Thursday, March 30, 2017

Seeking 10-minute plays for show at Lucky Jacks on Orchard Street

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Rose Desena and Peggy Howard Chane run a monthly show in the Theater space below the bar at Lucky Jacks on Orchard St. 

We are looking for Original writing of short stories, plays and or essays that are no longer then 5 – 10 min. Please see the rules below. We like funny, romantic, enduring or Political (we like those). There is no fee to submit. Our next show is June 19th and we want to celebrate Gay Pride.

We completely produce the event with actors and a Director. There is no payment to the writer. By submitting you agree to the terms. It’s a causal night of plays with free Pizza after the show allowing networking.

The Rules (Please follow carefully) 
  • NY writers only 
  • The Writer must attend the event and help promote the evening. 
  • Not more then 10 Min (Reading time fast Theater pace) 
  • No more then 3 characters (might consider 4 if its good) 
  • Only small hand held props 
  • No set (stage is small we use stools) 
  • No lighting (we only have a simply spots) 
  • No nudity 
  • No actors 
Send PDF only to the address below with full contact details on the front page.
Street clothes with some simple enhancements work best
EMAIL your work to:
DEADLINE: May 1st 
 However please send what you have any time. The sooner the better.

Arch and Bruce Brown 2017 Playwriting Competition

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

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

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

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

To be eligible for the Foundation’s 2017 competition:

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

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

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

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

When submitting:

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

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

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

Email submissions

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 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
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

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Downstage Left Residencies

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Downstage Left residencies are designed to help playwrights take a project from the conceptual stage all the way to a production-ready script. Playwrights work closely with one of our ensemble directors and members of the literary team to design a process tailored to the particular needs of their project. We are now accepting applications for Season 36 residencies. Please download the application form below, which also provides detailed instructions. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2017. Email questions and submissions to

Click here to download: Stage-Left-17-18-Residency-Application

Princess Grace Awards

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We encourage emerging playwrights to apply at the beginning of their careers so that through the New Dramatists Fellowship, they can develop their work as well as benefit from being a part of a unique, diverse, dynamic community of professional playwrights. An applicant’s status as an emerging playwright is evaluated during the adjudication process.

One playwright will be selected to receive:

• A grant in the amount of $7,500

• A one-season (September – June) artistic residency at New Dramatists, Inc. in New York City (For Award recipients living outside of the New York metro area, your on-site residency can be adapted according to your schedule with reimbursement provided for transportation costs to/from New York)

• Inclusion of your script in New Dramatists’ library

• Advocacy for the recipient and their script to New York and National theatre communities for the duration of the fellowship

• Mentorship from a New Dramatists resident playwright for the duration of the fellowship

• Opportunity for winning play to be licensed and published by Samuel French, Inc.


• All candidates must be United States citizens or have permanent resident status.
• Eligible playwrights must not have had any professional full-length productions other than those using the showcase code or in an off-off-Broadway theater with 99 or fewer seats.

(If your show used a higher contract tier than the showcase code, you are not eligible to apply. If your show received a festival production in a theater with more than 99 seats and did not use an Equity contract, you are eligible to apply.)

Development opportunities such as readings and workshops are admissible.
You must submit one unpublished, full-length play (A full-length play is a single play that constitutes a full evening of theater. For example, a 90-minute intermissionless play is a full-length play.)
• There is no restriction on subject matter
• Co-written material will not be accepted
• No adaptations of previously published material

The Foundation is looking to identify and support original, authentic, unheard voices in the theater. The panel will consider the submitted play in terms of the originality of the storytelling, quality, and offering of new perspectives.

Submission Window: March 1-March 31, 2017 6PM EDT

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

1. Log in. You will be asked to confirm you are a US Citizen, or permanent resident.

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

3. Upload your playwriting resume.

4. Upload one full-length work (play or book of a musical) (The following files may be used: txt, pdf, doc, docx, rtf).

5. Upload your personal statement.

6. Should you wish to submit a letter of recommendation, enter the name and email of your reference. An email containing a link to upload their letter of recommendation will be sent directly to them

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

You may save your application at any point and return to it later before submitting. Once the application window closes at 6:00 (EDT) p.m. on March 31, you may not alter your application in any way.

If you have any questions, please email us.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


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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.

Classical Theater of Harlem Workshops

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Submit your work to Ms. Shawn René Graham, Literary Director at No phone calls please.

Playwrights’ Playground

Selected playwrights submit 10-12 pages of a new work in the early stages of development. Actors are cast on the spot and perform a cold reading, followed by a moderated audience feedback session. In addition to serving the development of new work, these readings give audiences a sneak peek into how new plays are created.
  • Plays/Excerpts may not have been previously produced.
  • Playwrights may submit up to fifteen (15) pages only.
  • Plays must be submitted as a PDF or as a Word document.
  • Playwrights will not receive comments on plays once submitted.

Future Classics

CTH asserts that a “Future Classic” is a play of social significance that has the potential to stand the test of time. It tackles large-scale economic, political, or cultural issues. A Future Classic promotes courageous and open-minded examination of controversial and critical topics that are at the heart of society.
  • Plays may not have been previously produced.
  • Playwrights may submit only one full-length play.
  • Plays must be submitted as a PDF or as a Word document.
  • Playwrights will not receive comments on plays once submitted.
  • Playwrights should also include a brief author’s bio and/or resume.
  • Playwrights may also submit a play synopsis (250 words).

