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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Lanesboro Artist Residency Program

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The Lanesboro Artist Residency Program, located in Lanesboro, MN (pop. 754), is supported by the Jerome Foundation and aims to provide an immersive, meaningful experience for emerging artists from Minnesota and the five boroughs of New York City. The program is unique in that it provides an entire rural community and its myriad assets as a catalytic vehicle for engagement and artistic experimentation, with staff working with each resident to create a fully-customized residency experience.

The application deadline for residencies taking place in 2019 is Friday, June 29, 2018 at 12 p.m. (noon) CST.

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5th Wall Productions 2018-2019 Staged Reading Series

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Staged Reading Program Overview:

The Staged Reading Series at 5th Wall Productions is a part of our new play development process. Each month, one previously unpublished and unproduced play will receive a staged reading, followed by a  a critical response session with the audience. At the end of each season, TWO of these selections will be chosen to receive a workshop production.

What kind of plays are you looking for?

5th Wall is currently accepting submissions of full-length, unpublished, unproduced stage plays. The plays do not have to be production-ready. In fact, most of our choices are in need of further development. Our mission is to give these development opportunities to new pieces,  and 5th Wall staff will work closely with the writers to improve the work. Submissions will be judged for overall quality, length, style, and producibility. We strive to find plays that tell new stories, ask tough questions, provoke thought, and challenge both actors and audiences. Submissions are not exclusive to local playwrights, though some  preference will be given to writers who are able to attend the reading.

How do I submit a script?

Submissions can be e-mailed in PDF format to our literary manager at: 5thwallsubmissions@gmail.com.

Is there a fee?


What do I need to include with my submission?

Please include your name, address, phone number and email address on the cover page of your script. We would like plays to include a synopsis, character breakdown, and development history. Please also include any specific feedback you would like from the 5th Wall staff and/or what questions you would ask the audience during the talkback session at the reading. You may also include a brief biography (not required).

How should my play be formatted?

There is a great resource on play formatting by Samuel French.

(Format guides at NYCPlaywrights)

What is the deadline for submission?

Submissions for the 2018-2019 season will close at 11:59 pm EST on May 31, 2018.

When will I find out if my play is selected?

Writers will be notified by email when we have received your submission.  If your play is chosen for a Staged Reading, you will be notified by July 31, 2018.

If at any time you would like to receive an update on the status of your submission, feel free to send an email to 5thwallsubmisisons@gmail.com.

When are the readings presented?

Staged Reading Series events are typically held on the third Sunday of each month (with the exception of November and December). Scripts are assigned a director and a cast, and in most cases scripts are given two rehearsals during the week prior to the reading. Writers are invited to attend rehearsals and the reading, but it is not required.

What happens in the Critical Response session?

The model we use for the critical response talkback was developed by Liz Lerman, and is used by many institutions including the New York Theatre Workshop. It is structured in a way that ensures that feedback remains constructive and to the point. The four steps of the Critical Response Process are:

The audience is asked to make statements of meaning regarding the work.
The writer asks questions of the audience.
The audience then gets to ask questions of the writer.
Members of the audience ask if the writer would like to hear opinions or suggestions about certain aspects of the play. The writer must give permission for the opinion or suggestion to be heard.
Learn more about the Critical Response Process here.

Are writers paid for staged readings or given compensation for travel?

We do not offer pay or travel stipends for staged reading participation. We feel that the benefit of the program is the development opportunity itself. Participation is voluntary for all involved. Writers who are not local may participate in the process through online video chat.

What happens next?

5th Wall will select TWO of the Staged Reading Series scripts to be workshopped into full productions in the following season. Writers will again be invited to participate in the workshop process, which will typically be the first two weeks of the six week rehearsal period. Writers are also welcome to attend a press-preview and opening night of the production. Writers will be compensated 10% of ticket sales for workshop productions.

What if my play has already been produced* or published?

Previously produced or published plays will not be considered for the Staged Reading Series, but may be considered for production in an upcoming season.  Please specify if the play you are submitting has already been published or produced and include production history, if applicable.

*Plays that have had three or more performances for a paying audience will be considered previously produced.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence

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This annual award was established to honor past member and playwright, Bob Pickering, and to provide a vehicle for playwrights to see their works produced. Over 30 plays have been produced over since 1984. $200 is awarded for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.


Manuscripts must be received by December 31st

Types of plays accepted

Full length, unproduced plays and musicals. Children’s plays accepted. Unable to return without a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Selection Process:

Chairman and committee members read and review each entry and select ten finalists from which the first, second and third place winners are chosen.


Branch County Community Theatre reserves the right and agrees to produce the first place winner in this yearly competition. First place winners are required to sign a production contract.

Production House:

BCCT productions are staged in the historic Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, Michigan. Built in 1882, Tibbits is a completely restored 500-seat proscenium theater.

