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Friday, April 20, 2018

The Ten-Minute Musicals Project

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Since the inception of The Ten-Minute Musicals Project, over sixteen hundred submissions have been received, from librettists, lyricists and composers in fifteen nations: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, Uruguay, Ireland, England, France, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the Ukraine.

Stories 1.0 is the full-length musical comprised of works selected in the first several rounds. Several works in Stories 1.0 were workshopped in San Francisco, New York City, Miami, and Nashville over the years. Individual segments have been independently workshopped in Dallas, Chicago, London, and Boston.

SEEKING: Complete original stage musicals which play between seven and twenty minutes. Works which have been previously produced are acceptable, as are excerpts from full-length shows, if they can stand up on their own.

MUSICAL STYLE AND THEATRICAL FORMAT: Any musical style: pop, rock, C&W, show, opera, etc; or theatrical format: comedy, mystery, drama, etc.

CAST SIZE: Maximum of ten performers—five women and five men.


1. A printed script. (Note: printed on paper; not sent as a computer file on disk.) And please make sure your POSTAL ADDRESS appears on it.

2. Lead sheets or piano score. (This need not be at all elaborate; very basic is fine.)

3. A CD or DVD of either the entire piece or just the musical material.

4. A stamped self-addressed large envelope if you want the work returned. (Submissions from outside the USA should enclose four INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE COUPONS to cover postage. These can be obtained at your post office.)


DEADLINE: Simply postmarked by August 31st. (Do not waste money on overnight express, registered, or certified mail. All that's requested is that the package be postmarked by August 31.) Response will be by November 30th.

FINANCIAL REMUNERATION: $250/US royalty advance for each piece selected, with an equal share of licensing royalties when produced.


The Ten-Minute Musicals Project
Michael Koppy, Producer
P.O. Box 461194
West Hollywood, CA 90046 USA


“The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.” — Orson Welles
“The more restrictions you have, the easier anything is to write.” — Stephen Sondheim

The single most important piece of advice we can offer is to caution that it will surely take much time and effort to create a quality work. (Occasionally a clearly talented and capable writer and composer seem to have almost “dashed” something off, under the misperception that inspiration can carry the day in this format. But all the works selected in previous rounds clearly evince that considerable deliberation, craft, and time were invested.)

We’re seeking short contemporary musical theater material, in the style of what might be found on Broadway, off-Broadway or the West End. Think of shows like Candide or Little Shop of Horrors, pop operas like Sweeney Todd or Chess, or chamber musicals like Once on this Island or Falsettos. (Even small accessible operas like The Telephone or Trouble in Tahiti are possible models.) All have solid plots, and all rely on sung material to advance them.

Of primary importance is to start with a strong story, even if it means postponing work on music and lyrics until the dramatic foundation is complete. This is one reason we suggest (but do not require) that musicals be based on a short story, play, film, poem or teleplay—either in the public domain (usually meaning it was originally published more than seventy-five years ago) or for which adaptation rights have been obtained. (While we’d love to have pieces based on works by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Rod Serling, or Stephen King, getting the rights to adapt a work still in copyright can sometimes be difficult. Stories by writers like Ambrose Bierce, Jack London, and Guy de Maupassant, among many others, are in the public domain and can be freely adapted.)

We prefer works using larger casts. If from six to the maximum of ten voices are used it’s a big plus. (Think “Production Number”.)

Fast-paced comedy material has an advantage.

If adapting a story, you might consider setting it in another time or place, or even changing the character genders.

We’ve found that fairy tales generally end up being too cute and trite.

A narrator often slows things down. Trust audiences to get the story through what characters say, sing and do. And it’s better for a character to share his or her reactions to what is happening than to simply describe events—we can see them unfolding with our own eyes.

Be wary of writing only introspective musical “moments,” as they usually stop the progression of the plot. Solo ballads should be thought of as icing on the cake, as you'll surely still need other sung material—much of it uptempo—which advances the plot in duets, trios, and production numbers.

Don’t worry if an idea seems “unstageable”. That’s what directors, designers, choreographers—and rehearsals—are for.

Finally, please understand that NONE OF THESE OBSERVATIONS ARE GOSPEL. They’re simply recommendations based on what we've learned from seeing works submitted previously. Given that, please take them seriously. However, nearly every one of these recommendations has been ignored by at least one of the works so far selected. In the end what matters most will be the idea and aim of your piece and how effectively they are realized.

Theatre Three 22nd Annual Festival of One-Act Plays

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  • Only UNPRODUCED works will be accepted. 
  • Plays that have had staged readings are eligible.
  • No adaptations or children’s plays.
  • Cast size maximum: 10
  • Length: 40-minutes maximum. No minimum.
  • Settings should be simple or suggested.
  • Playwrights may make multiple submissions. (These need not be made under separate cover.) 
  • Please do not submit works that have been previously submitted.

Scripts must be post-marked by September 30, 2018.

Each season, THE FESTIVAL receives approximately 400 submissions. To date, THE FESTIVAL has received over 8,000 submissions from across the world. THE FESTIVAL has produced 120 world premieres by 84 different playwrights. THE FESTIVAL presents between five and seven plays each season.

Please submit a cover letter, a synopsis, and a resume along with one copy of the play. Cover-sheet of play should have title, author, author’s address, author’s telephone number, and author’s e-mail. Plays should be neatly bound or stapled on the left-hand corner. (No loose pages and no binders, please.) Any stage play format is acceptable. We do not accept electronic submissions at this time. Please do not call or stop by the theatre.

If playwrights wish to have their works returned, an appropriate SASE must also be included.

Selected plays will be presented for ten performances in April 2019 at the Ronald F. Peierls Theatre, on Theatre Three’s Second Stage.

Playwrights will receive a $125 stipend.

