Monday, April 21, 2014

National Newborn Festival

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April 1st - May 31st, 2014 (There is no reader's fee for plays submitted during these dates)
June 1st - July 1st, 2014 (Require a $10.00 reader's fee)

Plays submitted outside of the above dates will not be considered.

MTWorks’ NewBorn Festival sponsored by the Pyschology Club and Department of the City College of New York is our annual full-length playwriting competition and reading series. We celebrate today’s innovative playwrights that boldly take risks in theme, structure, time-period, location and diversity (ethnic, economic, geographic, gender, sexuality or creed). MTWorks’ mainstage productions are selected from the NewBorn Festival winners.

Finalists automatically enter The Living Room Series, a private cold-read performed by our exceptional MTWorkers.

The winning playwrights will be awarded:
  • One full reading of their work in a festival environment.
  • Assigned professional director and cast to work on their play.
  • “Playwright Spotlight” Newsletter received by over 3,000 members of the NY Theatre Industry. 
  • Networking "Meet the Playwrights" Event.
  • Complimentary tickets to MTWorks shows, invited dress rehearsals and other special events.
  • Artistic and professional support from the MTWorks staff.
  • Eligibility for the MTWorks Board of Director's Excellence in Playwriting Award.
  • Eligibility for MTWorks' Audience Favorite Award.
  • MTWorks' mainstage productions are selected from NewBorn.
  • Talk-Back Discussions.

We are currently only interested in full-length plays (at least 90min in length).

Applicants must submit the following:

  • A full copy of your play in word or pdf format.
  • A half (1/2) page synopsis.
  • If you applied for NewBorn before, you must submit a different play.
  • You can only submit one play per year per program (it is OK to submit one play to FIREWORKS and one play to the National NewBorn Festival the same year).
We are interested in plays that have not been produced in New York City (readings are OK)
All material must be emailed (all together in one email) to with [NEWBORN: title of the play and your name] on the subject line.

If your contact information changes you are required to update your information by sending an email to with [NEWBORN: updated contact information for-your name] on the subject line.

Submission Dates for The National NewBorn Festival:

April 1st - May 31st, 2013 (There is no reader's fee for plays submitted during these dates)
Finalists will be contacted around September. Winners will be contacted around November.

InterAct 20/20 Commissions

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InterAct Theatre Company is pleased to announce the submission deadline for the seventh round of 20/20 New Play Commissions: Friday May 16, 2014.

InterAct is the flagship for new work in Philadelphia and a founding member of both the National New Play Network and the Philadelphia New Play Initiative.

Long established as one of the country’s preeminent producers of provocative new works, InterAct uses the 20/20 Commissions to fund plays that explore the most adventurous, complex, and engaging stories, ideas and issues in our world. We are invested in the wide range of stories that unfold when the larger forces of our world impact the individual and vice versa.

Eighteen commissions and development awards have already been given to plays ranging in style from hard-hitting drama to absurd comedy to magic realism. If you are considering a proposal, we encourage you take a look at both our recent commissions and productions to get a better sense of us.

Since inaugurating the 20/20 commissions in 2007, four commissioned plays and two development award recipients have all been produced on our main-stage. In addition two plays submitted as sample plays for 20/20 awards – IN A DAUGHTER’S EYES by A. Zell Williams and MICROCRISIS by Mike Lew – ended up receiving productions on our main stage. So there is additional value to submitting a proposal!

About InterAct’s 20/20 Commissions

There are two types of awards associated with the program:

• Development Awards - through which InterAct commits funds toward the further development of a play, including dramaturgical consultation, readings and workshops. Funds are typically used to pay for playwright travel and housing, and actor fees. Development Awards are given to works already in progress, but not yet production ready.

• New Play Commissions – through which InterAct commits a cash award of $5000 toward a new and wholly, or substantially, unwritten play.

In both cases, InterAct’s intent is to provide development support for plays toward eventual production in our main stage season, though this is, in no way, a guarantee.
How to Apply for an InterAct Theatre Company 20/20 Commission/Award

The application consists of three parts, which must be submitted simultaneously and received by midnight on Friday, May 16, 2014:

1. Statement of Interest

Please provide a description of the proposed project, including why the issues and themes of the project will be significant over the next twenty years, and what your goals would be should you be granted the opportunity to work with InterAct on the project’s development. If you are applying for a Development Award, you may additionally discuss the status of the current work and its development history. Statements of interest should not exceed 2 pages. We prefer proposals that are specific, concise, and as concrete as possible. We will not be reading any submissions prior to May 16, so please use the time wisely.

2. Up-to-Date Playwriting CV

Please be thorough and be sure to include the development history, if any, of the proposed work

3. For Commission Applicants – A Sample of your work in the form of a Completed Full-length Script

Sample scripts need not have received previous productions for submission, but should be production ready. If possible, please submit a script that falls within InterAct’s central mission. If you do not feel that you have a script suitable to our mission, then please send whatever script you feel best exemplifies your work.

For Development Awards – One Copy of the Proposed Script: Scripts need not be complete, although truly fragmentary works are difficult to evaluate. (An additional sample script is not necessary.)

Please note: We can only accept one submission per applicant – for either a Development Award or a Commission.

The deadline for completed seventh cycle applications is Midnight EST May 16, 2014, and InterAct will notify all playwrights of its decision via email in November 2014.

All parts of the application should be submitted as PDF’s to

Please label the PDFs clearly following this format:

(Your Name) Statement

(Your Name) CV

(Your Name) (Title of Sample Play)

(Your Name) (Title of Play) – DA

For example, for a commission:

Kittson O’Neill Statement

Kittson O’Neill CV

Kittson O’Neill Romeo and Juliet

For a development award:

Kittson O’Neill Statement

Kittson O’Neill CV

Kittson O’Neill Romeo and Juliet – DA

Only full-length plays are eligible for commission or development. Musicals and bills of related one-act plays will not be considered. Collaborations are welcome. Submissions which do not follow these guidelines cannot be considered.

For all 20/20 New Play Commissions, InterAct reserves the right of first production.

Be sure to email applications to

However, if you have questions, please email Kittson O’Neill, Artistic Associate.

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

2014 Met Life Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition

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Online submissions now being accepted for FULL LENGTH LATINO STAGE PLAYS  (In Spanish or English or both!)


Time stamped Deadline:  Sunday, June 1, 2014.  (Time stamped)

MISSION: Since 2000 MetLife Foundation and Repertorio Español joined forces to establish The MetLife Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition to discover --our voices --the best Latino plays and bring them to the attention to the American theatre community. These original works relate to Latino culture, history and life in the United States while at the same time reflecting the universality of the human condition.  In 2013 we received a record breaking number of scripts proving once again this outreach effort is important and so very necessary. It has been our privilege to promote and develop new plays, encourage bright new talent by providing this forum. We have produced over 100 readings to date and many plays that have placed within the competition over the years have gone on to have subsequent workshop and full productions at regional theatres across the country!


Winners (2013):

1st Place: Your Name will Follow you Home by Carlos Murillo Chicago, IL
2nd Place: El traje de novia by José R. Arroyo García San Juan, PR
3rd Place: El Coqui Espectacular & the Bottle of Doom by Matt Barbot Brooklyn, NY
Runners Up: María García is Having Your Baby by Stephanie Weber Chicago, IL
Hielo by Dania Ramos   Bloomfield, NJ

Winner (2012): Barceló con hielo by Marco Antonio Rodríguez from Dallas, TX will open in June of 2014

Published: Nuestras Voces: Latino Plays from Repertorio Español’s MetLife Playwriting Competition (Bilingual) Volume 1 and Volume 2 (Available at

Volume 1: Vieques (2000)by Jorge González, Momma’s Boyz (2004)by Cándido Tirado and No Where on the Border (2005)by Carlos La Cámara

Volume 2: Cartas a una madre(2005) by Marcelo Rodríguez and Locuras en Wichita(2010) by Lina Gallegos

Wellstone Center in the Redwoods Writer Fellowship

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Starting this July, the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods will begin offering month-long fellowships for visiting writers.