Send submissions to:
Branch County Community Theatre
14 S. Hanchett St.
Coldwater, MI 49036

Spicy Witch seeks writer-in-residence

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Apply to our Writer-in-Residence Program

Spicy Witch Productions seeks an emerging playwright to be our 2019 Writer-in-Residence. The SWP Writer-in-Residence Program supports the work of an emerging playwright. Throughout the course of our 2018-2019 season, the playwright will work with SWP on an adaptation of a classical text, chosen collaboratively by the company and the playwright. Ideal candidates should be inspired by our mission to create theater that explores themes of gender and identity and to support female and non-binary artists. ​

The Writer-in-Residence will develop their new play through a series of workshops and a public reading in the winter of 2019, and will have the opportunity to attend a weekend long company retreat. The world premiere will be produced by SWP, in repertory with the play's source material, in our 7th season.

Interested applicants should email spicywitchproductions@gmail.com with a resume, a letter of interest, and a complete play submission (either one act or full length). Please include "Playwright Submission - FIRST NAME LAST NAME" in the subject line.

Applications are due on June 1, 2018 by 11:59 PM.

Spicy Witch Productions is committed to creating an inclusive ensemble of diverse perspectives. Emerging writers of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds are actively encouraged to submit.
Stay informed about future opportunities: Join our mailing list

Interested collaborators are always encouraged to email us at SpicyWitchProductions@gmail.com. We will keep your information on file.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Summer Shortcuts VIII

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The Open Eye Theater in Margaretville will accept 10-minute play submissions from May 21 to June 3, to be considered for production in “Summer Shortcuts VIII.”

Eight plays will be selected for two weekends of performances, Thursdays through Sundays from Aug. 16 to 26. All performances will take place at 960 Main St. in Margaretville, New York.

Family-friendly comedies and dramas, no more than 10 minutes in length on any subject or theme, and of any style or genre are welcome, according to a media release. The Open Eye is a “black box-type” theater seating 75. The company is especially interested in plays by Catskill Mountains and New York state playwrights, and in plays with good roles for senior adults and young teens.

Each playwright may submit up to two 10-minute plays, formatted in Word, ODT or PDF, and emailed to openeye@catskill.net with the subject line: Summer Shortcuts VIII.

The playwright’s name and all contact information, including mailing address, phone number and email address must appear on the title page. Hard copy submissions will not be accepted.

Authors of selected plays will be notified by late July. Each playwright whose play is produced will be encouraged to attend rehearsals and performances, and will receive a token fee of $40 and a copy of the printed program.

Play submissions will be accepted only from May 21 to June 3.

More information about The Open Eye Theater, and photos from Summer Shortcuts VII can be seen at

PICK OF THE VINE – Season 17 (2019)

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Little Fish Theatre is accepting scripts for our 17th Annual PICK OF THE VINE short play production to be presented in January-February 2019.

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, 2018. Submission deadline is May 31, 2018.

3. Submissions via email only. Email submissions (in .pdf form only) to LFTpickofthevine@gmail.com

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 include a title sheet with Title, Playwright, cast of characters (with brief description), setting, and estimated running time.


1. We will notify semi-finalists via email by end of 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 email in late September.


Sunday, May 20, 2018

South Street Players 8th Annual Tri-State Theatre Festival

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Call for original short plays by playwrights from tri-state area (NJ, NY, PA).

South Street Players (southstreetplayers.org) is seeking original, short (10 mins preferred, 15 mins maximum) plays for its 8th Annual Tri-State Theatre Festival. The event will take place October 19-21, 2018 in Spring Lake, NJ.

The festival, which receives more than 300 scripts annually, is committed to presenting the finest and most unique original short plays written by local playwrights from New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The event also serves as an artistic fundraiser, with all proceeds going to SSP to help maintain its commitment to producing high-quality, extremely engaging theatrical experiences for our audiences.
Submission Rules and Process:
Seeking original comedic and dramatic short plays from playwrights currently living in the Tri-State area only (NJ, NY and PA).
Plays must be 15 pages or less. Submissions of longer than 15 pages will be declined for consideration. 
Plays must be in standard playscript format.
Playwrights may submit more than one play, but please be sure your name and email address is on the title page of each script.
SSP is a family theatre – no excessive swearing, no nudity.
No royalties or payment will be provided to playwrights should his or her play be chosen for the festival.
Plays will only be accepted via email: southstreetoneacts@gmail.com
Deadline:  July 4, 2018, 11:59pm.
For more information, please email Rob Sullivan, Festival Producer, at southstreetoneacts@gmail.com.

ReOrient 2019: Call for Plays

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Golden Thread Productions is seeking short plays for the ReOrient Festival of Short Plays 2019. The ReOrient Festival showcases the diversity of voices and aesthetics from the Middle East and its worldwide diaspora in a curated festival of short plays produced biennially in San Francisco.

  • Playwrights of Middle Eastern heritage writing about any topic
  • Playwrights of all backgrounds writing about the Middle East
  • The plays must be in English.

