Frequently Asked Questions section below.

Please contact our Literary Manager, Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski if you have any questions about submitting. You will receive an automatic confirmation email upon receipt of materials.

Script Submissions for the 4th Annual New Play-Reading Festival

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The New Play-Reading Festival is a wonderful opportunity for artists to have their unpublished works presented before an audience, in a play-reading scenario, by a cast consisting of both professional and amateur actors on two separate occasions during our 2014/2015 season. This project is open to any unpublished and unproduced Theater for Young Audiences (TYA) scripts.

Four scripts will be chosen to be featured in this festival. The initial play readings will take place November 7th through the 9th. The second set of readings will take place February 27th through March 1st. After each reading, there will be a dialogue among the audience, performers and playwright. After the 2nd round of readings, one of the four scripts will then be selected to be presented as a fully mounted production in The Growing Stage’s 2015/2016 Season!
The three plays that were selected in the past festivals are With Two Wings by Anne Negri, The Secret Life of Hubie Hartzel by Susan Rowan Masters and next March, The Growing Stage will be presenting the world premiere professional production of And Then Came Tango by Emily Freeman.

The Growing Stage is committed to creating and presenting professional theatre for young people and their families and to provide them with the unique and affordable opportunity to share a fun, culturally significant moment in an intimate and special venue, The Historic Palace Theatre. Young people are also given the opportunity to grow as performers by working alongside professional actors as part of the theatre learning experience. 

Shows usually require a minimum of 4 characters/performers; there is no maximum, provided that if necessary, doubling is OK with the playwright.

To submit scripts to The New Play-Reading Festival, please send scripts, along with a brief synopsis to the company’s Production Manager and head of the festival, Steve Graham:

Or to:
The Growing Stage Theatre
Attn: Steve Graham
P.O. Box 36
Netcong, NJ 07857

All submissions are due by August 15, 2014.
If your script submission is an adaptation, we do ask that you also please include proof that you have permission from the author to adapt their work.

If you would like to learn more about the mission of The Growing Stage, please visit:

Monday, July 28, 2014

SoYoCo is looking for featured artists

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SoYoCo is a networking and theatre company for the arts. Our mission is to produce new works that focus on the evocation of escapism, conversation, heightened emotion and perceptions, while creating a healthy social environment conducive to networking for the artists and the creative contributors. These networking environments will be held monthly where the goal of a growing sponsorship program will act as a contributor to selected and like minded companies and organizations.

SoYoCo is looking for featured artists for their upcoming networking event on Monday August 4 from 7pm-10pm at Irish Exit.

We are looking for new works. These works can be anything from a play reading to a musical performance. Performance should be a minimum of 10 minutes no longer then 30 minutes.

You are reasonable with organizing your performers and rehearsals. You will need to provide SoYoCo with performers, writer, director headshot and bio.

If you bring 20 people or more you will get a cut of the bar proceeds. If you are unable to bring 20 people you will get the proceeds of the raffle either way.

SoYoCo will provide the performance location, drink specials, raffle prize, social media advertisement.

To apply please send the piece you will performing along with a paragraph about yourself and why you should be featured.

For more information on SoYoCo please visit

Theater Three Festival of One-Act Plays

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New Dramatists Residency

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New Dramatists continues to revise its admissions process and guidelines accordingly. Please read all the information on this page. For more detailed information download the “Admissions Guidelines” and “Application Information” documents below.

•Admissions process is completely paperless
•Applicants apply through a module on our website

2014 Admissions Procedural Changes:
•The admissions window opens on July 1 at 10am (EST) and closes on July 29 at 5pm (EST).
•Upload a stand-alone Title Page for each play with your full name and contact information.
•We strongly encourage you to submit your materials as PDFs.We will also accept the following formats: .txt, .doc, .docx, .rtf.
•Please do not put any identifying information in the script. Identifying information includes: your name, contact information, theatres that have workshopped or produced your plays, your agent, special thanks, actors/production crew involved, etc.
•Every script page must be numbered.
•Every script page must include the play’s title.
•Submit a one page Letter of Intent responding to the following question: New Dramatists was founded on the premise that writers are each other’s greatest resource. If granted a New Dramatists residency, what do you see as the benefits of developing your work in the company of other playwrights?

To begin your application, click “Begin Application
 (If you applied last year, you will need to create a new admissions applicant account.) You will be asked to create a username and enter your email address. Once you have clicked “Submit,” you will receive an email with instructions on how to log in. From this point forward, you will be guided through a simple process collecting all of your admissions materials in seven easy steps:

1. Log in. You will be asked to confirm you are a US Citizen, or that you have permanent INS work authorization.

2. Fill in your full name, address, and phone number.

3. Type or copy your Letter of Intent directly into the text field.

4. Upload your bio, resume, or CV; or copy your bio directly into the text field.

5. Upload a stand-alone Title Page for each play with your full name and contact information.

6. Upload Two Full-Length Works (Plays and/or Libretti-i.e. books of musicals) (The following files may be used: .pdf, .txt, .doc, .docx, .rtf).

7. Review your application, and click “Submit Your Application” to complete the process. You will receive an email confirming your application has been received.

You may save your application at any point and return to it later before submitting. Once the application window closes on July 29 at 5pm (EST) you may not alter your application in any way.

If you have any questions about the application process, please email BEFORE submitting your materials.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

COLLAB staged reading series

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COLLAB, Vertigo’s own staged reading series, is a four-week workshop that connects artists from various creative communities to promote collaboration in the development of original work. Workshops culminate in a free, public presentation.

Meet the creative teams from last year’s COLLAB.

This year, Vertigo Theater Company and co-curator Emily Simoness will select original, short pieces to workshop beginning in September, with performances scheduled for early October at BAM. For submission info, visit the online application. Submissions are due no later than Friday, August 1.

Note: This event is presented by Vertigo Theater Company. BAM house and ticketing policies may not apply. Tickets are free, and reservations may be made online beginning in September. Seating is limited.

$10,000 Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship

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Application deadline: July 31st, 2014
Application fee: none

In addition to a $10,000 prize, the Shakespeare's Sister Fellowship includes a Hedgebrook residency on Whidbey Island, a fellowship position at the A Room of Her Own Foundation Retreat at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, and a project residency with the Lark Play Development Center in New York City. The fellowship will take place over the course of one year, throughout which the playwright will be mentored by the fellowship's creator, renowned playwright and actor Ellen McLaughlin. 

Applicants must be able to commit wholeheartedly to each stage of the fellowship, entailing four weeks of dedicated time over the course of the year, and must be willing to write an entirely new play. 

