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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Rising Circle Theatre Collective is now accepting applications for INKtank 2014

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Rising  Circle Theater  Collective  is  now  accepting  submissions  for  INKtank  2014 our  play  development lab for playwrights  of color.  INKtank has a two­fold mission of providing emerging playwrights of color an artistic home and support system while assisting them in the creation of a more developed draft of a full­length script.  The final
drafts  of  the INKtank  plays  will be presented at PlayRISE, a culminating festival event where the selected works receive a public reading.

The 2014  INKtank  Lab seeks to select 3­4 writers of color who are invested in the revision process of their own work  as well of their peers in an artistic community environment with a shared intention of honest feedback and earnest conviviality.  The 2014 lab cycle will be facilitated by Deepa Purohit (Flight, Grace) and Migdalia Cruz (Fur, Miriam's Flower). INKtank’s lab is a collaborative process where Rising Circle will provide structure and resources while playwrights create what happens week­to­week based on the needs of each writer.

INKtank 2014 GUIDELINES

SELECTION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must submit the following by November 15, 2013:
§ One full­-length script that you would like to work on during the lab (Please note: we are not accepting one ­character plays at this time.)
§ Resume
§ A one ­page artistic statement explaining your personal rewrite goals, what you feel are the strengths of the script, and what you would like to focus on for the piece during the developmental process.  Please include the developmental history of this piece, if it has had readings in the past, or if there are any upcoming readings of your work.
§ Finalists will be contacted for an interview in mid­ December.

Each play must have the following in order to comply with our culminating project vision:
§  First drafts of full-­length scripts. (Does not have to be polished.  In fact, scripts should be at a very raw and early stage of development.)
§  5­ ACTOR maximum.  (No exceptions. If your play has more than 5 characters, the text must support double casting.)
§  Be in line with Rising Circle’s mission statement to expand the scope of storytelling on the American stage by giving voice to unheard stories of people of color.

TIME REQUIREMENTS

The structure for the lab and culminating event is greatly determined by participant availability.

  • The lab will begin in mid­Jan and run through early May.
  • Lab meets for 12­consecutive weeks, unless otherwise  specified by the Facilitators.
  • Each session is 3­4 hours (Pages are read and
  • discussed. One hour per playwright).

LAB REQUIREMENTS & GOALS

  • INKtank playwrights are expected to attend all weekly lab meetings, and participate in post­reading discussions by providing constructive feedback for your fellow playwrights.
  • Each playwright must read the selected scripts prior to the first meeting.
  • Each playwright is responsible for generating new pages weekly (5 page min, 20 page max)
  • Each playwright is expected to participate in 2 midpoint readings. The first midpoint reading consists of reading solely the first act after the first few meetings. After 6 weeks, there will be a second midpoint reading of the rough draft of entire script with actors.Playwrights will continue to refine their drafts for another 6 weeks, culminating PlayRISE.

CULMINATING EVENT:

PLAYRISE FESTIVAL OF NEW PLAYS

  • A week of public readings of all plays in early­mid May (final date to be determined during lab process).
  • There will be five hours of rehearsal with director and actors before each reading.
  • All playwrights will receive an honorarium.
  • Playwrights are expected to attend each reading to support their fellow lab members, and participate in any panel events that are scheduled during PlayRISE (please see the “What We Do” section of our website for past PlayRISE events).

All submissions must be sent by e­mail only to monet@risingcircle.org by November 15, 2013.

Monday, October 28, 2013

{Your Name Here} A Queer Theater is seeking submissions for new 8-10 minute plays

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{Your Name Here} A Queer Theater is seeking submissions for new 8-10 minute plays by Queer writers for their popular BLIPS! series

BLIPS! is an evening of 8-10 short plays that is designed to be a platform for all emerging playwrights within the Queer community. All selected plays will be performed in a semi-staged reading format in NYC in early December 2013.

Submissions should be sent to blipssubmissions@gmail.com by Oct 30, 2013 and follow these requirements:

10 minutes or less

5 characters maximum

Minimal Production requirements

We strongly encourage queer women, people of color, and trans people to send submissions.

We are committed to providing a dynamic, progressive environment for Queer artists. Our goal is to represent and to reflect the queer human experience, while creating a safe space in which to empower the LGBTIQQA communities of New York, through producing self-generated works and nurturing emerging artists. Please follow us on our website at www.yournamehereqtc.org and on Facebook and Twitter at yournamehereNYC

Sunday, October 27, 2013

CALL FOR SCRIPTS FOR THEATRE SOUTHWEST'S 9TH ANNUAL READERS THEATRE

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1) Deadline for scripts is November 1, 2013

2) No more than 10 minutes long

3) They can be emailed to: readers@theatresouthwest.org or snail-mailed to Theatre Southwest 8944-A Clarkcrest Houston, TX 77063 Attn: A. Kohnitz - Readers Theatre Event

4) All scripts must have a synopsis and character list, along with page numbers.

5) Selected Scripts will be performed Readers Theatre Style in front an audience on November 17, 2013 at Theatre Southwest.

6) Winning scripts receive a cash prize of $100

7) No entry fee. Limit 2 entries per playwright please.

8) Scripts that are mailed in will not be returned.

9) Please include your contact information on the script or on a separate page or in the body of your email.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

NYCPlaywrights October 2013 Play of the Month: YOU PUT A SPELL ON ME by Gabrielle Sinclair


Gabrielle Sinclair on her monologue:
This little monologue lives in that crazy place where uncontrollable feelings meet unbearable misunderstanding.
For more information about the author and the actor see the NYCPlaywrights Play of the Month page.

Nor’Eastern Play Writing Contest

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This is the eighth year of premiered staged readings of three winning one-act plays in showcase at the Brick Box Theatre housed in the beautiful Paramount Theatre in downtown Rutland, Vermont. Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre is in its ninth season.

This contest is open to playwrights of all ages and experience who are residents of Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

One-act plays must be able to be read in showcase in 30 to 45 minutes. Readers are instructed to disqualify plays that are, or appear to be, longer.

Submissions must be original, unpublished, one-act plays. Plays that have had staged readings may be submitted, however, plays that have received Vermont productions or readings may not.

Legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the playwright.

Individual playwrights may submit a maximum of two (2) entries per year.

All submissions are judged blind. We require four (4) copies with four (4) cover pages: All four (4) with the title of the play, BUT ONLY ONE with the author's name, address, e-mail & phone numbers.

If you would like your scripts returned you MUST include an SASE mailing envelope covering the FULL return mailing costs with your submission. If no SASE is included, your scripts will be recycled.

Plays must be processed, page numbered, and securely bound in an ably bound soft cover, in standard profession play format. Write to Samuel French Inc., 45 West 25th Street, NY NY 10010-2751 for format guidelines or go to www.vcu.edu/artwebplaywriting/format.html.

All submissions will be handled with care. However, Vermont Actors' Repertory Theatre assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged scripts.

Submission fees: Following the guidelines of the Dramatists Guild of America there is no entry fee.

Scripts are not accepted online due to the costs of printing.

Mail four (4) copies of your script(s) to:
Nr'Eastern Play Writing Contest
Vermont Actors' Repertory Theatre
PO Box 580
Rutland, VT 05702-0580

Deadline for submissions is postmarked by November 15, 2013, notification of winners will be on or around March 4, 2014 and the staged readings in Showcase will be in May 16 & 17, 2014, with playwrights expected to be there one night early for rehearsals.

The Nor’Eastern Showcase winners will receive an intense day and a half of work on each play and three nights lodging. The Nor’Eastern Showcase performance dates for this year will be May 16 & 17, 2014. Each script goes through a rigorous screening process of three readers. The scripts with the highest scores are submitted to a second panel, and then the finalists are read by a single reader who then selects the three scripts to be showcased.

2013 Great Gay Play and Musical Contest

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The Great Gay Play and Musical Contest fosters excellent writing for the stage that features LGBT characters, history, or themes important to the community and relevant to the world.

Please note there is a 7 day window from October 24 to 31  in which members of the Dramatist Guild can apply without paying the entry fee

Entry fee is $30 if entry is made between September 1 and September 30, 2013, and $45 if entry is received between October 1 and the final deadline of October 31, 2013. To make the final deadline scripts must be filed electronically by 11:59 Central Time on October 31, 2013.

Applicant must by at least 18 years old at time of entry. Please read the complete set of contest rules.

Scripts that have no production history will be accepted. We will also consider scripts that have been supported with staged readings or workshops as well as scripts that at the time of entry have had one community theater, educational theater, or one non-Equity production (which ran for no more than 25 performances). Plays which have received full Equity productions are not eligible.