Submission Guidelines:
Length: 10-30 minutes
One submission only per playwright
Deadline: May 31, 2018

Areas of Interest include:
  • Comedies
  • Plays that experiment with non-realistic forms, non-linear or physically-based storytelling
  • Plays that explore and demonstrate aspects of daily or family life
  • Adaptations of classical texts and or historical figures
  • Exploration of Middle Eastern performance traditions

How to submit:

Please submit your play using this form. Email information@goldenthread.org if you have any questions.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Talking Stick Festival seeks first nations art projects

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Deadline: May 31, 2018

Artists Submission Info

Full Circle: First Nations Performance is accepting artist submissions for the 2019 Talking Stick Festival. Both established and emerging artist submissions from all areas of the performing arts are welcomed to apply.

Project in Development

The Talking Stick Festival also offers opportunities for artists whose work is in development and are seeking artistic support or guidance. Follow the instructions below and apply now to present your work in the “Development Series”!

Write a cover letter
Obtain two (2) Reference Letters
Submit a twenty (20) minute video of your Project in Development

NOTE: Out-of-town artists are encouraged to pursue travel funding opportunities and include details of this in their applications.

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Pen America Writing for Justice Fellowship

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PEN America’s $10,000 Writing for Justice Fellowship will commission six writers—emerging or established—to create written works of lasting merit that illuminate critical issues related to mass incarceration and catalyze public debate.

The PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship aims to harness the power of writers and writing in bearing witness to the societal consequences of mass incarceration by capturing and sharing the stories of incarcerated individuals, their families, communities, and the wider impact of the criminal justice system. Our goal is to ignite a broad, sustained conversation about the dangers of over-incarceration and the imperative to mobilize behind rational and humane policies. As an organization of writers dedicated to promoting free expression and informed discourse, PEN America is honored to have been entrusted by the Art for Justice Fund to engage the literary community in addressing this pressing societal issue.

Deadline to apply: July 1, 2018


The Writing for Justice Fellowship is open-genre, and proposed projects may include—but are not limited to—fictional stories; works of literary or long-form journalism; theatrical, television or film scripts; memoirs; poetry collections; or multimedia projects. The most competitive applications will demonstrate how the proposed project will engage issues of reform, fuel public debate, crystallize concepts of reform, and facilitate the possibility of societal change. As part of our mission to stimulate discussion, emphasis will be placed on proposed projects that show strong promise for publication. Fellows must commit to contribute actively to bringing attention to their work and that of other Fellows. The Fellowship is open to writers at any stage of their career. Currently and formerly incarcerated writers are highly encouraged to apply, and special provisions will be made for incarcerated writers to participate through alternative methods.

Fellows will receive an honorarium of $10,000 and may request up to $5,000 in additional funding for travel and research. In addition to financial support, Fellows may choose to be paired with a mentor to serve as a source of guidance for the project, and the cohort will convene in person twice during the course of the Fellowship. PEN America will draw on the Writing for Justice Advisory Committee as well as its network of agents, editors, publishers, partner organizations and outlets in order to assist efforts for publication and dissemination of the work of the Fellows. Opportunities for sharing the created work through public forums will be organized in New York City at the PEN World Voices Festival, in the Fellow’s home community, and possibly additional locations.


The first eight months of the Fellowship are designed for Fellows to research, create, and connect with mentors and the cohort, working toward submission of a polished final product that is ready for publication. The final four months of the Fellowship will focus on placing the works for public dissemination and opportunities for Fellows to present their work publicly.

  • July 1, 2018: Deadline to apply
  • September 2018: Successful applicants notified
  • September–May 2018: Fellows work on their projects, meet with mentors
  • October TBD, 2018: Cohort meeting #1 (NYC)
  • February 8–10, 2019: Cohort meeting #2 (Location TBD)
  • April 2019: PEN World Voices Festival event featuring works in progress
  • May 2019: Work completed and submitted for publication
  • May–August 2019: Placing work and public presentations


To be eligible for this Fellowship, the applicant must be

21 years of age or older.
An individual writer. Collaborative projects are acceptable, but only one project lead may apply and participate in the Fellowship’s activities.
A United States resident.
Available to participate actively in all dimensions of Fellowship programming, including mandatory gatherings and public programs. (The Fellowship will cover costs associated with these events, separately from the Fellowship honorarium and travel/research budget.) Currently incarcerated writers and formerly incarcerated writers on parole will participate through alternative means.
Able to demonstrate a track record of successful projects brought to completion on time.
Membership in PEN America is not required. Please see FAQs below for more information.


Fellows will be selected on artistic merit, the project’s approach and potential for impact, and the feasibility of project to be fully completed and in polished, publishable form within the given time frame. Applications will be reviewed by PEN America and expert advisors through an anonymous process.

Applications close July 1, 2018. Fellows will be announced in September 2018.