LIC One Act Festival 2017

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

May 8-14, May 22-June 4

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

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

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

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

Please submit here:

Monday, March 27, 2017

Happy World Theater Day ~ March 27

World Theatre Day Message 2017 by Isabelle Huppert
So, here we are once more. Gathered again in Spring, 55 years since our inaugural meeting, to celebrate World Theatre Day. Just one day, 24 hours, is dedicated to celebrating theatre around the world. And here we are in Paris, the premier city in the world for attracting international theatre groups, to venerate the art of theatre. 

Paris is a world city, fit to contain the globes theatre traditions in a day of celebration; from here in France’s capital we can transport ourselves to Japan by experiencing Noh and Bunraku theatre, trace a line from here to thoughts and expressions as diverse as Peking Opera and Kathakali; the stage allows us to linger between Greece and Scandinavia as we envelope ourselves in Aeschylus and Ibsen, Sophocles and Strindberg; it allows us to flit between Britain and Italy as we reverberate between Sarah Kane and Prinadello. Within these twenty-four hours we may be taken from France to Russia, from Racine and Moliere to Chekhov; we can even cross the Atlantic as a bolt of inspiration to serve on a Campus in California, enticing a young student there to reinvent and make their name in theatre.


Manhattan Repertory Theatre Spring 10 Minute Play Series

Seeking fully produced, (cast, directed and ready to be performed by Late April/EarlyMay)
10 minute (or under) 1 act plays for Manhattan Repertory Theatre's Spring 10 Minute Play Series

April 29 - May 13, 2016
at Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
17-19 West 45th St. (Between 5th and 6th Ave.)

Each 10 minute or less play will be given a short tech rehearsal, a full dress rehearsal with the other plays participating, a minimum of 2 performances, more if you series is selling well.

To submit your 10 minute or less play production please email:

The complete script of the 10 minute or less play as a .pdf, a synopsis of the play,
the character breakdown,
the set and lighting requirements,
the play's production history (if it has been produced before and where)
your mailing address, and a creative team leader contact email address to: by April 19, 2016.

Please put “Spring 10 Minute Play Play Series” in the subject heading.
We will contact you within a week, if not sooner, as to your acceptance.

Plays that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis.
The earlier you submit the better chances you have of being accepted for we may end submissions before April 19, 2016, if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee. NON-EQUITY ONLY.

We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights.
Once accepted, there will be a $35 commitment fee.
For more information, please log on to:

The 50th Annual John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award

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A competition for new full-length plays

Entry Deadline: April 15, 2017 

Winners Announcement: October, 2017

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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



Tel: (617) 851-8535

The Parsnip Ship seeks plays

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The Parsnip Ship is always looking for new plays and new voices, but for our third season, especially as we experience the current administration’s policies, we are incredibly interested in plays that address the modern world or are written by playwrights whose voices are underrepresented in it. As a play series who believes there are as many distinctive styles and voices as there are playwrights, we remain open to a wide range of plays that will engage audiences in an intimate setting and on a podcast format. We see our recordings as both a fun collaborative effort between us, the playwright, the directors, musicians and the actors AND an opportunity to create an asset for playwrights when submitting their plays for programmatic consideration.

Some questions we like to ask ourselves as we consider a play:
1. Does the play work in an audio only format?
2. Is the play diverse and/or innovative in perspective, voice or content?
3. Is the play exciting and unexpected?

Before you send in your play for consideration, take a listen to one of our episodes from Season Two as it best encompasses what we strive for both for the actual play reading and for our published readings.

A couple of logistical items to know before applying: a) we can easily accommodate up to 5 actors and one stage directions reader, for more actors we need to make special arrangements so preference is given to plays of that size; b) we can accommodate 3 inputs for our musical guest, i.e. 1 mic and 2 instruments/2 mics and 1 instrument/3 mics. We will be accepting full length submissions by individual playwrights, playwrights/director teams, playwright/director/music teams from February 15 - March 31, 2017 for our third season (September 2017 - June 2018). We fully encourage individual playwrights to apply; we will work with you to pair a director, cast, and musical guest from our pool of amazing collaborators.

Previous playwrights featured: Jose Rivera (School of The Americas), Brian Otano (Tara), Eljon Wardally (Big Black Balloon), Daniella de Jesus (The Columbus Play), Keelay Gipson (Untitled Radio Play), Garrett Groenveld (Missives), Chana Porter (Beshert), and many other talented playwrights and their captivating stories

February 15, 2017 - March 31, 2017

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Greenhouse Ensemble, led by Founding Artistic Director, Hazen Cuyler, is accepting applications to its inaugural Playwright Reading Workshop

You’ve completed writing your play. You want to get it in front of an audience. Our Reading Workshop is your pathway to a fully produced public reading.

Your reading will be open to the public so that you can invite your colleagues and supporters as well as members of the industry interested in your work. This is an invaluable opportunity to get your script in front of audience and determine the next step toward production. No more searching for someone else to decide to do it, you are taking charge and moving your work forward.

To begin, the workshop also gives you the opportunity to hear your script read aloud in a private setting giving you a chance to see what you’ve got. This is in keeping with our dedication to providing a safe and supportive environment for theatre artists.