Playwrights are welcome to attend any rehearsals or performances. Playwrights will receive a standard Dramatists Guild-approved contract. Playwrights will receive four complimentary tickets to be used at any performances. Playwrights will receive copies of playbills, flyers, articles, and reviews as well as a link to all publicity and production photos. THEATRE THREE is responsible for all elements of production; playwrights incur no expenses. THEATRE THREE retains no future production rights.

Plays should be submitted to THE 22nd ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF ONE-ACT PLAYS, Attn. Jeffrey Sanzel, Artistic Director, THEATRE THREE, PO Box 512, Port Jefferson, NY 11777-0512

Final selection of plays will be in late 2018.

Thursday, April 19, 2018


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The Problematic Play Festival will force us into conversation about the theater industry’s play selection process and the topics that are “off the table” in the American theater. Through an open submission process, we seek playwrights who are willing to discuss, stage, and confront their “problematic” work, providing a space for in-depth, critical, facilitated conversation between artists and audiences.

Throughout the process, we are asking what it means for work to be deemed problematic: Are these scripts “problematic” because they break some kind of universal rule, or have we personally deemed them “problematic” due to our own explicit or implicit biases around certain cultural, social, or political issues? Are there certain lines (of representation, privilege, and identity) that playwrights simply cannot cross? Is there some work that simply should not be done?

The staged reading series will take place in October 2018 at Z Space in San Francisco. Each staged reading will include facilitated discussions before, during, and after the reading; these discussions are the heart and the point of the festival.


Playwrights must be willing to be present (either virtually or in person) to discuss their play with a facilitator and audience.

Any length but longer plays (one-act or full-length) preferred

If you are interested in submitting your play and being part of this conversation, please prepare the following:

Script of your unproduced “problematic” play.

One page explanation of who you are, why you wrote the play, what makes the play “problematic” to you or to others, and what you might want to discuss with an audience.

Optional: up to three documents that show that the play has been rejected by gatekeepers (artistic directors, literary managers, major institutions, foundation officers, etc.).

Please attach all documents as PDFs and email to roser@zspace.org with subject line Problematic Submission by May 1, 2018. Notifications will be sent by July 1, 2018.


If this project intrigues you and you would like to be involved as a reader, facilitator, actor, director, producer, or in any other capacity, please email roser@zspace.org with a bit about yourself and your interests.

This project is supported by a LMDA Bly Creative Capacity Grant.

Gay Pride Plays 2018

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The Village Playwrights announce a call for submissions for Gay Pride Plays 2018,  staged readings of 10 minute plays to celebrate Gay Pride on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 from 8 to 10 pm at the LGBT Community Center.

  • Playwrights must be from Metro New York area
  • Plays must be under 10 minutes. 
  • Plays must about the LGBTQ experience
  • Plays are to be read script in hand, minimally staged with no props; actors must stand
  • You must produce the reading of your own play including casting and a minimum of 2 hours rehearsal.

Deadline Monday, May 28, 2018, 5 pm.
No fee to submit

To Submit:

send your play as an attachment to villageplaywrights@gmail.com
your name and contact information should be in the body of the email but not on the script.
put the name of your script on the subject line
For more information call 614-285-2515.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The James Stevenson Prize for Short Plays

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The James Stevenson Prize for Short Plays In Honor of the Famed New Yorker Cartoonist and Writer

Submissions are now open for Playing on Air’s inaugural James Stevenson Prize for Short Plays.  In his editorial cartoons for The New Yorker, James Stevenson told stories about the human comedy with energy and economy. Playing on Air, a theater podcast and public radio show, will award three major prizes for short comedies that perpetuate Mr. Stevenson's spirit and wit, bringing the finest new American plays to a national audience - for free.  

The Prize’s sponsor is James Stevenson's wife, Josie Merck.  For submission details, read on below.

$7,500 award, plus a Playing on Air recording of the winning play for radio and podcast distribution

 $2,000 award

 $1,000 award

What to Submit:

- Playing on Air invites writers to submit a short comedic play of 10-25 pages (not counting title page).

- All entries must be original, unproduced plays. Scripts may not be adapted from the playwright’s published or previously-produced work.

- Submissions will be judged for literary merit, originality, and regard for the spirit of James Stevenson. (editor's note: Slideshow of sample work of Stevenson here)

- Special consideration will be given to the script’s suitability for audio recording, as well as public radio broadcast.  Single-character monologues and plays that rely on the extensive use of a chorus, cast doubling, stage directions, or visual elements are discouraged.

- Please do not include sound design cues or instructions beyond standard stage directions.

Formatting requirements: title page (with no author information), 12pt font, 1 inch margins on every side, and numbered pages


  • One submission will be accepted per entrant. Additional entries will disqualify the writer. 
  • No fee is required for entry. 
  • All submissions will be judged "blind."  Again, uploaded scripts should not include the author's name, representation, or any identifying information. All author information should be provided via submission form, linked below. 
  • Submissions will be accepted from April 1, 2018 to noon on July 1, 2018.  We strongly encourage playwrights to submit their work early, as no exceptions will be made.
  • Due to number of entries, Playing on Air cannot provide feedback on any individual script.
  • Entrants must be at least 21 years of age by July 1, 2018. 

Entries can be submitted here, with scripts uploaded to the form as PDFs.   Please note: use the exact title of the play as your PDF filename.  Do not include author's name in the filename.

For samples of previous Playing on Air episodes, subscribe to the Playing on Air podcast on your favorite podcast app.

The Ingenious Grant for Playwriting

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Town Hall Theater (Vermont) is offering a $1,000 prize for a new play with several interesting roles for young women. We want to give young actresses the opportunity to be the heroines or villainesses of a variety of stories. The winning play will receive a staged reading at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury, Vermont with the possibility of a full production in the Fall of 2018.