– All women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply. 
– In the first round, applicants will submit 30 pages of a play. 
– Applicants who make it to the second round will be invited to submit the same play in its entirety.

For details and to apply, please visit:

Applications for Shakespeare's Sister are only accepted online.

 Still have questions? View answers to frequently asked questions on our FAQ page.


The Navigators are now accepting submissions for our first annual LIFT-OFF NEW PLAY SERIES. Please submit one play (either full length or ten-minute) with Science Fiction themes to for consideration.

Our Mission:

To produce new Science Fiction and Fantasy inspired theater that departs from the traditional theater going experience. We seek to engage new audiences, realize new and daring realities, and expand the boundaries of what theater can achieve by fully exploring these genres on stage. Please check out our website at

Overtime Theater 2015 Call for Submissions

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Submission Deadline: July 31, 2014

In an effort to be ecologically responsible, the Overtime Theater accepts scripts with all materials (PDF format preferred) in one email

The Overtime Theatre is seeking play submissions for our 2015 season. Devoted to original work, we are particularly interested in new plays that are innovative in form and bold and moving in content. San Antonio’s “Theater for thePeople” — the Current readers’ favorite theater for five years in a row — creates a wide range of plays, from scrappy nerdcore to weird fringe, from heartwarming to hilarious, and has a loyal following.

Located near the blossoming Pearl Brewery complex at 1203 Camden Street, we are at the heart of the city’s most exciting arts district, right next to the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Museum Reach of the Riverwalk, and the South Broadway renaissance.

We are seeking original experimental and devised work, film and novel adaptations, translations and adaptations of classics, musicals, genre parodies, political pieces, community-based plays, science-fiction and superhero epic adventures, broad comedy, gritty realism, and especially that which we haven’t seen and can’t be categorized. We are looking for unique and imaginative local and national voices, visions, characters, and worlds that make the most effective use of the nature of live theatrical events, although they may (and are encouraged to) engage other media.

In all the plays we select, we are looking for work charged with a sense of now, pieces that wake the audience up to the present moment.

*Because all of the work at the Overtime is indeed created “overtime,” artists receive compensation through our “love bucket”–audience donations split with the cast and crew. To be honest, it isn’t a lot, but that has never stopped us from surviving and thriving as a truly unique independent theater.

We look forward to reading your work! Sincerely,

The Overtime Theatre

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Call for Submission: UNFringed Festival at The Secret Theatre

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Best Play Award + $250 prize for the top placed play
Unfringed is a festival of full length dramatic, comedic or musical theatre pieces. The selected pieces are all eligible to win the top prize of Best Unfringed play through a combination of audience votes which are then aggregated with the Judges votes to produce a winner. 

Applications accepted until August 8th 2014
Read carefully before filling out attached application
The Second Annual Unfringed Festival will bring bold and daring new works to The Secret Theatre of Long Island City, Queens – named “One of NYC’S best theater spots” by Time Out.  

Show Dates Sept 11th – 27th 
[evening slots 7pm and 9pm, each show guaranteed 4 performances]

Unfringed seeks new and exciting works that challenge audiences, facilitating lively discussion and interaction between artists and viewers. Talk to us in your cover letter. Tell us why you want to be a part of Unfringed, and how your work will benefit from being involved.

Applications will be accepted electronically until August 8th, 2014. There is no application fee.

Please submit only complete application. If application is incomplete, it will not be considered. Additional support materials may be added to your application before the deadline, but not after. 

Due to the number of applicants and the size of our staff, please DO NOT contact us to see if your application has been received and/or is complete, you will get an emailed response confirming your submission. If you are submitting more than one show, each show must have its own application, support materials, and application fee.

All applicants will receive acceptance status notification (accepted, declined, alternated) via email on or around within three days of the close of submissions. At this time, if you are accepted to the festival, you will receive further instructions of information (as an online form) we will need from you or your company. This online form must be filled out immediately or before our acceptance deadline, which is generally on or about August 16th, 2014, and accompanied by a non-refundable $250.00 participation fee, which can be paid online.

Your show may also be selected as an alternate. Selected alternates may be offered a participant's slot if any offers are not taken up.

If your show is accepted to the festival, you are given a slot in which to produce your show. We are NOT producing your show, we are merely presenting it. You or your producing organization must hire your own cast, crew, and staff, secure your own rights, and run your own rehearsals, etc.

All shows will be presented in one venue on several dates throughout the duration of the festival. Most shows will receive approximately four performances over the course of the entire festival. Performances will be between 4pm and Midnight on weekdays, and between Noon and Midnight on weekends. There is only a 30 minute change-over time between shows. Your curtain time will vary from day to day in order to that ensure all shows receive an equal amount of prime performance times. Keep in mind that when you are striking or setting up your show, another show is also striking or setting up. Keep aspects of your production minimal, please! Please note that very limited storage is available – we want you to have a great show but discourage large bulky set pieces. All set pieces must be removable and not permanent.

Unfringed handles all aspects of ticketing and box office. Full priced tickets are $15 in advance, and $18 at the door. 

After the first $175 received at the box office (to cover Secret Theatre operating costs) there will be a 50/50 split between your company and The Secret Theatre. There will be a minimum of 50-99 seats, ticket prices will be $15 so after recouping the initial $175 the potential if all 50 seats are sold is for your company to make $287.50 if all tickets are sold at the advanced price of $15.

We also offer a minimum of 10 hours free rehearsal at The Secret Theatre - a value of at least $200 subject to availability; rehearsal times offered are usually non peak times and daytimes. All other rehearsals at The Secret or our affiliated locations will be $10 peak times.

You will need to keep the technical requirements of your show very simple. The venue is equipped with basic lighting and sound equipment. Storage space is minimal. Since the space is shared with all shows in that venue you must take props, set pieces and costumes away with you after each performance. Each company will have only one cue to cue technical rehearsal in the venue. The Secret Theatre provides a board op/Stage Manager and  Box Office staff.  Each company will be given one tech/dress rehearsal.   You may request one special but lights are generally set in a typical house plot with a warm and cold wash.

Unfringed will publicize the festival and coordinate overall press relations. You will be asked to submit publicity photos and PR materials so that we can send complete press packages to print and broadcast media. You are welcome to publicize your own show through your own press releases, mailers, handbills, busking and/or posters. The more you promote your show, the larger your potential audience.

If you are accepted to Unfringed, part of our agreement prohibits the performance of your show anywhere in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut area anytime during 6 months before and 3 months after the performances at The Secret Theatre. This is primarily due to the fact that we depend upon our small portion of your box office income in order to pay for your participation in the festival. Performances elsewhere within our audience area greatly impact ticket sales to Unfringed. Please keep this restriction in mind when accepting other invitations to perform your show during these months, particularly before you have received acceptance status notification from Unfringed.