The workshop also provides you with several practical playwriting tools. Each meeting will include an introduction to a writing tool, and in addition, you will have the opportunity to hear portions of your work each time the workshop meets.

With enrollment limited to six playwrights, your script will get the attention it deserves. If you have ever participated in a group with twice as many playwrights, you’ll appreciate the focus you get each and every meeting.

As an added bonus, you will have an individual script session with the Workshop Facilitator to discuss your script in detail. This session is in addition to the workshop meetings at no extra charge.

The workshop meets for 10 weeks, beginning Wednesday, March 29 thru May 31, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at Theater West 97, 214 West 97th Street, conveniently located near the 96th Street stop for the 1, 2, and 3 trains as well as several MTA bus lines. The reading series is scheduled for the beginning of June.

The fee for the workshop, which includes 10 meetings, an individual script consultation and the public reading, is $600. To apply, email your writing resume, a complete synopsis (200 words maximum), and cast breakdown of the completed play you intend to develop through the Reading Workshop to Please put ‘Reading Workshop Application’ and your name in the subject line.

Kim T. Sharp (Workshop Facilitator) served as Abingdon Theatre Company’s Associate Artistic Director and Literary Manager for 16 seasons. He directed eight productions for the company and over 40 readings of new plays. He co-produced twelve 10-minute play festivals, presenting over 200 premiere productions. As Literary Manager he evaluated over 3,500 scripts and coordinated over 350 readings. He facilitated Abingdon’s two playwright groups for over 10 years.

The Greenhouse Ensemble, led by Founding Artistic Director Hazen Cuyler and Managing Director Reanna Armellino, cultivates a positive, judgment-free environment where artists create fully-realized work. The Greenhouse Ensemble is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-­profit arts service organization.

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!

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, March 25, 2017



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.

End of The Road New Short Play Festival and Beach Party

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South Baldwin Community Theatre of Gulf Shores, Alabama is seeking submissions for the third annual End of The Road New Short Play Festival and Beach Party. The End of the Road New Short Play Festival will be held July 14,15 and 16 2017 in beautiful Gulf Shores, Alabama located on the Gulf of Mexico. It will con- sist of three staged readings of the nine winning ten minute plays. By submitting your play you are agreeing to participate in the production of the play. Attendance by the playwright is a requirement for winning scripts.

Plays should not exceed 10 minutes in length and should be appropriate for a family friendly theatre. Submissions can be made via US mail to:

South Baldwin Community Theatre
PO Box 722
Gulf Shores, Al 36547

Submissions can also be sent via email to Please include

your name and contact information on a separate cover sheet. The author’s name should not appear anywhere in the body of the script.

Deadline for submissions is April 1, 2017. Winners will be notified by May 1, 2017.

The weekend will include an opening night beach party reception and a closing reception with talk-back. A $100.00 first prize will be given to the Judges’ Choice and a $50.00 prize will be given to the Audience Favorite.

For more details or questions call 251-968-6721 or visit the theatre online at:

We are looking forward to reading your play!

Friday, March 24, 2017


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This is the third and final part of the collaboration between The Canal Cafe Theatre & Russell Lucas in the 2016/17 American Season.

The Scheme:

We seek applications from writers who have an initial idea for a 60 minute play inspired by the current American political climate.

(NB: We are not accepting complete plays as this initiative is aimed at inspiring, developing and then finally presenting the work at the end of the six months.)

Play Structure:
• The final play will be one act (60 minutes or less) and not have received any staging anywhere in the world.
• The play can feature up to three actors.
• The American Season is presented in traverse or in-the-round style seating with one entrance/exit.

• You must present your initial title, full plot synopsis and one scene from the play.
• You may include character breakdowns, actor requirements and staging needs to support your application.
• Submissions open 1st March 2017 and close 31st March.
• Please submit your idea to the following email:

Once the submission period is closed, the artistic team will select writers that will go through to the next round. Further details will be provided to the selected applicants. We aim to reply to every applicant. The chosen playwright receives £400.00 to support the writing of their new play for a limited run at The Canal Café Theatre in October 2017.

Throughout the collaborative process you will have dramaturgical support from director Russell Lucas and production support from the venue.

Open Space Arts Summer Playwright's Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, March 23, 2017


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So this is an idea that we were kicking around for some time, but now that we have settled in to our new Theatre space on 45th Street, we have made it it possible for anyone with a good play, and for a nominal fee, to have their play produced at Manhattan Rep! We supply the director, the cast, the rehearsal space, set and props, and we bring your play to life in Midtown Manhattan where one can invite friends, family, producers and literary agents to come and see it. And it doesn't cost an arm and a leg!

We now have slots open JUNE through SEPTEMBER!

For a 10 minute 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 $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 21 - 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.

The fee for a full-length play is usually at least 4 to 5 times the amount of a shorter play due to rehearsal time, stand alone performance time and full-length plays get 3 performances. Submit your play if you are interested and we will send you a Budget/Fee.

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 "Summer 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.

Philip Seymour Hoffman Relentless Award

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The Relentless Award, established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman and his pursuit of truth in the theater, is the largest annual cash prize in American theater awarded to a playwright in recognition of a new play.
What we are  looking for:

Plays that are challenging.
Plays that exhibit fearlessness.
Plays that are not mainstream.
Plays that exude passion.
Plays that are relentlessly truthful.

The American Playwriting Foundation encourages submissions by first time playwrights, women and playwrights of color.


