Sunday, April 30, 2017

Marion Thauer Brown Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition

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The MTB Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition celebrates good old-fashioned storytelling with a $250 first prize and $100 second-place prize. All genres considered and authors retain all script rights.

There’s no fee for entry. We simply ask the following:
  • Please keep to one entry per author.
  • The script should be your original work/story (no adaptations of another author’s works)
  • Please keep the script “family friendly”
  • 1) Avoid incorporating swearing, which for this context includes “damn,” “hell,” “God” etc.
  • 2) Avoid implicit or implied sexual context
  • Make sure your script is action/plot driven
  • Scripts should run no longer than 30 minutes

Entry deadline May 28th 2017.
Winners will be announced in June 21st 2017.

Rules, past winners and entry information can be found at http://mtbscriptcompetition.com/

SUBMIT YOUR SCRIPT

Please click on the link below to send a note expressing your interest in entering the 2017 MTB Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition. Please DO NOT attach your file in this note.

We will get back to you (hopefully within a couple of hours) with your entry form. Although this seems a bit cumbersome it will prevent my overzealous spam filter from diverting your entry.

Again, please DO NOT attach your script file with your interest to enter note.

info@mtbscriptcompetition.com

The Jeffrey Award call for 10-minute plays

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The Jeffrey Award invites NYC playwrights to submit a ten-minute play on the theme "Second Acts."

The Award will provide a director and actors for a one-time reading of the play. In addition to the opportunity to hear your play out loud, the winner will receive a $250 cash award.

All submissions must be received by Noon, May 3, 2017. 

Winner will be notified in July.

Guidelines for the submission:

  • NYC playwrights only; one submission per author.
  • No more than a 10-minute play, which is usually 8-13 pages [read your play aloud and allow for nonverbal action]
  • Maximum 3 characters
  • Submit a standard format PDF with no identifiers on the title page or in the script.
  • Play must be previously unproduced
  • The reading will be script-in-hand, no props--think table read-- with a short rehearsal period, with the focus on having the playwright hear the work out loud in front of people.

Send to: thejeffreyaward@gmail.com.

The subject line should include the THEME and the TITLE of your play. For example: Second Acts: Title of My Play

Please include your contact information (address, email, phone number) in the body of the email.

We look forward to reading your work.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship

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Submissions for 2017-2018 Writing Fellowship due May 21st

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION HERE

About the Program
The Writing Fellowship is at the heart of what we do: helping writers write. Four early-career playwrights receive nine months of resources, readings and feedback designed to help them reach their professional and artistic goals. Over the course of the season, Fellows develop a single new play. Monthly group meetings provide a collaborative, energizing space for writers to share and refine their work. One-on-one meetings with The Realm’s artistic staff support each writer’s specific artistic process. Fellows work with a director, design consultant, and actors over the course of two readings to see their work come to life. Professional development resources are also integral to the program and are tailored to meet the needs of each Writing Fellow. Mentor opportunities, meet-and-greets, and professional seminars are designed to shed light on the business of theatre, and empower the Fellows to be active, informed participants in their own careers. The culminating event of the program is our INK’D Festival, which features a public reading of each Fellow’s play.

What We’re Looking For
Above all, we look for dedicated early-career writers who crave a long-term, rigorous development process. We value intellectual curiosity, imagination and bravery. We love plays with evocative language, plays that contemplate big, unanswerable questions, that embrace the complexity of life, and demonstrate an understanding of the possibilities of dramatic storytelling. And of course, plays that are inherently theatrical—that could never be anything other than a play!

As a playwright-centric company hoping to help create the next generation of successful playwrights, we believe it is our responsibility to ensure that the playwrights and the stories we support fully reflect the diversity of the society we live in. As such, we encourage writers and stories with unique cultural perspectives, experiences and backgrounds.

Writing Fellows Receive

$3,000 Award

Internal reading

Public reading

Prime real estate on the Realm couch

An occasional hug

Program Criteria

Playwrights must be able to attend meetings and readings in New York City approximately twice monthly from September 2017 through May 2018.

