Saturday, April 30, 2016

Celebration Barn Theater Residency

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Celebration Barn is an incubator for physical theater with an emphasis on collaborative process. Residencies provide artists a retreat from daily demands, allowing them to fully immerse themselves in creating and refining work. Located in the beautiful countryside of western Maine, Celebration Barn’s 44 year history fuels a super-charged atmosphere that encourages artists to play on their creative edge, to be nurtured and challenged by collaborators, and to launch performance in new directions.

Thanks to generous support from the Nolan Family Foundation, the program, including our meal plan, is free for all participants!

Dates: The August Show Incubation Residency will run from August 15-22, 2016.

Who is eligible: Individual artists (age 18+ and at any stage of their career) working with a director/production team and ensembles (with up to 8 members) are encouraged to apply. Accommodations are only provided for those who are creative participants in the project. Up to 3 artists/ensembles may be in residency at one time, depending on the needs of applicants.

Expenses paid by artists: Travel and Bedding

Resources provided by Celebration Barn:
  • Private on-site accommodations in single or double-occupancy rooms (for participating artists only; singles as available)
  • Delicious, healthy lunches and dinners prepared in buffet style, always with a vegetarian option
  • 30’x22’ rehearsal studio
  • A shared well-equipped kitchen for breakfast preparation (with industrial fridge, two ovens, two sinks and lots of prep space) and bathrooms
  • Shared use of 20’ x 25’ stage with 17’ ceiling height
  • Opportunity to share work and process with other artists
  • Limited tech support. Be sure to include specific technical requirements in application.
  • Wi-fi access
  • 11 acres of lush, private fields and forests with amenities including a fire pit, volleyball court, horseshoe pit, and laying hens
  • The beautiful historic Paris Hill neighborhood within walking distance
  • Local amenities include a large grocery store, public lake access, food co-op, fine dining, and a fantastic cafe, and are within a 15 minute drive in near by villages of South Paris, Norway and Oxford.
  • One hour from the closest major airport in Portland (PWM). Feel free to share your travel itinerary with us to see if any ride-share opportunities may be available. Otherwise, we recommend Oxford Hills Taxi (207) 743-7963 for transportation between the airport or bus station and Celebration Barn.

Expectations of the artist:
  • Present informal work-in-progress at end of residency
  • Help maintain a clean live-work space
  • Provide written report describing how this residency served to advance work
  • Agreement to provide Celebration Barn visibility on artist’s website, in program for final production, or in other ways (to be agreed on prior to start of residency)

Applications are due May 1, 2016. There is no fee to apply. Notification will go out May 7. To apply, please fill out the application.

Florida Theatrical Association announces the 2016 New Musical Discovery Series

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Aspiring writers from around the country are encouraged to submit their new works, which will be reviewed by a panel of theatre professionals, including renowned directors, writers, producers and performers. The panel will select two works that will each receive a staged reading. One final winner will receive a workshop presented of their piece featuring local directors and talent. The Discovery Series will also include talkbacks for students and audiences with the playwrights and directors.
The deadline to submit musicals for consideration is June 1, 2016.

Submission Guidelines:

All submissions must include:
  • A cover letter
  • A history of the musical’s development
  • A synopsis
  • Full script
  • A CD or flash drive with at least six songs from the production (can be a very basic recording)

*Please note that materials will not be returned.

Playwrights must be available for rehearsals and performances September 6-11, 2016.

All materials should be mailed to:

Florida Theatrical Association
Attn: Play Submission
100 S. Eola Drive, Suite 200
Orlando, FL 32801

Friday, April 29, 2016

Studio Players seeks 10-minute plays

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Accepting submissions for the 2016 10-Minute Play Festival

Studio Players, Kentucky’s Oldest Community-Involved Theater, located in Lexington, is proud to announce their 3rd Annual 10-Minute Play Festival, to be performed in July 2016. We are looking for 7 strong, entertaining plays to feature so, once again, we are holding a competition. This competition is for 10-minute plays only; it is open to any playwright. The judges will be members of the Studio Players theater community: board members, directors and patrons. The rules are simple and are as follows:

1. Any playwright may enter; only one script per playwright.
2. The play must be a 10 minute play (meaning it will be approximately 10 pages long).
3. All plays should be emailed, with a separate cover page, with: play's title, author's name, email address, mailing address and phone number. The play itself should only have the title; no identifying information contained in or on the 10 page script.
4. To be considered, each script must be received by April 30th.
5. The contest is open to the first 150 entries received.
6. Winning entrants agree to a full production of their scripts.
That's it! The top 7 scripts (as determined by the judges) will be performed by active members of the Bluegrass theater community. Each play will be a fully realized, staged production; each performance showing all winning scripts. The 7 Selected playwrights will each receive $200 in prize money.

All entries should be sent to: with "10-min play fest" in the header

The Nick Darke Award 2016

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Established in 2006 to celebrate the best writing for stage, screen and radio, the Nick Darke Writers' Award is funded by Falmouth University's Academy of Music and Theatre Arts, and the School of Writing & Journalism. The Award commemorates the playwright Nick Darke and was conceived following his death by his wife, the artist and filmmaker Jane Darke, with the support of his family. Nick Darke wrote in many forms but earned his living in the world of theatre, screen and radio.

Open to all national and international writers aged 16 or over, the £6,000 Award provides the time to write that financial support facilitates.

This year's category is stage play.

The closing date for entries is 17:00 (GMT) Monday 30 May 2016.

How to apply
Please read our submission information carefully and follow the submission procedure on page 6
Applicants should submit a full script along with a one-page synopsis and a short writing CV by the closing date. Please email your entry in one PDF file to

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Discount tickets: Lama Theater Company: Fest of The Best

Join us for the Lama Theater Company "Fest of the Best" at Kraine Theater this weekend! 