Out-of-area participants, like locals, are responsible for all aspects of production and additional publicity for their show, as well as travel expenses, securing working visas (where required), and accommodations. Unfringed cannot help with housing for a participating company.

To submit, go to the online application form. 

Call for Submissions for the third BUA Takes 10: LGBT Short Stories evening of ten-minute plays

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Submission Dates: Now through October 31, 2014

Call for Submissions for the third BUA Takes 10: LGBT Short Stories evening of ten-minute plays.  BUA Takes 10 will run three weekends from March 27-April 11, 2015 at Buffalo United Artists at Alleyway Theatre, 672 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202.
Submission Guidelines: 
*All plays must have an LGBT theme that is central to the play’s premise. (This means that changing pronouns on another play probably won’t work.)

*Playwrights may submit one or two plays, but if you submit two, please do so in separate emails.

*Please don’t resubmit plays that were submitted previous years.  You think we don’t remember, but elephants got nothing on us.

*All plays must be no longer than ten minutes, which may actually mean fewer than ten pages. If you’re not sure, please read it aloud.  No exceptions, no matter how brilliant the extra minutes may be. We mean it.

*All plays must have minimal set requirements. Plays chosen will receive full productions at BUA’s black box theater, but with ten plays being performed, there is no time for elaborate set changes. 

*Please email LGBT ten-minute plays with minimal set requirements to in standard format in Word or PDF. 

*Email subject line should have your name and title of your play, e.g. MARY BROWN/MY AWESOME GAY PLAY. 

*Body of email should contain contact information (including email and phone) and the play’s production history ONLY. You don’t have to write a cover letter, so please don’t. Anything other than the requested information is only going to give us a bad first impression (i.e. you don’t follow rules).

*Submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines will not be considered.

 The Deadline:
Submissions must be received by October 31, 2014. We prefer earlier to later, as we read and cull as the submissions come in.

You will receive a confirmation email when we receive your play. Finalists will be notified by email by January 15, 2015, and the selected playwrights will be announced on Official Playwrights of Facebook. We are sorry we cannot respond to each individual playwright. 
The Producer:
Buffalo United Artists will provide directors, actors, designers, and technical crew for the run of the show.  If necessary, directors will contact playwrights at the start of or during the rehearsal process.  For more information about Buffalo United Artists, please visit our Web site: Dates are tentatively set for March 27-April 11, 2015, but are subject to change.

The Production: 
Plays will be presented together as an evening of theater.  Chosen playwrights will receive a copy of the program, four complimentary tickets to be used any night of the run, and a $25 royalty. If you’re here in person—which we strongly encourage—you’ll get some free drinks, too.

If you have questions, please contact

We look forward to reading your work!


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The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers supports projects that draw on the research collections at The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (formerly the Humanities and Social Sciences Library).

Application Deadline: September 26, 2014, 5 p.m. ESTNotification: March 2015

Award Period: September 8, 2015 - May 27, 2016

Stipend: $70,000

The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers supports projects that draw on the research collections at The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (formerly the Humanities and Social Sciences Library). The Center looks for top-quality writing from academics as well as from creative writers and independent scholars. It aims to promote dynamic conversation about the humanities, social sciences, and scholarship at the very highest level — within the Center, in public forums throughout the Library, and in the Fellows’ published work.

Candidates who need to work primarily in The New York Public Library’s other research centers — The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Science, Industry and Business Library — are not eligible for this fellowship.

In order to avoid real or apparent conflicts of interest, the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers does not accept applications from New York Public Library staff members or their partners, or from people active on the Library’s Board of Trustees, Board Advisory Committees, or Library Council.

Please visit for detailed information about the collections of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.

Fellows are required to work at the Cullman Center, on the project for which they applied, for the duration of the fellowship term. Fellows may have a few prior brief commitments, but must limit research trips, attendance at scholarly meetings, and speaking engagements, and may not accept other major work obligations during the course of this fellowship. Anyone who needs to be away for more than two days must notify the Director or Deputy Director in advance. The Library will pro-rate stipends for Fellows who spend too much time away from the Center.

Fellowships will not be granted to post-doctoral fellows or to applicants doing graduate-school dissertation research.

The Cullman Center will not accept dossier letters in place of new letters of recommendation.
Fellows must be conversant in English.

Completed applications and supporting materials — research proposal, Curriculum Vitae, letters of recommendation, and art work sample or creative writing sample — must be submitted by 5 p.m. EST on September 26, 2014.

New York Public Library staff members are not able to make corrections or additions once applications are submitted.


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The Georgia Theatre Conference, the official theatre organization for the state of Georgia, is now taking submissions for its annual One Act New Play Competition. The competition is open writers inside and outside of Georgia. The Competition is hosted by the Professional Division of GTC. The winning play will receive a $250.00 prize and will also be performed as a staged reading at the Georgia Theatre Conference convention held in Columbus, GA, October 9-11, 2014.

Guidelines are listed below:

Entries will be accepted between March 1, 2014 and July, 2014.

One submission per playwright only. 

Play submissions must be one act in length. Plays should be approximately 50 pages in length, with a running-time between 30 minutes and one hour, and limited to 10 or fewer characters.

Full length scripts, children’s plays, 10 Minute plays, and musicals are not accepted.

Plays must be unproduced (no professional productions) and unpublished. Plays that have gone through readings and workshops are acceptable.

Plays must be submitted by email attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF format:

Text in 11-12 point type and in plain font (e.g. Times New Roman)

Script must include page numbers at the bottom of each page

The author’s name should not appear anywhere in the script

Do not include resumes, playwright biographies, or history of the play

Send a separate title page with the author’s name and contact info.

Please send all entries to:

Celeste Morris
Assistant Professor
University of North Georgia
In association with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance

Friday, July 25, 2014

EST/Sloan Project seeks works about science

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Proposals will be accepted starting September 1st, 2014.

Deadline for artist proposals and script submissions: November 1, 2014
Deadline for regional development grants: December 1, 2014

The EST/Sloan Project commissions, develops and presents new works delving into how we view and are affected by the scientific world. These plays examine the struggles and challenges scientists and engineers face from moral issues to the consequences of their discoveries.

The Project is designed to stimulate artists to create credible and compelling work exploring the worlds of science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes of scientists and engineers in the popular imagination. The Project commissions and develops new works throughout EST’s developmental season, including one Mainstage Production, as well as workshops and readings in an annual festival called FIRST LIGHT.

