Saturday, April 29, 2017

MITF seeks short plays and musicals

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MITF: Summer
July 15 - August 6, 2017
We Want Your Short Plays and Musicals!
FANTASTIC Profit Sharing Policy

Dear Friend in the Theatre,
MITF: Summer is now entering its eighteenth season. Our Midtown location is safe, clean, convenient, and close to the offices of industry members. It is the Festival of tomorrows' producers today! We set ourselves apart from other festivals because: (1) we are the Festival where new producers work alongside seasoned pros and (2) we have implemented a new Profit Sharing Policy (PSP).* Every play now has the opportunity to earn their piece of the pie!

MITF: Summer is a combination of full-lengths, short plays, and musicals, children's plays, a Variety division (Magic Acts, Improv, Stand-up, Cabaret, Sketch Comedy, etc), the Short Play Lab (maximum 10-minutes), and staged readings. (There is a $250 fee for Staged Readings).
We're looking for any kind of play or musical that fits our guidelines but
plays and musicals 30-45 minutes long are really the heart and soul of MITF: Summer and are given the number one priority. Our prioritized list of running times follows:* Short Subjects and musicals 30-60 min. long.
* Full-lengths and musicals 61-90 min. long.* Musicals 91 - 120 min. long.
No matter the length of your play or musical, the following guidelines are applicable:
* Easy to produce in a no-frills festival.
* AEA showcases are welcome.
* Any genre. (Short subjects using guns as props will not be considered; full-lengths can use guns as props).
* Plays must be sent in Word Document or PDF File.
* Pages MUST be numbered and script must be in standard playscript format.**
* The estimated running time of the play must be clearly indicated.

The Festival will take place at the Workshop Theater's Main Stage and Jewel Box Theaters, 312 W. 36th St., NYC. MITF: Summer runs from July 15-August 6, 2017.The Festival provides the WorkShop Theater's Main Stage and Jewel Box Theaters, shared scenery (rehearsal cubes, a table, and 4 chairs), and front-of-house staff. Shows must be off book and provide their own board operator, stage manager, and company manager.

To submit a project, mark it clearly "MITF: Summer," We'll curate the entries as they come in, so you can start working on them as soon as possible. Please send your short play to:

We look forward to your submissions!

Submission Deadline For Short Subjects is MAY 15, 2017.

*Please read the Festival Manual to learn about MITF's Profit Sharing Policy (PSP), the participant's options and our requirements.
**12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions; 1" margins all around.

John Chatterton

Friday, April 28, 2017


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Aloha Performing Arts Company has announced its request for new stage plays which have not been published or produced, for its 24th annual Original Play Festival, which will be presented August 16-19 at the historic Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu, on the “Big Island” of Hawaii. 

 Scripts of any length and on any subject will be accepted, and must be received by May 10, 2017. 

 Due to the limited preparation time for the festival, musical entries will not be accepted.

Entries must be submitted electronically in Word or PDF format to

 The script file must contain a list of characters and a brief description of the play, but should not contain the playwright’s name. A separate file must also be submitted and must include the title of the play and the playwright’s name, address, phone numbers, and email address. This helps to insure anonymity in evaluation and selection. Authors retain rights; APAC performance rights are limited to the dates of the festival. Scripts will be posted on APAC’s website during the selection process to facilitate access by the OPF XXIV Selection Committee. Entries must be received by May 10, 2017.

Plays will be mounted as staged readings, with minimal rehearsal, actors holding scripts, and simple technical presentation. The committee’s official selections will be made by mid June; notifications will be made by late June; auditions for actor/readers will be held in early July; rehearsals will be conducted from mid July to mid August, and the festival will be presented at the Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu August 16-19, 2017. A wrap up discussion and celebration will be held Sunday afternoon, August 20, at which time the “Opie” award will be presented. This is a people’s choice honor bestowed on the best script of the festival, as determined by popular vote of audience members. The Opie award winning script will be presented to APAC’s season planning Kokua committee for consideration as a possible future mainstage production. For more information, call 808-322-9924.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

20th Annual Aurand Harris Memorial Playwriting Award

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The New England Theatre Conference, Inc. announces the 20th Annual Aurand Harris Memorial Playwriting Award




This award was created in 1997 to honor the late Aurand Harris (1915-1996) for his lifetime dedication to all aspects of professional theatre for young audiences.

A staged reading of the award-winning scripts, or of selected scenes from those scripts, may be given at the annual NETC convention in the fall or on another occasion.


• The contest is open to all playwrights.
• The contest is for new full-length plays for young audiences. No musicals nor

plays targeted at adult audiences.

• Plays submitted to the contest must not have been...
1) previously published
2) submitted to NETC’s Gassner Playwriting Contest
3) previously produced by a professional or Equity company.

• Plays submitted which have had workshop productions or staged readings are eligible and encouraged.

• Plays submitted to this contest may have been submitted to another playwriting contest, and may have previously won a prize or an award in another contest. However, such plays must not have been published or professionally produced and must not be under option for publication or professional production.

• Playwrights may submit only one play to the contest in one year.

The play must be submitted, along with:

 a statement that the play will not have been published or professionally produced as of April 15, 2017, and that it is not under option for publication or professional production and will not be under such option as of April 15, 2017.

 a list of the play’s workshop and non-professional productions, if any, and awards received, if any.

 Only manuscripts submitted electronically will be considered.

• Winners only will be notified by mail.
• Postmark deadline for submission of entries is May 1, 2017 No Exceptions. • Plays that do not meet the above requirements will not be considered.

The manuscript and enclosures must be emailed to:

The New England Theatre Conference, Inc. Aurand Harris Playwriting Award
215 Knob Hill Drive
Hamden, CT 06518-2431 (617) 851-8535

Geva Theatre Open Submission Window

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The following guidelines apply to submissions for our Festival of New Theatre, Plays in Progress and general production consideration.

Playwrights with professional representation may have their agents send full manuscripts at any time. Please note that lawyers and law firms do not qualify as professional representation.

To best accommodate our schedule of new play activities, we have an Open Submissions Window, during which playwrights who are not working with an agent may send a submission inquiry. The dates of this year’s window are January 1 to April 30, 2017.
Before submitting a play for consideration, please look at our production history and at the lists of new plays we have commissioned or produced, as an indication of the kind of work we are likely to produce.

Please do not send us the first draft of a play. Due to the number of scripts we receive, we can only read any play one time, so make sure you are sending us your best work. Plays for consideration in our play development series must not have had more than one production at another theatre.

To have your play considered, submit the following:
  • A cover letter introducing yourself, with your full contact information.
  • Your creative resume and a development or production history of this play. If the play has had other developmental readings or productions, they must be included here.
  • A description of this play, no more than ½ page. This need not be a summary of the plot – we welcome a description of the play’s world, characters and conflict, and your reasons for writing it.
  • A complete list of characters.
  • A ten-page dialogue sample. Pages do not need to come from the beginning of your text but must be sequential.