A three day festival of original, new plays, poems, and songs written by artists from around the world, selected from Lama’s cold reading series, The Monthly Question.
  • Tonight 4/28 @7pm
  • Friday 4/29 @7pm
  • Saturday 4/30 @3pm
  • Saturday4/30 @7pm

$3 off all tickets with discount code: Lama

Grünewald Guild Residency

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The Program

who can be a resident artist?

Residencies are available to individuals at all levels of artistic development who are prepared to work independently and whose artistic processes can be successfully supported by the Guild’s studio facilities. Residents must be 18 or older at the start of the residency.

when are residencies offered?

Residencies typically last from 3 weeks - 3 months, and may be scheduled anytime between September 1 and May 31.

how are residencies structured?

Volunteer-based residencies provide artists with lodging, meals, & studio space in exchange for part-time volunteer service to the Guild. These residencies are based on the quality of the applicant’s work and the relevancy of skills they offer the Guild community. Artists in residence commit to spending a minimum of 20 hours/week in the studio working on their own projects, as well as 15-20 hours/week in volunteer service to the Guild community. Resident artists are invited to participate in the Guild's monthly community art group as well as any Guild programming taking place during the residency period.

where do resident artists live?

Most artists in residence are housed in the library dorm, but housing availability varies based on the ever-changing community of the Guild. Unfortunately we are not able to provide housing for residents' partners, dependent children, or pets.

Ready to Apply?

Upcoming application deadlines are as follows:

Applications for Fall 2016 [dates from Sept. 1 - Dec. 15] are due April 30, 2016.

Questions? Please contact the Art Program Coordinator, Sarah Jane: sarahjane (at) grunewaldguild (dot) com


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Can you write an 8 minute play about the USA Presidential Elections before 14th May 2016?

Worldwide Submissions Wanted. 8 minute plays and 3 minute monologues

Prize: Top ten plays will be performed in the Hollywood Fringe Theatre Festival in June 2016.

Submission guidelines:

No longer than 8 Minutes. ( Monologues no longer than 3 minutes).

Limit 3 plays per writer. Limit 3 monologues. Think Play, not skit.
Non-Partisan. Not limited to 2016. Remember Al Smith, Al Gore, Al Landan, Ike, Ralph Nader, 1776, etc.,etc.

No email/computer submissions. One page bio

Deadline: Sat 14th May 2016.

Contact: John O'Donnell scribblerusa @ yahoo. mail plays/monologues to :

Hollywood Scribbler Theatre. Literary dept.
P. O. Box 291460
Los Angeles Ca. 90029. USA.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Accepting plays and musicals for online publication

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Infinity Stage ( is accepting plays and musicals of any length for a non-exclusive online publishing deal. There are no fees to the playwright and no restrictions or demands. You may still pursue any avenue open to you for production or publication. The only thing we ask for is 15% of royalties to help offset the cost of marketing, but only for those opportunities generated from this site. You don't even have to give us a "shout out" in future productions.

Just send a 10-page excerpt (less for shorter works) and the complete script, preferably each in both PDF and word files. For musicals, please also send mp3s or links to at least 3 songs. If you have cover art, please also send that as JPG file. Send all to

Brelby Theater Company seeks scripts

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In line with our mission, Brelby believes in fostering an environment where aspiring playwrights can see their works come to fruition. Every Brelby main stage season includes at least one world premiere production.

Our Studio Series spotlights three playwrights each season, by producing their works in a stripped down black box setting. We focus on the text itself, to give voice to the playwright. We’re proud to have featured works by several local playwrights.

We are always accepting submissions from interested playwrights. We don’t believe in charging a submission fee. So send us your plays, and be sure to include a quick synopsis, a resume and/or bio, and anything else that you might feel is pertinent for us to know. Email your scripts to

The submission deadline to be considered for our 2017 season is April 30, 2016.

The Secret Theatre presents: The 4th Annual Unfringed 2016

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UNFringed seeks new and exciting works that challenge audiences, facilitating lively discussion and interaction between artists and viewers.

You Get:

$500 first prize for Best of The Festival [play wins based on audience votes]

50% of the door [after first 11 full price tkts]

No submission fees

Applications accepted March 2nd, 2016 – June 1st, 2016 * In the summer of 2013, The First Annual UNFringed Festival brought bold and daring new works to The Secret Theatre of Long Island City, Queens – named “One of NYC’S best theater spots” by Time Out

DEADLINE JUNE 1st [please apply immediately if you are ready will begin selection process in May and some shows will be given early notice]

Web site:

The Secret Theatre
44-02 23rd St.
Long Island City, NY 11101

E, M, G or 7 train to Courthouse SQ/23rd St.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Summer Playwriting Classes at ESPA!

Summer 2016 classes at Primary Stages ESPA are now open for enrollment! We're thrilled to announce this semester’s lineup of opportunities in our writing, acting, and directing departments. Some of the fantastic writing offerings include:

Monday mornings with A. Rey Pamatmat (Writer, House Rules at Ma-Yi Theatre Company; Co-Director, Mi-Ya Writer's Lab)
Monday evenings with Bess Wohl (Writer, Small Mouth Sounds at Ars Nova)
Thursdays with Lisa Ramirez (Writer, To the Bone at Cherry Lane Theatre)
Sundays with Edwin Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages)

Tuesdays with Josh Hecht (Director, Christine Jorgensen Reveals at New World Stages)
Thursdays with Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River Theatre Company)

Led by an all-star team of power players, self-pitching gurus, and business specialists, this class is designed for those of you who have a project ready and need the tips and tricks to package yourself.