Now in its 15th year, the EST/Sloan Project has awarded commissions totaling more than $450,000 to more than 140 artists. Previous commissionees include: Billy Aronson, Mike Daisey, Jason Grote, Ann Marie Healy, Michael Hollinger, Israel Horovitz, Tina Howe, Shirley Lauro, Emily Levine, Romulus Linney, Quincy Long, Cassandra Medley, Dan O’Brien, Carey Perloff, Bill Pullman, Jaquelyn Reingold, Tommy Smith, Caridad Svich, Vern Thiessen, Alex Timbers, Bridgette Wimberly, David Zellnik, Stillpoint Productions, and The Royal Shakespeare Company.
Commission Awards

Commissions will be awarded to individuals, groups and creative teams for full-length and one-act plays and musicals. Commissions range from $1000 to $10,000. Commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, as are deadlines for drafts, finished work, and research support (if appropriate). Extant, full-length works may be submitted and are judged on a script-by-script basis by the EST/Sloan Project staff. Rewrite commissions for existing scripts range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Commissions are also available for regional theaters who wish to sponsor a local project focused on science and technology, either by commissioning a new script or developing an extant piece. Commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, but average $5000.
Submission Guidelines

The EST/Sloan Project is open to a broad range of topics related to the issues, people, ideas, processes, leading-edge discoveries, inventions, and/or history of the "hard" sciences and technology.
Hard sciences include the following areas:
  • Mathematics
  • Physics (geological, nuclear, theoretical, etc.)
  • Biology (evolution, zoology, animal behavior, ecology, molecular, genetics, etc.)
  • Chemistry (industrial, biochemistry, etc.)
  • Neuroscience
  • Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Technology includes:
  • Computer Science
  • Software Development, Computer Development
  • Engineering (civil, chemical, mechanical, electrical, aerospace, vehicle design)
  • Space Research
Areas not considered for commissions include:
Science Fiction
Medical Conditions and/or Victims of Disease
Psychology and Human Behavior

How to Apply

New Commissions

Individuals, creative teams and theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project commission should submit the following as their application for a grant:
A one- or two-page description or a simple outline/synopsis of the project. This document should describe the actual story being explored, the source of inspiration behind the idea, and how the science being portrayed would be inherently dramatic in the piece.
A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.

Rewrite Commissions

Individuals, creative teams and theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project rewrite grant should submit the following as their application:
A draft of the script.
A one- or two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the play, your goals for a rewrite commission, and any questions you have about the current draft.
A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.

A selection committee evaluates the proposals and makes the final decisions. Candidates may be asked to revise aspects of their proposals, provide writing samples, and/or arrange a meeting to discuss their project as part of the selection process.

Deadline for artist proposals and script submissions: November 1, 2013

Deadline for regional development grants: December 1, 2013
Regional Development Commissions

Theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project regional development grant should submit the following as their application for a grant:
A current draft of the script, or a one- to two-page description or outline of the project.
A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.
A one- to two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the project and your goals for the commission.
An estimated budget for the project.
Delivering Your Submission

We accept scripts in the following manner...
Email (preferred):
Via regular mail:

The Ensemble Studio Theatre

Attn: EST/Sloan Project

549 West 52nd St.

New York, NY 10019

Phone: 212-247-4982

Please contact us with any questions.

Best of luck to you,

EST/Sloan Project Staff

2015 Y.E.S. Festival seeks full-length plays

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Northern Kentucky University is seeking full-length plays and musicals for its 2015 Y.E.S. Festival.

1. Scripts must be standard sized, legibly typed, and bound. Standard Dramatist Guild form is preferred.

2. Submissions (ONE per playwright) must be full-length and should include a one-page synopsis and a cast list with brief character descriptions.

3. A play may not have had a previous professional or university production.

4. Scripts are not returnable (unless specifically requested and accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope).

5. Enclose a self-addressed stamped postcard if you wish the project director to acknowledge receipt of your script.

6. All rights must be fully owned by the author.

7. No children's theatre, one-acts, or reader's theatre pieces will be considered. Adapations will be considered only if the adapted work is in the public domain.

8. In deciding which play to subit, a writer should know our actors will be students ranging in age from 17-30. Some faculty members or guest artists may be available for the festival. However, a play with especially strong demands for mature character roles would not be as likely for selection as one of equal quality with roles for young adults.

9. Musicals with small orchestra demands will be considered. Musicals should be submitted only if a vocal score and piano conductor score is available.

10. A Y.E.S. entry form must accompany a submitted script.

11. Scripts may be submitted from May 1 until September 30, 2014 to this address:

Northern Kentucky University
Sandra Forman, Project Director
NKU Y.E.S. Festival of New Plays
Department of Theatre and Dance
Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099

12. Selections will be made and winners nortified no later than December 31, 2014. Returnable scripts will be mailed back after the winners have been notified.

13. An honorarium of $500 will be awarded to each selected playwright as well as travel expenses and housing while attending the festival.

14. It is important that selected playwrights be available to visit the festival about a week before opening so their visit can be arranged to include late rehearsals and the premiere of their play. Festival dates are Aprili 16-26, 2015. The visiting dates are at the discretion of the festival. Playwrights and the directors of their plays will participate in one post-shouw question-and-answer session with the audience.

15. In audition to the three plays selected for full productions, one script may be selected for a staged reading during the festival. The playwright of this script will also be brought in for late rehearsals and opening.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Seeking 10-minute plays and short monologues

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New York's Piney Fork Press Theater is seeking submissions for their 2015 winter festival in NYC (now in year 4)!

Ten minute plays and short monologues are being accepted. No fees,  no themes, a few limits, just a great time for all. 

Send scripts to: Need more info? Write to us! Also seeking actors and directors!

Deadline: November 1, 2014

The Seven Dictators Playwriting Competition

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Write a three-act play ranging from 20 to 35 pages using seven dictators that existed/still exist in the 21st Century, in any possible theme you may wish to put/gather them in. The winning plays will be published in a book under the name of the competition title

Seven Dictators Guidelines:

-You can submit your work in two ways:

Either as: An individual writer with your name.

Or as: A theater-acting team, with the team/theater’s name, and the name of the team leader/representative.

Write a play with a three-act structure ranging from 20 to 35 pages using seven characters of dictators that existed/still exist in the 21st Century, in any possible theme you may wish to put/gather them in.

During the play, the playwright is free to be creative in any possible way (no limitations) to create their piece.

The playwright is allowed to add up to three more anonymous characters (not real existing people).

