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Monday, October 23, 2017

The Playwrights' Center Core Writer Program

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Deadline: January 25, 2018

The Playwrights’ Center invites committed professional playwrights to apply for the Core Writer program. Created in recognition of the particular needs of emerging and established writers, the program offers significant resources intended to further a playwright's career and is available to writers nationally.

Playwrights who have benefited from the Core Writer program include Christina Anderson, Trista Baldwin, Lee Blessing, George Brant, Carlyle Brown, Connie Congdon, Marcus Gardley, Jeffrey Hatcher, Sherry Kramer, Carson Kreitzer, Martyna Majok, Melanie Marnich, Winter Miller, Greg Moss, Qui Nguyen, Kira Obolensky, and Alice Tuan.

The Core Writer program gives 25-30 of the most exciting playwrights from across the country the time and tools to develop new work for the stage. All Core Writers receive play development workshops at the Center, in collaboration with prominent directors, actors, dramaturgs, and designers. Selected work by Core Writers makes up our formal season of public readings: the PlayLabs festival and the Ruth Easton New Play Series. Core Writers are also promoted by the Center and provided opportunities through an extensive network of colleges and universities, cultural institutions, and producing theaters.

Each term is three years; Core Writers may reapply for additional terms.

Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

It is not required for an applicant to have had professional productions in order to apply. However, please note that this program is highly competitive and is designed for committed professional playwrights who are pursuing playwriting as their primary career.

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Core Writer Application

  • Primary phone number.
  • Title of submitted play.
  • How did you hear about the Core Writer Program?
  • Are you eligible to apply for the Core Writer program? Choosing "Yes" confirms that you have read the eligibility requirements.
  • Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. It is not required for an applicant to have had professional productions in order to apply. However, please note that this program is highly competitive and is designed for committed professional playwrights who are pursuing playwriting as their primary career.
  • Do you certify that the information contained in this application is true and correct to the best of your knowledge and that the work contained in this application is of your own creation?

Full-length play script (PDF or Word doc)
Please ensure that your name and the play title are on the cover page. A full-length play generally runs at least one hour. If you are submitting a script for a musical or a play that was written in collaboration with another artist, please clearly indicate your role in the writing of the play.
Playwriting resume (PDF or Word doc)
Artistic statement (PDF or Word doc)
Please attach a 1-2 paragraph artistic statement that positions yourself as an artist. Use this statement to contextualize your work sample and help the panel get to know you as an artist. Describe your artistic goals and vision as a theater maker. You're only submitting one play, but this statement is your opportunity to describe the larger landscape of your work and to discuss your reasons for writing plays.
Core Writer goals (PDF or Word doc)
This is a statement explaining how the Core Writer Program would benefit your career as a playwright. You may want to discuss projects you hope to develop as a Core Writer, specific resources you hope to take advantage of, or goals you have for your career. This statement should reflect a clear understanding of the program and explain to the evaluators why you are in the right position to become a Core Writer.

Please request one letter of recommendation from an individual who is familiar with your work as a playwright. Provide contact information for your recommender, who will be emailed a request containing a link and simple instructions for electronic submission of a recommendation.

Please communicate with your recommenders so they'll be expecting this request.

Although we encourage a new letter of recommendation each year, letters of recommendation are valid for three years. If you would like to resubmit a past letter of recommendation, please email artistic programs administrator Julia Brown at juliab@pwcenter.org at least two weeks before the application deadline. We try to keep all letters on file, but we cannot guarantee that each letter will be available.

Provide up to 1 reference.

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Theatre InspiraTO's 13th Playwriting Contest

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The contest is now open. Deadline to submit: November 20, 2017
This year's creative challenge: All about her.
The theme "all about her" must be an integral part of the play.


The play must be a ten-minute play. The theme "all about her" must be an integral part of the play. The story can be a comedy, a drama, a parody, absurd or anything in between (in English only). We also accept musicals. The contest is open to anyone, in any part of the world, without geographic or age restrictions.

Please note: Just because one of the characters or all the characters are female does not necessarily make the theme “all about her”. Ensure that the play highlights a distinct female/feminine voice about the way she engages with the world or how she views the world.

How to submit

You must submit online (scroll to the bottom of the page) by November 20, 2017, 11:59 pm E.S.T. 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 at InspiraTO before). The playwright must own the rights to the play up to June 17, 2018 (i.e. the script cannot be owned by a publisher).

We are particularly interested in scripts that aren't afraid to make bold choices: quality writing backed by imaginative staging.

What will happen

The plays will be selected by a committee from the Toronto theatre community. If selected, your play will be performed in Toronto, Canada from June 1 - June 16, 2018.

Between eighteen to twenty four, 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 13th Annual InspiraTO Festival in Toronto (Canada's largest ten-minute play festival), in June 2018. The InspiraTO Festival will find the cast, crew and market your play. Authors retain copyright and full ownership of their plays.

Only those playwrights whose plays have been selected will be notified by January 1, 2018 (more likely by mid-December).

What does a good ten-minute play need?

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!

Sunday, October 22, 2017


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Submissions are now being accepted for Arizona Theatre Company’s (David
Ivers, Artistic Director; Billy Russo, Managing Director) 2018 National Latino Playwriting

The award is open to all Latino playwrights living in the United States, its
territories or Mexico. Scripts will be read and evaluated by a culturally diverse panel of
theatre artists. Finalists will be judged by ATC artistic staff and the winner will be
notified by Aug. 1, 2018.

Submission procedures:
• Submit a single script via U.S. mail.
Scripts must be postmarked by Nov. 15, 2017. Title page should include the
play’s title, author’s name and contact information including phone number,
mailing address and email.
• Include a cover letter of no more than one page describing the play’s
developmental history and how the play fits into the playwright’s broader career

Scripts may be in English, English and Spanish or only Spanish. Spanish language
and bi-lingual scripts must be accompanied by an English translation.

Plays must be unpublished, professionally unproduced and not currently under
option at the time of submission. Full-length and one-act plays on any subject will be
accepted. Minimum length is 50 pages.

The physical scripts become the property of Arizona Theatre Company and will
not be returned. Playwrights retain intellectual property rights and any rights to the play.