After reviewing your query, we will let you know whether or not we wish to read the entire script. Agents submitting plays should expect a response within 6-12 months.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Open Bar Theatricals Fellowship

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First Round Fellowship Guidelines

Submission deadline: May 1, 2017

Providing emerging artists with space, technical, and financial support in which to fine tune new works and artistic ventures

Artists will be selected for this upcoming season receiving:

*Access to rehearsal/work space for one month *A reading following the one month process *Artistic guidance and feedback

*Fellowship Award of $1,000 To submit please attach:

1. resume,
2. a 5-10 page sample of the proposed work and

3. one-page cover letter outlining the following:

a. Contact Info
b. Description of proposed project
c. Artistic goals for this project
d. Has this work been published/performed before?

e. Space/requirement/budget needs f. Scheduling conflicts/preferences

*Please note that the fellowship is not limited to just playwrights but is open to creators in all performance-based art forms.

Past seasons of Fellowship winners included Dolphins & Sharks by James A. Tyler (currently running off-Broadway at LAByrinth, Snuff by “Empanada Loca” playwright Aaron Mark, The Climb, by The Lark member C.A. Johnson, Journeymen and Womyn (with a “y”) by Mike Wirsch.

Send all submissions: to (Subject: Fellowship 2017) Submission deadline – May 1, 2017

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Summer Writing Classes at Primary Stages ESPA!

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

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

This class will guide you through the development of your first draft, providing concrete deadlines, constructive feedback, and a collaborative environment that will encourage you to get your ideas on the page. Instructors include:
Leah Nanako Winkler (Writer, Kentucky at EST)
Michael Walkup (Producing Artistic Director, Page 73)
Abe Koogler (Writer, Kill Floor at Lincoln Center Theater, upcoming Fulfillment Center at MTC)
Eddie Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages)

Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River Theatre Company)
Whether you choose to embark on a rewrite of your entire play or focus on individual scenes, writing exercises and in-class discussion will inspire you to ask new questions of your play, look at it from various angles, and deconstruct it with your fellow writers. Writers will bring in 20 pages every other week, allowing you to really dive into the rhythm of your play.

Crystal Skillman (Writer, Geek and Rain and Zoe Save the World)
Developing a strong portfolio of short plays is one of the fastest ways to become a produced or even published playwright. In this class, you’ll learn how not to waste a single word, cut mercilessly for the sake of the story, think outside of the box of structure, and have some fun.

Kate Cortesi (Screenwriter, New Line Cinema)
Screenwriting is a specialized craft with its own set of dramatic writing principles. In this 8-week class, you will apply the concepts of character development, visual storytelling, theme, plot, and dialogue to your own original script.

Cusi Cram (Writer, A Lifetime Burning at Primary Stages, Showtime's “The Big C")
How do you start a play? This two-day workshop is designed to get you writing, exploring a wide range of approaches and techniques, both mental and physical. Suitable for writers in all stages of their development.

Click here for the full list of writing classes.

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

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

The 2018 Boston Project: Call for Proposals

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Submission Deadline: May 15th, 2017
Call for Proposals

The Boston Project is a new works initiative supporting the creation and development of plays set right here in our hometown. Our goal is to create more plays that explore what it means to be in this city at this moment, and tap into the full breadth of experiences and identities that make up life in Boston. We are seeking proposals for currently unwritten full-length scripts set in contemporary Boston.

The Process
Proposals for unwritten full-length plays meeting the requirements below will be accepted through May 15th, 2017.
From the submitted proposals, SpeakEasy will select two projects, and invite the playwrights to spend the 2017-2018 season writing and developing their plays with us.
Once proposals are selected, SpeakEasy will work with the playwrights to build a development schedule that fits their needs. Potential available resources include: regular dramaturgical meetings, research assistance, deadlines, casual table reads, and feedback sessions with the artistic staff. After the first draft deadline, each playwright will also be paired with a dedicated, professional dramaturg and director to assist with their process.

The development process will culminate in a two-week workshop and invited staged reading in May/June 2018, featuring professional actors from the area.
Each selected playwright will be paid a commissioning fee of $2,500.
SpeakEasy will hold an exclusive production option on the proposed play during its development process, and for a period of ninety days following the 2018 workshop.
How to Apply

To be considered for the Boston Project, please submit by 8pm EST on May 15th, 2017:
A 1-2 page proposal for an unwritten full length play (90+ minutes). The play must be set in Boston or its surrounding areas, and take place within ten years, plus or minus, of the present day.
5-10 exploratory pages for the proposed play. These pages need not be a single, polished scene, but should give a clear sense of how the play will ultimately live on stage.
A professional biography or writing resume detailing your playwriting experience.
A separate full length (90+ minutes) play by you.

All materials should be submitted in .pdf format to The components may be in separate documents, but please include all materials in a single e-mail.

Proposal Submission Deadline: May 15th, 2017
Selection Announced: August 1st, 2017

Important Information

This project is designed to support the development of a brand new play. This is not the time to submit a script which you’ve already written; we want to work with you as you explore a fresh idea in its earliest stages.

The proposed play need not center on or be inspired by any real event/person. The only requirement is that it be set in contemporary Boston or its surrounding areas.

For this project’s purposes, “contemporary” means plus or minus ten years from today.

Your 1-2 page proposal should explain the play you intend to create, and may include: a synopsis of the work as best you know it, a potential cast list and/or character breakdown, a statement regarding the inspiration for the work, and any other information about the play you envision. You may also let us know any specific needs you foresee during the development process. The ultimate goal of the proposal is to show us what your play will be beyond its initial premise/inciting incident/idea.

There is no hard limit on cast size, but typically the plays that SpeakEasy produces use between four and eight actors.

While we love musicals here at SpeakEasy, we will not be considering proposals for new musicals as part of this season’s Boston Project.

You do not need to live in the Boston/New England area to submit a proposal, but SpeakEasy is unable to provide housing or travel reimbursement during the development and workshop process.
Part of SpeakEasy’s mission is to reflect the vibrance and diversity of our city. Projects which further that goal will be of particular interest in the selections process.

Proposals that most caught our eye during the first season’s consideration were those in which Boston was an essential component, and not just a generic backdrop. We hope writers will use this opportunity to explore a story that could only take place in this city, and that transcends “typical” Bostonian tropes.

Questions regarding the proposal process or the Boston Project itself can be directed to

Monday, April 24, 2017

EMOS ~ Ecodrama Playwrights Festival & Symposium ~ 2018

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Hosted by the Department of Theatre and Dance
At the University of Alaska Anchorage in Spring 2018


First place Award: Cash prize and workshop production
Second place Award: Cash prize and possible workshop production
Honorable mentions: public staged reading

Deadline for Submissions is May 1, 2017.
The Earth Matters on Stage (EMOS) Ecodrama Playwrights Festival was founded in 2004 by Theresa May and Larry Fried in order to call forth and foster new dramatic works that respond to the ecological crisis, and, as part of that response, to explore new possibilities of being in relationship with the more-than-human world. EMOS calls for new plays that not only focus on current and historic environmental issues, but also looks for plays that enliven and transform our experience of the world around us, that inspire us to listen better, and instill a deeper or more complex sense of our ecological communities.[1] If your play does any of these things, send it to us!

