Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Everyday Inferno Annual Outdoor Park Show

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Everyday Inferno is seeking scripts for our annual free summer show in Central Park, NY. We accept script submissions for future consideration year-round (we are currently reading submissions for 2018). All plays submitted must be set entirely outdoors, in a setting suitable to our venue, Summit Rock. As an example, past productions have included Marivaux's The Dispute, Euripides' Iphigenia Among the Taurians, and a new commission set on an uninhabited planet. Playwrights submitting work should keep our company's mission and past work in mind - plays should focus on at least one complex female role, and plays with large (6-12 person) casts and primarily youthful roles are the most likely to be successful.

To apply: Please submit your work online at

Length: Around 60 minutes in production (75 minutes absolute maximum)

Compensation: Everyday Inferno Theatre Co. covers all production costs associated with rehearsing and performing the piece. In some cases, we are able to offer a very small stipend, dependent on funding. Playwrights retain copyright and full ownership of their plays.

Important: Please ensure that a character breakdown (including age and gender, if applicable) is included on the version of the script you submit to us.

Format: PDF format is STRONGLY preferred. Google docs will not be considered.

BoxFest Detroit 2017 Call for Submissions

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BoxFest Detroit is an annual festival that showcases and creates opportunities for women directors!

We are looking for 5 – 55-minute submissions for our August 2017 festival. We will only accept three (3) submissions per playwright. Please submit all plays by June 5th.

Because all artists participate on a volunteer basis, we are unable (at this time) to compensate playwrights if their submission is chosen for the festival.

Online submission form

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Exquisite Corpse Company is now accepting submissions

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Exquisite Corpse Company is now accepting submissions for the Summer 2017 production of A RIBBON ABOUT A BOMB

Inspired by the lives and work of three female surrealist painters, this collaborative piece will be created by a team of 7 playwrights and immersively staged on Governors Island. The show will run September-August 2017.

Submissions should be sent to

Deadline for Submissions: June 10, 2017 at 11:59 PM

Monday, May 29, 2017

MOJOAA Performing Arts Company is seeking 3-­10 minute plays and monologues written by men of color

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MOJOAA Performing Arts Company is seeking 3-­10 minute plays and monologues written by men of color on the theme of "reclamation" to be performed on August 12, 2017 at Mordecai Historic Park. Mordecai Historic Park was once one of the largest plantations in Eastern North Carolina and the chosen production will be staged on the front steps of the original “big house”.  

Pieces should be original, previously unpublished works with 5 characters or less and minimal technical needs. You must have the rights and permissions for any unoriginal material in your piece.

COMPENSATION: Compensation is $50 and publishing.

SUBMIT: To submit, please send an email to with your name and phone number in the body of the email and attach your piece. 

All submissions are due by May 31, 2017 at 11:59pm EST. 

You will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours and notified about the acceptance of your piece by June 15, 2017.
Email questions to

Sunday, May 28, 2017



The Warner International Playwrights Festival recognizes the work of emerging and established playwrights from across the country and around the globe. The Festival gives playwrights a forum for production of their one-act plays that engage and entertain audiences through exploration of the human experience and the human spirit.


Please read submission policy carefully:
We invite playwrights to submit plays via electronic script submissions, in standard Samuel French playwriting format - 12 point font, character name centered or 3.5 inches from left margin, 1” margin all around. Plays should be emailed to:
  • Submitted plays should be one-act plays of no less than 12 and no more than 30 pages long, not including your cover page.
  • Submissions will be limited to the first 200 scripts received.
  • Scripts will be accepted internationally but must be written in English. 
  • Previously produced scripts are accepted. 
  • There is no submission fee.
  • Please remove all playwright identification from the script including name, mailing address and telephone/e-mail.
  • In the body of the email include: 
  • Script Name
  • Playwright Name
  • Playwright Email
  • Playwright Telephone Number
  • Playwright postal mailing address. 
  • Please do not send a synopsis or playwright resume.
  • Only one submission per playwright will be accepted. Scripts will not be returned.
  • If your play is selected, you will be notified, via email, of the readers’ selection on/about August 1.
  • Selected scripts will receive minimal-set (table, 4 chairs, 2 cubes), minimal-tech production (lights up, lights down, 2 sound cues) production. Please be sure your play will adhere to these parameters for production.
  • Selected playwrights receive two free tickets to the festival.
  • Selected playwrights are invited to attend the festival by their own means. Accommodation recommendations are available. 