We expect the writers to reflect and discuss problems in our world through the chosen dictators, and anticipate the dictators’ feelings, thoughts and plans. We expect them to discuss problems that might have happened, still existing, and/or will exist.

We expect the script to be unexpected, powerful, philosophical, and artistic, with sophisticated ideas, ideologies, beliefs, and settings. We simply ask you as the playwright to create a masterpiece in the realm of literature, something that was never written before, an invention!

The winning plays will be published in a book under the name of the competition title, and some entries may be performed on stage.
Plays should be submitted by email to:

The deadline for all submissions is January 1, 2015.

We strongly believe in you, we believe in this competition, and we believe you can be super inspired by what happened/happens/might happen in our world.

Alumnae Theatre Company’s New Ideas Festival call for scripts

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Alumnae Theatre Company’s New Ideas Festival (NIF) is an annual, three-week juried festival of new plays, works-in-progress and experimental theatre. Each week a different program of up to four plays, as well as a workshopped reading on Saturday at noon, is presented. The 2015 festival, NIF’s 27th season, will run from March 11 to 29, 2015.

NIF offers dramaturgical support, rehearsal and production space, technical support, access to Alumnae Theatre’s costume and props collections, publicity and sold-out houses.

We are now accepting scripts and proposals for the 2015 festival. The deadline for submissions is September 5, 2014; September 15 for Alumnae members. We invite you to submit your own play or pass this information along to a playwright you think may be interested. Note that there is no submission fee this year.

Submission guidelines
Scripts or proposals should be submitted electronically in PDF or Word format to 

Scripts must be original works that have not been previously performed outside of a workshop. They may be in any genre or style, with a running time of 10 to 40 minutes; one act of a full-length play may also be accepted for production. Submissions longer than 40 minutes will only be considered for a reading, which will showcase the script development done over the rehearsal period.

Please include a cover page with the script/proposal, providing the play title, a list and description of characters (including age), and a short play synopsis. Send a separate contact page with the play title, playwright’s name and contact information, and a short bio (75 words or less). NIF does not provide feedback on submissions or return scripts.

NIF will confirm receipt of submissions within two weeks, and scripts/proposals will be sent to the NIF reading committee. The 2015 festival lineup will be announced in early November, followed by cold reads of all chosen plays in early December.

Preference will be given to scripts that include challenging roles for women of all ages. NIF welcomes voices from diverse communities.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Winners, losers. Debate and negotiate. Passionate, illogical; yet, wholly elemental. It is the "thing" you don't discuss at family dinners- the proverbial elephant in the room.
Politics and Love. They say the only certain things in life are death and taxes- well, they don't take a backseat to Love and Politics. Wishing to fulfill a core pillar of our mission, PCTC invites you to submit a one-act or ten-minute play, musing on the "politics of love."

To learn more about Playhouse Creatures Theatre and our mission, please see our website or find us on Facebook.

Submissions may be sent  to before August 1st. 

Please be sure to include a synopsis and let us know if this work has been produced in the past. Selected pieces will be staged in  the fall and writers will be contacted by the end of September.

Nylon Fusion seeks submissions for the Political Play series

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The Political Play series 
Full Length about 90 min

Submissions do not have to be about Politics per se, but must be about topics that are socially and/or culturally significant. We are currently looking for works to present in our 2014-15 (7th) season

To be considered for our 8th Season: December 10, 2014 (New Deadline)
Please note: We accept submissions year round for the Political Play Series.

Please be specific on your form- write on SUBJECT LINE which project you’re submitting to. For example: Political Series: Name of Playwright.

To be considered please submit the following: a cover letter, brief synopsis, your resume, and full script. If you’re having trouble with our form please email us with your submission at

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Exit 7 New Short Play Contest

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Exit 7 Players is seeking submissions for The Exit 7 New Short Play Contest, performing in February 2015. The contest producers are Janine and Jeffrey Flood (co-producers, the LabWorks 15-Minute New Play Contest 2010-2013, Valley Repertory Company) and Rebecca Johnson (co-producer, Les Miserables, Exit 7 Players).

The Exit 7 New Short Play Contest will produce short plays by twelve playwrights in an exciting audience-participation format, awarding two winning writers a prize of $150 each.

Submission Process

You may submit either one or two plays. Please use the following process to enter the contest. Read all requirements carefully so as to be considered.

1. Format your script using no smaller than 12-point type. Use 1” margins on top, bottom, and sides. Please number your pages. (Click Sample Script Format to see a properly formatted page.)

2. Page one should start with the title of the play at the top of the page (as seen on the Sample Script Format). If you consider your play to be a comedy, please follow the title with “A Comedy”. If you do NOT consider your play to be a comedy, follow the title with “A Drama”. And yes, you must label your play as either one or the other.

3. Your play must be limited to 15 pages total. Any script 16 pages or longer will be rejected.

4. The plays we produce are chosen blind, so do not include ANY author information on the script itself. The contest Play Selection Committee does not see any playwrights’ names until the final selections for production have been made. Therefore, if you put your name on the script so that a member of the Committee sees it, it will be rejected. A company member who is not on the Play Selection Committee keeps the playwright contact info until the final 12 plays are selected for production.

5. Save your script(s) in .pdf format. You can submit your script(s) until Saturday, September 13th, 2014 via the form found in the link. Do not attempt to submit the script in any other format or to any other destination. Snail mail submissions are NOT being accepted.

Submission Restrictions

Please read the following carefully so that your script can be given due consideration:

1. Playwrights can submit 2 plays, but only 1 play per writer will be produced. Members of Exit 7 Players are eligible to submit to the contest, but if their script is chosen as one of the 12 semifinalists, they will be prohibited from working on the production of the contest in any capacity.

2. Scripts should require 2 to 5 actors. Please note that a play can include more than 5 characters, as long as they can be played by 2 to 5 actors. Scripts requiring more than 5 actors will be rejected. 

3. We will not consider one-man or one-woman shows, musicals, or children’s theatre.

4. Entries must be original plays. Scripts may be co-authored, based on factual  material, or an adaptation. Legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the playwright.

5. We will consider unproduced works as well as plays that have been previously produced, so long as their first date of production was on, or after, June 15th of 2013.

6. Submissions are restricted to plays that have not been published in any form, and they must be royalty-free to Exit 7 for this contest.

7. We’re seeking plays, not skits or sketches. Plays should have a beginning, a middle, and an end (though not necessarily in that order) and feature character development. Above all, make the script compelling.

8. Exit 7 is a community theatre. If we foresee difficulty producing a play due to unusual script requirements, the play may be rejected.