We offer a setting of spectacular beauty sure to inspire any writer not only to find new directions to make progress with a writing project, but also a chance to pamper yourself with a break from many of the pointless distractions of day to day life. A visiting writing fellow can enjoy many hours of solitude, either in the Library House where she or he will be staying, or with a soak in our hot tub or a walk out on our private trails through the redwoods or elsewhere on our 4.7 acres of beautiful land, four miles up from the Pacific Ocean near Santa Cruz, California. Or the visiting writing fellow can also enjoy joining the permanent residents of the WCR for our delicious common meals, prepared with fresh fruit and vegetables from our own organic gardens, eggs from our hens and milk from our goats. We have twice a week morning yoga and regular cooking courses as well.

Founded in 2002 by Sarah Ringler and Steve Kettmann, the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods was named to San Francisco Magazine’s 2013 “Best of the Bay” issue for its weekend workshops. We are a small community looking to work together to inspire each other through close contact with nature and a commitment to using creativity to make a difference in our lives – and those of others. Writing fellows are invited to join us for three meals a day and encouraged to cook for all of us on occasion.

The fellowship does not include transportation expenses to come to us, but we will pick you up at a local airport on the day of your arrival. Writing fellows will be asked to join us for at least an hour of work a day in our gardens or orchards, to experience firsthand a connection with nature. Writing fellows will also be asked to lead one weekend writing workshop and to host at least one book event – a book party or reading – for anyone in the Santa Cruz area or larger Bay Area who would like to attend.

To apply, please email a letter of no more than 500 words explaining your interest and why you would be an asset to our community; two samples of your writing between 1,000 and 2,000 words long; and a CV listing your work experience and publications. Preference will be given to writers with at least one book published. 

Mail your application or to 
858 Amigo Road, 
Soquel, CA 95073 

by May 1, 2014, to be considered for the fellowship beginning in July.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Boston Children's Theater seeks submissions

The Marcia J. Trimble New Works Program is now accepting submissions for New Works. Please see below for Criteria and Submission Instructions. Each year, three new works will be selected for readings in the Spring.


Scripts may be plays or musicals, and must meet one or more of the following criteria:
Adaptations of a Classic or widely-popular Children’s Literature.
Based on historical events and written from a child or young adult perspective.
Original scripts or musicals which challenge young audiences in their themes and broaden our conception of what Children’s Theatre ought to be.

Additional Criteria:
  • Plays must be between 45 and 90 minutes in length.
  • Plays must be produceable with no more than 20 actors.
  • If a musical, orchestration must consist of six or fewer pieces.
Submission Instructions

Selection Timeline & Important Dates
Script Submissions deadline: April 20, 2014
Reading dates and Reading Titles announced: May 20, 2014
Workshop Readings with public audience: June 2014

Please submit the following to be considered for the Marcia J. Trimble New Works Program:
  • A copy of the entire script
  • A synopsis of no more than one page
  • A character breakdown
  • Music tracks and lead sheets (If a musical script is being submitted)
  • Playwright’s resume
Email submissions to with “MJT New Works” in the subject line.

To send by USPS, please mail submissions to:

 MJT New Works, 
Boston Children’s Theatre, 
PO Box 171388, 
Boston, MA 02117

2014 VSA Playwright Discovery Competition Call for One-Act Scripts

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The VSA Playwright Discovery Competition invites middle and high school students to take a closer look at the world around them, examine how disability affects their lives and the lives of others, and express their views through the art of script writing. Writers may write from their own experience and observations, or create fictional characters and settings. Scripts can be comedies, dramas, or even musicals-be creative! Young writers with and without disabilities are encouraged to submit a script. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration by a group of students.

VSA has an innovative and Free Resource Guide for Teachers to help guide teachers and students through the playwriting process.

We are now accepting applications for the 2014 VSA Playwright Discovery Competition. Submissions will be accepted online through the link below. All applications must be submitted for review by Monday, April 28, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. No late entries will be accepted.

Please review the full application guidelines before starting your application:
2014 Playwright Discovery Competition Guidelines

Seeking original ten-minute comedies about libraries for the Dewey Decimal Festival

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The Dewey Decimal Festival seeks ten-minute comedies related to the broad theme of Libraries, for an evening of staged readings sponsored by the non-profit Friends of the Chappaqua Library. Eight plays will be chosen and performed in staged reading format in October 2014 in the state-of-the-art Chappaqua Library Theatre (capacity 200). Actors from local theatre groups will be cast, rehearsed and will perform on-book.

Plays must be ten-minute comedies, either:

-- Set in a library (type of library is up to you)
-- About a library
-- About or featuring a librarian or librarians
-- Featuring, or about, or reinterpreting, or otherwise relating to a book that
will be familiar to most audiences. Adaptations must be clearly parody or in the public domain.
-- Plays that creatively twist cliches related to libraries, or puns related to libraries
-- Plays that dare take on the Dewey Decimal system

Playwrights whose work is chosen for the festival will receive a $5 honorarium. Audiences will vote on their favorite play, and the winner will get bragging rights to the Audience Choice Award.

Donations to the festival will benefit the Friends of the Chappaqua Library, a non-profit community group that exists to raise funds to support the Chappaqua Public Library in Westchester County, NY. They sponsor dozens of adult, teen, and children's programs available to all Westchester County residents, as well as provide special acquisitions not covered by the library's budget, which are available to any member of the Westchester Library System.

Maximum of two plays per writer.
Unpublished at time of submission
Comedies on the theme only
No fees. Online submissions only.
DEADLINE: Midnight 30 April 2014.

For details and to submit:

Semicolon Theatre Company seeks plays by writers under 21

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If you're under 21 and consider yourself a playwright, or are interested in trying it for the first time - now's your moment! We look forward to carefully reviewing everything that we receive.

Play submission must involve at least one character under the age of 21, or a subect pertaining to those under 21.

6 character limit

Minimum 25 pages
Maximum 70 pages

Deadline: May 4, 2014
Submit to:

$10,000 Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship

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Application deadline: July 1st, 2014
Application fee: none

In addition to a $10,000 prize, the Shakespeare's Sister Fellowship includes a Hedgebrook residency on Whidbey Island, a fellowship position at the A Room of Her Own Foundation Retreat at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, and a project residency with the Lark Play Development Center in New York City. The fellowship will take place over the course of one year, throughout which the playwright will be mentored by the fellowship's creator, renowned playwright and actor Ellen McLaughlin. 

Applicants must be able to commit wholeheartedly to each stage of the fellowship, entailing four weeks of dedicated time over the course of the year, and must be willing to write an entirely new play. 

– All women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply. 
– In the first round, applicants will submit 30 pages of a play. 
– Applicants who make it to the second round will be invited to submit the same play in its entirety.

For details and to apply, please visit:

Applications for Shakespeare's Sister are only accepted online.

 Still have questions? View answers to frequently asked questions on our FAQ page.


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We are looking for short plays (no more than15 minutes) to include in the Playing With Science Short Play Experiment– a two hour mash-up of short science-themed plays. These will be performed by high school students at the Arkansas Science Festival, so please submit age-appropriate material. 

We will be selecting 10 to 12 of the best plays we receive to perform throughout the Science Expo Day of the festival to be held at Arkansas State University on October 11, 2014. These plays will be considered for possible publication in an anthology by YouthPLAYS, publisher of plays for young actors and audiences. Awards will be given for Best Script as selected by our panel of judges, and Audience Favorite based upon votes from the audience.

