Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Detroit Fringe Theater Festival

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The Detroit Fringe Theater Festival, to be held September 17-20 in Detroit, is now accepting submissions!

We will be accepting proposals of performances and scripts that are appropriate for any of the following categories: Pop Culture, Experimental, Drama, Musical, Comedy, Family Friendly, and Satire. Performances can be staged plays, poetry/spoken word, music, and any other style of performance that expands ideas about what the theatrical experience is and can be.

Pieces that have been performed elsewhere are eligible and encouraged to submit as long as the piece is unpublished and/or rights are secured by the party submitting. The festival is also open to experimental interpretations of the classics or other pieces in the public domain.

On the final evening of the festival one performance will be given a Best of Show award (determined by a Detroit Fringe panel) and another an Audience Favorite award (determined by public voting). These two performances will each receive a portion of the festival’s ticket sales. 

Performances will be held at the CMAP Detroit space (Carrie Morris Arts Production), 2221 Carpenter Street. Festival line-up and schedule can be found at

To apply: Go to the following link to access the Detroit Fringe Theater Festival submission form - Submissions are due by Wednesday, August 19th and participants will be notified by end of day Monday, August 24th. Festival tech provisions are minimal (basic light and sound will be provided) and performances will have the option to be staged either indoors or outside in the lots directly adjacent to the venue. Load in and tech time in the space will be scheduled the week prior to the festival and will be based on twice the duration of your performance (if your performance is 90 minutes long you will be scheduled for 180 minutes of load in and tech time.) And that’s it! SO GO ON AND GET TO YOUR SUBMISSION!

Please note that playwrights and performing artists must provide their own transportation to and lodging in Detroit. The performance space is provided free of cost courtesy of CMAP (Carrie Morris Artists Productions).

Any questions? Please email:

We look forward to seeing what you propose for Detroit!


The Detroit Fringe team

For updates: Follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (@DetroitFringe).


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Acme Theater of Maynard, MA is proud to announce that it is now accepting submissions for our 15th annual New Works Winter Festival. The festival will be performed over two weekends in January 2016. Selected plays will be divided into two festival tracks and will be performed once per weekend. At the conclusion of each festival track, one playwright will be awarded the audience choice award, known as "The Charlie".

Submission Guidelines:
1) Scripts must be limited to a length of ten (10) pages or less in standard script format and be able to be legitimately performed in 10 minutes. Please keep type sizes at 10 pts or greater, double spaced, and leave some margin space.
2) Maximum submission limit of ONE (1) play per playwright.
3) Any subject matter welcome. Comedy or drama. Please no overuse of strong language.
4) Plays may have already been produced elsewhere, but any published works will not be considered.
5) Your script will be limited to the use of any/all of the following set pieces provided by Acme: - 6 standard wooden chairs - 1 dining room table - 1 coffee table - 1 tall table/desk - 1 end table - 1 podium - 1 small love seat - 1 park bench Hand props will be allowed, but nothing else.
6) Selected playwrights will be given the option to provide their own director, actors, props, etc., or have Acme provide someone from our pool of eager and capable directors for you and cast the play from our festival auditions in November 2015.

Acme Theater is a 72-seat black box in Maynard, MA with full light and sound equipment. Acme will provide sound and light operators, the stage and a 45 minute tech time the week before we open so that casts can become familiar with our space prior to the festival.

Submission Deadline: Sunday, August 30, 2015
Please email script in .doc or .pdf format to Tom Berry at . Scripts sent to any other email address will not be accepted.
Selected playwrights will be notified by November 2015

Best regards,
Tom Berry
Acme Theater Productions
Producer, New Works Winter Festival 2016

Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry 2016

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Sundog Theatre in NYC is seeking one-act plays for “Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry 2016”

This is Sundog Theatre’s 14th annual presentation of original, short one-act plays about our favorite boats, the Staten Island Ferries.


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

--Plays should be 10-25 minutes long and have their setting 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, and no special sound or lighting requirements.

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

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

-- As in life, humor is good.

Remuneration: Six authors will receive $100 each and be produced in our series of eight March 2016 performances in Staten Island.


--Please send two copies, bound or stapled, blind submission (removable cover page with title, author and contacts) to Sundog Theatre, “Scenes 2016” PO Box 183, Staten Island, NY 10301).

--Submissions should include brief synopsis, play history, a 70-word bio and also resume of the author.

--Should be postmarked from now until no later than December 1, 2015.

--Do not submit plays electronically.

--Questions: Susan Fenley, Producer

Notification: Playwrights of selected plays will be contacted directly and their names listed on Sundog’s website early 2016.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

September SPL: Send us your scripts!

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Production dates: September 19-20. Cash Prizes!

Dear Friend in the Theatre,

Whether you've thought about doing a short play in New York but have never tried, or if you're a regular at such events around town, please give a thought to producing a show in the September Short Play Lab. Not only do you rub shoulders with your fellow short-play playwrights, but you get to showcase your work to people you don't know yet. Our Labs are always well-attended, and they can lead to other festivals and events that we produce, such as the Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival and the Midtown International Theatre Festival (visit our website: for submission opportunities and requirements). The rules for submitting to September's Short Play Lab are easy-peasy:
  • Deadline is September 4. Notification will be soon after submission, depending on number of submissions. The sooner you get your script in, the more time you have to prepare. Get that script in pronto!
  • Plays should be 1 - 10 pp. in standard playscript format.* (The shorter the better; shorter plays get priority.) Include a title page, as the first page of the script, with your contact info (only means of contact is by email). 
  • Submit scripts in a MS Word document or PDF file. 
  • Pages must be numbered
  • You produce the play whether or not you live in New York. The SPL provides the theatre. This Lab will take place at The Davenport Theatre, Black Box, 354 W. 45th St., New York, NY 10036.
  • Productions must be non-union: no showcases please! (And no Equity waivers, either.)
  • Keep production values to a minimum: costumes and hand props are okay. We provide rehearsal cubes, chairs, and a table. You can't leave your stuff in the theatre overnight. 
  • Plays that use guns as props will not be considered.
  • We provide a board op, box office, and venue management. 
  • There are no fees. The SPL keeps the door. 
  • Tickets are $20. Each playwright and director gets to watch his/her show for free. There are no other comps.
  • There will be a tech rehearsal in the daytime on Saturday, September 19. The production dates are Saturday, September 19 - Sunday, September 20.
  • Every play gets 2 performances, 1 on Sat. and 1 on Sun. Each play will be part of 1 of 2 programs: Program A or Program B, but not both. Program A takes place at 7 pm Sat. and 4 pm Sun. Program B takes place at 9 pm Sat. and 2 pm Sun. 
  • We don't do staged readings. Be off-book, please! Plays not off-book during tech will be removed from the line-up. 
  • THE MOST POPULAR PRODUCTION IN EACH PROGRAM RECEIVES A CASH PRIZE OF $75. Winners are determined by polling patrons after the performance. The playwright, director, and actors cannot not vote for their play. We reserve the right to break ties.
  • *12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions. 

The SPL is a lot of fun and a good way to see your work on its feet in a supportive environment. It's also a great way to see actors and directors at work, so you can recruit people for later productions.

To submit a script, send it as an attachment, in a Word document or PDF file, to Any questions, don't hesitate to shoot me an E-mail!
John Chatterton
Executive producer, Short Play Lab

UP Theater Company seeks plays

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UP Theater Company produces new and provocative work in the Northern Manhattan neighborhoods of Inwood and Washington Heights

We are currently seeking plays that specifically address the spate of Police killings and other brutalities against un-armed citizens of color.