Manuscripts should be mailed to:
National Latino Playwriting Award
Attention: Elaine Romero, Playwright-in-Residence
Arizona Theatre Company
343 S. Scott Ave.
Tucson, Ave. 85701
For more information, contact Elaine Romero, ATC Playwright-in-Residence at
info@arizonatheatre.org. For more information about Arizona Theatre Company, visit

ATHE Award for Excellence in Playwriting

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The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) is pleased to announce the fourth year of the ATHE Award for Excellence in Playwriting. The award honors a new play marked by sophisticated and nuanced storytelling, with the potential to make a major artistic impact on contemporary theatre.
Plays must have been written during the two years preceding the upcoming national conference (August 2018) by playwrights engaged with an institution of higher education (be it student, faculty, artist in residence, guest artist, etc.) during that time period. Only full-length plays, in Samuel French Playwriting Format, may be nominated for this award. Self-nominations and nominations from ATHE members are permitted. Only one play may be submitted per playwright in any given year. The plays can be produced or unproduced, but must be unpublished.
Qualifying plays should be submitted to email:  aepsubmissions@gmail.com. No submission fees are required. The winning playwright is expected to attend the ATHE Conference and participate in a development workshop and staged reading of the play. The conference takes place August 1-5, 2018 in Boston, MA. The playwright will receive conference registration, four nights in the conference hotel, $500 towards travel expenses (reimbursement), and a one-year membership in the Dramatists Guild. Additionally, the winner will receive a plaque at the annual ATHE Awards Celebration and attend a reception. 

View a list of past awardees here

Submission Guidelines

  • Electronic submissions are required. Word, PDF, and Rich Text formats preferred.
  • Samuel French script formatting required.
  • Although we do permit the submission of musicals, the limitations of staff and resources will make it difficult for us to produce such material.
  • We do not accept screenplays.
  • Your play must not include material that you do not have permission to use.
  • Your play must not be previously published.
  • Previous production of your script is allowed 
  • Do not submit a play that is incomplete, unfinished, or a rough draft. Send us the entire completed play.
  • The ATHE Award for Excellence in Playwriting committee has no problem with you submitting your play to other competitions simultaneously.
  • Plays must be full-length. The rule of thumb is that plays under an hour are not full length. 
  • The screening for the award will be done by blind reading. Therefore we would request that names not be put on each page of the manuscript, but ONLY on the cover page. The readers for the award will not receive the cover page. 
  • Qualifying plays should be submitted to email:  aepsubmissions@gmail.com
Please include:
  • A Cover sheet with the name of the play, your name as you expect to see it on publicity material, and contact information.
  • A brief synopsis of the play
  • A rough casting breakdown (3M, 4W)
  • Brief descriptions of the characters
  • Pertinent production notes
Please submit here: aepsubmissions@gmail.com. For further information contact Charlene Donaghy at aepsubmissions@gmail.com or cdonaghy@unomaha.edu.
Deadline: November 12, 2017.

Fourth Annual National Winter Playwrights Retreat

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The HBMG Foundation welcomes playwrights to Creede, Colorado for the fourth annual National Winter Playwrights Retreat! Last year, 45 playwrights participated in an extraordinary retreat. For 2018, we are extending invitations to artistic directors, dramaturgs and directors as well! Use the serenity and creative energy of the Rocky Mountains to inspire yourself and recharge.

Retreat Details: HBMG Foundation invites you for one week (Sunday through Saturday) December 31-January 6, January 21-February 17. You are responsible for securing travel arrangements. We’ll provide accommodations, an opportunity to have your work read, and tourism activities. Playwrights will live together in dorm housing at Creede Repertory Theatre (Creede’s local LORT). You may elect to have your work read aloud by professional actors in a private salon setting. After it’s cold reading, your work will receive feedback from actors, staff and other retreat participants, and you may request a private dramaturgy session. We do not expect your work to be completed. In some cases, you may only have a few scenes in development. The cold reading can be at the beginning of the week so you can do rewrites or end of your stay so you hear what you’ve accomplished. This is not a competition. Our goal is not to judge your work, but to provide feedback for its development. We want you to write.

If you can get yourself here and get yourself fed, we’ll provide the gorgeous scenery, accommodations, and a few tourist treats!

Wanna know more about us? The internet has the answers! hbmgfoundation.org

Application Details: Contact Ann at annzarate@hbmgfoundation.org and introduce yourself both professionally and personally. Note if you are applying as a playwright, artistic director, dramaturg, or director. You are welcome to apply as a team if you are working specifically with an actor, director, composer or dramaturg on a piece in progress. Give us details of what you would be working on during the retreat and your dates of availability December 31-January 6, January 21-February 17. Sunday is arrival day and Saturday is departure day. We do not allow for late arrivals or early departures as there may be other applicants who can stay the entire week.

Application deadline is November 30th, 2017.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Everyday Inferno Annual Outdoor Park Show

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Annual Outdoor Park Show

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

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


Starra Andrews, actor & author
NYCPlaywrights continues its project Write a Monologue for Me.

You can read about the first WaM4M challenge here and read the selected monologues here.

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

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

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

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

This month we'd like you to write a monologue for Starra Andrews an actor and writer in New York City.

Starra grew up writing fantasy stories and acting on stage. After attaining a B.A. in Theatre and completing the LACC Acting Academy in Los Angeles, her non-fiction book The Pursuit of Acting; Working Actors Share Their Experience and Advice was published to help student actors. She’s performed such roles as Helen Keller’s mother in The Miracle Worker, Claudia Draper in Nuts, as well as gritty, fun roles such as a Kit Kat girl in Cabaret. 
Starra has also been seen recently giving a tour on the NYCPlaywrights web site.
About the kind of work Starra is looking for:

I love all things paranormal, and since Halloween is coming - it's perfect timing. I would love to perform and bring to life your favorite Halloween story. It can be fun loving or frightening. Think "Stranger Things" or something in that genre. Trick or Treat!


