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Friday, September 22, 2017

Call for Submissions - Hidden Hate / Hidden Love

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A series of art and conversations exploring hate and love, hidden and made visible.

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

Event dates: Oct 28-29 and December 9-10, 2017.
Submissions due Friday, October 13th, 2017 by 2:00pm ET.

We’ll be reviewing submissions on a rolling basis. Please be mindful of the following parameters when submitting your work:

Dramatic writing: a pdf no longer than ten pages in length.
Poetry/prose samples: a pdf no longer than five pages in length.
Music/dance/film: the link to a video no longer than five minutes in length.
Art/photography: one jpg.

With questions, please contact iacd [at] nyu [dot] edu.

Puffin Foundation Grant Award

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For the upcoming 2018 cycle we will review grants only in the following fields: Music, Photography, & Theater. The Puffin Foundation Ltd. continues to make grants that encourage emerging artists whose works might have difficulty being aired due to their genre and/or social philosophy. Your potential application should meet this criteria. You can find out additional information about our grants using the FAQ section of the website located under the 'Grants Info' tab.

Application forms are not available electronically, but can be requested by sending a SASE (#10 business letter sized, self-addressed stamped envelope) to the address below beginning in September 2017. Requests for application forms must be received by December 12, 2017. 

Completed applications for the 2017 cycle will be accepted from November 1st until the deadline of December 30, 2017 postmarked by midnight. Applications postmarked after this date will not be reviewed.

After September 1st, to receive an application packet please send a SASE (#10 self-addressed stamped envelope) to:

Puffin Foundation Ltd.
Application Request
20 Puffin Way
Teaneck, NJ 07666-4111

The Foundation requests that previous grantees allow a one-year hiatus prior to reapplication. This allows our grants to be available to an even wider number of applicants. Applicants may only submit one proposal per year. Requests for the same project should not be made by multiple applicants.

Grants from the Puffin Foundation, Ltd. can only be awarded to permanent residents and citizens of the United States. U.S. citizens whose projects encompass work in other countries are still eligible to apply.

We are not able to provide status reports about the disposition of submitted applications, so PLEASE do not call seeking such information. Applicants will be notified on an ongoing basis about the decision on their application from January 15th through July.

The Foundation does not have the means to fund large film/documentary proposals, grants for travel, continuing education, or the writing or publishing of books. Average grants are approximately $1,250. The maximum grant size is $2,500. Please note that organizations with an annual budget of more than $500,000 and any project whose total budget exceeds $250,000 are not eligible for funding.

We thank you again for your interest.


Gladys Miller-RosensteinGladys Miller-RosensteinExecutive Director

MiniFest 2018 Script Submissions

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MiniFest is a week-long festival of one-act plays featuring limited cast sizes and scenographic demands. Every year hundreds of plays from around the world are submitted for juried evaluation. A Play Reading Committee creates a short list which is then submitted to an Executive Committee that selects four to six plays for an actor-centered staging by members of the Acadia Theatre Company.

New Submission Deadline: November 3, 2017

Rules and Guidelines

Anyone may submit up to two original scripts, provided that neither has been professionally performed.

All script submissions must be in WORD format and be accompanied by a completed electronic application.
Scripts will be chosen for their dramatic quality, but also for their suitability for staging by students in our Theatre program. Scripts with limited number of characters and modest production requirements will be preferred. Running times should not exceed 30 minutes.
Minifest may present as many as eight plays over three consecutive nights. Each may may be presented as many as three times.
No recording of performances will be permitted.
Successful playwrights will not be offered royalties.
Late submissions will not be accepted.
All scripts must be submitted electronically in Word format. No other formats will be accepted.
Each playwright may submit only two (2) plays for the competition.
The Covering Page of each script should include:
the title of the play
the playwright's name
contact information for the playwright (address, telephone number & email address)
All subsequent pages should be numbered and should include the play's title in a running header or footer. As the jury process is anonymouse, plase do NOT include the playwright's name on these pages.
Please ensure that all document editing features are unlocked in order to enable removal or manipulation of pages for jury and production purposes. No changes to scripts proper will be made

Application Form & Play Submission Link

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Apparitions seeks radio plays

APPARITIONS, a podcast of new radio horror plays (http://apparitionspodcast.com/) seeks original, previously un-produced scripted radio plays.

Scripts should require a cast of six or less, and run no more than 30 minutes in production. Submissions may range from suspense, to gore, to mystery, to comedy, but all must fall under the umbrella of the “horror” genre. Please note, this call is for radio plays, written specifically for the audio medium.

NYC-based writers are encouraged to apply, as the show records in NYC, however all scripts will be considered. Scripts will be licensed under a profit-share agreement.

Send scripts, along with contact information, to theprofessor@apparitionspodcast.com.

Ongoing, 2017

Self-Producing Workshop at Primary Stages ESPA

Stop waiting for someone else to produce your play! Join Primary Stages ESPA for a 1-day workshop that will give you the tools you need to confidently self-produce.

Instructor: Sasha Eden (Actor, Producer, and Co-Founder of WET Productions)
Sunday, October 22 from 12:00pm – 5:00pm

The idea of striking it out on your own can be terrifying, but the risk is well worth the reward. With the right tools, anyone successfully produce their own work that is personal, fulfilling, and reminds them why they chose the path of being a creative artist. This workshop will guide you through each of the producing fundamentals: developing your concept, working with source material, participating in successful collaborations, merging entrepreneurial efforts with artistic inspiration, and the nuts and bolts of building a production company. You'll walk away with confidence in making budgets, identifying and developing a brand identity, pursuing funding, marketing, and audience cultivation, as well as the courage to embark on your role as artistic producer.

Flexible, outrageously affordable Payment Plans available.

Primary Stages ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

American Antiquarian Society Fellowships for Creative and Performing Artists and Writers

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The American Antiquarian Society (AAS), a national research library and learned society of American history and culture, is calling for applications for visiting fellowships for historical research by creative and performing artists, writers, film makers, journalists, and other persons whose goals are to produce imaginative, non-formulaic works dealing with pre-twentieth-century American history. Successful applicants are those whose work is for the general public rather than for academic or educational audiences. The Society's goal in sponsoring this program is to multiply and improve the ways in which an understanding of history is communicated to the American people.

The fellowships will provide the recipients with the opportunity for a period of uninterrupted research, reading, and collegial discussion at the Society, located in Worcester, Massachusetts. At least three fellowships will be awarded for residence of four weeks at the Society at any time during the period January 1 through December 31.

For fellows who reside on campus in the Society’s scholars' housing, located next to the main library building, the stipend will have the room fee deducted from the $1850 stipend. (Room fees range from $700 to $500 per month.)

The stipend will be $1,850 for fellows residing off campus. Fellows will not be paid a travel allowance.