All scripts will be read by our committee of readers as stipulated in the contest rules. They will select five finalists whose works will be performed as enhanced staged reading during Gay Play Weekend at the Hoover-Leppen Theater at the Center on Halsted, Chicago in the first quarter of 2014. The five finalists will also each receive cash prizes of $400. The finalists are invited to join us for up  to 10 hours of rehearsal with the PFP Artistic Ensemble Members in Chicago. If your script is co-authored, please complete additional author information.

After the 2012 and 2013 Gay Play Weekends, PFP entered into developmental or production contracts with the writers pf three of the five finalists. But if one is a finalist in 2014, one should not assume that a similar contract will be offered after the enhanced staged readings of Gay Play Weekend 2014.

Should you have any questions about the contest or the proposal, please contact us a pridefilmsandplays@gmail.com.

After submitting this form, email a PDF file of your play to PridePlay@gmail.com and we will confirm it has been received. PDF files of musicals should have both script and music attachments and should be send to PrideMusical@gmail.com.

YOUR NAME and other contact information CANNOT be on your script in any way or they cannot be shared with our panels of judges who will be reading them blind. The title of your PDF file should be the title of your play (or the title of your play  - GGPMC) but do not put your name or other works (i.e. Draft 4, revised, Chicago, etc)  in the title of the document.

Find a complete list of contest rules here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1C2ohC_Bzg2_2F46GCQ2UetQEwAUvuOOQUyJBB9WqUEo/edit

Find a complete list of judges who read during our 2012 contest here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1u7RB6wpwLPP934257vNihTcnLngRz_MeeCQHU0OIfJQ/edit

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We look forward to reading your work.

David Zak
Executive Director

John Nasca, Patrick Rybarczyk, Kyra Morris, Derek Van Barham, Alexander St. John
Artistic Associates

Sticky seeks 10-minute plays set in a bar

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Sticky levels up: moves to Brooklyn, wants your plays

2013 marks 10 years of Sticky in NYC, and to celebrate, we're doing what lots of 10 year resident New Yorker's do, we're moving to Brooklyn.

Sticky will be at Beauty Bar, in Brooklyn, on 12/12/13.

We're lining up the program, and we found that we have two open spots for 10-minute plays, set in a bar, and if you want to go nuts, specifically Beauty Bar.

How did we land at Beauty Bar? Eliel Lucero, that's how. We were pals back in the Bowery Poetry Club Days, and now that he's on staff at Beauty Bar, we figured we'd tag along.

Do you want to send us a play? We'd love that!

Here's the deal:

you write a 10-minute play set in a bar.
we produce it: cast it, choose a director, present it, and we'd love to have you at rehearsals if that's your preference.
we buy you drinks on show night.

Script deadline is 11/01.

Send plays in PDF to blueboxworld [at] gmail dot com

Friday, October 25, 2013

The Ground Floor at Berkley

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We invite artists to apply with projects that would benefit from a residency in Berkeley for 1–4 weeks. Berkeley Rep will provide transportation, housing, rehearsal space, limited technical support, and a modest stipend.

Applicants must be available for residency between June 3 and 29, 2014. Previous applicants may re-apply.

Projects may be anywhere along their development path: from an idea, to a complete draft of a text. Whether you are a writer simply needing a room in which to write or an ensemble wanting multiple weeks of intensive rehearsal time, we encourage you to apply. Artists from other disciplines interested in creating theatre pieces also welcome. If your project is ready for a small audience, we are happy to provide that, but there is no requirement for any kind of culminating event.

To apply

Complete the application form.

We suggest you download and complete the application as a Word document and then cut/paste your answers into the application form. Please note that the online form does not allow you to save the application mid-way through and that you must hit the “submit” button at the bottom to finalize the form submission process. Do not submit the Word document via email.
Email resumes for key collaborators to groundfloorapps@berkeleyrep.org.


  • Format: All resumes must be submitted as a PDF file and should be no more than 1 page long.
  • Title of resume: “Project Title, Name on Resume.pdf”
  • Subject heading of email: “Subject: GFApp, Project Title, Include Names of All Resumes Attached.”
  • Email: Please submit only one email per application with all relevant resumes.
  • All applications and corresponding resumes are due by 11:59pm on November 1, 2013.


Applicants will be notified by February 14, 2014.

Please note

  • Only electronic submissions will be accepted.
  • Please do not submit any materials beyond what is required in the application.
  • Only complete applications will be considered.
  • Please do not call or email Berkeley Repertory Theatre to check the status of your application.

For questions regarding the application process, please email: groundfloor@berkeleyrep.org.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Original Play Submissions for the 25th Annual Playwright's Festival

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Play Submission Deadline: Monday, November 4th, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Play submissions should be sent by e-mail to Artistic Director, wmittler@fullcoll.edu.

The Resident Theatre Company (RTC) at Fullerton College is seeking submissions of original full-length plays and original full length musical theatre works of any genre for its 23rd Annual Playwright's Festival to be held January 6-23, 2014 in the Fullerton College Bronwyn Dodson Theatre.

Company members in the Festival have the unique opportunity to participate in the script development process from several angles. Performers have the chance to be the first to bring life to a written character, as well as learn the skills of efficient preparation for script-in-hand reading and the flexibility necessary for working with a fluid and changing script. Company members watch the process unfold and see how various choices impact the direction of a play, learning various critical tools to help understand why and how a piece of theater has its effect. By the time of the rehearsed readings, members of the company will be able to respond to the scripts both as performers and as colleagues of the playwrights.

The Festival is looking for directors, actors, dramaturges, and administrative staff to participate in Playwright Festival workshops and staged readings. There are also positions available for assistant dramaturges: students who want to focus on the playmaking and revision process. Assistant dramaturges will learn critical tools and methods for useful and positive interaction with playwrights in the middle of a sensitive and often fragile revision process. This will be valuable for those interested in writing themselves, as well as for those studying critical theory.

Artistic Director: Amberly Chamberlain

Dramaturge: William Mittler

Please contact William Mittler for more information

New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellowships

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We are now accepting preliminary applications for the 2050 Fellowship.

Preliminary applications are due by 5pm on Monday, November 4th, 2013

WHAT IS A 2050 FELLOW?

The United States is rapidly changing. The U.S. Census Bureau expects that by the year 2050, there will be 439 million Americans
(there are 312 million of us now) and for the first time, there will be no single racial or ethnic majority.

These projections provoke thoughts about the transformations that will take place in the American landscape over the next 37 years—technologically, environmentally, demographically, and artistically. They are a catalyst for broader questions about our moral and artistic future. How do we define diversity? Whose stories aren't being told? What lies ahead for our world?

In response to these questions, NYTW has expanded its Fellowship program to support the diversity of voices that will make up this new minority majority. NYTW is re-affirming our responsibility to nurture artists who reflect this multiplicity of perspectives, challenge the dominant paradigm, and give voice to those whose experiences are not often heard.

The 2050 Fellowship is an expansion of NYTW's Emerging Artists of Color Fellowship, established in 1995 out of NYTW's fundamental belief that a diversity of thought, experience and culture is crucial to theatrical innovation. We remain committed to this conviction by expanding the way we identify an artist who is eligible for our Fellowships toward a more inclusive and wider range of artists of varied backgrounds and aesthetics.

As an institution, NYTW is constantly interacting with and being informed by the diverse body of artists we serve. We seek to listen and respond to untold stories and underrepresented voices, and our roster of artists has always embodied a multitude of communities. In addition, as both a laboratory for theatrical exploration and a producer of plays, NYTW supports projects that are aesthetically, thematically, and methodologically varied. We seek Fellows who reflect, celebrate, and practice this diversity, and who are dedicated and motivated candidates wishing to develop their talents and craft by participating in a dynamic, artist-centered creative community.

In addition, NYTW has chosen to name its new fellowship program the 2050 Fellows so that in our support of emerging artists, we hold these questions, provocations, and speculations about our future society at our core. NYTW seeks to support emerging artists who, with their unique voices, give us perspective on the world in which we live; and who challenge us all to embrace the creation of this new world.

HOW TO APPLY:

The following materials must be submitted by 5PM on Monday, November 4th
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Incomplete or improperly formatted applications will not be accepted. Review the
following requirements carefully.