The deadline is Sunday October 22, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST.
  • Send only one monologue per author to info@nycplaywrights.org. 
  • Please put the words "Write a Monologue for Me" in the subject field of your email.
  • The monologue should be no more than one page.
  • The submission should be sent by email, with the script itself as a file attached to the email.
  • File format should be .pdf because it will retain your original script formatting. 
  • There is no fee for submission. 
  • All rights will remain with the playwright. 
  • The script must be submitted by the author of the script, no agents or others may submit. 
  • Make sure you have your name and your email address on the script. 
  • The monologue can be submitted by anybody, anywhere in the world but must be primarily in English (a few non-English phrases are acceptable, but the phrases must include English translations.) 
  • A monologue that has had a production is not acceptable - we want you to write a new monologue with our actor in mind.
  • A monologue that has been published is also not acceptable.
  • The NYCPlaywrights selections decisions are final.
  • NYCPlaywrights reserves the right to select no monologues.
  • We will notify submitters of the decisions and announce the winning monologues on the NYCPlaywrights web site by Sunday October 29.
Any questions email info@nycplaywrights.org
  • For some thoughts on writing monologues go here
NOTE: although of course the rights to the script are all yours, sometimes actors will ask for permission to perform your monologue in auditions. We hope you say yes.


The Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence

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

Manuscripts must be received by December 31 2017
Types of plays accepted

Full length, unproduced plays and musicals. Children’s plays accepted. 

Unable to return without a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Selection Process:

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

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

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

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

Empire Stage submission guidelines

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Empire Stage is looking for new plays for production and co-production.

If you have a play you’d like us to consider, please email us cover letter outlining your writing background, along with a brief synopsis of the play and the first ten script pages.


We’ll let you know if we think it might be right for us.

Empire Stage is focused on clever comedies that can be produced for a reasonable budget, so it’s unlikely that we will want to produce your adaptation of Tess of the d’Ubervilles unless it can be performed by two men with a trunkful of costumes. You get the idea.

Sundog Theatre is seeking one-act plays

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Sundog Theatre is seeking one-act plays for  "Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry 2018"

This is Sundog Theatre's 16th annual presentation of new, original, short one-act plays about our favorite boats that take us from Staten Island to Manhattan and back
--the Staten Island Ferries.


--Submit original plays not previously produced or published, with a signed note affirming that.

--Plays should be at least 15 minutes long (max 25) and should be set on the Staten Island Ferry.

--Plays should be contemporary, involve 2-3 characters and require no special set pieces other than benches or railings found on the Ferry, limited and easily accessible props, costumes, and no special sound or lighting requirements.

NOTE: This year, please incorporate a science fiction and/or supernatural element.

--Avoid overt and unnecessary sexual/violence/language since we cater to a broad audience.

No musicals or long monologues since plays are memorized by actors in a short time.

--As in life, a little humor is good.

Remuneration: The six authors whose plays are chosen will receive $100 each and their plays presented five dates: April 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 2018 in Staten Island.


--Please send two copies, bound or stapled, blind submission
(removable cover page with title, author, and contacts) to
Sundog Theatre, "Scenes 2018", PO Box 183, Staten Island, NY 10301.

For "blind submission" requirements: please do NOT put your name on each page.

Do include the title of your play on each page.

--Include a brief synopsis and 70-word playwright bio.

--Postmarked no later than December 31, 2017.

--No electronic submissions.

--Questions: ferry@sundogtheatre.org. Susan Fenley, Producer

--There is no fee for submission

Notification: Playwrights of selected plays will be contacted directly and their names listed on Sundog's website early 2018.

Please do not contact Sundog to see whether or not we are using your play.

Some possible topics to get your creative juices flowing (do not limit to these):
  • Space travel
  • Time travel
  • Superhuman
  • Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic
  • Fantasy 
  • Supernatural Fiction 
  • Superhero Fiction 
  • Ghost Stories 
  • Spirits 
  • Seances 
  • Past Life Stories

Friday, October 20, 2017

Between Us Productions 7th Annual Take Ten Festival

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Between Us Productions is seeking plays for its 7th Annual Take Ten Festival.  16 plays enter and compete for the titles of best play, best director, best actor, and best actress, with cash prizes and the opportunity to workshop a longer play.  The festival will be in May in Manhattan.  There is no fee to submit, but there is a $150 submission fee if accepted, which includes 2 guaranteed performances (up to 4 if your play moves on), 45 minutes to an hour of tech time, a light and sound op, and general festival marketing. However, this is a self-producing festival and we can only provide the services above (we are of course happy to provide suggestions for fundraising, creative staff, and cheap or free rehearsal space). Winners will receive a cash prize and the opportunity to have a workshop of another longer play produced by Between Us Productions. Between Us Productions has also in the past produced mainstage productions by several of our Take Ten partiipants, both winners and otherwise.

If interested please email scripts and a short summary to betweenusproductions@gmail.com by Tuesday, October 31st at 11:59pm. 

There are no restrictions on subject matter.  The play must be approximately ten minutes long.

Between Us Productions strives to produce work about controversial issues by emerging artists.  We strive to contribute to the conversations that help our society grow and change. Started in 2010 by co-founders Samantha Lee Manas and Jasmine Brown, their premier production, Sweet Prince, was a tale of a young man struggling with depression and a less than ideal home life, based on Hamlet. Between Us Productions has produced 6 mainstage productions, 6 Take Ten Festivals, 6 workshops by winners of the Take Ten Festival, and several readings, improv nights, and variety shows.

Coffee & Whisky Script Pub submission guidelines

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Submission window closes October 30, 2017

Are you a playwright with a new full-length thing (between, say, 75 and 100-ish pages) that you want to hear read aloud by talented actors? Are you ready to take the next step in your play’s development? Well we want to hear from you! Coffee & Whiskey Productions is now accepting submissions on a rolling basis for the Coffee & Whiskey Script Pub, our play reading series. We’re interested in everything– if it’s unproduced and entertaining, send it our way. We have no restrictions on content, no problems with your goddamned potty mouth, and don’t mind genre work. We only want to make some of the best freakin’ theatre out there, whatever form it takes. We especially delight in all things funny, off-beat, and just plain weird, but we’re ready to tackle whatever you’ve got. Sci-fi? No problem! Magical Realism? Can do! Gritty Family Drama? Bring it! Wagnerian Epic about Joe Paterno descending the Nine Levels of Nittany Lion Hell*? Sure, why the hell not!

(Oh, one very important thing to note: we can’t do musicals at this time. If your play has a song or two, we can probably work with it, but full on musical theatre is out. Sorry!)