Playwrights should identify as early-career.

Those enrolled in an MFA program during the span of the fellowship are not eligible.

Plays to be considered for the fellowship should be complete drafts at a stage of development that would benefit from a nine-month rewriting and workshopping process.

Plays should have no commitments to other theaters that will limit their development with Playwrights Realm.

Plays going through another similar development process simultaneously, or that have had a production outside of an academic environment, are not eligible.

We are not looking for solo performance projects at this time.

Writing Fellows Application Components

Completed application form.

Theatrical résumé listing all academic credentials and professional productions

Full draft of the play that you wish to develop as a Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow. The script must be submitted in PDF format with your name and the play title on a cover page

A professional reference with contact information (optional).


DOWNLOAD APPLICATION HERE
To apply, please send the above materials to: writingfellows@playwrightsrealm.org

All applications must be submitted electronically by May 21, 2017, 11:59PM EST. Finalists for the program will be interviewed over the summer and final selections will be announced by early September.

2017 ROCKFORD NEW PLAY FESTIVAL

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Deadline May 15th 2017
The 2017 Rockford New Play Festival is seeking submissions of new ten minute plays. 

Six scripts will be chosen as official selections of the festival and presented in an evening of staged readings in Rockford, Illinois on August 24, 2017. Each of the six playwrights will receive $150 and a link to a video recording of the reading. The 2017 New Play Festival Reading will also be broadcast live on Facebook.

This year, we invite you to share a play inspired by the question: “In light of the recent Women’s March on Washington, ‘Where Are You Going?’” We encourage you to be bold, passionate, and most importantly, yourself.

There is no entry fee. Please follow these rules:

Theme: plays must be relevant to this year’s theme: “In light of the recent Women’s March on Washington, 'Where Are You Going?'”

Language: Plays must be written for English speaking audiences.

One play per playwright will be accepted.

Originality: Submissions must be original and playwrights must be the copyright holder. Translations and adaptations will not be accepted.

Eligibility: Plays that have been professionally produced or published, or which are under consideration for production or publication, are not eligible.

Plays submitted to The Rockford New Play Festival in previous years will not be considered.

File Format: Plays must be submitted in PDF format.

File Name: “Your First and Last Name - Play Title.PDF” (e.g. Caryl Churchill - Top Girls.PDF)

Plays must have the following sections:

Title Page (Play Title, Playwright Name and Contact Info)

Character Page (Name + Short Description. In order of appearance)

Setting/Time Page

Play Body: 10 Pages or less. Plays longer than 10 pages (not including Title, Character, and Setting/Time pages) will not be read.

Plays must be in Standard Professional Play Format:

Font: 12 point serif (Times New Roman or similar), no bold or italics please

Margins: Top: 1”, Bottom: 1”, Left: 1.5”, Right: 1”

Character Names: Capitalized, first letter of name centered on page

Dialogue: Begins on the line below the character name, single spaced

Stage Directions: start at center of page, single spaced, in parentheses, no italics

Page Numbering: Upper right corner, Page 1 is first page of Play Body

Online Submission: Plays must be submitted through the online form. Email or postal submissions will not be accepted.

Double-check these rules before making your submission.

Any submission not following these rules will be disqualified.

Plays will be accepted until May 15, 2017 at 11:59pm CST, or until we reach 500 submissions, whichever comes first. Playwrights will be notified about the status of their submission no later than July 1st, 2017.

Have questions? Please email us at rocknewplayfest@gmail.com. Please note that we cannot accept play submissions via email.

Click the "Submit Your Play" to be taken to the online play submission form.

MITF seeks short plays and musicals

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MITF: Summer
July 15 - August 6, 2017
We Want Your Short Plays and Musicals!
SUBMISSION DEADLINE MAY 15
FANTASTIC Profit Sharing Policy
EARN YOUR PIECE OF THE PIE!

