Friday, September 30, 2011

Salve Regina Theatre Arts Program Looking for New Plays

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(Newport, RI)

Salve Regina University Theatre Arts program is currently seeking submissions from playwrights for a week long new play festival to be held from June 24-30, 2012. A panel of readers will select multiple 10-minute plays and one full-length play script to be performed during the week long festival held at the newly renovated Casino Theatre located at 9 Freebody Street, Newport, RI. Scripts will only be accepted until November 1, 2011.

The 10-minute play category is open to all playwrights and all genres of scripts. The play committee will choose 8-12 plays for performance during the festival with the audience favorite receiving a cash prize. Playwrights should submit their work electronically to

Full-length plays will be accepted from Rhode Island resident playwrights only. Electronic submissions of full-length plays will not be accepted.

One play will be chosen for a workshop production in the Casino Theatre. Playwrights should submit work that has not been previously produced; however plays that have received readings will be accepted. A short rehearsal process will take place prior to the festival and the winning playwright will be encouraged to attend and make edits. Interested Rhode Island playwrights can mail a copy of their script to the Theatre Arts program at Salve Regina University located at 100 Ochre Point Avenue in Newport, RI 02840.

The committee will only accept submissions from October 1-November 1, 2011. No plays received after that date will be read. There is no submission fee. The reading committee consists of faculty, students, and alumni of Salve Regina University’s Theatre and English programs. For more information, contact 401-341-2250 or submit 10-minute plays to

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Araca Group seeks The Best Play

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The Araca Group, a Broadway theatrical producing company, is once again seeking “The Best Play” from playwrights in post-collegiate universities and professional study programs. The style, subject and length of the submissions are entirely up to you. However, this year, we are opening the contest up to emerging writers nationwide.

The selected playwright will have the opportunity for his/her play to be performed in a free and public reading to be held in May in New York City, directed by and acted in by a New York City creative team. The Araca Group will assume all travel expenses to and from your university.

The deadline for submissions is October 21, 2011. The winning play will be read in December 2011. A release needed to accompany the submission materials will be available on next week.

Founded in 1997 by partners Matthew Rego, Michael Rego, and Hank Unger, The Araca Group has grown from a start-up working out of a one-room office into an internationally renowned merchandise and Tony Award winning production company. Most notably, Araca has produced Wicked, Urinetown, The Wedding Singer, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, The Laramie Project, The Vagina Monologues, Rock of Ages, A View From the Bridge, Lend Me a Tenor, Merchant of Venice, and House of Blue Leaves.

For more information about Araca and this contest, please visit If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me with questions via e-mail, or by phone: 212.869.0070 ext 1303

Saturday, September 24, 2011

John Chatterton's Short Play Lab seeks scripts (produce your own)

Dear Friend in the Theatre,

We are looking for a few more scripts for the Oct. 22 - 23 Short Play Lab. New participants are welcome! The rules are easy-peasy:

Deadline is Oct. 6.

Notification will be immediately after submission. The sooner you get your script in, the more time you have to prepare. Get that script in pronto!

Plays should be 1 - 10 pp. in standard playscript format.* (The shorter the better; shorter plays get priority.) Include a title page, as the first page of the script, with contact info.

Submit scripts in MS-Word.

You produce the play; the SPL provides the theatre (at the Roy Arias Studios, 300 West 43rd Street, NYC).

Productions must be non-union: no showcases please! (And no Equity waivers, either.)

Keep production values to a minimum: costumes and hand props are okay. We provide rehearsal cubes, chairs, and a table or two.

We provide a board op, box office, and venue management.
There are no fees. The SPL keeps the door.
Tickets are $20. Each playwright and director gets to watch his/her show for free. There are no other comps.
There will be a tech rehearsal, on the afternoon of Oct. 22. Plays get a maximum of either 15 mins of tech (1 - 5 pp.) or 30 mins. of tech (6 - 10 pp.).
Every play gets 2 performances, 1 on Sat. and 1 on Sun. Each play will be part of 1 of 2 programs: Program A or Program B, but not both. (As of now, Program A is fully subscribed, but there might be dropouts.) Program A takes place at 7 pm Sat. and 4 pm Sun. Program B takes place at 9 pm Sat. and 2 pm Sun.
We don't do staged readings. Be off-book, please! Plays not off-book during tech will be removed from the line-up.