Funding for this program began with a grant to AAS from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund. Additional funding for the awards is derived from income from endowments established by the Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellowship, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, and Jay and Deborah Last.
Fellowship projects may include (but are not limited to):

  • historical novels
  • performance of historical music or drama
  • poetry
  • documentary films
  • television programs
  • radio broadcasts
  • plays
  • libretti
  • screenplays
  • magazine or newspaper articles
  • costume designs
  • set designs
  • illustrations and other graphic arts
  • book designs
  • sculpture
  • paintings
  • other works of fine and applied art
  • nonfiction works of history designed for general audiences of adults or children

Application Procedure

Applications are due October 5, 2017.

Application instructions for the Fellowships for Creative and Performing Artists and Writers are included in the online application.

Please note:

CURRENT RESUME should include a listing of any awards, scholarships, or grants received.

STATEMENT should not be more than five typed, double spaced pages which briefly summarizes the applicant’s educational and professional background and goals, describes the research for the project, including readings in primary and secondary sources, and indicates the nature of the research program proposed for the fellowship. You must demonstrate how you will use the Society’s collection materials for your project.

WORK SAMPLES will be distributed to reviewers and the selection committee.
Written works (play and video scripts; prose and poetry; works of non-fictions, etc.) cannot exceed 25 pages in length
Two to three copies of full, completed works, in addition to the 25-page work sample, may be mailed to the Society
If you are submitting CDs or DVDs, please send only 3 copies of each
If your samples can be viewed on the web, please send us all relevant web addresses
You are strongly encouraged to include any relevant reviews of your work by professional critics
If you would like your samples returned to you, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope

TWO LETTERS OF REFERENCE should be emailed by individuals familiar with your career accomplishments and goals. Please have letters sent to Cheryl McRell, Program Administrator at AAS, at cmcrell@mwa.org.

For further information about the Fellowships for Creative and Performing Artists and Writers, please contact Cheryl McRell, Program Administrator at AAS, at cmcrell@mwa.org.

Tree City Playhouse 10-Minute Play Competition

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Fee is waived with Dramatist Guild membership

Tree City Playhouse
10-Minute Play Competition Rules

Cash awards of $250 for 1st place, $100 for 2nd place, and $50 for 3rd place will be presented.
Winning plays will be produced by Tree City Playhouse.

To enter please send the following items to the address below:

1. Completed entry form
2. Bio of the playwright(s) – must be 100 words or less
3. Play synopsis including character descriptions
4. Three copies of the script
5. $5 entry fee or copy of current Dramatist Guild membership card
 (checks should be made out to SCAC)  

Mail to: Keith Ramsdell 
Tree City Playhouse  
10-Minute Play Competition
5725 Main Street 
Sylvania, OH 43560

Competition Rules:
1. The competition is open to all playwrights 18 years of age and older. Only one play per
playwright may be entered per year. Plays may be co-written by more than one playwright,
but the names of all playwrights must appear on the entry form.
2. Entries must be one-act stage plays with performance times of 8 to 12 minutes. Full-length
plays, musicals, children’s plays, film and TV scripts, and plays previously entered in this
competition are ineligible.
3. Submissions are restricted to original dramatic works – no adaptations – that have not been
previously published or submitted to this playwriting competition.
4. While all reasonable care will be taken, Tree City Playhouse and SCAC do not assume any
responsibility for lost, misplaced or damaged scripts.
5. There are no restrictions on genre or theme.
6. Scripts will be judged on concept, dramatic action, characterization and dialogue. Preference  
will be given to plays with 2 to 4 characters, limited staging requirements, and content/language
sensitive to the “family-friendly” value of Tree City Playhouse. The decisions of the judges are
final. No critiques will be given, and no scripts will be returned.
7. Tree City Playhouse will produce the winning plays royalty-free during its 2018 Festival of
10-Minute Plays. This includes the right to make rehearsal copies of the script, to use the title
of the play and the author’s name in publicity and promotion, and to videotape the play for
archival purposes. The playwright will receive a program and DVD from the production.
All future production and publication rights remain the property of the playwright.
8. The deadline for entries is a postmark of October 15, 2017. 

Late scripts will not be
accepted, and revisions cannot be made once a script has been submitted.

Formatting Instructions:
1. To ensure anonymity during the judging process, no personal information should appear
anywhere on the submitted script. The entry form will contain this information.
2. All scripts should be printed on 8-1/2” x 11” white paper, typewritten on one side only and
submitted in acceptable play manuscript format. Each copy should be bound with a staple.
Pages must be numbered, and the name of the play should appear on each page.
3. The entry form, bio, synopsis and fee or copy of DG card should be clipped together.

More Information:

Please contact Keith Ramsdell at keith@sylvaniaarts.org with any questions you may have.
You may also visit us on the web at www.sylvaniaarts.org/treecityplayhouse
Tree City Playhouse

10-Minute Play Competition Entry Form Here

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Rover Dramawerks fourth annual 10-Minute Play Contest

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Rover Dramawerks announces our fourth annual 10-Minute Play Contest! We are seeking 10-minute comedies or farces to be a part of our Eighteenth Season.

  • Submissions will be accepted from September 20 to October 20.
  • Only the first 300 10-minute plays will be accepted.
  • No musicals.
  • Plays may have been produced previously but not in the DFW Metroplex.
  • Plays may not be published.
  • Playwrights may submit only one 10-minute play. Additional plays submitted by a single person will result in disqualification.
  • A cast list and brief synopsis must be included.
  • Only PDF files will be accepted. Other formats will not be read.
  • Name and contact info must not appear anywhere on the script (i.e. this is a blind submission process).
  • Submissions will ONLY be accepted using the form provided: https://form.jotform.us/72551326286155
  • There is no fee.

Five to nine plays will be chosen to be a part of Rover’s 10-Minute Play Festival, June 21-30, 2018, with all winners receiving a $50 prize. The audience will also vote on the “Best of the Fest,” and that overall winner will receive an additional $100.

Rover Dramawerks performs in a reconfigurable black box theatre that seats 80-100. Please take this into consideration when presenting your work to us for consideration. We recommend that you check out our website at www.roverdramawerks.com to see the types of plays we generally produce.

Please note: The judges reserve the right not to award prizes or productions if they feel the caliber of plays received does not warrant a winner.

The New Work Initiative seeks plays, musicals etc.

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This is the link to our play submission program, The New Work Initiative: https://www.lotus-lee.foundation/submission

The New Work Initiative is an open submission competition whose primary goal is to bring the best theatre and new voices from the United States to China and vice versa. This is why we’re interested in new works from playwrights who are hungry to be heard and are willing to discover new technology to bring their work to the stage. The submission is free.

The best works are selected by a board of 5 judges who read the submitted scripts and ultimately decide on the best work. The play that gets chosen will be produced in 2019 with a significant budget and for a year-long tour in China with a potential remount in the States. Other winners will also be selected. The 5 judges consist of a mix of industry individuals and individuals from Performing Arts schools.

Deadline: January 5th, 2018
Playwrights can submit more than one play.

There are no fees of any kind.