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: john.chatterton@gmail.com.

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.

Thanks,
John Chatterton

Park Avenue United Methodist Church Seeks work for Thematic Thursdays

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THEMATIC THURSDAYS: CRACKS IN THE WALL
a new themed series for artists at Park Avenue United Methodist Church

On Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 7PM in Clarke Hall PAUMC launches a new themed series for artists of all types. Artists will be asked to submit original work (visual or performance) that relates to the theme “Cracks in the Wall.” Chosen work will be presented in Clarke Hall to the public.

Proceeds go towards Park Avenue Youth Theater Scholarships
Submission Deadline: May 15, 2017 at 11:59PM.
Download submission form: THEMATIC THURSDAY INFO AND APPLICATION

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TIMELINE

APRIL 16-MAY 15: Submissions accepted

MAY 15, 11:59PM: Submission deadline

JUNE 5: Selections made and finalists notified

JUNE 10: Finalists must confirm their participation in the presentation

JUNE 29, 5:30PM: Finalists’ call for presentation

JUNE 29, 7:00PM: FINAL PRESENTATION
FAQ

Does the work need to be religious or pertaining to spirituality? No, though the work does need to be in good taste for a religious setting.

Will preference be given to PAUMC members? No. Every single submission will be evaluated with equal regard.

Does the work need to be new? Yes. We are asking for work written with the theme “Cracks in the Wall” in mind.

What do I need to submit? You must submit whatever you think best represents your work, whether that is a mp3, your script or poem, a thorough proposal, or a video. You must also submit your application form.

What kind of art will be accepted and are there any limitations? Any kind as long as it’s original and in good taste for a religious setting: Visual, theatre, musical, film, poetry, dance, spoken word poetry, short stories. If the work is presented live it cannot exceed 10 minutes. The work will be presented in a hall so please take that into consideration.

Do the artists have to pay for a ticket? No. The artists get to attend for free.

Do the artists have to pay for anything? There are no fees associated with participation in the project.

How old must I be to submit? We accept submissions from artists of all ages.

How will you choose who presents their work? Each entry will be examined by a panel of 3 judges and graded on a shared scale. The artists who submitted the entries that rank the highest will be asked to present their work.

Any further questions please contact office@paumcnyc.org or call 212-427-5421.

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9Thirty Theatre Company (9TTC) accepts submissions from March to May

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9Thirty Theatre Company (9TTC) accepts submissions from March to May each season. Please note that due to our small staff we are unable to respond to submissions that are not accepted. Please adhere to the guidelines below. Send submissions in either a .doc or .pdf format to Submissions@9ttc.org. In respect of our commitment to the environment please do not mail submissions to our office.

9TTC produces works that incorporate environmental issues as part of the part, characters, or theme. We are uniquely dedicated to Eco Theatre, connecting humanity and nature, in various forms.

We accept original one acts, and full length plays and musicals.

We do not accept one-person shows, children's shows, screenplays, or works without environmental themes. 9Thirty Theatre Company also does not produce works that have already been produced in New York City.

To have your work considered, please submit the following as one file:
• cover letter, including your contact information
• brief synopsis of piece (500 words or less)
• character descriptions
• 20 page dialogue sample
• brief production history of the work (if applicable)
• bio for yourself and any other collaborators
• if submitting a musical, please include at least 3 recorded demo tracks

To be considered for 9TTC's all submissions must be received by midnight on May 31st.

Friday, April 28, 2017

APAC SEEKS SCRIPTS FOR 24TH ANNUAL ORIGINAL PLAY FESTIVAL

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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 opf@apachawaii.org

 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.

2017 MetLife Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition

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Online submissions now being accepted for FULL LENGTH LATINO STAGE PLAYS (In Spanish or English or both!)