5th Theatre Brut Short-Play Festival

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New Jersey Repertory Company invites playwrights to submit plays for its 5th Theatre Brut Short-Play Festival. The theme of the festival is “All About Eve”. 

Submitted works must be new, previously unproduced, unpublished, and no more than 10-15 minutes in length. Cast size should not exceed 4 (including any musicians). 

The actual performance areas will be small, so keep the setting simple and prop requirements modest. Plays can be dramatic, comedic, musical, monologue, or whatever sparks your interest. 

The deadline for submissions is May 30, 2017.

Although the theme is specified, they are not prescriptive with regard to style, and how you interpret the theme is the province of each playwright. Keep in mind that Theatre Brut seeks to foster “the creative impulse unfettered by social and artistic convention” so let your imagination soar and be adventurous. If you have ever aspired to "experiment" or stretch the boundaries of theater, this is the time to do so.

Submissions should be emailed to

Make sure you include the full script, a brief synopsis, character description, and playwright bio. In the subject line put “Theatre Brut submission”.

Prior festivals have received 250-300 submissions and approximately 25 plays are chosen for each event. There is no compensation and playwrights retain all copyright of their works. By submitting, playwrights agree that in future presentations and publications NJ Rep and Theatre Brut will be listed as premiering the work.

Performances will be October 1 - October 8th at NJ Rep - West End Arts, Long Branch, NJ and will be supplemented by other arts events including poetry readings, an art show, photography exhibit, and other events to be announced.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

2017 New Musical Discovery Series

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Florida Theatrical Association announces the 2017 New Musical Discovery Series.
Aspiring writers from around the country are encouraged to submit their new works, which will be reviewed by a panel of theatre professionals, including renowned directors, writers, producers and performers. The panel will select two works that will each receive a staged reading. One final winner will receive a workshop presented of their piece featuring local directors and talent. The Discovery Series will also include talkbacks for students and audiences with the playwrights and directors.

The deadline to submit musicals for consideration is June 1, 2017.

Submission Guidelines:

  • All submissions must include: A cover letter A history of the musical’s development A synopsis Full script A CD or flash drive with at least six songs from the production (can be a very basic recording) *Please note that materials will not be returned.
  • Playwrights must be available for rehearsals and performances September 5-10, 2017.

All materials should be mailed to:
Florida Theatrical Association
Attn: Play Submission
100 S. Eola Drive, Suite 200 Orlando, FL 32801

For full submission guidelines and more information, visit or email

PICK OF THE VINE – Season 15 (2017)

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Little Fish Theatre is accepting scripts for our 15th Annual PICK OF THE VINE short play production to be presented in January-February 2017.

There will be a $50 flat fee royalty payment to playwrights per play produced.

Submission Guidelines:

1. Only ONE play may be submitted per playwright. There is no submission fee.
2. Submissions accepted starting May 1, 2016. Submission deadline is May 31, 2016.
3. Submissions via email only. Email submissions (in .pdf form only) to
4. Plays must include contact info (name, phone number, email address, home city and state, country) on the cover sheet.
5. Plays will require no more than 10 actors.
6. Plays will run no more than 15 minutes, no exceptions.
7. Plays will have minimal set, costume, prop, and special effect requirements.
8. Plays must included a title sheet with Title, Playwright, cast of characters (with brief description), and setting.

1. We will notify semi-finalists via email by mid August. Only those playwrights whose pieces have progressed to the semi-final round will be notified.
2. Playwrights whose pieces have been chosen for Production will be notified via phone call and email in September.

StageCoach submission guidelines

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At StageCoach Theatre Company, we are looking for original scripts for murder mystery dinner theatre performances.

Scripts should be written for 5-6 actors and include both men and women.
Total duration of the show including dinner and question-and-answer period from the audience should be approximately 2.5 – 3 hours. This is roughly 45 pages.
Show should have little or no set or technical requirements since shows will be performed in open rooms and restaurants.
Murderless mysteries are fine, too. They can be aimed at adults or at older children (10+).
All of our murder mysteries are PG13. Children’s mysteries should be PG rated.