  • Must be an original work.
  • No previous production and publication all around the world.
  • Has never granted and will not grant other individuals or entities to use the script in anyway before the the choosing outcome is issued.
  • Play must be a full-length piece. At least an hour long.
  • Can be a play, performance art, movement piece, physical theatre, dance, musical, etc.
  • No restriction on plot, content, or themes. Children’s plays accepted.
  • Submissions will only be accepted in English. The show that is chosen will be translated to mandarin for the Chinese Tour in 2019. 
  • Open to making use of new technology
  • Projections, holograms, media technology, virtual reality, etc.

1. Full script in PDF format
  • Please do not include your name on the script
2. A Separate PDF with following information:
  • Playwright’s bio
  • Summary of the play
  • Character breakdown
  • Production history, if applicable
  • Creative team and cast breakdown, if applicable
3. A short explanation, in PDF, of why you think your piece is a good fit for Lotus Lee Foundation
4. Other info: professional website link, production photos or videos, inspirations, etc. 

For more information, submission guidelines and to submit please visit: https://www.lotus-lee.foundation/submission

New American Voices Play Reading Series (Houston TX)

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From August 1 - September 30 

The Landing Theatre Company accepts ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­full-length plays for ­­­­­­­­­­­­the New American Voices Play Reading Series. Four plays will be selected for staged readings during the Landing Theatre Company's Spring Festival in Houston, Texas. Selected playwrights must attend the readings. A stipend of $100 will be awarded to each winning playwright. Playwrights must cover their own travel expenses.

There are no fees for submitting.

Submissions accepted from August 1 - September 30.
  1. Selected playwrights must attend the festival.
  2. Each playwright will be paired with a local director prior to the festival to prepare for the event.
  3. Director will cast the play prior to the festival.
  4. Each production will receive at least two rehearsals prior to the official reading.
  5. One rehearsal will be scheduled when the playwright can attend.
  6. The play will then be read in front of an audience, with a moderated discussion of the play afterwards.
Submissions must meet the following criteria:

1. Playwright must be a citizen or legal resident of the United States of America.
2. Play must not have been produced.
3. Play must not have had a public reading in the Houston area.
4. Submission must be received on or before September 30th.
5. Submission must be a minimum of 30 pages long and have a minimum run time of 45 minutes.
6. Submission must be in .doc, .pdf or .rtf format.
7. Plays are given blind reads, so there should be no playwright identifiers anywhere on the script. Your name and contact information should only be in the email.
8. Only one play per playwright per submission period.
9. No musicals, children's plays, or one-person plays.
10. Original scripts only. No adaptations or works that involve third party rights.
11. Playwrights will only be notified if your play is selected.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Everyday Inferno Annual Outdoor Park Show

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Annual Outdoor Park Show

We produce an annual free show in Central Park, NY each August and accept script submissions for future consideration year-round (we are currently reading submissions for 2018). 

All plays submitted must be set entirely outdoors, in a setting suitable to our venue, Summit Rock. As an example, past productions have included Marivaux's The Dispute, Euripides' Iphigenia Among the Taurians, and a new commission set on an uninhabited planet. Playwrights submitting work should keep our company's mission and past work in mind - plays should focus on at least one complex female role, and plays with large (6-12 person) casts and primarily youthful roles are the most likely to be successful.
  • Length: Around 60 minutes in production (75 minutes absolute maximum)
  • Compensation: Everyday Inferno Theatre Co. covers all production costs associated with rehearsing and performing the piece. In some cases, we are able to offer a very small stipend, dependent on funding. Playwrights retain copyright and full ownership of their plays.
  • Important: Please ensure that a character breakdown (including age and gender, if applicable) is included on the version of the script you submit to us. 
  • Format: PDF format is STRONGLY preferred. Google docs will not be considered.

University of Houston 10-Minute Play Festival Call for Submissions

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The University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance is excited to announce our sixth annual 10-
Minute Play Festival for spring of 2018. We will begin accepting submissions for this festival on
August 31, 2017; the submission period closes on October 31, 2017.

Nine selected 10-minute plays
will receive a production as part of a multi-evening festival, produced in the newly upgraded José
Quintero Theatre on the University of Houston campus. This festival is open to all applicants,
amateur or professional.

Submission rules:

• Scripts will only be accepted during a submission window of August 31 through
October 31, 2017. Scripts received outside this window will not be accepted. The name of the winning play will be announced in November.

• We will accept only one play per playwright.

• Scripts should fall in the range of 8-12 pages and run roughly ten minutes. (Page count does not include the title page.)

• Characters in submitted plays should fall between the ages of 16-30 or else there should be no specific restrictions on the ages of the characters.

• Previously produced plays are not eligible.

• Musicals and plays for children are discouraged.

• Submissions will be acknowledged via email, but we do not offer critiques.

• The winning plays will receive productions in the José Quintero Theatre at the University of Houston in spring of 2018.

• There is no financial compensation for winning entries.

How to submit:
Plays must be submitted via email. There should be no identifiable information in the script.

Your email should include all of the following information:

• play title
• your name
• your mailing address
• your phone number
• your email address

Email play to: uhoustonplayfest@gmail.com

Send inquiries to: uhplayfestquestions@gmail.com

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Gallery Players is seeking plays for its 21st Annual Black Box New Play Festival

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The Gallery Players in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York, is seeking plays for its 21st Annual Black Box New Play Festival to be held in June, 2018. Each play selected will be given a black box production at Gallery Players and will be performed in a festival format with non-equity actors. 

Playwrights must be available for rehearsals and use this as an opportunity to continue work on their play.

Submission guidelines:
  • Plays must be un-produced (readings are ok); must be the play’s world premiere
  • Length may be from 10 minutes to 30 minutes. No monologues.
  • Pages must be numbered
  • A cover page with title of the play and playwright’s contact information is required, along with a plot synopsis of the play and a character breakdown
  • Submit a copy of your resume
  • Playwrights may not direct their own work
Send two copies of your play, along with your resume, to:

The Gallery Players
Black Box New Play Festival
199 14th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

We will only contact you if your play has been accepted into the festival. If you want confirmation that your mailing was received by us, please include a self-addressed stamped return postcard.

We do not accept email submissions.

We do not return scripts. Any scripts not chosen for the Festival will be destroyed to protect the copyright.

Theatrical Botanicum Seedlings

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Play Submission Guidelines

With its roots in the McCarthy Era Blacklisiting, Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum has provided a home in Southern California for professional Shakespeare and the classics in its scenic, outdoor amphitheatre in rustic Topanga Canyon for over 40 years. Theatricum is also committed to finding new works and furthering new voices in theatre through Botanicum Seedlings.

The submission window is September 1 – November 1 annually. We will close this window after the first 200 submissions are received. These works will be considered for development and also production.

Opportunities through Botanicum Seedlings include Playreadings, Play Festivals, private GreenReads (for a fresh look at early drafts) and Playwrights Workshops through Theatricum’s Academy, culminating in developmental GreenReads. Since its creation in 2002, the program has supported well over 100 new plays.