To be considered, plays must have young female characters (ages 18 and under) with speaking roles that go beyond the stereotypical girlfriend, daughter or nerdy best friend roles. Older roles and roles for men are welcome, but the story should have a young female protagonist and female supporting characters.

Plays can be any genre, but it must be family-friendly or at least rated PG. We’d like to see lady pirates, evildoers, explorers, nerds, adventurers, poets, robots, preachers, goofballs, creatures, etc- a wide array of roles for young women. We will also not turn away a well-made play set in a school.  Musicals will be considered. We are not accepting adaptations or translations at this time.

Nuts and Bolts:
Plays should have at least a 50 minute run-time.

Submissions may not have had a previous production. Previous staged readings are fine.

Submissions are due June 1, 2018. 

The winning playwright will be notified September 1, 2018.  Email scripts as a PDF traditional play script formatting and numbered pages. We’d like the first 3 pages to be the following:
1. Contact page with your name, email, address and phone
2. A separate title page
3. A brief synopsis/ character description page.

Submissions will be read “blind”; therefore, we ask that identifying information be kept off every page except the first (see above).

Please email scripts to office@townhalltheater.org or mail to
The Ingenious Grant
P.O. Box 128
Middlebury, VT 05753

Playwrights are invited to be a part of the reading or production process. The extent of the playwright’s involvement will be determined by future funding and availability/ interest on the part of the individual playwright.

Questions? Contact producer Haley Rice at office@townhalltheater.org

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Chicago's City Lit Theater's "Art of Adaptation Festival"

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Submissions invited to THE ART OF ADAPTATION - the 11th annual festival of stage adaptations of non-dramatic literature

$200.00 prize to be awarded to each of six accepted entries. Additional bonus prize of $300.00 to festival winner.

City Lit Theater will present THE ART OF ADAPTATION on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 22, 23, and 24 and is currently soliciting for pieces for the festival. 

The cash prize pool has been tripled to $1,500.00 for this year's festival. 

City Lit staff will select six (and only six) adaptations, each of which will be awarded $200.00. The selected adaptations will be given two performances over the course of the weekend with performances on Friday and Saturday night and a marathon of all pieces on Sunday.  A panel of judges will view the Sunday performances and award an additional $300 cash prize to the adapter of the piece judged the best of the festival. The deadline for submissions is May 8, 2018.


THE ART OF ADAPTATION takes place at City Lit Theater, in the historic Edgewater Presbyterian Church building at 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue. The performance schedule is Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, June 24 at 3:00 pm. 


1. The piece must be 20 minutes or less. If it exceeds the 20-minute limit, it will not be eligible for the prize.

2. The piece must be an adaptation of non-dramatic material—a short story, an essay, a memoir, poetry, an excerpt from a novel, a video game, and so forth; but not material from a play.

3. The piece must be a world premiere adaptation.

4. The adapter is responsible for any royalties that are due for the piece, as well as for any rehearsal or production expenses. City Lit does not provide rehearsal space prior to tech rehearsal, and does not provide the services of a director or any actors.

5. The piece submitted must be the piece performed - no drastic changes can be made to the script after it is accepted.

6. Each piece selected will be performed on the same simple festival set with the same simple light plot. A stock of furniture will be provided. The adapter is responsible for all scenic elements, furniture, costumes, etc.

7. City Lit has a stock of furniture, costumes and props that is available to adaptors. Adaptors must provide a $20 deposit for any stock used. The deposit will be returned in full when all items are properly returned.
8. City Lit will provide the performance space, festival stage lighting, backstage and front-of-house crew, publicity, programs, tickets and the cash prizes.

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

Proposals must be submitted no later than May 8. Selections will be announced by May 10th.

Barrington Stage Company New Play Award

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In 2018 Barrington Stage will take their commitment to playwrights and new plays to a new level with a National New Play Award. Barrington Stage is proud to announce the creation of The Bonnie and Terry Burman New Play Award for an outstanding play in 2018. The winner will receive $25,000, with two runners-up receiving $5,000 each.

Submissions will open on December 12, 2017 and will close April 30, 2018.

There is no fee for entry.


The play…

  • must be new full length play that has not been produced professionally
  • must be unpublished and not yet licensed
  • must be free and not attached to any producers or directors
  • must be able to be performed with 8 actors or less
  • must be wholly original and not an adaptation or translations of existing foreign language plays
  • must be a play that has not already been sent to Barrington Stage Company for consideration

The playwright…

  • must be a U.S. resident
  • can only submit one play
  • can not be an immediate family member of a BSC staff or board member.


  • A brief letter of endorsement from a professional theatre, commercial producer, literary agent, playwright development organization, the head of MFA playwriting program or a playwriting professor at an MFA playwriting program must accompany the script. Each endorsing organization/person/agent can only endorse two plays.
  • A PDF of the script that does not include the author’s name, agent info, developmental/award history or year written anywhere within the script; please number all pages.
  • 150 word bio of the writer
  • 150 word synopsis of the play (that does not contain the writer’s name)
  • 150 word developmental history of the play, if any
  • Any special needs of the play (live animals, on-stage pool, 3 children, etc.)


All submissions must be sent through an online application. Link can be found here.

You are able to save your work on the application and return to it at a later date.  If you have any questions about the award or the application, please e-mail Alyssa Anderson-Kuntz, Project Coordinator, at newplayaward@barringtonstageco.org.


Grand Prize (1 recipient)


  • a developmental staged reading with a professional cast and director
  • all travel and housing covered for the staged reading
  • a possible full production at Barrington Stage Company

Runner Up Prize (2 recipients)

  • $5,000 each
  • developmental staged reading with a professional cast and director


Scripts will be read and evaluated through a blind submission process by BSC’s literary team.  A group of finalist plays will be read and evaluated by the New Play Award Committee, comprised of distinguished artists and playwrights in October 2018.  Winners will be announced in December 2018.