Guidelines: http://repertorio.nyc/#/opportunities

Time stamped Deadline: Wednesday, June 15, 2017. (Time stamped)

QUALIFICATIONS
  • Playwrights may be Latino or of any other ethnic or racial background as long as the play’s subject matter and characters resonate with Latino audiences and accurately depicts the Hispanic experience.
  • No screenplays, one act plays, musicals, adaptations or translations will be accepted.
  • New and un-produced plays preferred. Plays that have had readings or a workshop production are acceptable.
  • All plays must be original and full-length (minimum running time: 1 hr. 30 min) and can be written in Spanish and/or English.
  • Playwrights must be at least 18 years of age and residents of the United States or Puerto Rico.
  • Previously submitted scripts are accepted unless they have already placed in the top 10.
  • - See more at: http://repertorio.nyc/#/opportunities

MISSION: To promote and develop original stage plays that relate to Latino life, culture and history in the United States and to encourage emerging and established Latino playwrights.

2017 marks the end of our competition under the auspices of MetLife. Repertorio is so grateful to have had their support and to have premiered 17 plays, produced over 110 staged readings and awarded over $110,000 in prize money.

We are very proud of our effort to encourage emerging voices and promote works that are relevant to the times we live in and are authentic to the Latinx community at large.

Please stay tuned for more information regarding our future endeavors with emerging and established playwrights.

Send all of this information and the requested materials via e-mail to:nuestrasvoces@repertorio.org using the subject line “Nuestras Voces: Title of –Your- Play”.

Send the following information within the body of the e-mail:

*Your full name
* Your e-mail address
*Your cell phone number
*Your mailing address (street address, city, state, zipcode)
*How did you hear about the competition?
*4-6 line synopsis
*4 -6 line description of how your play relates to the Latino / Hispanic American community

Unfortunately, we cannot accept any changes or re-submissions once the script has been submitted.

Send the following as an attachment:
One ELECTRONIC COPY of your script without your name on it-- in one document with numbered pages and a title page that lists the title and year the play was written ONLY.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Village Playwrights Loud and Proud

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The Village Playwrights announce a call for submissions for Loud and Proud, staged readings of 10 minute plays to celebrate Gay Pride on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 from 8 to 10 pm at the LGBT Community Center.

Requirements:
  • Playwrights must be from Metro New York area
  • Plays must be under 10 minutes. 
  • Plays must have a LGBTQ theme
  • Plays are to be read script in hand, minimally staged with no props; actors must stand
  • You must produce the reading of your own play including casting and a minimum of 2 hours rehearsal.
  • Deadline Friday, May 26, 2017, 5 pm.
  • No fee to submit

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

A CONTEST FOR NEW FULL-LENGTH PLAYS for YOUNG AUDIENCES

ENTRY DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2017 

WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT: OCTOBER, 2017

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.

RULES OF ENTRY

• 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: mail@netconline.org

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

www.netconline.org mail@netconline.org (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 submissions@OpenBarTheatricals.org (Subject: Fellowship 2017) Submission deadline – May 1, 2017

Pride Films and Plays: Call for Entries to LezPlay Contest

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Members of the Dramatists Guild are invited to submit one (1) entry for free. 
Pride Films and Plays is delighted to announce that submissions for the 2017 LezPlay Contest are now open.

The mission of LezPlay is to enhance the visibility and advance the viability of lesbian-centered stories for the stage. To that end, LezPlay honors excellence in storytelling by women-identified writers who present lesbian characters and themes—past, present, and future—in a pivotal, positive way.

We want stories that elevate and celebrate us, refine and redefine us. We want to introduce audiences to work that reflects, resonates with, and is relevant to their lives. We want stories that have a broad appeal, stories that will enable us to reach individuals of all ages and in all stages of life.

From April 1 to May 31, 2017, we welcome submissions of full-length plays (up to 120 pages) from writers who identify as women. Only scripts that have not been professionally produced are eligible.

Scripts will be judged by a panel of theatre professionals: directors, artistic directors, playwrights, producers, dramaturges, literary managers.