What is it you want to say with that play? What perspective do you bring to the piece to make it uniquely yours? And, most importantly, why are you working on it in the first place?

Break down the traditional barriers between actor/director/writer and challenge yourself to become a better collaborator in the room.

This class will guide you through the process of preparing a television treatment primed for pitching. This class meets twice a week to emulate the real-world scenario of turning around a pitch.

Take an in-depth look at how to excite your audience with a hero who is challenged along a meaningful journey and proceed through your second act with two principles in mind: how your hero needs to be tested, and how your audience empathizes and delights in the hero’s process.

Sometimes it’s inevitable: writers just get stuck. This class is designed to bypass intellect, harness spontaneity, and get those emotions flowing, so you can get words on the page.

Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere. For a full list of classes, including workshops and Online Classes visit Classes begin in June. Start and end dates vary.

ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition: ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x211 or email

Embassy of Foreign Artists Residency

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REPUBLIC AND CANTON OF GENEVA Public education, culture and sport department Service cantonal de la culture

Terms and rules
Grant and residency 2017 for a foreign artist in Geneva


The Republic and Canton of Geneva, in association with Laps association, founded the Embassy of Foreign Artists - residency for foreign artists, located in the "Praille- Acacias-Vernets" area in 2012.

Under the name Embassy of Foreign Artists and with the participation of foreign creators, local artists and cultural institutions in Geneva, this project aims to create an interactive network that will encourage the development of new approaches and reflection on contemporary urban development


The stay provides:

- A private room as well as a working space and access to common areas shared with other residents;

- A residency of three or six months (the desired length of stay must be specified on the Application Questionnaire);

- A grant of 1200.- Swiss francs per month for the length of the stay.


Candidates must respond to the following criteria:

The open call is addressed to all professional artists coming from following artistic fields: performing arts, visual arts and applied arts (fine arts, dance, theatre, music, literature, cinema, etc.). Cultural practitioners, active in the research of contemporary cultural practices, such as curators, play writers, set designer or from other fields and applied disciplines (architecture, design) are also invited to apply;

Be in possession of a wide range of creations, publications and performances at a professional level;

Not be currently registered in a basic artistic training course;

Not be from or living in Geneva/Geneva region;

Speak one of the following languages: French, English or German.

Accept and agree to pay costs related to their travel and artistic production.


1. Your document in PDF format, max. 15 pages including all documents required below:

A cover letter

Description of the project to be developed in Geneva

Portfolio of recent work

Recent CV

Copy of valid ID or passport

2. Application form
The application questionnaire must be fully completed with Acrobat reader.


A jury will select Grant beneficiaries. Candidates will be informed of the jury’s decision by beginning of July 2016. It is not possible to appeal the jury's decision.

Allocation of the grant and residency are dependent on the obtainment by the candidate of a residence permit for Switzerland and proof of insurance covering medical assistance and accidents on Swiss territory during the period of stay in Geneva.


Application – document and application form - must be sent
until the 30th April 2016 at midnight, local time (CET), to the following address:

Only complete applications sent before the deadline will be acknowledged.

Madeleine Amsler et Richard Le Quellec
Embassy of Foreign Artists
Résidence et hébergement pour artistes étrangers Rue Subilia, 45

1227 Carouge / Suisse

ReOrient 2017: Call for Plays

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Golden Thread Productions is seeking short plays for the ReOrient Festival of Short Plays 2017. The ReOrient Festival showcases the diversity of voices and aesthetics from the Middle East and its worldwide diaspora in a curated festival of short plays produced biennially in San Francisco.

  • Playwrights of Middle Eastern heritage writing about any topic
  • Playwrights of all backgrounds writing about the Middle East
  • The plays must be in English.

Submission Guidelines:
Length: 10-30 minutes
One submission only per playwright
Deadline: May 1, 2016

Areas of Interest include:
  • Comedies
  • Plays that experiment with non-realistic forms, non-linear or physically-based storytelling
  • Plays that explore and demonstrate aspects of daily or family life
  • Adaptations of classical texts and or historical figures
  • Exploration of Middle Eastern performance traditions

How to submit:
Email the play and a cover letter, including your and the play’s relationship to the Middle East, to with subject line “ReOrient 2017.”

Golden Thread Productions, founded in 1996, is the country’s first theatre company focused on the Middle East. We produce passionate and provocative plays from and about the Middle East that celebrate the multiplicity of its perspectives and identities. Every play serves as an invitation to discover unexpected connections and engage in deeply moving conversations that last well beyond the life of the play. We are a developmental catalyst and vibrant artistic home to artists at various stages of their careers. We bring the Middle East to the American stage, creating treasured cultural experiences for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Seeking ten-minute comedies about politics for the second biennial Dewey Decimal Festival

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DEWEY 2: ELECTION EDITION - An evening of staged readings of short comedies about politics, public and private, to benefit the Friends of the Chappaqua Library.

Wow! What a year we're having. Election day is on the horizon, but we want to take a break from all that and talk about... politics!

Politics! They’re everywhere: in government, internationally, in the office, the local elementary school, on a desert island, even in the bedroom. Gender politics, union politics, jungle politics -- You name it, if there's arguing, negotiating, speechifying, horse trading, posturing, pollsters, posters, backroom deals, voting. and/or compromising involved we want to hear about it. And nobody says it has to be democratic - put three siblings in the back seat of a car and who wins?

We’re looking for a few good short comedies, to be presented by local actors in an evening of rehearsed staged readings, Saturday October 22nd 2016, in the 200-seat Chappaqua Library Theatre, as a fundraiser for the Friends of the Chappaqua Library.

Does your play have the right stuff?

What Do We Want?