1. A completed online form, available at http://www.nytw.org/fellowship_application.asp,
that includes the following:
1. Contact/Personal information
2. Education/Awards/Fellowships
3. Names and contact information for two references (Recommendation letters are NOT required at this stage; however, they will be requested if you are invited to submit a full application.)
2. In a Single PDF:
1. In a total of 750 words or less, please respond to the following questions:
- What kind of work are you interested in making? Why?
- What about a fellowship at New York Theatre Workshop specifically
appeals to you as an artist?
2. Resume
3. Work Sample: For more information about the work sample, please see the
section below entitled “Work Sample Requirements.”
- FOR PLAYWRIGHTS: A 15-page excerpt of your work.
- FOR DIRECTORS: Up to 10 photos from recent professional or
academic productions with a brief description of three of the moments in
these photos including, but not limited to what makes the moment
significant, how the moment was created, etc.. These images should be
clearly labeled and included in the single PDF.

FORMATTING AND SUBMISSION
 To submit your application, complete the form on the NYTW website and email the PDF to fellowshipinfo@nytw.org.
 All applications must be submitted as a SINGLE PDF DOCUMENT attached to a brief introductory email containing your name, contact information, and whether you are applying as a playwright or director.
 The subject of the email must include the words “2050 Fellowship Application” and your first and last name.
 Applications submitted as multiple documents or as non-PDF documents will not be accepted.
 If you are applying to the Fellowship as both a playwright and a director, you must fulfill
the work sample requirements for both categories.

PLEASE NOTE:
Incomplete, illegible, or incorrectly formatted preliminary applications will not be reviewed.

WHO CAN APPLY:

 NYTW seeks to identify emerging artists with a unique cultural perspective. We
encourage applicants from all backgrounds, inclusive of race, ethnicity, gender,
class, disability, and sexual orientation.
 Candidates MUST live and be able to meet regularly in the New York City metro
area for the duration of the fellowship, June 2014 through June 2015. Applicants
who live elsewhere must be able to relocate at their own expense. NYTW is
unable to provide housing, relocation or job assistance.
 Foreign nationals are eligible to apply. However, international applicants must take full responsibility for arranging their travel, travel documents, and housing accommodations. Inquire with the U.S. Embassy or the consulate with jurisdiction over your place of permanent residence about visa application procedures.
Receipt of fellowship stipend is dependent upon the type of visa secured. If awarded a 2050 Fellowship, you must provide Employment Eligibility Verification as detailed on Form I-9, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in order to receive the Fellowship stipend. If you cannot provide appropriate documentation, we will be unable to offer a stipend.
 If invited to apply, applicant must be available to interview in February/March in New York City.
 Fellows must be available to attend a 3-day retreat in June 2014 and June 2015 (dates TBD).
 Must not be enrolled in undergraduate or graduate study for the fellowship year.
 Must indicate in statement of purpose any conflicts of interest that may exist during both the application period and the fellowship period.


FOR MORE INFORMATION

Full descriptions of NYTW’s Fellowship programs and Frequently Asked Questions are available on our website at www.nytw.org. Please check there for answers to your questions before contacting us directly.

Applications and inquiries should be sent to fellowshipinfo@nytw.org ONLY.

Coordinators:
Lileana Blain-Cruz, Fellowship Liaison
Aaron Malkin, Literary Associate
Rachel Silverman, Artistic Producing Associate
Bryn Thorsson, Director of Education

Middle East America seeks playwrights

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In each three-year cycle, Middle East America provides an American playwright of
Middle Eastern descent with:

  • A $10,000 Fellowship
  • Intensive developmental support from the Lark Play Development Center, Silk Road Rising Theatre Project and Golden Thread Productions over three years.
  • Possible production at Golden Thread Productions and/or Silk Road Rising.

Applications will be accepted September 3 – November 1, 2013.

Winner will be announced in May 2014.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Application Form 
  • A completed play OR a proposed play idea including a full scene of approximately 20 pages of dialogue.  In addition, playwright must include an example of past work - One script (in pdf format)with name and play title on cover.    No co-written submissions, no musicals and no screenplays. 
  • A theatrical resume or CV
  • Typed answers to the following questions (no more than one page each): 
  • If submitting a full length play for further development, how would a development process be of value to you? What aspect of the play would you want to develop and why?  (Please include a full synopsis of the play).
  • If submitting a play proposal, what project would you want to write/develop and why? 
  • *If you are proposing to adapt an existing work (novel, short story, poem, screenplay, etc.) into a stage play, you must explain why you wish to adapt the material and how you envision the piece being transformed from its current form to theatrical literature.  A very strong case must be made that articulates your artistic vision and process for this adaptation. You must include a copy of the complete source material (with the exception of a novel) as well.
  • What inspires you to write plays? What are the successes and challenges that you have faced and how do you hope to address those in the future?
  • Describe your relationship to your Middle Eastern heritage.
  • Names of and contact information for up to three references.


CRITERIA FOR SELECTION:

  • Playwrights of a Middle Eastern background (West/Southwest Asian and North African) 
  • Plays where the protagonist or central character is of a Middle Eastern background.
  • Plays that deal with Middle Eastern or Middle Eastern American experiences, identity and/or themes.  
  • Playwrights who create ambitious, fresh, playful, engaging, energizing, provocative, powerful and theatrical works.
  • Plays that reveal unique and vital perspectives. 
  • Playwrights with clear goals about their writing who are open and committed to a developmental process.


DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 1, 2013.

Red Playwriting Competition

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Seeking bold and dynamic new plays that embrace the Red Theater aesthetic.

The competition winner will receive a workshop and staged reading in Sunday, March 9th 2014 at 3pm at The Den Theatre with the Red Theater Company. The three runners up will also receive a staged reading of an excerpt of their play.

ARTISTIC CRITERIA

We are looking for work that is THEATRICAL and PERSONAL. Theatrical means a work that could only be fully realized in a theater. It should take full advantage of the temporal and connective nature of human performers interacting with a living audience.

Personal means that the work uniquely and vividly wrestles with the dualities present in the human condition. For example: that we are alive but will die; that the more knowledge we have, the more foolish we feel.
Please surprise us with difficult ideas, impossible stagings, and a powerful heart.

GUIDELINES

1) The play needs to be at least 60 minutes running time and no longer than 120.
2) The play can not have received a professional production defined as: any full production. Plays with prior educational or community theaters; workshops or staged readings are allowed.
3) Adaptations are accepted as long as the author has complete rights.
4) The play should be written in, or translated into, the English language.
5) We can only accept one submission per playwright.
6) Please submit your play as a PDF to the following email: scripts-at-redtheater.org
7) Please ensure your script includes a list of characters and that the pages are numbered.
8) In the interests of impartiality, please do not include your name anywhere on the script (or in the PDF title). Please provide your contact details in the email only.

DEADLINE

The competition opens for submissions on July 1st, 2013.
Deadline for submissions: October 31st, 2013.

Winners and a shortlist will be announced on or before January 31, 2014.

Performances of selected material will occur during the Red Theater main-stage performance running in March 2014

All entrants will be contacted, but please note that we cannot give individual feedback to every applicant.

Atlanta Theatre-to-Go now soliciting one-act plays for our 7th season

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Atlanta Theatre-to-Go now soliciting one-act plays for our 7th season beginning January 2014.

DEADLINE: Thursday, October 31, 2013

Our mission is to enhance the lives of senior adults through theatre. We take live performances to retirement communities, senior centers, churches, synagogues, and civic events. Audience talk-backs follow performances, allowing playwrights an opportunity to interact with the audience. An honorarium is paid to playwrights. Last year we had 47 performances.

HOW TO SUBMIT: E-mail to Sondra@atlantatheatretogo.com. Include two cover sheet: one with play title only; the other with play title plus your name and contact information. Please include a brief synopsis on the cover sheet.

WHAT TO SUBMIT: Plays approximately 45-55 minutes long that appeal to a senior adult audience. No more than five actors and no offensive language. We are a touring group, so keep the sets simple and special effects minimal. Experience shows that comedies play well. Also, keep casting requirements in mind. It is easier for us to cast women than men.

JUDGES: A panel of local directors.

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU: The opportunity to see your work performed by professional actors in front of live audiences, see what works, enjoy a cash honorarium, and use your creative talents for community service.

QUESTIONS? Call 404-256-3310 or e-mail Sondra@atlantatheatretogo.com

Midwinter Madness Seeks Children's Plays for February 2014

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Dear Friend in the Theatre,

Every small theatre company in the country is aware of the possibilities of children's theatre (meaning, for me, theatre performed by adults for children and their parents). Why? Because children's-theatre audiences are populated by people whose only requirement is that they have children (or be children). If you perform children's theatre and market it properly, you can expect regular audiences of people who otherwise wouldn't think of going to a play.

The Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival, now in its 4th season, is inaugurating a Children's Theatre Division. We are searching for companies who want to try out new material in this genre, either to see it on its feet, test it with a young audience, or develop an audience for themselves.  To create a special focus for the genre, we're reserving special slots early on weekend mornings and in the daytime on Thursdays and Fridays (Mondays through Wednesdays are reserved for tech rehearsals).