THE MOST POPULAR PRODUCTION IN EACH PROGRAM RECEIVES A CASH PRIZE OF $100. Winners are determined by polling patrons at the box office.
*12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions.
The SPL is a lot of fun and a good way to see your work on its feet in a supportive environment. It's also a great way to see actors and directors at work, so you can recruit people for later productions.
To submit a script, send it as an attachment to Any questions, don't hesitate to shoot me an E-mail!
John Chatterton
Executive producer, Short Play Lab

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Downtown Urban Theater Festival (DUTF) is currently accepting submissions

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The Downtown Urban Theater Festival (DUTF) is currently accepting submissions for its 10th Anniversary season to be held at the Here Arts Center in SoHo, NYC March 14- 31, 2012.

DUTF, produced by Creative Ammo Inc., is a three-week celebration of urban theatrical expression by a cross-section of playwrights. This annual event showcases theatrical works that echo the true spirit of urban life and speak to a whole new generation who lives defy categorizing along conventional lines. Our Artistic Director for the 2012 season is Reg E. Gaines, the Tony and Grammy-nominated writer of ‘Bring in da Noise Bring in da Funk,’ and the legend and two-time Obie Award winner Adrienne Kennedy will be the recipient of the DUTF Playwright Master’s Award. Please visit us at and you can also find us at, and

DUTF is supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

For DUTF 2012, we will accept 15 theatrical works comprised of full-length productions (60-90 minutes) and shorts (30-45 minutes). Each work is performed only once during the festival. Three of the outstanding works produced during the festival will receive $1,000 awards in the categories of Best Play, Best Short and Audience. There is no submission or participation fee and each playwright will receive a $200 production stipend at the start of the festival to defray some of the production costs.

To submit for DUTF 2012, please forward the following to

(1) Bio with contact info of the playwright - name, address, phone # and email
(2) Photo of playwright
(3) Synopsis of theatrical work
(4) Complete script of theatrical work
(5) Actor/director/crew bios, if available
(6) Description of stage set (if any) and production needs (i.e. sound and lighting)


American Blues Theater (ABT) seeks submissions

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American Blues Theater (ABT) seeks submissions for the annual Blue Ink Playwriting Award

The winner will be awarded a cash prize of $500.00 and receive a staged-reading of his/her manuscript by American Blues Theater. The winning play will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of ABT Ensemble members, most notably Emmy award-winner and ABT Founder Rick Cleveland (Nurse Jackie, Mad Men, Six Feet Under, West Wing).

There is no entry fee. Please follow these guidelines:

1. Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays written in English. Translations and screenplays are not accepted. Adaptations allowed only if underlying rights are free and available.

2. Plays that received fully-produced productions are not eligible.

3. The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play’s title and your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and page count; a second title page which lists the title of the play only; a list of characters; a list of acts and scenes; and (if applicable) a list of acknowledgments.

4. Blue Ink Playwriting Award is open to all subject matters. All playwrights are encouraged to submit.

5. Please include playwright’s bio/resume in a separate attachment.

6. Playwrights may submit only one (1) manuscript per each year.

7. Submissions and questions are accepted by email only to

8. Please send as a Word Document or PDF File only. Plays must be typed/word-processed, numbered and in standard professional play format.

9. Submissions must be received no later than October 31, 2011.

10. The winning play will be publicly announced by ABT no later than March 31, 2012. The winning playwright will be notified directly, prior to public notification. The winner and finalists will be posted on ABT’s website immediately following the public announcement.

11. ABT reserves the Right-of-First-Refusal to produce the World-premiere of the winning play for one year’s time beginning on the date of the winning playwright announcement.

12. From the time of your submission through the winning announcement date, if your play receives or is scheduled for a professional production, please contact us.

For more information regarding ABT, please visit our website at

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Trinity Church Playwrights Competition

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Entry period starts Sept. 15, 2011.  Deadline Oct. 15, 2011 at 9PM.

Playwrights, grab your quills! Do you have a sharp idea for an interesting one-act play? If so, you’re in luck. Trinity Church Arts Committee is sponsoring a playwrights competition featuring cash prizes and the chance to have your work honored at an awards reception.