Barrington Stage will ask for a right of first refusal for a world premiere of all award recipients that will expire 90 days after Barrington Stage presents the staged reading of the play.

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

Monday, April 16, 2018

Manhattan Rep's Summer One Act Play Competition 2018

Seeking fully produced,
(cast, directed and ready to be performed by July 2018) 
7 - 20 minute One Act Play Productions for

Manhattan Rep's Summer One Act Play Competition 2018
July 19 - August 3, 2018 
at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 
17-19 West 45th St. Third Floor NYC

$1000 prize for the Best Short One Act Play Production!

Each one act play will be given a short tech rehearsal, a full dress rehearsal with the other plays participating, a minimum of 3 performances and 3 more performances if your play goes on to the Finals on Thursday August 2 at 6:30 pm and Friday August 3 at 6:30 pm and 9 pm.

To submit your 7 - 20 minute fully produced One Act Play Production please email:

The complete script of your one act 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:

manhattanrep@yahoo.com by May 31, 2018.

Please put “Summer One Act Play Competition” 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 May 31, 2018, if we fill up all available performance slots for we are only accepting 25 plays.

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 $150.00 participation fee.

For more information about the voting process, and how we run this competition, please log on to: www.manhattanrep.com

The LIC One Act Festival 2018

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Call For Submissions
The LIC One Act Festival 2018 July 9th - July 29
Apply here: https://form.jotform.com/80866877514976

The LIC One Act Festival 2018 is now accepting submissions for the 2018 festival.

Deadline for submissions is May 28th and acceptances will be awarded from now until May 28th, i.e.: We will be reading plays as they come in and notifying before the deadline passes. Early submission advised. We are ideally looking for plays that are 10 – 20 minutes in length.

The LIC One Act Festival 2018 is a self-producing competition style one-act play festival.  The plays are divided into up to four different programs. Each program will run 5-6 times with four of those performances being evening performances. The Audience will vote for best plays. Those scores will be averaged to insure that everyone has a fair chance regardless of audience size.

The top six to 10 nominated plays will compete on February 3rd at 7:30pm for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Play.  Best Actor wins $50, Actress $50, Director $50 and Best Play $100. We also intend to invite the finalists to have their play published in a short play anthology. This would be a non-exclusive deal, which doesn’t prevent the author from pursuing a deal with Samuel French for example and is not mandatory.

All types of short play are considered, but please remember to keep the staging simple with minimal set and props.  We will be using the theatre’s standard lighting plot and will provide you with a light and soundboard operator. In addition we will offer free 2-hour rehearsal space to each show from July 2nd - 8th, which is subject to availability and on a first come first served.

The LIC One Act Festival 2018 plans to run a rotating schedule of performances beginning Thursday, July 12th through Saturday July 28th.  Each Play is responsible for providing their Director and Actors for their production.

Break a leg!  Equity Showcases permitted but acts will obtain their own code; The Secret Theatre will provide Equity compliant Insurance to the productions.

Scripts may be submitted to:

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 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.

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!

The Chameleon Theatre Circle announces its 19th Annual NEW PLAY CONTEST

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Submission Deadline: April 30, 2018

The Chameleon Theatre Circle (located in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota) is seeking original works that have never been produced. All styles and genres are welcomed (i.e. one-acts, musicals, full length dramas, etc.). The winning plays is scheduled to be showcased in a concert-format festival in November 2018. All shows submitted will automatically be placed on the slate of shows in consideration for the 2019/2020 season by the Season Planning Committee.

We are proud to announce that for the 19th consecutive year we are not charging a submission fee! To enter you must complete an entry form, which can be found on our website at www.chameleontheatre.org/newplay, and submit it along with three (3) copies of each script to the address below. We request that copies of the plays be printed double-sided to save on paper, mailing costs, and storage. If you are submitting a musical, also include 3 copies of the music on a CD or flash drive.

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

We do not accept plays that have been previously produced. We do accept plays that have had workshops and other readings. Receipt of play(s) will be acknowledged by e-mail only upon request. Scripts are non-returnable.
As in past years, this year’s contest will have multiple categories.

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

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

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

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

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

At the theatre’s discretion, we reserve the right to designate or not designate an “Overall Contest Winner” from any category and an “Audience-Favorite Winner” from any category at the conclusion of the New Play Festival. No additional prize money is awarded, just bragging rights.
Each playwright may submit up to two plays in any combination. Please submit three (3) copies of each script (plus 3 copies of the music on CDs or flash drives for musicals) and the required entry form(s) by April 30, 2018 (in hand, not postmarked by) to:
The Chameleon Theatre Circle 19th Annual New Play Contest 7287 153rd St W # 240069 Apple Valley MN 55124 www.chameleontheatre.org newplay@chameleontheatre.org
Chameleon has produced 23 original plays over the course of 20 seasons!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Studio Players 5th 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 5th Annual 10-Minute Play Festival, to be performed in July 2016.  We are looking for 7 strong, entertaining plays 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 15th.

5. The contest is open to the first 300 entries received.

6.  Winning entrants agree to a full production 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 $250 in prize money.

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

Parsnip Ship seeks plays for 2018

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and for Season Four, we are specifically looking for plays written by playwrights of color.

As we believe 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 a fun collaborative effort among us, the playwright, the directors, musicians and the actors! Before you send in your play for consideration, take a listen to one of our episodes from our past seasons.

Each play selected as part of our season will have one evening to be recorded in front of a live audience as a reading.  A guest musician is paired with the play to supplement the experience of hearing the text. We finish off the recording with a short and personal interview between the playwright and our host, Iyvon Edebiri. The recording is then edited and released as a podcast soon after.