The author of the Relentless Award-winning play will receive $45,000.

The winning playwright will have the option to have the winning play published by the Dramatists Play Service.

The winning playwright will have a week-long residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm, an artist residency program housed on a working organic farm in Brewster, New York. The author can elect to have a director, a dramaturg and actors join him or her while in residence on the farm.

The selected play will have a national roll-out through the Ed Vassallo Relentless Reading Series, established to help bring to life and develop the winning play by presenting a series of staged readings at some of the top theaters across the United States.

When the winning play is selected, Finalists and Semifinalists will also be named.


Submissions will be accepted from March 13, 2017 through May 15, 2017. 
Submissions must be sent via this website by 11:59pm EST, May 15, 2017.
Eligibility/Criteria for Submission:

Any unproduced play written by a United States citizen or permanent resident (green card holder) is eligible for The Relentless Award.

Each play must be submitted with a letter from a theater professional recommending the play. “Theater Professional” is defined as anyone who has worked in theater in any artistic capacity for a minimum of four years.

Plays with a producer, producing organization or theater attached are not eligible.

As much as we love them, one-act plays, musicals and plays for children are not eligible.

The author must be at least 21 years old.

How to submit your play:

Use the form below to submit your play and accompanying letter of recommendation to The American Playwriting Foundation.

NOTE: please DO NOT have your name or other identifying info (email/phone number) on any of your manuscript pages. Please also exclude agent info, development info, and dedications. This will preserve the author's anonymity for the judges.

Please provide your script file in pdf (rather than Word documents), with the title format: TITLE OF PLAY.pdf. Do not include your name in the file script title.

You'll receive confirmation that your script and accompanying materials have been received. As submissions are processed manually, please allow up to two weeks to receive this confirmation.

Science Playwriting Competition

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The Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, in collaboration with the C. N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics, announces a CALL FOR PLAYS for the 2017 SBU Science Playwriting Competition:

Calling all talented playwrights with an interest in the sciences, and talented scientists with an interest in the theatre to compose a ten-minute play with a substantial science component. This contest is open to the general public:

First Prize Winner: $500
Second Prize Winner: $200
3rd Prize Winner: $100

The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2017.
Bringing science and theatre together can provide the inspiration for a play of exceptional artistic merit and lead to exciting new ways of learning about science. Indeed, we believe the best science plays can be great works of art because of the science they contain and great educational tools because of their artistic value. We are recruiting Stony Brook University’s brightest minds to write great plays that make science accessible to a wide audience.


ALL submissions must be received by midnight April 1, 2017.

A public staged reading of the winning entries will be performed during the Fall 2017 semester at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics.

– Plays should be around 10 minutes in length (usually around 10 pages).
– Winning playwrights will receive a directed, staged reading of their work in the Fall 2017 semester.
– Plays must have a title page that includes the playwright’s name, address, phone number, and email address.
– Plays must be unpublished work.

The awards committee will consist of Professors Christopher Herzog, George Sterman, and Steve Marsh.

*Note: please submit electronic entries as a pdf file. Submitting your play implies permission to have your play performed in a staged reading in the fall semester; all submissions remain the property of the playwright.


This is the fourth annual science playwriting competition. This competition is made possible by the generous support of the Simons Center, the C. N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics, and the SBU Department of Theatre Arts. Information about the previous competitions can be found here:


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

3 Short Plays wanted for show at Under St. Mark's Theater

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​Each play has to be 15-40 pages in length.
The play should be in the genre of non-realism. Other plays will be considered.
Please submit a synopsis of the play, and include whether it is non-realism or not.
Looking to produce either three 20-30 minute plays, or one larger play accompanied by two 10-minute plays.


Submit plays via this online submission form: 


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Beyond our annual productions, in concert with our mission to see more women and transgender artists employed in the theatre, we award two commissions per year to women or transgender playwrights who have demonstrated a singular talent for storytelling. The selected playwrights will receive $2,500 each. One out of every $10 we make from our Parity Store goes to them in support of their commissioned work – we call that our 10% Promise. ​​

Parity Productions reads submissions throughout the year and makes decisions based on who we believe to be the most promising playwrights with work that is in harmony with our artistic mission. Playwrights will receive regular feedback on their commissioned work, within 30 days of their submission of a first and second draft. They will also receive one “closed door” reading (cast, Parity Productions Artistic Director, and literary department) and at least one public reading and/or developmental production of the commissioned work. An option for Parity Productions to produce the work is included in The Commission agreement.

Can I apply for The Commission?
By submitting your work to us, you may ultimately be considered for The Commission, but there is no direct application for it. We award The Parity Commission to women and transgender playwrights that we have become familiar with through their submissions and subsequent meetings and interactions with us or other performances of their work. The deadline for submissions in a calendar year is June 1st. Submissions received after that will be considered for the following year.

How do I submit my work to Parity Productions?

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

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

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


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

Submission Guidelines:

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

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

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

$50 stipend is available for selected playwrights.

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

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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.

Bingham Camp Theatre Retreat seeks musicals

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BCTR is looking for composers and lyricists of color interested in having their new musical developed this year as part of its third season. The new musical must be able to be performed with a multiethnic cast and require no more than 8 actors. The winning submission will have a staged reading this fall as part of BCTR’s third season at the Bingham Camp in Salem, Connecticut under the artistic direction of Devanand Janki. This year's developmental retreat will be Sept. 10 - Sept. 23rd, 2017.