Closely review all required materials listed below. Please be mindful of the specific application requests. Failure to follow instructions carefully will result in immediate disqualification. Late applications will not be accepted. We suggest you submit early to avoid technical issues.

There is no fee to apply to the Writing for Justice Fellowship.

All non-incarcerated applicants are required to submit online through Submittable.

Currently incarcerated writers can submit by sending application materials (preferably typed, but clean, legible handwritten applications will also be accepted) to the address below:

Writing For Justice Fellowship
588 Broadway, Suite 303
New York, NY 10012


Please do not include your name or any other identifying information on any part of the application, aside from the cover page. Typed materials should be:

  • 11 or 12 pt standard font (Times New Roman, Arial)
  • Spaced at 1 or 1.15
  • One-inch margins
  • Currently incarcerated writers should follow formatting to the best of their ability and estimate word count as closely as possible. We will not disqualify applications for being reasonably over count.

1. Cover Page:

Include name, address, telephone number, email address, and title of the proposed project.

2. Project Title and Brief Description (maximum of 100 words)

3. Project Proposal (maximum of 750 words):

Please respond to the following questions:

  • Describe the project, including genre, relevance to the topic of mass incarceration, and the geographic regions your project addresses.
  • Share what is new and significant about your project’s approach and why it matters. What inspired your choices and interest?
  • Where are you in the timeline of your project? What work do you hope to accomplish during the eight-month creation portion of the Fellowship? What resources would be most helpful in this process? What form of mentorship would your project most benefit from? (E.g., a writer in your genre, an editor, an expert in an aspect of criminal justice/mass incarceration, etc.)
  • What impact do you hope your project will have? What audiences/communities are you writing toward? How do you imagine your project might be used to catalyze conversations on mass incarceration? What change might it spur? Please provide specific examples.
  • Where do you imagine this project living or being featured? Share any ideas/connections to publications or other relevant venues that might be a good fit for your work.

4. Work sample: 7–10 pages of your written work, or 10 files if multimedia. If you are applying with a project that is already in motion, the work sample content should reflect this if available.

5. Research travel budget up to $5,000.

Budgets may reflect costs associated with research travel, a self-directed residency, resources associated with the project’s completion, and/or supplies. Funding is subject to the Fellowship committee’s discretion. Please do not submit a travel research budget unless there is a strong case for the impact of this financial support on your project’s completion.

6. Biographical Context (maximum of 500 words): Briefly introduce yourself as a creator. This might be an artist/career biography to express past accomplishments, a statement of philosophy and approach, or an overview of your current practice and/or creative mission.

7. Optional CV (maximum of 2 pages): Encouraged, but not required. Applicants who do not include a CV will not be penalized.

8. References: Submit three reference names and contact information that can speak to applicant’s track record of success and completion of past projects. This is required for non-incarcerated writers. Incarcerated writers are not required to supply references, but encouraged to do so if possible.

The Nick Darke Award 2018

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We are delighted to announce that the Nick Darke Award 2018 is open for stage play submissions. Please submit entries before 17.00 (GMT) Monday 21 May 2018. 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 concieved 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.

How to complete your submission:

  • 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

Email your submission in PDF format to: nickdarkeaward@falmouth.ac.uk

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Quantum Dragon Theatre (San Francisco) submission guidelines

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Right now, there is a tragic shortage of sci­fi/fantasy plays in the world, but you can help change that by writing for Quantum Dragon! We have an open submissions policy- read our mission statement, submit any play that fits our style, and we’ll check it out.

We are open to considering any genre ­appropriate play of any length for production, but at the moment we are particularly interested in full-length plays set in worlds unlike our own— distant futures, alternate presents, and non-Tolkienian fantasies. Plays that are written with small­-scale, budget-conscious theatres in mind will be given special consideration, but don’t let that limit your creativity. We’re especially interested in plays with strong roles for woman and non-binary actors and with radical racial and ethnic diversity.

If you've got an original idea that you haven't quite started writing yet, but you think we'd love, you might be an excellent candidate for The Forge (Where Plays Are Wrought), our developmental program which supports playwrights with private and public readings to help them reach a completed first draft of a brand-new speculative genre play.

We’re also strongly interested in adaptations of genre novels, stories, comics, etc. If you’ve got an idea you’re itching to adapt for the stage, contact us with a pitch and a writing sample, and if we fall in love we’ll see what we can do to help secure the rights to produce it.

Submissions are only accepted electronically (send to info@quantumdragon.org with the words PLAY SUBMISSION in the subject line), and must include:

1. A cover letter with your name, contact information, and a short biography and/or resume.

2. A one-­page synopsis including a brief description of the play, a character breakdown, and an explanation of outstanding production requirements. If the play has been previously produced, please also include past production credits. If you are seeking development support from The Forge, please indicate that.

3. A complete script (if it exists), or  a ten­-page dialogue sample (either from the script or in a style that reflects it).