What kind of plays are we looking for?

Good plays about science. Maybe your play is about how Edison invented the light bulb, or about ionic bonding at a nightclub, or maybe it’s about a chameleon’s existential debate over whether or not his regrown tail makes him a different lizard... as long as it is science, we want to read it. Funny plays, serious plays, anything goes.

What should I submit?
• All plays must be received by July 15, 2014
• Short plays, 7-15 pages in manuscript form
• At least 2 characters in each play, no more than 8
• No more than two submissions per playwright
• Unpublished, unproduced original plays only
• Minimal props and scene changes
• We will only be accepting electronic submissions, PDF file or Microsoft Word document in a standard play format – no
screenplays or musicals.
• This is a blind submission process. Please include TWO attachments in your submission e-mail. The first attachment should be a blind copy of the script with only the title of the play on the cover page and no identifying text. Please be sure to include the cast requirements, production requirements, and a brief synopsis. The second attachment should include the playwright’s bio, contact information, and the title of the play. Blind submissions will be given to readers. Please title the first attachment with the name of your play and add “BLIND” after it (example: MY GREAT PLAY – BLIND), and the second attachment with your last name, first name, and title of the play (example: LAST NAME, FIRST NAME – TITLE). Please be sure to put “PLAYING WITH SCIENCE” as the subject of your e-mail.
• Notifications will be made to selected playwrights in late July as soon as the readers have completed all evaluations.
• Direct queries about the Arkansas Science Festival to Dr. Amy R. Pearce, 870-972-3282, or
• Email play submissions to

Submissions are open for the Short Play & Musical Festival

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This June, we are looking for 15 to 18 for our annual NYC (“Only In New York”) Festival of short plays. All plays submitted must be inspired by or focused on New York City and similar topics. We are seeking plays that highlight Quintessential New York moments, experiences, beliefs and more! So sharpen your pencils, charge your laptop or put a new ribbon in your typewriter! Let’s start writing!

Submission Window
 April 5 - April 19

Festival Dates

June 5 - 22, 2014.3 weeks, 4 performances weekly (Thursday through Sunday), 5 plays featured each week at The Players Theatre Loft.

Learn more and apply at

Script submissions must be submitted in both digital and hard copy format. Submissions must be received with BLIND COPY meaning Playwrights names must be redacted from all pages of the script, and only listed on the attached application page. An individual application must be completed for and attached to all submissions.

The script submitted must be the script proposed for presentation, with no major alterations necessary.

Please provide an estimated run time (plays cannot exceed 20 minutes) and a one-sentence synopsis on your cover page.

Seeking short plays and musicals with a performance time of 20 minutes or less, no more than 25 pages in length.

Writers eligible to submit up to two plays.

Production of selected plays shall be at the sole cost and expense of the Producers, and no royalties or other payment are or will be owed by The Short Play and Musical Festival.

The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre is a 55 seat Off-Off Broadway venue located at the historical Players Theater, in the heart of Greenwich Village. The theater will include a basic lighting plot with limited pre-set general light cues and basic sound equipment. A limited number of basic set pieces will be available at the theatre. Additional props, set pieces, etc. may be brought by the individual producing companies; however, we strongly advise that productions be kept as simple as possible.

On acceptance there is a $100 deposit and a $50 tech fee.

Digital submissions will only be accepted in PDF format. Each submission must be emailed to and must be labeled as follows PlayTitle_Author’sLastName.pdf 

Hard copy submissions must be mailed to the HOST address at 
Short Play & Musical Festival
Suite 2E
115 MacDougal Street
New York, NY 10012


If submitting a musical, please submit sample tracks with your application.

The Chameleon Theatre Circle's 15th Annual New Play Contest

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Rolling Submission Deadline: April 30, 2014

The Chameleon Theatre Circle (located in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota) is seeking original works that have never been produced. All styles and genres are welcomed (i.e. one-acts, musicals, full length dramas, etc.). The winning plays will be showcased in a concert-format festival in September 2014. All shows submitted will automatically be placed on the slate of shows in consideration for the 2015-2016 season by the Season Planning Committee.

We are proud to announce that for the 15th consecutive year we are not charging a submission fee! To enter you must complete an entry form, and submit it along with three (3) copies of each script to the address below. We request that copies of the plays be printed double-sided to save on paper, mailing costs, and storage. Authors located outside the United States that might be interested in submitting their plays via e-mail should contact us at If you are submitting a musical, also include three (3) copies of a CD of the music or three (3) copies of the score.

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

We do not accept plays that have been previously produced. We do accept plays that have had workshops and other readings. Receipt of play(s) will be acknowledged by e-mail only upon request. Scripts are non-returnable.

As in past years, this year's contest will have multiple categories:

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

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

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

If five or more musicals are submitted, the theatre reserves the right to create a "musical" category. Musicals are defined as any original play using original or rights permitted musical dialogue to further the story and/or the characters. In the absence of enough qualifying scripts, or if the theatre determines not to create an additional category, any musical will be entered into the appropriate category as defined above.

If five or more plays intended for and/or by youth are submitted, the theatre reserves the right to create a "theatre-for-youth" category. Theatre-for-youth plays are defined as any original play intended for young audiences, young participants, or both. In the absence of enough qualifying scripts, or if the theatre determines not to create an additional category, any theatre-for-youth submission will be entered into the appropriate category as defined above.

At the theatre's discretion, we reserve the right to designate or not designate an "Overall Contest Winner" from any category and an "Audience-Favorite Winner" from any category at the conclusion of the New Play Festival. No additional prize money is awarded, just bragging rights.

Each playwright may submit up to two plays in any of these combinations:

  • One full-length play
  • One one-act
  • One ten-minute play
  • One full-length play and one one-act
  • One full-length play and one ten-minute play
  • Two one-act plays
  • Two ten-minute plays
  • One one-act and one ten-minute play

Please submit three (3) copies of each script (and three copies of CDs or scores for musicals) and the required entry form(s) by April 30, 2014 (in hand, not postmarked by) to:
The Chameleon Theatre Circle
15th Annual New Play Contest
7287 153rd St W # 240069
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Note: This is a rolling deadline. Any plays submitted after this date will be considered for the following year's contest

Playwrights CageMatch

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The Douglas Morrisson Theatre in Hayward is accepting submissions for its third annual Playwrights CageMatch! Our CageMatch is a chance for playwrights to show their stuff in an audience-decided live competition!

Five Playwrights enter but only one will emerge victorious! Grand prize for the chosen script.

We are seeking brief scenes (5-20 minutes) which conform to the limitations of the competition. DMT staff will select the top five submissions. Each of the final scripts will get one rehearsal with the same director and company of actors. On July 13th the five scenes will be performed at a live staged reading event at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre. The audience will vote by token to determine the winner!

Our theme this year is: THE CAFETORIUM CHRONICLES: LOST & FOUND. The setting is a high school cafetorium in Anywhere, USA. Time period is not restricted. Please limit your scenes to no more than four characters. We’re looking for creative and elegant back-stories that incorporate the setting into the scenes. Tone, theme or genre is up to you! Class reunion? Bingo game? Polling place? PTA meeting? Bomb shelter? Inside the cafetorium anything can happen.

Admission to the performance is free, but a token to vote for the winner is $5.

Deadline for scene submissions sent via e-mail is June 1, 2014;
post-mark deadline, if mailed, is May 30, 2014.

Submissions can be e-mailed in *.doc or *.pdf to or mailed to:

Douglas Morrisson Theatre
ATTN: Susan E. Evans 
c/o H.A.R.D.
1099 E St.
Hayward, CA 94541

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Rover Dramawerks seeks full-length & 10-minute plays

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Rover Dramawerks announces our inaugural playwriting contest! We are seeking full-length comedies or farces and 10-minute plays (also of the funny variety) to be a part of our Fifteenth Season.