The standard format for our live recordings are as follows (and is adjusted according to the length of the play):

  • Host Introduction
  • Mini-playwright interview
  • First song by musical guest
  • Act 1 of play
  • Second song by musical guest
  • Act 2 of play
  • Third song by musical guest
  • Host and playwright interview
  • Outro / Thank Yous
  • Fourth song by musical guest

Questions we like to ask ourselves as we consider a play:

  1. Does the play not only work, but excel in an audio only format?
  2. Is the play exciting and unexpected?
  3. Does the play express diversity in its perspective, voice, or content?
  4. Is this play engaged in socially conscious and civic dialogue?
  5. What would the world be missing if it didn’t have this play?
Due to last year’s overwhelming volume of submissions, this year we are doing a two-round submission cycle for Season Four. We are asking playwrights to submit the first 15 pages of their plays for consideration of Round One evaluations. If selected, playwrights will be asked to send their full length draft or complete script, for Round Two evaluation. We will be accepting submissions by individual playwrights, playwrights/director teams, playwright/director/music teams from March 24th - April 27th, 2018 for Season Four (September 2018 - June 2019). We fully encourage individual playwrights to apply; our Artistic team will work with you to pair a director, cast, and musical guest from our pool of amazing collaborators.  
The logistical requirements to know before applying:

  • We can ONLY accommodate up to 6 readers (this includes a reader for stage directions)
  • A play must be no more than 90 minutes.
  • Selected playwrights must come to an episode prior to their scheduled episode, especially if they’ve never attended a live recording of The Parsnip Ship
  • We prefer New York City or locally based playwrights
  • Our playwright must be present for the live recording (and usually rehearsals too)
  • We can accommodate 3 inputs for our musical guest, i.e. 1 mic and 2 instruments/2 mics and 1 instrument/3 mins

Please follow the instructions to apply via the submit form.

Thespian Production is seeking one-act plays

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Thespian Production is seeking one-act plays for its one-act play festival in NYC 2018.  Plays should be between 10-15 minutes in length and have no more than four characters.

We are accepting submissions from any genre.

We love producing new and unpublished works but do accept works already produced. Multiple submissions are accepted.

Plays should have simple set requirements. Since we are a community theater, plays with too much vulgar language will not be accepted.

Please include synopsis and contact information. Plays will be accepted through April 30, 2018. Submit plays to thespianproductioninc@gmail.com.   Thank you.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

8th Annual Shakespeare's Birthday Sonnet Slam

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Date Friday, April 27, 2018
Time 1pm - 4pm
Where Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park, New York City
Will we? Rain or Shine
Contact sonnetslam@gmail.com

Open Registration for Readers Begins April 1st

Acadiana Repertory Theatre seeks plays and musicals

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The Acadiana Repertory Theatre (Lafayette Louisiana) is committed to serve playwrights as a place where they feel they can develop work with a company that has a desire to help in the growth of both the playwright and the play. We strive to create a safe, creative, open environment for our playwrights and, using our own experience, along with the experiences of some of our friends from across the country, we seek to help playwrights create and develop shows that have the best chance of a long life of production. Through developmental readings,developmental productions, and soon, the possibilities of residences, we hope to help, through working with the amazing playwrights we come in contact with, the voices of new american playwrights be heard.

We are now accepting submissions for our 2019 Season, which kicks off in in early February.

We accept submissions of full length plays and musicals. In order to be eligible for consideration, submissions:
-Should be no longer than 90 minutes (we occasionally make exceptions)
-Should be full length.
-Should be actor/story forward
-Have minimal technical and set requirements
-Have a cast no larger than 10
-Should have limited to no production history and should not be published. We are looking specifically for work that you are looking to further develop and are looking for playwrights who want to be involved in the process. 
Please note: There are no submission fees nor is there a fee to be a part of the season. Playwrights will be responsible for travel expenses should they choose to join us for any part of the process.

Plays should be submitted as a PDF to submissions@acadianarep.org

To find out more information about us, submissions, or our past work, visit www.acadianarep.org 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Submissions close on April 15th.

The Gate Project

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Inevitable Theatre Company in St. Louis, MO, seeks constituent writers to participate in a unique collaborative play-building ensemble. The resulting company-curated performance project (tentatively titled GATE) will be fictional, yet inspired by recent and current events in St. Louis and around the country, related to police violence and African-American youth, and filtered through the lens of Brechtian epic theatre and nonlinear, often contradictory theatrical narratives (see Brecht’s poem “On Everyday Theatre”). Exact details of the project’s scope are still in development and will be shared as they become available.

The number and demographic makeup of the ensemble has not been predetermined, but we are projecting the collective will ultimately consist of approximately 20 individuals, including directors, dramaturgs, and project administrators. While we are not employing restrictive criteria regarding artists’ backgrounds for this project, the company desires to include a substantial representation of writers of color, especially those who are St. Louis-based or possess historical/familial connections to the St. Louis community, to participate in this unique artistic endeavor.

We anticipate the final performance script will be about 2 hours in duration, with individual playwrights contributing approximately 10-15 minutes of text each (in addition to collaborating towards the structure, tone, etc., of the piece as a whole).

Inevitable Theatre Company will retain ownership of the final piece, with mandatory billing and a guaranteed royalty percentage for constituent playwrights contracted into all future production licensing and publication negotiations. The company is currently pursuing project funding in order to offer constituent writers an initial commission/stipend for their participation.

The anticipated project timeline is as follows:

  • selection of constituent playwrights in mid-2018 
  • preliminary script development/ensemble building in mid- to late 2018
  • collective writing workshops occurring in late 2018 to mid-2019 
  • a public staged reading in fall 2019
  • a world premiere full production in 2020

The workshop process will consist of both virtual and in-person components, pending funding for artist travel/lodging. The individual time commitment from constituent playwrights, outside of the total scope of the project outlined above, will vary based upon availability, geographic location, etc.

Interested playwrights should email résumé, short writing sample (5-10 pages; 10-minute plays are ideal), and any relevant reviews, to info@inevitabletheatre.org, with “GATE” in the subject line.