The goals of Botanicum Seedlings are:
  •  to maintain focus on the needs of the playwright in regard to a play’s growth; 
  •  to foster relationships with emerging playwrights around the globe; 
  •  to act as an advocate whenever appropriate in recommending plays to other companies; 
  •  to establish Theatricum Botanicum as a guiding force in the development of original material; and 
  •  to provide a nurturing environment in which Theatricum company members can expand and stretch in new directions as actors as well as directors, writers and dramaturgs. 

For consideration, please keep in mind that Theatricum encourages provocative, political and socially relevant material, and prefers works that are uniquely theatrical and character-driven. Although the company is classically based, Seedlings is by no means traditional in its sensibilities and is not looking for classical translations or adaptations unless they are highly original. Nor are we interested in scripts which might be better suited to film or television. In addition, Botanicum Seedlings is committed to gender parity, with a goal of 50% or more women playwrights and directors involved in its public readings.

Submissions may also be considered for production as part of Theatricum Botanicum’s Summer Repertory Season. Please note that the theatre very rarely includes new works in its season; both of our performance spaces are outdoor amphitheatres in a natural setting.

From September 1 – November 1, we accept the first 200 electronic submissions of 10-15 page dialogue samples from full length plays (sorry, no queries for one-acts or short plays) accompanied by playwright’s bio and play history as MS Doc or PDF attachments sent to seedlings@theatricum.com. 
(Only one play per year, please!) 

If electronic submission is not possible, send complete plays, musicals and accompanying materials to Botanicum Seedlings c/o Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, P.O. Box 1222 Topanga, CA 90290. All materials will be recycled unless special arrangements are made beyond including an SASE. 

(Note: receiving hard copies may significantly add to our response time.) 

Our goal is to acknowledge receipt of all submissions and queries. Please know that while we read and review all materials we receive, we are not able to personally follow up with every submission.

For more information on Seedlings writing workshops, private dramaturgy and other Theatricum events and programs, visit www.theatricum.com or contact seedlings@theatricum.com. The business office can be reached at (310) 455-2322. Thank you in advance for your submission, and for your patience if our response is delayed.

Jennie Webb
Seedlings Program Director

The Jonathan Larson Grants

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The Jonathan Larson Grants are intended to honor and recognize emerging musical theatre artists. Composers, lyricists, and librettists who work in musical theatre are the focus of the grants. ATW is committed to serving artists who are creating new, fully producible works for the theatre, and advancing the art form. The grants do not honor a specific piece or project.

The application deadline is Saturday, October 7th at 11:59PM EST. 

Grant decisions are made in February and the presentation of the grants are in March or April.

Grant awards are based on merit, and are intended for those artists with a demonstrated commitment and dedication to a career in musical theatre. Further, the grants are not intended to be scholarships, and artists applying for grants should be working professionally in the field.
Applications are accepted in the following areas:
  • Individuals may apply as lyricists, composers, librettists, or any combination of the three.
  • Collaborative teams may apply together as composer, lyricist, and/or librettist, or any combination of the three.
  • Collaborators who work together regularly are strongly encouraged to apply as a team. If your collaborative team has more than three individuals, please contact the ATW offices.
  • United States citizenship is not a requirement to receive the grant, but you must be eligible to work in the U.S. and reside/work here on at least a part-time basis and submitted work should be predominately in English.
  • Artists may apply only once per grant cycle. You may not apply as part of a team and as an individual applicant.
Prior Jonathan Larson Grant Recipients are not eligible.

(Applications that do not adhere to these general criteria will not be considered)

Required Materials – Applicants must submit the following through our online portal to be considered.


Completed Application Forms, including:
General Information
Artistic Statement— on the form provided, describe your achievements and goals for your career as a creative artist or collaborative team (one per application). Please do not make specific monetary requests as part of the application.
Creative Curriculum Vitae—productions/workshops/readings, educational history, and including list of awards (one for each applicant or each member of a team, please submit multiple CVs in one, combined .pdf or .doc file).

Comprehensive Work Sample List—a list of all the song and libretto selections with authorship information. Work samples are only required in accordance with your application focus. For instance, if you are applying as a composer only, please only submit music, and dramatic context for the song. Do not submit a book or lyrics for adjudication. The same would be true if you were applying as a lyricist or book writer, only submit samples for the area or areas for which you wish to be considered.Once you have completed the Work Sample list, you will have the opportunity to upload your material.
Libretto—Please submit one-act only of a musical book (or if your work does not have a traditional act-break, an excerpt of 60 pages or less). .pdf format is preferred. You may start your libretto with a 1-page synopsis of the show in its entirety.
Audio Files/Song Selections—upload selected songs (accepted formats include MP3, MP4, WMA, WAV, ACC (M4A) and FLAC). Select individual tracks and pieces that reflect your best work.
Dramatic Context/ Lyric Sheets—describe the dramatic context and provide the lyrics for each song selection

Applicants may provide a letter of support/recommendation from theatre artists or educators.

About Selecting Work Samples:
Regardless, if you work creatively in all three disciplines (music, lyrics, and book) or you are applying as a collaborative team, you should submit combined work samples that represent the full range of your work. For example, Jonathan Larson might have submitted one application that included three song selections from Rent, two song selections from Tick, Tick…Boom!, and the book of Act II from Rent. Please do not submit a recording of an entire act or production. Select individual tracks and pieces that reflect your best work.

The Jonathan Larson Grants are intended to honor and recognize emerging musical theatre writers. We are aware that artists work in multiple disciplines; and while it is not necessary that you only work in musical theatre, selections of representative work submitted for the grant must be for musical theatre. Applications submitting oratorios, operas, symphonic scores, or film scores will not be considered.

Adapted Works: Should you choose to submit selections from work which is adapted from an existing work, you must provide proof of rights for that adaptation as part of your application.

Online Application

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Barrington Collective (NYC) seeks short plays for holiday reading

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Halloween and the theme of fear.

The submission window will be Sept 17th - Sept 24th at noon.

Guidelines for Holiday Reading Submissions:
- All plays should be no more than 15 minutes in length and should explore the corresponding submission theme.
- Email a PDF of your script to barringtoncollective@gmail.com no later than 5 pm EST on the end submission date.
- Title your email "[Month] Reading Submission - Title of Play" (Ex: February Reading Submission - You're My Favorite)
- On the first page of your script, include your name, email, and title of play. Please also include page numbers throughout the script.
- Be bold, be brave!

We will notify all playwrights of status within a week of close of submission. Any other questions? Shoot us an email (barringtoncollective@gmail.com) or feel free to reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter (@BarCoTheatre). Let's make some art!

Unheard voices. Untold stories.
-The Barrington Collective

Cape Cod Theatre Project 2018

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Applications for the 2018 Season are now open.

Playwrights may send us one play per season for consideration. The proposed play must still be in development and cannot be receiving a professional production prior to August 2018.