We are also looking for plays about this issue from the point of view of police officers.

UP will perform readings and possibly productions of any worthy play on the subject. Plays of any length will be considered, but the best case scenario is we receive two or more short plays of conflicting view points to present on the same evening.

There is no timeline for this, and we reserve the right not to pursue any submissions if we feel the work is not to our standards.

Plays should be un-produced in the NYC area, have maximum cast of 8, simple set requirement, and be set in the present. Email questions and submissions to - put US/THEM in the subject line. Or mail to

UPTheater Company
60 cooper street 2e
new york ny 10034

UPTheater Company is dedicated to presenting new and challenging works of drama and comedy relevant to our Uptown neighborhood. UP will not be afraid to be gritty, rambunctious, irreverent. UP will be for and by the community, taking advantage of the many theater artists who live among us; yet we also envision a theater that will be a destination for theatergoers from across the area, drawn by work of quality and passion.

MRT Fall One Act Competition

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

Sept. 10 - Sept. 30, 2015
at Manhattan Rep, 303 W.42nd St.

$1000 PRIZE for BEST PLAY!!!

(And an additional 4 performances if the play goes on to the FINALS - Sept. 29 and 30, 2015.)

To submit your one act play production please email:

The complete play,
a synopsis of the play,
the character breakdown,
the running time of the play,
the set and lighting requirements,
the playʼs production history (if it has been produced before and where)
your mailing address,
and a creative team leader contact email address to:

by Friday August 7, 2015 at Midnight.

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

Plays that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis.
The earlier you submit the better chances you have of being accepted for we may end submissions before
August 7, 2015, if we fill up all available performance slots

There is no submission fee. NON-EQUITY ONLY.

Each play will be given a MINIMUM of FOUR performances, with 4 more performances if the play moves on to the finals. We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights.

Once accepted, there will be a $150.00 participation fee.

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

For more information log on to:

Monday, August 3, 2015

New American Voices Play Reading Series

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The Landing Theatre Company invites you to submit to their fifth annual New American Voices Play Reading Series

Submissions will be accepted August 1-September 30, 2015
The 2015 New American Voices Play Reading Series will be presented April 22-24, 2016

Play Submissions

The Landing Theatre Company is now accepting full-length plays for the 2016 New American Play Reading Series in Houston, Texas. Four plays will be selected for staged readings directed and performed by professional local talent. Selected playwrights must attend the readings in Houston. A $100 reward will be granted to each of the 4 winning playwrights. Playwrights must cover their own travel expenses.


There are no fees for submitting. Submit the play via the play submission form online at!submissions/c59z


Selected playwrights must attend the festival.

 Each playwright will be paired with a local director prior to the festival to prepare for the event.

 Directors will cast each play prior to the festival.

 Each production will receive at least two rehearsals prior to the official reading.

 One rehearsal will be scheduled when the playwright can attend.

 The play will then be read in front of an audience, with a moderated discussion of the play afterwards.

Play submissions must meet the following criteria:

 Playwright must be a citizen or legal resident of the United States of America.

 Play must not have been produced.

 Play must not have had a public reading in the Houston area.

 Submission must be received on or before September 30th.

 Submission must be a minimum of 30 pages long and have a minimum run time of 45 minutes.

 Submission must be in .doc, .pdf or .rtf format.

 Plays are given blind reads, so there should be no playwright identifiers anywhere on the script.

 Your name and/or contact information should only be in the email.

 Only one play per playwright per submission period.

 No musicals, children's plays, or one-person plays.

 Playwrights will only be notified if your play is selected.

Supernova 7: A Festival of New One-Act Plays

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We at the Bench are proud to announce that the ever-successful Supernova festival of new writing will be returning next year, for it's seventh edition. Over the past fourteen years many things have changed, but the festival remains a prominent showcase of original one-act plays, each one composed by amateur playwrights, and produced and performed by our own award-winning membership.

We are aiming to display around 8 new pieces of writing in February of next year, with each piece being performed within the production week. To this end we would love to hear from anyone who would like to send us a script to contemplate - whether you are a veteran of writing for the stage, a local author who is considering turning their hand to script writing, or a complete novice with an idea for a play, we will gratefully consider your work, and are very keen to put on as wide a range of interesting and high-quality work as we can.

There is no fee for entering your piece to the festival; we only ask that you ensure that it meets the (hopefully fairly relaxed!) criteria below, and that you send it to us by the end of August (the entries officially close at midnight on the 31st).

If you have any queries about the festival, please feel free to drop us a line at

You may also wish to look at the production details of Supernova 6, the last edition of this event, to get a flavour of the festival!

Terms and Conditions
  • The play should be able to be performed by a maximum of 6 actors (but could contain any number of characters)
  • Plays must consist of a single act. Playwrights should aim for compositions of between 15 and 45 minutes, short plays are just as welcome as longer ones!
  • Plays should be written for an English-speaking audience
  • Plays must be original, unpublished and previously unperformed, with no performance rights attached, and they must be new to the Supernova festival - not submitted to previous editions
  • Plays should be able to be performed within the constraints of our space, the Spring Arts Centre, and please bear in mind the nature of the festival - we will be unable to include plays which require complex sets, effects or costumes.
Submitting your play(s) gives the Bench Theatre the right to perform it/them on the dates given here, without further payment, however copyright remains with the author. We are sadly unable to offer any payment to successful entrants.

There is no fee for entering plays for consideration, but we are now only allowing three scripts per author.

How to Enter
As submissions are read and considered anonymously, please ensure that your name does not appear anywhere on any of your scripts
Scripts must be submitted electronically; please email a PDF, Word or OpenDocument file to, including your name in the email
Submissions must reach us by midnight on August 31st, 2015
The Selection Process
  • Every play submitted will be read by a Reading Panel (composed of Bench Theatre members) in conditions of strict anonymity and confidentiality.
  • Approximately eight plays will be selected for performance, each play being performed twice between the 7th and the 14th of February 2016.
  • Our aim is to put on the best new writing in a varied and entertaining programme. As such, we are looking for a range of scripts, and reserve the right to choose more or less than the 8 plays we have set as our guideline, depending on the respective lengths of the successful entries.
  • Because the Festival is open to anyone, including members of the Company (except for the reading/selection panel), a non-voting administrator will ensure that confidentiality is maintained until the end of the selection process.
  • Successful entrants will be notified by the 15th November 2015

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Fine Arts Association seeks 10-minute plays

The Fine Arts Association will once again showcase original, never been published 10-minute plays. Those chosen will be fully produced as part of the 20th Annual One Act Festival —The Originals in April 2016 at The Fine Arts Association.

Submissions of original ten-minute plays will be accepted beginning August 1, 2015.
Submission deadline is Thursday, October 1, 2015.

NEW THIS YEAR: Up to TWO 10-minute submissions will be accepted per playwright.

The number of plays to be produced will be at The Fine Arts Association’s discretion and will depend on the mix of qualified submissions. Original plays accepted for the Festival will be announced between January 8-18, 2016. The plays selected will be given full production within the capabilities and budget of The Fine Arts Association. There will be no monetary stipend for plays used in the Festival. There are no submission fees for this Festival.

Bad Theater Fest accepting Submissions of Any Weird Play You Can Dream Up

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Established to encouraged artists to make eye-catching, anything-goes theater, the Bad Theater Fest has hosted 200 short plays with the participation of nearly 500 playwrights, directors and actors. Past projects have ranged from plays from first-time writers, projects written specifically for Bad Theater Fest. to workshops for future performances.

The annual flagship event takes place at Chelsea's Treehouse Theater, 154 W 29th St (between 6th and 7th), 2nd Fl New York, NY 10001 over multiple weekends in October 2015.