We are also looking for original scripts for our Theatre for Young Audiences. These can be new stories or clever adaptations of traditional favorites.
Scripts should be written for 5-15 actors and include both men and women. Children age 12+ may be included in the cast but the show should be primarily adults acting for a young audience.
Show should be approximately 1 hour with no intermission.
Show should include some audience interaction from the children.
Show should have simple set requirements which can be easily transported.
Rating should be G or PG. Primary target audience would be 4-11 years old.

For additional information and guidelines, please contact us.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Sticky in the Sticks seeks 10-minute plays

Sticky in the Sticks is a pop up theatre troupe that showcases a monthly anthology of short plays that take place entirely at a bar. Submit DRAMA (it can be serious or funny or both) to be performed by Sticky actors. Your dramatic expression is wanted! “They walked into the bar and [drama ensued J !!!].”

Write a 10-minute play to be considered for a monthly performance at Firehouse Pizza and Pub in Normal, IL. 

Send no less than 10 pages and no more than 12 pages to

We are looking for you to tell us and our audience a GOOD STORY set from beginning to end in a bar. You should still submit a script you feel confident about.

Successful scripts should adhere to the following guidelines:
  1. All submitted work must be your own.
  2. The play must be able to take place in a bar. If the conversation can take place in a bar, it’s a Sticky play.
  3. Plays should not exceed more than four characters.
WRITERS: Open submissions through 2017. Write a 10-12-minute play that takes place in a bar (not a restaurant). We do not use the stage. These plays use the place of the bar or take place at the bar itself. Anything goes!

The Jeffrey Award call for 10-minute plays

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Deadline Extended to May 31,2017

Call for 10-Minute Play Submissions

The Jeffrey Award

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

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 31, 2017. Winner will be notified in July.

Guidelines for submissions:
  • 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:
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.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Discount tickets: THE TRAVELING LADY

by Horton Foote
Limited engagement from June 7th through July 16th
Cherry Lane Theatre
38 Commerce Street, NYC 10014
Directed by Austin Pendleton

Featuring Larry Bull, Lynn Cohen, Angelina Fiordellisi, Jean Lichty, George Morfogen, Ron Piretti, PJ Sosko, Jill Tanner, Korinne Tetlow and Karen Ziemba.

Penned by the beloved playwright and master storyteller Horton Foote, The Traveling Lady is the unforgettable tale of an intrepid woman who journeys to a small town in 1950's Texas to reunite with her husband upon his release from prison. A poignant story of loss and redemption, The Traveling Lady looks into the heart and soul of America.

Special Offer:
$39 (Reg. $65) from June 7 – 21
$49 (Reg. $65) from June 23 – July 16

ONLINE: Visit and use code TTLRED
PHONE: (866) 811-4111 and mention code TTLRED
IN PERSON: Print out at box office during box office hours.

Restrictions: Phone and Online Service Fees will apply at checkout. Subject to availability. Not valid on prior purchase. Offer cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. Additional blackout dates and restrictions may apply. No refunds or exchanges. Offer may be revoked at any time. 

Soundwork Monologue competition

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To submit a monologue to the Soundwork competition, send the script as an attachment to and, on the top page of the script, put your name and email address, but these should not appear anywhere else in the attachment. Entries may be submitted from any part of the world. The monologue may be up to fifteen minutes long and may be on any theme. There is no fee to enter the competition and no acknowledgement of receipt will be sent. An entrant may submit any number of entries. The winner, in collaboration with Soundwork, will have the monologue recorded and posted on the website, along with a photo and details. Copyright will remain with the author and Soundwork will retain rights to the recordings.

Entries may have been broadcast/published elsewhere.

Closing date midnight 31st August 2017. 

Keep an eye on this website for results - expected in August 2017.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

MANHATTAN REP'S SUMMER PLAY PRODUCTION PROGRAM - Seeking 10 Minute to Full-length plays

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So this is an idea that we have been kicking around for some time, but now that we have settled in to our new Theatre space on 45th Street, we are making it possible for anyone with a good play, and for a nominal fee, to have their play produced at Manhattan Rep (and at other theatres in town too! - See below.) We will supply the director, the cast, the rehearsal space, set and props, and we will bring your play to life in Midtown Manhattan where one can invite friends, family, and more to come and see it. And it won't cost an arm and a leg!