The EMOS Festival includes workshop performance(s) of the winning script(s), readings, talkbacks and discussions of the scripts that are finalists in the Ecodrama Playwrights’ Contest. The concurrent symposium will include speakers, panels, practice-based workshops, and discussions that advance scholarship in the area of arts, ecology and climate change, and help foster development of new works.

Guidelines for Playwrights:

Scripts must be original works which have not been published and have not had an Equity or full professional premiere production. (Readings or informal workshop productions are okay.)

In general, we are looking for plays that do one or more of the following:
- Engage the personal, local, regional and/or global implications of man-made climate change. - Put an ecological issue or environmental event/crisis at the center of the dramatic action or theme of the play.
- Expose and illuminate issues of environmental justice.
- Explore the relationship between sustainability, community and cultural diversity.
- Interpret community to include our ecological community, and/or give voice or character to the land, or elements of the land.
- Theatrically explore the connection between people and place, human and non-human, and/or between culture and nature.
- Grow out of the playwright’s personal relationship to the land and the ecology of a specific place.
- Theatrically examine the reciprocal relationship between human, animal and plant communities.
- Celebrate the joy of the ecological world in which humans participate.
- Offer an imagined world view that illuminates our ecological condition or reflects on the ecological crisis from a unique cultural or philosophical perspective.
- Critique or satirize patterns of exploitation, consumption, or other ingrained values that are ecologically unsustainable.
- Are written specifically to be performed in an unorthodox venue such as a natural or environmental setting, and for which that setting is a not merely a backdrop, but an integral part of the intention of the play.

In addition, for this Alaska EMOS Festival, we especially encourage submissions which also:
- Engage with cultural impacts of man-made climate change.
- Are written from an Alaska Native perspective.
- Explore or depict the circumpolar North, the Arctic, or the Antarctic.
- Are set in or are about Alaska.
- Are written by Alaskans AND which engage with the general themes (above).

Submission Process:

We are looking for full-length plays that are written primarily (though not necessarily exclusively) in English. Submitted plays should address the thematic guidelines as listed above. Deadline: May 1, 2017. Early submission is highly encouraged.

Please note: we will NOT consider:
- ten-minute plays
- one-act plays (unless they are longer than 30 minutes in length)
- musicals (though we love them, we cannot financially accommodate their production for this festival)

We are only accepting electronic submissions in PDF format. Please do not submit paper manuscripts, as they will not be considered.

Please follow these submission guidelines:

1. Send an email to with the following in the body of the email:

- Play Title
- Name of Author(s)
- Author’s contact information (email and phone)
- A synopsis of the play and cast requirements.

2. Attach a PDF copy of your script with NO IDENTIFYING MARKS (beyond the play’s title) to the email.
- If you have an especially large file, you may send a link to a Dropbox, Google Drive, or other filesharing site so that we can download the file.

Email all submissions by May 1, 2017 to:


Contact Dr. Brian Cook, 2018 EMOS Chair, at or

The Ypsi THRIVE New Short Play Festival

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Pencilpoint Theatreworks is seeking submissions for the first annual Ypsi THRIVE New Short Play Festival. THRIVE will be held Sept. 24 – Oct. 1, 2017, at Riverside Arts Center in downtown Ypsilanti, Mich. Six to eight short plays will be selected for black box productions.

We are looking for short plays that, to quote Maya Angelou, have “some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” The purpose of THRIVE is to bring people together in the theater to discover a new understanding of ourselves and to explore and celebrate the human experience.

A stipend will be paid to all playwrights whose work is selected for production.

Submission Guidelines:

• There is no entry fee.
• Plays should not exceed 15 minutes in length and technical requirements should be minimal.
• Multi-cultural and ethnically diverse pieces featuring underrepresented characters are encouraged.
• Only one play per playwright.
• All entries should be unpublished and previously unproduced in Michigan.
• All genres are accepted except for monologues, musicals, children’s plays or one-actor plays.
• Standard play format with numbered pages.
• Include contact information on title page of the script only. Playwright’s name should not appear on any other script pages.

• Submissions should be sent in .pdf format to with “THRIVE Submission” and the play’s title as the subject line. In the body of the email, include a one-paragraph synopsis of the play and a list of brief character descriptions.

Deadline for submission is midnight April 30, 2017. 

Playwrights will be notified by May 15.

We are looking forward to reading your play.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Off With Her Head Productions is accepting submissions of new plays

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Off With Her Head Productions is accepting submissions of new plays for our workshop program, The Uncorseted Series. After our inaugural night of new work was a success, we are excited to branch out and meet new writers to collaborate with.

About Uncarpeted:

This series was founded to accomplish a trifecta of goals - workshop and present the plays of young writers, support local Brooklyn businesses, and raise money/awareness for feminist political and volunteer organizations. For our first series, we presented two one act plays, dealing with themes of women's sexual agency, and donated money for Marie Stopes, an organization that supports female reproductive health in countries around the world. Our partnering Brooklyn business is Cafe Forte, a wonderful gem of a cafe in Crown Heights that serves delicious food, coffee, and adult beverages. We had an excellent turnout in March, and were able to unite and introduce some of our favorite artists to one another, so we are excited to keep the series going.

How and what to submit:

If you're interested in workshopping a new play through our series, please submit a short bio about your work and a 10 page sample from the play to the email address listed. Writers of all genders, races, and backgrounds are encouraged to submit. All we request is that you are excited about the goals of the series, and that your play adheres to the mission statement of our company, listed below.

Inspired by the tragic ends of women like Anne Boleyn and Marie Antoinette, Off With Her Head is named for these women, who were powerful, beautiful, sexual beings eventually beheaded for being anomalies in their communities. The mission of this company is to take stories about women and re-imagine them, whether that be by placing classic stories in a modern setting, or taking stereotypes of women that have pervaded until today, and turning them on their heads. We are also interested in exploring the ways that women have and can break out of social constructs that have been imposed on them. We strive to take stories about women, open them up, and make them new again.

We hope to curate the next few months of the series, so we look forward to reading your work!


Off With Her Head Productions
Brooklyn, NY 11238 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Women in the Age of Trump: STAY WOKE (excerpt) by Chloé Duvant

STAY WOKE by  Chloé Duvant is a finalist for NYCPlaywrights project "Women in the Age of Trump."

 Chloé Duvant on her play:
This was written a day after Donald Trump was elected president, where I was trying to figure out what my purpose was within this world, despite the fact I no longer felt welcomed here. In the end, I figured my purpose was to create art, and I should not shy away or be intimidated by what is happening in this country, or in the world; instead, I should use my art to speak on topics, and make myself heard.
Thanks to Chloé Duvant or allowing NYCPlaywrights to publish this video excerpt of her play STAY WOKE. And thanks to Keona Welch for her good work.