The deadline to submit is Sat, August 15, 2015 at Midnight EST and the process is 100% free.

Projects may be entered through the form available at

Interested playwrights should include a short bio, short description of the play, length (35-40 minutes max) and a list and links of similar projects (if applicable).

More information is available at on Twitter @badtheaterfest and Facebook at

Saturday, August 1, 2015

CALL FOR SCRIPTS: New work for Solo Performers.

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OTP has opened a call for new scripts that feature Solo Performances for a new production series we are developing for 2015 or 2016. We are currently looking for work that steps outside of autobiography and instead uses the freedom of having 1 voice to bring big stories, journeys, ideas and events into brighter focus.

We would love to hear voices from Jamaica Plain, Boston, New England AND across the globe, so please share widely! No fee for Submission.

Deadline: 11:59 PM EST September 1.

Submission Guidelines:
Plays must feature 1 performer and run between 20-60 min
There is no guarantee of performance as we develop the production elements.
Our mission is wide open and we encourage the work of all, especially work for and by individuals of color, woman & those from the LGTBQ community.
Plays must be sent in either a .pdf or word doc
Please include a brief synopsis & your full contact information

Submissions can be sent by CLICKING HERE with the subject line : OTP SOLO PERFORMANCE SUBMISSION
Plays & Information are Due by September 1st
You may submit multiple scripts

Please let us know if you have any questions!

Lourdes University Drama Society 2015 One-Act Playwriting Competition

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NOTE: No entry fee necessary with copy of Dramatists Guild membership card

Cash awards of $250 for 1st place, $100 for 2nd place, and $50 for 3rd place will be presented. Winning plays will also be produced by the Lourdes University Drama Society.

To enter please send the following items to the address below:
  • Completed entry form 
  • Bio of the playwright(s) – must be 100 words or less 
  • Play synopsis including character descriptions 
  • Three copies of the script 
  • $5 entry fee or copy of current Dramatist Guild membership card 
Mail to: 

Keith Ramsdell
Lourdes University Drama Society
One-Act Playwriting Competition 6832 Convent Blvd
Sylvania, OH 43560

Competition Rules:

The competition is open to all playwrights 18 years of age and older. Only one play per playwright may be entered per year. Plays may be co-written by more than one playwright, but the names of all playwrights must appear on the entry form.

Entries must be one-act stage plays with performance times of 8 to 15 minutes. Full-length plays, musicals, children’s plays, film and TV scripts, and plays previously entered in this competition are ineligible.

Submissions are restricted to original dramatic works – no adaptations – that have not been previously published or produced outside of an academic environment.

While all reasonable care will be taken, Lourdes University Drama Society does not assume any responsibility for lost, misplaced or damaged scripts.

There are no restrictions on genre or theme.

Scripts will be judged on concept, dramatic action, characterization and dialogue. Preference will be given to plays with 2 to 4 characters, limited staging requirements, and content/language sensitive to the traditions and values of Lourdes University. The decisions of the judges are final. No critiques will be given, and no scripts will be returned.

Lourdes University Drama Society will produce the winning plays royalty-free during its Festival of One Acts 2016. This includes the right to make rehearsal copies of the script, to use the title of the play and the author’s name in publicity and promotion, and to videotape the play for archival purposes. The playwright will receive a program and DVD from the production. All future production and publication rights remain the property of the playwright.

The deadline for entries is a postmark of October 1, 2015

Late scripts will not be accepted, and revisions cannot be made once a script has been submitted. Winners will be announced and notified by the end of the calendar year.

Formatting Instructions:

To ensure anonymity during the judging process, no personal information should appear anywhere on the submitted script. The entry form will contain this information.

All scripts should be printed on 8-1/2” x 11” white paper, typewritten on one side only and submitted in acceptable play manuscript format. Each copy should be bound with a staple. Pages must be numbered, and the name of the play should appear on each page.

The entry form, bio, synopsis and fee or copy of DG card should be clipped together.

Incorrectly formatted entries will be disregarded.

More Information:

Please contact Keith Ramsdell at with any questions. You may also visit us on the web at

Friday, July 31, 2015

Diez Minutos 2016 seeks 10-minute plays

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Players Workshop seeks plays for the Fourth Annual International 10-Minute Play Festival. This fully-staged festival will be in English, and will take place in late March of 2016 in the international arts center of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico — a World Heritage Site brimming with charm, history, and culture. San Miguel was voted Conde Nast Traveler Magazine 2013 "Best City in the World.”

There is no fee for submitting. Each playwright whose script is selected and performed will receive a $10 USD cash honorarium and two complimentary tickets. One play will be selected as the Audience Favorite and its playwright shall receive an additional $25 USD cash award. No other remuneration will be provided, and any playwright attending must do so at his or her own expense.

Submission Guidelines
  • Players Workshop may delete, without reading, any submission that does not comply with these rules. Only one play may be submitted per entrant. Send us your best!
  • Only the first 100 plays entered are guaranteed to be considered.
  • We’re asking for blind submissions again this year. 
  • The play may be a drama or comedy and must be on the theme of “Games People Play.” 
  • No monologues, musicals, or children’s plays, please.
The play must be submitted by email, as an attached PDF file. No MS Word files or other formats will be accepted. The subject line of your email should include your name and the title of the play.

The submission shall include all contact information for the playwright, including name, address, telephone number and email address on a separate title page; the script must be in standard play format, with a title page, a character listing, the setting, props, and any technical requirements or other production considerations. Your name must not appear on the script. The two files should be titled "Submission [Name Of Play]” and "Title Page [Name Of Play].”

The play must be in English and no longer than 10 pages in standard format, with a calculated running time of no less than eight minutes and no more than twelve minutes.

Submission period opens on August 1, 2015. Entries must be received prior to midnight U.S. Central Standard Time, August 31, 2015. No late submissions will be accepted because of transmission problems.

The play must be unpublished, but may have had previous productions. If the play has had previous productions, a production history must be included with the submission. The submitting playwright must own all rights to the play.

Selection of plays will be at the absolute discretion of the judges.

Selection of a play does not guarantee production. Producers may decline to produce a selected play because of casting, directing or any other consideration, in which case no payment will be due the playwright.

Selected entrants will receive a list of the festival scripts by email. Notification is expected to be made no later than December 1, 2015. Only playwrights whose plays were received in the first 100 submitted will receive first-round notification. Only playwrights whose plays have been selected for performance will receive “finalist” notification.

Producers reserve the right to consider additional plays not received in the first 100.

Scripts must relate to the theme but are not otherwise limited in subject matter or content. However, there must be no nudity, and suitability for performance before a general adult audience will be a factor in selection.

Plays are restricted to 4 or fewer characters. Small casts are preferable, as the stage size is modest, with minimal set, props, sound cues, and costuming. Our talent pool is composed mostly of actors aged 40 and older. This will be a factor in selection.

Entering playwrights grant the producers of Diez Minutos permission to perform the play a maximum of twelve times during the Diez Minutos 2016 festival, and to make as many copies of the script as are necessary for production. All other rights remain with the playwright.

Submitting Your Play

Please address your submission to: Any inquiries should be addressed to the same address.

Thanks, in advance, for helping us make Diez Minutos 2016 a great success. We look forward to reading your entry.