We’re seeking unproduced and unpublished one-act plays of no longer than 30 pages. The idea is up to you, but the subject should be in keeping with the theme “Change and Transition.” There’s no entry fee, just a hard and fast deadline: Saturday Oct. 15, 2011 at 9PM. We will begin accepting entries Sept. 15, 2011. The play must be submitted via email in Microsoft Word format.

The first-prize winner will receive $500 and earn a reading of his/her play. The second-place winner will receive $200 and the third-place winner will receive $100.

All winners and finalists will receive a certificate of merit.

Email your submissions to: Deborah Hope at or

Attention: only one submission per playwright, please.

Additional information will be posted on the Trinity Church website:
Good luck. We look forward to hearing from you.
Trinity Church Arts Committee
74 Trinity Place 23rd Flr
New York, NY 10006

Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Real Life Drama of Being a Playwright

Gary Garrison of the Dramatists Guild of America and David Dower of Arena Stage talk about the challenges of being a working playwright.

Scant pay and no health insurance, not to mention writer’s block and the constant search for an audience -- all just part of the real-life drama for a playwright trying to make it in America today.

Those and other concerns are being addressed at a national conference, Playwrights in Mind. It’s sponsored by the Dramatists Guild of America and hosted by the Theater of the First Amendment at George Mason University.

I recently talked about it with Gary Garrison, a playwright himself and executive director for creative affairs of the Dramatists Guild of America, and David Dower, associate artistic director at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and founder of its American Voices New Play Institute.

JEFFREY BROWN: Playwrights in Mind, Gary, the purpose of this is both high and low, right? Big vision and nuts and bolts?

GARY GARRISON: In its simplest form it was a way to bring us all together. We are a national organization; our members are all over the country, so this is a way of getting us all in the same room and talking about those issues that are important to all of us.

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16th Annual One Act Festival-Hot from the Oven: Fresh on Delivery

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for 10-Minute Plays for the
16th Annual One Act Festival-Hot from the Oven: Fresh on Delivery

The Fine Arts Association will once again showcase original, never been published 10-minute plays. Those chosen will be fully produced as part of the 16th Annual One Act Festival — Hot from the Oven: Fresh on Delivery in April/May 2012 at The Fine Arts Association.

Submissions of original ten-minute plays will be accepted beginning September 1, 2011. Submission deadline is Monday, October 31, 2011. All submissions will be considered. The number of plays to be produced will be at The Fine Arts Association’s discretion and will depend on the mix of qualified submissions. Original plays accepted for the Festival will be announced on or about January 16, 2011. The plays selected will be given full production within the capabilities and budget of The Fine Arts Association. There will be no monetary stipend for plays used in the Festival.

Festival Submission Guidelines

Submissions must be original, unpublished, and unproduced 10-minute plays at time of submission. Plays that have had staged readings will be accepted. Plays that have received full productions, either professional or amateur, previous to submission will not be accepted. Legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the playwright.

No limit to number of plays submitted by each playwright.

Maximum Length: 10 pages not including title pages.

Scripts may be comedy or drama. Not open to musicals.

Set and technical requirements must be minimal. Only standard furniture and minimal props will be available for the production.

Plays must be typed/word-processed with pages numbered and include a cover page with the following contact information: Your name, address, phone number, e-mail address and a brief biography.

All play submissions will be handled with care. However, The Fine Arts Association assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged scripts.

Mailing Guidelines:

Mail submissions to: Ann Hedger, Ten Minute Plays, The Fine Arts Association, 38660 Mentor Avenue, Willoughby, Ohio 44094.

Mailed submissions must be postmarked by October 31, 2011 to be considered for the Festival.

Mailed submissions must be securely bound with a cover page with full contact information (see above).

If you mail your script and would like it returned, include an S.A.S.E. with your submission. If no S.A.S.E. is included, your script will be recycled. The timeframe for return of scripts is at the convenience The Fine Arts Association.

E-mail Guidelines:

Submissions may be e-mailed to and should include a separate page with full contact information (see above). E-mail submissions must be received by The Fine Arts Association by Monday, October 31, 2011 to be considered.

Preferred document format: Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or .PDF files.

Selection Information:

Selections will be made by The Fine Arts Association Performance Department and inclusion in the festival is solely at their discretion.