CHLOE DUVANT is the pen name of an aspiring writer, currently residing in Los Angeles, California. She is a sophomore at the University of Southern California, majoring in Narrative Studies, with a minor in Cinematic Arts.
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KEONA WELCH recently joining the cast of Netflix's SEVEN SECONDS. Other credits include, And Miles To Go (The Wild Project; Dir. Hal Brooks), Kunstler (Hudson Stage; Dir. Annette O'toole), Moony's Kid Don't Cry (Drama League's DirectorFest 2012; Dir. Christopher Windom), A Raisin in The Sun (Huntington Theatre Company; Dir. Liesl Tommy), Ruined (The Philadelphia Theatre Company). Film: CUSTODY;DIDN'T I ASK FOR TEA?; END OF HOPE; BIRTH REPORT; THE RIOT; CANDY. TV: "Law & Order"; "Law &Order SVU". Training: Duke Ellington School of the Arts & Rutgers University, BFA




Welcome to the best and most supportive festival in US Play and Musicals between 5 and 90 minutes accepted






Submissions Accepted from Everywhere in the US Shows from outside NY and NJ can only run if the entire cast and crew are from New York City.

Arch and Bruce Brown 2017 Playwriting Competition

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The 2017 playwriting competition will be open to submissions from March 1 through April 30, 2017. All manuscripts must be electronically submitted (no hard copies) and received by midnight on April 30. Only the first 150 submissions will be accepted, and we will not consider work previously submitted to this competition.

Only full-length works (dramas, comedies, musicals, screenplays) will be considered.

One entry per author, please. Scripts must be original and in English. All must concern lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or genderqueer life and be based on, or directly inspired by, a historical person, culture, work of art, or event.

There is no entry fee. Prizes are as follows: First Prize, $3,000; Second Prize, $1,500; Honorable Mentions, $500. Prizewinners will be announced before the end of the year.

To be eligible for the Foundation’s 2017 competition:

Your script must involve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or genderqueer characters and/or themes.
LGBTQ history must be central, not incidental, to the work. (For more information on the meaning of “historical,” go to the “What Is Historical?” page.)

You must submit a brief statement, no longer than one page, describing how the script fulfills the above requirements. This statement should explain the time period and historical issues involved.

Although submissions on any theme are welcome, this year we are particularly interested in works concerning pornography, sex workers, military service, aging, and education of LGBTQ youth. Also, we especially welcome works by and about women and people of color.
If your work has been produced in any form (workshop, staged reading, or full production), your submission must also include a synopsis of the work’s production history. We will give precedence to works that have never received a full production.

If all of these conditions of eligibility are not met, your submission will not be read.

When submitting:

Manuscripts should be in standard play or screenplay format, using a 12-point or larger font, and saved as a .doc, .docx, or PDF.

The cover page must include the title and your name, as well as your own email address, mailing address, and phone number. Even if you are represented by an agent, please provide your personal contact information.

In the case of musicals, audio segments should be sent separately as MP3 files and limited to a total of 10 minutes. We will request more if necessary.

Email submissions

Friday, April 21, 2017

Talk Back Theatre seeks plays for readings in California

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TBT is dedicated to producing staged readings of new work. For our purposes, "new work" means that the play has never been fully produced. Previous readings and workshops do not render the piece ineligible. We are creating a forum for conversation, and as such we are seeking plays that raise questions about pertinent social, political, and/or environmental issues of our time.

Our inaugural call for submissions is OPEN NOW THROUGH MAY 1

Once submissions close on May 1, TBT will commence our play selection process. We will announce the chosen play in early June. The reading will take place in Orange County, California in late September 2017. While we encourage playwrights to attend rehearsals and readings, we understand that it may be impractical in some cases and do not require it. We do not discourage non-local playwrights from submitting.

In addition to a desire to foster conversation within our diverse community, TBT also seeks to support new voices in American theatre and local artists. As such, the playwright of the selected work will receive a writer's fee of $700.00 and will not be responsible for the payment of actors and directors nor the rental of spaces. Please note that TBT cannot provide any additional funds for travel or lodging.

To submit your play for consideration, please fill out the form and follow the instructions for formatting and sending your script. We look forward to reading the wonderful work you are creating!

Renegade Theatre Festival

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The Renegade Theatre Festival, held in Lansing, Michigan, is seeking new plays for our annual festival held in August. Going into its 12th year in the festival-rich Old Town district, Renegade is a free, completely volunteer festival that gives theaters and independent producer/writer/directors an opportunity to present works that they might not normally stage. This summer marks the eighth year of the festival featuring new, original works – Renegade N.O.W.!

We will be accepting plays in two separate categories. We will be accepting new, original works that meet the following guidelines:

New Plays #1:
Plays should be no longer than 90 minutes in length. (45 pages)
Have never been produced.
Can be any style/genre.

New Plays #2:
Plays written on the theme: Alternative Facts: Rogue Reality
Are not longer than 10 minutes in length.
Have a cast of no more than three characters.
Have never been produced.
Can be any style/genre.
Can be fully produced using minimal setting/props/costumes.

The deadline for new play submissions is May 15th, 2017.
Plays should be sent electronically to:

All scripts should be submitted electronically. Only under certain circumstances will hard copies of scripts be accepted through the mail. Please feel free to email me with any questions at the above email address.

Please include your name, address, phone and email address with your submission. Playwrights should also include a brief synopsis of their play that can be used in promotional material as well as a short bio. Playwrights whose plays have been selected will be notified by late June.

Selected plays will be seen by as many as 2,000 festival goers as well as professional, community and educational theatre representatives. Highlights from previous festivals have included performances of comedy, drama, musicals, children’s theatre, performance art, readings of new works by local playwrights, spoken word and improvisation. Past participants have included Williamston Theatre, Peppermint Creek Theatre Company, Ruhala Performing Arts Center, Starlight Dinner Theatre, Lansing Community College Theatre, All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre, Mid-Michigan Family Theatre, Saginaw Valley State University, Holt-Dimondale Community Players, Shakespeare on the Grand, Riverwalk Theatre and Michigan State University.

We look forward to reading your new play!

Check out our festival website at:

Thursday, April 20, 2017

LIC One Act Festival 2017

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Call For Submission: Deadline April 24th
There are no participation/application fees

May 8-14, May 22-June 4

We are currently accepting submissions for the LIC One Act Festival 2017, a competition style festival. The Secret Theatre is seeking to promote emerging playwrights and new works for their annual one act festival. Please review the guidelines below before submitting. There are no fees to participate or apply.

All finalist have an option to be included in a non-exclusive play anthology for the festival. Audience votes will decide who makes it into the finals. All plays included in the final will have a chance to win cash prizes. Categories include:

$100: Best Play
$50: Best Director
$50: Best Actor
$50: Best Actress

  • Plays must be between 10-20 minutes in length
  • This is a self-produced festival. The playwright is the producer. As such, you will be responsible for hiring a director and actors. (The Secret Theatre will not do this on your behave) However, a lighting designer and stage manager will be provided for the run of the festival.
  • Props and set must be minimal. The Secret Theatre does not have storage space for large set pieces, props, etc. There are rehearsal cubes, folding tables and single chairs available and suggest that you keep everything minimal. The Secret Theatre will not be responsible for storage of any costumes.
  • If selected, your play will perform at least 3-4 performances over the entire festival run. The number of performances, and program groups, is dependent on the amount of plays accepted and able to participate.

Please submit here:

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Capital Repertory Theatre’s (theREP) New Voices event in the 2017 Next Act! New Play Summit 6.