Michael Gottlieb, Players Workshop
Producer of Diez Minutos 2016

Theatre Three Festival of One-Act Plays

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) Short Forms

As a reader of NYC Playwrights, you’re well aware that short plays are in incredibly high demand. Each day, it seems there are more and more calls for short plays, and developing a strong portfolio of short plays is one of the fastest ways to become a produced playwright. This class at Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) will help you hone your short form skills.

with Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River Theatre Company)
Short plays require an ability to convey character, effective dialogue, and action without extensive exposition, and in this 10-week class, you'll learn how not to waste a single word. From this class, you'll take away the skills to craft surprising pieces of theater, regardless of length, that reflect something deeper about the world at large, and you'll be well on your way to compiling a portfolio of submission-ready short plays.

Section A:
Wednesdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Starts September 16

Section B:
Thursdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Starts September 24

Generations residency

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The Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company makes an ongoing commitment to new theatrical work, from world premieres to playwright residencies. Generations is BETC's new play development program. The name comes from BETC's goals for the program: to welcome all generations into the theater to see new plays, and to empower playwrights to generate new work.

Each year, one playwright is chosen from a international applicant pool to join BETC in Boulder for a one-week residency, where the writer workshops the work-in-progress with a director, actors, and a dramaturg. Each residency culminates in a public reading. Generations is made possible in part by the Sustainable Arts Foundation.

Generations 2015-16:

BETC is now accepting submissions for our next Generations residency. In order to support the work of parent playwrights, BETC is seeking full-length plays, for a cast of seven actors or less, written by a parent with at least one child under 18 years of age as of September 1, 2015.

The winning playwright will receive

· a week-long workshop residency in Boulder, Colorado, with daily rehearsals, culminating in a staged reading of the selected script;

· the chance to rewrite and revise during the week as part of the script development experience;

· a stipend for travel and lodging;

· a $250 prize; and

· a $250 childcare stipend to defray the costs associated with childcare during the residency.

During the residency, the selected play will be rehearsed with a cast of professional actors, director, and dramaturg. The week will culminate in a public reading. The selected work will be considered for full production in a future BETC season. The residency will take place during the first two weeks of May 2016; specific date arrangements will be made directly with the winning playwright.

Competition submissions are due September 1, 2015.

Entry Guidelines:

Plays must be written in the English language. Plays that have been produced by Equity or professional companies or that have been published are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production or that have been published as an actor's edition will be considered. Plays may not be under option or scheduled for professional production or publication as of September 1, 2015.

To enter our 2015-16 competition, please submit the following two files in PDF format by email to

File 1: Cover sheet, containing within a two-page limit:
1. Contact information: name, phone, email, mailing address, and a paragraph bio for yourself and any other collaborators.
2. A brief synopsis of your play (500 words or less)
3. A brief production history of the work (if applicable)
4. Character descriptions

File 2: A 20-page dialogue sample. Please do not include your name anywhere in the sample file. Full-length scripts will not be accepted.

The application deadline is September 1, 2015. A shortlist of playwrights will be contacted in early October, and we will request a full-length draft of selected works at that time. Our winning playwright will be notified by December 1, 2015.

Summer Harvest 2016 ten-minute plays

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Onion Man is accepting submissions of original 10-minute plays for Summer Harvest 2016! A Day at the Lake. The shows will be staged in late May and early June of 2016. 

 The deadline for submissions is October 31st, 2015. Below are the submission guidelines:
  • A limit of two plays per playwright
  • It should be a 10-minute play
  • Must be an original work with no prior production

All submitted plays must be written to one of the following set parameters. The plays must be set on either a dock at a lake or on the back porch of a lake house.

If written for a dock, action should be on the dock or on land behind the dock. There will be an entry/exit point from the dock leading off stage for any characters going into or coming out of the lake.
If written to the back porch of the lake house the action should be on the porch, steps or small area of ground in front of the porch. There will also be a door for entry/exit to the house.

Submissions are open to any writer, although Georgia and southeastern playwrights will receive preference.

Plays should be submitted in a PDF format without name or contact information of the writer on the script. Please place the writer’s name and contact information in the text of the email or on a separate page. Scripts should be emailed to 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Global Playwriting Contest 2015 on Confronting Climate Change and Defying Disasters

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  1. Everyone is eligible to join the “Global Playwriting Contest 2015 on Confronting Climate Change and Defying Disasters”.
  2. Each entry must focus on the theme of climate change as described in these rules. We cannot solve the crisis of human survival unless we address the Armageddon of global warming. The entry must have a compelling dramatic narrative line that aims at generating the will to build a mindset of disaster risk reduction, resilience in communities, and a healthier sustainable future for children. The entry should be based on a real-life experience that is available from numerous accounts from around the world. A short paragraph should be appended to the entry, identifying and describing the climate change issue that is tackled in the play.
  3. The term “climate change” is defined the way it is defined in Article 1 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), namely, change of climate which is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere and which is in addition to natural climate variability observed over comparable time periods.” As explained by UNESCO, “Carbon dioxide and other gases in Earth’s atmosphere act like a greenhouse moderating the temperatures we experience. These warm the surface of the planet naturally by trapping solar heat in the atmosphere. This is a good thing because it keeps our planet habitable. However, by burning fossil fuels such as coal, gas and oil and clearing forests we have dramatically increased the amount of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere and temperatures are rising.” The UN 3rd Conference on Disaster Reduction was just held in Sendai. The declaration and results of the inclusive management concerns and building of resilient cities are accessible in the UNISDR web. Likewise, the web notes of UNESCO on education for sustainable development will be interesting briefers for participants. Other sources are UNEP and IPCC.
  4. Each entry may be written by one or more playwrights. In case there is more than one playwright, a written statement signed by each contributing playwright should accompany the entry, certifying that each playwright will get an equal share of the cash award, if the play wins.
  5. The title of the play, the name/s and contact information (email address, mobile phone number, and mailing address) of the playwright or playwrights, and the estimated playing time on stage should be indicated on the first page of each entry. A scanned copy of the contestant’s passport or other identification card (containing name and address) should accompany the entry; in case there are two or more playwrights, scanned copies of their passports or identification cards should be attached.
  6. Each play should run for at least 30 minutes but not more than 45 minutes without intermission on a stage. There is no limitation on the type of stage to be used. If it will not be a proscenium stage, there should be an indication in the page that describes the setting of the play. The drama can integrate lyrics if there is music composition required. It can also include in the stage instructions if mixed media is used, the necessary visuals desired.
  7. There will be one (1) prize for the best play. The prize of Five Thousand US Dollars (USD 5,000.00) will be given by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDRR) headed by Dr. Margaret Wahlstrom, the special representative, of Secretary-General Ban ki moon.
  8. The criteria for choosing the winning play are: 50% quality of writing and 50% accuracy and effectiveness of the twin message of confronting climate change and generating resilient and disaster-prepared communities.
  9. The winning play will be given to every member country of the United Nations, for staging on stage or adaptation to radio, television, and/or film through the mechanism of dissemination of information via the UNESCO National Commissions through the cooperation of the office of the UNESCO Director-General, Dr. Irina Bokova. It will be accessible for replication through the network of UNESCO associated schools and the UNESCO Assembly of Goodwill Ambassadors and Artists for Peace.
  10. The copyright to the winning entry will remain with the playwright or playwrights. The project is organized through the Philippine Center of the International Theatre Institute and ITI-CIDC Social Action Network and the Earthsavers-UNESCO Artist for Peace under the direction of Cecile Guidote-Alvarez.
  11. Notwithstanding Rule 10, the playwright or playwrights will allow the International Theatre Institute (ITI) to stage the play (live on stage) for one performance each in each United Nations member country without payment of royalties. The playwright or playwrights will allow the staging and or dramatic reading of the play at a United Nations and/or UNESCO event without payment of royalties. The playwright or playwrights will allow ITI Philippines to premiere the play on radio with live Web streaming, without payment of royalties, in Filipino translation. Subsequent performances, as well as radio, television, and film productions, have to pay royalties to the playwright or playwrights. Similarly, all translation rights belong to the playwright or playwrights and any translation into languages other than that or those of the original play needs explicit written permission from the playwright or playwrights to be done, except in the case of ITI Philippines, as provided above.
  12. Each entry can be written in any language or combination of languages, but plays not in English should be accompanied by an English translation of the entire text
  13. Each entry (in pdf form) must be received on or before noon of 30 August 2015 (Manila TimeS) by email to ITI Philippines Secretary General or by postal service stamped august 30 . Send to: ITI-Earthsavers UNESCO DREAM Center, Gotesco Twin Towers B, Unit 1203, Natividad Lopez St. , Ermita, Manila, Philippines.
  14. The project is a contribution to the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of UNESCO. It has been conceived to demonstrate the immense value of a cultural communications ingredient as a force for education in popularizing scientific data in symbols people can understand and relate to, as well as to provide a conscienticizing platform to help forge the collective will for the crucial global deal in Paris, to prevent the irreversible threshold of two-degree Centigrade of devastation. It is also meant to call attention to the dynamic possibilities of applying effectively an arts-based psycho-social therapy to heal trauma of victims and refugees of disasters as part of recovery and reconstruction efforts to address the mental health of survivors. It aims to harness a creative army of artists concerned to help confront the global challenge of survival of humanity and Mother Earth.
  15. The winner will be announced on October 15, 2015.
  16. The awards will be given in appropriate ceremonies at a proposed side event at COP21. If not in the home country of the winning playwright or, in the case of several playwrights, in the home country of the first playwright listed on the title page of the play. A dramatic reading of the winning play is being arranged through the UNFCCC secretariat headed by Ms. Christiana Figueres, as part of a continuing Tri-Continental South-South Intercultural Interfaith Dialogue on Defying Disasters, co-convened by the Philippines, Colombia, and Kenya, coordinated through the Earthsavers UNESCO DREAM Center, Ocean Security International, and Climate Institute
  17. The decision of the board of judges is final and unappealable.
  18. The board of judges is composed of Isagani R. Cruz of ITI Philippines (chair) and a representative of ITI Director-General or President through the International Playwrights Forum (IPF). For content consultation and dissemination of rules, the board of judges will be assisted by UNESCO, UNEP, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), and the Office of Commissioner Heherson Alvarez of the Philippine Climate Change Commission.