One winner and two finalists will be selected from all script entries. The selected scripts will be those that receive the highest recommendation from our reading panel and that best align with the mission of LezPlay. The two finalists will receive a prize of $300. The winner will earn a prize of $400 and four days of developmental workshops, culminating in two public staged readings on September 8 and 9 at Pride Arts Center in Chicago.

To enter, complete the online entry form at FilmFreeway (filmfreeway.com/festival/LezPlay). Please submit your script as a PDF with NO identifying information (only blind copies will be accepted).

Members of the Dramatists Guild are invited to submit one (1) entry for free. On the payment page, input the code DG2017. Entry fee for non-members is $15 if script is received by April 30 or $30 if script is received by May 31. 

To make the final deadline, scripts must be received by 11:59 pm Central Time on May 31, 2017.
For complete details, please visit: filmfreeway.com/festival/LezPlay

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 espa@primarystages.org.

1st New York International FRIDGE Festival

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The 1st New York International FRIDGE Festival will take place from Aug 31 – September 10th, at IRT Theatre (154 Christopher St. 3B) in the charming West Village neighborhood in NYC.

Curated and Produced by The Arctic Group, Fridge Fest will premiere New Works by playwrights including Matthew Minnicino, Daniel Talbott, Celine Song, and hopefully YOU!

Submissions open on APRIL 3, 2017

Deadline is JUNE 1, 2017 midnight EST
Here are some answers to your questions:

What are you looking for?

One acts, preferably between 20 - 30 minutes. That being said, we’ll consider 10-20 minutes. We ask that your play NOT to exceed 40 minutes.

Your play must include, but preferably FEATURE, a fridge. We provide the fridge. It is very likely that our fridge will be backless (and therefore walk-through-able) In terms of genre, there are no restrictions whatsoever. Our mission statement is to “pick a snowflake out of an avalanche”, and we want you to be that snowflake. We really like risk-taking and disclaimer-free art, so we encourage you to think outside the (ice)box.

What if I’m selected?

If selected, there is a non-refundable $200 participation fee. This fee includes: 4 performances, marketing, press, production stills for your show, help with graphics. And a potential encore.
You’ll be in charge of fully staging your play, though we’re happy to help with any casting, recommending theater-makers and personal issues (within reason.)

What do I need to send?
Email us your script, any supporting documents, a little bit about yourself and any questions you might have at arctichumans@gmail.com
Please format the subject of your email as such: TITLE OF PLAY - Length of play - Author. (ie. FROZEN MEATBALLS - 26 minutes - Mrs. Breezy Bottoms)

When will I hear back?
June 15, 2017.

What else should I know?
Performances will be ticketed. However, half of your shows (2/4) will be “Fill Our Fridge” nights, where tickets can be purchased by donating a non-perishable good, which will be donated to a food bank local to the theater.

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 bostonproject@speakeasystage.com. 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 bostonproject@speakeasystage.com.

Monday, April 24, 2017

BOSTON FURNACE FRINGE

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FURNACE FRINGE IS A CELEBRATION of new and innovative theatrical works, dance performances, musical acts, and visual arts. Our intent is to give young artists the chance to showcase their work in a more professional environment and offer workshops to teach basic skills in the areas of design, dance, visual art, playwriting, and acting. We also have a mentorship program set up for students to be a part of so that they may work with someone in their desired area of the arts. Our two main goals are to foster a community of artists who can collaborate in the future through the connections created in the making of and at the festival AND create a scholarship fund for students looking to further their education in the arts. All proceeds from the festival are going into a scholarship we are creating that will be awarded this fall to an undergraduate student.

Please fill out the form on our website to submit your work to the 2017 Furnace Fringe Festival.

Submission period for the one-act plays ends May 17th and we will announce our decisions the first week of June. Submissions for dance pieces are open until mid June. Submissions for small acts for the gallery performances close mid June.

Script notes: Running time should be between 50-70 minutes. Minimal props. Small to medium cast size.