All submitting playwrights will be contacted by e-mail about the status of their submission between January 16 and January 28, 2011.

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: Monday, October 31, 2011

Notification: Between January 16 & January 28, 2012

Festival Dates: April 20 – May 5, 2012

For questions — call Ann Hedger at 440-951-7500 x103.

The Shades of Gray seeks writers

New Manhattan-based multi-arts org looking for writers with original pieces or interest in collaborating to create theatre exploring the shades of grey shared in the human experience. Please send contact info and cover letter to

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Second Annual Ohio State Newark New Play Contest

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Rules and Information:

1) The contest is open to anyone, anywhere; plays, however, must be written in English.

2) Plays must be unproduced (even as a workshop) and unpublished, up to and including the contest deadline.

3) Please use the standard playwriting format for manuscripts.

4) Playwrights may submit as many manuscripts as they like; however, each entry must be in a separate envelope. Please make sure that each manuscript does not contain your name anywhere, but do include your name on a separate piece of paper, along with full contact information, including an email address. (This is to ensure that judging is blind.) Electronic submissions are not allowed.

5) Plays are to be full-length works; a collection of short plays is not an acceptable substitute.

6) The absolute deadline for submissions to be received is April 1, 2012. Winners will be announced on or before September 1, 2012.

7) Third prize is $100, and second prize is $300. The first prize winner will receive $500, and the first-prize play will be given a full production in the spring of 2013, dates to be selected. The playwright is welcome to attend; regrettably, Ohio State Newark cannot defray expenses.

8) Please keep in mind that Ohio State Newark is a one-person department: thus, in addition to quality, the winning play will be selected partly on the basis of ease of production. For practical purposes, 7 or 8 characters is probably the upper limit; for the same reason, unit sets are encouraged.

9) In addition to the prize winners, there will be an indeterminate number of honorable mentions, designated by a certificate (suitable for framing).

10) Winners will be notified by individual emails; unsuccessful candidates will receive a mass email.

11) Following the contest, all manuscripts except the first-prize winner will be shredded.

12) Because of the expected number of submissions, individual critical comments cannot be provided.

13) Send all manuscripts to:

Dave Williams, Associate Professor
Ohio State Newark New Play Contest
192 LeFevre Hall
The Ohio State University at Newark
Newark, OH 43055

If you have questions, please contact me at

Smith & Kraus seeks 10-minute plays

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Smith & Kraus, theatrical trade publisher, seeks ten-minute plays for its annual ten-minute play anthology, edited by Lawrence Harbison. Plays must be produced between May of 2011 and May of 2012 Submissions: between now and March of 2012. Send via e-mail to Lawrence Harbison (

NY Times Outstanding Playwright Award

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SYLVIANE GOLD chairs the committee that judges the NY Times outstanding playwright award, which is going into its fourth year. The prize is $5000 and a nice celebratory event at the Times Center and is awarded for a debut playwright in NY.

Last year’s winner was KRISTOFFER DIAZ, for The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. The committee includes: SCOTT HELLER and ANDREA STEVENS from the paper, and EDWARD ALBEE, JAMES LAPINE, LYNN NOTTAGE and RICHARD GREENBERG.

If you have a play that you feel is eligible, please send the script to Edward Bohan at the NY Times:

The criteria is:
1. Plays only, no musicals.

2. American playwrights only (they don’t have to be American citizens, but they have to be living and working in the US).

3. NY debuts only -- the play must be the writer’s first full-scale NY production, selling tickets to the public and open to critics (they don’t count festival productions, workshops, etc.).

Contact for questions: Sylviane Gold,

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Play of the Month - TOWER TATTS by Adrienne Dawes

The September Play of the Month has been selected: Adrienne Dawes TOWER TATTS.

The reading of the play will be video-recorded and posted to the NYCPlaywrights web site by the end of September 2011.

Monday, September 12, 2011


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4th Annual 0 to 60: Longwood Ten-Minute Play Festival

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Longwood University is pleased to announce its 4th Annual 0 to 60: Longwood Ten-Minute Play Festival. Open to any theme, style and approach, playwrights are invited to submit a maximum of one (1) script.

(NOTE: Anyone affiliated with Longwood University--students, former students, employees and their families--are ineligible for this competition.)