Here are the salient details of the Festival:
Dates for the Festival are Feb. 10 - Mar. 1, 2013.
We are looking to expand on last year's Festival, with 2 theatres.

Plays should run 30-45 minutes or 45-60 minutes. Better short than long.  The plays will be timed at tech and cannot go over.

Scripts should be submitted in standard playscript format.*

Any subject matter okay, including musicals.

The Festival will not combine shorter plays to make full programs. All plays must be off-book. There will be no staged readings. We have no interest in shows that require projections or other special effects. Smoke and fire are prohibited.

Production requirements must be minimal: rehearsal cubes, a table or two, some chairs (all provided by the Festival), and your own props and costumes. There is some storage during your run only.

Tickets will be $14-17. There are no fees. The Festival splits the door with the shows, giving the shows half the net (the net is defined as 40 percent of the maximum-sized house). (This feature is new this year.)
Festival participants may see their own and other shows for free, seating permitting. Seating is reserved for producers, writers, and directors at their own shows. We honor press comps, by reservation. No comps may be transferred to anyone else. There are no other comps.
We prefer shows to be non-Equity. Equity showcases may be permitted under special circumstances.

The Festival will provide a press agent, venue manager, lighting designer, and box-office manager. You must provide your own board op. (The Festival has a list of available qualified technical staff from which you may draw. They are competent and reasonably priced.)
While the Festival provides the venue and staff, you must provide the production. Roy Arias Studios may offer discounts on rehearsal space, at its own discretion. The Festival will provide 10 hours of free rehearsal time, during "off-peak" hours, probably at Roy Arias Studios.

There will be a tech rehearsal running 2.5 times the running time of your show, during business hours on Thurs. and Fri.

All performances will take place from 6 pm to 11 pm weekdays or 11 am to 11 pm weekends.

Each show will receive at least 3 performances, probably all in the same week. Shows that sell the most tickets in advance may receive more performances.

The Festival will provide a program "wrapper": you must provide a program specific to your show, and insert it into the wrapper for distribution to your patrons.

There will be a juried award ceremony after the Festival. Last year's awards were combined with the Midtown International Theatre Festival Awards, held in Sept. 2013.

*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.

Festivals are an easy, cheap, and fun way to see your work on its feet. To submit a script, send it as an attachment in .doc or .pdf format to john.chatterton@gmail.com. Any questions, don't hesitate to shoot me an E-mail!

Thanks,

John Chatterton
Executive producer, Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival, Midtown International Theatre Festival, and Short Play Lab

Interview with Trudie Styler currently appearing in The Culture Project's THE SEAGULL

Trudie Styler and Slate Holmgren
NYCPlaywrights was invited by social media marketers Romio to attend the Culture Project production of Chekov's THE SEAGULL now playing at the Lynn Redgrave Theater. The adaptation by Thomas Kilroy changes the setting from the original Russia to Ireland.

We were given to opportunity to interview Trudie Styler, performing as Isobel, after the show:

What are your thoughts about your character Isobell? I imagine she's very different from you.
I've been acting in movies - I've never left acting, but I'd been away from the stage for some time. I was flattered to be asked to play the role. The character - called Irina Arkadina in the original - is a famous actor with her better years behind her - she's very vain, I think we may have that in common (laughs) but she's a complete narcissist, with an extreme, manic-depressive personality, and I think we're different there. I was drawn to the character because she's one of the great roles for actresses. 
Your husband Sting has also acted in several movies, has he acted on stage? 
Oh yes, he was Macheath in the 1989 production of THREEPENNY OPERA.
I'm always more impressed by theater actors - in addition to being an artist, you have to be a kind of athlete.
(Laughs) Yes, especially the third act -
(Rufus Collins who plays Dr. Hickey - Dorn in the original - enters to see his parents, who had attended the show and were waiting for him in the theater. Trudie greets him and says to us...)
I love being on stage with him.
(Trudie goes over to say hi to Collins' parents, then returns to us.)

...very athletic - at one point you're sprawled on the floor in a gown. And one of your costumes has that long sash... But they were so lovely- 
Yes, thank you,  Ilona's (costume designer Ilona Somogi) gowns are so beautiful. 
Do you have future plans for the stage?
I have plans to appear in a play as Queen Guinevere - she's on trial for her affair with Lancelot -
Very interesting idea!
Yes - if we have a reading in New York we'll invite you to sit in.
Thanks! And thank you for this interview, and your wonderful work.
Thank you.
More about this production of THE SEAGULL at Playbill.com.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Publishing opportunity for playwrights

CLOCKHOUSE, the literary magazine published in partnership with Goddard College, seeks short dramatic works from emerging and established writers for its 2014 issue.  Dramatic works can be either a standalone piece or a self-contained excerpt from a play or screenplay, and up to 15 pages in length.

CLOCKHOUSE is devoted to a variety of genres, publishing fiction, poetry, memoir, creative nonfiction, as well as dramatic work. The 2013 issue includes works by Joan Larkin, Cristina Garcia, Paul Lisicky, Susan Straight, Chiori Miyagawa, among some terrific new voices.

Deadline is December 15.  

For submission guidelines, and to submit your work visit http://www.clockhouse.net.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

NYCPlaywrights discount: MURDER FOR TWO

Everyone is a suspect in MURDER FOR TWO! A hilarious musical murder mystery with a twist: one actor investigates the crime, the other plays all of the suspects and they both play the piano! A zany blend of classic musical comedy and madcap mystery, this 90-minute whodunit is a highly theatrical duet loaded with killer laughs.

“Ingenious! A snazzy double-act!” – The New York Times

NYCPlaywrights can see MURDER FOR TWO for as low as $39.50*!

Visit BroadwayOffers.com or call 212-947-8844 and use code MRGENMAR1.


*Restrictions and blackout dates apply

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Submit Drama/Screenplays to The Squalor Review

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Since Issue 1 was released in August 2013, we have incorporated a new aesthetic, and are moving in a new direction. Now artists of all kinds can submit their work to our blog, as we wish to facilitate more than just literature, and celebrate the artistry of human creation through all forms.

  • The limit is five pages.
  • No horror or erotica at this time.
  • Please include a title and list of characters.
  • This is new for us, so no videos or taped performances of your piece will be considered at this time. Text only.
  • Simultaneous submissions are OK, please just inform us if your piece is accepted elsewhere.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Midwinter Madness Seeks One-Act Plays for February 2014

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Dear Friend in the Theatre,

I'm looking for new one-act plays for the Fourth Annual Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival, happening in February 2014 at Roy Arias Studios and Theatres in Times Square.  People are already submitting scripts, which I hope is a harbinger of a massive increase in this season's Festival (last year we had about 30 plays and musicals). Details are straightforward:

Dates for the Festival are Feb. 10 - Mar. 1, 2013.

We are looking to expand on last year's Festival, with 2 theatres.

Plays should run 30-45 minutes or 45-60 minutes. Better short than long.  The plays will be timed at tech and cannot go over.

Scripts should be submitted in standard playscript format.*

Any subject matter okay, including musicals.

The Festival will not combine shorter plays to make full programs. All plays must be off-book. There will be no staged readings. We have no interest in shows that require projections or other special effects. Smoke and fire are prohibited.

Production requirements must be minimal: rehearsal cubes, a table or two, some chairs (all provided by the Festival), and your own props and costumes. There is some storage during your run only.

Tickets will be $14-17. There are no fees. The Festival takes the door.
Festival participants may see their own and other shows for free, seating permitting.

Seating is reserved for producers, writers, and directors at their own shows. We honor press comps, by reservation. No comps may be transferred to anyone else. There are no other comps.

We prefer shows to be non-Equity. Equity showcases may be permitted under special circumstances.

The Festival will provide a press agent, venue manager, lighting designer, and box-office manager. You must provide your own board op. (The Festival has a list of available qualified technical staff from which you may draw. They are competent and reasonably priced.)

While the Festival provides the venue and staff, you must provide the production. Roy Arias Studios may offer discounts on rehearsal space, at its own discretion. The Festival will provide 10 hours of free rehearsal time, during "off-peak" hours, probably at Roy Arias Studios.

There will be a tech rehearsal running 2.5 times the running time of your show, during business hours Mon. thru Wed.

All performances will take place from 6 pm to 11 pm weekdays or 11 am to 11 pm weekends.

Each show will receive at least 3 performances, probably all in the same week. Shows that sell the most tickets in advance may receive more performances.