Please send all script submissions electronically, to scripts [at] coffeeandwhiskeyproductions [dot] com; use the subject line “Script Pub Submission: [title of the play]”, so we know what to do with it. Be sure to include a synopsis of the play, as well as a brief bio and contact information. We prefer the PDF format, but if you have some kind of ethical issue with that, just let us know and we’ll see what we can finagle. We try to respond as quickly as possible to all submissions, but give us 4-6 weeks to review your work. If it’s been a couple of months and you haven’t heard back from us, please send us a friendly follow up inquiry. And if you have any questions at all about the process, the Script Pub, or Coffee & Whiskey in general, feel free to shoot us an email, or contact us on Facebook. We check that a lot.

Good Luck, and see you at the Script Pub!


New Plays for Young Audiences seeks full-length play scripts

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New Plays for Young Audiences seeks new unpublished and unproduced full-length play scripts for young audiences for our 21st season, June 2018.

The final date that submissions for 2018 will be accepted is October 31, 2017.

Submission Guidelines:

In your email submission, please include your name, the name of the play, and where we can contact you.
Also include in your submission your goals for the week of development – questions about the script you hope to answer, characters you want to further develop, story areas you want to look closer at, etc. Scripts received without goals are automatically disqualified, as this is an important part of our process.
If you are submitting an adaptation, we ask that you include proof that the original author has agreed to you adapting their work.
Finally, also rank, from most to least preferred, the development week that works best for you. We cannot guarantee a preferred slot, but this information will help facilitate the scheduling process once scripts are selected. The 2018 series is slated to run June 3-24 in three one-week segments: June 3-10, June 10-17, and June 17-24.

Please note that we only accept previously unpublished and unproduced full-length play scripts. If your script has had a fully produced production, we cannot accept it. We accept musical submissions, but do not generally develop a musical every season. If you are uncertain if your script meets this requirement or believe there is cause for an exemption, feel free to contact us (David Montgomery or Teresa Fisher).

We welcome scripts of any cast size, but are limited to 10 actors due to the size of our stage. If your script requires more than 10 actors, include doubling suggestions with your submission.

To submit your new previously unpublished and unproduced play for young audiences for consideration in our 2018 series, send your script between July 1 and October 31, 2017, to Producer/Production Manager, Teresa Fisher. We reply to all submissions within 7 days of receiving them.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Page-to-Stage Festival

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Wasatch Theatre Company is looking for playwrights to participate in their annual Page-to-Stage Festival. For this year’s Festival, playwrights will craft a new script through a series of workshops scheduled every few weeks starting in January and running through April, 2018. We are hoping to include five to seven playwrights.

Those interested should submit a representation of their work to wasatchtheatrecompany@gmail.com by November 15, 2017. Those chosen to participate will be notified by December 15, 2017.

Stage Door Productions, Inc Eleventh Annual Original One-Act Festival

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Festival prizes to be awarded: Six plays shall be selected for production in the spring (March/April/May) of 2018. Of those six selected, one shall win the Grand Prize $150 and one shall win runner up $100 as determined by the festival play readers. Of the remaining four, one shall win an Audience Favorite Prize $100 to be determined by the audience attending the festival performances.

Guidelines for submission:
  • All submissions must be original, unpublished one act plays of 20 pages or less. 
  • Submissions must be received by email between August 1, 2017 and November 1, 2017
  • Any submissions not adhering to the following guidelines may be eliminated from consideration.
  • Additional information and guidelines:
All scripts must be submitted electronically via email in .pdf format. Please email diane@stagedoorproductions.org
All scripts should include a short biography of the playwright for publication on website, programs, and publicity materials to be considered for evaluation.
Playwrights will be notified via e-mail when their manuscript is received.
Scripts should include:
A separate title page with name of the playwright, address, telephone number and e-mail address
A cast of characters with descriptions
A brief synopsis
Numbered pages
Playwrights shall not submit more than two plays to be considered per festival year.
Playwrights will be notified by February 15, 2018, if their play has been selected for production. 
Plays selected for production will be listed on our website, www.stagedoorproductions.org
All production and publication rights remain the property of the playwright.
Stage Door Productions shall have the right to produce selected scripts without payment of royalties.
Production will be at the discretion of Stage Door Productions.
Only stage plays will be considered. Musical, film or TV scripts will not be selected for production.
All submissions must be original and unpublished.
Scripts will be judged on concept, dramatic action, characterization, cast size, and dialogue. Technical requirements will be noted.
Critical analysis or feedback will not be provided.
Playwrights should be aware that the size of our stage is limited. There are no opportunities for elaborate scene changes.
Please consider our audience and do not send sexually explicit or gratuitously violent scripts.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Manhattan Rep's Playwright's Showcase

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Manhattan Rep's Playwright's Showcase is created to showcase your new work in the heart of the theatrical capital of the world - Times Square!  And we make it easy.

We supply the technician for lights and sound.  We supply the poster and the ticketing pages.

We curate, organize and orchestrate the program with 3 or 4 other short plays...

And we supply our beautiful new theatre space on West 45th St. right in the middle of the  Broadway and more!

Please come join us as we celebrate Playwrights and the magical power of the theatre!

Seeking never produced before 1 act plays 10 to 25 minutes
(cast, directed and ready to be performed in November/December 2017/ January 2018)
for Manhattan Rep's
Playwright's Showcase
at the New Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 17-19 West 45th St.

 November 2017 through January, 2018.

Each 7 - 25 minute play will be given:
A tech rehearsal with our technician to run your sound and lights, a full dress rehearsal with the other plays participating, a minimum of 2 performances, (even more if your show is selling well), at the brand new Manhattan Repertory Theatre on 45th St. in Midtown Manhattan!

To submit your 7 - 25 minute play production please email:

The complete script of the play as a .pdf,
a synopsis of the play,
the character breakdown,
the set and lighting requirements,
the play's history (readings etc etc.)
your mailing address, and a creative team leader contact email address to:

manhattanrep@yahoo.com by November 15, 2017

Please put “Playwright's Showcase” in the subject heading.

We will contact you within a week, if not sooner, as to your acceptance.

Plays that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis. The earlier you submit the better chances you have of being accepted for we may end submissions before November 15, 2017, if we fill up all available performance slots.

There is no submission fee.

Once accepted, there is a $40 participation fee.