Scripts should run no longer than ten minutes.
Stapled copies are fine.
Set and technical requirements should be minimal.
Each script must include author-contact information on its cover page.

There is no fee to enter.

This year five winners will receive full production.

All winners, as well as one honorable mention, will also receive publication with One Act Play Depot. One Act Play Depot will hold non-exclusive rights to the work (meaning the playwright is free to publish their work elsewhere at any time.)

Winners will be notified by e-mail and then posted on on or before December 15, 2011. Plays will be produced in late April.

Please send plays (hard copies only) to the following address (Postmarked) between
September 15 and October 15:

0 to 60: Longwood Ten-Minute Play Festival
English Department
Longwood University
201 High Street
Farmville, VA 23909

If you have any questions please e-mail Andrew Baker, Administrative Director, at:

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Play of the Month - October 2011


Submissions are now closed. We are reviewing the submissions for the
September Play of the Month and should have an announcement about the
winner by next week.


10-Minute Play of the Month: OCTOBER 2011

The theme for October is the supernatural. There must be a reference to the supernatural in your play.

Deadline: Sunday, October 2, 2011, 11:59 PM

1. Send only one ten-minute play per author to

2. The script submission should be sent by email, with the play itself as a file attached to the email. File format should be in either Microsoft Word (.doc) or .pdf.

3. The script can be no longer than 10 pages (not including title page, setting info page, etc. - pages will be counted only from where the actual on-stage directions and dialog begin.)

4. The script should be in standard playscript format. If you are not sure what that is, see this page on the NYCPlaywrights web site:

Plays that are not in standard format, or that are longer than 10 pages will be rejected immediately.

5. Make sure you have your name and your email address on the title page of the script.

6. Plays can be from anybody, anywhere in the world, but must be primarily in English (a few non-English phrases are acceptable, but the phrases must include English translations in production notes or stage directions.)

7. There is no fee for submission - and no payment given for the plays selected. Do not send a submission if you are expecting monetary compensation.

8. The NYCPlaywrights selection decision is final and NYCPlaywrights reserves the right to select no plays from those submitted.

9. The play must have been written by the person making the submission.

10. The play can have had a previous production but cannot have been published.

11. All rights will remain with the playwright.

12. The selected play will be videotaped as a reading during an NYCPlaywrights meeting and posted shortly after, during the month of October.

13. The video recording of the play reading will be posted to the NYCPlaywrights YouTube account and from there embedded into the NYCPlaywrights blog. The embedded section may be an excerpt of the play reading rather than the entire reading. The playwright will be asked to review the video recording and approve it before it is made

14. The play must reflect the month's theme in some meaningful way.

15. The readings that are recorded are actual script-in-hand readings, not productions. To get an idea of what to expect for the final product see the page on the NYCPlaywrights web site with samples of past readings of Plays of the Month:

Any questions email Nancy at


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Since its creation in 1994, NPTC and Women’s Work has had the goal of not only helping to develop specific plays, but to support residents’ growth as accomplished and skilled playwrights—to give writers added tools in the practice of their craft and to strengthen their individual voices. Our focus has always been on bringing scripts to production quality. And that hasn't changed.

Created in 2008 with the loss of our black box theatre space, the WOMEN’S WORK LAB retains all of the supportive features of the residency program—it extends the same nurturing environment to emerging and mid-career women playwrights and continues to provide one-on-one guidance in the development of new works. But this format allows us to serve more writers each year (4-6), and creates a larger collaborative group from which members can draw inspiration and energy. The LAB meets monthly (Sundays, 4-7pm), allowing for time in between sessions for writers to continue to develop and revise their work in response to feedback. Members are expected to bring work to each session beginning with the development of an original short play based upon an assigned theme. They also follow a schedule for presenting longer completed works and rough drafts. In this way, the LAB retains NPTC’s desire to develop full length scripts by women writers while still allowing for continuous creativity.

New works are presented in two public forums. The first, in August/September, features short works developed around a specific theme. The second, Off the Page! are individual "Bare-Bones" productions of full-length scripts that are deemed ready for public performances off-book. Artistic Director Melody Brooks leads the LAB and is assisted by guest directors and dramaturges, who attend on a regular basis as active collaborators with the writers.