Anticipated time for a full response is six to nine months, but we will do our best to send a confirmation of receipt within two weeks.

Submissions are open year-­round. 


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Second weekend in October, 2018

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:  warnersubmissions@gmail.com 
  • 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 150 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.

To be considered for the Warner International Playwrights Festival scripts must be RECEIVED by 11:50pm Eastern Standard Time on June 1; late entries will not be read.

For additional information, contact warnersubmissions@gmail.com​

Friday, May 18, 2018

Fundamentals of Playwriting at Primary Stages ESPA

If you’re just stepping into the world of playwriting, welcome! In this 5-week class at Primary Stages ESPA, Kara Lee Corthron will help you build a toolbox of the fundamentals, so your first play (and each play you write after that!) can be built on a strong foundation.

Fundamentals of Playwriting
Instructor: Kara Lee Corthron (Writer, AliceGraceAnon at New Georges)
Thursdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
June 28, July 12, 19, 26, August 2

This class might be for you if you are:
  • A budding playwright who wants to get down to basics. 
  • A theater artist boldly crossing the line from one discipline to another and ready to start writing! 
  • A novelist or poet searching for a new form.
In this class you will:
  • Build a toolbox of the fundamentals, including discussions of structure, character, and dialogue. 
  • Complete writing exercises to gain an understanding of the form and generate ideas for material. 
  • Start to write your own play by the end of the semester.
By the end of this class you will:
  • Have a strong grasp on writing for the stage, armed with the confidence you need to declare yourself a playwright and get to work on your script. 
  • Be ready for The First Draft!
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 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

CoHo Lab

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CoHo Lab launched in August 2016 for CoHo Productions to provide dedicated space, time and resources to theatre artists developing new works of performance.

As studio spaces become less accessible, and methods of collaborative theatre-making become more project-specific, CoHo Lab provides a crucial service and extends CoHo’s mission to nurture and support exceptional Portland-based theatre artists.

Selected artists receive a 20-30 hour workshop residency to develop their work and artist stipends are provided. Each Lab includes a private/invited showing for the artists to receive professional feedback, then culminates in a ticketed showing for a public audience.

For audiences who enjoy new work mini-festivals like Risk-Reward and JAW, these casual showings are a rare chance to see a sampler of solo performances, original plays, ensemble devising, one-on-one performance encounters and other exciting performance.


August 6 – 19, 2018

Selected artists will receive a 20-30 hour workshop residency at CoHo to develop their work between August 6 and 19.
Artists will receive professional peer feedback in a private/invited showing prior to a ticketed public showing on August 19.
Artist stipends are provided.
To apply, please submit one document including the following:

Lead Artist name, contact information, and bio
Project Title (and author’s name if applicable)
Vision Statement (including why you are motivated to workshop this project)
Description of Lab hours (include what key element of the project you would explore and how you might spend your time)
Describe the scale and content of a curated feedback session and possible public showing (How many people/who would you like to invite and what might the focus of that feedback session be? List names of people you would invite to the feedback session)
Key Artists (if any in addition to Lead Artist) with bios
Email completed applications or questions to coho@cohoproductions.org

Proposals for the August CoHo Lab are due June 1, 2018

Phoenix Theatre seeks plays & musicals

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Submission fee: $10.00. Fees are waived for members of WGA or Dramatists Guild 
(please provide photo/copy of your membership card when submitting your script).
The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2018. Selections will be made in November of 2018.

For the 2019 Festival submission period, beginning May 1, 2018, we are accepting the following works:

  • Full-Length Plays, both dramatic and comedic
  • Plays should be original, un-produced, full-length scripts.
  • Plays that have received more than two development processes (i.e. festival participation) are not eligible.
  • No screenplays, please.
  • No Theatre for Young Audience pieces will be accepted.
  • Cast size must be limited to five actors or fewer (actors may play more than one role).
  • Submission fee: $10.00. Fees are waived for members of WGA or Dramatists Guild (please provide photo/copy of your membership card when submitting your script).
  • PDF attachments only! Hard copies mailed in or emailed Word documents will NOT be accepted.
  • A notice of receipt will be sent by email once your script has been received.
  • Plays selected will receive a development process with a director, dramaturg, and actors. This includes twenty hours of rehearsal time and up to three performed readings, with script in hand, in front of an audience. A guided feedback session with the audience will follow each performance. Questions for the talkbacks are developed with the playwrights and are facilitated by the festival director or one of the coordinators.
  • If your script is selected, you must be available to be in residence for six to seven days during the festival. Your week of the festival will be determined after selections are made.
  • Airfare and lodging are provided for the festival, as well as a small honorarium. Travel to and from your home airport are not included.