Deadline for submissions is April 15, 2018. 

Our goal is to select constituent writers by the end of June 2018.

Gladstone Library Writers in Residence 2019

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Now seeking applicants for its seventh year, Gladstone’s Library’s competitive Writer in Residence programme provides space and resources for four writers whose work engages with liberal values. By liberal values, we do not mean views aligned with any one political ideology, but rather:

  • a commitment to freedom and social justice;
  • tolerance and respect of difference;
  • open-mindedness coupled with intellectual curiosity;
  • generosity of spirit and a willingness to learn from others.

Founded by William Ewart Gladstone in 1894, the Library is committed to maintaining his legacy of engagement with social, moral and ethical questions. It does not claim to provide any of the answers but it does offer a comfortable, sociable and stimulating environment so that answers may be found. unparalleled resources for creative study including renowned collections of historical, cultural, theological and political materials: 32,000 books came from Gladstone’s own library, many containing annotations made by Gladstone himself. We know from his diaries that Gladstone read on average five books a week – any applicants can be sure that the Library has something to offer them. The connections Gladstone made between the various disciplines he collected helped shape his form of liberalism.

Through reflection and writing during their stay, Writers in Residence help us redefine liberal values for the 21st Century. Their engagement might be critical, supportive or merely observant. Gladstone was a polymath with interests ranging widely across religion, history, social justice and politics from Classical times to what was, for him, contemporary culture. The scope of these four residencies is equally wide and we welcome fiction and non-fiction writers.

Gladstone's Library is unique. It is the only residential library in the United Kingdom. It provides a meeting place dedicated to dialogue, debate and learning for open-minded individuals. The Residency programme is designed to share the Library’s benefits with as many people as we can, broadening the Library’s audience and benefiting from their perspectives in turn. The Library welcomes all, regardless of gender, race, class, sexual orientation or religious affiliation. All Writers in Residence will be at ease with this inclusive ethos.

Four places will be awarded to writers working in the English language. The proposed dates of the tenures are February, May, September and November 2018. We like to support writers as best we can and we know that many cannot simply abscond from regular life for a month. Residencies can therefore be taken in two two-week blocks, and residencies of a single fortnight will also be considered. We are also flexible with dates. Please indicate the length and suggested date of Residency on your application.

Writers at all stages of their career should feel able to apply for Residency. We are proud to say that Residencies have supported some of the finest writers in the English language, whether they won for their seventeenth book or their first.

Each residency includes:

  • Accommodation in an ensuite room for a period of four consecutive weeks;
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and refreshments (telephone calls, alcoholic drinks, packaged snacks and formal Afternoon Tea are not included);
  • Travel expenses to and from the Library at the start and end of the residency (HMRC mileage allowance or standard bus/train fares within the UK);
  • An honorarium of £100.00 per week.

Each winning author must:

  • Attend the official London prizewinning ceremony in October
  • Participate, where possible, in any other publicity events held before or after their residency;
  • Respond to media/press enquiries as appropriate and by prior agreement with the library’s warden, Peter Francis;
  • Submit two blog posts to the Gladstone’s Library website;
  • Lead a creative writing workshop to not more than twenty participants;
  • Give an evening talk about any aspect of their writing and/or creative life;
  • Abide by the normal terms and conditions for guests staying at Gladstone’s Library. 

Terms and Conditions:

  1. Entrants must submit:
    • a one page CV / biography;
    • a copy of the book they would like the judges to consider;
    • a 250-word statement about their take on (re)defining ‘liberal values’;
    • 250 words on the work that they plan to do at the Library;
    • a 250-word proposal for an evening event and day masterclass;
    • the length and suggested dates of their residency.
  2. Shared residency: The programme has permitted two writers to split a month's residency. Shared residency submissions should be submitted by both writers.
  3. Submissions: Submissions must be written in English, and applicants should be able to communicate fluently in English.
  4. Eligible texts: Prose fiction and non-fiction, poetry, screenplays and drama are all eligible for submission. Submitted texts must have been published in the last three years.
  5. Manuscript submissions: We accept manuscript submissions accompanied by evidence of a contract and publishing schedule. Preference will be given to books due to be published during the relevant year of residency.
  6. Non-eligible texts: Academic monographs are not eligible for Writer-in-Residence and should be submitted to the Library’s scholarship programme. Self-published authors are not eligible for Writer-in-Residence, but are supported through other Library programmes.
  7. Schedule: Judging takes place in August, and winners will be notified by the end of August. The official announcement is made at Gladfest in September. Winners will be invited to a launch event at the National Liberal Club. Winners agree to take part in publicity activity and abide by Library rules during tenure.
  8. Entry regulations: Entry is free and limited to one entry per author. You cannot enter under a pseudonym. Due to volume of entries, no correspondence can be entered into.
  9. Postal address: Submissions should be sent to Louisa Yates, Gladstone's Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire, CH5 3DF.
For further information on how Gladstone's Library can support you please click here.

The 8th Annual Unfringed Festival Call For Submissions

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Applications accepted Feb, 2016 – June 1st, 2017th *

In the summer of 2013, The First Annual UNFringed Festival brought bold and daring new works to The Secret Theatre of Long Island City, Queens – named “One of NYC’S best theater spots” by Time Out.

Now, in July/August 2018, UNFringed returns with new original shows for our 6th Annual Unfringed Festival.

UNFringed seeks new and exciting works that challenge audiences, facilitating lively discussion and interaction between artists and viewers.

Talk to us in your cover letter. Tell us why you want to be a part of UNFringed, and how your work will benefit from being involved.

Applications will be accepted electronically from February, 2018 to June 1st, 2018.
However participants are encouraged to submit early because the selection process starts early May and you may get more preparation time if you are chosen early. All entries will be considered.