Writers interested in being selected for membership in the WOMEN’S WORK LAB should send a resume, a 10-15 page writing sample, and a personal statement explaining why they wish to be a part of the LAB, including goals for their own development if selected. (Please note that ALL 3 items are required to be considered.)

Application Deadline January 15, 2012 Apply via email to with subject line: Women’s Work Application or by post to New Perspectives Theatre Company, 456 West 37th Street, New York, NY 10018. A panel of NPTC playwrights and directors will review the applications. Finalists will be contacted for an interview sometime in February 2012 with new members notified shortly thereafter. The first session of the new LAB will begin late March 2012

NOTE: NPTC has a 20-year history of dedication to the development of writers-of-color and the Women’s Work Project is no exception. We strongly encourage women from all backgrounds to apply.

For more information about the Women's Work LAB, contact New Perspectives Theatre Company at 212-630-9945


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Full Circle Theatrics is currently seeking submissions for our upcoming Monthly Reading Series. Full Circle is committed to further examining the human condition by producing both revivals and new works which challenge audiences to question, to think differently, and to explore beyond their comfort zone. We are accepting submissions of all genres, but plays submitted must be of full length (no One-Acts at this time) and may not have been produced in Los Angeles.

Please include a short bio, a character/cast breakdown and a brief synopsis of the play with each submission. Please note that we specifically prefer cast sizes of 8 or less. If you would like your script returned to you, we ask that you please provide a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope along with your submission.

Please Note: Plays and synopses may be submitted electronically via attachment to the email below.

Please send submissions to:

Full Circle Theatrics
El Centro Theatre
804 N. El Centro Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

For email submissions please send to:

Monday, September 5, 2011


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Unity Stage Company Seeks Submissions for FIGGY PUDDING PLAY FESTIVAL

Short plays (5 minutes to 25 minutes in length) on the theme of Christmas
Please submit a short play with the following qualities:

Unsentimental dialogue

Unique well-drawn characters

Surprising plot twist(s)

Funny / edgy

New insights into the significance of this holiday and its "trimmings"

Must be unpublished but may have had a prior production.

No limit to the number of plays submitted per playwright.
Submission Deadline is October 3.

Please e-mail your script to us at

Unity Stage Company is located in Western Queens, NY.

Equity Showcase Performances 12/1,12/2, 12/3, 12/8, 12/9, 12/10.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

The 7th Annual InspiraTO Playwriting Contest

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Contest closes Dec. 31, 2011

Play Submission Guidelines

Each year the InspiraTO Festival accepts ten-minute play submissions based on a theme on one of the senses. This year's theme is on VISION.

Here's what we need from you, our potential playwright:

A ten-minute play script (not shorter than 8 minutes and not longer than 10 minutes). The sense of *vision (sight) must be an important element of the play.

We accept previously produced plays. The playwright must own the rights to the play up to the end of June 2012 (i.e. plays cannot be owned by a publisher). Any style is acceptable except musicals. Submissions are open to everyone without age and geographic restriction.

There is no submission fee. You may only enter ONE play (so make it count).

To submit your play go to the "submit your play to" link below and:

1. Fill out the submission form, completely.

2. Attach your script in a WORD document or in a PDF file. Hit "submit". The WORD document must be compatible with Window XP. (Note: Vista & Mac formats are not compatible).

3. The cover page should have the title of the play, the playwright's name and the list of characters. The pages should be numbered.

Submit your play to (click on the link):

All submissions must be emailed by midnight (E.S.T.), December 31, 2011. Only those playwrights whose plays have been selected will be notified by January 25, 2012. The plays will be selected by a committee from the Toronto theatre community.

If selected, your play will be performed in Toronto, Canada in June 2012. Between 10 -18 ten-minute plays will be selected and performed. 1st Prize: $500 CDN.

Should your play be selected for inclusion in the festival, you are giving the non-exclusive right to Theatre InspiraTO to produce and perform the play in the 7th Annual InspiraTO Festival (Toronto Canada), in the first two weeks of June 2012 (five performances plus a finale). The InspiraTO Festival will find the cast, crew and market your play.

Authors retain copyright and full ownership of their plays.

The InspiraTO Festival, Canada's largest ten-minute play festival, now entering its seventh season, has produced 82 ten-minute plays with over 190 actors and 80 directors participating. The festival is dedicated to producing high quality ten-minute plays and making theatre more accessible to both audiences and theatre artists.