  • Full-Length Musicals, both dramatic and comedic
  • Musicals should be original and un-produced.
  • Please submit a full libretto and demos of at least three songs (more are recommended and do not need to be fully produced).
  • Sheet music/score will be asked for after the first round of readings.
  • Musical revues are NOT being accepted.
  • No Theatre for Young Audience pieces will be accepted.
  • No more than three collaborators (book writer, lyricist, and composer) for each work.
  • Cast size must be limited to eight actors (actors may play multiple roles).
  • Submission fee: $10.00. Fees are waived for members of WGA or Dramatists Guild (please provide a link to your DG/WGA page, ID number, or photo/copy of your membership card).
  • Submit via PDF attachments only, or provide a link to Dropbox! Hard copies will NOT be accepted.
  • A notice of receipt will be sent by email once your script has been received.
  • Musicals selected will receive a development process with a director, dramaturg, and actors. This includes twenty hours of rehearsal time and up to three performed readings, with script in hand, in front of an audience. A guided feedback session with the audience will follow each performance.
  • If your script/musical is selected, all collaborators must be available to be in residence for six to seven days during the festival. Your week of the festival will be determined after selections are made. Airfare and lodging are provided for the festival as well as a small honorarium. Travel to and from your home airport are not included.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

BSC Ten Minute Playwriting Competition 2018: "What Happened to the American Dream?" “What Happened to the American Dream?”

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“Is what we are doing good enough? Have the changes that have revealed themselves in recent years…shown overwhelming evidence that we are doing an intelligent job, an adequate job? I am afraid not. Genuinely afraid.” 
– Eleanor Roosevelt, April 1961, The Atlantic, “What Has Happened to the American Dream?”

Bismarck State College Theatre, in collaboration with the Humanities North Dakota, as part of the HumanitiesND year-long “GameChanger Ideas Festival” is pleased to announce a call for brand new ten-minute plays exploring the question: What happened to the American dream?

Theatre has had a long history of examining the American dream: whether through Arthur Miller’s cutting critique in Death of a Salesman, August Wilson’s poetic and revelatory Pittsburgh Cycle, the modernist anxiety of Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal, Suzan-Lori Park’s “Rep and Rev” of The America Play, or Lin-Manuel Miranda’s re-envisioning of the Founding Fathers as played by actors of color in Hamilton, the theatre has always been a forum for exploring the possibilities, anxieties, limitations, and opportunities afforded to people pursuing the American dream.

“Man cannot live without hope. If it is not engendered by his own convictions and desires, it can easily be fired from without, and by the most meretricious and empty of promises.” Eleanor Roosevelt, April 1961, The Atlantic, “What Has Happened to the American Dream?”

Americans find themselves at a crossroads politically, socially, economically. Simultaneously more connected than ever before, and more estranged and dispossessed. In an era of fake news, of foreign governments attacking our social media outlets, what are our convictions and desires? What feelings do those convictions and desires engender, if not hope? Are we living without hope? Are we being fired upon by meretricious and empty promises?

The American Dream means many different things to many different people. Is the American Dream the spread of democracy across the world? Is it the Jeffersonian concept of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Is it the promise of upward economic and social mobility?

BSC Theatre seeks brand new ten-minute plays that engage with the question of the American Dream, construed broadly. Plays may be written in any style, set in any time, and may use as many or as few characters as the author wishes.

BSC Theatre seeks only brand new, never before produced plays, outside of readings, workshops, and/or festivals. Plays should be no more than ten pages long (exclusive of cover page/dramatis personae), following traditional playwriting format. Plays will be entered into consideration for production during BSC Theatre’s annual Short Play Festival in May 2019. If selected for performance, authors agree to provide BSC with performance rights for the duration of the Short Play Festival.

Selection of scripts for performance will be at the discretion of a coalition of academics, theatre artists, and representatives from HumanitiesND.

To submit:
• Visit BSCTheatre.com, and fill out the Google Form linked there. Please ensure that you attach a copy of your ten-minute play to the form, in DOC or PDF format.
• Playwrights may submit up to three scripts for consideration.
• Playwright’s name and complete contact information should be included on the cover sheet only. The playwright’s name should not appear anywhere else.
• Submission due date is September 1st, 2018.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Danny Devlin, Assistant Professor of Theatre at Bismarck State College at Daniel.devlin@bismarckstate.edu or 701-224-5530

American Stage’s 21st Century Voices: 2019 New Play Festival

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Accepting submissions for the American Stage’s 21st Century Voices: 2019 New Play Festival April 15 through June 15, 2018

American Stage (Tampa Bay Florida) is committed to producing powerful and relevant professional live theatre. Our 21st Century Voices is an initiative dedicated to developing and presenting new works for the stage that speak to a contemporary audience in fresh and compelling ways. 21st Century Voices programming includes an annual staged reading festival, workshopping of new scripts, playwriting residencies and fully produced new plays receiving one of their first three professional productions at American Stage.

This year we are seeking submissions of new plays that promote the exploration of themes relevant to our world today, featuring characters who inspire us. Submissions will be accepted between April 15 and June 15.