Previous musicals developed:
Call It Courage by Adam Overett
The Family Resemblance by Masi Asare

Materials are due by March 29th, 2017.

All submissions should include:
  • Single page synopsis
  • Single page character breakdown
  • Demo of score (3 songs maximum)
  • Sample of dialogue (5 pages maximum)
  • Brief production/development history (properties with prior full productions will not be accepted.)

The selection for the 2017 season will be announced in May.

Send digital materials to:

Monday, March 20, 2017

Studio Players 4th Annual 10-Minute Play Festival

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Studio Players, Kentucky’s Oldest Community-Involved Theater, located in Lexington, is proud to announce their 4th Annual 10-Minute Play Festival, to be performed in August 2017. This event is growing yearly, with vibrant public response. This year, we have both a Corporate Sponsor as well as a generous Private Donor. As such, we are solid and building. We are looking for 7 strong plays which change lives to feature so, once again, we are holding a competition. This competition is for 10-minute plays only; it is open to any playwright. The judges will be members of the Studio Players theater community: board members, directors and patrons. The rules are simple and are as follows:

1. Any playwright may enter; only one script per playwright.

2. The play must be a 10 minute play (meaning it will be approximately 10 pages long).

3. All plays should be emailed, with a separate cover page, with: play's title, author's name, email address, mailing address and phone number. The play itself should only have the title; no identifying information contained in or on the 10 page script.

4. To be considered, each script must be received by April 2nd.

5. The contest is open to the first 150 entries received.

6. Winning entrants agree to a full production of their scripts and video recording and presentation of their scripts.

That's it! The top 7 scripts (as determined by the judges) will be performed by active members of the Bluegrass theater community. Each play will be a fully realized, staged production; each performance showing all winning scripts. The 7 Selected playwrights will each receive $200 in prize money.

All entries should be sent to: with "10-min play fest" in the header.

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

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Women in the Age of Trump: CLINTON VERSUS TRUMP SEX ROMP GO! (excerpt) by Xavier Toby

CLINTON VERSUS TRUMP SEX ROMP GO! by Xavier Toby is a finalist for NYCPlaywrights project "Women in the Age of Trump."

Xavier Toby on his play:

I believe that most people are reasonable and good, no matter their political beliefs. They hold down jobs, raise families, and are convinced they are good humans, doing the best they can. So it's essential to me that my characters, no matter their political views, are never carictures. We're all just people trying to get by, jam-packed with good and bad, and I suppose that's what I try to write about. These are terrifying times, where too few of us know or care enough about politics, but shouting that someone is wrong, through art or a megaphone, is no way to bridge the chasm. We need to be inclusive, and my biggest worry is that society and the environment will fall apart before we've figured out how. Oh, and jokes. We always need more jokes.

Thanks to Xavier Toby for allowing NYCPlaywrights to publish this video of an excerpt from his play CLINTON VERSUS TRUMP SEX ROMP GO! And thanks to Larissa Adamczk and Jenna Sander for their good work.

XAVIER TOBY is a playwright, comedian and author from Australia who now resides in New York City. His work has been performed around the world, and for the last two years has been a member of the Athena Theatre Playwrights Group. |

LARISSA ADAMCZYK is a recent graduate of the Two Year Acting Program at William Esper Studio and an alumna of Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts in both English & Dance. She was last seen as the suffragette, Rose, in Speranza Theatre Company's original play, Unveiling Liberty, previously as Jennifer Ann in Speranza's Millicent the Magnificent, and Heather/Daisy in their production of Women Rising. She has performed many new (and old) works with several theatre companies in the NY/NJ area, such as New Light Theater Project, Endangered Artist Sanctuary and in Household Words, a concert of original music by Martha Miller. She can be seen on the internet as Laura in her own web series, Tiny Boxes, or playing various characters throughout time in A Period Drama and Unplugged; two web series written by Casey Hartnett. Larissa is a co-founder of Halcyon Collective, a group of solo performing artists who collaborate and present inter-disciplinary performances (of the coolest kind) throughout the year.

JENNA SANDER attended the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. In her final graduate play she was cast in one of her favorite roles; Rosencrantz in "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" at the Rita Morgenthau Theatre. Sander has also performed in Hedda Gabler as Thea Elvsted (Secret Theater) along with the role Lucy Hooks in Colorblind'd (Players Theater), and most recently performed as Norma Jean in "Norma Jean at The Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic" at the Hudson Guild theater.

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.
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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.


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Entry fee waived for members of The Dramatists Guild (Please provide proof of membership). 
19TH ANNUAL NEW PLAY CONTEST Theatre Conspiracy will be accepting submissions for its Nineteenth Annual New Play Contest between December 2016 and March 30, 2017. 

All works submitted will be read and judged by a panel of qualified theatre teachers, directors and performers. Script Parameters: Work submitted to the contest must be a full length play with seven actors or less and have simple to moderate technical demands. Plays having up to three previous productions are welcome. No musicals, we are a tone deaf theatre company!. Remuneration: First place: $700.00 and full production. However, it is our goal to produce more than one entry each year.

Submission Guidelines: 

1. Send complete script to Theatre Conspiracy Inc. 10091 McGregor Blvd. Ft. Myers, FL 33919 or send via e-mail to 

2: Include Biography of the Playwright and character breakdown.