For a 10 minute play with 2 to 3 characters:

For Manhattan Rep to put up your production in one of our short play events the fee will be $695.00

For a 11 - 20 minute short play with 1 to 3 characters:

For Manhattan Rep to put up your production in one of our short play events the fee will be $895.00

For a 20 - 35 minute 1 act play with 1 to 4 characters:

For Manhattan Rep to put up your production in one of our short play events the fee will be $1195.00

For a Full - Length play with up to 6 characters:

Fee based on the play and production requirements.
Usually the Budget/Fee for a Full-Length play is 4 to 6 times as much of that of a Short Play due to play requirements, rehearsal time and more.

If you are interested in this program, please email your submission to

Please include the complete play as a .pdf,

a synopsis of the play,
the aprox. running time,
set and lighting requirements,
your contact email address,
your mailing address,
and your contact phone number.

Please put "Play Production Program" in the subject heading.
We will get back to you in a day or so as to your acceptance to this program.


ALSO, we are offering this same service if you have a play that has been accepted in to a theatre festival in New York City. For a production fee, we will handle everything from casting to props and costumes, to rehearsal space, to hiring a technician to run the board, and more, and much of the rehearsal will be on a real stage with lights and sound, so that your actors and your production staff will be so well prepared when your team FLIES into the festival to quickly and rushedly handle the Sound and Lights when you load in. ( I once had a friend who had a show in the Fringe years ago. They only finished HALF of their tech in the allotted tech time, so for opening night they had to crash and burn through their tech, open their show while never having done the tech before! Needless to say, it was a nightmare! This definitely won't happen if you work with our team for we will have literally done much of the tech work in advance.)

If you are interested in our FESTIVAL PLAY PRODUCTION PROGRAM
please email:
  • The name of the Festival you have been accepted into
  • The TECH/DRESS /Production dates and times sent to you by the Festival,
  • the complete play as a .pdf,
  • a synopsis of the play,
  • the aprox. running time,
  • set and lighting requirements,
  • your contact email address,
  • your mailing address,
  • and your contact phone number.

Please put "FESTIVAL PLAY PRODUCTION PROGRAM" in the subject heading.

And we will get back to you in a day or so as to your acceptance, and if accepted, with a budget/fee for the Festival Play Production.

Clarehouse Original Short Play Contest

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Guidelines for Playwrights

1.) Submitting playwrights may be any age.

2.) Playwrights may submit up to three scripts. Two scripts per playwright may be chosen for production Octoberber 10, 11 th , and 12 th , 2017 at Abiding Harvest UMC, in Broken Arrow

3.) Plays should be 10-15 pages, (not to exceed 15 minutes in length).

4.) Plays may have any theme but should be “family friendly” without profanity or sexual situations.

5.) All plays should be submitted in an appropriate play writing format.

6.) All scripts must have numbered pages. Minimum number of characters is two; maximum is seven.

7.) The name of the playwright may not appear anywhere on the script.

8.) A separate sheet with name and contact information, set requirements and character descriptions must be included.

9.) Minimal sets, costumes and sound are a must.

10.) Playwrights retain all rights to their submitted works.

11.) Submissions will be accepted April 5th through June 5th, 2017.

12.) Submissions may be sent to

13.) Submissions will be read and chosen by a panel of anonymous judges.

14.) Six to eight plays will be chosen to be produced.

15.) Playwrights will be notified of the status of their submissions via email by June 15, 2017

16.) All proceeds from the play festival will be donated to Clarehouse Hospice in Tulsa.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Dionysian seeks short plays from women

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The Dionysian is constantly looking for new and upcoming playwrights while also presenting established playwrights. Any content is fair-game, as we would like to present a range of styles and themes, whether it be two lines of dialogue or a stream of consciousness monologue. We want to showcase your work.

If you:
Have a completed short play ranging from 1-10 pages

Please send a PDF copy, along with a short bio (not to be published alongside the play), and a quick blurb about the piece to:

Please limit submissions to one per playwright.

We can only accept plays we haven't been sent before. While we appreciate enthusiasm, please don't send us the same play twice.

The deadline for Issue 003 is now closed. We are now taking submissions for Issue 004 due for release in September. (Deadline July 1st 2017).

!!!Please note for Issue 004 we are considering women playwrights only!!!
Please remember Copyright and Performance Rights always remain with the writer and our publication is used only to highlight the Playwright. That being said please ensure that you, the Playwright, has full ownership of the material before submitting.