Talos Science Fiction Theatre Festival Call for Scripts

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TALOS: the 1st Science Fiction Theatre Festival of London will take place 24-25 October 2015 in Chelsea Theatre in London. The festival is seeking submissions of short plays with science fiction elements. The deadline for script submissions is 15 August 2015.

Scripts should be no more than 30 minutes long in performance and may be original or previously produced. The accepted plays will be mainly science fiction but related genres [e.g. horror, contemporary fantasy] will also be considered. The scripts must be written in English. Translations are also welcome.

Terms and Conditions

1. TALOS welcomes script submissions in English. The scripts must be no longer than 30 minutes and be submitted as a PDF attachment to Please include a short bio and a synopsis in the body of your email.

Deadline is 15 August 2015.

2. Please put SCRIPT SUBMISSION: [PLAY TITLE] by [AUTHOR] in the subject line of your email.

3. One submission per writer please.

4. If your submission is accepted, you should hear from us by 31 August 2015. If you haven’t heard from us by early September 2015, please assume your submission has been unsuccessful. We regret we cannot provide feedback for every script received.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

2016 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival

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2016 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival

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

Official Rules, Application, and Script information

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 2016. 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 28, 2016. Cash award of $300.00 to “Best in Snow,” with $100.00 awards going to both 2nd and 3rd place.

* Through November 1st - Call for scripts.

* November - Scripts chosen for production will be announced.

* January 29 – February, 2016 - Run of festival performances.

* February 28, 2016 (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. One entry per playwright.

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

#3- Submissions must be postmarked on or before November 1st 2015.

#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

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

Bread & Roses Theatre Company seeks short plays

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The in-house Bread & Roses Theatre Company (BRTC) has been running regular new writing night The Platform since October 2012 in what was originally nothing more than the upstairs function room at the Bread & Roses Pub. This was the project that inspired the transformation of the space and eventual launch of The Bread & Roses Theatre on the 1st of November 2014!

The Platform usually takes place two times per year and features a selection of some of the best new short plays out there. It has quickly established itself as an opportunity to discover, develop and explore new scripts, whilst also providing actors, directors and writers with an opportunity to showcase their work. The BRTC has since also gone on to produce their first full length production, a 5 star reviewed adaptation of Miss Julie.

The last submission round attracted over 150 submissions. Whilst we focus on UK based writers we are also happy to include, and have previously featured, writers from across the world. If you want to know more about our previous productions, check out our reviews and writer testimonials!

The Platform VIII will take place on Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd November 2015 and will also represent the First Year Anniversary Celebration of The Bread & Roses Theatre!

We are now accepting 5 to 20 minute short play submissions until midnight on 31st July 2015. Winning scripts will receive a professional performance on both nights and the winning writers will also get a guaranteed prize of £20 plus a share of profits made from ticket sales. Previously submitted scripts may be resubmitted, please note in the comments if you have also redrafted it since. We accept up to two scripts per writer per submission round. Please note we are not looking for submissions with directors or actors already attached. You may submit plays that have previously been produced elsewhere.


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Each December, WildClaw produces the DEATHSCRIBE Festival of Horror Radio Plays. DEATHSCRIBE is an open submission, international festival and writing competition. Writers may submit up to two radio plays to DEATHSCRIBE in any given year.

DEATHSCRIBE 2015 will take place on December 7, 2015.

Submissions are now OPEN.

Submissions of radio horror plays for consideration in DEATHSCRIBE should be sent to Please take a moment to read the guidelines posted below before submitting.

Deadline: August 1, 2015 at midnight

Each year we seek 10-minute radio scripts that are genuinely scary, imaginative, chilling, intelligent, suspenseful, horrific or downright grotesque. We put no restrictions on contestants as to content or tone, but keep in mind that we are a Horror Theatre. We take our horror seriously, and so should you.

5 scripts will be selected from all submissions. After being selected, there will be an opportunity for the authors to refine and revise these scripts (if deemed necessary) in collaboration with WildClaw Theatre Company. There will be a “Best of the Fest” award, with the winner chosen by a celebrity panel of judges on the night of performance to receive the coveted Bloody Axe Award. Previous winners include:

2008: “Dark & Stormy” by Albert Gerber
2009: “Remembrance” by Christopher Hainsworth
2010: “The Change in Buckett County” by David Schmidt
2011: “Alabama Mermaid” by Jessica Wright Buha
2012: “Fish Story” by Joseph Zettelmaier
2013: “We Apologize for the Inconvenience” by Chelsea Paice
2014: “Fracture Zone” by Christopher M. Walsh

All submissions must be made electronically; please make sure your script is formatted correctly according to the guidelines (see below) and submit your script as an attachment to Please include the title of your play in the subject line.

Deathscribe selections are “blind.” The title page should include the title of the script, names of all authors, and the address, phone and email address of the author(s). The subsequent pages must include only the manuscript title and page number and NO identifying personal information (name, address, email, etc.) or it will be disqualified.

Scripts must be ready to produce – all sound and music cues included. Details on format can be found below. Please do not submit a traditional stageplay with the instruction that “if we like it, you will be willing to adapt it.” Scripts must already be in radio format to be eligible.