9. While Exit 7 is a family-friendly theatre, adult content is acceptable. Profanity, if it is fully justified by the script and for the character, will not be cause for outright rejection; however, profanity is no replacement for good writing. We will reject any script that requires nudity.

10. Keep set, lighting, sound, costume, and prop requirements to a minimum. The contest will feature 6 plays per night, with quick changeovers. A script with complex technical requirements could lead to its rejection.

Play Selection Process and Contest Format

1. Plays which do not meet submission requirements will be disqualified. A play selection committee of five Exit 7 members will read those plays which meet the submission requirements.

2. The play reading committee will select 12 plays for competition: 6 comedies and 6 dramas. Six plays will be presented on the first semifinals night (3 dramas and 3 comedies) and six plays on the second (again, 3 dramas and 3 comedies).

3. An audience vote on each semifinals night will select the finalists—four dramas and four comedies. The audience of the finals night will select a winner in the drama category and a winner in the comedy category, who will receive a prize of $150 each. A detailed explanation of the performance format and of the audience voting system will be made available to the playwrights whose plays are chosen as semifinalists.

Additional Information
1. By submitting your script you are agreeing to the following:
a. You have read, understand, and agree to all of the contest rules and guidelines as detailed on Exit 7’s website.

b. You understand that Exit 7 reserves the right to change any contest rules as needed (but we will attempt to keep any such changes to a minimum).

c. You attest that your submission is an original piece, and that you are the author of said submission.

d. You attest that your play has not had a production prior to June 15, 2013.

e. You understand that Exit 7 reserves the right to reject any submission for reasons including, but not limited to, length, quality, content, or for otherwise not meeting submission requirements.

f. You give Exit 7 non-exclusive permission to perform your play as part of The Exit 7 New Short Play Contest free of any royalties, as well as to record any performance of your play for archival purposes (not for resale or profit).
2. No playwright revisions will be accepted once a script has been submitted; Exit 7 reserves the right to request changes to any script, but none will be made without playwright consent.

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

4. Exit 7 will post the names of the semifinalists and their plays on its website and Facebook page once the selections have been made.

5. We will promote your play, but you should too.

6. Complimentary tickets will be made available to participating playwrights; those playwrights will be informed of our comp policy at a future date.

7. Playwrights must agree to allow Exit 7 to record their plays for archival purposes (not for resale or profit). A DVD copy of your play only will be copied for all semifinalist playwrights. You may use the footage of your play for self-promotion purposes, e.g. on your own website, if desired.

A Final Note

We are expecting literally hundreds of submissions…so make your plays compelling from the very first line of dialogue!

Audiences will choose the two prize winning plays from only 12 semifinalists, so once you’re in the contest, your chances are pretty good…the tough part is getting a play into the semifinals. Write a great script that grabs us, makes us laugh or makes us think, or both. Good luck! Keep an eye out for announcements on, and “Like” Exit 7 Players Theater on Facebook.

Stay Awake! seeks 10 minute plays

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Stay Awake! – a new Denver-based theater company - is now accepting submissions for its inaugural 10-minute play competition. Playwrights from around the world are invited to submit a 10-minute piece for our Prism Festival of new works.

Each submitted play will be read by at least two professional theater artists. Plays must be no longer than 10 minutes, unproduced and original. A panel of professional theatre artists from around the US will select the winning plays. Selected plays will receive a full staging in Denver by Stay Awake! at the Work/Space located in the Rhino Arts District on Lawrence Street, October 23-November 1, 2014.

Preference will be given to plays that embrace Stay Awake!’s mission: Stay Awake! engages with the cultural and educational experience of our region through innovatively staged historic and uniquely creative original theatrical works that pose philosophical questions, actively confront the status quo, empower unheard voices, and awaken change.

NOTE: You will need to create an account before submitting your script. Please be sure to check your SPAM folder for the confirmation message if you do not receive it within five minutes.. If you have any questions, please contact maryanne [at] stayawaketheatre [dot] org.

DEADLINE: August 20, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

Acadia University Theatre Company’s 22nd Annual International MiniFest

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We are looking for fresh new plays from new or experienced playwrights to stage at Acadia University Theatre Company’s 22nd Annual International MiniFest. This is a student-run festival coming up soon and would provide an excellent opportunity for playwrights to see their one act plays performed!

If you would be willing to pass this opportunity along to anyone you feel would be interested, we would be happy to consider them for our festival.
For submission guidelines, please visit
Submission Deadline: Sunday, October 15th, 2014

Young playwrights wanted

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Application deadline for the 2014-2015 Season will be WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2014.
EST/Youngblood is currently accepting applications for membership beginning in the 2014-2015 season. Applications are open to New York City resident playwrights under 30 years old.

Membership includes attendance at all weekly meetings, monthly (or more frequent) performances, readings and retreats. There is no set term of membership, and members often stay through the season that includes their 30th birthday.

If you have any questions, please contact

Application Instructions

Please complete the form below and include the following materials:
WRITING SAMPLE - up to 25 pages. This can be part of a longer piece or a one-act. Send whatever you think best represents where you are as a playwright right now.
LETTER - The "why Youngblood" letter. Tell us about yourself and why you are interested in membership in the group.
RESUME - Your current playwriting resume.
FULL-LENGTH PLAY - A completed full-length play in its entirety. Note: this can be the full play from which the initial 25 pages was excerpted, or an entirely different piece. In most cases, this additional material will only be read if you are selected as a finalist.


Combine the above items, in that order (sample, letter, resume, full-length), into asingle PDF file.

The file name should be your last name and first initial - i.e., TOLAN_R.pdf.

Upload the PDF file using the Upload link below.

Applications are due by Wednesday, July 30, 2014.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance 10-minute Play Festival

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The University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance is excited to announce our second annual 10-Minute Play Festival for spring of 2015. We will begin accepting submissions for this festival on July 1, 2014; the submission period closes on September15, 2014. Eight selected 10-minute plays will receive productions as part of a multi-evening festival, produced in the newly upgraded José Quintero Theatre on the University of Houston campus. This festival is open to all applicants, amateur or professional.

Submission rules:

Scripts will only be accepted during a submission window of July 1 through September 15, 2014. Scripts received outside this window will not be accepted. The list of winning plays will be announced in November.

We will accept only one play per playwright.

Scripts should fall in the range of 8-12 pages and run roughly ten minutes. (Page count does not include the title page.)

Characters in submitted plays should fall between the ages of 16-30 or else there should be no specific restrictions on the ages of the characters.

Previously produced plays are not eligible.

Musicals and plays for children are discouraged.

Submissions will be acknowledged via email, but we do not offer critiques.