Dance notes: Please submit a video of your piece along with a description of any additional needs for the piece it self. There is no limit to the cast size but please note, you will need to provide the dancers and costumes. We can have some flexibility in helping find any costume pieces you may need and can certainly help with props.

IF YOU HAVE MORE THAN ONE ATTACHMENT FEEL FREE TO EMAIL US DIRECTLY.FURNACEFRINGE@GMAIL.COM

Big Apple Theater Festival seeks 10-minute plays

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- Theme of the play MUST be "Scenes from a Bar/Restaurant"

- Concept can either be dramatic or comedic

- Setting should be a bar/restaurant

- All plays must have a running-time of 10-12 minutes or less

- Productions must be non-union and no Equity Waivers

- Tech requirements are simple "lights up/lights down" and may include one song

- Submissions must be e-mailed to submissions@bigappletheaterfestival.com

- All submissions must include script, playwrights name, short bio and contact information

 - All playwrights and cast must be from the New York City Metropolitan area

- Submission deadline is May 15th

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

CALL FOR SCRIPTS

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 uaa_emosfestival@alaska.edu 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:

uaa_emosfestival@alaska.edu

Questions?

Contact Dr. Brian Cook, 2018 EMOS Chair, at bcook25@alaska.edu or uaa_emosfestival@alaska.edu

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 pencilpointtheatre@gmail.com 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!

Email: offwherhead@gmail.com

Off With Her Head Productions
Brooklyn, NY 11238 

Mad Apple Collective seeks one-act plays (UK - open to all playwrights)

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For our third residency at ACANTEEN this October, we are opening our submission window until 19th May.

The Locked Room
Four intriguing one-act plays set in the confines of a locked room…

We are looking for four brand-new one-act plays, which bring a sense of dark intrigue and mystery to our theme The Locked Room.

What can happen when people find themselves locked in a room? Who are they, how did they come to be there and is there a purpose to their incarceration? Yet more intriguing do they (all) get out?

We’re after exceptional ideas that are well written, with memorable characters and a plot that will leave the audience and us spell-bound.

As our third residency will take place in October, we are particularly interested in pieces with a sense of the macabre or malevolence.

The Brief:
Plays must be approximately 30 minutes in length;
Plays must contain a maximum of 3 actors;
A table and up to four chairs are available as standard ‘set but our space is ‘black box’ and pieces must be capable of being performed with minimal furniture, set, props, costume changes etc.;

Recommendations
  • We recommend using Celtx or equivalent to write scripts so that they are produced in a standard format;
  • Submissions should be in either PDF or MS Word form.
  • A very approximate length for a 30-minute play is 23 pages
Submissions should be sent to madapplecollective@gmail.com by 9pm on 19th May 2017.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

March Forth Summer Salon

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We here at March Forth love good stories, and without writers… well we don’t have many good stories, now do we? That is why every summer we provide writers with a chance to have their work read and shared informally in an environment that promotes collaboration, thoughtful feedback and the building of our artistic community.

For four Mondays every summer we gather writers, actors, directors and dramaturgs to read a new play along with the playwright. We discuss what we’ve just experienced, and address any questions or concerns the playwright might have. This is a perfect opportunity for early-career writers or seasoned veterans looking for a supportive arena to try out their newest venture!
Summer Salon Guidelines
  • Full Length, original plays only (no musicals).
  • Play must be complete at the time of submission. Revisions to submitted scripts are allowed, however incomplete texts will not be considered.
  • Playwright must be able to attend the Salon in NYC (August 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th)
  • All submissions materials must be provided in PDF format.
  • Multiple submissions accepted, however only one slot will be awarded per playwright.
  • Preference will be given to plays that stretch the bounds of theatrical storytelling.
To be considered for our Summer Salon, please send a resume, synopsis, character breakdown and ten-page sample of the play you wish to submit to MarchForthSubmissions@gmail.com by May 15th. Please note in the body of your email which Salon date(s) you are available for.