Submission guidelines for the American Stage’s 21st Century Voices: 2019 New Play Festival are as follows:

  • Plays must be full-length in any genre: comedy, drama, musical, etc.
  • Translations, collections of one-acts, children’s plays and any play that has received a full-scale, professional production prior to submission are not eligible.
  • Plays that have had a workshop, reading or non-professional production are still eligible.
  • Only one submission per playwright is allowed each year.
The Selection Process
  • American Stage’s competitive selection process consists of two rounds of selection. All 10-page play excerpts submitted during the first round are reviewed by a committee of theatre artists and arts advocates. In the second round, selected playwrights are asked to provide a full manuscript of their play for consideration by the committee. Finally, American Stage invites four to five playwrights to have their work included in 21st Century Voices: New Play Festival in January 2019.
  • Playwrights invited to participate in our 21st Century Voices: New Play Festival will receive a $250 fee and will be provided a $250 travel stipend.

How to Apply

  • Email your complete submission package to 21stCenturyVoices@americanstage.org between April 15-June 15, 2018.
  • Please include the following as attached documents, not in the body of your email. Complete submission packages must include:
  • Your contact information;
  • Your playwriting resume;
  • A concise paragraph (no longer than 1 page) describing the development history of the play you are submitting;
  • A statement describing why your play is a good fit for American Stage’s 21st Century Voices’ mission to develop and present powerful plays that speak to a contemporary audience in a fresh and compelling way;
  • Title of the play;
  • Character breakdown and description; please include total number of characters
  • Time and place of the play;
  • Synopsis (no longer than 1 page); and
  • A ten page sample of the play.
  • Full manuscripts and incomplete submission packages will not be considered.

2018-2019 Deadlines

  • For consideration in our 21st Century Voices: 2019 New Play Festival, American Stage is accepting submissions from April 15 – June 15, 2018. Requests for full manuscripts will be made by August 1, 2018.
  • Only completed submission packages emailed to 21stCenturyVoices@americanstage.org by June 15, 2018 will be considered.
Thank you for your interest!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Christopher Hewitt Award

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A&U Magazine, a national nonprofit HIV/AIDS publication, is currently accepting entries for the sixth annual Christopher Hewitt Award. Named in honor of A&U’s first literary editor, the award showcases outstanding responses to the AIDS pandemic and the realities of individuals living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in the genres of fiction, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction.

Prize: $50
Entry fee: None
Submission deadline: June 1, 2018
Judges: Winners will be selected by the following judges, by category.

  • Poetry: Noah Stetzer
  • Fiction: TBA
  • Creative Nonfiction: Joy Gaines-Friedler
  • Drama: Bruce Ward
  • Publication: Winners and named runners-up will be published in upcoming issues of A&U.

How to Submit: Email  Word (.doc or .docx files) of your work to Managing Editor Chael Needle via email: chaelneedle@mac.com.

Please indicate in the subject line that your submission is for the Christopher Hewitt Award; include your name and genre in the subject line as well. Your name or any other personal identifying information should not appear on your manuscript. Multiple submissions are accepted, but please submit each separately.

Guidelines: All submissions must be HIV/AIDS-related and previously unpublished. All styles are welcomed. Fiction and creative nonfiction should be 1,200 words or fewer, double-spaced.

Drama may be an excerpt from a longer work or a ten-minute play (1,400-1,600 words, no more than ten pages, Dramatists Guild format). 

We reserve the right to excerpt longer pieces for print, in consultation with the author; works in their entirety will be printed on the web.

Rights: We secure first North American serial rights and electronic archival rights (posting on the Web and in digital issues).

If any genre lacks a clear winner, fewer than four awards may be given. All entries will be considered for publication.

North Park Playwright Festival

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

We are looking for:

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

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

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

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

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

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

7.  Submissions must be postmarked by June 30, 2018.  Please do not send plays by any method that requires a signature from us. We are not often at the theater when delivery occurs.  We will email notice of receipt to all playwrights submitting plays.

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

General information:

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

We really appreciate your interest in our theater.

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

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Theatre Evolve: BEYOND THE CURTAIN (Chicago)

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Theatre Evolve is seeking new play submissions for our first ever new works festival.

We are looking for an inclusive group of voices to address the theme BEYOND THE CURTAIN.

Two 90-minute plays will be selected to be performed as staged readings and six to eight 10-minute plays will be produced in a festival style.

Plays must be a PDF with "Play Submission" in the subject. Include a cover letter and character breakdown. Submit to:​

Submit your play to submissions@theatreevolve. com by midnight on Sunday, May 27th with a cast breakdown and a statement on how your piece reflects the theme.

We can’t wait to read your work!

JETFest 2018

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

$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).
For those submitting digitally – the $15 fee cannot be waived, and will be used to offset printing costs.  The fee 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 2019. Cast size of 10 or less is preferred. Staged readings/workshop productions are not disqualifying factors.
Submissions will be accepted January 1, 2018 - June 30, 2018 at 11:59 PM. (checked by postmark or time stamp). 
Submit a 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 acknowledgement of receipt please attach a self addressed stamped postcard.
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 $250 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 read by the entire committee who then select the finalists.
Finalists will be notified no later than December 31, 2018.
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.