Please staple hard copies of the script. Do not use binders, covers, or folders of any kind.

Eight winning plays will receive productions in the José Quintero Theatre at the University of Houston in spring of 2015.

There is no financial compensation for winning entries.

How to submit:
Plays must be submitted via both regular mail *and* email

. Plays not submitted in both ways will not be considered. Hard copies will not be returned. Plays should include a cover page with all of the following information:

play title
your name
your mailing address
your phone number
your email address

Mail hard copy to:

University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance
Dr. Robert Shimko
Ten-Minute Play Submission
133 CWM Center
Houston, TX 77204

Email identical duplicate copy to: 

Endeavor Ensemble seeks full-length plays

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Endeavor Ensemble is seeking full-length, unproduced new plays for a staged reading and potential full production during the 2014-2015 season.

Endeavor Ensemble strives to close the gap between the development and production of new work, using collaborative dramaturgical development that leads to a guaranteed full production, demonstrating our commitment to the playwrights whose work we select. We are also committed to collaborating with a diverse group of playwrights, actors, directors, and dramaturgs who are able to bring their varied experiences to the work.

We are interested in forming long-term partnerships with emerging playwrights who have strong perspectives, voices, and senses of humor; who are engaged with current events and social issues, both domestically and globally; and who make bold choices in their writing. This can be in the form of an entirely original story, or a new take on a well-known story.

While scripts should be complete drafts, they do not need to be performance-ready, as dramaturgical work is built into this process.

Please email your scripts as a PDF by August 15 to and include a short bio with your contact info.

Houston Family Arts Center is looking for a new, unproduced play

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Houston Family Arts Center is looking for a new, unproduced play to premiere as part of its 2015-2016 season.

HFAC produces “family-friendly” plays – not “children’s theatre,” but contemporary or period plays which do not contain strong language or adult themes. Some plays that HFAC has produced that fit into these parameters include "Over The River and Through the Woods" by Joe DiPietro, "A Raisin in the Sun," by Lorraine Hansberry, The 39 Steps by Patrick Barlo"Death by Design" by Rob Urbinai, and "Driving Miss Daisy" by Alfred Uhry.

Please submit a synopsis, character breakdown and 20-page sample to Artistic Director Teri Clark at .

The deadline is November 1, 2014. 

The selected playwright will be brought to Houston for the opening.

Thespian Production is seeking full length plays

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Thespian Production is seeking full length plays for its 2015 season of showcases.  Plays should be between 60-90 minutes in length, have no more than twelve characters. We are looking for gospel, comedy, or musical plays (or a combination of all three) . We love producing new and unpublished works but do accept works already produced. Multiple submissions are accepted. Plays should have simple set requirements. Since we are a community theater, plays with excessive vulgar language are less likely to be accepted but will be considered. 

Please include synopsis and contact information. 

Plays will be accepted through September 1, 2014

Saturday, July 19, 2014

YouthPLAYS seeks work for young audiences

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While we're always looking for a wide variety of great new plays and musicals for young actors and audiences, play publisher YouthPLAYS is particularly seeking awesome 30-35 minute one-acts for high school and middle school competition and festival use. Any genre, but flexible to large cast sizes and lots of female roles preferred. 

All roles don't have to be teen characters (though it's super cool if they are), but we do prefer that there be at least a number of substantial age-appropriate roles for teen actors. For submission guidelines, go here:

(Of course, we always recommend that you browse our website to see the kinds of plays we publish before submitting--as you should do for any submission opportunity.) 


The Naked Expedition Project (TNEP) is currently accepting submissions

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The Naked Expedition Project (TNEP) is currently accepting submissions for our Monthly Reading Series kicking off this September 2014!

Seeking short plays (15-20 minutes) written by female emerging & pre-emerging playwrights or plays that focus on women, women's issues, femininity, and/or gender. (Male playwrights encouraged to submit as long as the play focuses on women, women's issues, femininity, and/or gender).


Electronic submissions only (PDF format- Attachment)

Please include a brief synopsis, character breakdown, short bio & contact information.

Deadline: August 15, 2014

The mission of The Naked Expedition Project is to challenge the perceptions of women and the underrepresented through the voice of theater and to serve as an advocate for their stories.


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The Play Lab is a UMass Department of Theater mainstage production, running from March 23 – April 4, 2015. Two playwrights will be chosen for concurrent 10-day residencies during this period. These residencies are structured around a series of public staged readings directed and dramaturged by UMass graduate students and performed by undergraduate actors. The 10-day workshop term allows time for exploration in rehearsal and the generation of new material.

Our mission is to develop two exceptional new plays per year in cooperation with visionary playwrights. The Play Lab, is, in essence, a writer's playground: a stimulating and constructive artistic environment founded on three guiding principles of engagement, collaboration, and discovery. The UMass Amherst Department of Theater's commitment to new play development is internationally recognized, from our groundbreaking work with New WORLD Theater to our recent collaborations with artists like Will Power, Marcus Gardley, and Constance Congdon. We approach new play development with rigor, focus, and sensitivity—and we're seeking playwrights who are as passionate about this process as we are.

Yes. We offer a $750 honorarium per playwright. Accommodations will be provided. Playwrights are responsible for booking their own travel arrangements, and will be reimbursed for a portion of the cost.

Plays must be full-length. Musicals are not accepted. Submissions may have had a previous reading, workshop, or production; as a rule, though, the Play Lab exists to develop relatively new work, so unproduced material will be given priority in our selection. The UMass New Play Lab seeks to develop plays that tell compelling stories about our world in bold and innovative ways. We encourage submissions from a broad spectrum of writers, from emerging to widely produced, and are particularly interested in works by underrepresented voices in American theater (e.g. women, LGBTQ, and playwrights of color).

Submit manuscripts to All documents must be submitted in .pdf format; plays formatted otherwise will be disqualified. Please include a concise playwright’s bio and a short (max. 50 word) summary of how you think your play might benefit from a developmental reading.
Submissions will be capped at 500 plays.

The deadline is Friday, August 1, 2014.

“I discovered ideas about potential staging and design; how it could work visually and spatially. I got to make some useful cuts and tweaks and rearrange a couple of scenes which made it work much better. I discovered that the characters have life outside of my head.” – Liz Duffy Adams, 2014 Play Lab resident playwright

“Everything about the experience was about helping me to see my play in a new way, to understand what was at work in my play, and bring that to life.” – Tira Palmquist, 2014 Play Lab resident playwright

Civil War monologues wanted

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In conjunction with our production of Our War and as part of The National Civil War Project, Arena Stage is holding a national competition for character monologue submissions written about the American Civil War. Selections may be fictitious or based on the writer's family history.