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Second Monday Social is a monthly event where we strive to build a community of artists where they can explore new work and get to know each other.  In the spirit of Naked Angels’ Tuesdays at Nine and EST’s First Brew, SECOND MONDAY SOCIAL meets each month (on the second Monday, thus the name!) and writers will share new works in progress cast with actors that have come to SECOND MONDAY SOCIAL.  Everyone is welcome for, what we hope will be, a fun and exciting place to see old friends, get to know new artists, share exciting new work, explore our craft and….meet new plays!

It is all simple.  RSVP if you want to come. Writer’s submit 10 pages (or less) of some awesome piece of new work.  We notify writers ahead of time. Everyone  gathers on the second monday of the month. We read some fantastic new stuff, practice our craft, have fun, get drinks and socialize!

We would love to have you come!  (more details below)


The 2nd Monday of every month (next meeting Monday November 13th, 2017)


Doors open at 6:30pm, Readings start at 7:00pm

District Social - Downstairs
252 W. 37th Street
New York, NY
(between 7th and 8th Avenue on 37th Street)

Writers, actors, audience. All are welcome!


WRITERS RSVP and submit scripts
We read the plays and pick SIX!
WRITERS confirmed ONE WEEK in advance
WRITERS Asked to bring copies of their piece to SMS (1 for each actor, +1 for Stage Directions)
When WRITERS arrive they give copies (+1 for stage directions) to us and discuss any special needs
INVIOLET COORDINATORS casts reading from those present
Readings happen and we all have a FANTASTIC time!

ACTORS confirmed when you RSVP (unless we are full)
ACTORS check in when they arrive, must arrive at least 30 minutes before the readings start 7:00pm
Have FUN!

We will confirm you when you RSVP (unless we are full)
Come and have a GREAT time!



Primary Previews: Pride and Prejudice

Primary Previews at Primary Stages ESPA gives theater artists and theater lovers the opportunity to read and discuss a new work, deconstruct the text, and discuss design and production elements. This 1-day workshop will give playwrights the chance to meet Kate Hamill and learn about the adaptation process.

Literature’s greatest tale of latent love has never felt so theatrical, or so full of life than it does in this effervescent new adaptation.
Instructor: Erin Daley (Artistic Associate, Primary Stages)
Guest Artist: Kate Hamill (Playwright and Featured Actor, Pride and Prejudice)
Monday, November 13
11:00am – 1:00pm
JOIN US for just $20!

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

University of Houston 10-Minute Play Festival Call for Submissions

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

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

Submission rules:

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

• We will accept only one play per playwright.

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

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

• Previously produced plays are not eligible.

• Musicals and plays for children are discouraged.

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

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

• There is no financial compensation for winning entries.

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

Your email should include all of the following information:

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

Email play to: uhoustonplayfest@gmail.com

Send inquiries to: uhplayfestquestions@gmail.com

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

2018 Last Frontier Theatre Conference

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Play submissions are now being accepted for the Play Lab at the 2018 Last Frontier Theatre Conference. 
There are two submission deadlines:
October 22 is the general date.
Past participants and Alaskan writers may submit as late as November 25. 
The 26th annual Conference will take place June 9-16, 2018, 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. 
• 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 receiving feedback and developing their submission.
Questions can be addressed to Conference Coordinator Dawson Moore at 907-834-1614 or dlmoore@alaska.edu.

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2018 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival

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

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

* Through November 1st - Call for scripts.

* November - Scripts chosen for production will be announced.

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

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

To enter a script, please follow these steps.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#8 - Send scripts to: SNOWDANCE

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

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

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

Monday, October 16, 2017

Pallas Theatre Collective TableRead Series

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Pallas Theatre Collective welcomes submissions of completed, full-length and one act musicals for their 2018 TableRead Series between September 15, 2017 and December 15, 2017.

 TableRead 2018 will offer creative teams the opportunity to develop, workshop and present new works of musical theatre in collaboration with Pallas’s new musical development team through a series of university and professional readings (usually 3-4), culminating in a professional black-box style production in 2019 or 2020. Creators are provided a small honorarium and some travel expenses, as well as 10% net box office receipts from the show.

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

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

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

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

Heartland Theater Company 2018 10-minute play festival

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2018 10-Minute Play Festival Rules

Heartland Theatre Company is seeking eight short original plays to be considered for production in June of 2018 as part of our 17th annual 10-minute play festival. This year, the theme is MAGIC!

The competition is open to all playwrights who wish to submit a play. Eight plays will be selected and performed from among all the submissions


1. Your play must fit the theme – MAGIC– or it will not be considered.
2. Your play must fit our theater and its performance space.
3. We require internet submissions in MS Word or PDF.
4. When formatting your play, we ask that you follow our style sheet.
5. We are looking for NEW plays. Please do not send us anything that has previously been produced.
6. Your play must contain at least two (2) characters, but no more than four (4).
7. Heartland Theatre Company has a pool of actors ranging in age from 18 to 80. Make sure that your characters can be played by actors within that range.
8. Your play should consist mainly of dialogue, not monologues.
9. No children’s plays, musicals, or plays which were previously chosen as winners in any Heartland Theatre playwriting competition will be considered.
10. Do not put your name on the play itself, as submissions are judged blind. Make sure your title and page numbers appear on every page of the play, however.
11. If your play cannot be considered for any reason, we will notify you as soon as possible. If, in the judges’ opinion, the problem is easily fixable and the play otherwise has merit, we may ask you for revisions. Asking for revisions is completely up to the judges. If you’d like to see what criteria the judges consider, please read the Judging Sheet (PDF or Word).
12. Those plays which win and are staged will be videotaped for archival purposes.
13. No contracts beyond the guidelines mentioned here will be offered.
14. Only one entry will be accepted from each playwright.
15. Your play must be written in English.
16. Keep your play under ten minutes in length.
17. Remember that something has to happen in those ten minutes.

All entrants must complete and submit

Heartland Theatre 10-Minute Play Entry Form.

You must attach your script in MS Word format (preferred) or PDF when you send the entry form.

If you have any questions, please email playfest@heartlandtheatre.org


Finalists will be notified approximately March 10. Winners will be announced approximately March 31.

2018 10-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES: June  7, 8, 9 | 14, 15, 16, 17* | 21, 22, 23 | 28, 29, 30* – 2018

For a complete listing of previous 10-Minute Play winners, click here.