Monday, May 14, 2018

EXIT STRATEGIES - A Ten-Minute International Play Festival

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RAZE THE SPACE In association with the Literature & Fiction Department of the Los Angeles Public Library 2.00 - 3.30 pm Saturday, August 11, 2018, @ the Mark Taper Auditorium,
​Central Library, 630 W 5th St, CA 90071

Submission Rules and Guidelines. Please read the following information carefully.                  
This year’s theme, EXIT STRATEGIES, must be reflected in all work submitted. What does EXIT STRATEGIES mean to you? And how can you use this year’s theme as a springboard into your own creative process?
  • All entrants must be 18 or over.
  • The window for play submissions will open on May 5, 2018 and close at midnight PST, June 5, 2018.
  • All play submissions must be in Word or PDF format and sent as an email attachment to the following email address: razethespacetheatre@gmail.com.
  • Include the words ‘Festival Play Submission’ in the subject line of your email.
  • Include a very short cover letter in the main body of your email with name, contact info, and play title.
  • Submissions sent before or after the submission window will not be accepted. 
  • Plays must be original English-language work for the stage written by the person making the submission.
  • Plays must not have been published or produced previously.
  • Plays must be no longer than 10 minutes.
  • Any play that does not meet these guidelines will not be considered.
  • ONE SUBMISSION only per writer, so be sure to send us your best work. 
  •  The first page of your play must include the play title, writer's name, and contact details including email and telephone number. 
  • Please number the pages of your Word or PDF play attachment.

Submissions close on June 5, 2018 and a month later on July 5, 2018 eight winning plays will be announced on the RAZE THE SPACE website. All decisions are final and the writers of the selected plays will be contacted by email.

By submitting their work to RAZE THE SPACE as part of its ten-minute international play festival 'Exit Strategies,' writers agree that if selected, they give permission for the submitted play to be presented without royalty for the Exit Strategies free public performance at the Mark Taper Auditorium @ Central Library in Downtown Los Angeles on August 11, 2018. 

11th International Festival of Horror Radio Plays

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The submission window for Deathscribe 2018, the 11th Annual Festival of Horror Radio Plays, is from May 1 to July 31, 2018. Submissions are accepted through our online submission form.
Every year we seek 10-minute radio scripts that are genuinely scary, imaginative, chilling, intelligent, suspenseful, horrific or downright grotesque. Writers may submit up to two radio plays to Deathscribe in any given year. Five scripts will be selected from all submissions. These five pieces will be performed on stage in front of a live audience. The writer of the winning piece, chosen by a celebrity panel of judges, will receive the coveted Bloody Axe Award, as well as a $100 cash prize.


PDF format is strongly preferred. If PDF is not possible, then only MS Word please.
All scripts must have a title page with all contact information, but NO identifying information should appear anywhere else in the document.

Scripts must be no more than TEN MINUTES in length, and should follow radio drama format. An example of proper radio drama format can be found here: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/scripts/bbcradioscene.pdf

The Deathscribe experience includes performing the pieces on stage with Foley artists and a band creating the sound effects and music live. Therefore, scripts must be ready to produce, including direction for sound and music cues. Sorry, but submissions cannot include usage of copyrighted music.

Writers may submit up to two (2) scripts for Deathscribe consideration in any year.
NO SCREENPLAYS. SCREENPLAYS WILL BE DISCARDED. WE KNOW THEM WHEN WE SEE THEM. (Nothing against screenplays. But this is a radio play festival.)

Därkhorse Drämatists “Tales from the Script” 2018

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Please consider the following guidelines for Därkhorse Drämatists “Tales from the Script”! It’s important to note, that while we favor newer plays, this festival is not limited to original work. Your submissions may have been produced at other venues, so long as it is unpublished and wasn’t featured in last year’s festival. Besides one-act plays, we are also looking for 1-person shorts & monologues. Please refer to the guidelines below.

One-acts: 25 page maximum / 10 page minimum. (No minimum page count for 1 person shorts or monologues). No exceedingly violent or pornographic material. Adult language allowed within reason.

Plays may have a maximum of 3-4 characters and should take place in a limited setting and minimal props.

Due for submission by September 1st.

 2 submissions allowed per playwright.

Playwright must provide contact information including their location and previous production history of the play where applicable. Regional playwrights are given first consideration.

Submissions preferred in stageplay format. E-mailed no later than September 1st to: darkhorsedramatists@gmail.com

Plays can be any genre; comedy, satirical, farce, drama, horror or gothic as long as they fall into a loose ‘Halloween theme’. No musicals or murder mysteries please.

Plays will be mediated in a forum comprised of local playwrights, directors and actors to determine which will be produced.

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