The Festival will provide a program "wrapper": you must provide a program specific to your show, and insert it into the wrapper for distribution to your patrons.
There will be a juried award ceremony after the Festival. Last year's awards were combined with the Midtown International Theatre Festival Awards, held in Sept. 2013.
*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.

I've presented a lot of Festivals, and I have a special interest in one-act plays. They're an easy, cheap, and fun way to see your work on its feet. To submit a script, send it as an attachment in .doc or .pdf format to john.chatterton@gmail.com. Any questions, don't hesitate to shoot me an E-mail!

Thanks,
John Chatterton
Executive producer, Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival, Midtown International Theatre Festival, and Short Play Lab

Reva Shiner Comedy Award 2014-15

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NOTE: the $10 submission fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. 

We are currently accepting submissions for the 2014-15 Reva Shiner Comedy Award (deadline Oct. 31, 2013). The top 10 finalists and the winner of the 2013-14 Reva Shiner Comedy Award will be announced at the end of March 2014.

"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:
Reva Shiner Comedy Award
Bloomington Playwrights Project
107 W. 9th Street
Bloomington, IN 47404
Scripts must be postmarked by Octobery 31, 2013, and received no later than November 10, 2013. We are not responsible for postal delays, and recommend you not choose to send Media Mail unless you are submitting several weeks in advance.
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

Monday, October 14, 2013

Subject: Scripts Wanted for November Short Play Lab

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More Scripts Wanted for Nov. 23 - 24
Short Play Lab -- Cash Prizes!!

Dear Friend in the Theatre,

I'm writing to get an early start on the November Short Play Lab (Nov. 23 - 24). Due to logistical challenges, there weren't many shows in the October Lab, but we already have some ready for November, so I'm hoping for a good lineup. New participants are welcome! Whether you've thought about doing a short play in New York but have never tried, or if you're a regular at such events around town, please give a thought to producing a show in the upcoming Short Play Lab. The rules are easy-peasy:
Deadline is Nov. 11. Notification will be immediately after submission, if not sooner. The sooner you get your script in, the more time you have to prepare. Get that script in pronto!

Plays should be 1 - 10 pp. in standard playscript format.* (The shorter the better; shorter plays get priority.) Include a title page, as the first page of the script, with your contact info (preferred means of contact is by email).  

Submit scripts in MS-Word.

You produce the play whether or not you live in New York.  The SPL provides the theatre (at the Roy Arias Studios, 300 West 43rd Street, NYC).  
Productions must be non-union: no showcases please! (And no Equity waivers, either.)
Keep production values to a minimum: costumes and hand props are okay. We provide rehearsal cubes, chairs, and a table. You can't leave your stuff in the theatre overnight.

We provide a board op, box office, and venue management.

There are no fees. The SPL keeps the door.

Tickets are $20. Each playwright and director gets to watch his/her show for free. There are no other comps.

There will be a tech rehearsal on the afternoon of Nov. 23.

Every play gets 2 performances, 1 on Sat. and 1 on Sun. Each play will be part of 1 of 2 programs: Program A or Program B, but not both. Program A takes place at 7 pm Sat. and 4 pm Sun. Program B takes place at 9 pm Sat. and 2 pm Sun.
We don't do staged readings. Be off-book, please! Plays not off-book during tech will be removed from the line-up.

THE MOST POPULAR PRODUCTION IN EACH PROGRAM RECEIVES A CASH PRIZE OF $75. Winners are determined by polling patrons at the box office.
*12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions.  
The SPL is a lot of fun and a good way to see your work on its feet in a supportive environment. It's also a great way to see actors and directors at work, so you can recruit people for later productions.

To submit a script, send it as an attachment, in Word format, to john.chatterton@gmail.com. Any questions, don't hesitate to shoot me an E-mail!

Thanks,
John Chatterton
Executive producer, Short Play Lab

One Act Plays Submissions to Sun & Sandstone

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  • Materials submitted outside of the deadline window (September 25- April 15) will not be read.
  • All submissions must be sent in a Word document.
  • Short Fiction and Creative Nonfiction submissions must be double spaced.
  • Include your name and the category you are submitting to in the header.
  • Submissions must be no longer than ten (10) pages.
  • Three (3) submissions per person per category.
  • Submit using the link below. Emailed submissions will not be read.
  • No previously published works are accepted.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but please alert Sun & Sandstone to a piece’s potential publication elsewhere.
  • Sun & Sandstone acquires one-time rights. All rights subsequently revert to author.
  • By submitting to Sun & Sandstone, you agree to Sun & Sandstone’s Publication Agreement if one of your submissions is selected for publication.


Publication Agreement:

By submitting, you verify that you are the author of the submitted work, and that the author grants First North American Serial Rights to Sun & Sandstone.  Rights revert to the author upon publication.  Please credit Sun & Sandstone as place of first publication. Sun & Sandstone reserves the right to make minor copy editing changes to the manuscript. Any major editorial changes will require author’s approval prior to publication.

Please submit all works via:
https://sunsandstone.submittable.com/submit

Saturday, October 12, 2013

THIS AMERICAN LIFE - stories about theater

Writer Jack Hitt tells the story of a small town production of Peter Pan, in which the flying apparatus smacks the actors into the furniture, and Captain Hook's hook flies off his arm and hits an old woman in the stomach. By the end of the evening, firemen have arrived and all the normal boundaries between audience and actors have completely dissolved. More This American Life

Stagedoor Seventh Annual Original Play Festival

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Prizes will be awarded to winning original one-act play scripts:

Grand prize    $150
Second place  $100
Third place    $50

Guidelines for submission

All submissions must be original, unpublished one-act plays, no more than twenty pages in length.

Submissions must be received via email between August 1, 2013 and November 1, 2013.

All scripts must be submitted via email in pdf format. Submit to SDPoneactfestival@yahoo.com

All script must include a short biography of the playwright for publication on the website and in programs and publicity materials.

All scripts should be typed in 12 point font, Times New Roman.

To be read and considered, all scripts must include:

A separate title page with author’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

A short biography of the playwright (see #2).

A cast of characters with descriptions.

A brief synopsis of the play.

Numbered pages. Numbering should start after all of the introductory information, on the first page of the actual script.

Playwrights will be notified via email when their manuscript is received.

Playwrights will be notified via email by February 1, 2014 if their play has been selected to be produced in the Original One Act Festival.

Selected plays will be listed on our website, www.stagedoorproductions.org

All productions and publication rights remain the property of the playwright.

Stage Door Productions shall have the right to produce the selected scripts without payment of royalties.

Production will be at the discretion of Stage Door Productions.

Manuscripts will be judged by a panel of readers based on overall concept, dramatic action,characterization, and dialogue.

Plays will not be revised by the judges, or receive any analysis or critiques.

Only straight plays will be considered. Musical, film, or TV scripts will not beaccepted.

Our performance space does not allow for elaborate scene changes. It is recommended that plays work within the three walls with minimal set pieces and props. A cast of six characters or fewer with simple costume design is advised.

 Our theatre reaches a diverse audience, and we are committed to community productions. No scripts which include gratuitous language, nudity, or violence will be considered.

Plays will be cast in February of 2014 and the Original One Act Festival will be produced onstage in April 2014.

[All submissions must be original and unpublished.

Thank you for your interest! We cannot wait to read your work!

Your manuscript, in pdf format, should be emailed to SDPoneactfestival@yahoo.com

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Snowdance 2014

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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 2014. 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 March 2, 2014. Cash award of $300.00 to “Best in Snow,” with $100.00 awards going to both 2nd and 3rd place.


  • Through November 1st - Call for scripts.
  • November -Scripts chosen for production will be announced.
  • January 31 – March 2, 2014 - Run of festival performances.
  • March 2, 2014 (immediately after final performance) -Announcement of “Best in Snow.”

To enter a script, please follow these steps.

  1. Competition is open to original, unpublished, 10 minute or shorter plays free of royalty and copyright restrictions. Musicals, adaptations, and translations will not be considered. One entry per playwright.
  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 2013.
  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.


Send scripts to:
SNOWDANCE
C/O Sixth Street Theatre
318 Sixth Street
Racine, Wisconsin 53403

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.

THE COLUMBIA GREENE PLAYWRIGHT PROJECT 2014

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The World's Water---Filtering Out The Dirt

Our nation's fears include terrorism, the economy, climate change and any of a number of societal problems. Unfortunately one issue that barely gets attention, that is not only national but global, is our impending shortage of water.

As highlighted in an August, 2013 article in The New York Times, restrictions on water
use are prevalent throughout the western states. Las Vegas, for example, allows lawn watering only one day a week during the winter. The Colorado river, which supplies water to seven states as well as Mexico, is at all-time low levels and the government is stymied as to what to do about it.