St. Paul's Arts Council Short New Play Festival (Indiana)

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The St. Paul's Arts Council is showcasing original, never been produced short plays.

We are featuring two categories of short plays, 2-Minute and 10-Minute Plays. We ask that, due to the 200th anniversary of its publication, you use Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus as your inspiration.

Those chosen will be performed as a stage reading at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in New Albany, Indiana on Sunday February 11 at 2:30 pm.

Submissions of original plays in either format, will be accepted beginning Friday, September 1, 2017. Submission deadline is Friday, December 15, 2017.

The number of plays to be produced will be at The St. Paul's Arts Council discretion and will depend on the mix of qualified submissions. Original plays accepted for the Festival will be announced between January 1 and January 15, 2018. There are no submission fees for this Festival. There will be no monetary stipend for plays used in the Festival, however, audience members will vote for their favorite play in both the 2-Minute and 10-Minute categories. Winning playwrights will receive a $25 cash prize.

Festival Submission Guidelines

Submission must be an original 2-Minute or 10-minute play, unproduced at time of submission. Plays that have had staged readings will be accepted. Plays that have received full productions, either professional or amateur, prior to submission will not be accepted. Legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the playwright.

Limit of ONE play may submitted by each playwright.

Maximum Length: Play should run in either the 2 minute or the 10 minute range. Longer submissions will not be considered.

Scripts may be comedy and drama. Not open to musicals. No more than 6 characters.
Plays must be submitted with pages numbered and include on the title page the following contact and bio information:
Playwright’s name, mailing address, phone number, e-mail address and a brief biography.

All play submissions will be handled with care. However, The Arts Council assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged scripts.

Submissions may be e-mailed to parishoffice@stpaulna.org.

Preferred document format: Microsoft Word or .PDF files ONLY. No other formats will be accepted.

Mail submission to:
St. Paul's,
Ten Minute Plays,
1015 E. Main St,
New Albany, IN 47150.

Mailed submissions must be securely bound with a title page containing full contact and bio information as outlined above.

Scripts will not be returned. Scripts not selected will be shredded then recycled.

Selections will be made by The Arts Council and inclusion in the festival is solely at their discretion.

All decisions are final.

All submitting playwrights will receive an email notification upon receipt of their scripts. Notification of final decisions will be made by e-mail between January 1 and January 15, 2018.

Lotus Lee Foundation New Work Initiative

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Welcome to the 1st year of our New Work Initiative Playwright Award! And this submission program will be an annual event. Our primary goal is to bring the best theatre from the United States to China and vice versa. And to foster and encourage new voices and share your stories. This is why we’re interested in new works from artists like you.

We have an open submission where you can submit your new work at no cost to you. This open submission will remain open until January 2018 when our panel of esteemed judges will choose 5 works. We'll produce the best one in 2019 with a significant budget for a year-long tour in China with a potential remount in the States. We look forward to reading your work! Thank you!

1st Place Winner: 

Lotus Lee Foundation Contract: Fully Produced Tour in China
1st Place Certificate 
2nd Place Winner:

Cash Price: $500
Professional Advice on your Play from our Judges
2nd Place Certificate
3rd Place Winner:

Cash Price: $300
Professional Advice on your Play from our Judges
3rd Place Certificate
2 Honorable Mentions: 

Honorable Mention Certificate
Professional Advice on your Play from our Judges
Fully Produced Tour in China (2019):
  • We will produce the full production in China
  • Casting help and hiring of creative team as needed
  • Housing/Transportation for team
  • VISA/passort help
  • Paid round-trip for creative team and cast
  • Paid transport of production elements


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

1. Full script in PDF format
Please do not include your name on the script

2. A Separate PDF with following information:
  • Playwright’s bio
  • Summary of the play
  • Character breakdown
  • Production history, if applicable
  • Creative team and cast breakdown, if applicable
3. A short explanation, in PDF, of why you think your piece is a good fit for Lotus Lee Foundation

4. Other info: professional website link, production photos or videos, inspirations, etc. 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Call for Submissions: Pride Films & Plays Seeks Short Plays for History Lezons Festival

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We already observe Women's History Month.

Now it's time to celebrate Women-Loving-Women's History Month.

Pride Films & Plays is seeking short plays about women who refine, define, and redefine the expression "out with the old."

Whether you're spotlighting women once considered yester-gay's news or reminiscing of days gone bi, we want to pay homage to the formidable fortitude of our foremothers, be they factual figures in history or fictional figures of your own creation.

As long as your play explores some aspect of women-loving-women's history, it can be set in any historical time period and can be in any genre.

The "History Lezons" festival of short plays will be curated by Allison L. Fradkin, Literary Coordinator of Pride Films & Plays' LezPlay Contest, and Iris Sowlat, director/producer and member of our LezPlay InQbator program.

Performances will take place at Pride Arts Center in Chicago the first two weeks of March 2018.


  • Submissions are open to playwrights who identify as women.
  • Plays can be up to 10 pages and include up to 5 characters.
  • Playwrights may submit 2 scripts for consideration.
  • Scripts that have been previously produced will be accepted, but they must have been produced outside of Chicago.
  • To be on the write side of history, send your scripts in PDF format to pridewomen@gmail.com with "History Lezons" in the subject line.
  • The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2017.
  • Playwrights will be notified of our selections by January 1.

To learn more about Pride Films & Plays, please visit pridefilmsandplays.com.

2018 Women Playwrights Series (WPS) and Susan Glaspell Contest

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The Centenary Stage Company, an Equity theatre in residence on the campus of Centenary University in Hackettstown, NJ is accepting submissions for the 2018 Women Playwrights Series (WPS) and Susan Glaspell Contest.

Now in its 26th year, the WPS is a developmental program dedicated to providing a working forum for the unique and underserved voice of women writing for the theatre today.  Each season 3 new plays are selected for a collaborative workshop process, with a professional director and actors, which takes place in a brief rehearsal period, over a period of a approximately 1 week, allowing time for the playwright to hear and adapt their work with other professionals.  The process culminates in a presentation of the work for the public as part of the Series, giving CSC audiences larger exposure to new work, as well as offering the playwright an opportunity to get feedback from the audience during the development process.

Playwrights selected for the workshop process will receive a $200 honorarium.  Additional funds for travel and housing are available for one playwright each season.