*A reminder:

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

The submission must be 10 minutes. Generally speaking scripts (including the stage directions, character names and dialogue) that are over 1,900 words are more than ten minutes long on stage. This does not mean that all plays under 1,900 words are under ten minutes. So be wise - use Word Count. It also helps to read the play out loud and time it (keeping in mind all the pauses). You don't want your hard work rejected because it was too long.

The submission must include the theme of "vision/sight" and be integral to the play. Use your imagination i.e. the image of a past lover inspires a character to leave home; a ‘lost dream' fuels a character to action; characters in a play see a burning forest etc. "Vision" or "sight" re-enforces the theme, message or acts as a metaphor for the play.

Source Festival DC

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10-Minute Plays

Each year, Source Festival produces 18 new 10-Minute Plays. Scripts are staged by a wide cross section Washington theatre directors, from early career to seasoned veterans. The 18 selected playwrights receive a $100 stipend and 5 performances of their play in Source’s 100-seat black box theatre in DC’s buzzing Mid-City District.

The Source Festival is driven by creativity, collaboration and invention. The most successful scripts tell an original story in a fresh distinctive voice. Other requirements are as follows:

• Plays may not have been previously produced or published;

• Playwrights may submit only one 10-Minute Play;

• Plays may be no longer than 10 pages and must be submitted as a PDF;

• Playwrights must be based in the United States. We are not currently accepting international submissions.

Submit your 10-Minute Play here.

Fill out the online submission form and follow the directions to upload your script. (Scripts must be submitted as a PDF file. You can convert your document to PDF file using this website if you don't have the appropriate software on your computer.)

All submissions must be submitted online by 5 p.m., EST, October 4, 2011.

Mathematics 10-minute plays

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Professional, amateur, and student playwrights are welcome to submit one 10-minute play
Six to eight plays will be picked and produced in our 2011-2012 theatre season
Chosen plays will receive a $25 payment. An overall winner will received a $50 award
The audience will pick a favorite and such play will receive an extra $50 award

Production Dates: March 29, 30, 31 and April 1, 2012


Only one play per playwright

Plays should be no longer than 10 minutes in length when read or performed

Plays should be typed and followed standard playwriting format

Plays must be submitted by October 7, 2011

Plays need to be original works with no previous production history

Playwright’s name should NOT be included anywhere in the script or it will be disqualified

Title page should include ONLY the playwright’s name and title of the play

On a separate cover page, please include playwright’s name, title of play, address, phone number, and email, (we will use email for communication)

No musicals, adaptations, or children’s plays

Pages must be numbered

Plays must be on the theme of “MATHEMATICS”. Funny, absurd, black comedies, dramas, whatever as long as “math” is part of the theme

Plays must use minimal or no set

Plays must have maximum of 4 characters

No entry fee

No email entries, please.

To enter, please send your original 10-minute play to:

2nd 10-minute Play Festival
Attn: Carlos M. Chavarria
Theatre Program Director
Bellarmine University
2001 Newburg Road
Louisville, KY 40205

The Black Ship Co. seeks 10-minute plays

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The Black Ship Co. is currently seeking submissions for our 10-minute play festival:

Any Port in a Storm

All submissions to the festival should reflect the festival's title theme, and should be set in a port. The port should be literal. The storm doesn't have to be. Additionally, all submissions are required to use the following first and final lines of dialogue:

first line: "Is it what you expected?"
final line: "Leave it behind."

The deadline has been extended until September 15.
They may be sent electronically as a .pdf or .doc file to or as hard copy by mail to:

Nicki Mazzocca
Literary Manager, The Black Ship Co.
2048 North Damen Ave. #3R
Chicago, IL 6064

The Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project

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The Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project is currently accepting proposals and scripts for its 2012-2013 season.

The submission deadline is November 1st, 2011.

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 12th 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.
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:

Physics (geological, nuclear, theoretical, etc.)
Biology (evolution, zoology, animal behavior, ecology, molecular, genetics, etc.)
Chemistry (industrial, biochemistry, etc.)
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

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.

The submission deadline for all 2012-2013 EST/Sloan Project commission proposals is November 1st, 2011. Final decisions will be announced in late Spring 2012.
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.