1. COMEDIES ONLY. We like to laugh.

2. Plays should run about ten minutes (12 pages max, shorter is probably better).

3. Plays can have from 2 to 4 characters. Let us know if the genders are flexible.

4. No references to any current politician please! Historic and fictional figures are fine. They might even have some vague relationship to current events.

5. We are not looking for heavy-handed political satire. Be creative in your interpretation of the theme.

6. This will be a staged reading, so the play can be set anywhere and the characters can be most anything. However, we will shy away from plays with a surfeit of stage directions.

7. No children's plays are likely to be chosen.

8. No musicals. No monologues.

9. This is a family-friendly festival. Keep the “extra-adult” content suggested but not overt and it's fine. We won’t consider any play that includes offensive language, gun violence (ray guns are OK), or characters using banned substances.

10. Local playwrights are especially encouraged to submit.

When Do We Want It?

Deadline: May 31st 2016 (midnight EST)

How to Occupy Our Email Box

  • Plays that don’t conform to the above will be discarded. 
  • Plays will be judged on their own merits. Do NOT attach anything else to your submission (reviews, resume, your favorite bumper sticker, etc). 
  • Previously produced work is welcome, as is new work. 
  • Plays produced in the first Dewey Decimal Festival are not eligible. 
  • Two submissions max per playwright, with each play in a separate email. 
How Are the Votes Counted?

1. Plays will be judged based on many parameters including creative interpretation of the theme, actual expression of the theme, score on the metric funniness scale, irrational hotly-debated opinion, and brute force. Also we need to create a balanced evening. We already know we will have many more excellent play candidates than we can include in one evening. Thanks for sharing your work!

2. No critique of plays can be provided.

3. A list of Semi-Finalists will be posted in June on the Friends of the Chappaqua Library website, and on our Facebook page. Only the Semi-Finalists will be contacted directly.

4. All Semi-Finalist plays will be read outloud in informal summer "Readers Circles" by local theatre enthusiasts, to further narrow the plays down to the Finalists round.

5. Finalists will be contacted directly, and the list will be posted on the Friends webpage and on Facebook.

6. The winning plays will be chosen from the Finalist round, and the Festival lineup will be announced by the end of August.

What Are the Winners’ Duties?

1. By submitting your play, you grant permission, if it is chosen, for local actors to perform it in up to two staged readings in the Chappaqua Library Theatre (capacity 200) in October 2016.

2 Playwrights whose plays are selected, will be acknowledged in publicity and programs, and will receive an honorarium of $5.

3. All playwrights whose work is in the Festival will be invited to attend, and should they do so, be plied with sugary snacks.

Any More Voting?

Yes! The audience will vote on their favorite plays, and the Audience Choice winner will receive bragging rights and a $25 honorarium.

Questions? Email Include in the subject line: “DDF2 question”. Send entries only to (first read formatting guidelines).

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. The Friends sponsor dozens of adult, teen, and children's programs open to all Westchester County residents. They also provide special acquisitions, including books, DVDs, audiobooks, and furnishings not covered by the library's budget, all available to any member of the Westchester Library System.

We look forward to reading your plays!

9Thirty Theatre Company (9TTC) accepts submissions from March to May

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9Thirty Theatre Company (9TTC) accepts submissions from March to May each season. Please note that due to our small staff we are unable to respond to submissions that are not accepted. Please adhere to the guidelines below. Send submissions in either a .doc or .pdf format to In respect of our commitment to the environment please do not mail submissions to our office.

9TTC produces works that incorporate environmental issues as part of the part, characters, or theme. We are uniquely dedicated to Eco Theatre, connecting humanity and nature, in various forms.

We accept original one acts, and full length plays and musicals.

We do not accept one-person shows, children's shows, screenplays, or works without environmental themes. 9Thirty Theatre Company also does not produce works that have already been produced in New York City.

To have your work considered, please submit the following as one file:
• cover letter, including your contact information
• brief synopsis of piece (500 words or less)
• character descriptions
• 20 page dialogue sample
• brief production history of the work (if applicable)
• bio for yourself and any other collaborators
• if submitting a musical, please include at least 3 recorded demo tracks

To be considered for 9TTC's all submissions must be received by midnight on May 31st.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

New York New Works Theatre Festival

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Deadline: June 20, 2016

Two years ago the New York New Works Theatre Festival was created by Gene Fisch, Jr. as a philanthropic project for the arts where Broadway Producers and Television writers donated their time to review and mentor the work of aspiring writers. We have decided to enjoy a third year given the success of our first two and we would like to invite your group's members to participate. We are calling for submissions for both plays and musicals; the selected shows will perform in the heart of the world's premier theatre district at the 199 seat Elektra Theatre. It's quite a special endeavor.

THERE IS NO FEE TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATON You may submit up to 2 plays for the festival. A separate application must accompany each play submitted. If your play is chosen to participate in the festival there will be a $365 participation fee that is used to defray a portion of the costs.


On the cover of your script please include the
b) The Playwright’s name
c) The Contact information of the Playwright [Address, Telephone Number & Email address]; 1. Include the character breakdown in your script;

2. Include the Setting (i.e. an apartment in NYC.) that your play occurs and the Time (i.e. the present); Include the following support materials with your application:
3. Cover letter stating why your show is a good fit for New York New Works Theatre Festival.

I. Bio(s) and headshots of yourself and any proposed collaborator (These may be used for marketing purposes on our website and social media). All pictures involved with the Festival may be used to market your show / the Festival.

II. CD of music, or wav files, mp3 or e-files. (Musicals ONLY.)
4. Any other materials you wish to accompany your application (will not be returned).

5. All submissions are made by email. Applications and Scripts for one Acts, Musical Shorts, Solo Shows and short plays must be emailed to:

PRODUCING YOUR SHOW: Each submission is responsible for producing and casting its own production. Each applicant is responsible for the following duties each evening their submission runs in the Festival:
Preparing programs for their production.
  • Handling press packets.
  • Monitoring front of house for noise. 
  • Clear the theatre’s house of programs, etc. before and after every performance.
  • Cleaning all dressing room / back stage areas 

Each Production will need to act as its own stage crew so you can set up quickly and strike quickly. There will be basic lighting plots that all the plays will use that are in the festival. We will do our best to provide you with any necessary equipment, however, please expect to be responsible for any additional equipment that may be required, i.e. body microphone, etc.

RUNNING TIME: You must adhere to the running time of your play and not to exceed the 23 minutes of time allotted.

Players Theatre Short Play & Musical Festival - NYC

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Deadline: 4/26/2016 at 5PM

June 09 - June 26, 2016

The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre at The Players Theatre
115 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10012

3 weeks, 4 performances weekly (Thursday through Sunday),

5 plays featured each week.


Short Plays and Musicals with a performance time of 15 minutes or less, no more than 15 pages in length.

Writers are eligible to submit up to 2 plays.

THEME: “NYC - Only in New York”

New York City is like no other place in the world! We are seeking plays that get to the heart of the Big Apple and explore what makes this town tick. Unique New York - it's more than a tongue twister - it is a way of life!

All plays submitted must be centered on, or revolve around this theme.

** Note **

1) Playwrights are responsible for producing their own play - Host provides Theatre, technicians and box office

2) If selected, there is a $100 REFUNDABLE deposit required and a $50 NON-refundable tech fee required

Plays MUST be NO MORE 15 minutes in length and no more than 15 pages

Submissions open: March 18, 2016
Submissions close: April 26, 2016 at 5p
Play selection announced on; April 10, 2016

For more festival information visit:

Saturday, April 23, 2016

GAY PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, staged readings

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The Village Playwrights announce a call for submissions for GAY PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, staged readings of 10 minute plays to celebrate Gay Pride on June 22, 2016 from 8 to 10 pm at the LGBT Community Center.

  • Playwrights must be from Metro New York area
  • Plays must be under 10 minutes. 
  • Plays must have a LGBTQ theme
  • Plays are to be read script in hand, minimally staged with no props; actors must stand
  • You must produce the reading of your own play including casting and a minimum of 2 hours rehearsal .
Deadline Thursday, May 26, 2016, 5 pm.

No fee to submit

To Submit:
send your play as an attachment to
your name and contact information should be in the body of the email but not on the script.
put the name of your script on the subject line

For more information call 614-285-2515.

William Shakespeare, Playwright and Poet, Is Dead at 52

“To be or not to be,” said Hamlet, prince of Denmark, “that is the question.” Yesterday, Hamlet’s creator was; today, he is not. Of that there is no question. 
Poet, playwright, actor and theatrical-company shareholder, William Shakespeare (sometimes spelled Shakspeare, or Shagspere, or Shaxpere, or Shaxberd, or any number of blessed ways) died today, April 23, 1616, at his home in Stratford-upon-Avon. He was, more or less, 52. His passing was confirmed by his daughter Judith. 
Over the course of three decades, Mr. Shakespeare rose from working-class obscurity in Warwickshire to become one of England’s foremost playwrights and poets — acclaimed for his penetrating insights into the human character, his eloquent, flexible and infinitely expressive verse and his readiness to burst the bounds of the English language (drawing on a vocabulary of more than 25,000 words).

2nd Act Players playwriting competition

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Enter today for the chance to see your play performed by the 2nd Act Players, the dynamic new theater company in Evanston, Il. Entries should be from emerging authors and deal with 2nd Acts in people’s lives. Scroll to the bottom of the page to enter today. Once you’ve filled out the entry form, e-mail your script to:


Contest basics:
  • Eligibility: open to playwrights who were born, grew up, or now live within 200 miles of Chicago. (New York playwrights with Chicago connections welcome.)
  • Plots: Plays should deal with 2nd acts in people’s lives, key turning points or major life-changing events. Comedies or dramas, or dramadies all welcome.
  • Cast size : 6 or less characters
  • Staging: minimal scenery/stage dressing/sound requirements.
  • Length: 50 pages or less, standard script format
  • No musicals, children’s plays, adaptations to works not in the public domain, or plays involving nudity of any kind.
  • Prizes: $50 honorarium for each of two winning scripts.
  • Entry deadline: May 1, 2016

But wait, there’s more…
  • Plays should be new, unperformed works, or works that have been performed for less than 9 performances.
  • The top two scripts, as judged by the 2nd Act Players board of directors, will become eligible to be produced by the 2nd Act Players in early 2017.
  • 2nd Act Players will retain all performance rights for the winning scripts from the announcement of winners through June 2017.
  • An individual may enter more than one script and win more than one prize in one year.
  • The 2nd Act Players reserves the right to turn down any entry for not following these guidelines.
  • Scripts to be submitted online only, in normal play script format, Word document file format or PDF and will not be returned. Include a one-page overview of the story.
  • 2nd Act Players reserves the right to cancel the competition if no suitable scripts are submitted.

Next Act! New Play Summit 5

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Accepting full length plays only.
Multi-cultural and ethnically diverse pieces encouraged.
Comedy and Drama welcome!


Eligible plays can not have been previously produced, though previous readings are allowed. No more than 7 characters. (Please do not submit works in which actors play multiple roles, unless it is a device used to illuminate generations.)

Plays previously submitted to Next Act will not be considered for this years’ Summit.

Agent and non-agent submissions accepted.

Submission Deadline: END OF DAY – Sunday May 1, 2016


Plays: Playwrights should submit, as a single Microsoft Word or single PDF file attachment, a short one-paragraph synopsis that illuminates the plays entire plot including its ending; character descriptions and the first 10 pages (and only the first ten pages) of their play. Submission documents should be void of playwright’s name and contact information.

Submissions that do not conform to the guidelines stipulated will not be accepted.

Email your submission to with 2016 SUBMISSION in the subject line.

A small stipend and limited travel available for playwrights selected.

Electronic submissions preferred.


Playwrights selected for the summit will be notified by the end of August.
Three plays will be selected to have readings (with an eye towards a potential future production) during the annual 4-day summit, which takes place October 21 – 24, 2016.

For more information go to our website.

Capital Rep is a professional LORT D theatre, established in Albany in 1981.

Friday, April 22, 2016

The Enchanted Realm of Rene Magritte

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Exquisite Corpse Company is seeking to build a collaborative writing team for an original immersive experience to be presented as part of the company’s upcoming summer season. Inspired by the work of surrealist painter, Rene Magritte, The Enchanted Realm of Rene Magritte, will feature performance, installation, and dance set in an 8 room mansion on Governors Island. Six playwrights will come together to create a surreal story; one that will weave audiences in and out of these spectacular rooms. Magritte’s three panel mural, The Enchanted Realm, will serve as our beginning source material. Writers will collaborate June-July. The show will premiere August 6, 2016 and runs through September. Exquisite Corpse Company invites you to join the team for an unforgettable experience!

How to Submit:

1) Pick a section of the mural that inspires you! Writers will be challenged to create a 10 minute playlet from one of the listed sections of Rene Magritte’s mural, The Enchanted Realm. The word “playlet” is crucial in your understanding of your submission, as writers on this project will be asked to collaborate with fellow writers, make edits, etc. However, each submission should have a complete story arc, and able to stand alone as its own piece.

There are six sections noted as follows: A, B, C, D, E, F.

*In your submission you must note which section you are submitting for.*

2) Include at least one of the following characters in your playlet: Rene Magritte, Georgette Berger (his wife), Magritte’s Mother, Father, supposed lover Sheila Legge.

3) Consider the inspirations listed above in your writing especially those of perception, and identity. Magritte’s obsession with the “mystery of the ordinary”.

4) Send all submissions to :

Subject : Magritte Section ____ (insert section you are submitting for)


One-Act Play Writing Competition

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The Elite Theatre Company’s 2016 One-Act Play Writing Competition offers North American playwrights the opportunity to submit for judging no more than one (1) one-act play with a running time of no more than 30 minutes each. There will be up to 5 winners; each winner may have their one-act play(s) produced on stage by Elite Theatre Company in 2017, for a run of up to 12 performances.

(ETC reserves the right to produce the one-acts at any venue during the calendar year.)

Script Submission Rules
Electronic submissions only.
Send to as a Word or PDF document only.
Must have name, address, e-mail address and telephone number on title page.
To be accepted into the competition, one-act play scripts must:

1. Be written by a U.S. or Canadian playwright;
2. Be original, unproduced and unpublished;

3 Be written in generally accepted play script format;

4. Have a running time of not more than 30 minutes (under 20 minutes is recommended);

5. Be a comedy, drama, mystery, thriller or a monologue (no musicals or children’s plays will be accepted); and

6. Be received between March 1, 2016 and May 31, 2016

Scripts not in compliance will not be accepted for judging. Playwrights will be notified via e-mail only when their script has been received.

It is recommended that the play have single or unit sets; no more than six (6) characters; and not require complicated costuming, sets, props or special effects. These are recommendations only and will not disqualify a play from the competition.

The judges are comprised of qualified playwrights, theatrical directors, producers or theater educators.

The Literary Manager of The Elite Theatre Company and the Judges shall have sole discretion over the manner in which the plays are judged, and their determination of the winners will be final.

Winner Notification
Winners of the competition shall be notified by e-mail or mail by October 15, 2016. Winners may make minor corrections and changes to their script before rehearsals begin in December, 2016. Additional consultations may take place between the winning playwrights, ETC’s Artistic Director and Festival Producer before rehearsals and again before performances.

2017 One-Act Festival
By submitting a script for judging, the playwright gives permission to Elite Theatre Company to exclusively produce and perform the play during the calendar year of 2017, if chosen by the judges to be a finalist, for up to 12 performances. Each finalist playwright shall be paid $100 before the first performance of the play.

Playwright agrees to give Elite Theatre Company the right to produce the play as a World Premiere, and that other performances or staged readings of the play prior to ETC’s 2017 One-Act Festival are not permitted and will disqualify the play from production.

Determination of the order of plays, directors, and production staff for ETC’s 2017 One-Act Festival will be made solely by ETC’s Artistic Director and/or Festival Producer. Winning playwrights are encouraged to attend a performance of their play. Two (2) complimentary tickets will be given to each winning playwright to attend any performance. Transportation and lodging will not be provided by ETC.

ETC Contact & Website
For additional information not covered here, please contact Steve Grumette at or Tom Eubanks at For information about Elite Theatre Company, we encourage you to explore the rest of our website.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Discount tickets: VINCENT

by Leonard Nimoy
Theatre at St. Clement’s
423 West 46th Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues)
New York NY 10036
Limited engagement thru June 5th

The passion, the love, and the tormented beauty of the life of Vincent van Gogh is dramatized in this intimate play, which playwright Leonard Nimoy adapted from the hundreds of letters between Vincent and his closest ally: his brother, Theo. Van Gogh’s story is so much more than that of the misunderstood genius who cut off his own ear. In this play, Vincent’s brother, Theo, movingly reveals Vincent as few knew him. Theo teaches us the meaning and significance of his brother’s life to all humankind: Vincent van Gogh lives on as a symbol of inspiration, courage, passion, and the lust for life that art kindles in all of us. Leonard Nimoy’s VINCENT includes over 100 stunning high-resolution projections of Van Gogh’s artwork. Originally performed by Mr. Nimoy himself, this production stars James Briggs, who has toured the country to popular acclaim for three years.

"the bearded and personable James Briggs with his light and expressive voice and nimble physicality gives a very engaging performance. Mr. Briggs skillfully conveys emotion, humor and pathos. In addition to depicting Theo, he at times portrays Vincent, vividly capturing the essence of both. Over 100 beautiful and haunting images of Van Gogh’s paintings are projected onto a large screen surrounded by a vintage gold frame that serves as the stage’s backdrop during the engrossing 85 minutes of this very well executed production." - described Briggs' performance as "flawless" and "masterful" and stated, "He is a thoroughly-engaging, eloquent narrator bringing great warmth, genuineness of feeling, and utter conviction to every aspect of his performance."

"a fabulous mix of theater and art." - The Valley Reporter

"Van Gogh Lovers Will Want to See Leonard Nimoy's VINCENT." - The Huffington Post

Special Offer
$32 tickets (Regularly $59)


PHONE: Call 866-811-4111 and mention code VINCENTPROMO

Restrictions: Normal service charges apply to online and phone orders. 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. Offer not valid on premium locations.

Discount tickets: BLOOD AT THE ROOT


the New York City Premiere of the Penn State Centre Stage Production of
Written by Dominique Morisseau and Directed by Steve Broadnax
National Black Theatre Inc., 2031 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10035
Limited engagement from April 20th through May 15th

Blood at the Root is a bold new drama by award-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau (author of NY Times Critics' Pick Skeleton Crew and Sunset Baby) inspired by the events surrounding the "Jena Six", six black teenagers convicted in the beating of a white student at Jena High School on December 4, 2006. It follows a group of high school students desperately trying to define themselves while seeking to persevere amidst the relentless injustice happening in America.

Blood at the Root examines the miscarriage of justice, racial double standards, and the impasse in gender relations of all classes and, as a result, the shattering state of black family life. Using music, dance and poetry, this ensemble driven piece weaves into stunning effect an impactful theatrical experience that asks us to explore the current state of activism in the 21st century.

Special Offer:
$15 tickets from April 20 to April 22- no code needed

$20 (reg. $25) - April 23 to May 8


ONLINE: Visit and use code RISE

PHONE: Call 212-352-3101 and mention code RISE

Restrictions: Phone and Online Service Fees will be applied at checkout. 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.

play for voices and words without borders contest

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Calling all literary translators, radio dramatists, and international radio drama enthusiasts! Play for Voices, in partnership with the lovely online journal of international literature Words without Borders, seeks radio play scripts in English translation for our first contest.

We invite submissions of translated radio plays of all lengths and from all languages. The Play for Voices producers and Words without Borders editors will select the winners. The winning play(s) will be produced by Play for Voices and published in Words without Borders.


– Plays must be written or adapted for radio. We are not currently seeking unadapted stage plays or other literature.

– Plays can be of any length, and translated from any language.

– Translators should determine that performance and publishing rights are available before submitting and, if possible, provide contact information for the rights holders.

– Play for Voices and Words without Borders will retain nonexclusive first publication rights to produce and publish submissions.

– Submissions should include two attachments:

* A single MS Word document containing: 1) the English translation of the play; 2) short bios for the author and translator; 3) a translator’s note that includes background information about the play and its production history; and 4) any details regarding rights.

* A PDF of the original play.

– Multiple submissions are permitted.

– Please email submissions to

– Submissions will be accepted until June 1, 2016.

Please note: We are seeking only translated plays for this contest, but we encourage writers of original radio plays in English to send us their work anytime!

general submissions


Please email your original English-language radio play, along with a short bio, to

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

2017 Young Audience Outreach Commissions

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One-third of CRT’s productions are new works, and every year CRT commissions a new show for its celebrated Young Audience Outreach Tour. The goal of this program is to bring theatre to thousands of kids in rural and underserved communities throughout the Southwest while creating an exciting opportunity for emerging playwrights. Bilingual (English/Spanish) plays are preferred, but not required. With a 31 years of successful productions we are looking for playwrights interested in working among a collaborative artistic team.

We are accepting submissions for the 2017 Young Audience Outreach Tour and if you would like to be considered for a commission, please, submit the following by May 30, 2016:

• Cover sheet with your name, contact info, and synopsis
• Cover letter that indicates experience in the following: touring shows, theatre for young
audiences, and/or plays that have been produced.
• 10-20 page excerpt

The Young Audience Outreach Tour performs shows based on core curriculum subjects: history of U.S. Presidents, the science of flight, the geography of the United States, the water cycle, the importance of math. For more information on previous productions check out our Young Audience Outreach Tour page. tour.html

To submit materials or for questions contact Education Director Johamy Morales at Electronic versions are preferred. Hard copies should be mailed to: Creede Repertory Theatre, Attn: YAOT, PO Box 269, Creede, CO 81130.

Discount tickets: OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES

A New Comedy by Israel Horovitz
Directed by Barnet Kellman
with Francesca Choy-Kee, Angelina Fiordellisi, Judith Ivey, and Estelle Parsons

Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street, New York, NY 10014
Limited Engagement June 7 – July 17

Four women arrive in Paris for the funeral of a 100 year-old man who loved each of them - at times variously, at times simultaneously. For 24 hours they share his apartment, delicious secrets and a dead cat.