Please be aware that these scripts, if chosen, will be performed by no more than 6 actors, therefore scripts with more characters will require double casting by the director of the piece.

• Scripts must be no more than TEN MINUTES in length. (Generally speaking, a 10-minute radio play is NO LONGER than 15 pages.)
• Writers may submit up to two (2) scripts for Deathscribe consideration in any year. There is no fee to submit to Deathscribe.
• PDF format is strongly preferred. If PDF is not possible, then only MS Word please. All scripts must have a title page with all contact information, but no identifying information should appear anywhere else in the document. Submissions must be in a standard font and no less than 12 point.
• NO SCREENPLAYS. SCREENPLAYS WILL BE DISCARDED. WE KNOW THEM WHEN WE SEE THEM. (Nothing against screenplays. But this is a radio play festival.)
• DO NOT submit full-length plays for consideration in Deathscribe. They will be discarded. If you wish to submit a full-length horror play to WildClaw, see our general submission guidelines.
• Scripts should follow radio drama format. Helpful suggestions and examples are available here:

(these resources not affiliated with the WildClaw Deathscribe Radio Play Festival).

Questions? Email them to Scott at


Monday, July 27, 2015

Hijabi Monologues

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Are you a Muslim woman who loves writing? 
Have you attended a Hijabi Monologues show and felt inspired to share your story?
Would you like your story PERFORMED for an international audience by an experienced actress? Consider participating in the Hijabi Monologues Story Contest 2015!

Writers must send their submissions by Friday, 31 July 2015.
Submit your monologue to by emailing with the subject "HM Story Contest 2015, [City], [Country]."The winning stories will be shared via YouTube by experienced Hijabi Monologues storytellers.

**Winning stories may be invited to join the Hijabi Monologues Story Bank.**

Hijabi Monologues Europe is managed in partnership with the British Council. For more information, follow @HMEurope on twitter and 'like' their Facebook page at


When you send in your story, you must include in the body of your email

1. Confirmation that the monologue submitted is completely original to you. You are the present and exclusive and sole owner of all right, title, and interest in and to the story.

2. Confirmation that the monologue has not been published, used in an anthology, or winner of any other contests.

3. Confirmation that the monologue is a true story.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You may use fictional names in order to protect the identities of those involved in your story. If you do so, please include at the top of your monologue submission "Names of people and places have been fictionalized."


1. One (1) entry per person (one monologue).

2. Scripts in Microsoft Word (.doc) are requested.

3. The monologue should be double-spaced and no longer than 750 words or 3 pages; written in English, or in your native tongue and accompanied by an English translation.

4. Contact information (Name, E-mail address, Phone Number, Skype ID if available) on the cover page only.

5. Please put the title of your monologue at the top of each page.

6. Please paginate your script at the bottom of each page: 1 of 3, 2 of 3 etc

7. Submit your monologue to by emailing with the subject "HM Story Contest 2015, [City], [Country]."
8. Submissions which do not include the required format above will NOT BE CONSIDERED.


1. The hijab is to be present visually (on stage) but not the story's main subject. This project is not about explaining why a Muslim wears or does not wear a headscarf; the process of veiling and unveiling; etc. On the other hand, stories about the first day you wore hijab to work; about when your five-year old son decided to wear hijab to school to be like his mom; about that perfect purple hijab you always wear for prayer; etc. may be considered.

2. In the utterly mundane (i.e. dinner with the in-laws, writing a letter, a moment of frustration when you couldn't find matching socks, a moment of fear when the lights went out, etc.), there can be a wonderful narrative. Some of the best stories reflect an eye to see the extraordinary in the very ordinary.

3. Specific details and local references to a school, neighborhood or city are a big plus. Do not shy away from using Islamic tropes and motifs (eg. "She could not stomach the flesh of her dead brother.") and/or using language that is Muslim (eg. "She broke her wudu."), regionally specific (eg. "I was bloody furious.") or culturally specific (eg. "Her dupatta was always freshly pressed.").

4. Stories about sexuality are fine but keep in mind that Muslim women's sexuality has been a popular subject for voyeurism. Muslim women have been represented as exotic, hyper-sexual, asexual and sexually repressed in popular European and North American literary and visual arts. Be creative!

5. As an exercise, highlight the elements that are specific to the narrator's voice. Then highlight the elements that are "universal." Both elements are important.

6. Read your monologue aloud. It should sound like a story--and less like a campaign speech, advertisement, sermon and/or spoken word poetry although you may incorporate these rhetorical styles into the voice(s) of character(s). Ask yourself, “Could this be performed by an actress?”

7. Consider how the story might resonate with existing Hijabi Monologues core stories. For examples, visit -

Hijabi Monologues Story Bank?**

The Hijabi Monologues production is a specially tailored weaving of the core monologues written by Sahar I. Ullah with local stories gathered through story contests and/or workshops, some of which are included in the HM Story Bank. The Hijabi Monologues Story Bank monologues are original works and eligible for inclusion in future HM Shows. Writers of these monologues include Kamilah A. Pickett, Komita Carrington, Kiran Tahir, Rima Zalghout, Rafiah Jones and Laila Achmad. Not all contest winners or local monologues showcased in past shows are included in the HM Story Bank.

Studio C Artists Holiday Show

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Writer Guidelines For Studio C Artists Holiday Show

Please register your intention to send us a submission ASAP at so that we know how many submissions to expect and can plan accordingly.
  • Writers should submit one (1) completed One Act play (preferably in PDF format) no later than Friday, July 31st @ 5PM PST
  • Email your submission to
  • Please include a logline, a synopsis, and a casting/character breakdown with your submission. 
  • No more than three (3) plays will be chosen by the One Act Series selection committee. 
  • Each play should be 20-25 minutes in length, maximum. Any play significantly over the allotted time will be required to be trimmed (definitely nothing longer than 30 minutes). Please don’t go by page count, as that can differ depending on writing utility (read aloud for best guess at play length). 
  • All works should be original – having never been produced in Los Angeles before. 
  • 2 characters minimum, 4 characters maximum. Any play with more than 4 characters will not likely be considered. 
  • We have access to a lot of actors in their 20’s and early 30’s. Please focus on this age range with the roles. 
  • Each one-act play should have a holiday theme (any holiday in November-December is fine). We’re looking for shows that put you in the holiday spirit – think “Miracle On 34th St.” or “It’s A Wonderful Life”. 
  • Each one-act play will take place in the same setting, a generic living room space. It will be decorated for the holidays and will be used to resemble a home, apartment, etc. Assume the set will be fairly simple as to accommodate multiple shows. Dressing will include things like a couch, a table, and a chair. Do not expect anything more than that to work with. 
  • Actors can make entrances from one door on the stage – and through the fourth wall (audience). 
  • Keep sound and lighting cues to a minimum – if not, we will cut them. 
  • Keep props to a minimum. They must be carried on and off by the actors as they make their entrances/exits. 
  • There will be no real food/drink allowed during the play – if the piece requires eating or drinking it must be pantomimed – so please consider this. 
  • Writers must be available for possible rewrites once the pieces are chosen, prior to rehearsals in September. 
  • Writers are welcome to visit the casting sessions for their piece if chosen (Directors have final say in Cast selections). 
  • Writers are welcome to sit in on any/all rehearsals once they are scheduled (any notes/comments should be given only to the Director – and never directly to the Actors). 
Please address all questions, comments, or concerns to Producer Michael Sonntag – (323) 988-1175 –

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Upstream Artists’ Collective of Brooklyn is looking for scripts

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The new Upstream Artists’ Collective of Brooklyn, New York is looking for script solicitations from local, national, and international playwrights. The mission of Upstream is to produce new work with a focus on environmental and climate concerns in non-didactic, storied ways. Sustainability is a core part of the mission; plays with minimalism and resourceful, beautiful design potential will be given great consideration. Special consideration to: full length plays of less than 90 minutes, plays with music (not musicals), few characters, and poetic storytelling.

Email us at

Deadline: August 22, 2015


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Future Tenant is now accepting submissions for our annual FUTURE TEN FESTIVAL OF 10-MINUTE PLAYS! Now in its 12th year, Future Ten is scheduled to run from November 6th-14th at Future Tenant in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. 

There is no fee for submission, and all playwrights are encouraged to submit. We are very interested in work from writers in the Pittsburgh areas, but we will consider writers from across the country. We will accept up to four submissions per writer; any submissions more than four will not be considered.

In order to be considered, all submissions are due on or before August 1.

Please visit our website for more details:

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Tales from the Script

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Please consider the following guidelines for Därkhorse Drämatists “Tales from the Script”! It’s important to note, that while we favor newer plays, this festival is not limited to original work. Your submissions may have been produced at other venues, so long as it is unpublished and wasn’t featured in last year’s festival. Besides one-act plays, we are also looking for 1-person shorts & monologues. Please refer to the guidelines below.

One-acts: 25 page maximum / 10 page minimum. (No minimum page count for 1 person shorts or monologues). No exceedingly violent or pornographic material. Adult language allowed within reason.

Plays may have a maximum of 3-4 characters and should take place in a limited setting and minimal props.

2 submissions allowed per playwright.

Playwright must provide contact information including their location and previous production history of the play where applicable. Regional playwrights are given first consideration.

Submissions preferred in stageplay format. E-mailed no later than September 1st to:

Plays can be any genre; comedy, satirical, farce, drama, horror or gothic as long as they fall into a loose ‘Halloween theme’. No musicals or murder mysteries please.

Plays will be mediated in a forum comprised of local playwrights, directors and actors to determine which will be produced.

Overtime Theater Call for Submissions 2016

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Devoted solely to producing new and original work, we are particularly interested in bold and innovative plays that are challenging and entertaining.

We are seeking unproduced original work, adaptations of films and novels, translations and adaptations of classic works, musicals, comedies, tragedies, melodramas, kitchen sink musical comedies, operas, light operas, operettas, soft rock operas, heavy metal boulevard farces and many other forms hitherto unknown.

If you can imagine it, then we will make it happen.

We are open to any genre, with a special emphasis on genres that are often neglected in theatre such as science fiction, adventure, superhero epics and cross-genre works, immersive environmental plays, or pieces that are truly uncategorizable.

While we are looking to nurture and develop local artists we are also open to giving voice to artists across Texas and to other artists national and international.

We are, in short, looking for exciting plays that will move the audience of today and perhaps be a beacon to audiences of the future.

Located between the Pearl Brewery complex and the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Overtime has been voted the favorite theater of readers of the San Antonio Current for six years in a row. The Overtime is home to two performing spaces, one of which is small while the other is quite cozy.


Currently we do not have a stipend for playwrights.

Writers, directors, cast and crew are all compensated through an equal share of audience contributions and other donations to the “love bucket” which is divided at the end of a production’s run. Artistic staff and the board of the Overtime are all volunteers.

This is not an ideal situation, and it is hardly reflective of the value we believe art should have, but it is as fair and democratic a way we have of ensuring the survival of a theater for the people and by the people.

Please submit your plays in PDF format.

We will accept full-length plays, “one-acts” and even shorter works that may be combined with other authors’ works for a full program.

We will even consider cycles of plays or anything else you can come up with.

We will accept submissions for serial pieces with the following requirements.

1. A completed pilot episode.

2. A series bible that defines characters and story arcs and an outline of the total run of the series.
3. A detailed synopsis for each of the following episodes.
4. An outline of the plan for scheduled completion of the serial season.
Movement Based Pieces/Improvisational pieces/Devised Pieces

We will consider forms of performance that are not “traditional” plays.

For these we will consider them in several forms.

1. For choreographic pieces (dance, ballet, etc.) we will consider pieces with a descriptive text.

2. If the artist is proposing to direct/perform then we will also like to see a sample of previous work and a full CV in addition to a descriptive synopsis of the piece.
3. For improvisational/devised pieces we will consider them based on a descriptive concept statement along with a full account of the process by which the proposed piece will be created.
Other Proposals

In addition to the above we will consider other options for a play or performance that is not covered here. Please contact us with your proposals.

Again, if you can imagine it, then we will consider it.
How to Submit

In an effort to be ecologically responsible, the Overtime Theater accepts scripts with all materials (PDF format preferred) in one email to

Friday, July 24, 2015

Playwrights and Artists Festival 2015 ~ Binghamton, NY

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When we look at a piece of art each person has a different interpretation of what they see. That is the beauty of art and the challenge to our playwrights. Each year we take three works of art and ask writers to write a play as they are moved or inspired by the artwork. We blind-read the submissions, select the best and produce them. The art is exhibited, we perform the play and ask the audience for feedback. It is our annual mixed media event that draws inquisitive art and theatre lovers to KNOW. Come join us.

As in previous years there will be 3 plays chosen for each artwork. Those chosen will need to be present for one of the performances. In person is highly preferable but we do understand monetary constraints and do not want to discourage our far away writers from participating. We have in the past used skype for playwrights to both watch their play and participate in the talk back. As always is the case the experience is best in person but we are an understanding lot.

So we look forward to seeing your submissions and wish you all the best of luck!

Please submit plays to subject should be “playwrights festival submissions”

Please include a front page with name and title (which will be removed upon sending to adjudicators). Please ONLY put your name at the front of the script as we are trying to keep the submissions anonymous for the adjudication process. And please indicate what piece of artwork you were inspired by.

November dates are TBA. All performances are at 8 pm.

*The deadline for play submissions is August 31 at midnight. There will be no exceptions. Plays will then be sent to be adjudicated and those chosen will have some time for tweaking if needed.*

Criteria for Playwright Submissions are:
  1. Play must be inspired by one of the artworks.
  2. Play length is limited to 15-20 minutes maximum (no exceptions).
  3. Cast size no greater than 5 characters. Set should be implied
  4. Playwright, if chosen, must be available to attend performances.

Reva Shiner Comedy Award

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Guidelines for Submission

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

We are currently accepting submissions for the 2016-17 Reva Shiner Comedy Award (deadline Oct. 31, 2015). The top 10 finalists and the winner of the 2016-17 Reva Shiner Comedy Award will be announced at the end of March 2016.
  • "Full-length" plays will have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes).
  • Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission. Plays that have received developmental readings, workshop productions, or productions at small theatre companies are acceptable. No scripts with previous productions at major regional theaters will be accepted. Once entered, subsequent activity does not change the acceptability of the script.
  • Each submission must include a synopsis (1 page or less) including the cast size. A separate page should include a brief bio of the playwright, and production/development history if applicable.
  • Each submission must include a cover letter with contact information and a $10.00 reader fee. Agent submissions require no fee. The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. 

Make sure to note with your submission that you have paid the reader fee online.
It is preferable for musicals to include a demo CD. The complete score is not necessary but may be included. All plays are read by BPP's literary personnel led by and including the Literary Manager and Artistic Director.