To apply, please email a PDF of the script to capecodlit@gmail.com. Please label the document using your first and last name as well as the play’s title. For example: janesmithplaytitle.pdf

In addition, please include in your email a short biography and a brief artistic statement on how you propose to use your development time at CCTP. The bio and statement of intentions should be one page combined, sent as a PDF or Microsoft Word Doc and labeled with your first and last name. For example: janesmithbio.doc

As we rely on the kindness of our donors for housing, we usually limit our cast sizes to no more than six actors.

As of November 1, 2011, we no longer review hard copies of scripts sent by mail.

Applications will be accepted from September 1, 2017 through October 15, 2017.

The CCTP staff regrets that we cannot provide feedback on any submitted materials.

We look forward to reading your work.

Shakespeare in the ‘Burg Fifth Annual One-Act Playwriting Competition

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Shakespeare in the ‘Burg is pleased to announce our fifth annual one-act playwriting competition, in conjunction with our Shakespeare in the ‘Burg theater festival. Dates of the 2018 festival will be announced on our website. The festival will be held at The Hill School, Middleburg, VA. There is no fee for this competition. We will choose three winners and each will have a staged reading during the Shakespeare in the ‘Burg festival. The readings will be performed by Shakespeare in the Square acting company from New York City.

Please note that you can write in any style you choose; this is not a “Shakespeare” writing competition, so plays in any genre are welcome.

Also new for 2018: The staged readings will be videotaped so if winners can’t be present, they will still be able to see their plays performed by skilled actors.

Please bear in mind that your script will be performed for an audience of all ages.

Competition Rules:
  • Open to all playwrights
  • Scripts must be original. Musicals, monologues, film scripts and television scripts are not eligible.
  • Running times of no less than 25 minutes and no more than one hour.
  • No more than one submission per playwright. Give us your best work!
You may email your script to: genie@printmanagementinc.com, and in fact, we prefer emails. In the subject line, please write: Shakespeare in the ‘Burg One-Act Play

If sending a hard copy, please number the pages and staple or paperclip your submission. Send hard copies to Genie Ford, 3803 Bayside Circle, Bradenton, FL 34210. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like confirmation of receipt—or include your email address and I will write to you.

Submissions should include:
Playwright bio.
Contact page with name, address and telephone number of the playwright,
On all pages, please place the title of the play at the top of each numbered page.

The deadline for entries is a postmark or email at end of day, October 15, 2017.

Thank you and good luck!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Keegan Theatre's Boiler Room Series

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Keegan Theatre, a professional, non-equity theatre in Washington, DC, is accepting submissions for development during its 2017-2018 Season AND possible inclusion as a full, world premiere production in a future mainstage season. 

Six pieces will be selected for inclusion in a festival sampling of new works in development at Keegan Theatre. Five pieces will be selected for a workshop process that culminates with a public staged reading.

All submissions must be full length plays or musicals aligned with the theatre's mission of taking audiences to the vital heart of theatre: extraordinary artists in an intimate setting exploring the human condition.

Submitted work should not have had any significant development or a full production at another theatre. We're looking for truly NEW works here.

Submissions will be assessed by Keegan Theatre's Artistic Development Team and a panel of independent playwrights, directors, and editors. Submissions will remain anonymous to the panel until after they have been selected for further development.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applications that do not address the prompts accurately or fully will not be reviewed.

Thank you for your interest in developing your new play or musical with Keegan Theatre. We look forward to reading your piece!

Work for the October process will be selected no later than September 23, 2017
Please complete this form to submit your new play or musical for consideration.

21st Annual Festival of One-Act Plays Port Jefferson, NY

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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: 8
  • 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, 2017.
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.) 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 2018. Playwrights will receive a small stipend. Plays should be submitted to The 21st Annual Festival of One-Act Plays, Attn. Jeffrey Sanzel, Artistic Director, THEATRE THREE, PO Box 512, Port Jefferson, NY 11777-0512. We do no accept electronic (e-mail) submissions). Please do not call or stop by the theatre.

Final selection of plays will be in late 2017.

NYCPlaywrights call for submissions: Write a Monologue For Me

Tony White, actor & director
NYCPlaywrights has a new project starting this month: Write a Monologue for Me.

Actors are always looking for good monologues. NYCPlaywrights wants to help them find one by putting out this call for submissions. We are looking for monologues tailored to a specific actor, a different actor each month.

We plan to make this a monthly event during 2017 and possibly beyond.

We will select the top three monologues based on quality of writing and relevance for the actor and share them on the NYCPlaywrights web site (with your permission.)

The actor will select his/her favorite from those three and we will video-record him/her performing the monologue and post the video on NYCPlaywrights (via YouTube with your permission.)

This month we'd like you to write a monologue for Tony White an actor and director in New York City.

Tony has appeared in many plays from classics to original works, and has directed a variety Off-Off Broadway shows including Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Romeo & Juliet, Uncommon Women, Titus Andronicus, and Lysistrata. He has enjoyed playing Rupert in Rope, Edward in Spike Heels, Deacon Crow-For-a-Day in Tambourines to Glory (nominated best supporting actor 2003 Tiffany Awards), and Reverend Drum in God’s Trombones (nominated best actor 2004 Tiffany Awards). Represented by Carson Kolker Innovative, & Avanti Talent.
About the kind of work he prefers:
"I am most interested in dark comedy. The more unusual the character the better. Some of my favorite roles are Rupert in Rope, Kent in King Lear, Mercutio in Romeo and JulietProspero and Caliban in The Tempest, Archie in The Disposal by William Inge."


The deadline is Sunday October 1, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST.
  • Send only one monologue per author to info@nycplaywrights.org. 
  • Please put the words "Write a Monologue for Me" in the subject field of your email.
  • The monologue should be no more than one page.
  • The submission should be sent by email, with the script itself as a file attached to the email.
  • File format should be .pdf because it will retain your original script formatting. 
  • There is no fee for submission. 
  • All rights will remain with the playwright. 
  • The script must be submitted by the author of the script, no agents or others may submit. 
  • Make sure you have your name and your email address on the script. 
  • The monologue can be submitted by anybody, anywhere in the world but must be primarily in English (a few non-English phrases are acceptable, but the phrases must include English translations.) 
  • A monologue that has had a production is not acceptable - we want you to write a new monologue with our actor in mind.
  • A monologue that has been published is also not acceptable.
  • The NYCPlaywrights selections decisions are final.
  • NYCPlaywrights reserves the right to select no monologues.
  • We will notify submitters of the decisions and announce the winning monologues on the NYCPlaywrights web site by Sunday October 8.
Any questions email info@nycplaywrights.org
  • For some thoughts on writing monologues go here
NOTE: although of course the rights to the script are all yours, sometimes actors will ask for permission to perform your monologue in auditions. We hope you say yes.


2018 Summer Harvest 10 minute plays wanted

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Onion Man Productions is accepting submission for its 2018 Summer Harvest collection of 10-minute plays. The shows will be staged at Onion Man’s theatre space in Chamblee, GA in June of 2018.

The deadline for submissions is October 31st, 2017. 