And the problem goes much further than that. According to Smithsonian magazine, "The Mediterranean, southern Africa, parts of South America and Asia—also face fresh-water shortages, perhaps outright crises. In the Andes Mountains of South America, glaciers are melting so quickly that millions of people in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador are expected to lose a major source of fresh water by 2020. In southwestern Australia, which is in the midst of its worst drought in 750 years, fresh water is so scarce the city of Perth is building plants to remove the salt from seawater. More than one billion people around the world now live in water-stressed regions, according to the World Health Organization, a number that is expected to double by 2050, when an estimated nine billion people will inhabit the planet."

Stewart J. Zully and The Columbia-Greene Playwright Project 2014 are seeking plays that deal with and confront this very important topic. Work could pertain to our senseless waste of water, our fascination with bottled water and its negative impact on the environment, terrorism and its potential for catastrophic harm to water supplies, the politics of health versus "big business," the use of water in fracking and its repercussions, and anything, frankly, that addresses this profound issue--"the world's water---filtering out the dirt."

Plays should be full-length, no more than 6 characters. The winning entrant will receive $200 and a public reading in the spring of 2014.

Last year's inaugurating playwright project, YEARS OF SKY, by Barbara Blatner, commemorated the 50th anniversary of JFK's death. The play, selected from a nationwide search, is a highly charged work tracing the impact the assassination had on an inter-racial couple over the span of 30 years. It had previously been work-shopped in New York City at off-Broadway's 59E59 theater complex prior to having its reading at Columbia Greene Community College in April, 2013.

Submissions for THE COLUMBIA GREENE PLAYWRIGHT PROJECT 2014 can be sent to Stewart J. Zully at playwrightworks@aol.com.
Deadline for submissions is November 1, 2013.

THE NATIONAL TEN-MINUTE PLAY CONTEST

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Established in 1989, the National Ten-Minute Play Contest remains one of the most enduring and significant means by which the literary staff at Actors Theatre of Louisville connects with American playwrights and is introduced to vibrant new voices for the stage. We consider all submissions for the Heideman Award—a $1,000 cash prize given out each January—as well as for production in the Apprentice/Intern Tens and the Humana Festival of New American Plays.

An annual event that takes place in January, the A/I Tens consist of a bill of 8-10 world premiere ten-minute plays, fully produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville and performed by our Apprentice Company of young actors.

Contest Guidelines:

  • Scripts should be submitted between September 1-November 1 (postmark dates).
  • Characters in submitted plays should be in the age range 18-28.
  • Each script must be no more than ten pages long.  (We start counting pages after the title page and character list, if applicable.) Title page must include the playwright’s name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Each manuscript must be typed and individually bound or stapled.
  • Each playwright may submit only one script—send us your best!
  • Previously submitted plays, plays that have received an Equity production, musicals, children’s shows, and any unsolicited longer one-act or full-length plays are not accepted and will not be returned nor receive a response. Plays that have received Equity waiver showcase productions are eligible. Playwrights must be citizens or permanent residents of the USA.
  • We are unable to accept electronic submissions. 
Please mail submissions to:
National Ten-Minute Play Contest,
Actors Theatre of Louisville,
316 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202-4218.
  • Submissions are limited to the first 500 scripts we receive each year. If your play is received after we’ve hit the 500-script mark, you will be notified. Entries will be acknowledged by postcard in December. Playwrights will be notified of their finalist or non-finalist status the following summer. No scripts will be returned.
  • The volume of scripts submitted hampers our ability to comment individually on each work, so we do not offer criticism.
  • All ten-minute plays will be considered for the Heideman Award ($1000)*, as well as for production in the Apprentice/Intern Tens and the Humana Festival of New American Plays.

*The Heideman Award was established in 1979. Made possible by the late Ted Heideman, a Louisvillian, the $1,000 cash prize is bestowed annually upon the winner of the National Ten-Minute Play Contest (1990 – present).


Call for Seven-Minute Holiday Plays

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Phoenix Theatre once again calls for holiday plays for A Very Phoenix Xmas 8: Angels We Have Heard While High.

• Enjoying the last of the summer weather? We at the Phoenix Theatre are already spiking the punch for our annual tradition, which we’re calling: A Very Phoenix Xmas 8: Angels We Have Heard While High.

• Won’t you send us an early gift: your seven page holiday play.

• And by “holiday” we might mean Christmas, New Year’s, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa, Labor Day, Talk like a Pirate Day or Hanukkah.

• And by “play” we might mean scene, sketch, song, short video, movement piece, boozy rant, arty tone-poem or heartfelt celebration of the season.

• By “seven minutes” we mean “seven minutes.” (With an eight-page, six-character limit.)

• We welcome your creativity! So turn your twisted sense of humor, your trenchant musings, and your unconventional passions for this joyous, strange, awful, transcendent time of the year into some unforgettable theater.

• Submission deadline is midnight, October 31, 2013.

• Send submissions via e-mail or regular post.

All questions and submissions should be directed to
Tom Horan,
Playwright-in-Residence, at the Phoenix Theatre,
749 N. Park Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46202

or

thoran@phoenixtheatre.org.

• We will select 10-12 holiday plays to comprise A Very Phoenix Xmas 8: Angels We Have Heard While High, running November 29 through December 23, 2013 on the Livia and Steve Russell Stage at the Phoenix.

Check out our Facebook page for more information on this submission opportunity, or our website for more about the Phoenix Theatre.

EST/Sloan Project commissions

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Deadline for artist proposals and script submissions: November 1, 2013

Deadline for regional development grants: December 1, 2013

The EST/Sloan Project commissions, develops and presents new works delving into how we view and are affected by the scientific world. These plays examine the struggles and challenges scientists and engineers face from moral issues to the consequences of their discoveries.

The Project is designed to stimulate artists to create credible and compelling work exploring the worlds of science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes of scientists and engineers in the popular imagination. The Project commissions and develops new works throughout EST’s developmental season, including one Mainstage Production, as well as workshops and readings in an annual festival called FIRST LIGHT.

Now in its 15th year, the EST/Sloan Project has awarded commissions totaling more than $450,000 to more than 140 artists. Previous commissionees include: Billy Aronson, Mike Daisey, Jason Grote, Ann Marie Healy, Michael Hollinger, Israel Horovitz, Tina Howe, Shirley Lauro, Emily Levine, Romulus Linney, Quincy Long, Cassandra Medley, Dan O’Brien, Carey Perloff, Bill Pullman, Jaquelyn Reingold, Tommy Smith, Caridad Svich, Vern Thiessen, Alex Timbers, Bridgette Wimberly, David Zellnik, Stillpoint Productions, and The Royal Shakespeare Company.

Commission Awards
Commissions will be awarded to individuals, groups and creative teams for full-length and one-act plays and musicals. Commissions range from $1000 to $10,000. Commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, as are deadlines for drafts, finished work, and research support (if appropriate). Extant, full-length works may be submitted and are judged on a script-by-script basis by the EST/Sloan Project staff. Rewrite commissions for existing scripts range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Commissions are also available for regional theaters who wish to sponsor a local project focused on science and technology, either by commissioning a new script or developing an extant piece. Commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, but average $5000.

Submission Guidelines
The EST/Sloan Project is open to a broad range of topics related to the issues, people, ideas, processes, leading-edge discoveries, inventions, and/or history of the "hard" sciences and technology.

Hard sciences include the following areas:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics (geological, nuclear, theoretical, etc.)
  • Biology (evolution, zoology, animal behavior, ecology, molecular, genetics, etc.)
  • Chemistry (industrial, biochemistry, etc.)
  • Neuroscience
  • Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Technology includes:
  • Computer Science
  • Software Development, Computer Development
  • Engineering (civil, chemical, mechanical, electrical, aerospace, vehicle design)
  • Space Research

Areas not considered for commissions include:

  • Science Fiction
  • Medical Conditions and/or Victims of Disease
  • Psychology and Human Behavior

How to Apply

New Commissions
Individuals, creative teams and theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project commission should submit the following as their application for a grant:

  • A one- or two-page description or a simple outline/synopsis of the project. This document should describe the actual story being explored, the source of inspiration behind the idea, and how the science being portrayed would be inherently dramatic in the piece.
  • A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.


Regional Development Commissions

Theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project regional development grant should submit the following as their application for a grant:

  • A current draft of the script, or a one- to two-page description or outline of the project.
  • A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.
  • A one- to two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the project and your goals for the commission.
  • An estimated budget for the project.

Delivering Your Submission

We accept scripts in the following manner...