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New Voices Submissions

Capital Repertory, Albany, NY Announces
Next Act! New Voices
Call for Entries

Submissions are now being accepted for one act plays by young writers for Capital Repertory Theatre’s (theREP) New Voices event in the 2017 Next Act! New Play Summit 6.

Next Act! now in its sixth year, is an expansion of theREP’s commitment to the development of new work and directly reflects the theatre’s mission, “to create meaningful theatre generated from an authentic link to the community.”

New Voices, which received a pilot run in 2014 summit, reflects the theatre’s dedication to providing theatrical opportunities to students from Elementary School through College. This particular Next Act event is dedicated to new works from the next generation of playwrights, and will include 3-5 readings of one act plays by student playwrights. Next Act! New Play Summit 6 takes place October 20 – 23, 2017.

Accepting 15-Minute one act plays by students ages 13-22. - (must be enrolled in school at the time of submission)

Multi-cultural and ethnically diverse pieces encouraged.

Comedy and Drama welcome!

Eligible plays must be 15-minutes in length and should have no more than 7 characters.
Plays previously submitted to Next Act will not be considered for this years’ Summit.
Playwrights must be enrolled in school at the time of submission.

Submission Deadline: Friday April 28, 2017.


Playwrights should submit one document, as a Microsoft word or PDF file attachment. This document must include: a short one-paragraph synopsis – that illuminates the plays entire plot including its ending; character descriptions and the complete script. Playwrights should include the name of the school they are currently attending – and what year – in the body of the email.

Email your submission to with NEW VOICES 2017 SUBMISSION in the subject line.

Electronic submissions preferred.


Three to five plays will be selected to have readings during the annual 4-day summit, which takes place October 20 – 23, 2017.

A limited travel allotment is provided.

Capital Rep is a professional LORT D theatre, established in Albany in 1981.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

RADD Productions seeks work

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RADD is interested in inviting folks into our working community. Unfortunately we are a small team, and cannot sort through submissions in a mindful way- we just don’t have the time, or manpower. So, we created the“Slushpile”

If you have a project you want to produce, you can send a quick proposal to We are interested in films, plays, and performance art. Every two months we will pick out five of the proposals for an in-person meeting. The deadline for submitting and the time of the next pitch meeting is posted below - this meeting time is inflexible, so if you cannot make it please wait for the next cycle to apply.

Our process for going through these submissions is random, so please know that. If you aren’t contacted, chances are we didn’t read your proposal this time around. Because of this, you are welcome to apply as many times as you like. Feel free to simply by cut and paste your first email if the project hasn’t changed. Hopefully, if it’s meant to be, we find you.

Next Deadline | Saturday, May 6 @ noon
Next Meeting | Sunday, May 13th 11am - 1:30pm

Monday, April 17, 2017

Thespian Production seeks short plays

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We’re looking for short plays for our upcoming summer 2017 production. This year’s theme is ‘Silence is the loudest sound’. Plays should be between 10 -20 minutes with a cast size of 4 or less. Plays must include and mention a sycamore tree pendant.

In the subject line, please write: “Summer 2017 short plays production”
Submissions must also include:
  • Playwright bio. 
  • A brief synopsis of the play and the set and tech requirements (Minimal set).
  • Title page with the name, address and telephone number of the playwright, 
  • on all pages, please place the title of the play at the top of each numbered page.
  • Play must be original, unpublished, unproduced and free of royalty and copyright restrictions. 

Play must not have already been produced in NYC. (Staged readings are acceptable.)

Playwrights must submit only 1 play for this showcase.

There is no pay and no entry fee.
Email submissions only in either MS Word or PDF format. 

Submission deadline: May 5th 2017.
Please send your submissions to
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Seeking Summer Shorts 10-Minute Scripts

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We are seeking 8 original ten-minute plays for our Summer Shorts production, which will be presented at the Orlando Shakespeare Center's Santos Dantin Studio Theater.

Please check out the guidelines before submitting. We look forward to seeing your plays!

  1. Submissions will be accepted April 1st through May 1st. Please submit no more than 2 plays per writer. There is no charge to submit a play. Writers WILL receive a small stipend of $25 for being selected, and if possible will be provided video copies and photography of the event for their records.
  2. Plays should be 10 pages long, or approximately 10 minutes. Plays must be original, previously unproduced works. Plays that have been previously workshopped, presented as a staged reading, or have not been locally (Orlando) produced are acceptable.
  3. Scripts should be properly formatted and submitted electronically in .DOC (MS Word 2003), DOCX (Word 2007 and later) or PDF format. Please number the pages. Other file types are acceptable, but we may ask you to convert them to a new file type if we can't open them.
  4. Please send TWO copies of your script - one with full authorship information, and one "blind" copy, which omits the name (this is the copy our readers will see). Please include the following information on the title page of your main submission: name, e-mail address, contact phone number, city/country of residence, and a brief synopsis of the play. You may also include a resume or CV, in a separate attachment from the play submission. 
  5. The selected plays will be performed in a small 60-seat black box, so please keep your set requirements very simple. Remember that 8 plays will be presented in one evening, so plays that have minimal tech and set requirements are preferred. 
  6. Plays should be emailed to The deadline for consideration for the script call is 12:00 AM on May 1st. If you experience difficulty e-mailing scripts or attachments to this address, as a backup, please send them to or 
  7. Selected playwrights will be notified via email, and granted the option of being produced. If the playwright is not currently a PRT Member, they are required to join PRT prior to production for a minimum of one season. However, the basic membership is free. If the playwright does not join, the play will be replaced in the lineup. 
These guidelines will also be posted to our main website,, as well as our Facebook page. If you have further questions regarding this call, please contact us at

We look forward to your submissions. Good writing, everyone!

York Theatre Company Developmental Reading Series

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The York Theatre Company is currently accepting scripts for consideration for its
Developmental Reading Series.

Please see the answers to frequently asked questions below:

Who can submit?

Both established and emerging writers. The York Theatre Company is one of the only theatres in the country that accepts unsolicited scripts.

What materials should I submit?

1. A cover letter introducing yourself and the piece, complete with name, address, phone number and email address.
2. A complete script of the piece
3. A demo of the score (as complete as possible)

How long does the evaluation process take?
The process generally takes six to twelve months: our script readers are dedicated but busy, and we're always working through a backlog.

Will my materials be returned?
While each submission will get a reply, we are unable to return your materials.

What shouldn't I submit?
. Non-musical plays: the York's mission concerns musicals only
. Jukebox musicals: the York is generally not interested in musicals without original scores, except under special circumstances

Where should I send my materials?
If you would like to submit electronically, please send the script and demo to

If you would prefer to submit a hard copy, please send it to:
York Theatre Company
The Theatre at Saint Peter's
619 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022

What if I have other questions that aren't answered here?
Please email our Reading Series Coordinator, Seth Christenfeld at

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Players Theatre Short Play & Musical Festival - "only in New York"

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Short Play & Musical Festival – NYC
June 8 – 25, 2017


June 8 – 25, 2017
The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre at The Players Theatre (3rd floor*)
115 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10012

3 weeks, 4 performances weekly (Thursday through Sunday)
5 plays and musicals featured each week.