There is no submission fee to apply!
Please submit only complete applications. If application is incomplete, it will not be considered. Complete applications include a full script, contact information, and press information. The application form is available via the link below and also via our website. You will get an emailed response confirming your submission. If you are submitting more than one show, each show must have its own application and support materials.

All applicants will receive notification via email on or before June 10th. At this time, if you are accepted to the festival, you will receive further instructions for information and an online form. We use a rolling submissions policy. This online form must be filled out immediately and be accompanied by a non-refundable $400.00 participation fee, which can be paid online.

If your show is accepted to the festival, you are given a slot in which to produce your show. We are not producing your show, we are merely presenting it. You or your producing organization must hire your own cast, crew, and staff, secure your own rights, and run your own rehearsals, etc. We will assist you if you are applying for an Equity showcase by providing an insurance certificate and advice but you make the application.

All shows will be presented in one venue for at least 4-6 performances throughout the duration of the festival. This number is dictated by the number of successful applications. Performances will be between 6pm and Midnight on weekdays, and between Noon and Midnight on weekends. There is only a 30 minute change-over time between shows. Your curtain time will vary from day to day in order to that ensure all shows receive an equal amount of prime performance times. Keep in mind that when you are striking or setting up your show, another show is also striking or setting up. Keep aspects of your production minimal, please!

UNFringed handles all aspects of ticketing and box office. Full priced tickets are $18 in advance, and $20 at the door.

1. $500 Best of Festival Prize –awarded to the show that receives the largest popular vote.
2. All participants receive 50% of door after first 13 full price tickets.
3. No Submission Fees.
4. Low participation fee. Most companies can easily recoup their costs and should make a profit.

You will need to keep the technical requirements of your show very simple. The venue is equipped with basic lighting and sound equipment. Storage space is minimal. Since the space is shared with all shows in that venue you may get some storage but will be sharing with other companies so no large set pieces or furniture. Each company will have only one cue to cue technical/dress rehearsal in the venue. We will provide a lighting designer for your tech so that your cues are all written for your operator. We will also provide an on site house manager.
Technical equipment:
* Full lighting rig incl ETC Express console, a combination of Source 4s and par cans. Qlab for cueing sound via and iMac.
* Other sound equipment available [some items subject to low rental fee].
* We have a projector for use at an additional $50 per show but recommend that your video files are stored and played from a laptop provided by your company. The projector input is VGA so you may need to have a suitable adaptor.

UNFringed will publicize the festival and coordinate overall press relations. You will be asked to submit publicity photos and PR materials so that we can send complete press packages to print and broadcast media. You are welcome to publicize your own show through your own press releases, mailers, handbills, busking and/or posters. The more you promote your show, the larger your potential audience.
We can provide Video Production for your show at extremely reasonable rates filmed on a 2 or 3 camera set up and fully edited. Price depends on length of show. Please contact us for full details.

If you are accepted to UNFringed, part of our agreement prohibits the performance of your show anywhere in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut anytime during the months of June, July, August, Sept & Oct 2018. Preference is given to premieres but provided your play will be of interest to an audience we are interested to read it premiere or not.
Performances elsewhere within our audience area greatly impact ticket sales to UNFringed. Please keep this restriction in mind when accepting other invitations to perform your show during these months, particularly before you have received acceptance status notification from UNFringed.

Out-of-area participants, like locals, are responsible for all aspects of production and additional publicity for their show, as well as travel expenses, securing working visas (where required), and accommodations. UNFringed cannot help with housing for a participating company. Please bear this in mind before applying. It can be hard to mount a show in NYC even if you are normally based in for example, Hackensack NJ. The physical distance may not be great but unless you cast NY actors or can find an NJ cast that is willing to come in for the shows which may be at different times this could become onerous. We want your show but we also want you to have no more than the normal stress of mounting a production!

Submit Here
You can also submit via secrettheatre.com

For more information please contact us by email : Veronica
The Secret Theatre
44-02 23rd St.
Long Island City, NY 11101
E, M, G or 7 train to Courthouse SQ/23rd St.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Theatre Topics submission guidelines

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Theatre Topics publishes three issues per year, two of which are general issues. We therefore welcome rolling submissions at all times. We solicit scholarly essays that emphasize pedagogy, dramaturgy, and theatrical practice. Topics welcomes concise and timely peer reviewed articles, as well as notes from the field, on a broad array of practical, performance-oriented subjects. Topics is an official publication of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE).

The editors of Topics are particularly interested in articles that engage with the following areas:

  • International sites of pedagogical innovation
  • Pedagogy among diverse student populations and/or regarding material that engages with diversity
  • The relationship between theory and practice 
  • Applied theatre practices such as drama therapy or community-based theatre
  • Practice-based research
  • Rehearsal and production processes
  • Reconsiderations of traditional acting theories
  • New play development and devised theatre 
  • New technologies in performance and/or in the classroom

Watch for separate CFPs for forthcoming Special Issues.

Submissions should be sent to Managing Editor, Bob Kowkabany at bobkowkabany@me.com.

Author guidelines can be found here. 

All other inquiries can be sent to the Editor of Theatre Topics, Lisa S. Brenner at lbrenner@drew.edu, or the Coeditor, Noe Montez at noe.montez@tufts.edu.

Queries regarding book reviews should be send to Book Review Editor, Megan Sanborn Jones at msjones@byu.edu.

OnStage!festival, a new Festival of American Theater seeks full productions

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Submission deadline is April 15th

KIT Italia, The International Theatre and KIT - Kairos ItalyTheater have announced the launch of OnStage!festival, a new Festival of American Theater in Rome, Italy. The first edition of the festival will run January 21st – 27th 2019, featuring a selection of the best American independent theater taking the stage in the Italian capital, in a brand new theater in the heart of Rome. Submissions are now open for its main “Shows” category. The deadline is April 15th, 2018.