3: If you would like to have the script returned include SASE. If not include an SASE for results.

4: Include a non-refundable administrative fee of $5.00. Make checks payable to Theatre Conspiracy (DO NOT MAIL CASH). Entry fee waived for members of The Dramatists Guild (Please provide proof of membership).

5. Deadline for submissions is postmark date of March 30, 2017. Please do not spend $20 to overnight or second day your script! Save your money!!!!

6. One entry per playwright per year please. Send your best script.

Saturday, March 18, 2017



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.

The Nick Darke Award 2017

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We are delighted to announce the Nick Darke Award 2017 open for stage play submissions.

Deadline for entries 17.00 (GMT), Wednesday 31 May 2017.

With the opportunity to win £6,000, this competition is open to all writers aged 16 and over.

Following Nick Darke's death the Nick Darke Award was conceived in 2006 by his wife, the artist and film-maker Jane Darke, with the support of his family. Nick Darke wrote in many forms but earned his living in the world of theatre, screen and radio.

The Award is funded by Falmouth University through the Academy of Music and Theatre Arts (AMATA) and the School of Writing & Journalism. The relationship between Falmouth and the Award recognises Nick Darke's impact across the arts and endeavours to continue his legacy through the promotion of talent.

  • Applicants should submit a full stage play script along with a one-page synopsis
  • All submissions should be entered anonymously, do not include a name, address, phone number or email on the script or synopsis
  • Please put your contact details in the email with your submission
  • Further information available in our submission criteria
  • Email your submission in PDF format to:
  • Falmouth University is ranked as the UK's number one university for the creative industries for the third year running. Falmouth also makes the top 30 of all universities in the country; recognition that reflects its world-class facilities, quality of teaching, levels of graduate employment and student satisfaction.

The University has a portfolio of ground breaking, industry-facing courses that are designed to help students get great jobs across the creative sector, from Acting, English and Fine Art, to Computing for Games, Textile Design and Business Entrepreneurship.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Discount tickets: GUTLESS & GRATEFUL

Use the discount code AMY at this link, to get $10 off per ticket 

Following sold-out runs at The Triad NYC, The Bijou Theatre, United Solo Festival, Barrington Stage Company (Tony-Award winning William Finn’s Cabaret Series) and a nationwide tour from Washington D.C. to Hawaii, the captivating Amy Oestreicher will bring her hit one-woman musical Gutless & Grateful back to NYC at the internationally acclaimed Metropolitan Room on February 5th and March 26th at 7pm, 2017. 

Through interwoven song and dialogue, performer Amy Oestreicher shares a primal piece of live-storytelling – weaving her near death experience and inspiring perspective with an eclectic set of songs, comedically highlighting struggles, triumphs and “beautiful detours” in her life.

Artists' Exchange 12th Annual One Act Play Festival (July & August 2017)

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Submission Guidelines: Plays should be original, short one act plays; ideal length 10-15 minutes with 20-minute maximum. Previously produced plays acceptable. Playwrights may submit up to three (3) plays. There is no cost to submit work. Comedic, absurd, dramatic, farcical, musical, etc. are all welcome and encouraged for review. Selected plays will be performed at Theatre 82 in Cranston, Rhode Island, on two consecutive weekends between July 21 and August 12, 2017 (more performance details below).

Deadline for Submission: All plays must be received by Saturday, April 15, 2017. 

 Any plays received or postmarked past April 15th will not be accepted for review. Plays will be reviewed and judged by a panel of community directors and actors on their artistic and technical merits, and collectively decided on whether they are “selected for performance” or “not selected.” Total number of selected plays is TBD, based on factors including number of submissions, length of plays, etc.

Selected Plays for Performance: The OAPF Panel will finalize and announce all selected plays for performance by the end of May/early June. Playwrights will receive notification only if their play(s) was/were selected for performance, and the selected plays will also be posted on the Festival’s webpage. Playwrights will not be notified if their works were not accepted. By submitting works, playwrights agree to allow Artists’ Exchange to produce their play(s) in the Festival for the public’s entertainment and benefit with no performance/royalty fees.

Selected Playwrights: Participation is volunteer; no stipends or monetary prizes are awarded to selected playwrights. All monies collected from ticket sales will benefit Artists’ Exchange/Gateways to Change, Inc. and the continuation of the One Act Play Festival for years to come. Selected playwrights will receive at least two (2) complimentary tickets and recognition in the playbill, including a personal bio and contact information (if provided). Performances are not video recorded.

Festival Performance Information:

July 21 - August 12, 2017

Fridays @ 7:00 PM and Saturdays @ 3:00 & 7:00 PM

Venue: Theatre 82 (82 Rolfe Square, Cranston, RI 02910)

Presented in Two Waves

- Each Wave is separate and features different plays

- Four performance dates per Wave

Wave I: July 21-29

Wave II: August 4-12

About the One Act Play Festival: Since 2006, Artists’ Exchange has hosted the One Act Play Festival (OAPF) for the entertainment and enjoyment of the Cranston community. Short plays are submitted from local, regional, and national playwrights and then selected for performance by a panel of directors/actors. Casts feature community actors of all abilities ranging in sex, age, and experience levels.

This year marks the 12th annual year and aims to showcase new playwrights mixed in with patron favorites, highlighting the best short plays that were submitted for review.