The 2018 Susan Glaspell Contest:
One play from the WPS Festival will be selected by a panel of judges as the winner, to be featured in a subsequent CSC main-stage season as a full production, with an additional award of $1500 to the playwright.

Guidelines for WPS Susan Glaspell Contest:
Submit full - length play, with no prior AEA production.
(If play has had one workshop production, please include information in your cover letter about the company, # of performances, and contract, if applicable)

Please include 1 letter of recommendation from a professional colleague or professor/instructor familiar with your work.

Note: we are rarely able to consider work with over 7 cast members.

Call CSC for more details (908 979-0900)

Deadline for Open Submissions: November 2, 2017
Deadline for New Dramatists, Agent Submissions, and PW Center:  January 15, 2018
Send Submissions to:
Attn: Catherine Rust, Prog. Dir
Centenary Stage Co. WPS
400 Jefferson St.
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
*NEW:  Playwrights with work on the NPX may contact program director Catherine Rust (rustc@centenarystageco.org), with name of play to be downloaded for consideration.
CSC is an SPT Equity Theatre located 50 miles west of NYC in Hackettstown, NJ; Artistic Director: Carl Wallnau.  WPS Program Director:  Catherine Rust.

*The Women Playwrights Series at CSC is made possible through the visionary support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and CSC members and sponsors.

MiniFest 2018 Script Submissions

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

New Submission Deadline: November 3, 2017

Rules and Guidelines

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

All script submissions must be in WORD format and be accompanied by a completed electronic application.

Scripts will be chosen for their dramatic quality, but also for their suitability for staging by students in our Theatre program. Scripts with limited number of characters and modest production requirements will be preferred. Running times should not exceed 30 minutes.

Minifest may present as many as eight plays over three consecutive nights. Each may may be
presented as many as three times.

No recording of performances will be permitted.

Successful playwrights will not be offered royalties.
Late submissions will not be accepted.
All scripts must be submitted electronically in Word format. No other formats will be accepted.
Each playwright may submit only two (2) plays for the competition.
The Covering Page of each script should include:

  • the title of the play
  • the playwright's name
  • contact information for the playwright (address, telephone number & email address)

All subsequent pages should be numbered and should include the play's title in a running header or footer. As the jury process is anonymouse, plase do NOT include the playwright's name on these pages.
Please ensure that all document editing features are unlocked in order to enable removal or manipulation of pages for jury and production purposes. No changes to scripts proper will be made

Application Form & Play Submission Link

Puffin Foundation Grant Award

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We thank you again for your interest.


Gladys Miller-RosensteinGladys Miller-RosensteinExecutive Director

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Call for Unproduced Latin@ Plays

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Submission Deadline: Sunday, October 15, 2017

The 50 Playwrights Project (#50PP) is currently soliciting unproduced plays by Latin@ playwrights for our second annual 50PP’s Best Unproduced Latin@ Plays List. We are compiling a list of unproduced plays that theatre companies should be producing. Only plays that will be unproduced as of March 1, 2018 are eligible.

#50PP Script Guidelines:

* The script is a work by a Latin@ playwright.

* The script is an original full-length work.

* The script can be in English or Spanish.

* The script cannot have been produced before March 1, 2018.

* Playwrights can only submit one script.

Submission Information:

*Playwrights must submit their script in a PDF file via email by Sunday October 15, 2017 before midnight CST, with the submission information requested below. Playwright information, including name, should not be included anywhere in the script. We only accept blind submissions.

*In addition to the script, please submit (in a separate PDF file): Playwright name, email address, phone number, title of play, a 100-word overview of the play, and a brief autobiography/playwright background.

*Selected plays will be announced in late-February 2018.

*E-mail submissions to: 50Playwrights@gmail.com

Seeking non-binary monologues for non-binary actors

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Seeking non-binary monologues for non-binary actors—they don’t have to be from a full-length play, and playwrights are encouraged to write a stand-alone monologue specifically for the site.

Please send to nonbinarymonologues@gmail.com
1) Character name (and pronouns, if desired.)
2) Text of monologue - either as an attachment in MS Word or pasted into the body of the email
3) Name of playwright.
4) Context about the play and where the monologue falls if it’s from a full length play.
5) Email or website that folks can use to contact the playwright if they have questions/suggested edits/would like info on how to produce the play.

No deadline - rolling submissions posted within 7 - 10 days of receipt.

The Female Gaze seeks monologue

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The Female Gaze is an online film magazine run by playwright Sarah Gonnet. Our entire staff of contributors are women or of a non-binary gender. We feature reviews and longer pieces on film and TV. You can find us here: https://thefemalegazemagazine.wordpress.com/ .

So why an open call for monologues?

To further its work highlighting the key role women play in the film world; the staff at The Female Gaze have decided to put together a play about the history of women in film. The idea is that the play would be performed live, alongside workshops about women in film and a published version of the script.

How will the play work?

The play will be made up of monologues (written by people from this open call), joined together by a narrative (written by Sarah Gonnet).

At the end of this document you will find a list of women in film. These are directors, actors, producers, screenwriters, critics and theorists from a wide range of backgrounds. They are the women I am asking you to write a monologue about for this submission. The monologue should have only one character speaking, and this does not have to be in the voice of the woman you have chosen; instead it might be someone the woman knows, or a fictional character which you make up, as long as they are speaking about the woman you have chosen.

I would suggest you pick a woman at random from the list and do a quick Wikipedia search on them to see if you are interested in them (and if you’re not repeat until you find someone you are interested in.) We are not expecting monologues back on all women from the list, there will only be a limited amount of space in the play. The list is there so that there is a wide choice of women. However if there is a woman you are desperate to write about, who isn’t on the list, go for it.

After the deadline, ten monologues will be chosen for the final play. Remember that if you choose to write about one of the more obscure women on the list, there will be less competition. If there are more than ten monologues which we want to use, there will be other ways to utilise some more of the work- for example in workshops and in the printed book of the project.

How long do I make my monologue?

We are looking for monologues of five minutes in length. This is about three pages. We will
not be able to consider monologues longer than four pages.

Who can submit work?

If you currently express your gender as female, or non-binary, you are welcome to submit a piece. We are looking for women from a wide range of backgrounds. LGBTQ+ and BAME women are encouraged to apply, as are women of all ages.