Monday, May 22, 2017

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!)


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

  • 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:

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 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.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Backpack Theatre Company seeks musicals

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Seeking New Musicals for Fully Directed, 29-Hour Reading

The chosen musical will receive a fully-paid, directed, and staged AEA 29-hour reading (with writers full participation in the room) with a final presentation for Industry Professionals.

The musical will be assigned a professional Director/ Choreographer, Musical Director, and Stage Manager.

- A one-page synopsis of the Musical
- A Character Description
- 3 MP3 Song Samples that best represent the musical style of the show


The authors will receive a $300 Developmental Royalty Fee.

Apply by email:

Call for Submissions: “8 in 48” Idaho Short Play Festival for Young Audiences

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Treasure Valley Children’s Theater seeks new short plays for young audiences for the second “8 in 48 Idaho” Short Play Festival. 

Submissions are accepted February 1, 2017 through May 31, 2017.

 Winning selections are mounted as a part of the 8 in 48 Idaho Short Play Festival on September 9, 2017 in Meridian, Idaho. Cash prizes are offered to 3 of the 8 plays. '''

Submission criteria: Entries must be ten (10) minutes or less in length, previously unproduced, and suitable for families and young audiences.

No more than two submissions per playwright will be accepted. submissions relating to this year's theme (Courage) will be given strong consideration.

All entries must be submitted via the website submission link at No email submissions please. For submissions questions, email

Friday, May 19, 2017

The New York New Works Theatre Festival

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The New York New Works Theatre Festival has assembled a panel of Broadway Producers and Emmy Award winners created to truly give back to the community of tomorrow’s writing greats. the panel of Broadway Producers donates their time to help develop these projects The agenda is to provide aspiring artists of the highest caliber a platform to present their work. Several plays from the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Festivals have been proceeding to the next level as a result of the mentorship and assistance of the Festival attendees and Panel.
THERE IS NO FEE TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION You may submit up to 2 plays for the festival. A separate application must accompany each play submitted. If your play is chosen to participate in the festival there will be a U$ 635.00 participation fee that is used to defray a portion of the costs.

More information and submission form at

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
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.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Online First Draft

Stay on Top of Summer Writing Goals from Anywhere

In the summer, it can be darn-near impossible to stay on top of writing goals. Between vacations, summer festivals, and all-around gorgeous weather, the months just zip by, leaving you wondering how you went weeks without setting pen to paper. We’re here to change that.

Instructor: Caridad Svich (Writer, 2012 Obie Winner for Lifetime Achievement)
Begins June 26
This 8-week online class will guide you through the development of your first draft, providing concrete deadlines and constructive feedback that will encourage you to get your ideas on the page. As you meet your deadlines, you will have the opportunity to teleconference with Caridad during weekly office hours and receive the feedback necessary to tackle the next assignment. You can expect to leave the class with a working first draft and a refined set of skills for writing—and finishing—your next play.

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

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 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.

Wednesday, May 17, 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 ( 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:

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship

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Submissions for 2017-2018 Writing Fellowship due May 21st


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).

To apply, please send the above materials to:

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.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Play Writing Project - TwainFest

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In cooperation with Write Out Loud and in association with the Playwrights Project, the Descendants of Early San Diego announced a play writing project where submissions are to be used for TwainFest at Old Town San Diego State Park August 2017.

The Descendants of Early San Diego (Formerly known as the Old Town San Diego Descendants Group or Committee), announces that they are soliciting submissions of short monologues for presentation specifically for TwainFest to be held at Old Town San Diego State Park in August annually. TwainFest is an annual event celebrating the 1800’s with a specific focus on literature from that period, which is sponsored by Write Out Loud.

This is part of the ongoing activities of the Descendants Group to celebrate the people who helped develop the area we know as the greater San Diego Region. Submissions of original monologues from 3 to 10 minutes in length are being solicited for possible inclusion in the activities of TwainFest, and possible other educational / entertainment presentations celebrating the targeted historical period.  