Writers whose work is selected for further review will be asked to submit their full script no later than May 31st. Final selections will be made by June 15th.

Are you an actor and interested in reading at one of our salons? Send your headshot and resume to MarchForthSubmissions@gmail.com and we will be in touch if we have any openings!

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.
Web site http://chloeduvant.com
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

NYSUMMERFEST PLAYWRIGHT/MUSICAL/ONE ACT/ SHORT FESTIVAL COMPETITION

ONLY SPOTS IN SEPTEMBER AVAILABLE

SUBMISSIONS WANTED

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

TO SUBMIT

http://newyorktheaterfestival.com/summerfest-festivals/submission-rules-summerfest-playwrights-festivals/

BEST PLAY OR MUSICAL $3,500

BEST DIRECTOR, ACTRESS, ACTOR, SINGER EACH $500 BEST STAGE MANAGER, SET DESIGNER AND LIGHTING DESIGNER EACH $200 BEST MUSIC SCORE $300 BEST ORIGINAL PLAY $200

NO FEES REQUIRED TO SUBMIT TO THIS FESTIVAL.

WHY YOU WILL NOT FIND ANY OTHER FESTIVAL EVER THAT OFFERS ALL WE OFFER

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.

North Park Playwright Festival 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

General information:

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

We really appreciate your interest in our theater.

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

Arch and Bruce Brown 2017 Playwriting Competition

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IMPORTANT: THE COMPETITION GUIDELINES HAVE CHANGED. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE SUBMITTING.

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 to:jwillis@aabbfoundation.org.

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: ptufford35@gmail.com

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: www.renegadetheatrefestival.org

Thursday, April 20, 2017

JETFest Now Accepting Submissions for the 2018 Festival

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The Seymore J. & Ethel S. Frank Festival of New Plays

$15 non-refundable submission fee. This fee will be waived (with hard copy submissions only) for members of the Dramatists Guild and submissions by legitimate literary agents (not lawyers/attorneys/friends).
Checks and money orders should be made payable to “Jewish Ensemble Theatre.” Contact the theatre should you wish to pay by credit card.

For those submitting digitally – the $15 fee cannot be waived, and may be mailed separately or processed by contacting the theatre.
ELIGIBILITY

JET encourages all playwrights over 18 to submit their work. JET's programming generally reflects issues of social conscience and human rights both in drama and comedy. Use our past productions as a guide and if you have questions, contact us at 248-788-2900.

Entry must be a full length original work or adaptation with a minimum running time of 85 minutes that has not been produced prior to the festival in 2018. Cast size of 7 or less is preferred. Staged readings/workshop productions are not disqualifying factors.


ENTRIES ACCEPTED

Submissions will be accepted December 1, 2016 - May 31, 2017 at 11:59 PM. 
(checked by postmark or time stamp).


SCRIPTS

Submit a blind copy of your script, securely bound, typed in standard play format, with pages numbered. Include a list of characters/descriptions, scene breakdown, and a brief synopsis of your play. Your script(s) should be accompanied by a cover letter, including playwright contact information (name, address, phone number, e-mail address) and resume. Musicals must include a demo CD. If applicable, also submit a photocopy of your Dramatists Guild membership card.

The acceptable electronic format is an Adobe PDF file.

Please note that entries that do not comply with our guidelines will not be accepted. If you would like your script returned, please include a SASE. Script evaluations will not be provided.


CONSENT

The playwright gives the Jewish Ensemble Theatre permission to photocopy scripts for reading/production purposes. Should your script be selected as one of the finalists, you are encouraged to attend the readings and talk backs.

The finalists award the Jewish Ensemble Theatre the option to produce any of the finalist plays as part of its main stage season. Finalists must acknowledge the Jewish Ensemble Theatre if/when the script is published

AWARDS

Each of the four finalists will receive a $500 honorarium. No other expenses will be paid.