Email (preferred):
sloanproject@ensemblestudiotheatre.org

Via regular mail:
The Ensemble Studio Theatre
Attn: EST/Sloan Project
549 West 52nd St.
New York, NY 10019

Phone: 212-247-4982

Please contact us with any questions.

Best of luck to you,

EST/Sloan Project Staff

Stage Left Theater call for 1-minute plays for Fast & Furious

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Stage Left Theater, of Spokane, WA, is pleased to announce its call for 1-minute scripts for its inaugural Fast & Furious festival, a staged reading of really short plays, in February 2014.

  • What? 1-minute plays (2 page maximum)
  • One script only.
  • All genres welcome (no children’s plays or musicals)
  • Playwrights can be from anywhere, but plays must be in English.
  • Standard play format preferred.
  • There are no restrictions on content, but our audiences prefer more PG-13 fare.
  • Cast size, no restrictions
  • Deadline: Nov. 1, 2013

Notification: January

Submission procedure:

1. Send the full script with your contact information, a character breakdown, and a short bio. Include all the information in one document. The document should be labeled the play’s name_your last name (i.e. Hamlet_Shakespeare).

2. E-mail your script as a Microsoft Word document or PDF to sandrah@spokanestageleft.org. The subject line should include your name and the title of the play.

Fee? None.

No payment to writers as this is an all-volunteer event.

Questions? Contact Fast & Furious coordinator Sandra Hosking at sandrah@spokanestageleft.org.

Thank you and we look forward to reading your work.

RARE SPECIES: New Play Development Lab

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The critically-acclaimed downtown indie theatre company, Spookfish Theatre Company, is proud to introduce our new work development series.

RARE SPECIES: New Play Development Lab.

In order to broaden the artistic agency of talented entrepreneurial theatre makers, Spookfish Theatre Company is pleased to announce our call for submissions for our upcoming 2013/2014 Theatrical Season.

The RARE SPECIES: New Play Development Lab will be an in-depth workshop aimed at strengthening each writer's creative instinct by workshopping and developing new plays-in-progress, and culminating in a staged reading and/or workshop performance in NYC. The nature of the workshop will be tailored to fit the needs of the writer and the work being created. We are looking for distinct, imaginative voices and a true passion for creating theatre.

About:
5-6 Writer's will be selected. Each selected writer will receive a public reading and/or workshop performance this summer in NYC. Possibility of further productions with Spookfish Theatre Company.

We are looking for 2 different types of projects.
1.) Full-length plays.
2.) Performance art pieces/ Devised project proposals.

-For these projects please submit a one-page description of the piece. A writing sample. In addition to a short statement about your goals for the piece.

Requirements:
Must be 18 years or older.
Must be able to attend weekly/bi-weekly meetings in NYC. 
Must have an earnest passion for theatre, and true desire to better your work.
No musicals.
Adaptations accepted, but all-original work preferred.

IF ELIGIBLE, PLEASE SUBMIT:

For Full-length proposals:
Please send CV/Resume, One Full-Length Play, and a short statement about your goals for the piece to kat@spookfishtheatre.org

For Performance Art/Devised Project proposals:
Please send CV/Resume, a one-page description of the Piece, a writing sample, and a short statement about your goals for the piece to kat@spookfishtheatre.org

For more about our company and our artwork, please visit: www.spookfishtheatre.org

Deadline for Submission: October 31, 2013.

Raucous Caucus IV: Box Wine Theatre's Annual 10-Minute Political Play Festival

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Box Wine Theatre is accepting script submissions for “Raucous Caucus IV”, Box Wine Theatre's annual 10-minute political play festival. We're looking for Twin Cities directors and scripts that encompass all sides of the political spectrum. Whether you think of yourself as Democrat, Republican, liberal, conservative, moderate, or other, Box Wine Theatre wants to hear your voice. This festival is meant to encourage dialogue between opposing views in hopes of letting different political and social beliefs be heard.

In an effort to have as many individual voices involved as possible, playwrights will not have the option of directing their own pieces. We strongly believe in the collaborative process between the playwright and director, so all playwrights and directors will receive each others contact information and we strongly encourage working together.

Performances will be at Bryant Lake Bowl in January, 2014 with exact dates TBD; most likely weeknights as well as weekends.

Playwrights:


-Script submissions will be due no later than 10:00 pm, Wednesday, October 30th.

-Playwrights may submit a maximum of two (2) plays.

-There are no restrictions to the scripts’ subject matter as long as the play gives political/social commentary.


-Scripts should be no longer than 12 pages, in size 12 font, and in Times New Roman or Ariel. (Keep in mind, 1 page of dialogue usually equals 1 minute of stage time.) Plays should not exceed 10 minutes.


-There will be two rounds in the script selection process: The 1st round will be headed by company members of Box Wine Theatre. The 2nd round will be based on choices of the directors. Playwrights will be notified of the final outcome of the selection process by November 17th.

Submit all manuscripts to Bethany Simmons at info@boxwinetheatre.com with "script submission" in the subject line of the email. 
In the body of the email, please include your name, email address, and phone number.

**PDF or Microsoft Word documents preferred, please. **

Sketchbook 14

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Collaboraction is now accepting script submissions of plays, devised theatre pieces and director applications for the 14th annual SKETCHBOOK Festival to take place May 22 through June 15, 2014.

We are looking for works that push the form of theatre in regards to content, environment and audience experience while exploring important social issues in innovative or provocative ways.

Chicago Playwright Ike Holter (Hit The Wall, Loom, and B-Side Studio) will be serving as Guest Curator and will be working alongside Collaboraction's Artistic Director, Anthony Moseley, in selecting the final SKETCHBOOK 2014 line-up.

Submissions must be world premieres and fall into on of the 3 following categories:

1. 3 minutes and under
2. 4 - 7 minutes
3. 8 - 20 minutes.

Writers and devisers: email a copy of play or 1 page devised theatre vision proposal with list collaborator names and bios.

Directors: email a copy of your resume and a cover letter.
Semi-finalist directors will then read the semi-finalist plays and submit 3 vision proposals for consideration.

All submissions should be emailed to sketchbook14@collaboraction.org.

Please include your full name, approximate length of piece, phone number and email address. Selected playwrights, directors and devisers will be contacted
starting in late November.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE OCT. 20th

Shelterbelt With Love

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The Shelterbelt Mission

The mission of the Shelterbelt Theatre (Omaha, Nebraska) is to provide a safe and nurturing environment in which to focus the development of original work and to provide for the practical education of writers, performing artists, creative and technical staff, and the general public in the art and science of moving an idea from the mind to the stage.

Script Submissions

We are especially interested in works by local and regional writers!
We will be glad to assist local authors - we can review and critique your play, and set up a reading panel or workshop setting. Just let us know!

SHELTERBELT WITH LOVE

We will also be looking for short original scripts for our upcoming love-fest, From Shelterbelt With Love, in Jan/Feb 2014. Short plays dealing with love, loss and relationships are what we need!

Script deadline will be Nov. 1, 2013.


How to Submit Your Script

STEP 1

Please include the following:


  • A letter of inquiry with your contact information.
  • A one page synopsis of your script.
  • A full version of your script; or at the very least, a 10 page selection from your script.
  • Make sure you have a title page at the beginning of your document, with your full name and contact info. Failure to do this may result in playwrights not getting contacted or properly credited. The title page must be in the same file, not sent as a separate file.

Submission of script(s) does not mean that we will automatically give you a response. If you do not hear from us right away, it just means that we are very, very busy. We are an all-volunteer organization! We make every effort to review all submissions. If your script is considered for the season, we will definitely contact you.

STEP 2

Email your submission to: submissions@shelterbelt.org

We accept the following types of files:

Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx)
Plain Text (.txt)
Rich Text Format (.rtf)
Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf)

Please don't send Final Draft or Movie Magic Screenwriter documents.
Thank you

The Downtown Urban Theater Festival (DUTF) is currently accepting submissions

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The Downtown Urban Theater Festival (DUTF) is currently accepting submissions for its 12th annual season to be held at HERE (www.here.org) in SoHo, New York City March 31-April 19, 2014.

DUTF, produced by Creative Ammo Inc., was founded in 2001 with the purpose to build a repertoire of new American theatre that echoes the true spirit of urban life and speaks to a whole new generation whose lives defy categorizing along conventional lines. That purpose has been realized many times over, as more than 100 writers have created and refined their work for the stage and thousands of inspired audience members have applauded their performances. DUTF gives writers from America’s burgeoning multicultural landscape the opportunity to share their stories that interpret our history and our times. It is a place where writers can create and refine their work for the stage.

For more info about DUTF, visit us online at:

DUTF is supported, in part, by New York State Council on the Arts and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

For 2014, DUTF will accept 15 theatrical works comprised of full-length productions (60-90 minutes) and shorts (under 45 minutes). Each work is performed only once during the festival. Three of the outstanding works produced during the festival will receive $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.

To submit for DUTF 2014, please forward the following to dutfnyc@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)


THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2013.

The Richard Rodgers Awards 2014

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 These awards, created and endowed by Richard Rodgers in 1978 for the development of the musical theater, subsidize full productions, studio productions, and staged readings by nonprofit theaters in New York City of works by composers and writers who are not already established in this field. The winners are selected by a jury of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

A. REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 1. The term "musical theater" is understood to include musicals, plays with songs, thematic revues, or any comparable work. The submission of innovative and experimental work is encouraged. The work submitted must be of significant length to fill an evening, and it may consist of a group of smaller, related pieces.

 2. The jury will consider only completed works. Care should be taken to submit the work in its best possible form as it may not be submitted again, in another year, even if substantially revised.

 3. Only one submission by a collaborative group or a sole creator will be accepted. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

4. Works by members of the Academy and previous winners of the production awards are not eligible for consideration. Former winners of Richard Rodgers awards for staged readings or studio productions may submit new works.

5. An applicant whose works in the musical theater have received professional or amateur productions in New York City or out of town is eligible unless, in the judgment of the jury, the applicant has already achieved significant recognition in the field of musical theater through the work submitted or through any previous work. Under special circumstances and at the discretion of the jury, applicants who have achieved recognition in fields outside the musical theater may be eligible. Works which have been produced by professional theater companies before a paying audience are eligible only if such productions received no more than 21 performances by a forprofit company or 50 performances by a nonprofit company.

B. SUBMISSION OF MATERIAL

1. The name(s) of the author(s) must be blocked out on each of the items submitted, with the exception of the application form. Write only the title of the work on the script, plot summary, CD.

2. Entry must include four items:
a) Script with lyrics, preferably with no binders or metal clips. Do not send score, videos, or visuals.
b) Half-page synopsis of the action, and a list of characters.
c) CD must contain at least 45 minutes of music, including a minimum of  eight songs, recorded in chronological order. Orchestrations are not  necessary; piano and vocals are sufficient. Songs must be in sequence on
the CD and each song clearly keyed into the script. Please include a separate  track sheet of recorded songs with page numbers indicating where they appear in the script, and specify the total number of minutes recorded.
d) Application form signed by all collaborators in a sealed envelope with the title of the work  on the outside. Applicants submitting work which has already been produced must give full information concerning these productions, including programs. A work is not eligible if one of the collaborators is deceased. 

3. If the submitted work (or a portion thereof) is an adaptation of material which is not in the public domain, candidates must submit licenses, permissions, or authorizations necessary to permit the work to be produced in conformity with applicable copyright laws. The music must be original.

4. Materials will be returned if a self-addressed, stamped mailer is enclosed. Addresses must be valid for at least six months. The Academy will take all due care of materials, but it cannot be held responsible for their safe return.

5. Applicants will be notified of the jury's decision by March 2014.

C. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

1. All rights to the material submitted shall remain the property of the author(s); the Academy will not retain any control over, or rights in, the work after the award production.

2. The decisions of the jury will be final as to eligibility and all other matters.

DEADLINE: MATERIAL MUST BE RECEIVED BY FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2013 

Application Form in PDF Format

8th Annual Greenhouse New Play Festival

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HotCity Theatre, a professional theatre company with a focus on contemporary programming and new play development announces the call for submission of new plays for its 8th Annual Greenhouse New Play Festival to take place in May/June of 2014.

Three plays will be selected will receive a week-long workshop with director, dramaturg and professional actors.  The workshop will culminate in a public reading followed by audience response sessions.   HotCity artistic staff will then select one script for a fully produced world premiere as part of the company’s 2015 mainstage season.

HotCity Theatre of St. Louis announces a call for submissions of new full-length plays for the eighth annual GreenHouse New Play Festival, to be held in May/June of 2014.

To be eligible as a finalist, playwrights must be available to attend the entire festival and workshop week, which begins on the Sunday prior to the festival weekend. All travel and accommodation arrangements are provided by HotCity Theatre.  Festival Finalists will be notified by February 1, 2014.

Eligible submissions must meet the following criteria:

  • received after October 15, 2013 and no later than November 15, 2013
  • require a maximum of six actors 
  • running time of between 75 and 120 minutes
  • never before published
  • never before professionally produced, no pending professional productions
  • never before submitted to the HotCity Greenhouse New Play Festival

In addition to an attachment of the script (acceptable formats include doc, docx, pdf, rtf, txt) you will be asked to provide a brief synopsis of the play, a brief professional biography, an explanation of how you feel the workshop/revision process will benefit this play, a brief description of the play's workshop/reading history, and any special casting/technical requirements that the play presents.

Those interested in submitting to the festival will find guidelines, requirements, and online submission opportunity at: hotcitytheatre.submittable.com/submit


New Play Festival Submission Schedule

  • October 15, 2013 - Open for Submissions


  • November 15, 2013 - Submission Deadline


  • February 1, 2014 - Finalists announced
  • May/June TBA, 2014 - Festival Week  


About HotCity Theatre:
HotCity Theatre operates under a Small Professional Theatre contract with Actors Equity, the union of professional actors and Stage Managers in the United States, and receives funding from the Siteman Foundation, Regional Arts Commission, The Whitaker Foundation, The Arts and Education Council, Steve Nelson Memorial Playwright’s Fund of the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation, The Missouri Arts Council, The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation, The John R. Goodall Charitable Trust and the William A. Kerr Foundation, as well as generous individuals in the community.

For more information, contact Allyson Ditchey at allyson@hotcitytheatre.org
or call 314-289-4063.

ORIGINAL PLAY SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 25TH ANNUAL PLAYWRIGHT'S FESTIVAL

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The Resident Theatre Company (RTC) at Fullerton College is seeking submissions of original full-length plays and original full length musical theatre works of any genre for its 23rd Annual Playwright's Festival to be held January 2-23, 2014 in the Fullerton College Bronwyn Dodson Theatre.

Play Submission Deadline: Monday, November 4th, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Play submissions should be sent by e-mail to Artistic Director, wmittler@fullcoll.edu.

Actor Auditions: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Bronwyn Dodson Theatre)

The Resident Theatre Company (RTC) at Fullerton College is seeking submissions of original full-length plays and original full length musical theatre works of any genre for its 23rd Annual Playwright's Festival to be held January 2-23, 2014 in the Fullerton College Bronwyn Dodson Theatre.

Company members in the Festival have the unique opportunity to participate in the script development process from several angles. Performers have the chance to be the first to bring life to a written character, as well as learn the skills of efficient preparation for script-in-hand reading and the flexibility necessary for working with a fluid and changing script. Company members watch the process unfold and see how various choices impact the direction of a play, learning various critical tools to help understand why and how a piece of theater has its effect. By the time of the rehearsed readings, members of the company will be able to respond to the scripts both as performers and as colleagues of the playwrights.

The Festival is looking for directors, actors, dramaturges, and administrative staff to participate in Playwright Festival workshops and staged readings. There are also positions available for assistant dramaturges: students who want to focus on the playmaking and revision process. Assistant dramaturges will learn critical tools and methods for useful and positive interaction with playwrights in the middle of a sensitive and often fragile revision process. This will be valuable for those interested in writing themselves, as well as for those studying critical theory.

Artistic Director: Amberly Chamberlain

Dramaturge: William Mittler

Please contact William Mittler for more information

Last Frontier Theatre Conference CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

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The Last Frontier Theatre Conference has an earlier deadline for submission than in years past for the 2014 Play Lab: November 18, 2013. 

The 22nd annual Conference will take place June 8-14, 2014, in Valdez, Alaska.
Selected plays receive public readings, with both public and private feedback sessions led by theatre professionals. Authors must register for the Conference and be in attendance for their reading.

Accepted writers will also have an additional opportunity to present their work in the 10-Page Play Slam, the Monologue Workshop, and the late-night Fringe Festival.
Authors are asked to submit through the call for plays on the website, www.theatreconference.org using the on-line form on the Play Lab link. Guidelines:

  • Plays must be received by November 18, 2013
  • One submission per author.
  • Submissions should run between 20 minutes and 2 hours.
  • They can be of any genre except musical.    
  • The play should not have received a professional production; readings and amateur productions are acceptable. Authors should be interested in developing

Plays presented at the Conference have gone on to productions throughout Alaska and the rest of the United States due to the exposure received there. Questions can be addressed to Conference Coordinator Dawson Moore at 907-834-1614 or dmoore@pwscc.edu.

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