Up to three winners will receive a performance of their monologue at Arena Stage by members of the cast of Our War at a post-show public reading on November 6 following the 8:00 p.m. performance. Selected writers will also receive a session with American Voices New Play Institute Dramaturg Jocelyn Clarke, a listing in the Our War program and an award certificate. Video clips of the performed monologues will be posted on Arena Stage's website and on social media.

The winners will be notified by Arena Stage in September and the selected monologues will be posted on the Arena Stage website.

Monologues should be no more than three minutes in length (on average, 600 words), and must in some way address or react to the American Civil War and how it reverberates in America today. Submissions will be read by Arena Stage staff and board, local theater artists and community partners.

Submit your monologue, along with your name, address, phone number, email address, and name of college/university (if currently attending) to by August 11, 2014.

What is Our War?
Part of The National Civil War Project, Our War is a new play premiering this fall at Arena Stage. Directed by Anita Maynard-Losh, Our War is comprised of 25 monologues written by 25 of America's finest playwrights, including winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and Olivier Award, to explore the repercussions of the U.S. Civil War. For a list of participating playwrights, visit here.

Who can participate in the Our War Monologue Contest?
Published and amateur writers, as well as students 18 and up. The monologue may not have been previously published and must be written by one writer.

What should I write?
A storytelling monologue from the point of view of a character associated with the American Civil War, with a clear beginning, middle and end.

How long should my monologue be?
All monologues must be a maximum of three minutes (on average, 600 words).

What's the deadline?
Entries must be received at Arena Stage by Monday, August 11, 2014.

How do I submit?
Submit your monologue to

Can I submit a video of me performing my monologue?
All submissions should be written. Judging is based on your text, rather than your delivery.

When will the winners be announced?
The winners will be selected and notified in September and the selected monologues will be posted on the Arena Stage website.

Do I need theater experience prior to this competition?
No previous theater experience is required.

Does the Our War Monologue Contest cost anything?
There is absolutely NO COST to participate in the competition.

How does judging work?
Monologues will be adjudicated by a panel made up of Arena Stage staff and board, local theater artists and community partners. Judging is based on the following criteria:

Originality – the uniqueness/creativity of the monologue
Character – the quality of the development of the character in the monologue
Storytelling – the engaging quality of the monologue
Structure – the dramatic arc of the monologue
Theatricality – the degree to which the piece is for the stage (rather than a novel or essay)

What do the winners receive?
Up to three winners will receive a performance of their monologue at Arena Stage by members of the cast of Our War at a post-show public reading on November 6 following the 8:00 p.m. performance. Selected writers will also receive a session with American Voices New Play Institute Dramaturg Jocelyn Clarke, a listing in the Our War program and an award certificate. Video clips of the performed monologues will be posted on Arena Stage's website and on social media.

Yale Drama Series playwriting competition

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Submissions for the 2015 competition must be submitted no later than August 15, 2014.


The winner of the annual Yale Drama Series playwriting competition is awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center Theater. There is no application form or entry fee.

Please follow these guidelines in preparing your manuscript:

1. This contest is restricted to plays written in the English language. Worldwide submissions are accepted.

2. Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays written in English. Translations, musicals, and children's plays are not accepted. The Yale Drama Series is intended to support emerging playwrights. Playwrights may win the competition only once.

3. Playwrights may submit only one manuscript per year.

4. Plays that have been professionally produced or published are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production or that have been published as an actor’s edition will be considered.

5. Plays may not be under option or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.

6. The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play's title, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes. Plays must be typed/word-processed, page-numbered, and in standard professional play format.

7. Please omit your name and contact information from your manuscript. Please enter the title of your play, your name, address, and phone number, and a brief biography (optional) where indicated in the electronic submission form. Then upload your manuscript file and select "Submit."

8. The Yale Drama Series reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.

9. The Yale Drama Series reserves the right of the judge to not choose a winner for any given year of the competition and reserves the right to determine the ineligibility of a winner, in keeping with the spirit of the competition, and based upon the accomplishments of the author.

10. For more information, please visit our website at

Friday, July 18, 2014


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The Acadiana Repertory Theatre is now accepting submissions for one to two slots available in its 2015 Season, with the theme Only Adapt.

We are looking for full length shows (we will accept one acts, as long as they are around 70-90 minutes) that fit the model of a newly written adaptation of a classic. This can range from Greek, to Shakespeare, to any classic tale. It does not necessarily have to be a re-telling, but it must at least use an existing story as its starting point.

The Acadiana Repertory Theatre is a small ensemble in Lafayette, Louisiana that is committed to producing and developing new works, and working hand in hand with playwrights to assist them in whatever stage of development their show might be in.

We are open to new show ideas as well, even if the show is not written yet but you are interested in writing an adaptation for us.

Plays should:
- Never have been produced
- Be in PDF
- Be received by August 15th, 2014
- Have a cast of 10 or less, or the possibility of doubling

Not require a great amount of space (we perform in a 50 seat house) or have a great amount of technical needs.

DEATHSCRIBE seeks 10-minute plays

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Each December, WildClaw produces the DEATHSCRIBE Festival of Horror Radio Plays. DEATHSCRIBE is an open submission, international festival and writing competition. Writers may submit up to two radio plays to DEATHSCRIBE in any given year.

Five scripts will be selected from all submissions. After being selected, there will be an opportunity for the authors to refine and revise these scripts (if deemed necessary) in collaboration with WildClaw Theatre Company. There will be a “Best of the Fest” award, with the winner chosen by a celebrity panel of judges on the night of performance to receive the coveted Bloody Axe Award.

All submissions must be made electronically; please make sure your script is formatted correctly according to the guidelines (see below) and submit your script as an attachment to Please include the title of your play in the subject line.

• Scripts must be no more than TEN MINUTES in length.

• Writers may submit up to two (2) scripts for Deathscribe consideration in any year.

• PDF format is strongly preferred. If PDF is not possible, then only MS Word please. All scripts must have a title page with all contact information, but no identifying information should appear anywhere else in the document. Submissions must be in a standard font and no less than 12 point.

• NO SCREENPLAYS. SCREENPLAYS WILL BE DISCARDED. WE KNOW THEM WHEN WE SEE THEM. (Nothing against screenplays. But this is a radio play festival.)

• DO NOT submit full-length plays for consideration in Deathscribe. They will be discarded. If you wish to submit a full-length horror play to WildClaw, see our general submission guidelines.

• Scripts should follow radio drama format. Helpful suggestions and examples are available here:

Deadline: August 1