 Below are the submission guidelines:
Maximum of 2 plays per playwright
  • It should be a 10 minute play
  • Must be an original work with no prior production
  • Submissions are open to any writer although Georgia and southeastern
  • playwrights will receive preference
  • All submitted plays must be written to the following set requirements:
  • The set is a street corner.
  • The street names are Magnolia and Pine. 
  • The action of the play should take place on the street corner up to the curb.
  • On stage will be a street sign post and a bench. Behind the action will be
  • flats posing as generic buildings on the street. There will be one doorway
  • into a building. No other set elements are planned at this time.

Some suggestions for a submitted play:
Smaller casts (prefer 2-3, 4-5 max), simple staging, strong choices (bold is good), address the question of “why this day?” What is unique about the day the play takes place? 

Also, the characters need to impact on each other in such a way that will require change (or possibility of change).
Plays should be submitted in a PDF format without name or contact information for the writer on the script. Please place the writer’s name and contact information in the text of the email or on a separate cover page. 

 Scripts should be emailed to jpbeck99@gmail.com

Friday, September 15, 2017

Secret Theater One-Act Festival

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Apply here: https://form.jotformpro.com/trimistopheles/-act-one-one-act-festival-2018

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

Deadline for submissions is December 15th and acceptances will be awarded from now until December 20th, 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 Act One: One Act Festival 2018 is a self-producing competition style one-act play festival. The plays are divided into three 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 January 2nd - 5th, which is subject to availability and on a first come first served.

The Act One: One Act Festival 2018 plans to run a rotating schedule of performances beginning Thursday, Jan. 11th through Saturday Feb. 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: https://form.jotformpro.com/trimistopheles/-act-one-one-act-festival-2018

Pallas Theatre Collective TableRead Series

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Pallas Theatre Collective welcomes submissions of completed, full-length and one act musicals for their 2018 TableRead Series between September 15, 2017 and December 15, 2017. TableRead 2018 will offer creative teams the opportunity to develop, workshop and present new works of musical theatre in collaboration with Pallas’s new musical development team through a series of university and professional readings (usually 3-4), culminating in a professional black-box style production in 2019 or 2020. Creators are provided a small honorarium and some travel expenses, as well as 10% net box office receipts from the show. 

For more information and a list of past winners, visit: pallastheatre.org/TableRead.

Only completed projects will be accepted. Semi-finalists will be asked to submit full libretto, full score (generated through music publishing software, no lead sheets), and complete demos at time of request (demos do not need to be of professional quality). A short interview via skype or google hangout with Pallas Artistic leadership will be required of Finalists. Musicals must be unpublished with no prior large or workshop production history (i.e. if the musical has been produced, it is not eligible for the TableRead program). Proof of rights must be secured by the composers if the musical is based on copyrighted material before submission to TableRead.

TableRead only accepts digital submissions. There is no fee to apply.

Please place all required files in a single folder in a drop site (Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, etc.) and send the folder link to tableread@pallastheatre.org. An email will be sent to you to confirm your submission within one week (please do not send emails about confirmation until after one week has passed). Please only include the following materials (incomplete submissions, or those not following guidelines will not be reviewed):
  • Creator contact information & bios
  • Story sentence: (A one sentence statement of the musical’s plot, with the protagonist as the subject of the sentence) & 1 page synopsis detailing all important plot points and the location of all musical numbers)
  • Cast size, character breakdown, including vocal ranges.
  • Development history & a list of attached parties if any (director, MD, actors, agents, current contracts, etc.) NOTE: Pallas Theatre is run by a collective of artists and most work is done ‘in house.’ We may not be able to accommodate all/any attached parties based on the size/scope/timing of the work.
  • First 30 pages of libretto only – must start on page 1 and must include title and credits page.
  • 6 mp3 demo tracks – must include the show’s opening and closing song. Songs submitted not in the first 30 script pages must include a brief description including placement in the show and the song’s function in the play.
*Due to the high volume of submissions we will no longer confirm whether the submission is complete, please be sure to follow the directions carefully

2018-2019 Cullman Center Fellowship

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Application Deadline: September 29, 2017, 5 p.m. EST
Notification: March 2018
Award Period: September 4, 2018 - May 31, 2019
Stipend: $70,000

The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers supports projects that draw on the research collections at The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (formerly the Humanities and Social Sciences Library). The Center looks for top-quality writing from academics as well as from creative writers and independent scholars. It aims to promote dynamic conversation about the humanities, social sciences, and scholarship at the highest level — within the Center, in public forums throughout the Library, and in the Fellows’ published work.

Candidates who need to work primarily in The New York Public Library’s other research centers — The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Science, Industry and Business Library — are not eligible for this fellowship.

In order to avoid real or apparent conflicts of interest, the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers does not accept applications from New York Public Library staff members or their partners, or from people active on the Library’s Board of Trustees, Board Advisory Committees, or Library Council.

Please visit www.nypl.org/research-collections for detailed information about the collections of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.

Fellows are required to work at the Cullman Center for the duration of the fellowship term and may not accept other major professional obligations during the term. Some fellows may have a few prior commitments, but must limit research trips, attendance at scholarly meetings, and speaking engagements to short periods of time. Anyone who needs to be away for more than two days must notify the Center's Director or Deputy Director. The Library will pro-rate fellowship stipends for fellows who spend too much time away from the Center.

Fellowships will not be granted to post-doctoral fellows or to applicants doing graduate-school dissertation research.

The Cullman Center will not accept dossier letters in place of new letters of recommendation.

Fellows must be conversant in English.

Completed applications and supporting materials — research proposal, Curriculum Vitae, letters of recommendation, and creative writing sample or art work sample — must be submitted by 5 p.m. EST on September 29, 2017.

New York Public Library staff members are not able to make corrections or additions once applications are submitted.

Heretic Voices seeks monologues

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Heretic Voices is a rare opportunity for writers of all backgrounds to see their work fully produced on the main stage at London's Arcola Theatre by leading theatre makers and published in a collection.

We invite writers and writer-performers to submit their original work.

Submitted monologues can be of any genre and can feature one or more voice, but must be able to be performed by a single actor. They must be between 15 minutes and 45 minutes in length.

How Heretic Voices works

Between 19 July - 30 September 2017 writers can submit their monologues. These will be read by a team of readers working in the industry.

A shortlist of plays will be announced and presented to the panel to read. From their individual appraisals, the final plays will be selected and produced.

Heretic Voices will assemble leading actors, directors, and creative teams to stage the chosen plays in early 2018. Writer-performers may perform their own work if selected, at the discretion of Heretic Voices.

The plays will be presented to the public at the Arcola Theatre in January 2018 for a week's performance.

Guidance for writers

Submitted works must not have been performed professionally.
Submitted works must have a running time of 15 minutes to 45 minutes and can be of any genre.
The monologue must be able to be performed by one actor.
The monologues must be in English.
We are regrettably unable to provide feedback to writers.

How to Enter

Submit monologues to hello@hereticproductions.co.uk along with no more than 150 words about yourself.