OnStage! follows in the successful footsteps of In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, and mirrors it across the ocean.

OnStage!festival will host fully staged productions of American shows – in English with Italian supertitles – readings of plays by US-based playwrights in translation, and the OnStage! Playwriting Award. The calendar will also include special events, panels, lectures and master classes to foster the festival’s overall mission of creating a cultural bridge and a meeting point between artists in the United States and Italy.

Submissions are now open for the “Shows” category. This is the main festival category, which will showcase fully staged productions that have been previously mounted in the United States for at least one professional production, but never in Italy. Full productions of any and all theatrical genres may apply – including new plays, musicals, adaptations, revivals, devised and experimental work. Participants will be self-producing. There are no submission fees and no participation fees.

The submission deadline for this category is April 15th, 2018.

Submissions for both categories are open to all artists who live and work in the United States, and whose work is primarily in English.

For more information visit: www.onstagefestival.it or email info@onstagefestival.it

To submit your show visit: http://onstagefestival.it/2018/02/11/call-for-submission/

To submit a play to the OnStage! Award visit: http://onstagefestival.it/2018/03/02/onstage-award-call-for-submission/

Find us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OnStageItaly/

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Sultan Padamsee Award for Playwriting 2018

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If you have an original, unpublished, unproduced play about Asian Indians (wherever they may be), in English, between 60 – 120 minutes duration, then send in your entries!

The winning plays will feature at Tata Literature Live! – The Mumbai LitFest in November 2018. There are also prizes available.

Rules and Regulations

1. Each submission requires two PDF soft copies (sent by email) – one with and one without the writer’s name anywhere on any of its pages. This is important as the judging is to be done anonymously.

2. All entries must be accompanied by:

  • a covering letter from the writer
  • A synopsis of the play (without the writer’s name)
  • The bio data, photograph and contact details of the writer

3. The entries with all relevant details should be emailed to Ayesha Sayani tgspa2018@shunyata.in

Please also use this email address for any questions you may have.

Deadline: 1st May 2018

51st Annual John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award

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The New England Theatre Conference, Inc. Announces
The 51st Annual John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award

A competition for new full-length plays

Entry Deadline: April 15, 2018 

Winners Announcement: October 2018

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.

A panel of judges named by the NETC Executive Board will administer this award.
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, 2018
§ must not have been produced by a professional or Equity
company as of April 15, 2018
§ must not be under option for publication or professional production as of April 15 2018
• The play must be submitted, along with:
§ a statement that the play will not have been published or
professionally produced as of April 15, 2018, and that it is not under option for publication or professional production and will not be under such option as of April 15, 2018.
§ 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, 2018.
• 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: mail@netconline.org

The New England Theatre Conference, Inc.
John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award 167 Cherry Street, #331
Milford, CT 06460
Website: www.netconline.org
Email: mail@netconline.org Tel: (617) 851-8535

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Relentless Award 2018

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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, playwrights of color, and playwrights of all gender identifications.

• 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 1, 2018 – May 15, 2018 through Submittable.com, see link at bottom of this page.

Eligibility/Criteria for Submission:
• Play must be unproduced.
• Authors must have either United States citizenship, possess a green card, or currently reside in the United States and have lived here for at least four years.
• Plays with a producer, producing organization, or theater attached for future production are not eligible.
• 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:

When submissions open, there will be link to Submittable.com at the bottom of this page that you can use to submit your play.

• 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 has been received. As submissions are processed manually, please allow up to two weeks to receive this confirmation.

For even more information please see our FAQ here.

​Submit your play.

You will be directed to our submissions platform, Submittable, where you will be asked to create an account if you do not have one.

Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest 2019

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The Castillo Theatre (NYC) sponsors the Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest and reading series bi-annually. In its tenth year, the political play contest is intended to encourage the writing of scripts for the stage that engage the political/social/cultural questions affecting the world today and/or historical events and issues that impact on our heritage.

While Castillo recognizes that in the broadest sense, all theatre is political, the contest is seeking politically progressive plays that: look at social and/or economic problems and challenges; explore possibilities of social transformation; and, reflect the concerns and interests of communities or which explore the importance of community. The contest also welcomes scripts that experiment with form and seek new ways of seeing and experiencing theatrical performance.

The plays submitted to the Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest may be written in any style, set in any historical time, geographic or imaginary location, contain any number of characters and be of any length. The plays must be in English and cannot be musicals or adaptations. No scripts will be considered that have previously been submitted to this contest, have received a production or won other contests. Only one script per playwright per year will be accepted.

The contest is judged by a team of distinguished theatre artists. The winning script(s) will receive a reading at the Castillo Theatre in New York City during the theatre’s 2019 summer season.

All scripts should be submitted in hard copy and must be accompanied by:
a statement of the political/social/cultural questions that the script engages (scripts with no accompanying statement will not be considered);
a brief synopsis;
a character breakdown, including gender, age and ethnic requirements, if any;
a 100-word biography of the playwright;
a current email address

Please note:
  • Receipt of script will be acknowledged via email.
  • Scripts will not be returned. 
  • Castillo does not give critical feedback to playwrights/contestants. 
  • Contest winners are required to sign a letter of agreement, which will include, but not be limited to, granting the right for Castillo to produce one or more readings and/or a full production of the winning play. 
  • Contest winners are responsible for travel expenses or any other expenses incurred as a result of participating in the development of the play with Castillo, or as a result of attending the reading and/or production.
Submissions will be accepted between February 1 and July 1, 2018. All scripts must be postmarked by July 1, 2018.  The winner(s) will be publicly announced at the Otto René Castillo Awards for Political Theatre in New York City in May of 2019.

Send all submissions to:
Castillo Theatre
543 West 42nd Street 
New York, NY 10036
Attn: Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest

Questions and inquiries should be addressed to Madelyn Chapman at 212-356-8485 or

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