The monologues are to depict real people who actually lived in the Region, share with the audience their individual stories and to get a glimpse of life in the 1800’s. Previous works have told the story of specific people and explored such topics as: Toys of the 1800’s, Women Gambling acceptable in California, the Cattle Industry of Early California, the changing of the flag from Spain to Mexico, the real life people that the legion of Zorro is based on among others. Monologues are to be written in the first person as spoken by the actual person who lived in the period speaking to a group of people who have come to San Diego. The piece should assume the character knows nothing of today’s events or evolution. The life of the character must be historically accurate and the slice of life must also be accurate. Topics of inclusion may include historical events of the day, foods, clothing, politics, customs, lifestyles, daily chores, transportation, social interactions, etc. The selected pieces will be performed by compensated actors during the activities of TwainFest and performed several times during the course of the day’s activities.
Set up of piece should be introducing themselves to a group by identifying themselves then telling their story. Within the context of their speaking they will share something about life in California during the 1800’s. Previous works have welcomed guests to San Diego and asked if they are looking for cattle or if they might be interested in gambling, then proceeded to expand on themselves and their slice of life. A committee from Write Out Loud, Playwrights Project, and the Descendants of Early San Diego will review submitted material to select pieces which will be compensated at $100 each script. We look to find 2 – 3 new scripts a year. Depending on the quality of submissions there is no specific limitation on awarded scripts. The committee may refer a script for assistance with the Playwrights Project, not be included at this time or compensated for submission. Compensated scripts and authors will be announced at the annual Descendants Reunion weekend which is held the last weekend of June yearly. 

Submissions will be accepted from anyone but must meet the criteria for the project.

August (dates to be announced and may be expanded to more than one day) performances of pieces at TwainFest activities
Criteria for submitted pieces/monologues
  1. Depict a person who actually lived in the San Diego Region during the 1800’s with factual information about them.
  2. Length of piece should be between 3 and 10 minutes of actual performance time.
  3. The piece should be written in the first person from the perspective of the historical person identified.
  4. The piece must also include something about the times, either: events, culture, music, foods, clothing, customs, social interactions of the times, weapons, tools, transportation, etc. within the context of what the character says. It should be informative but remain primarily as entertainment. This is not meant to be a lecture or lesson but will gently inform the audience about the target period of history while also entertaining them.
  5. Submissions must be received by email or by mail to Project Manager, Victor C. Contreras at or 110 N. 2nd Ave. #65, Chula Vista, Ca. 91910. Deadline for accepted submissions is May 31. (Mailed items will not be returned)
  6. Authors of submitted material selected for compensation agree to authorize The Descendants of Early San Diego and Write Outloud to present the piece with a compensated performer without further compensation. 
  7. Compensated scripts will be paid $100 per script. Compensated performers will be compensated at a rate of $125 per day of performance.
  8. All decisions including casting will be the purview of the joint committee with weighted votes for the Event Director of Twainfest, Project Manager, within the committee with representation from the Descendants of Early San Diego, Write Out Loud, and the Playwrights Project.

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.

  • 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

Sunday, May 14, 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


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.

Saturday, May 13, 2017


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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.



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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 Please note that we cannot accept play submissions via email.

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

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

- 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

Park Avenue United Methodist Church Seeks work for Thematic Thursdays

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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.



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


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 or call 212-427-5421.

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Small Fish Radio podcast seeks material

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Small Fish Radio is looking for material for our new weekly podcast,
Submission Guidelines:

LISTEN to The Approximately 20-Minute Variety Hour

STEP TWO: What to write?

TWO-MINUTE SOAP OPERA – serialized: four to eight 2-3 minute episodes for a one story arc.

 1-2 minute fairy tales or stories.

 2-3 minute re-telling of a "Classic."


This just might be the perfect medium for the little idea you don't know what to do with, a collection of limericks you wrote, that silly little one-minute play, or a very short story.


Five Actors or Less – This does not mean five characters or less, it simply means your play must be able to be performed by a maximum of five actors.

NO STAGE DIRECTIONS – While this may seem obvious given our “radio” format, it is important to remember that your play is conveyed through the dialogue, music, and sound effects.

Please do not submit recorded radio plays, stories or music.
We are not accepting produced radio plays.

Multiple submissions are acceptable, as long as you follow the guidelines listed above.

Please send your submissions (or questions) to:

Please follow us on Facebook for news of our next call for submissinos.

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.

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.


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


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.


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


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


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.


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


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



Christopher Bremer, Executive Director


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.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The First Draft at Primary Stages ESPA!

Whether you’re writing your first play or your hundredth, it’s not always easy to set the creative wheels in motion.  Write your next play this summer at Primary Stages ESPA!