The Entry deadline is 5pm on 30 September 2017
Follow us on Twitter @hereticprod for updates.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

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Primary Previews: Discord

Primary Previews at Primary Stages ESPA gives theater artists and theater lovers the opportunity to read and discuss a new work, deconstruct the text, and discuss design and production elements.

This timely New York Premiere finds three of history’s most famous men, all of whom wrote their own version of the gospels, debating everything from religion to literature to marriage.
Instructor: Erin Daley (Artistic Associate, Primary Stages)
Guest Artist: Kimberly Senior (Director, ...Discord)
Tuesday, September 26 from 11:00am – 1:00pm
JOIN US for just $20!

We also invite you to join us for...
Session 2: Pride and Prejudice adapted by and featuring Kate Hamill on Monday, November 13 from 11:00am – 1:00pm.

Primary Stages ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

Call for Submissions For 6th Annual LaBute New Theater Festival

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The St. Louis Actors’ Studio is proud to announce call for submissions for the 6th Annual LaBute New Theater Festival at the Gaslight Theater, with plays debuting from July 06 - 29, 2018.

Submissions will be accepted through December 31, 2017. 

(High School Submissions through April 15, 2018)

Professional Submissions: Successful entries will have no more than four characters and be crafted specifically to exploit our intimate performance space. (18' x 18' stage) Changes in scenery or setting should be achievable quickly and with few major set moves. Our focus is on fundamental dramaturgy: plot, character and theme.

Professional, new and previously unproduced one-act play submissions should include a letter of inquiry, a synopsis and a 10-page sample from the script. Running time for each performance should not exceed 45 minutes.

Up to eight plays will be chosen, in addition, a new piece from Mr. LaBute will be performed every night for the run of the festival. Mr. LaBute is scheduled to participate in the opening weekend activities.

High School Submissions: Winning plays by high school students will be presented in readings. The guidelines are straightforward: The one act should include no more than four characters featuring a clearly developed plot and distinctive characters. No longer than 15 minutes in length.

Non-Professional, new and previously unproduced one-act play submissions should include a letter of inquiry and complete script.

Submissions should be sent to (Snail Mail ONLY):

LaBute New Theater Festival
St. Louis Actors’ Studio
360 N Boyle Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108


Reva Shiner Comedy Award

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The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. 

The Reva Shiner Comedy Award presents an unpublished full-length comedy with a cash prize of $1,000, a full production as part of the Bloomington Playwrights Project’s Mainstage season, along with travel reimbursement. We are currently accepting submissions for the 2018-19 Season. Scripts must be postmarked by October 31, 2017

We are currently accepting submissions for the 2018-19 Reva Shiner Comedy Award. The top 10 finalists and the winner of the 2018-19 Reva Shiner Comedy Award will be announced at the end of March 2018.

"Full-length" plays will have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes).
Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission. Plays that have received developmental readings, workshop productions, or productions at small theatre companies are acceptable. No scripts with previous productions at major regional theaters will be accepted. Once entered, subsequent activity does not change the acceptability of the script.
Each submission must include a synopsis (1 page or less) including the cast size. A separate page should include a brief bio of the playwright, and production/development history if applicable.
Each submission must include a cover letter with contact information and a $10.00 reader fee. 

Agent submissions require no fee. The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. 

It is preferable for musicals to include a demo CD. The complete score is not necessary but may be included. All plays are read by BPP's literary personnel led by and including the Literary Manager and Artistic Director.
We do not accept e-mail submissions. Scripts will not be returned. Blind submissions are not necessary. Please include all contact information. Plays submitted in previous years will be accepted.
The BPP reserves the right not to name a winner and/or name a winner but not commit to a reading or production.

Send to:
Bloomington Playwrights Project
107 W. 9th Street
Bloomington, IN 47404
For further information, write BPP, 
Attn: Literary Manager, 
107 W. 9th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404. For faster replies, please e-mail us at literarymanager@newplays.org

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Secret Theater’s Flying Solo Festival

Festival Dates: October 12th-15th
Call for Submissions for Flying Solo 5!

APPLY HERE: https://form.jotformpro.com/trimistopheles/-flying-solo-application-2017
READ THIS FIRST : We can accept all shows from short 10- 20 shows that are work-shopped to full 60 minute finished pieces. We will consider previously produced shows if you believe that you will attract an audience. Our criteria is that the show is good and deserves a platform.

What is Flying Solo?
  • Flying Solo is a festival of solo shows that doesn't charge participation or submissions fees. 
  • There is a tech fee ($20/$50) depending on the length of the production.
  • Flying Solo doesn't ask for any rights, royalties or residual payments
  • Flying Solo is presented in the Secret Theatre's 99 seat house.
  • We can accept shows that have premiered or even in workshop - apply first and we'll talk. We'll only refuse a show that has been in a previous Flying Solo festival or if we both feel its gonna be hard to get an audience.

Preferential consideration given to students of Go Solo or Flying Solo alumni

If your show is 'on book' or very short [20 mins or less] you may be invited to participate in a showcase show of multiple shows. If your show is 30 - 60 mins then you will either be asked to do a stand-alone or a double bill.
Although there is no prize awarded for the Flying Solo Festival, productions will be rated by an audience vote. These votes will be averaged to determine a general rating system. This allows you, the writer, to see how your show is doing compared to other productions.

There will be a door split of50/50 after the first 11 tickets. Each show will have its’ own link for sales.Therefore if we sell 40 tickets you will make $260. If we sell 60 tickets you make $440. Sellout and you'll make $791.
We provide a tech/lighting designer and a Board op for your run. There will be a tech fee of $50 for each production. ($25 for shows that run 20 minutes or less)

If all of the above still has you worried about doing a show in LIC then read the following:
  • This year Mac Roger's The Honeycomb Trilogy which premiered at The Secret moves off Broadway after garnering 3 New York Times Critic's Picks.
  • Our run of Hair sold out.
  • Our run of Oliver! Steampunk Musical sold out.
  • The final performance of an unknown Unfringed show just sold out.
  • 5th Floor's upcoming run of Rent completely sold out.
  • Our Run of Richard III sold out.
  • Our Richard III won best director for Alberto Bonilla from Times Ledger.
  • Public transportation is plentiful with the 7, E, M, N, W trains within walking distance. 
No fee to submit or produce.
We supply all the basic production elements needed to support a new work – a stage, stage manager, lighting designer, box office and lobby staff, great sound and lights. You supply a great show and invite audience members

  • We accept all shows from 10 minutes to 60 minutes 
  • Finished 60 minute shows are offered either a stand alone or double bill slot. Shows of longer than 30 and not more than 60 minute get one hours tech per show.
  • Short shows of 20 mins or less are accepted but will be presented as part of a multi-show showcase. Up to 10 shows will be accepted. 
  • Tech requirements must be minimal due to short change over times between shows.
  • Dedicated Tech/Lighting person assigned for entire run for all shows.
  • Submit via our dedicated form 

Submission deadline : September 25th – please submit as soon as possible. Please email questions to: stmanager@secrettheatre.comSelected shows will be presented October 12th-15th at the Secret Theatre.

Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUAF) seeking plays

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The Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUAF) is currently accepting staged plays that illustrate city life for its 2018 annual season to be held during April and May in downtown New York City.
For more info about DUAF, visit www.duafnyc.com

THEATER @ DUAF (16th Anniversary season) will accept up to 18 theatrical works (plays, musicals and solo works) with running times up to 70 minutes. Each work is performed only once during the festival. There will be $1,000 awards in the categories of Best Play, Best Short and Audience. There is no submission or participation fee and each playwright will receive a monetary production stipend at the start of the festival to defray some of the production costs of presenting their work.
To submit, please forward the following to duafnyc@gmail.com.
(1) Playwright’s bio with contact info – name, address, phone # and email
(2) Photo of playwright
(3) Synopsis of theatrical work
(4) Complete script of theatrical work
(5) Estimated running time of work
(6) Actor/director/crew bios, if available
(7) Description of stage set (if any) and production needs (i.e. sound and lighting)

Creative Ammo Inc.
Downtown Urban Arts Festival
18 East 41st Street, Suite 1806
New York, NY 10017

Visit us online at:

MITF seeks plays

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MITF is now committed to three Festivals. MITF: Fall is entering its second season and is a combination of full-lengths, short plays and musicals, a Variety division, the Short Play Lab, and staged readings. Our Midtown location is safe, clean, convenient, and close to the offices of industry members. It is the Festival of tomorrows’ producers today! We set ourselves apart from other festivals because: (1) we are the Festival where new producers work alongside seasoned pros and (2) we have implemented a new Profit Sharing Policy (PSP).* Every play now has the opportunity to earn their piece of the pie!

Short plays and musicals 30-60 minutes long are the mainstay of MITF: Fall but we're looking for any kind of play or musical that fits the guidelines:

• Short Subjects and musicals 30 - 60 min. long
• Full-lengths and musicals 61-90 min. long
• Easy to produce in a no-frills festival.
• Any genre. (Short subjects using guns as props will not be considered; full-lengths can use guns as props).
• Plays must be sent in Word Document or PDF File.
• Pages MUST be numbered and script must be in standard playscript format.*
• The estimated running time of the play must be clearly indicated.

The Festival will take place at the Workshop Theater's Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th St., NYC. MITF: Fall runs from October 29-November 20, 2017.

How to apply for MITF: Fall.
Short Subjects (30-60 minute Dramas, Comedies, Musicals, Dance Pieces, Adaptations, etc), and Variety Acts, (Magic Acts, Improv, Stand-up, Cabaret, Sketch Comedy, etc). Full-lengths, 61-90 minutes.
To submit a project, mark it clearly "MITF: Fall," and let us know if it is a play or musical and whether it is a Short Subject or Full-length. We'll curate the entries as they come in. If you are accepted, we will send you a one-page contract so you can start working on them as soon as possible.

Please send all MITF: Fall Play and Variety submissions (video reels, youtube, etc), to: john.chatterton@gmail.com

That’s it, there is NO PARTICIPATION FEE!** We look forward to your submissions!
Short plays and musicals receive 3 performances, all in the same week. Producers receive a share of the profits, if any. Shows receive a tech rehearsal equal to 2 times the running time of the show (2.5 times if it is a full-length).

**BEFORE SENDING IN YOUR SUBMISSION: please read the Festival Manual to see if your show complies with our requirements and to learn about MITF's Profit Sharing Policy (PSP), and your options.

Submission Deadline For Plays is September 30, 2017.
Submission Deadline For Variety and the Short Play Lab is October 15, 2017.

(We curate the scripts as we receive them, and will let you know if you are accepted as soon as possible, so as to give you more time to prepare for your production. So, the sooner you get your script in, the better. For all submissions, only one show per writer, per Festival).

The Variety division spans cabaret, magic, improv, sketch comedy, standup, and burlesque. Acts can be solo or group affairs, so long as they fit within an hour, including setup and strike, and so long as they bring their own music director and so forth. The Festival provides a keyboard and amp. Shows receive a 1-hour tech rehearsal and a share of the profits, if any. Each act will be given one performance with the possibility of added performances to those acts with the best advance ticket sales-Festival schedule permitting.

For all shows, the Festival provides a theatre (the WorkShop Theater’s Jewel Box Theater), shared scenery (rehearsal cubes, a table, and 4 chairs), front-of-house staff, and a keyboard plus amp if necessary. Shows must be off book and provide their own board operator, stage manager, and company manager.

In addition to the fully produced shows, there will also be staged readings on weekday afternoons. Producers wishing to present a staged reading must make sure their reading doesn't exceed 3 hours and must pay a $250 fee. For staged readings, the Festival doesn't provide any technical rehearsal to speak of.

*12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions; 1" margins all around.

2018 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival

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Produced by the Over Our Head Players At Racine’s Sixth Street Theatre

The Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival is a festival of original comedies that run 10 minutes or less. Submitted scripts will be judged by the Snowdance Selection Committee. A selection of scripts will be chosen for production during the Snowdance Festival in the winter of 2018. These selections will round out a complete performance. Audiences attending Snowdance performances will have the ability to vote for the production they enjoyed the most. The votes will be tallied throughout the five-week festival run, and the Snowdance “Best in Snow” will be awarded to the winning playwright after the final performance on February 25, 2018. Cash award of $500.00 to “Best in Snow,” with $200.00 awards to second place and $100 for third place.

* Through November 1st - Call for scripts.

* November - Scripts chosen for production will be announced.

* January 26 – February 25, 2018 - Run of festival performances.

* February 25, 2018 (immediately after final performance) - Announcement of “Best in Snow.”

To enter a script, please follow these steps.

#1- Competition is open to original 10 minute or shorter plays free of royalty and copyright restrictions. Submission is considered to be approval to produce the piece without royalty if selected for production in the Snowdance Festival. Musicals, adaptations, and translations will not be considered.

#2- Plays must run 10 minutes or less. A rule of thumb - 1 page (8 1/2 x 11) of single spaced, average dialogue will total about 90 seconds. Read it out loud - time it – test it – and re-write if need be.

#3- Submissions must be postmarked on or before November 1st 2017.

#4- Manuscripts must be on standard 8-1/2” x 11” paper, cleanly typed and securely bound. Scripts should follow standard format. (Check any scriptwriting book in your library)

#5 – Plays can have a cast of 1 to 5 characters and should be easily staged. Avoid any elaborate set requirements. And remember it is a ‘COMEDY FESTIVAL’.

#6- The writer’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address (if applicable) should be included on the title page and only the title page. The title page should also include a cast list, set requirements, and a 1 to 3 sentence synopsis of the play.

#7 –Submit one (1) copy of your script.

#8 - Send scripts to: SNOWDANCE

C/O Sixth Street Theatre
318 Sixth Street
Racine, Wisconsin 53403

#9 - Any questions can be directed to Rich Smith at (262) 632-6802 or by e-mail at snowdance318@gmail.com.

* Plays selected for the festival will be produced by Over Our Head Players.

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