The play will be performed in the North-East of England, but you don’t have to live here to apply.

We are also looking for further collaborators on the practical side of things. If you are a theatre company, theatre venue or independent cinema (or any other kind of potential collaborator) and you are interested in the project, we would love to hear from you.

Where do I send my submission?
When is the deadline?
8th January 2018

The List:
 I would suggest you pick a woman at random from the list and do a quick Wikipedia search on them to see if you are interested in them (and if you’re not repeat until you find someone you are interested in.)

  • Germaine Dulac: DIRECTOR and FEMINIST (1882-1942)
  • Dinah Shurey: DIRECTOR and PRODUCER (1888-1963)
  • Daisy Burrell: ACTOR (1892-1982)
  • Mary Pickford: ACTOR and PRODUCER (1892-1979)
  • Lillian Gish: ACTOR (1893-1993)
  • Bryher: CRITIC (1894- 1983)
  • Iris Barry: CRITIC (1895-1969)
  • Djuna Barnes: CRITIC (1892-1982)
  • Dorothy Arzner: DIRECTOR and INVENTED THE BOOM MICROPHONE (1897-1979) JuanitaHall: ACTOR (1901–1968)
  • Leni Riefenstahl: DIRECTOR (1902-2003)
  • Muriel Box SCREENWRITER and DIRECTOR (1905-1991)
  •   Alice Guy-Blaché (1873-1968)
  •  Ruby Grierson DOCUMENTARY DIRECTOR (1904-1940) Lorenza Mazzetti DIRECTOR
  • Louise Beavers: ACTOR (1902 – 1962)
  • Tazuko Sakane: DIRECTOR (1904-1975)
  • Brigitte Helm: ACTOR (1906-1996)
  • Vivien Leigh: ACTOR (1913-1967)
  • Kay Mander: DOCUMENTARY DIRECTOR (1915-2013)
  • Ingrid Bergman ACTOR (1915-1982)
  • Margaret Tait DIRECTOR (1918-1999)
  • Pauline Kael CRITIC (1919-2001)
  • Ngozi Onwurah DIRECTOR
  • SetsukoHara:ACTOR (1920-2015)
  • JaneWhite:ACTOR (1922-2011)
  • Carol Morley: DIRECTOR and SCREENWRITER (1926--)
  • Jane Arden: ACTOR and DIRECTOR and SCREENWRITER (1927-1982) Agnes Varda: DIRECTOR (1928--)
  • Susan Sontag: CRITIC (1933-2004)
  • Carol J. Clover: CRITIC (1940--)
  • Laura Mulvey: THEORIST and DIRECTOR (1941--)
  •  Pam Cook: CRITIC (1943--)
  • Rita Mae Brown: SCREENWRITER (1944--)
  • Sally Potter: DIRECTOR (1949--)
  • Penny Woolcock: DIRECTOR (1949--)
  • Kim Longinotto: DIRECTOR (1950--)
  • Kathryn Bigelow: DIRECTOR and PRODUCER and SCREENWRITER (1951--) bell hooks: CRITIC (1952--)
  • Jane Campion: SCREENWRITER and DIRECTOR and PRODUCER (1954--) Annie Billson: CRITIC (1954--)
  • Pratibha Parmar: DIRECTOR (1955--)
  • Mira Nair: SCREENWRITER and DIRECTOR (1957--)
  • Callie Khouri: SCREENWRITER and PRODUCER and DIRECTOR (1957--) Mieko Harada: ACTOR (1958--)
  • Joanna Hogg: DIRECTOR and SCREENWRITER (1960--) JillSoloway:SCREENWRITER (1965--)
  • Lana Wachowski SCREENWRITER and DIRECTOR (1965--)
  • Sarah Turner DIRECTOR and THEORIST (1967--)
  • Lynne Ramsey: DIRECTOR (1969)
  • Lee Young-ae: ACTOR (1971--)
  • Sofia Coppola: SCREENWRITER and DIRECTOR and PRODUCER (1971--)
  • Ava DuVernay: DIRECTOR and SCREENWRITER (1972--)
  • Laverne Cox: ACTOR and ADVOCATE (1972--)
  • Courtney Kemp Agboh: SCREENWRITER and PRODUCER (1977--)
  • Desiree Akhavan: ACTOR and DIRECTOR and SCREENWRITER and PRODUCER (1984--) Alice Lowe: ACTOR and SCREENWRITER and DIRECTOR (1977--)
  • Ana Lily Amirpour: DIRECTOR and SCREENWRITER and ACTOR and PRODUCER Julia Ducournau: DIRECTOR and SCREENWRITER (1983--)


The Premiere Play Festival seeks full-length plays

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Submissions due DEC 15 2017

From September 15, 2017 through December 15, 2017, Premiere Stages will accept submissions of unproduced plays written by playwrights affiliated with the greater metropolitan area. All plays submitted to the festival are evaluated by a panel of professional theatre producers, directors, dramaturgs, playwrights, and publishers. Four finalists are subsequently selected for public Equity readings in March 2018. Following the readings, one play is selected for an Equity production in the Premiere Stages 2018 Mainstage Season and receives an award of $2500. The runner-up receives a 29-hour staged reading and $1000. The two other finalists will each be awarded $750.

Premiere Stages is committed to supporting a diverse group of writers; playwrights of all backgrounds, ages, and experience levels are encouraged to apply.
  • Plays must be full-length and have a cast size of no more than eight.
  • Plays must be unpublished and unproduced (readings and workshops are okay).
  • Playwrights must have strong affiliations with the greater metropolitan area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware).
  • Musicals, adaptations (of existing plays or other sources), and solo shows will not be considered at this time.
  • Submissions are limited to one script per playwright.
  • Playwrights must be available for the development of their script (see schedule at right).
  • Submissions are accepted September 15, 2017 through 11:59 p.m. on December 15, 2017.
  • Submissions sent early in the submission window are strongly encouraged.
  • All plays must be submitted as a PDF via email to pfsubmit@kean.edu.
  • Hard copies will not be accepted.
Festival winner and runner-up are selected for expanded development

Equity 29-hour staged reading of runner-up at Premiere Stages.

Equity production (LOA referenced to LORT) of festival winner at Zella Fry Theatre

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