This 8-week 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. This class is geared toward all writers, from those just starting out in the world of playwriting to experienced playwrights looking for a chance to start a new piece. Writing can often be a solitary process, but this class will allow you the opportunity to strengthen your writing skills while building connections with your artistic peers.

Section A: Leah Nanako Winkler (Writer, Kentucky at Ensemble Studio Theatre)
Starts June 21
This class will be a collaborative environment where you are encouraged to bring in unfiltered pages and give and receive feedback from classmates in a safe space. Leah views the first draft as a time to write and take risks without neurosis, and will urge you to write from the heart and let everything fall into place from there.

Section C: Abe Koogler (Writer, Kill Floor at Lincoln Center Theater, upcoming Fulfillment Center at MTC)
Starts June 29
Abe believes the best writing comes from the deep unconscious, so this class will help you identify your unconscious impulses, calm your doubts and worries, and write toward the unknown. Abe's goal as a teacher is to help you stay excited about what you're writing, and—if you need it—to help you clear away blocks that are preventing you from moving forward.

Section D: Eddie Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes on at Primary Stages)
Starts July 9
Eddie's class is all about being a safe place to try things. One week you may bring in a scene that totally slays, the next week, not so much. But this is the room where you can try. Eddie will send out a questionnaire with the first class to help you focus on what you want to write (and sometimes those initial answers change as the play develops).

This class is also available online! For more information, see Online Classroom

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

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.;

  • 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 by 9pm on 19th May 2017.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


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Submission Deadline: May 26, 2017
​Announcement of Selections: June 2, 2017

Invitation for Submissions $500 Cash Prize (See rules below)

City Lit Theater Company seeks submissions to

The Art of Adaptation, its annual festival of stage adaptations of non-dramatic literature.

Festival Dates: July 28 - 30, 2017

Location: City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue. Chicago IL

To submit a proposal for entry into the festival, send a .pdf copy of your adaptation script to Katy Nielsen at

We anticipate it will consist of 6 to 10 adaptations presented in various combinations over the course of the weekend. A panel of judges will view all performances and award a $500 cash prize to the adaptor of the piece judged the best of the festival.

1. All pieces must be 20 minutes or less. If your piece exceeds the time limit, it will not be eligible for the prize.

2. It must be an adaptation of non-dramatic material—a short story, an essay, a memoir, poetry, an excerpt from a novel, a video game, what have you; but not material from a play.

3. All pieces must be world premiere adaptations.

4. Each adaptor is responsible for whatever royalties might be due on your piece, as well as for your own rehearsal process. City Lit will not provide rehearsal space prior to tech rehearsal, nor will it provide services of a director or any actors for any piece.

5. The piece you submit must be the piece you perform - no drastic changes can be made to the script after it is accepted.

6. All pieces will be performed on the same simple unit set with the same simple light plot. A stock of furniture will be provided. If your piece requires furniture beyond the provided stock, it is your responsibility.

7. All adaptors must provide a $20 deposit for the set pieces and costumes used, to be returned in full when all items are properly returned to City Lit's costume/furniture stock.

8. City Lit will provide performance space, backstage and front-of-house crew, publicity, programs, tickets and the $500 cash prize.

To submit a proposal for entry into the festival, send a .pdf copy of your adaptation script to Katy Nielsen at

Proposals must be submitted no later than May 26, 2017.

Monday, May 8, 2017


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An evening of readings on the subject of witnessing, resisting and persisting. Seeking work from all genres including poetry, dramatic writing, fiction and non-fiction.

Presented by the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, Founding Director Anna Deavere Smith.

Submissions due by 2PM on May 10, 2017


Originally launched in 1997 at Harvard University as a series of summer symposiums, the IACD was among early experimental environments interested in the arts and civic engagement. During these summer convenings, the Institute produced artistic works from a variety of disciplines, each of them exploring a social issue. A percentage of the audience was “curated,” to discover whether the presence of an audience with an appetite for discussion of content (rather than form), might influence further development of the work. In 2001, the IACD relocated to New York, and it is currently housed at New York University, where it is active year-round, funded by a generous grant from the Provost’s office.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Big Apple Theater Festival

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Big Apple Theater Festival is a new monthly event which presents a series of 10-12 minute one act plays. Each month the festival will highlight short one act plays from playwrights and cast from the New York City metropolitan area.