About Artists’ Exchange: Artists' Exchange is a nonprofit arts collaborative whose mission is to create an atmosphere in which creativity, learning and discovery converge and individuality is celebrated. We are operated by Gateways to Change, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all human beings.

Artists' Exchange is home to multiple art studios, a gallery, art boutique and café, along with secondary venue Theatre 82, a multi-use performance, meeting and instructional space. Enriching classes and summer camps are offered year-round in art, ceramics, theater, and music; and a variety of events – including plays, music concerts, birthday parties, and fundraisers – are hosted at our venues.

To Submit: Please send all plays to Artists’ Exchange by physical mail or email and include your contact information and play title(s). Playwrights may only submit up to three (3) plays maximum. Send any questions or communications to Jessica Chace, Festival Artistic Director (contact information below).

By Mail:

Attention: One Act Play Festival Submission
Artists’ Exchange
50 Rolfe Square
Cranston, RI 02910

By Email: In Subject line, please write “One Act Play Festival Submission: [Your Name]” and send to Jessica Chace at

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Shakespeare's Birthday Sonnet Slam

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April 21, 2017, 1pm

Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park, FREE

Where 154 Sonnets are spoken aloud
Produced by Willful Pictures
Created by Melinda Hall

To Register to Read for the Slam

1. Sign up on our site, leads you to create an account with us.

2. Once you have your account, you can access the  Registration page and answer a few questions.

3. We will then see your info & you will get your randomly assigned Sonnet # within a day or two.

Remember: If you SIGN UP, SHOW UP on April 21st.

Kitchen Theatre Company Play Submission Guidelines

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Kitchen Theatre Company (KTC) primarily finds new plays through submissions by agents and recommendations by directors who have worked at the KTC. However, unsolicited plays are accepted on a rolling basis. Keep in mind that unsolicited plays may take up to ten months to be read.

KTC is committed to contributing to the field of American theater by producing new plays. KTC seeks plays that complement our mission of creating bold, intimate, and engaging theater. Playwrights will be contacted once KTC has received their play and again only if their play is selected for production. Due to the high volume of play submissions that the theatre receives, KTC is unable to contact every playwright when their play is not selected to be produced. Please do not e-mail or call the theatre with inquiries about a submission.

Submission Guidelines
KTC is highly unlikely to produce a play with more than 5 characters and more likely to produce a play with 4 or fewer characters. Plays with more than 6 characters will not be considered.

For more specific information about what kind of work KTC produces, visit our production history.

KTC does not accept one act plays unless they are full-length in run time (seventy-five to ninety minutes).

KTC does accept musicals on the condition that they meet the above character count and run time rules. Submit with 3 recorded songs and a complete piano score with lyrics.

Plays from international playwrights are accepted and encouraged. However, the plays must be written in English or have been translated into English.

Please submit only one play to KTC within an 18-month period.

To submit a play for consideration, download and complete the application and send it along with the first ten pages of the play (cover page and character outline is not included in this ten page count) and a FULL BUT CONCISE synopsis in PDF format (no Word documents) to Please do not mail submissions. KTC is a green theater and likes to go as paperless as possible.

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, March 15, 2017

Tenured Son Theatre 2018 Season - full-length plays wanted

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Tenured Son Theatre currently seeking full-length plays for inaugural 2018 season. No restrictions on subject matter however set changes and tech requirements should be kept to a minimum. Looking for great dialogue, excellent character development and a new/unique perspective. Please read the following guidelines before submitting:

1. Play must be new, full-length (preferably 80-120 minutes). One act plays are permitted as long as they meet the preferred time span. Going over or under the preferred time will not exclude your play from consideration. It is merely a suggested length. Plays that have received a production on any scale are not allowed. However, staged readings or workshopped plays are allowed.

2. No musicals, adaptations or plays specifically meant for children. Also, no one-man shows. We prefer a cast size of 3-10, however a cast of any size as long as its 2+ are welcomed!

3. No restrictions on content matter or themes. You write it and we'll read it!

4. While you may include your name and contact information on your script, no other information is required. No resume, headshot, bio, synopsis is needed and we actually prefer just the script in .pdf or .doc format. Please include brief character breakdown.

5. Deadline to submit is midnight April 30th, 2017. Please email your submissions to and place "2018 Submission - TITLE OF PLAY" in the subject line and your contact info in the body of the email. Even if this info is provided in your script please provide this information in the email itself.

The winner will be notified no later than August 1st, 2017. The winning play will be produced as part of our inaugural season. We have produced many shows since 2013 but next year will be our first fully scheduled theatre season. The winning playwright will have travel and lodging paid for as well as a cash stipend to attend the opening weekend of their show which will be in Kansas City, MO. Attendance is not mandatory but is preferred as we will also have a talk back during the opening weekend. Please note, in submitting your play you give Tenured Son Theatre the right to produce your play during the month of April in 2018 without receiving any royalties.

Renegade Theatre Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We look forward to reading your new play!

Check out our festival website at:

The 8th Annual Festival of Shorts

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Thank you for your interest in the 8th Annual Festival of Shorts hosted at the Wade James Theater by Edmonds Driftwood Players. The Festival this year will be presented in four performances – Friday and Saturday, July 7 and 8 at 8pm; Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9 at 2pm.