We do not accept e-mail submissions. Scripts will not be returned. Blind submissions are not necessary. Please include all contact information. Plays submitted in previous years will be accepted.
The BPP reserves the right not to name a winner and/or name a winner but not commit to a reading or production.
Send to:
Reva Shiner Comedy Award
Bloomington Playwrights Project
107 W. 9th Street
Bloomington, IN 47404
Scripts must be postmarked by October 31, 2015, and received no later than November 10, 2015. We are not responsible for postal delays, and recommend you not choose to send Media Mail unless you are submitting several weeks in advance.
For further information, write BPP, Attn: Literary Manager, 107 W. 9th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404. For faster replies, please e-mail us at

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Living Room Series

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Now in its 24th year, The Living Room Series is a New Play Development program, which embodies The Blank’s commitment to developing new work by diverse voices from both established and emerging writers. The Living Room Series takes place on Monday evenings at the 2nd Stage Theatre in Hollywood between Labor Day and Memorial Day.

The Living Room Series offers a week-long rehearsal process for the playwright, director and actors to explore and refine the play before presenting it to an audience. The performances are minimally staged, with actors carrying scripts, and are a wonderful opportunity for the playwright to get a sense of the play’s full potential. The Blank accepts submissions for our Living Room Series (workshops of new plays) from June 1 – August 31 via Submittable.


See you on September 14th when the new 2015-2016 season starts up!

All performances begin at 8:00pm and take place at The Blank’s 2nd Stage Theatre, 6500 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood California.

For reservations please email with your name and how many seats you would like.


Submissions will only be accepted from June 1-August 31 through Submittable. Each submission must include:
  • Playwright resume and biography.
  • A one-sentence summary of your script. For example: A young man and woman from different social classes fall in love aboard an ill-fated voyage at sea.
  • A brief synopsis of your play.
  • A character breakdown list (including ages and gender).
  • A brief artistic statement explaining how you feel your play would benefit from participating in the Living Room Series.
  • An outline of your play’s developmental/production history (if existing). If the submission is optioned by another company, please note this in the Development History document so that we may attempt to coordinate the LRS reading with the upcoming production.
  • A copy of your full-length play.

Click Here to Submit via Submittable!

Submission must be full-length (one-acts or ten-minutes will not be considered at this time).
Submission must not have received a full production. Submissions that have received full productions, even if they have undergone significant post-production revisions, will not be considered. The Blank considers staged readings and academic productions exceptions to this rule.

Playwright may only submit one script per submission period.

Materials must be submitted as PDFs. For information on how to create a pdf, please visit:
Any submission that does not adhere to these guidelines or that is submitted after the submission period will not be considered.

5th Annual Short Play Festival: We Are Family

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Submissions due August 14, 2015

Selected short plays will be performed during the Autry’s American Indian Arts Marketplace in Los Angeles. This year’s theme: What is family?

Today there are many variations on what it means to be a family. Your play on the family story might focus on the more traditional, extended family story (parents and children residing with other family members); or perhaps the so-called nuclear family; or maybe it’s a story of a mother or father raising their children; or a brother, his sister, and her children; or maybe you want to explore GAP family stories (grandparents raising grandchildren); or an adopted or created family story.

What does all of this mean to the Native American family and identity? Are we born into a family for life, or do we surround ourselves with adopted “family members” as we grow older? Whether a family is biological or chosen, it has shaped our identity and formed our histories.

Native Voices seeks short plays (5–16 pages long) that address the many ways a Native American family forms and functions. Plays may be a celebration of family life, or an examination of complexities and issues in Native families. Alternately, plays may dramatize traditional family stories or family histories. Specific topics can range anywhere from coming-of-age stories to foster care or adoption stories; the discovery of shared heritage to the cycle of historical trauma. Both comedies and dramas are always welcome.

Selection Process: Short plays (5 page minimum–15 page maximum) that are related to the theme and are received by August 14, 2015 will be read and evaluated by a national reading panel comprised of Native American theatre artists and community members along with nationally recognized theatre artists. They will select 5 to 8 plays for the festival based on the creative use of the theme, originality, theatricality, and execution. Selected plays will be given a staged reading on November 8, 2015, as part of the Autry’s annual American Indian Arts Marketplace. A panel of celebrity judges will select the 2015 Von Marie Atchley Award for Excellence in Playwriting, a $1,000 cash prize.

Checklist for All Submissions
  • Please label script attachment as follows: PlayTitle_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: MyNewPlay_Doe, J.doc).
  • You must use a standard playscript format (observe one-inch margins, use a #12 Times or Courier font, number all script pages).
  • Include a title page with full contact information (mailing address, phone numbers, email address) and a draft or revision date.
  • Include a character breakdown.
  • Provide a biography of 75–100 words. Please label attachment as follows: Bio_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: Bio_Doe, J.doc).
  • Provide development history for the play. Label attachment as follows: DevHistory_PlayTitle_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: DevHistory_MyNewPlay_Doe, J.doc).
To submit, fill out our online form and upload your submission materials here: Native Voices Script Submission Form

2016 David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize

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We will be accepting submissions for the 2016 David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize from July 1 - 31, 2015.
We will no longer be accepting submissions via email or standard post. Please complete the application form and upload your materials below.

David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize Guidelines
• Submissions will be accepted from July 1 – 31, 2015
• Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays in English in any genre
• Musicals, translations, one-acts, and any play previously submitted for the prizes are not eligible
• Plays may not have received or be scheduled for a full-scale, professional production prior to submission
Playwrights must be citizens of the United States
• One submission per playwright is allowed each year; if you plan to submit for the 2016 Sky Cooper Prize, you must submit the same play for both prizes
• Playwrights submitting on their own behalf should submit a 10 page dialogue sample; Agents may submit full scripts for consideration. We prefer submissions as PDF of word documents (.pdf or .doc) with last name, first name, (title of the play) as the document title. For example: Wilson, August (Seven Guitars).pdf

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


Discount tickets are being offered to NYCPlaywrights readers for Mrs. Smith’s Broadway Cat-Tacular! and a pair of tickets for this show will be given away in the NYCPlaywrights mailing list on a first-come, first-serve basis this Saturday.

You can join the mailing list here.

Mrs. Smith’s Broadway Cat-Tacular!
47th Street Theater- 304 West 47th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
July 10th through September 20th

MRS. SMITH is a woman on the verge of a cat-based breakdown — in search of her missing cat, Carlyle. To overcome the grief and rage of this “personal apocalypse,” she’s tried psychoanalysis, New Age therapies and, now, mounting a Broadway-style musical spectacular where her bizarre life story is re-enacted in delirious song and dance. With the aid of her dapper Broadway Boys, Mrs. Smith puts her laugh-out-loud spin on a the perilous highs and lows of fame, fortune and superstardom.

Featuring classic Broadway hits like “Cabaret”, “One Night in Bangkok,” “The Cat That Got Away” and many more, this CAT-TACULAR is a deftly executed character comedy with tap dancing, puppetry and virtuosic electric guitar — that leaves audiences laughing through tears. See the show critics are hailing as “A DEMENTED CABARET ON ACID!” (CityPages), and “OFF ITS MEDS!” (Boston Globe).

Special Offer


ONLINE: Visit and use code INSCAT

PHONE: Call 212-279-4200 and mention code INSCAT

IN PERSON: Bring a print out of the offer to Ticket Central Box Office - 416 W 42nd Street (Between 9th and 10th), New York, NY, Noon to 8pm 7 days a week.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM, Sundays and Mondays at 7:30 PM.

Restrictions: Normal service charges apply to online and phone orders and a $1.50 Restoration Fee will be added to the price of the ticket at check out. (Reg. price $79.50). Subject to availability. Not valid on prior purchase. Offer cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. Additional blackout dates and restrictions may apply. No refunds or exchanges. Offer may be revoked at any time.