Big Apple Theater Festival seeks short plays for our JUNE short play series
  • Theme of the play MUST be "scenes from a bar/restaurant"
  • Concept can either be dramatic or comedic 
  • Setting should be a bar/restaurant 
  • MUST be no longer than 10-12 minutes 
  • Tech requirements are simple "lights up/lights down" and may include one song 
  • Productions must be non-union and no Equity Waivers
  • 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

Saturday, May 6, 2017


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Our first short play festival—an evening of ten 10-minute plays and musicals, will be performed in the Washington DC area in the fall of 2017. The only restriction is that it cannot be currently published (or be under consideration for publication). Only one submission is permitted per playwright. Past productions are ok. There is no fee for submissions. Plays will be accepted through the spring of 2017. Plays are adjudicated by theatre professionals. Audience members will not get a vote! The top ten plays will be published by Infinity Stage and performed onstage next year. In addition, we offer these prizes:

First place: $200
Second place: $150
Third place: $100
Fourth Place: $50

There are no restrictions on your submission, per se, but it is more likely to be considered if it meets the following criteria:

1. Its running time is between 7 and 17 minutes
2. It is light or comedic in nature, rather than dark and brooding
3. It contains no vulgarisms or nudity
4. It has a cast of 3-7
5. It has a preponderance of female roles
6. Any musical has a backing instrumental CD
7. It is typed in formatting approved by Samuel French

Please send a PDF script, contact info and bio to

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 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 and we will be in touch if we have any openings!


Jerry Orbach Theater, The Theater Center
1627 Broadway, NYC 10019

Previews begin June 17

One Family. Under God. Divisible.

Extreme loss shakes a Texas family as it comes to terms with a tragic act of violence. In the midst of widespread media attention, their story becomes an allegory for the national debate over religion, tolerance, and the seedlings of hate. With humor and resilience, they will confront the ghosts of the past and discover the brutal universal truths that define the American family in the 21st century.

Special Offer:
$35 (reg. $49) for previews June 17 - 25

$39 (reg. $59) post opening

ONLINE: Visit and use code CSGENERAL
PHONE: Call 877-250-2929 and mention code CSGENERAL

Restrictions: Phone and Online Service Fees will be applied at checkout. Subject to availability. Not valid on prior purchase. Offer cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. Additional blackout dates and restrictions may apply. No refunds or exchanges. Offer may be revoked or changed at any time.




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.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Discount tickets: KILL MOVE PARADISE

Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's National Black Theatre presents

Written by James Ijames

Directed by Saheem Ali
National Black Theatre Inc., 2031 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10035
Limited engagement through June 25th

Set in an otherworldly place, the supremely timely “Kill Move Paradise” follows four Black males—Ryan Swain (“Six Degrees of Separation,” “Black Nativity,” “Spring Awakening”) as Isa, Donnell E. Smith (Spike TV’s six-part series “Time: The Kalief Browder Story”) as Giff, Clinton Lowe (“Bamboo Bushwick,” “The Brothers Size” and Fuse TV’s “The Hustle”) as Daz, and Sidiki Fofana (“Most Dangerous Man In America,” “Children of Killers” and “The People”) as Tiny. Ripped prematurely from Earth by police brutality, vigilante “justice” and racist acts, they confront the reality of their pasts and scramble to make sense of their new world. Inspired by recent events, “Kill Move Paradise” is an expressionistic buzz saw through the contemporary myth that “all lives matter,” a portrait of the slain, not as degenerates deserving death but as heroes demanding we see them for the glorious beings they are. The world premiere production is the New York City debut of writer James Ijames, a Whiting Award winner. Saheem Ali (“Nollywood,” “The Booty Call,” and “The Erlkings”) will direct. Scenic design is by Maruti Evans, lighting design by Alan Edwards, sound design by Palmer Hefferan and costume design by Ntokozo Fuzunina Kunene. Darrell Moultrie will serve as movement coach. Christina Franklin is production stage manager. The provocative production closes the historic theater’s 48th season, “In Pursuit of Black Joy,” and runs from May 31 through June 25.

Special Offer:
$25 (reg. $35) – June 4 – June 18 only
Preview tickets $20 May 31 – June 2 – No code needed

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PHONE: Call 212-352-3101 and mention code RISE

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