We are so excited to announce our theme for 2017 ”Unintended Consequences”.

How many times have you never meant to do something but ended up doing the very thing you tried to avoid? Or perhaps you wanted to help someone and ended up creating a bigger mess? Maybe you didn’t want to help someone and ended up being the biggest blessing they ever received. So often, our actions produce consequences that we never thought, never foresaw, never believed could happen. For good, for bad, for ugly, for interesting, for hilarious…the details are up to you!

In order to enter the festival, please DO the following:
  • Submit an original, never before produced script for a play that will last no longer than 15 minutes with 6 characters or less, which can be staged with minimal sets, props, and costumes.
  • Incorporate the theme of “Unintended Consequences” into your story.
  • All scripts should be submitted electronically to:
  • Submit your play by 5pm Pacific Standard Time on Friday, March 31, 2017.
  • Submit two documents:
  • A cover page with the name of the title and your full name, address, email address and phone number.
  • Your play in ‘Standard Stage Play Format’ with the title of the play ONLY. No identifying information about the playwright is to appear in this “blind” copy. All plays which fail to submit a blind copy of their play will be disqualified. The blind copy of the script preserves anonymity in our judging process.

In order to enter the festival, please DON’T do the following:
  • Don’t submit a play with a single character. This means NO monologues, please!
  • Don’t submit a play that includes nudity, excessive bad language or could in any way be construed as a hard ‘R’ or ‘X’ rating.
  • Don’t include excessive props or things like glitter or feathers that would be hard to clean up and delay transitions for our festival. Eight plays will be presented at each performance (4 plays before intermission, 4 plays after intermission). Please don’t make it hard for our production team to stage your show.
  • Don’t submit a play that has been produced on any stage, anywhere prior to March 31, 2017. We will do a search for each play before notifying our 8 finalists. Any evidence that a play has been previously produced will result in disqualification of the script from our festival.

If you have any questions, please email:

We look forward to hearing from people all over the planet, so have fun! Hopefully your story about unintended consequences will be a hit with our judges and we’ll see you in July for our 8th Annual Festival of Shorts!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Playwrights Group - a Weekly Workshop

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The Playwrights Group seeks new members to meet on a weekly basis in Manhattan to do readings of members material — anywhere from a few pages to an entire script. It can be a full length, 10 minute play, webisode, musical, film, etc. Contact them at scripts@theplaywrightsgroup to schedule a visit.


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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

Athena Project seeks Plays in Progress

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

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

Submission Guidelines are as follows:

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

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

3. Submission must include:

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

b. Character breakdown (without playwright contact info*)

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

d. Resume

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

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

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

5. We recommend the playwright be able to travel to the area for rehearsals as needed if selected, and for at least one workshop production performance at their own expense. We will select 3-4 playwrights to participate in the PIP Series and hope to strike a balance between local and national work. Exact rehearsal and performance schedules will be worked out with the director, dramaturg, and playwright after all plays are selected.

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

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


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

Three or four finalists will be selected by September 2017

Directors and Dramaturgs will be selected by November 2017

Casting will be between December-January 2017/18

Rehearsals will begin in February 2018

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


Monday, March 13, 2017

Women in the Age of Trump: EARLY RETURNS by Ramon L. Delgado

LAURA'S EARLY RETURNS by Ramon L. Delgado is a finalist for NYCPlaywrights project "Women in the Age of Trump."

Professor Delgado on the inspiration for this monologue:

“Laura’s Early Returns” attempts to contrast past civil rights gains with possible future losses through memories of a lost, loving relationship. Three drafts over three days were needed to strike a balance between the character’s personal story and the social comment."

Thanks to Ramon L. Delgado for allowing NYCPlaywrights to publish this video of his monologue LAURA'S EARLY RETURNS. And thanks to Marina Re for her good work.

Retired Professor Emeritus RAMON L. DELGADO  is the author of eight published short plays, notably “Waiting for the Bus” in the Bantam Press collection Ten Great One Act Plays and the full-length play A Little Holy Water. Three of his one-acts are available from Samuel French. He was editor of The Best Short Plays series from 1981-1989 and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

MARINA RE has appeared: Off- Broadway: Lions Theatre, NY Classical Theatre, Flea Theatre, Bleecker Street, HB Playwrights, Abingdon,Kraine. West End. Regional: Huntington, Riverside (Fl.),Two River, Florida Studio, CenterStage, Conn. Rep, Arts Center Coastal Carolina, National Theatre of Deaf (National Tour), Gulfshore Playhouse, Charles Playhouse, Vineyard Playhouse, CityStage, Lyric Stage,Foothills. Company Member: “Shear Madness”, Gloucester Stage Co., Merrimack Rep., Boston Shakespeare Co. Awards: Desert Star Award (Master Class), IRNE Award,, Sarasota Magazine:”Best Lead Actress”( Boleros for the Disenchanted),”Best Supporting Actress ”(The Miamians), Boston Globe ”Best Performance of Year”(View from the Bridge, North Shore Fish, Sisters Rosensweig,Present Laughter, Italian-American Reconciliation), Boston Phoenix “Favorite Local Actress”. FILM: Woody Allen’s IRRATIONAL MAN, Diane English’s THE WOMEN, IRIS, TALKING TO GOD, URBAN RELICS. TV: Primetime WWYD, New Amsterdam, Nurse Jackie. Web site: