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Saturday, November 29, 2014

SEEKING SHORT PLAYS FOR PROFESSIONAL RADIO BROADCAST

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The producers of PLAYING SHORTLY: SHORT PLAYS ON THE RADIO are seeking stage plays of 10 minutes or less for a series of upcoming radio programs on National Public Radio affiliate KUSU, with potential for wider regional or national broadcast. The initial four programs will be recorded in front of a live audience and then broadcast to a region of over 3 million people. The show will include actors reading new short American stage plays over the radio. Submission info is as follows:

1. Plays must be 10 minutes or less including stage directions.
2. Written by American playwrights.
3. First 300 submissions will be considered.
4. Maximum 2 submissions per playwright.
5. Plays must be written within the past five years and unpublished.
6. Include character descriptions and have no more than 5 characters.
7. Include brief synopsis of play (100 words or less).
8. Selected plays will receive $100 honorarium in lieu of royalties.
9. Plays must be allowable on the radio.
10. Selected playwrights may be interviewed for the program.
11. Playwrights will receive a recording of the broadcast.
12. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION is December 15, 2014.
13. Email Submissions to playingshortly@gmail.com. (Subject line “Submission – [your name]”)

Due to the high number of submissions, PLAYING SHORTLY staff cannot provide feedback for plays. It may take several months to select the final scripts. Please do not follow up regarding the selection process. We will notify the finalists by February 1, 2015. This program is being produced by the Fusion Theatre Project and Utah Public Radio. This company has a history of developing new work and has had original plays produced or had staged-readings in New York, Los Angeles and at various theatres around the country. PLAYING SHORTLY represents the newest endeavor, bringing original work by American playwrights to a broader audience.

Greenbrier Valley Theater New Voices Play Festival

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Greenbrier Valley Theatre is pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for our 2015 New Voices Play Festival.

We are seeking 5- to 10-minute one-act plays that have not yet been produced. The subject matter of submitted plays is open; however, excessively strong language is discouraged.

Please email all submissions to Courtney Susman, Education Director, at courtney@gvtheatre.org.

Please note that all submissions must be received by Wednesday, December 3rd.

Playwrights may submit up to two works for consideration. Playwrights will be notified of acceptance in the festival by Monday, December 22nd.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Eclectic Company Theatre is looking for plays inspired by Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass”

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Eclectic Company Theatre is looking for plays inspired by Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass” for a brand new set of one acts that will be produced in May 2015. The stories should NOT be an adaptation of Carrol’s books, but a spin-off of some kind and must include at least one of the characters in the books.

GUIDELINES

Please keep scripts to a maximum of 15 pages, standard format. Include your name, email, and phone number on the title page. Plays will be read blind so please be sure your name only appears on the title page.
No limit as to the number of plays submitted. No entry fee. No royalties. Playwrights can get a comp to see the show.

Submit scripts in pdf or word file to Alice at ECTCuriousConversations@gmail.com. (Save paper and postage.)

Submission Deadline: Monday, December 1st, 2014

Winter Reading Series CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

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The Provincetown Theater seeks new plays for our 2015 Winter Readings Series

All Northeast-based playwrights (from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont) are invited to submit to our Winter Readings Series of original work.

Plays may be collections of short plays, one-acts, or full length plays no longer than 90 minutes. 

Playwrights must be involved in the production of the reading.

Please submit one electronic copy to submissions@provincetowntheater.org, in .DOC format and please mail three paper copies of the play(s) to

Provincetown Theater Winter Reading Series
238 Bradford Street
Provincetown, MA 02657
Attn: Sunie Pope, Program Manager

Plays may not have been previously staged. In the case of a collection of short plays by one playwright, individual short plays may have been staged, but not the collection.
Electronic submissions without hard copies will not be accepted.

· Scripts must be typewritten in accepted playwriting format, printed single-sided
· Submit three (3) copies of each script. Please put the title somewhere on the first page of each copy, but no author name. Do not acknowledge the author’s identity anywhere on the script, including headers or footers.
Please include a brief (50 words or less) synopsis of the play or collection
· Include a single separate information page for each play or collection of short plays that you enter. 
On this separate page, indicate:
TITLE OF PLAY(S)
PLAYWRIGHT’S NAME
ADDRESS (including e-mail address if applicable)
and PHONE NUMBER(S).
· Scripts will not be returned. The paper will be recycled
· All submissions must be postmarked (or hand-delivered) by Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Greenhouse Project

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The Greenhouse Project provides an opportunity for playwrights with ties to Minnesota to have their scripts evaluated for possible inclusion in our Public Reading Series. Scripts with particular promise might be chosen for a Development Workshop and potentially a full scale production by Workhouse Theatre Company.

Submissions will be accepted from September 15 through December 15, 2014
- Seeking scripts that are smart, gutsy and fundamentally entertaining
- No restrictions on subject matter and all genres considered (though, at this time, we are unfortunately unable to consider musicals.)
- Preference for plays not produced in Minnesota within the last 5 years
- Preference for plays of at least 75 minutes in length
- Preference for cast size of 10 or less
- Playwright should have ties to the state of Minnesota

Only electronic submissions will be accepted (through the website, starting September 15th).

Please submit only the FIRST 25 pages of your script.

More than one script will be accepted, but each one must be submitted separately.

All submissions (first 25 pages) will be read and reviewed by five readers, and if the submission produces sufficient interest, a copy of the full script will be requested.

Playwrights submission schedule:

1 - Submitting between September 15 and October 15 will be contacted within 2 months
2 - Submitting between October 15 and November 15 will be contacted within 4 months
3 - Submitting between November 15 and December 15 will be contacted within 6 months

Public readings are on the 2nd Monday of the month. See the Public Readings page (http://www.workhousetheatre.org/readings.htm) for dates, times, and locations.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Manhattan Rep’s WINTER ONE ACT PLAY COMPETITION 2015

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Seeking fully produced one act plays  (cast, directed and ready to perform)
7 minutes to 20 minutes in length for:

Manhattan Rep’s  WINTER ONE ACT PLAY  COMPETITION 2015
Jan. 7 - Jan. 30, 2015
FIRST PRIZE for BEST PLAY: $1000
EACH PLAY WILL BE GIVEN A MINIMUM OF FOUR PERFORMANCES,
(And an additional 4 performances if the play goes on to the FINALS - January 29 and 30, 2014.)

We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights.
To submit your one act play production please email: 
The complete play, a synopsis of the play, the character breakdown,
the running time of the play, the set and lighting requirements,
the playʼs production history (if it has been produced before and where) your mailing address, and a creative team leader contact email address to: manhattanrep@yahoo.com
by Monday Dec. 1, 2014 at Midnight.

Please put “Winter One Act Competition” in the subject heading.
We will contact you within a week as to your acceptance.

Plays that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis.
The earlier you submit the better chances you have of being accepted for we may end submissions before December 1, 2014, if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee. NON-EQUITY ONLY.

Each play will be given a MINIMUM of FOUR performances, with 4 more performances if the play moves on to the finals. Once accepted, there will be a $150.00 participation fee.

There will be NO additional security fees or Manhattan Repertory Theatre based production fees. 

For more information: www.manhattanrep.com

AMPERSAND Submissions Now Open for UST Spring 2015 Evening of Ten-Minute Plays

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The University of St. Thomas Drama Program announces a call for scripts to be produced as part of our spring 2015 evening of original, ten-minute plays, AMPERSAND . All works are welcome. 

Special consideration will be given to scripts which feature characters aged 18-28 years, have casts of 1-4 actors (favoring female characters), do not exceed 10 minutes, have simple production requirements and best suit our UST liberal arts tradition.

Writers Selected are Provided with:
- A fully staged production of the work directed by a senior UST directing student under the supervision of UST drama faculty.
- Four public performances: April 22-25, 2015
- A $100.00 honorarium.

A Complete Submission is Composed of Two Parts:
1.) A cover sheet identifying you, your work and your contact information.
2.) A single, 10 minute, original work (preferably not previously produced although this is not a requirement, c.10 pages), with your name or any identifying information removed. Send us your best.
We strongly encourage you to submit your cover sheet and script (in Word or PDF form) electronically.

Email/Postmark Deadline: DECEMBER 1, 2014 (11:59pm CST) NO EXCEPTIONS

Email Script:
mcdonald@stthom.edu

Mail:
Claire McDonald; 
University of St. Thomas Drama, 
3800 Montrose Blvd., 
Houston TX, 77006

All submitting playwrights will be notified of selections by February 1, 2015.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

TEN MINUTE PLAY PARTY at Manhattan Rep

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We are seeking fully produced 10 minute plays for our TEN MINUTE PLAY PARTY on December 4 and 5 at 9 pm.

If you have a 10 minute play ready to go, or that could be ready to go by December 4, and if you have people who would like to come and see your play (with 7 other 10 minute plays,) please email:

The complete play,
A synopsis of the play,
set requirements,
sound and lighting requirements,
The play's production history,
your snail mail mailing address,
and a contact team leader email address for all team communication

to: manhattanrep@yahoo.com

by Friday November 28, 2014 at midnight.

Plays will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis so if we fill up all available performance slots, we will close submissions early.

There is no participation fee, or security deposit or any Manhattan Rep based fees for this 10 minute Play Party.

Each play will get two performances on our stage on 42nd St.

Manhattan Rep will supply a tech person to run your show.

NO PAY. NON EQUITY!

You must be available at 6 pm - 8:30 pm on December 4 for a quick tech/dress before performance at 9 pm.
If you have any questions about any of this: manhattanrep@yahoo.com

RED EYE’S WORKS-IN-PROGRESS 2015 - CALL FOR PROPOSALS

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Applications will be accepted through December 5, 2014 for Red Eye’s 31st annual Works-In-Progress program.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The emphasis of Works-In-Progress is on the process of developing an original piece for performance, primarily in terms of its conceptual development and staging. The series is designed to serve emerging artists who are exploring new directions in pieces that would benefit from an extensive reflective process and are best suited to an alternative venue for development. Projects in which the primary artists are current undergraduate students 
are not eligible for this program.

Interdisciplinary, multimedia and collaborative works are encouraged, as are works not only by theater artists, but also by artists crossing over to the stage from their primary discipline.

A direct stipend of $450 is provided for each project selected, a portion of which is designated for production costs. In addition to feedback throughout the development process, participants have access to Red Eye’s technical resources, including rehearsal space. Red Eye also provides a lighting designer and production manager for the public performances, all promotion of the series, and an opening night reception.

Participants are expected to give their works production values (minimal as they may be), and move beyond a staged reading.

Participants are responsible for all elements of production, including casting, design, and direction.

The series is open to works of any length, from which A MINIMUM OF 10 AND A MAXIMUM OF 15 MINUTES will be excerpted for presentation.

Participation is required in at least five of the seven group feedback sessions.
Should a piece receive subsequent production, credit must be given to Red Eye for developmental support.

The series is not open to critical review.

Four to five projects are selected each year by a panel consisting of Red Eye company artists and past WIP participants. Applicants will be notified by phone or e-mail by December 22, 2014 about the panel’s decision.

Selected participants must be able to attend an informational meeting 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Monday, January 5, 2015. Rehearsal space will be available from that date through performance.

Works-In-Progress 2015 will be presented for four public performances Thursday-Sunday, May 28 – May 31, 2015.

Theatre InspiraTO seeks 10-minute plays

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Theatre InspiraTO's 10th Playwriting Contest

Submission guidelines. Deadline to submit a play: Dec. 1, 2014 (11:59 pm, E.S.T.)

Please note: If you submitted your play between Aug. 6 to Aug 21, 2014 we would not have received it. Please re-submit.


1. This year's creative challenge: The urban jungle. Your play must speak to the urban landscape: The drama must address living, working or growing up in the in the city. It can show the consequences of living in the urban landscape or relationships that develop because of it.

Please note: Mentioning a street or section of a city is not enough if it doesn't effect the drama or if it doesn't address the issue of what it means to live in an urban environment. If we feel that this play can just as well take place in the country or small town we won't accept it. Use your imagination: be bold, be witty, be creative, and challenge us. The story can be a comedy, a drama, a parody, absurd or anything in between.

The big city environment offers a living and breathing entity that we love to hate or hate to love: harmonious, dynamic, complex, antagonistic, ever-changing, growing and dying, offering endless pleasures for some and never-ending suffering for others. A safe heaven? Or a battlefield? The story is yours.

2. The play must be a ten-minute play. The contest is open to anyone without geographic or age restrictions. You must submit online. Please fill out the submission form below and submit your play by Dec.1, 2014 . There are no fees. Once you submit you will be taken to a page confirming that we have received your submission. You may only submit one play. The cover page should have the title of the play, the playwright's name and the list of characters. The pages should be numbered. The format should be easy to read. We accept previously produced plays (but not plays that have produced in InspiraTO before). The playwright must own the rights to the play up to June 8, 2015 (i.e. the script cannot be owned by a publisher). Any style is acceptable except musicals. We are particularly interested in scripts that aren't afraid to make bold choices: quality writing backed by imaginative staging. Only those playwrights whose plays have been selected will be notified by January 15, 2015.

The plays will be selected by a committee from the Toronto theatre community. If selected, your play will be performed in Toronto, Canada from May 28 - June 6, 2015. Between ten to eighteen ten-minute plays will be selected and performed. 1st Prize: $500 CDN. Should your play be selected for inclusion in the festival, you are giving the non-exclusive right to Theatre InspiraTO to produce and perform the play in the 10th Annual InspiraTO Festival in Toronto (Canada's largest ten-minute play festival), in the May/June 2015. The InspiraTO Festival will find the cast, crew and market your play. Authors retain copyright and full ownership of their plays.

3. Tips on writing. The submission must be a play. A ten-minute play is distinct from a sketch, or a skit; it is a compact play, with a beginning, middle and an end. You need a character facing obstacles in pursuit of some specific goal. You need rising action, conflict, and a climactic moment and your play must tell a complete story.

Generally speaking, scripts (including the stage directions, character names and dialogue) that are over 1,900 words are more than ten minutes long on stage. This does not mean that all plays under 1,900 words are under ten minutes, so be wise: use Word Count and read the play out loud while timing the length (including all pauses). You don't want your hard work rejected because it was too long. Get inspired. See your story come to life!

Please fill out the online form, attach your play and submit.

Friday, November 21, 2014

New Theatre submission guidelines

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Playwrights and/or Agents interested in submitting plays for our consideration please adhere to the following:
  • New Theatre produces World Premieres as well as second and third productions.
  • New Theatre primarily produces plays with casts smaller than six characters during its main season; do not send scripts with more than six unless they can be double cast.
  • New Theatre is not a presenter, so please don't send one-person shows that are looking for a tour date in Miami; we reserve the right to cast and produce the work accordingly.
  • Best times to submit play inquiries are July through November to be considered for the following season.
  • Make sure you send a self-addressed envelope if you want your materials returned and a self-addressed postcard to be advised it arrived.
  • Due to the large amounts of submissions each year, be aware that you will not be contacted for at least two to three months.
  • Please do not phone Artistic Director Ricky J. Martinez.
Email or send a query letter, brief description of play, character list, set requirements, and production history to our Literary Manager, Steven Chambers at literarymanager@new-theatre.org

The Griot Festival seeks plays 30 - 90 minutes long

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The Griot Festival was created with the intention of offering a unique opportunity for playwrights/theatrical artists and Producers of African American descent who reside in NY and NJ. The festival’s purpose is to inspire and support both emerging and established playwrights/theatrical artists of African American descent who would like to step beyond the page and get involved in the production of their work. In short, they will have creative input from the first sentence they write to the last curtain call. It is also a great opportunity to become familiar with all the elements of a theatrical production in the making and to become familiar with the process that translates writing into a living work onstage in a safe and supportive theatrical environment. The Griot Festival is included and part of the Venus/Adonis Festival. All participants that are part of the Griot Festival will benefit of competing to all prizes offered by the Venus/Adonis Festival + an extra prize as best Play of the Griot festival only given to the Griot’s participants of $250.

Only plays from writers of African American descent in New York and New Jersey will be accepted.

All genres of shows are welcome in our festivals. If your show has already had a run (in theaters or in other festivals) you can still participate, but only with a completely new cast and crew.

The Griot Festival is a playwright’s contest designed to offer writers a chance to direct their own shows, helping them to develop a sense of casting, staging, use of lights and direction. With Griot, it is our intention to give writers a chance to create their vision from the first stroke of their pen to the last scene of their play. Griot is part of the Venus/Adonis which is not only a festival; it’s a competition as well. That means that there are prizes! The winner of the Best Play award will receive a prize of $2,500. Best African American Production $250, Winner of Best Actor will receive $500, Best Actress, $500, $500 Best Director and $200 Best Original Play. Griot and Venus/Adonis, are hosted by the Cabrini Repertory Theater, a beautiful proscenium theater in uptown Manhattan.

In order to submit a play please send the following via email:

1. A 100 word synopsis of the play

2. The complete script + character breakdown

3. Your telephone number and home address, plus the phone number of one other person in your production that we can contact

4. Your bio

5. All genres of shows are welcome to submit to our festivals. If they’ve already had a run (in theaters or in other festivals) they can still participate, but only with a completely new cast and crew and if it run no after 2012.

As soon as your play is accepted, you will be sent the festival guidelines.

All plays will be given a three-performance run at the theater.

Submissions must be between 30 and 90 minutes long.

Each applicant is fully responsible for all elements of their production. These include directing, casting, stage-managing.

There is no fee to submit your play to the Griot Festival.

Once you are accepted, you will be asked send in a $200 fee to participate to the festival. if your play is Non Union
If your play Is Equity, then you need to send a check for $500 which will entitle you to receive 50% off of all box office tickets.

No more hidden and surprising costs.

Again, there is no submission fee. Only those plays that are accepted will be required to send in participant payment.

Submissions will be accepted until December 24, 2014.

Send to: griottheaterfestival@gmail.com

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Producer seeks playwright


Producer seeks playwright to collaborate on an innovative immersive theatre piece currently in development. 

The conceptual storyline follows a young protagonist who begins to envision and embrace a fictional ‘dream world’ following a traumatic event in their life. The dream world is the focus of the piece and will feature visually stunning technical elements, including ‘black-light’ lighting combined with black-light reactive scenic design and costuming. The producer seeks a playwright with a youthful yet authentic voice with an interest in immersive theatre to work on developing a storyline and dialogue. 

Limited compensation may be available during development and will be discussed and mutually agreed upon before work will be expected to begin. Writer will maintain co-ownership of the piece. Interested parties should send an email with subject line "Collaboration inquiry" lukewilliamweidner@gmail.com with a description of their theatrical experience, brief writing sample (if available) and contact information. Producer will arrange to meet in-person to discuss the project further.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Stage Left Theater call for 1-minute scripts

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Stage Left Theater, of Spokane, WA, is pleased to announce its call for 1-minute scripts for Fast & Furious, a staged reading of really short plays, in February 2015.
*What? 1-minute plays (2 page maximum for dialogues, 1 page maximum for monologues)
*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: Dec. 1, 2014
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.
3. Include your name and email address in the body of your email.

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.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Testimonial from Rich Orloff

Thanks to Rich Orloff for his kind words about this site.
"NYC Playwrights has become my go-to site for learning about the latest opportunities for playwrights... THANK YOU for all the great opportunities you've posted over the years."
More about Rich Orloff and his work.

Winter/Spring Play Development Series

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Manhattan Repertory Theatre is seeking new, never produced before plays  (40 minutes - 120 minutes) for our WINTER/SPRING (February - April) season as part of our new PLAY DEVELOPMENT SERIES

Bring your never produced before play to life at Manhattan Rep for a minimum of two performances!

Our Play Development Series includes:
2 performances at Manhattan Rep this Winter/Spring (more if you play is selling well.)
Over 12 hours of rehearsal time on the Manhattan Rep stage
3 hours tech, 3 hours Dress rehearsal, and 6 hours of straight rehearsal time in the theatre
Weekly development discussions if you wish with Artistic Director Ken Wolf, with help with casting, direction, the best way to set up a production from the start, how to make important cuts to your play, how to better structure your play, team building and more.

If you have written a play and you feel you want some support developing it and bringing it to production, as opposed to being flung onto the stage like at so many NYC festivals, our play development series is for you!

There is no cost for our Play Development Series, but there is a $300 refundable security deposit which secures the space from damage, and secures an average of 13 audience members per performance for a total of 26 over two performances.

Our Play Development Series at Manhattan Rep is by invitation only.

To submit for our Play Development Series please email:

A brief introduction with detailed information about yourself and your work, the complete first rehearsal draft of your play a synopsis of the play, the running time of the play, the set and lighting requirements, the playʼs history, (readings, when it was written, etc etc.) your mailing address, and a creative team leader contact email address to: manhattanrep@yahoo.com
as soon as possible (for we are accepting candidates now.)

Please put "PLAY DEVELOPMENT SERIES" in the subject heading.

You will be considered on a first - come first-served basis.

The earlier you submit, the better your chances of being accepted into the series. If we fill up all production development positions early on, we will end submissions. Once submitted, we will get back to you within one week as to your acceptance.

There is no submission fee.

NON-EQUITY ONLY.

For more information on all of our new development programs, log on to
http://manhattanrep.com/new-play-development-at-mrt/

If you have any questions about anything in reference to our new play development series, feel free to write us at: manhattanrep@yahoo.com

The Ruby Prize

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NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS

Southern Rep is pleased to announce that it will accept submissions for The Ruby Prize, effective immediately. The $10,000 annual award is named in honor of Ruby Bridges, who showed incredible perseverance in the face of formidable obstacles. The Ruby Prize seeks to support women playwrights of color whose work expands the reach of American theatre in the face of formidable obstacles.

In partnership with Hedgebrook, winners will receive a ten-day writer’s residency in addition to a cash prize.

This program is a part of Southern Rep’s ongoing effort to develop new American plays, support a diverse community of artists, and incite meaningful dialogue within the community.
THE PRIZE
$10,000 prize
A development workshop during Southern Rep’s 2015 New Play Bacchanal
A sponsored trip to New York, including round-trip air and lodging accommodations, to continue development of the play and introduce the new work to a larger audience
A ten-day writing residency at Hedgebrook. Located on beautiful Whidbey Island near Seattle, Hedgebrook offers one of the few residency programs in the world exclusively dedicated to supporting the creative process of women writers. Through innovative public programs, Hedgebrook enables women’s work to enrich the global community by diversity: of culture nationality, voice, genre, generation, perspective, religious beliefs and political affiliations
Two finalists will be selected to have their works read at Southern Rep’s 2015 New Play Bacchanal in New Orleans.

GUIDLINES
The contest will be open to US citizens who self-identify as women of color, and may be either emerging or established playwrights.
Southern Rep’s in-house readers will review and evaluate scripts, selecting finalists that will be move into the next round of judging. The final panel consists of national and local theatre artists as well as Southern Rep’s Producing Artistic Director, Aimée Hayes.
Plays must be full-length, and written by a single author. We will not accept collaborative scripts, translations, musicals, one-acts, or any play previously submitted to Southern Rep’s Ruby Prize.
Plays that have had a professional production, or have been written under a commission, are not eligible for submission. Plays that have received a development workshop, readings, or nonprofessional production are eligible. “Professional production” shall be defined as a production with paid actors and had an official press opening.
If selected as a Prize Winner or Finalist, playwright agrees that Southern Rep may include the play in an annual Ruby Prize publication. The publication will not require any exclusive rights for printing.
Only one submission per playwright is allowed.
The top prize includes round-trip airfare and lodging accommodations to New York city, and lodging accommodations at Hedgebrook (airfare to Hedgebrook not included). The finalists will receive round-trip air and lodging accommodations to attend the award ceremony, there is no other cash award associated with the selection of finalists.
SUBMISSIONS

Each submission must include a synopsis, character breakdown, brief playwright bio, and history of the play’s development if applicable.
Each submission must also include a title page containing the playwright’s name, address, and contact information. This information may ONLY appear on the title page.
Plays must be submitted by email, as a single attached document, in PDF format to theruby@southernrep.com.
Please name files as “Last Name, First Name, Title of Play” Ex: “Lee, Kimber, brownsville song”.
Hard copies of scripts will not be accepted.
Due to anticipated number of submissions, we regret that individual feedback will not be available to submitting playwrights.
Materials must be received by November 25 for consideration for The 2015 Ruby Prize.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Last Frontier Theatre Conference seeks plays

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The submission deadline for the 2015 Play Lab is November 24th, 2014. 

Selections will be announced Feb 16th, 2015. 

Accepted authors must attend the Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska, scheduled June 14-20, 2015. 
  • Other submission guidelines:
  • One submission per author.
  • Play should not have received a professional production.
  • Play should run between 20 and 120 minutes.
  • We do not accept musicals.
Contact Conference Coordinator Dawson Moore (dmoore@pwscc.edu) with any questions about submissions.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

EAST VILLAGE CHRONICLES Seeking new plays inspired by the life and lore of the East Village/Lower East Side

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Submissions Accepted through November 28th, 2014 for
Metropolitan Playhouse's Annual New Short Play Festival

Theme: Progress


Metropolitan Playhouse, New York's OBIE Award-winning explorer of America's theatrical heritage, is currently accepting submissions for new plays inspired by the life and history of New York's East Village/Lower East Side. 

PLEASE NOTE: Plays must relate specifically to the East Village/Lower East Side. Those that do not will not be considered.  Additionally, plays should address notions of Progress, whatever form the playwright chooses, as it relates to life in the East Village of today and in eras past.

Plays should be of up to 30 minutes in length, and able to be performed by no more than 5 actors. 

Metropolitan will cast and stage the productions on its 3/4 thrust stage in our 51 seat theater at 220 E 4th Street, as part of the 5th Annual East Village Theater Festival, scheduled to run from April 6th-26th, 2015.

Playwrights of selected plays will receive and honorarium of $50.00.

Completed scripts must be RECEIVED, by mail or e-mail, by 5:00 pm Friday, November 28th, 2014.

Metropolitan Playhouse
220 E 4th Street
New York, NY 10009

East Village Chronicles, Vol. 11 is the theater's 11th festival of new, one-act plays that celebrate and explore the varied history and eclectic culture that have defined Manhattan's Lower East Side (within any of its disputed borders.)  Presented in two, distinct evenings of short plays, which run on alternating nights over three weeks, the presentations will include a variety of styles and tones, unified by their being clearly related to life in the theater's neighborhood.




Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Theater Project Soliciting Short Plays for Competition

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The Theater Project of Maplewood, NJ, an award-winning, professional theater, is now soliciting short plays for “Think Fast,” its second-annual one-act competition February 12-15, 2015. The contest is open to playwrights in the New Jersey-New York area.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: November 21, 2014

WHO WE ARE: The Theater Project, a professional theater company based in Maplewood, NJ, began in 1994 with the goal of bringing the best contemporary plays to our community.

HOW TO SUBMIT: Electronic submissions only. E-mail your short play to OneActFest@TheTheaterProject.org. Include in the Subject line: “Submission + The Title of Your Play.”

WHAT TO SUBMIT: Plays can be either dramas or comedies but must be no more than 15 minutes running time. This restriction is absolute and plays that exceed 15 minutes will not be considered. Sets, lighting and sound requirements must be simple. No elaborate props or effects. Plays invited to participate must be ready-to-perform and supply their own actors and directors. There is no fee to submit. Those selected for participation will be charged a $200 fee to cover expenses (venue, stage manager, lighting/sound director)

STATEMENT: Email submissions must contain this sentence in the body of the email: “If my play is accepted and I choose to take part in the festival, I understand that I will be responsible for the casting and rehearsal of my play and that I will be charged a $200 participation fee.

WHAT WE SUPPLY: The Theater Project will supply the venue (The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts in Maplewood, NJ), a stage manager and a lighting/sound director. Individual productions supply the actors, directors and make their own agreements with actors/directors regarding compensation.

JUDGES: All plays are guaranteed two (2) performances. If a play progresses to the “final” round on Sunday, February 15, that play will have a third performance. Plays progress through audience vote. On Sunday, February 15, a panel of judges will award the “Judges Choice” award and there will also be an “Audience Choice” award.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU: The Theater Project will publicize the festival and the “Judges’ Choice” winner for Best Play will receive a $500 prize.

QUESTIONS? Email OneActFest@TheTheaterProject.org 

SEEKING SHORT PLAYS FOR PROFESSIONAL RADIO BROADCAST

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The producers of PLAYING SHORTLY: SHORT PLAYS ON THE RADIO are seeking stage plays of 10 minutes or less for a series of upcoming radio programs on National Public Radio affiliate KUSU, with potential for wider regional or national broadcast. The initial four programs will be recorded in front of a live audience and then broadcast to a region of over 3 million people. The show will include actors reading new short American stage plays over the radio. Submission info is as follows:

1. Plays must be 10 minutes or less including stage directions.
2. Written by American playwrights.
3. First 300 submissions will be considered.
4. Maximum 2 submissions per playwright.
5. Plays must be written within the past five years and unpublished.
6. Include character descriptions and have no more than 5 characters.
7. Include brief synopsis of play (100 words or less).
8. Selected plays will receive $100 honorarium in lieu of royalties.
9. Plays must be allowable on the radio.
10. Selected playwrights may be interviewed for the program.
11. Playwrights will receive a recording of the broadcast.
12. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION is December 15, 2014.
13. Email Submissions to playingshortly@gmail.com. (Subject line “Submission – [your name]”)

Due to the high number of submissions, PLAYING SHORTLY staff cannot provide feedback for plays. It may take several months to select the final scripts. Please do not follow up regarding the selection process. We will notify the finalists by February 1, 2015. This program is being produced by the Fusion Theatre Project and Utah Public Radio. This company has a history of developing new work and has had original plays produced or had staged-readings in New York, Los Angeles and at various theatres around the country. PLAYING SHORTLY represents the newest endeavor, bringing original work by American playwrights to a broader audience.

Ruddy Productions is now accepting submissions of one-act & full-length plays

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Ruddy Productions is now accepting submissions of one-act & full-length plays to be developed during our monthly reading series. Our main objective with the reading series is to build collaborative relationships with NYC writers and to potentially develop the new work from the reading for our first full season beginning in September 2015.
  • Playwrights must be based in NYC and must have had at least one play previously produced.
  • Characters must be primarily in the age range of 20s-30s and should feature female and male roles equally, or lean female.
  • Plays should run 30min-100min and no longer.
  • Along with your play, please include full character breakdowns as well as a brief synopsis & short description of yourself along with your résumé.
  • All submissions should be emailed to ruddyproductionsco@gmail.com with the title of the play & the writers name in the subject line.

Ruddy Productions Mission Statement

Ruddy Productions is a company of emerging NYC artists committed to utilizing the creative process for inspiring, nurturing, and empowering artists. We are a company of intensely trained actors striving to be first-rate artists, eternally committed to our craft and to truthfully examine the human experience. We are eager to create new opportunities for like minded artists, in order to encourage and feature their talents and artistry. Our company is dedicated to fostering an environment of collaboration and community, which we believe will translate into authentic, captivating experiences for our audiences.

For more information about our company please visit our websiteruddyproductionsnyc.com

Sundog Theatre seeks full-length plays

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Sundog Theatre prides itself on being a home to original works. Our doors (or P.O. Box) is always open to submissions. While we encourage that playwrights send us daring and innovative work, we do ask that all that all scripts have a maximum of 10 characters and minimal set changes - unless they are suggested changes, not full-on sets. 

Plays can be of any genre, but since we cater to a broad audience, please do not send anything with gratuitous sex, violence, or language.
Send hard copy scripts to:
Sundog Theatre
c/o Eric Petillo
PO Box 183
Staten Island, NY 10301-0183

The Mountain Playhouse International Playwriting Contest

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The Mountain Playhouse International Playwriting Contest is an annual event with the deadline of December 31st each year.

The submission deadline for the 2015 Playwriting Contest is December 31st, 2014. Mountain Playhouse will stage a public reading of the winning play before the end of 2015, and the author will be awarded a cash prize of $1,000. In addition, should the Mountain Playhouse decide to present a live production of the play, the author will receive royalties.

To submit your entry, you will need to download the Playwriting Contest Agreement, print and sign it, then mail your play with the agreement to 7690 Somerset Pike, P.O. Box 205, Jennerstown, PA 15547.

If you wish to have your script returned after the contest is over, you must enclose a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage to cover the return.

Type your title and name on the top sheet and do not have your name on the body of the play.

If you include a synopsis, keep it on a separate sheet from the play.

Include a list of characters and, if necessary, explain how 8 actors could perform the show.

Send a loose leaf copy held together by a single binder clip. Single or double sided is your choice, but don't waste time or effort to bind the play any other way as we will take that binding apart when we receive it anyway.

If you are sending your script from an overseas country, please send me an email atwritecomedy@mountainplayhouse.org for special instructions.

Don't forget to download, sign and include the agreement with your play.

Friday, November 14, 2014

3rd Annual New Works Festival

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Fantasic.Z Theatre Company is excited to announce its 3rd Annual New Works Festival and we are currently looking for submissions. This event offers playwrights a new audience for their works; a safe space for introducing them to the local arts community. There will be four nights of performances, featuring one night with a talkback, where selected writers get an opportunity to discuss their work, and their process with Z's audience.

Where and when?

This year our festival is held February 24-28, 2015, and we will be returning to the Rendezvous' Jewelbox Theater.

Guidelines:

-Submissions are due: Thursday, November 27, 2014

- Less than 20 minutes long

- Speaks to the theme "Truth and Consequence"

We are always interested in reading unique and evocative interpretations of our themes.

Send all submissions and questions to: submissions@fantasticz.org

Free theater in NYC - Fragments by Geraldine Inoa


Fragments is a play in development about three African American patients in a psychiatric ward. Each character reveals the anguish and devastation that brought them to the hospital. The stories they share are desperate attempts to reclaim their existence and cope with their suffering. The characters question the value of psychiatric care and engage in discussions that provide insight into the lives of those who suffer from mental illness.

Tickets are free and can be reserved here

The staged reading is on Saturday, November 15th from 7:00pm-10:00pm. The reading will take place at Shetler Studios: 244 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019 in Penthouse #1. Following the reading is a talkback with the playwright, the actors, and the director. It's an opportunity to support a work in development by offering your impressions, insights, and constructive criticism. 


For more information, please email: fragmentsreading@gmail.com 

Fragments is a play in development about three African American patients in a psychiatric ward. Each character reveals the anguish and devastation that brought them to the hospital. The stories they share are desperate attempts to reclaim their existence and cope with their suffering. The characters question the value of psychiatric care and engage in discussions that provide insight into the lives of those who suffer from mental illness.

Tickets are free and can be reserved here

The staged reading is on Saturday, November 15th from 7:00pm-10:00pm. The reading will take place at Shetler Studios: 244 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019 in Penthouse #1. Following the reading is a talkback with the playwright, the actors, and the director. It's an opportunity to support a work in development by offering your impressions, insights, and constructive criticism. 


For more information, please email: fragmentsreading@gmail.com 

Think Fast: Theater Project’s One-Act Competition

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The Theater Project of Maplewood, NJ, an award-winning, professional theater, is now soliciting short plays for “Think Fast,” its second-annual one-act competition February 12-15, 2015. The contest is open to playwrights in the New Jersey-New York area.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: November 21, 2014

WHO WE ARE: The Theater Project, a professional theater company based in Maplewood, NJ, began in 1994 with the goal of bringing the best contemporary plays to our community.

HOW TO SUBMIT: Electronic submissions only. E-mail your short play to OneActFest@TheTheaterProject.org
Include in the Subject line: “Submission + The Title of Your Play.”

WHAT TO SUBMIT: Plays can be either dramas or comedies but must be no more than 15 minutes running time. This restriction is absolute and plays that exceed 15 minutes will not be considered. Sets, lighting and sound requirements must be simple. No elaborate props or effects. Plays invited to participate must be ready-to-perform and supply their own actors and directors. There is no fee to submit. Those selected for participation will be charged a $200 fee to cover expenses (venue, stage manager, lighting/sound director)

STATEMENT: Email submissions must contain this sentence in the body of the email: “If my play is accepted and I choose to take part in the festival, I understand that I will be responsible for the casting and rehearsal of my play and that I will be charged a $200 participation fee.”

WHAT WE SUPPLY: The Theater Project will supply the venue (The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts in Maplewood, NJ), a stage manager and a lighting/sound director. Individual productions supply the actors, directors and make their own agreements with actors/directors regarding compensation.

JUDGES: All plays are guaranteed two (2) performances. If a play progresses to the “final” round on Sunday, February 15, that play will have a third performance. Plays progress through audience vote. On Sunday, February 15, a panel of judges will award the “Judges Choice” award and there will also be an “Audience Choice” award.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU: The Theater Project will publicize the festival and the “Judges’ Choice” winner for Best Play will receive a $500 prize.

Clockhouse seeks works for publication

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CLOCKHOUSE, the literary magazine published in partnership with Goddard College, seeks short dramatic works from emerging and established playwrights for its 2015 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. Our mission: Dare. Risk. Dream. Share. Ruminate. How do we understand our place in the world, our responsibility to it, and our responsibility to each other? CLOCKHOUSE is an eclectic conversation about the work-in-progress of life—a soul arousal, a testing ground, a new community, a call for change. Join in.

Deadline is December 1.

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

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Theatricum Botanicum presents: BOTANICUM SEEDLINGS A DEVELOPMENT SERIES FOR PLAYWRIGHTS

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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 furthering new works and new voices in theatre through Botanicum Seedlings. Playwrights are invited to submit samples of full length works of any genre for this development series, which acts as an adjunct to Theatricum’s Summer Repertory Season.

The submission window is September 1 - December 1 annually. Works received during this period will be considered for development and production during the following year.

Opportunities through Botanicum Seedlings include Playreadings, Play Festivals, private GreenReads (for a fresh look at early drafts) and Playwrights Workshops 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 - December 1, we accept 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.

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 Kimberly Shelby-Syszko
Seedlings Program Director Seedlings Literary Manager

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Welders 2.0

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The Welders are thrilled to announce that we are officially opening up the application process for Welders 2.0!

In selecting the next generation of Welders, we’re looking for playwrights who are deeply involved in their craft, willing and eager take on the tasks of producing five plays, and committed to developing, sustaining and passing on the organization to Welders 3.0. We are also seeking an executive and creative director ready and able to drive the collective creatively and with both intelligence and enthusiasm.

The Process

In selecting the next generation of artists to whom we’ll be giving the organization, The Welders have decided to assess groups of candidates, rather than individuals. Our decision stems from an appreciation of the fact that we had the luxury of forming our collective organically, building relationships with each other over time. With that fact in mind, we didn’t feel it would be appropriate to select six individuals and thrust them together as a group. We want to find people who, through their own relationships, already know they want to work as a team.

The following application is thus intended to be completed by five playwrights and one executive and creative directorcollaboratively. Although there are questions that each potential Welder will need to answer individually, many will need to be answered as a group as well. After reviewing applications, furthermore, we will be selecting the most promising groups to participate in an interview process as well. That process will be conducted collectively as well: we will interview potential groups as a whole, rather than speaking with members individually.

Please note that we are perfectly comfortable with artists choosing to apply as a member of more than one group. Collaboration takes multiple shapes and we don’t want to limit possibilities; we want to open them up. Our only restriction is that each group should consist of five playwrights or generative theater artists and one executive and creative director: six individuals in total. It is not possible, in our experience, to serve as both a playwright AND as The Welders’ executive and creative director; the labor would be too great. All we ask, for those who are applying as a member of more than one group, is for transparency: please let everyone you’re applying with know that you’re applying with others as well.

Applications for Welders 2.0 are due by December 1, 2014. 

We’ve allowed a significant amount of time because we understand that it may take a while for groups to form, let alone to complete the application. Our intent is to review and consider applications during December and January and then begin the interview process in February of 2015. The interview process may require two rounds; our goal is to complete that process and select a new group of Welders to join us for the final twelve months of our three-year run by May 15, 2015. Our hope that is a year of working by our sides—participating in our bi-weekly meetings, producing with us, and learning how we work—will prepare the new group to take the reins from us smoothly and powerfully.

If you have any questions about the application below, you can submit them electronically to Gwydion Suilebhan (gwydion@thewelders.org). Answers to submitted questions—if they might be useful for all applicants—will be shared on our website as updates to this page. We, too, want to be as transparent as possible.

The Application

The Welders 2.0 application has three components: a series of questions, a skills checklist, and additional supporting material. Each component is described in detail below.
The Questions

First, please provide answers to the following in a single PDF or Word document:

1) The names and proposed positions of all six applicants.

2) Short descriptions of one potential project that each playwright or generative artist might work on. (These are not commitments; merely possibilities.) A paragraph will suffice, but more detail is also welcome.

3) A sample “Why I Want to Be a Welder” blog post—500-750 words in length—for each group member, including the executive and creative director. Sample blog posts are available here.

4) Responses to the following three questions, composed as a group:
The Welders place tremendous value on diversity. It’s built into our value system and it’s expressed at every level of the organization, from our Board of Directors to the artists we work with. Explain to us how your group, as it’s constituted, will continue or even build upon those values.
The Welders are a DC-centric organization. Although not all of us live in the district, DC is our community, and we consider it a core part of our mission to serve that community. How are you all, as artists, embedded within the city? What’s your relationship to being part of your community? How will your group embody this aspect of The Welders’ mission?
We’ve spent our first few years establishing an alternative platform for new play development and production, one that’s succeeded in a great many ways. We don’t, however, consider the work finished or perfected. We intend to hand The Welders off to a new generation with the full expectation that things will change. The organization will evolve. So… with that in mind, and given your understanding of The Welders as we are currently constituted, what ideas does your group have for doing what we do either differently or better?
Skills Checklist

In developing a detailed understanding of the skills and effort required to run The Welders, we have assembled a checklist of responsibilities that helps us keep track of our own work. With that in mind, please use the following list to indicate which one (or more) of your group’s members might have the necessary experience to manage the following organization responsibilities, as well as the source of that experience. (In most cases, a short sentence—or even a half-sentence—will suffice.) Your checklist should be included with your PDF containing answers to our questions.

Please note that we do NOT expect you to be able to cover ALL of the following items—we get help from outsiders and we see no reason why the next generation of Welders won’t do the same. We simply want to know what resources and abilities your group will bring to bear.

Marketing and Public Relations
Maintain the Welders’ website (in WordPress)
Solicit and edit blog posts
Manage the Welders’ social media presences (currently Facebook and Twitter)
Write and send press releases
Art direct Welders photo shoots and video trailers
Solicit press and media coverage, both locally and nationwide
Maintain a press contact list
Serve as theatreWashington liaison

Development
Maintain a grant schedule
Write and submit grant proposals and grant reports
Pitch corporate donors
Maintain individual donor prospect lists
Set up and attend donor pitches
Plan friend-raiser events
Write donation thank you letters
Maintain relationships with funders and foundations
Plan and run annual fundraising events: The Weld and The Joint
Plan and run Board of Directors and Executive Committee meetings
Serve as Board secretary
Solicit Board members as necessary

Infrastructure and Financials
Maintain Google calendar, create Google + Hangouts, manage Google Drive
Create bi-weekly meeting agendas/take and distribute bi-weekly meeting notes
File Welders taxes
Maintain Welders budget and production budgets
Manage Welders bank accounts
Plan and run Advisory Council meetings
Plan and execute the search for Welders 3.0

Productions
Develop marketing reciprocity with other productions
Arrange opening and closing night parties
Set up talkbacks
Manage comp lists
Design, edit, and print programs
Art direct show image development
Create and implement marketing campaigns
Serve as casting director (arranging auditions, finding readers, etc.)
Contract with actors and designers
Find and contract with rehearsal and performance space
General production management

Please note, furthermore, that the above list of responsibilities does NOT constitute the entire organizational to-do list. It’s merely suggestive. Being a member of The Welders is, approximately, a half-time job, on average—and more than that at busy times—so those who are applying need to consider seriously whether they are willing to embrace the required effort.
Additional Materials

Finally, we would like you to submit (as separate documents) resumes or CVs for all six members of your potential group.

Thank you in advance for participating in what we hope will be an empowering hand-off to Welders 2.0! Finally: if you’d like to download a PDF version of this application, one is available here.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Discount tickets for NYCPlaywrights ~ THE PLACES YOU'LL GO

THE PLACES YOU’LL GO 
By Hila Ben Gera
An original new comedy with a lighthearted look at success, self-determination, fortune and mail!

Special $15 discount tickets for NYCPlaywrights for the Friday, November 14, 7:30PM show and the Saturday, November 15, 7:30 show.

Code:  NYCplaywrights 

(There is a limit of 10 tickets each night for the code)

For more info about the show www.tpyg.info

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In The Places You’ll Go, two existential Postmen suddenly find there is something … missing. 
On their quest for definitions, they bump into characters who glow with achievement and ooze with advice. But solutions seem scarce. A woman on a parallel search for new places, places her hope in fortune cookie fortunes, which may be guiding her to nirvana. Or a breakdown. All seem to be desperately trying to invent and reinvent themselves to achieve… something. 
Wealth. Or happiness. 
Or something!

CAST
Jason Salmon*, Jamie Bennett*, Laura Hooper, Kate Taney, 
Joe Mullen and John Willam Short*
*appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

DIRECTOR/DRAMATURG: Erez Drigues (director of Repertory Theatre- Best Play at the Israeli Fringe Awards)

CREATIVE CONSULTANT: Jack Hofsiss (Tony Award winning director of The Elephant Man)

COMPOSER: Shai Fishman (composer of the Off Broadway show The Voca People)

SET DESIGNER: Nikolay Sviridchik   

COSTUME DESIGNER:Annie Simon  


PRODUCED BY Lama Theater Company

ONGOING SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITY: PRIME* PULP

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Do you have a sizzler where a read-aloud of just the dialogue could transform any playing space into a chamber of Story Delight?

Our *Prime Playmaking Project is a "shortcut cooking" method for producing quality theatre. Chosen submissions are loaded onto ipads, rehearsed with fine actors for a few hours, then taken to bars & living rooms. No stage directions are read out loud. The actors "enter" by standing and "exit" by sitting. It's a pure Reading; something akin to campfire storytelling-- through theatrical dialogue.

If you've got a piece that could be categorized as Action, Fantasy or Suspense (how our company defines "Pulp") and needs no stage directions, please show us what you've got.

Chosen authors receive $5.00 for each performance of works under 20 minutes and $10.00 for each performance of works 20-50 minutes and $20.00 for pieces 50 minutes or more. Pieces are frequently used for more than one performance. Prime Playmaking also gives authors an excellent marketing angle for their pieces: A play that needs little to no budget to mount and has been proven (through our performances) able to carry an evening.

R U L E S

The piece must fit under the categories of either action, fantasy or suspense.
Though not necessarily limited to 4 characters, the piece requires no more than 4 actors.
Contains little to no physical actions OR it has tastefully-placed interludes of narration to cover those actions.
The changes in setting and circumstance are very easy to track just through the dialogue.
Establishes high stakes from the get-go or an atmosphere of danger/outrageousness from the get-go.
While it doesn't have to be a comedy, humor does tend to be a good check-in with the audience's focus.
Extra points for scripts with more roles for women!

If you don't have anything that fits our qualifications, feel free to refer friends to us and send suggestions of existing published works.

You can send word docs or pdfs to

primesubmissions.pulpstage@gmail.com

If you do not receive a response within 30 days of your submission, please contact us and you will have an update within the week.

Free theater in Chicago - Romeo and Juliet in American Sign Language


R&J in ASL - Romeo and Juliet in American Sign Language

Set in 1890’s Martha’s Vineyard when a unique deaf/hearing bilingual agricultural community gave way to a budding tourism industry. Intense cultural lines are drawn between hearing and non-hearing as land, lifestyle, and livelihoods ignite the Capulet and Montague families. This beautiful and physical production is both spoken and performed in American Sign Language and intended for all audiences

Friday Nov 21st - 7pm
4945 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

Sat Nov 22nd- 7pm
1914 N Milwakee Ave, Chicago IL

Sun Nov 23rd- 3pm
Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W Cortland St, Chicago, IL 60622

This event is free.
No additional guests are allowed.
Please RSVP by replying to chicago@redtheater.org

Monday, November 10, 2014

9TH ANNUAL NOREASTERN PLAY WRITING CONTEST

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This is the ninth 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 tenth season. The NorEastern Contest winners will receive an intense day and a half’s work on each play, and two evenings of Showcasing as well as three nights lodging. The NorEastern Showcase rehearsal and performance dates for this year will be May 14, 15 & 16, 2015. First, each script goes through a rigorous screening process with panels of readers. The scripts with the highest scores are submitted to a second panel, and then the finalists are read by a single reader who selects the three scripts to be showcased.

Type of work: one-act plays no longer than 45 mins.

Deadline: November 15, 2014 
Plays may again be submitted as of August 15, 2015.

This year’s winners will be in workshop and showcase May 14 (workshop), May 15 (workshop & showcase) and May 16 (professional review and discussion & showcase)

2015 Guidelines

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 readable in the 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 or productions may be submitted, however, plays that have received Vermont productions or readings or have been published 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.

· The author will maintain all literary rights to his or her own material.

· All submissions are judged blind. We require four (4) bound 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. Electronic copies will not be accepted due to the costs of printing.

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

· Plays must be processed, page numbered, and securely bound in an ably bound soft cover, in standard professional play format. Write to Samuel French Inc., 45 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10010-2751 for their format guidelines, or copy them from www.vcu.edu/artweb/playwriting/format.html on line.

· 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.

· Mail four (4) copies of your script(s) to: 

Nor’Eastern Play Writing Contest, 
Vermont Actors Repertory Theatre, 
PO Box 580, 
Rutland, Vermont 05702-0580. 

Deadline for submissions is postmarked by November 15, 2014, notification of winners will be on or about March 5, 2015 and the staged readings in Showcase will be in May 14,15 & 16, 2015, with winning playwrights expected to attend.

Free theater in NYC ~ SEX TODAY, LOVE TOMORROW




UNHEARD Festival (UK)

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We are now accepting submissions for the UNHEARD Festival in February 2015!

Deadline is Sunday 30th November at 5pm (UK time).
No exceptions can be made, including technical difficulties, so please make sure to submit in time!

We accept script submissions (for which we will find a cast and director) as well as proposals with a team already attached.

We aim to include as wide a variety as possible of new, challenging and thought-provoking writing addressing sexual abuse and violence, the victims, the survivors, the consequences, their families, their friends, their lives or anything else around the topic you wish to explore.

Selected submissions will receive one performance or rehearsed reading between 19th and 22nd of February at The Bread & Roses Theatre in Clapham (South London).

Submitted pieces can be any length, but it is likely that longer pieces of writing will be staged as a rehearsed reading rather than full performance (unless you already have your own production team).

If you have any questions or want to make a submission please email info@goblinbaby.com or use the online form.

Writers' names can stay anonymous, if this is preferred, just please do let us know asap.
All profits from UNHEARD will be donated to relevant charities.

11th Annual Ten-Minute Playwriting Contest

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Lakeshore Players Theatre is accepting submissions for 10-minute plays. 
Finalist plays will be produced at our Annual Festival in June 2015.

Play submissions will be accepted through November 15, 2014.

HIGH SCHOOL PLAYWRIGHTS


High school-aged playwrights are encouraged to enter. Plays must include a letter from a teacher or school administrator, written on school letterhead, verifying that the play was written during high school, in addition to the guidelines below. If the committee chooses to name a high school entry as a finalist for the 11th annual contest, the play will be produced with our other finalists in our festival in June 2015.

ALL PLAYWRIGHTS


Please read the following rules and requirements carefully. 
Plays not meeting the requirements will be disqualified.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

• The play should be approximately ten-minutes in length.

• The play must have no more than five on-stage (speaking and non-speaking) characters.

• You may submit only one play, so send us your best! Please do not make more than one submission.

• The play should be in a "play format" making it easy for the readers. 
(We like 12-point, easy to read fonts, such as Times New Roman or Ariel)

• The play must be unpublished and unproduced at the time of submission to our contest. We do screen for this, so don't send us your play if it has been produced. (Staged readings are not counted as "produced.")

• Submitting your play to our contest grants Lakeshore Players the right to produce your play in our annual festival and photograph and/or videotape it for archival purposes, if it is chosen as a finalist.



ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES

• The play should have simple technical requirements. There won't be a set — a few furniture pieces and a few props only — we only have about one minute in between plays to change scenes.

• As a community theatre, we want to appeal to the largest possible audience, therefore plays with excessive offensive language are less likely to be selected - please keep that in consideration.

• Two ways to submit: Email or Mail.

• Your play must be received no later than November 15, 2014 to be eligible.

Only plays submitted exactly as outlined below will be accepted.

EMAIL TWO PDFs
VERY IMPORTANT – Email submission rules below MUST be followed, or your submission will be disqualified.

1. Send one copy of the play with ALL contact information on the title page:

◦ play title

◦ your name

◦ your mailing address

◦ your phone number

◦ your email address

2. Send ANOTHER copy of play for the judges with NO contact information on the title page: just the title of the play.

3. Email Instructions

◦ Subject line: Include the title of your play, for example: 10 Min Contest: MY GREAT PLAY

◦ Include your complete contact information in the body of the email.

◦ Tell us where you heard about the contest.

◦ Please include the title of your play in the file name. For example:
My Great Play-Blind.pdf
My Great Play.pdf

4. Email plays to: office@lakeshoreplayers.com

MAIL TWO COPIES
Don't know how to PDF? No problem.

1. Send one copy of the play with ALL contact information:

◦ play title

◦ your name

◦ your mailing address

◦ your phone number

◦ your email address

2. Include ANOTHER copy of play for the judges with NO contact information - just the title and the play.

3. Mail to: 
11th Annual Lakeshore Players 10-Minute Play Committee
4820 Stewart Ave. 
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

4. Plays will not be returned to you.

5. If you would like confirmation that we have received your script, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard with your script.

FINALISTS 


Plays chosen for production in our festival will receive $10 per Lakeshore performance of the play, and a copy of the program from the festival within 60 days of the festival weekend. Production photos will be uploaded to PhotoBucket and available for viewing, sharing, and downloading.

Any questions? E-mail: office@lakeshoreplayers.com

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Surdna Foundation is now accepting proposals

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The Surdna Foundation is now accepting proposals for one- or two-year support to extraordinary artist-driven projects as part of its Artists Engaging in Social Change funding area.

The Surdna Foundation is now accepting proposals for one- or two-year support to extraordinary artist-driven projects as part of its Artists Engaging in Social Change funding area. All artistic disciplines will be considered, including cross-disciplinary work. The request for proposal (RFP) is open to both 501(c)(3) organizations and individual artists and culture bearers, but artists and collectives that are not incorporated as 501(c)(3)s must apply under a fiscal sponsor. Through this RFP, Surdna will support compelling projects that artists develop in response to their communities' specific challenges, and will also fund the projects of artists whose long-term, deeply-rooted work has increased social engagement without necessarily being explicitly defined as "activist." Proposals will be accepted between September 15 and November 12, 2014. Surdna staff, with support from outside experts, will present recommendations to the Surdna board and final decisions will be made in early April, 2015. The Foundation believes this process will allow us to make considered investments in artistic practices that focus on engaging and reflecting communities. Application guidelines are provided below and frequently asked questions, including grant amounts and definitions of key terms, are available here.
ARTISTS ENGAGING IN SOCIAL CHANGE: WHAT DO WE MEAN?

It's difficult to trace the complex relationship between works of art and social transformation, yet it is clear that artists provoke, expand and even heal the civic imagination in critical ways. During the last few decades, artists working to effect change in particular communities have created a variety of explicitly political and social interventions. Simultaneously, other artists have emphasized less the "what" of social change (i.e. the issue or agenda that drives artistic explorations) and stressed instead the "how" of community embeddedness, working in a way that results in such impacts as increased community capacity for civic expression and leadership, the preservation and transmission of treasured cultural practices, and the amplification of voices that are too often ignored. We consider these different approaches to be equally capable of illuminating the unique role artists play in broader societal change, and we aim to support both through this RFP.
ART AND CULTURE AT THE CENTER OF SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES.

At the Surdna Foundation, we foster the development of just and sustainable communities. For us, art, culture and design are not accessories to that process: they are central. Art is fundamental to our collective understanding of who we are, what we believe, and how we relate to each other and our surroundings. Artists and their coconspirators weave the cultural fabric necessary for a sustainable, vibrant society. The development and sharing of artists' work contributes to the strengthening of communities—culturally, socially, and economically. Our definition of Artists Engaging in Social Change includes both cherished, longstanding ways of working and newer practices. Our focus here is on the commitment, spirit and generosity with which the work is undertaken as well as the form it ultimately takes.
WHY AN RFP?

The goal of this RFP process is to identify and support exciting projects that are equally rigorous aesthetically and socially. These projects will demonstrate a clear commitment to a community, manifested by the relationship of that community to the project's development process and to the project's thematic focus. Our goal is to prove that when artists have the opportunity to explore their own questions while working in communities (and not in isolation), they contribute significantly to our shared landscape. We hope to make artists' role in enabling and even accelerating social change more visible and more valued.

A FOCUS ON SOCIAL JUSTICE AND COMMUNITY.

Surdna applies a social justice lens to its philanthropic work. We seek to address structural inequalities by focusing our resources on supporting artists coming from low income and historically under-resourced communities that have less access to arts funding. Through this RFP process, we will support artists working in their own communities, where they and their partners are committed to making a difference over the long term, and where they have built meaningful relationships over time. We are interested in learning how a spectrum of ways of working, including conventional disciplines, newer aesthetic practices, and the forms reflecting people's traditions and heritage can foster social change.
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:
Projects must be artist-led.
Projects must demonstrate a deep commitment to a community, demonstrated by the process through which the work is developed and the theme or themes it focuses on.
These funds are designated for one-time project support and cannot support organizations' ongoing programs, operations, capital or endowments, although up to 15 percent administrative overhead is allowed.
These funds cannot support curricular work.
Applicants can be at any stage of their careers, but must have a track record of developed work that demonstrates their capacity to complete the proposed project and to manage the level of funds requested.
Eligible disciplines include traditional or folkloric arts, visual arts, literary arts, dance, theater, film/ video, music, performance-based arts, and interdisciplinary/ hybrid arts.
For architecture or design-related projects, please refer to our Community Engaged Design guidelines, here.
Proposal must make a clear case for the arc of change envisioned by the project, based on the applicants' own criteria for defining and measuring impact.
Individual artists and groups of artists and organizations without 501(c)(3) status must apply through a fiscal sponsor, which they will list on their application as the applying organization.
Applying organizations (including fiscal sponsors) and the project for which funds are requested must be based in the United States.
ELIGIBLE DISCIPLINES:

Eligible disciplines include:

Traditional or folkloric arts.
Visual arts.
Literary arts.
Dance.
Theater.
Film/ video.
Performance-based arts.
Interdisciplinary/ hybrid arts.
REVIEW PROCESS:

Applications will be reviewed by Surdna staff in conjunction with outside readers on the basis of:
The quality of the project concept in relation to social change.
Aesthetic rigor and artistic excellence.
The artist's (or organization's) commitment to a particular community.
The artist's (or organization's) ability to complete the project and use the financial support effectively.
DEADLINES:

The process closes Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. (EST). We will not accept applications after this time. The Surdna Foundation will select and announce grant awardees in early April 2015.

HOW TO APPLY:

The 2015 Artists Engaging in Social Change program will accept online applications between Monday, September 15, 2014 and Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. (EST). Please note that applications will only be accepted via this online process.

In the online submission form (link at bottom of page) you will be asked to supply the following:
Purpose of Grant: Please describe the project in one or two brief sentences (maximum 50 words).
Detailed project description: Describe the proposed project, its genesis, its stages and all partners (maximum 500 words).
Artistic practice: Describe the lead artist or organization's artistic history and experience working within communities, and include specifics about the aesthetic aspects of this project (maximum 300 words).
Context: Please summarize the historic or current challenge, opportunity, or issue (political, social, economic, cultural, etc.) that the project is addressing. If relevant, add details or statistics that explain why this project is needed now: this could include historic and/or current conditions of the community (maximum 400 words).
Access: How will members of the community participate in or gain access to this project? What is the applicant's relationship to that community? (maximum 300 words).
Impact (External): Describe your intended artistic and community goals, and the project's arc of change from start (status "A") to finish (status "B"), however modest or ambitious, based on your own criteria. Use active verbs that provide a realistic sense of what you hope the project can accomplish. How will you know if your goals have been achieved? (maximum 400 words).
Impact (Internal): What impact would this grant have on you (or your organization)? (maximum 300 words).
Community partners: Please submit two letters of support from community partners, either individuals or representatives of organizations you plan to work with on this project or that you have worked with in the past. These letters should use specific examples to speak to your value to the partners and communities, and to your style of work (maximum length of 500 words each).
Work samples: please submit three representative work samples, along with a short explanation (maximum 100 words each) of how each relates to the proposed project. For more detail on work samples, please refer to our FAQs page.
Budget: Please supply a budget for each year that you are requesting funding. Please note that funding requests may not exceed two years. For more detail on budgets, please refer to our FAQs page.

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