Short Plays and Musicals with a performance time of 15 minutes or less, no more than 15 pages in length.
Writers are eligible to submit up to 2 plays.

THEME: “NYC – Only in New York”

New York City is like no other place in the world! We are seeking plays that get to the heart of the Big Apple and explore what makes this town tick. Unique New York – it’s more than a tongue twister – it is a way of life!

All plays submitted must be centered on, or revolve around this theme.

** Note **

1) Playwrights are responsible for producing their own play – Host provides Theatre, technicians and box office

2) If selected, there is a $100 REFUNDABLE deposit required and a $50 NON-refundable tech fee required
Plays MUST be NO MORE 15 minutes in length and no more than 15 pages

Submissions open: March 28, 2017
Submissions close: April 21, 2017 at 5pPlay selection announced on: April 29, 2017

The Chameleon Theatre Circle's 18th Annual New Play Contest

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Rolling Submission Deadline: April 30, 2017
The Chameleon Theatre Circle (located in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota) is seeking original works that have never been produced. All styles and genres are welcomed (i.e. one-acts, musicals, full length dramas, etc.). The winning plays will be showcased in a concert-format festival in October 2017. All shows submitted will automatically be placed on the slate of shows in consideration for the 2018/2019 season by the Season Planning Committee.


We are proud to announce that for the 18th consecutive year we are not charging a submission fee! To enter you must complete an entry form and submit it along with three (3) copies of each script to the address below. We request that copies of the plays be printed double-sided to save on paper, mailing costs, and storage. If you are submitting a musical, also include 3 copies of the music on a CD or flash drive.

Do not bind any author identification with your scripts. We will distribute the scripts “blind” to our readers for complete objectivity. Include the show’s title on at least the first bound page. Once the winning scripts have been chosen, we will disclose the playwrights’ identity to our readers (and the world).

We do not accept plays that have been previously produced. We do accept plays that have had workshops and other readings. Receipt of play(s) will be acknowledged by e-mail only upon request. Scripts are non-returnable.

As in past years, this year's contest will have multiple categories.

Three to five winners will receive $25 each plus a reading at the New Play Festival. All short plays will be entered in this contest. Generally, scripts of about 15 pages or less will fall into this category

One to three winners will receive $50 each plus a reading at the New Play Festival. Any play that can be joined with one or two other shows of similar length to make up a complete evening of theatre will be entered in this contest. Generally, scripts of about 20-60 pages will fall into this category.

One to two winners will receive $100 plus a reading at the New Play Festival. Any play that can constitute a complete evening of theatre will be entered in this contest. It is important to note that these shows can be one, two, or more acts, as long as it makes up a complete evening of theatre.

If five or more musicals are submitted, the theatre reserves the right to create a “musical” category. Musicals are defined as any original play using original or rights permitted musical dialogue to further the story and/or the characters. Winners, if any, will be awarded a prize amount based on the length of the musical i.e. full-length, one-act, and 10-minute. In the absence of enough qualifying scripts, or if the theatre determines not to create an additional category, any musical will be entered into the appropriate category as defined above.

If five or more plays intended for and/or by youth are submitted, the theatre reserves the right to create a “theatre-for-youth” category. Theatre-for-youth plays are defined as any original play intended for young audiences, young participants, or both. Winners, if any, will be awarded a prize amount based on the length of the play i.e. full-length, one-act, and 10-minute. In the absence of enough qualifying scripts, or if the theatre determines not to create an additional category, any theatre-for-youth submission will be entered into the appropriate category as defined above.

At the theatre's discretion, we reserve the right to designate or not designate an "Overall Contest Winner" from any category and an "Audience-Favorite Winner" from any category at the conclusion of the New Play Festival. No additional prize money is awarded, just bragging rights.

Each playwright may submit up to two plays in any combinations. Please submit three (3) copies of each script (and CDs or flash drives for musicals) and the required entry form(s) by April 30, 2017 (in hand, not postmarked by) to:

The Chameleon Theatre Circle
17th Annual New Play Contest
7287 153rd St W # 240069
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Note: This is a rolling deadline. Any plays submitted after this date will be considered for the following year's contest.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Ox-Bow Residency 2017

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Saugatuck Michigan

Fall residents are given the time, solitude, and focus often unavailable to so many working artists and writers. Each fall between 25 and 30 artists and writers participate in the residency creating a community of engaged peers. At Ox-Bow, artists can enjoy 24-hour access to their studios, and an inspirational setting, free from the expectations of commercial and academic demands. During the fall season, residents have the opportunity to work in studios not available during the summer session. Three studios are dedicated specifically to writers. The fall is also an ideal time to propose group or collaborative work. Please complete the application below. If you have any questions, contact us at 1.800.318.3019.

Please note, the fall residency is open to all artists not currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program.

Deadline is May 1, 2017

Left Coast Theatre Co. seeks 10- to 15-Minute Plays

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Left Coast Theatre Co. seeks 10- to 15-Minute Plays of any genre (comedy, drama, etc.) that relate to the theme listed below.

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


Left Coast Theatre Co. returns to its roots with “The Morning After,” an anthology of original LGBTQ shorts. This year we are looking for plays that address big moments we experience in life: weddings, funerals, breakups, proposals, birthdays, coming out. But sometimes it’s the morning after that really changes our lives. We are looking for shorts that showcases the hilarity, the joy, the grief, the angst, and the uncertainty of the morning after the big event. #LCTCmorning

Submission Guidelines:

  • Playwrights may submit no more than two 10- to 15-Minute Plays.
  • Plays may be no longer than 10-15 pages, exclusive of your title and character pages.
  • Plays must include an LGBTQ theme, character, event, etc.
  • Plays must contain no more than 5 characters.
  • Set, props and costume requirements should be minimal.
  • Script should include title page with play title, playwright’s name and contact info as well as a character page that includes a brief summary of the play and how it relates to the theme.
  • Plays must be submitted in PDF format.
  • To submit your Play to the LCTC, please email with your name and title – which must include “The Morrning After…” – in the subject line (i.e. “Jane Doe – The Morning After I Told My Parents”).

Due: April 30th, 2017 at 5:00pm PST. No late entries. No exceptions.

Playwrights whose scripts have been selected for “The Morning After” will be notified in late May 2017.

$50 stipend is available for selected playwrights.

“The Morning After” runs at the Shelton Theater in San Francisco from November 2-18, 2017.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Dr. Floyd Gaffney Playwriting Competition 2017

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The Dr. Floyd Gaffney Playwriting Competition at UC San Diego, now in its tenth year, awards $1000 to a winning undergraduate author along with travel and lodging to participate in a staged reading of their play.

The University of California San Diego's Theatre and Dance Department seeks from all enrolled undergraduate students submissions of scripts highlighting African American experience in contemporary or historical terms. Adaptations from books and other forms not allowed.

Scripts must be original, unpublished, unproduced and free of royalty and copyright restrictions. Plays which have had staged readings are acceptable.

Scripts must be 50 pages or longer, typed. Manuscripts must be submitted electronically. You must also include your contact information (name, college email, and address); play title, number of characters, institution affiliation and a one page story summary.