· Submissions will be accepted from April 15 to May 15.
· Only the first 150 full-length plays will be accepted.
· Only the first 300 10-minute plays will be accepted.
· No musicals.
· Plays may have been produced previously but not in the DFW Metroplex.
· Plays may not be published.
· Playwrights may submit only one full-length play and one 10-minute play. Additional plays submitted by a single person will result in disqualification.
· Submissions will only be accepted via email to
· Please include a cast list and brief synopsis.
· Only PDF files will be accepted.
· Please include your full contact information on the coversheet

One full-length play will receive a cash prize of $500 and a full production by Rover Dramawerks in their Fifteenth Season.

The first place 10-minute play will receive $100, second place will receive $50, and third place will receive $35. These plays will be given a minimum of two full performances as part of Rover’s “Adventure Nights” series.

Rover Dramawerks performs in a reconfigurable black box theatre that seats 90-130. Please take this into consideration when presenting your work to us for consideration. Feel free to check out our website at to see the types of plays we generally produce.

Tomorrow & Tomorrow Theater Co. seeks submissions

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Tomorrow & Tomorrow Theater Co. seeks submissions for its 2014 Fall Production. The ideal candidate seeks a highly collaborative environment and to be an integral part of a multidisciplinary experience.


For the company’s inaugural production, the application fee has been waived. 

The following guidelines must be followed in entirety for consideration.

1. Submissions must be original, unpublished, full-length plays (no more than 90 minutes in run time).

2. Plays must be unproduced and should not be scheduled for production at the time of submission. Our mission is to provide support for emerging playwrights. 
*Plays that have had a reading will be considered.

3. Plays must be typed/word-processed, page-numbered, and in standard professional play format. Please include your full name and the title of your work in the footer of the document.

4. The maximum cast is 8 actors.

5. Due to the small size of our staff and the sheer number of scripts we receive, we are only able to accept one script at a time from each author. 


Please mail your script with a completed submission form to the address below.

Tomorrow & Tomorrow Theater Co.
173 23rd St.
Brooklyn, NY 11232

Submissions for the 2014 production must be postmarked no later than May 15, 2014.

The Ingram New Works Lab

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Application Deadline: June 1, 2014
Tennessee Repertory Theatre has been gifted with the funds to support the creation of new works for the theatre, and with this mission Tennessee Rep has created the Ingram New Works Project, which includes the New Works Lab.

The Ingram New Works Lab is intended to be an artistic home for emerging playwrights to share and develop new work, hone craft, receive direction, and springboard themselves into the next phase of their writing career, providing a fertile environment for the emergence of great new plays.

Tennessee Rep seeks committed playwrights for residency in the 2014-2015 Ingram New Works Lab.

Tennessee Rep will serve and support selected playwrights as they work in residence to create new work for the theatre. Tennessee Rep will provide the playwrights-in-residence:
A season-long playwright-run script lab that meets once a month.

Access to professional actors, providing a choice of collaborators amongst theatre artists in Nashville.
Workshop sessions involving professional directors, designers, and dramaturgs.
Access to professional marketing and audience development resources.
A symposium with the Ingram New Works Fellow, a playwright with a national reputation.
Participation in the Ingram New Works Festival, giving the playwrights the opportunity to work with a professional director and actors in rehearsal and hear their script read in front of a live audience.
A supportive environment to foster and support the playwright’s process.
A small stipend to defray expenses.
Monthly Script Lab

The New Works Lab will meet once a month to provide playwrights-in-residence with a supportive but disciplined environment to workshop their scripts. By definition a laboratory is a testing ground inasmuch as it offers opportunities for observation, practice and experimentation. Every playwright will have the opportunity to hear multiple drafts of their script read aloud by actors and receive feedback from their fellow playwrights. The lab will provide the opportunity for playwrights to shape, mold, and develop as many drafts as they feel necessary before festival rehearsals begin.

Lab Meeting dates (a full day commitment on the following dates):
2014: Sept. 5; Oct. 10; Nov. 14; Dec. 12
2015: Jan. 11-17; Feb. 13 and 14; March 13 and 14
Collaboration Opportunities

Tennessee Rep will facilitate for playwrights-in-residence opportunities to work with their choice of collaborators from amongst top theatre artists in Nashville. Playwrights-in-residence will have access to Tennessee Rep’s professional staff throughout the season, and will have ongoing opportunities to meet with a director, costume designer, set designer, and dramaturg to explore what it would take to get their script from page to stage. Each playwright will also have the opportunity to consult with marketing and audience development staff to gather ideas about resources available to best promote their new work.

Lab Symposium with Ingram New Works Fellow

Playwrights-in-residence will participate in a week-long New Works Lab symposium with the recipient of the Ingram New Works Fellowship, a nationally recognized playwright. The symposium will take advantage of the New Works Fellow’s experience and skill, focusing on a wide variety of issues related to working as a playwright: everything from how an emerging playwright gets a script produced to how to manage the pitfalls of the development process to specific guidance on the art of playwriting. The New Works Fellow will serve as a mentor to the playwrights-in-residence throughout the season via electronic communication. Lab participants should be prepared to clear their schedule for the entirety of the week-long symposium.

Symposium dates:
January 11-17, 2015
Participation in Ingram New Works Festival

Work in the Lab will be focused on goals established by the Lab Playwrights. However, each playwright will be expected to work toward the creation of a new play that will be presented in a staged reading at the New Works Festival, whether completed or as a work in progress. Please note the following criteria for New Works festival plays being developed in the lab:
Full-length plays (prefer 80-120 mins. running time).
Plays that utilize no more than 8 actors.
Plays that have not previously been produced by any professional company.

Festival dates:
May 6-16, 2015
Application Guidelines for the Ingram New Works Lab

Tennessee Rep will award up to four residencies in the New Works Lab. Each playwright who accepts the residency will commit to participating in the monthly Lab meeting, the New Works symposium, rehearsals for the New Works Festival, and assisting with the New Works Festival in May 2014 as auxiliary artistic staff. Lab Playwrights will also be invited to participate in Tennessee Rep staff and outreach events. All playwrights who accept a residency must commit to be available for all lab, symposium, rehearsal and festival dates. Should a playwright-in-residence miss multiple commitments, they may be asked to forgo their place in the New Works Lab. Tennessee Rep does not provide monetary compensation for playwrights-in-residence and encourages regional playwrights to consider travel commitments before applying.

All applications should include the following material:
  • A letter stating your objectives for working on a new play in the Ingram New Works Lab at Tennessee Rep. Please include a description of your proposed play.
  • One Page Bio with history as a playwright.
  • One Page Artistic Statement.
  • A play that best represents your writing skill. Full-length is preferred, but a substantial one-act play (minimum of one hour running time) will be acceptable for this application. Author and contact information must appear on the title page. Please do not submit musicals, screenplays, TV scripts, or children’s theatre.

Application Instructions

Please use the online form for your submission. Upload your letter of intent, one page bio, one page artistic statement, and play (4 files) in PDF, doc, or docx format. You will receive a confirmation email shortly to verify your submission. If you have any problems using the form please email Shane Burkeen at

Walden Theatre Seeking Submissions for Its Slant Culture Series

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The Slant Culture series presents new works by rising playwrights that feature complex teenage characters.

Walden Theatre, A TCG theatre and  training center for young actors ages 8-18 located in Louisville, Ky. is seeking submissions for our Slant Culture Series. In addition to our regular offerings of shows from Shakespeare to modern American classics, we produce one play a year in this series.The Slant Culture series presents new works by rising playwrights that feature complex teenage characters. The name Slant Culture comes from the laboratory practice of tilting a test tube to provide a greater area for growth, and Walden Theatre is using this series to challenge our young actors to approach character development by drawing directly from their own lives and those of their peers.

Since we are a private not-for-profit not affiliated with any school system, Walden is in an unique position to introduce to our students new work that they would not, otherwise have a chance to perform. Adult language and adult situations are something our students encounter every day in their real lives and therefore we believe, if the piece has value, we have a duty to present these pieces as a regular part of our season.

Submission Guidelines

Full length play, 6-12 characters - most, if not all teen aged.
Comedy or drama. Please no musicals
Unpublished. It can have had previous productions

Please submit scripts electronically ONLY in PDF or WORD document format.  Please Include one page synopsis and character breakdown.

Deadline for submissions: June 1 2014.

Performance dates: November 2014

There will be a $500.00 stipend to the chosen playwright.

Please submit scripts to:

Friday, April 18, 2014


The Warner International Playwrights Festival recognizes the work of emerging and established playwrights from across the country and around the globe. The Festival gives playwrights a forum for production of their one-act plays that engage and entertain audiences through exploration of the human experience and the human spirit.

Please read submission policy carefully:

We invite playwrights to submit plays via electronic script submissions, in standard Samuel French playwriting format - 12 point font, character name centered or 3.5 inches from left margin, 1” margin all around. 

Plays should be emailed to:

Submitted plays should be one-act plays of no less than 12 and no more than 30 pages long, not including your cover page.

Submissions will be limited to the first 200 scripts received.

Scripts will be accepted internationally but must be written in English.

Previously produced scripts are accepted.

There is no submission fee.

Please remove all playwright identification from the script including name, mailing address and telephone/fax/e-mail.

In the body of the email include:

· Script Name

· Playwright Name

· Playwright Email

· Playwright Telephone Number

· Playwright postal mailing address.

Please do not send a synopsis or playwright resume.

Only one submission per playwright will be accepted. Scripts will not be returned.

If your play is selected, you will be notified, via email, of the readers’ selection on/about August 1.

Selected scripts will receive minimal-set (table, 4 chairs, 2 cubes), minimal-tech production (lights up, lights down, 2 sound cues) production. Please be sure your play will adhere to these parameters.

Selected playwrights are invited to attend the festival by their own means. Accommodation recommendations are available.

To be considered for the Warner International Playwrights Festival scripts must be RECEIVED by 11:50pm Eastern Standard Time on June 1; 
late entries will not be read.

For additional information, contact Charlene Donaghy

For more information, click here

Thespis Theater Festival and Venus and Adonis

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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 Thespis Theater 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 Thespis, 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. Thespis 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 $3,500. Winner of Best Actor will receive $500 and Best Actress, $500. Thespis, as well as our wintertime festival, Venus, is hosted by the Cabrini Repertory Theater, a beautiful proscenium theater in uptown Manhattan.

Plays are considered on a first-come first-served basis. (The earlier you submit, the better your chances are of having your script invited to the festival.) Submissions may close before June 1st if we reach the maximum number of plays our festival can hold.
Only plays from New York  & New Jersey, will be accepted
Or from anywhere else in US, but the director and the cast must be from NY or NJ.
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.

In order to submit a play please send the following via email:
1. A 100 word synopsis of the play
2. The complete script
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

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.

After all plays have had their three-performance run, the best 6 plays will be selected by the Thespis jury as nominees for the $3,500 prize of Best Play. Those 6 shows will be given a fourth performance.
Along with audience members three judges will also attend your fourth performance. This panel of outside judges will make the final decision about the winning play.
There will also be several nominations for best actor. In addition to the winning actress ($500 prize) and winning Actor ($500).

All winners walk out with their check which they can cash the day after with no limitation.

Winners will be announced during a special prize ceremony at the end of the festival to which the cast and crew of all nominated productions will be invited.

There is no fee to submit your play to the Venus Festival.
Once you are accepted, you will be asked  send in a $200 fee to participate to the festival. That is the only fee you pay, no 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 June 1st.

Contact us at

Thursday, April 17, 2014

History Theatre (St. Paul, Minnesota) is accepting proposals and/or completed scripts

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History Theatre (St. Paul, Minnesota) is accepting proposals and/or completed scripts for our Raw Stages New Works Festival in January 2015.   

The Raw Stages New Works Festival is an opportunity for playwrights to workshop a script with a team of professional artists and receive audience feedback at a public reading. 

History Theatre focuses on TRUE stories which have a connection to Minnesota or the Midwest (we do not produce historical fiction).  Playwrights may submit an idea for a script (which has yet to be written) OR an already-completed script. 

One or two entries will be selected for the festival.  Playwrights will be awarded $1,500 and at the conclusion of the festival their script may be considered for a full commission and production in History Theatre's mainstage season. 

Playwrights should submit:
-       One-page treatment which includes plot synopsis, cast of characters, and a statement of why you believe the play would fit History Theatre's mission.  
-       Ten-page writing sample from previous dramatic work (or from the completed script being submitted.)

Treatment submission deadline: June 1, 2014
Playwrights will be notified by July 1st if their treatment is selected and will have until Dec. 15th to submit a first draft.  The Raw Stages workshop and reading will take place in the first three weeks of January 2015. 

Send submissions as an electronic Word or PDF document to the following address with "Raw Stages 2015" in the subject line:   

For more information about History Theatre, visit

4th Annual Shakespeare's Birthday Sonnet Slam - free event

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A reading of all Shakespeare's sonnets in Central Park at the Bandshell, Friday, April 25 beginning at 1PM.

Would you like to read a Sonnet?

All of our Sonnets are now allocated but PLEASE consider enrolling to Wait-list or Standby.

There is a high likelihood we will have cancellations and if you wait-list, you will get a Sonnet #.
Or just show up on 4/25 and get on the Standby list because we will have No-Shows and we NEED you to hop up to Sonnetize!!

Playwrights Realm is accepting submissions for its 2014-2015 Writing Fellows Program

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The Writing Fellows Program is at the heart of what we do—helping writers write. Four early-career playwrights will receive nine months of resources, workshops and feedback designed to help them reach their professional and artistic goals. Over the course of the season, Fellows develop a single new play. Monthly group meetings provide a collaborative, energizing setting for writers to share and refine their work. Individual meetings with the Realm’s Artistic Director and staff support each writer’s specific artistic process. Work with a director and cast over the course of two workshops allows writers to see their work come to life. Professional development resources are also an integral part of the program and are tailored to the Writing Fellows, providing them the information and experiences they decide are most helpful. Mentor opportunities, meet-and-greets and professional workshops are designed to shed light on the sometimes shadowy business of theater and empower the Fellows to be active, informed participants in their own writing careers. The Writing Fellows season culminates in a public reading of each fellowship play as part of our INK’D Festival of New Plays.

What We’re Looking For

Above all, we look for dedicated early-career writers who crave a long-term, rigorous development process. We value intellectual curiosity, imagination and bravery. We love plays with evocative language, plays that contemplate big, unanswerable questions, plays that embrace the complexity of life and demonstrate an understanding of the possibilities of dramatic storytelling.

Writing Fellows Receive
  • $2,500 Award
  • Internal workshop
  • Public reading
  • Borrowing Privileges at The Realm: mooch off our Wifi, use a spare laptop or perch in our conference room when it’s free.
  • A key to The Realm’s supply cabinet (copies, pencils and Post-Its galore!)
  • The occasional hug

Program Criteria
Playwrights must be able to attend meetings and workshops in New York City on a twice-monthly basis from October 2014 through May 2015.

Playwrights should identify as early-career. Those who have completed an MFA program are eligible, but not those who will be enrolled during the residency.
Plays to be considered for the fellowship should be complete drafts at a stage of development at which they would benefit from a nine-month rewriting and reading process. Plays should have no commitments to other theaters that will limit their development with Playwrights Realm.

Plays that have had a production outside of an academic environment are not eligible.
We are not looking for solo performance projects at this time.

Writing Fellows Application Components
Completed application form. DOWNLOAD APPLICATION HERE.
Theatrical résumé listing all academic credentials and professional productions
Full draft of play that you wish to develop as a Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow in PDF format.
A list of references to call, or a recommendation from a teacher or theater professional (optional).

To apply, send the above materials to:

The script must be submitted in PDF format with your name and the play title on a cover page.

All applications must be submitted electronically before May 11, 2014, 11:59PM EST.
Finalists for the program will be interviewed in late summer and final selections will be announced in September.

The Center for Spiritual Living seeks short plays

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The Center for Spiritual Living – Princeton is hosting a playwriting contest for playwrights from NY, NJ and PA.
- Plays should be on the theme: A decision or choice that changes everything

- Plays should be between 15 and 20 minutes long

- Please include a cover page with your contact information

- Plays should use family-friendly language

- Winners will get a concert reading of their plays by local actors

- There is no fee to submit

- First prize is $100, second and third prize, $50

- Playwrights from NY, NJ and PA are welcome to submit. If your submission is one of the top 3, you will be expected to attend the reading

- There will be a talk-back after each presentation, in a very positive, supportive environment

- A form with questions partly chosen by the playwright will be filled out by audience members to help the playwright.

- Please submit in .pdf, .doc or .docx format. Plays will be accepted digitally only. Do not send a paper script.

- Please send submissions to

- Plays need not have anything to do with the teachings of the Center for Spiritual Living. If you would like to know anything about the organization, you will find it at

- Submissions must be in by May 15, 2014. Winners will be announced mid-August 2014 with the reading on a Sunday afternoon (TBD) in September, 2014

Thespis Theater Festival Now Taking Shows 30 to 90 Minutes Long (Manhattan)

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The Third Annual Thespis Theater Festival/Competition is open for submissions.There is no fee to submit to this festival/competition.

Send submissions to thespistheaterfestival[at]
  • Plays compete for outstanding prizes!
  • $3500 for Best Play, $500 for Best Actor and $500 for Best Actress.
  • Judges from the industry decide on winners
  • Possibility for reviews 
  • Use of a baby grand piano 
  • Assistance from theater management in all aspects to make sure your show reaches its highest potential
  • Free tutorials on how to use the sound/light/projection system
  • A chance to have your play filmed by professional videographer

And you and your cast are invited to a dazzling ceremony at the end of the festival with prizes announced in front of a live audience.

If you'd love to see your work onstage in a beautiful proscenium theater with 20 ft high ceilings and a professional lighting and sound system, we invite you to submit your play. 

There is no submission fee for this festival.

Deadline is June 1, 2014

Only plays from NY and NJ

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Seeking playwright for Mystic Seaport’s 35th Annual Lantern Light Tours

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Mystic Seaport’s 35th Annual Lantern Light Tours

Mystic Seaport is commissioning a playwright for our 2014 season of Lantern Light Tours.  We are seeking a playwright that will bring a unique and exciting voice to this long-running production while still maintaining the traditional format. Submissions should include a script concept, a script outline, and a writing sample. Submissions are due April 18, 2014. The chosen playwright must be available for 3-4 meetings with the production staff in Mystic, CT. The final draft of the play will be due August 22, 2014. Because of the progressive nature of Lantern Light Tours, the chosen script may be edited for timing throughout the rehearsal process. 

Submission Materials:
1. Script Concept
Concepts should describe the proposed plot in one paragraph. Please be clear and concise. All scripts must be appropriate for a family audience. Mystery elements are acceptable, but not required. Comedy is encouraged. 250 word maximum.
2. Script Outline
Outlines should list specific details for each of the five scenes of the script. Please include plot developments, number of characters, and scene locations.
3. Writing Sample
Samples should demonstrate strength of dialogue, character, and facility with language. Scripts and screenplays are preferred. 1,500- 2,000 word maximum. Please do not send full-length scripts. Comedy is encouraged. Historically appropriate language may be used, but is not required.

Lantern Light Tours is a 70 minute progressive or traveling play, set in the year 1876 on Christmas Eve night. The play unfolds through five 8-minute scenes that take place in different exhibit spaces located around the museum grounds. The audience travels the route of the play with the assistance of a Tour Guide who performs as a unique persona from the era. As they travel between scenes, the Tour Guide provides entertainment and historic information through first-person story-telling. This season will be the 35th annual performance of Lantern Light Tours at Mystic Seaport. The production runs for 10 performance nights with up to 40 tours per night. The audience averages a total of 5,000-7,000 people annually.

Script Requirements:
  • The play must contain a total of 13-15 characters. Each character may only appear in one scene. Characters may be any age or gender you wish, but one character must represent Santa Claus in a literal or figurative way. If represented figuratively, the Santa Claus character should be easily discernible to a child.
  • In addition to the 13-15 characters, the play must also include a Tour Guide. For performances, there will be 14 different Tour Guides. Please consider the Tour Guide an interchangeable character of varying age, gender, and social status that may or may not be an active character in the storyline. You may utilize the Tour Guide as much or as little as you wish in your script.
  • The play must contain a total of 5 scenes. Four scenes may be set in different locations of your choice, but the fifth scene must be located onboard a whaling ship that is in port. Each location should be historically appropriate for a small community in the year 1876.  Location options include, but are not limited to:
o    A General Store or  place of business
o    A Cooperage or craftsman’s workshop
o    The Home of a middle class family
o    A Tavern or social meeting place
o    A Meeting House or place of worship
  • Lantern Light Tours is set in the year 1876. All plot points and dialogue should be appropriate to that era but also accessible to a modern audience. Because Santa Claus may be a literal character, magic is an acceptable plot device. Please note that, although set in a specific moment of history, Lantern Light Tours is an entertainment piece and not a historic reenactment. 
  • Lantern Light Tours has traditionally included five elements: a carriage ride, a traditional tavern dance, a fresh-baked ginger cookie, a scene on a historic vessel, and an appearance by Santa Claus. Script outlines may include all of these five elements but are not required to. Please note that the chosen script will be edited to include these five elements for the final draft.
Production Time-Line
  • April 18, 2014: Playwright submission deadline- all materials must be received by 11:59pm.
  • April 25, 2014: Playwright selected
  • May 2, 2014: First production meeting
  • July 11, 2014: First Draft deadline and second production meeting
  • August 22, 2014: Final Draft deadline
  • October 14, 2014: Third production meeting and first rehearsal with the cast
  • November 24, 2014: Dress Rehearsal (optional)
  • November 29, 2014: Opening Night (optional)

The selected playwright will be required to sign an agreement with Mystic Seaport in which the playwright agrees, among other things, that Mystic Seaport will own all rights in all works the playwright creates for the Lantern Light Tours.

How to Apply:
Please send all submission materials to Files should be labeled in the following format: LLT2014_concept/outline/sample_your initials. Please be sure to include all materials in your submission. If unable to send materials electronically, submissions may also be mailed to the following address:
Interpretation- Denise Cannella
Mystic Seaport
75 Greenmanville Ave.
Mystic, CT 06355

All submissions must be received by April 18, 2014 at 11:59 P.M.  
The fee for this commission is set at $1000. Mystic Seaport has no obligation to return (or retain) any materials submitted.

If you have questions regarding this commission, please contact:
Denise Cannella
Mystic Seaport: the Museum of America and the Sea
Supervisor of Museum Theatre
860.572.0711 x5075

Modern Day Griot seeks scripts for "In Transit"

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Modern Day Griot is working with the New York Transit Museum to produce/showcase an experimental, interactive theatrical project called In Transit in June 5 and 6, 2014.

We are currently seeking one act-plays that explore the art of storytelling as they unfold in the subway cars of the New York subway system.

Our criteria for submission to the project is that playwrights must be from the New York City area and that scenes must take place on a subway car or platform.

**Please note that the train cars date from the year 1887 to present day, so submission of period pieces are strongly encouraged.**

Submission packet must include:

• A 5-12 page long play (should be 15 minutes max) with an optimum cast size of 2-4 people. The submitted script must be the script proposed for presentation, with no major alterations necessary.

• A Submissions inquiry letter (one page only) which must include:

• Brief history of the work

• Cast size & character breakdown

• Synopsis of the piece

All submissions must be submitted electronically to our submissions department: MDGSubmissions (at) moderndaygriot (dot) org.

The deadline for submissions is April 21, 2014, 5pm EST and the final line-up will be announced in May 2014. Only one entry per playwright will be accepted. You will be contacted should we wish to invite participation to the In Transit project. Neither fax nor paper submissions will be accepted and absolutely NO phone calls.

Please note that due to high volume of inquiries, response time is usually 3-6 weeks and while Modern-Day Griot Theatre Company cannot offer royalties we can offer a production opportunity.

Badass Theatre Company is now requesting submissions from playwrights

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Badass Theatre Company is now requesting submissions from playwrights for our second annual 9 x 9 short play festival to be presented in June 2014! 

We will choose 9 new plays to present as a fundraiser for our company. Please see the guidelines below for submission information.

This year's prompt is: Tolerance/Intolerance

“In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher." - Dalai Lama 

“I have seen great intolerance shown in support of tolerance.” -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“It's not about whether or not someone is a bigot, but whether or not the argument which that someone is arguing is worth being a bigot about.” - Criss Jami

“No man can truly embrace the practice of tolerance until you have lived a day in a bra with a broken underwire." - Adrienne Flagg, Badass Theatre member

  • It must be a previously unproduced original work that incorporates, or is inspired by, the prompt. 
  • It is advised to remember our mission: Our mission is to engage diverse artists and audiences in new and inclusive stories in order to expand the boundaries of mainstream theatre to accurately reflect the many voices of our community.
  • The play must be no more than 9 minutes long
  • No more than four characters/ four performers
  • Limit technical needs. 
  • Blank stage or one table and two chairs are available.
  • Submissions must be sent no later than April 19
  • Files must be sent as PDF or word.  They must be named with the title of the play, underscore, your name, underscore 2014. TheTempest_Shakepeare_2014
  • Please put the title name in the subject line of your email submission.
  • Include a one paragraph bio along with any of your links.
  • Only one submission per playwright please

All submissions will be read by a panel of BTC Artistic Associates and the 9 plays selected will be announced in mid May 2014.

The 9 x 9 Night is an annual, all volunteer fundraising event in support of BTC’s season.

Please send submissions to the attention of Adrienne Flagg at

Black Rabbit Theatre seeks short plays

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Submission Deadline: Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at 5:00PM
Black Rabbit Theatre is looking for submissions from emerging playwrights of 5 to 10 minute theatre pieces regarding the five stages of grief (Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance). The show will consist of 6 actors (3 Men, 3 Women) all in their twenties. You do not need to use all six actors in your piece. The idea is to choose one of the five stages of grief, and write a piece based on that concept (and feel free to be creative with your ideas!). The pieces will be put together in the proper order so that the audience will get to watch the grieving process happen throughout the show, and see how no matter what you are grieving about, the same stages apply. The show will be performed on Sunday, June 15th, 2014, at the The Box Toronto Studio and Theatre.

Submit to:

Dan Thompson
Artistic Director
Black Rabbit Theatre

(Please write “Themes of Grief: [title of your piece] as the subject line)

Twitter: @blackrabbitthea

Dramatists Guild Fellowship and Musical Fellowship

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APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications for the program commencing in Fall, 2014 must be received by the Guild no later than 5:30pm on May 5, 2014. Please read all of instructions carefully.

**IMPORTANT CHANGES: This year, we will be accepting electronic submissions ONLY. E-mail all submissions to

We are also expanding eligibility to include writers who have had one or more professional productions.**

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants will be eligible for the program with any of the following qualifications: 1) Participation in a graduate program in theatrical writing within the last five years; or 2) Participation in an organized theatrical workshop within the last ten years; or 3) Comparable experience, such as one or more professional productions, and a recommendation by a theater professional or theater educator; or 4) Pertinent, documented practical experience. All applicants must be residents of New York or the surrounding metropolitan area for the time of their fellowship. Applicants must also be prepared to meet on alternate Monday evenings of every month, and to make themselves available, if possible, to participate in observerships, assistantships, etc. when those opportunities arise.


Please submit a cover letter answering the following: Describe an experience in which somebodys input on your work as a writer affected or inspired you; a resume containing pertinent contact information for you; 20 pages of a script you have written. Please name submission as follows: LastNamePlayTitle (for example: NottageRuined.pdf. The document(s) must be e-mailed as a PDF.


If you are applying as a Musical Theater Fellow and you write both music and lyrics, you may apply alone as a self-contained writer. Members of collaborative teams must apply together. Collaborative teams with composer and lyricist should also consider applying with their librettist partner, or, at the very least, make their librettist partner available whenever that project is being discussed. Unfortunately, we cannot accept people who write only lyrics or only music or only libretti without a writing partner, as we cannot pair collaborators. The cover letter and materials submitted should make it clear whether you and your collaborator(s) are applying as a team or whether you are applying as a self-contained writer.

Please submit a cover letter; a resume containing pertinent contact information for you; mp3 files of four (4) songs with lyric sheets; a brief description of each song as to its plot placement, a brief synopsis of the musical, and the complete libretto, if one exists. Musical submissions need not be elaborately produced; piano and voice is sufficient. Please note that we can only accept music in the mp3 format. PLEASE E-MAIL EACH SONG SEPARATELY and name them as follows: LastNameMusicalTitleSong# (for example: FlahertyRagtime#1.mp3) The other documents must be e-mailed as a PDF.

Bully Awareness Month 10-minute plays

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SEEKING: Ten minutes plays to be produced as staged readings in October 2014 as part of the Bully Awareness Theatrical Event and to coincide with October's Bully Awareness Month.  School bullying is a national problem both in person and through cyber space. Each year scores of young people take drastic measures to avoid bullying that often end up being fatal.  Help us make the public aware of this national issues and at the same time let's make a difference in the lives of young people.

This mini festival of new works will showcase a series of ten minute plays on the subject of bullying.  Plays may be of any content but with limited technical support.  No more than five characters.  Plays must be no longer then 10 pages long not including title page and be presented in Courier Font, 12 point font.  Please include title page, character description and full script in PDF form.

A portion of the proceeds will go to to help educate and combat school bullying.

Send 10 minute plays with plot description and character breakdown to

Submission for deadline is May 30, 2014 and participates will be notified by August 31, 2014.

Playwrights Project - Playwrights in Process

Cygnet Theatre’s New Play Festival, produced in partnership with Playwrights Project

The deadline for submitting is May 16, 2014.
Playwrights Project, in association with Cygnet Theatre, requests original, full-length, un-produced plays for Cygnet’s 3rd Annual Playwrights in Process: New Play Festival (PiP). The Festival is three days of audience-focused workshops, readings, and post-show discussions. The festival takes place November 7 – 9, 2014 at Cygnet Theatre.

As part of PiP, chosen playwrights will be afforded an exciting opportunity to work with a dramaturg/director in a three-step development process from selection confirmation through the festival itself. Steps one and two consist of private table readings with professional actors provided by Cygnet Theatre. After each, the playwright will work with her/his mentor to further develop the play. The final step is a rehearsed, staged-reading of the final draft in front of a discerning theatre audience. Playwrights are required to attend one or two rehearsals as part of the development process. Through a facilitated post-show discussion, the audiences will provide the writer feedback to help playwrights further develop their plays with the ultimate goal of helping to prepare the works for future productions.

Playwrights are asked to submit their choice of 10-12 consecutive pages of a completed, full-length play that can be performed by five actors or fewer. The works can be comedies or dramas. Musicals, with the same cast-size restrictions, will be accepted, and the music must be able to be performed with piano-only and/or minimal instrument accompaniment. Each submission must be accompanied by a one-page (maximum) synopsis of the whole play; musical submission must also include a three song sample of the music. All works must be new plays (or musicals) that have not received a previous production. Additionally, playwrights must assure that they have full rights to the works submitted.

We seek writers with a strong commitment to developing their scripts, a collaborative attitude, and a self-motivated work ethic. Southern California writers are given a preference; however, playwrights outside of the geographic area are welcome to submit. As script development is a central tenet of Playwrights in Process, selected playwrights will need to attend the table readings of their work, commit to working collaboratively with their dramaturgs, meet revision deadlines, attend the staged readings, and participate in the post-performance discussions. While we hope to provide accommodations, stipend, and travel in the future, at this nascent stage of the festival, there is no funding for these allowances, hence, the preference for local/southern California playwrights. Playwrights outside of the area will be responsible for meeting rehearsal and performance attendance requirements.

Fill out the form and upload your materials online here: Submit to Playwrights in Process 2014

Selected pages, synopses, and submission forms must be submitted by 5PM, May 16, 2014.

After a review of the initial submissions, approximately ten writers will be asked to email copies of their full, completed scripts (and scores, if applicable). These must be received within 48 hours of the request.

Questions about submitting to the Playwrights in Process: New Play Festival may be directed to

Fourth Wall Review seeks works of any length, genre and topic for the first issues

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Fourth Wall Review is a publishing venture dedicated to playwriting and playwrights. We are currently accepting  submissions for our Summer/Fall issue with with an August 1st deadline.

The Fourth Wall Review is a print and online journal dedicated to publishing quality dramatic writing, along with interviews and essays relating to the craft of dramatic writing. The Fourth Wall will publish online bi-monthly and triannually in print. We are currently accepting submissions for the Summer/Fall 2014 online issue and the Winter 2014 print  issue.  We are  welcoming works of any length, genre and topic for the first issues. Submissions must be original and previously unpublished works.

We do not require a specific script format at this time. However, writers please adhere to generally agreed upon formatting rules such as character names being placed center - or somewhat center - of the page above the dialogue, etc. Please submit scripts as a Word or PDF file only.

For Play Submissions: Electronic Submissions Only.
File Format: Word or PDF.

Please Submit in an attachment to


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Seeking fully produced original plays
(cast, directed and ready to perform)
40 minutes to 120 minutes in length for:
Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s
June 3 - August 14, 2014
at Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
303 West 42nd St. (at 8th Ave) NYC

To submit your play production please email:
  • The complete play, a synopsis of the play,
  • 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:

by Monday April 28, 2014 at Midnight.

Please put “SUMMERFEST PLAY SERIES” in the subject heading.

Plays will be considered on a first - come first-served basis.
(The earlier you submit, the better your chances of being accepted.)
If we fill up all festival production slots early on, we will end submissions earlier than APRIL 28, 2014

Once submitted, we will get back to you within one week as to your acceptance.
There is no submission fee.


Each accepted play will be given a minimum of FIVE HOURS of TECH & DRESS rehearsal time weekday evenings or Saturday and Sunday days in the theatre you will be performing in on 42nd St and 8th Ave. NYC., and a each accepted play will be given a MINIMUM of THREE performances.

A refundable security deposit of $300 will be required upon acceptance which will secure the theatre for damages, and for an average of 10 audience members per performance (a total of 30 for three performances.)

See guidelines here

Stage Left Theater, of Spokane, Wash seeks 10-minute plays

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Stage Left Theater, of Spokane, Wash., is pleased to announce its call for comedic scripts for Hit & Run VIII, a staged reading of short plays in October.

*What? 10-minute plays (12 page maximum)

*One script only. It must be a comedy.

*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 family-friendly fare.

*Please do not submit a play you have submitted to us before.

*Plays that have been previously produced are okay.

*Send the full script with a title page with your contact information, a synopsis and 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).

Deadline: May 1, 2014

Notification: September

Submission procedure: E-mail your script as a Microsoft Word document or PDF to The subject line should include your name and the title of the play.

Fee? None. No payment to writers as this is an all-volunteer event.

Questions? Contact Hit & Run coordinator Sandra Hosking at

March Forth Summer Salon

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We here at March Forth love good stories, and without writers… well we don’t have many good stories, now do we? That is why this summer we are providing writers with a chance to have their work read and shared informally in an environment that will promote collaboration, thoughtful feedback and the building of our artistic community.

Every Monday in August we will gather writers, actors, directors and dramaturgs to read a new play along with the playwright. We'll have a glass or two of wine, discuss what we’ve just experienced, and address any questions or concerns the playwright might have. This is a perfect opportunity for early-career writers or seasoned veterans looking for a supportive arena to try out their newest venture!

Summer Salon Guidelines
Full Length, original plays only (no musicals)

Play must be complete at the time of submission. Revisions to submitted scripts are allowed, however incomplete texts will not be considered.

Playwright must be able to attend the Salon (Brooklyn NY) August 4th, 11th, 18th or 25th.

All submissions materials must be provided in PDF format.

Multiple submissions accepted, however only one slot will be awarded per playwright

Preference will be given to plays that stretch the bounds of theatrical storytelling

To be considered for our Summer Salon, please send a resume, character breakdown and ten-page sample of the play you wish to submit to by May 31st. 

Please note in the body of your email which Salon date(s) you are available for. Writers whose work is selected for further review will be asked to submit their full script no later than June 15th. Final selections will be made by July 15th.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Page 73 Fellowship

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All of Page 73′s programs are specifically for early-career playwrights. Each year, Page 73 offers five primary programs:

  1. a New York City or world premiere production of a new play that marks the professional premiere of that playwright in New York City;
  2. the P73 Playwriting Fellowship to one playwright;
  3. a week-long summer residency program on the Yale University campus to four playwrights;
  4. Interstate 73, a writing group that consists of six to eight playwrights; and
  5. Page 2, an extensive workshop offering a lengthy rehearsal process and design support to one play in development.

Please note our primary means of receiving submissions for all of our programs is through our Development Programs application.

Though the P73 Playwriting Fellowship is the only program awarded solely on the basis of these applications, participants of the Yale Residency, Interstate 73, Page 2, and the annual production are chosen primarily from playwrights who have gotten to know Page 73 through this application process.

Please click here to learn more about the application for Page 73′s various development programs.

The deadline for the 2015 Page 73 Development Programs Application is Thursday, May 1st, 2014, at 11:59pm EST.

Page 73's annual application process is the primary way we meet new playwrights and stay engaged with those playwrights within our mission whom we are familiar with. Below please find the application form for all three 2015 development programs. Click on each heading for more information; the application form and upload portal can be found in the final bar. Kindly follow all instructions below. There is no fee to apply.

Once you have submitted your completed application you should see a confirmation screen as well as receive a confirmation email. If you have any questions regarding the online application, please email

1. The applicant must be a US resident at the time of participation;

2. The applicant must have completed at least 2 full-length plays or at least 3 one-act plays;

3. The applicant must have made a commitment to playwriting as a professional goal;

4. The applicant must have never received a production of his/her work in New York City that was larger than an Actors' Equity Showcase Code presentation; and

5. The applicant must not be enrolled in a degree/certificate program at the time of participation.

For more information see their web site.