SELECTION PROCESS

Each entry is guaranteed a minimum of 2 evaluations. The committee narrows down the entries to 15 – 20, which are then read by the entire committee who selects the finalists.

NOTIFICATION

Finalists will be notified no later than December 31, 2017.


SUBMIT TO

Mail: Jewish Ensemble Theatre
Jet Fest
6600 West Maple Rd.,
West Bloomfield, MI 48322.

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QUESTIONS

Contact:
Christopher Bremer, Executive Director
248.788.2900

INDEMNIFICATION

The Playwright/Submitter agrees (by submission) to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the Jewish Ensemble Theatre, its Adjudicators, Board of Directors and volunteers from any and all damages, liability, and claims, arising from the submission, production or elimination/disqualification of their submitted work.

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

Guidelines:
  • 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:
https://form.jotform.com/70674296394973

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!

ELIGIBILITY
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.

HOW TO SUBMIT

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 nextact@capitalrep.org with NEW VOICES 2017 SUBMISSION in the subject line.

Electronic submissions preferred.


PLAYS SELECTED:

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.

SENIOR THEATRE PLAYS, BOOKS, AND MATERIALS NEEDED

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Deadline: June 15, 2017

ArtAge Publications, the source of Senior Theatre plays, books and materials for older performers is accepting submissions for their 2018-19 catalog. Meeting the needs of older performers, from amateur to professional, there is something for everyone--from short and easy sketches to 3-act musicals.

What to submit: The Senior Theatre collection features plays and musicals of all lengths, but short shows which run up to 20 minutes are the most popular. Directors look for comedies with mainly female casts that require few technical elements and ones that can be staged as readers theatre. Successfully performed shows have senior casts (or mostly senior) with up-to-date, feisty characters in current situations. Roles should challenge performers, yet be fun to stage.

To learn more about the field and the Senior Theatre Resource Center, review the catalog and read Writing Plays for Senior Theatre, an e-document available on the website. Click here for the Writers' Guidelines with complete submission information. Let us know your questions.

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 raddslushies@gmail.com. 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.

www.raddproductions.com

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

Nylon Fusion Theatre Company is currently accepting new works

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Nylon Fusion Theatre Company is currently accepting submissions of new works for future projects.

If you are submitting to:
1- Our short play festival “This Round’s On Us” (about 10 minutes) *
2- The Political Play series (Full Length about 90 min) Note: Submissions do not have to be about Politics per se, but must be about topics that are socially and/or culturally significant.
3- The TV-style project (Episodic sitcom sample script- 20-30 pages) for **The New Situation Company. We are interested in writers residing in New York, as the team will be meeting frequently during script development. If you do not live in the New York area but would like us to consider your work, feel free to send in your sample script, as we would like to feature guest writers in the project as well.

This Round’s On Us: The redacted Word

Submission Deadlines:

The L Word - March 8th, 2017 (Show May, 2017)

The C Word - July 12th, 2017 (Show September, 2017)

TBA - September 6th, 2017 (2017)


The ____ Festival -- Redacted Festival What is forbidden? What should be covered up? What do we conceal and what do we reveal? Conspiracies, emails, Wikileaks, Tweet-storms, media bias, and social media rants. What kind of trail of evidence do we want to leave behind? What can’t we express in words? When are we at a loss? When are there too many words? What chokes us before we can say it? What is larger than a sentence? What words contains the Universe? The word need not even be spoken in the play.

To be considered This Round's On Us please submit/email the following: A cover letter, brief synopsis, resume and full script to nylonsubmissions@gmail.com Please be specific as to which project you are submitting to. Write on the SUBJECT LINE For example: This Round’s On Us: 1970’s and your name.

Deadlines for “Political Play Series”
To be considered please submit/email the following: A cover letter, brief synopsis, resume and full script to nylonLIT@gmail.com
Subject Line: Name of Play and Playwright.



We will contact you if your work matches what we’re looking for.
Thank you!



Nylon Fusion Theatre Company