Deadline for entry is 4/21/2016
All scripts must be submitted by email to

Monday, April 10, 2017

Red Theater of Chicago offers free tickets

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An important part of Red Theater Chicago’s #FreeTheater Initiative
is our Director of Accessibility, Cheryl Farney

Red Theater Chicago is proud to make all productions accessible
for all audiences and artists alike. We offer Captioned performances and
Touch-Tours for every Red Theater production.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions:

Open Space Arts Summer Playwright's Festival

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Now accepting submissions for our 2017 Summer Playwright's Festival...

This year's theme... Smoke and Mirrors!

Plays must be:
- Family friendly (no overt swearing or violence, or sexual themes)
- Between 10 to 15 minutes in length (around 8 to 13 pages)
- Inspired by the theme Smoke and Mirrors
- Suitable for an outdoor stage (no big special effects or lighting requirements, no musicals)
- Looking for plays that involve younger characters (ages 13 to 35)

Other Guidelines:
- Plays should be submitted in .PDF or .DOC format.
- Playwrights may submit up to 2 plays for consideration
- Plays must have a cover page with the Title, Playwrights Name, City and State, and Email. Plays should also ideally contain a dramatis personae, a one sentence summary, and page numbers.

We love our local playwrights, but you do not have to live in the Maryland region to be considered.

Plays must to be submitted electronically to by April 15th, 2017. 

Please feel free to direct questions to that email as well.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Women in the Age of Trump: WAIT FOR IT by Lisa Carstens

WAIT FOR IT by Lisa Carstens is a finalist for NYCPlaywrights project "Women in the Age of Trump."

Lisa Carstens on her monologue:

I saw the call for Women in the Age of Trump and wrote this monologue that night. When a playwright friend saw my name on the list of semifinalists, she asked me what my entry was about, and I said it was “a weird and only tangentially relevant monologue that askance expresses the surreal woe of moving backwards in gender equity time.” She replied that she “couldn’t imagine what to write to respond to Trump. I’m stymied, flummoxed, incapacitated by the whole thing.” That’s when I realized that my monologue was about being stymied, flummoxed, and incapacitated by the whole thing.

Thanks to Lisa Carstens for allowing NYCPlaywrights to publish this video of her monologue WAIT FOR IT. And thanks to Diane Quinn and Bill Fuller for their good work.

LISA CARSTENS is Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of English at Pacific University, Oregon. Lisa recently had a short play produced as one of seven winners in The Fusion Theatre’s annual 10-minute playwriting competition, “The Seven” (Albuquerque NM, June 2016). Prior to that, the same play, “Future Perfect,” was a finalist in the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville’s 2015 National Ten Minute Play Contest.

DIANE QUINN is a professional Actor, dancer, singer, choreographer and model who has performed in many regional theatres all over the country, aboard a cruise ship and in Japan. She has also appeared on Sex and the City as Phyllis and Law and Order as Mr. Abbot's Assistant. Some of her favorite performances include Grete in Sight Unseen, Diana in Lend Me A Tenor, Ursula in Sweet Charity and dancing the Dream/Somewhere Ballet in West Side Story. She is an alumna of Atlantic Acting School. You can next see her in Central Park at her 7th Annual Shakespeare Sonnet Slam

BILL FULLER (camera, sound and lighting) Professional Audio Engineer and Composer with 20 years of experience. Some recent Clients include: HBO, Showtime, The Daily Show, ABC World News Tonight, 60 Minutes, Reuters, The Ad Council, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, McKinsey, PWC, J & J, Verizon, Samsung, Google, Pfizer, Bayer, Coca Cola, Quidsi, BMW and Goldman Sachs. He has a degree from Berklee College of Music in music production and engineering. He is also a singer/songwriter currently completing his next CD and is Producing a soon-to-be launched Podcast.


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Seeking fully produced plays 30 min to 90 min.

So we have found a better way for producers to put up their plays and get something back, and have the producing costs be at a price point that will work. This is our 5th Spectacular Event and the response has been amazing.
So from JUNE 1 - JUNE 30, we offering our Summer Play Spectacular at our new 52 seat theatre on West 45th St.

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

(And more performances are available for additional fees.)

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

We are only accepting 8 plays for this event.

To submit your 30 - 90 minute play, please forward,
the complete draft of your play as a .pdf file,
a synopsis of the play,
the running time of the play,
the set and lighting requirements,
your mailing address,
and a creative team leader contact email address to:

by April 25, 2017

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

Plays that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis so if we fill up all of the 10 available slots we will end submissions before April 25, 2017

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

The 50th Annual John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award

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A competition for new full-length plays

Entry Deadline: April 15, 2017 

Winners Announcement: October, 2017

This Award was created in 1967 to honor the late John Gassner (1903- 1967) for his lifetime dedication to all aspects of professional and academic theatre.

This award will be administered by a panel of judges named by the NETC Executive Board.

A staged reading of the award-winning scripts, or of selected scenes from those scripts, may be given at the annual NETC convention in the fall or on another occasion.


 The competition is open to all playwrights.
 Submissions must be new full-length plays. Musicals will not be considered.

 Plays submitted to the competition must not have been published as of April 15, 2017,  must not have been produced by a professional or Equity company as of April 15, 2017,  must not be under option for publication or professional production as of April 15 2017

 the play must be submitted, along with:
 a statement that the play will not have been published or
professionally produced as of April 15, 2017, and that it is not under option for publication or professional production and will not be under such option as of April 15, 2017.
 a list of the play’s workshop and non-professional productions, if any, and awards received, if any.

 Only manuscripts submitted electronically will be considered.
 Winners only will be notified.
 Deadline for submission of entries is April 15, 2017.
 Plays that do not meet the above requirements will not be considered.
 Playwrights may submit only one play to this or other NETC competitions in one year.
 The manuscript and enclosures must be emailed to:

The New England Theatre Conference, Inc. John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award 215 Knob Hill Drive
Hamden, CT 06518



Tel: (617) 851-8535


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The 2017 ENGAGING ARTISTS FELLOWSHIP is an artist in residence program for emerging New York City-based artists interested in addressing the intersecting issues of labor, immigration, globalization, and economic justice in their creative practice.

The goal of the 4 month fellowship is to prepare artists for long-term activist and socially-engaged work in partnership with advocacy and social service organizations, coalitions, unions, and groups of neighbors throughout the five boroughs. Ideal candidates must live in New York City and have an interest in or dedication to the interrogation of topics such as: value, wage, debt, livelihood and family life, workers rights, labor, and alternative economies as they relate to the fellow’s respective communities and the larger landscapes of migration, neoliberalism, and/or the economies of the contemporary art market(s).

To Apply:
1. Complete the following application
2. Email portfolio and resume / CV as a single PDF to

Due: Wednesday April, 10th at 12 PM Email subject line: Engaging Artists 2017 Application // [last name]


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Equity Library Theater Summer 2017 Play Festival

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Submissions are now being accepted for the New York's Equity Library Theater Summer 2017 Play Festival, to take place over two weekends in August at the NYPL Alvin Ailey Theater and the George Bruce Theater in New York City.

Seeking short plays (no more than 10 pp), from playwrights from all over the USA. Also seeking monologues (no more than 4pp). Musicals welcome!

Basic set requirements.

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

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

Deadline: April 15, 2017

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Puppeteers of America Rose Endowment Fund

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The Puppeteers of America Rose Endowment Fund was established in 1975 to honor the passing of a fine performer and great friend of puppetry, Rufus Rose. The Endowment Fund makes possible financial grants to active puppeteers for projects that will further the growth and development of the art of puppetry.

Contributions to the fund are invested and every other year awards are made from the interest that has accumulated. Awards generally range from $500 to $1000.

An Endowment Fund contribution is a fitting way to honor a departed friend of puppetry or to express thanks to a consultant, committee or guild. It is also a concrete way to express interest in and dedication to the art of puppetry. Contributions to the fund are tax deductible. As this fund grows, more money will be available for the financing of worthy projects.


The first priority of the Endowment Fund Committee is the allocation of funds to support the development and creation of NEW PROFESSIONAL PUPPET PRODUCTIONS.

These can include:
  • The production of new shows
  • The creation of experimental puppets or techniques
  • The production of puppet-related films, DVDs, videos, slide shows or publications

After production grants have been awarded, and if funds are available, puppetry projects in the field of education will be considered.

Any North American puppet company or individual puppeteer may apply for a grant from the Endowment Fund. Either the person making the application or one member of the applying company must be a current member of Puppeteers of America.

In general the Endowment Fund Committee will not fund transportation, living expenses, tours or performance bookings. Grants for equipment will be considered only if a specialized need can be demonstrated.

Proposals and requests for Endowment Fund grants are judged on the following criteria:

QUALITY: Is the project well developed, is it feasible, is the budget realistic?

CREDIBILITY: Based on your past performances and on recommendations. Visuals and a script outline are important.

IMPACT: Will the project serve as a pilot? Will it stimulate further activity? Will it help develop an artist or group? How large an audience will it reach?
Grant applications are due by: April 15, 2017Awards will be determined by mid-June, 2017
Money award will be available by the PofA National Festival, July 18-22, 2017

Thursday, April 6, 2017

LIVE ART - NEW YORK CITY MAY 2017 Manhattan Repertory Theatre 17-19 West 45th St. NYC

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A Month-long Celebration of Theatre, Dance, Performance Art and Poetry!

What we are looking for:
Short 1 act plays (7 - 30 minutes) - cast, directed, ready for performance by May!
Dance Pieces (3 - 15 minutes) -choreographed - rehearsed, ready to fly!
Performance Art presentation (7 - 15 minutes) - fully produced, ready to roll.
Spoken Word Poetry - (10 Minutes) - Whatever happens come May!

Each play/dance/act/presentation/etc will be given at least 2 performances with a short tech and a full dress rehearsal with the other "acts" performing in a LIVE ART performance series.

We will run the Sound and lights for the Short Plays, Dance pieces, Performance Art, and Poetry.

To submit for this Live Art Event, please email us the following:

For short plays (7 - 30 min) please email:
  • The complete short play as a .pdf file.
  • A synopsis of the short play,
  • the running time of the short play,
  • the set and tech requirements,
  • the plays production history (if it has been produced before and where)
  • your postal address,
  • and creative team leader email address.

For Dance pieces please email:
  • A synopsis of the Dance piece,
  • The running time of the Dance piece,
  • the set and tech requirements,
  • the dance's production history (if it has been produced before and where)
  • your postal mail address,
  • and creative team leader email address.

For Performance Art pieces please email:
  • A synopsis of the piece,
  • The running time of the piece,
  • the set and tech requirements,
  • the Performance Art's production history (if it has been produced before and where)
  • your postal mail address,
  • and creative team leader email address.

For Poetry please email:
  • A copy of the Poetry,
  • If it has ever been presented before,
  • your postal mail address,
  • and your email address.

Please email all to:
by May 1, 2017

Please put "LIVE ART NEW YORK CITY" in the subject heading.

Submissions will be accepted on a First-Come, First-Served basis. The earlier you submit the better chance you have of being accepted. If we fill up all the performance slots before May 1, we will end submissions early, so please submit early so that you don't get closed out.

Once accepted there is a $20 commitment fee paid online.
All performances will be at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 17-19 West 45th St.
For more information, please log on to:

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


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LGBTQ Short Play Contest Fresh Fruit Festival New York 2017

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All Out Arts/The Fresh Fruit Festival is pleased to announce that submissions are now open for our 2017 Short Play Competition! The Fresh Fruit Festival is New York’s largest celebration of queer arts, and we work year-round to find the most intriguing, moving, and daring performances on LGBTQ themes.

Deadline: April 14th
Performance: May 16th OR May 23rd

We are looking for plays no longer than 10 minutes, that can be performed with minimal set and tech. The subject matter can be anything on queer themes.

PLEASE NOTE that, if accepted, it will be up to you to produce the piece for the competition*.

Prizes are determined by judges and by audience vote, and include several $25 cash prizes and/or one of six slots in the 15th-Anniversary Annual Fresh Fruit Festival, this July at The Wild Project.

The competition will take place on Tuesday, May 16th and Tuesday, May 23rd, at Nuyorican Poets Café. (Each play will perform on one of these nights, not both).

To submit please Email to the following 3 things:
-A Script in PDF form
-Résumé or short bio of playwright
-The statement “I am aware that, if accepted, it is my responsibility to produce my play for this competition. All Out Arts/Fresh Fruit will not staff my play or cover production costs.”

The email subject should include your last name and the words “SHORT PLAY COMPETITION.”

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*Non-Equity productions only. If admitted to the mainstage festival in July, showcase code productions are permitted, but Actors Equity prohibits producing the same show under a showcase code within a 12-month period. We thus cannot accommodate Equity productions at the competition stage.

Athena Project seeks Plays in Progress

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Athena Project—located in Denver, Colorado—is proud to announce the call for submissions for its Plays In Progress Series (PIP Series). This Series will take place in Denver at a location to be determined over the course of approximately March-April 2018, as part of a larger arts festival celebrating the voices of female artists. Three to four new plays will be selected based on a blind submission process and given a dramaturg, director, cast and workshop level production during the Festival. One play from the PIP Series 2018 will be awarded a full production in March of 2019 based on a combination of a panel of judges and audience vote.

Scripts are being accepted from March 3 - April 15, 2017.

Submission Guidelines are as follows:

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

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

3. Submission must include:

a. Full copy of script (without playwright contact info*)

b. Character breakdown (without playwright contact info*)

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

d. Resume

e. 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 the 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, and for at least one workshop production performance at their own expense. We will select 3-4 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.

6. Please submit your play via our website at
Please contact us via if you have any questions about submitting. You will receive a confirmation upon receipt of materials.

Please read the FAQ’s found on the website for more information and details/restrictions on submissions.


Deadline to submit all materials is midnight, April 15, 2017

Three or four finalists will be selected by September 2017

Directors and Dramaturgs will be selected by November 2017

Casting will be between December-January 2017/18

Rehearsals will begin in February 2018

Plays In Progress Series (part of Athena Project’s Arts Festival) opens approximately March 2018