Special Offer:
$39 (reg. $65) – June 7 to June 18

$49 (reg. $65) – June 22 to July 10


ONLINE: Visit and use code BRR39

PHONE: Call 866-811-4111 and mention code BRR39

IN PERSON: Visit the Cherry Lane Theatre Box Office with print out of offer.

Restrictions: $1 facility fee per ticket will be added in addition to Phone and Online Service Fees. 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. Not valid June 16th.

Well Played Publishing is currently accepting submissions

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Call for Submissions

Well Played Publishing is currently accepting submissions of full-length scripts written for high school performers (Ages 13 - 18). All scripts submitted will be considered for publication. Please send a 10-page excerpt, preferably in the body of the e-mail, along with a brief bio and your contact information, to by May 1, 2016.

Please do not submit plays that have been previously published. We are happy to consider works in progress.

Visit our sister company, Mushroom Cloud Press, the leader in publishing for competitive speech & debate since 2000.

Discount tickets: A PERSISTENT MEMORY

by Jackob G. Hofmann

Theatre Row – The Beckett Theatre
410 West 42nd Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues)
New York NY 10036 

Limited engagement May 27th thru June 19th

David Huntington is losing his grip on reality. With every passing moment, his most precious memories are slipping away. But why? In pursuit of answers, David suddenly finds himself preoccupied with a mysterious phenomenon that’s plaguing the world’s elephant population. This fixation soon catapults David into a series of unexpected encounters that will ultimately force him to confront the dark events of his family’s past. A provocative and poetic drama, A Persistent Memory explores the virtues of grief, the impact of childhood memories, and how we mustn’t ever allow our pasts to define who we really are….

Special Offer
$29.50 (Regularly $49.50)


ONLINE: Visit and use code TRBI29
PHONE: Call 212-947-8844 and mention code TRBI29
IN PERSON: Bring a print out of offer to Theatre Row Box Office (410 West 42nd Street).

Box Office Hours: Monday – Saturday: Noon – 6PM, Sunday: Noon to curtain

Restrictions: Price includes $1.25 restoration fee. Not valid June 1st. Normal service charges apply to online and phone orders. 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. Offer not valid on premium locations.

Cecile’s Writers’ Magazine is Open for Submissions

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Our aim is to create a free digital magazine where intercultural authors can publish their work. Submissions may be sent to us at any time. We accept submissions from intercultural authors:
  • Authors for whom English is their native language but currently reside in a non-English speaking country (or have resided in a non-English speaking country for at least 3 years).
  • Authors whose parents have different cultural backgrounds (either by ethnicity or by nationality)
  • Authors for whom English is not their native language but choose to write in English.
  • Authors who do not fit any of the above categories but still feel they have an intercultural voice are also welcome to submit their story. When submitting please do briefly explain why.
The concept is about the authors and not the subject matter. The stories themselves do not necessarily need to highlight intercultural subject matters.


All genres of fiction are welcome. We prefer character driven stories as opposed to plot driven stories.

In non-fiction, we accept short memoirs, personal essays and literary essays.

The maximum word counts are as follows:
  • Flash Fiction: 1,000 words
  • Short Stories: 7,500 words
  • Novelettes: 21,000 words
  • Novel Excerpts: 6,000 words
  • Plays: 9,000 words
  • Personal Essays / Memoirs: 6,000 words
  • Literary Essays: 6,000 words
  • Poetry: For Limited time only – 1 Jan to 31 March, 2016
  • (see separate submission guidelines for poetryfor more details)

Author’s Rights

Cecile’s Writers retains the exclusive first rights of publication for a period of 6 months after it has been published on the website. The author retains full copyright of any work published.

We do not accept work that has been previously published elsewhere (or is expected to be published elsewhere), this also includes work published on blogs.

Author’s Information

The author’s name and email address should be typed at the top of the first page with the word count of the story. We also ask the author to include a brief biographical note with their submission (max. 200 words) as a separate attachment, mentioning what it is that makes you an intercultural writer.

Response Time

We will do our best to respond to your submission within six weeks. In busy periods (July/August and December) this could take up to 12 weeks.

Simultaneous Submissions

We accept simultaneous submissions since we want an author to have every opportunity to be published. We do ask that an author inform us immediately when his/her work has been accepted elsewhere.


We only accept electronic submissions in one of the following formats: .doc, .docx, or .txt
Manuscripts should be in 12-point type in one of these fonts: Arial, Cambria, Helvetica or Times New Roman
Manuscripts should be double-spaced with 2.5 cm margins
Manuscript pages should be numbered at the bottom of the page
The title of the story and the author’s name should be visible as a header on all pages

Technical Difficulties

If you have any questions or encounter technical difficulties, please contact us at:
Ready to submit? Please fill in the submission form.
We look forward to reading your work.

The 2017/18 CartHorse Fellowship Application

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In 2017, Buran Theatre will celebrate ten years. As we approach this milestone, we are proud to unveil the core program for our second decade.

After ten years of producing work generated by the artistic director, Buran Theatre will transition in our second decade to support and produce theatre/performance-based artists through transformative 2-year process-based fellowships. Utilizing the Buran process developed over the past decade by the artistic director and associate artists, CartHorse Fellows will build, produce and present a new theatre work over two rigorous years of development with the support of the company’s resources and talent.

The fellowship will be an immersive experience for artists who are eager to develop their own process; delve deep into a completely new project; gain/build skills in self-production, marketing, development and administration; build a company/family of collaborators under the auspices of Buran Theatre’s creative and organizational capacity; and a means to expand Buran's mission and ethos to pioneering and under-represented artists.


Working closely with the artistic director and associate artists, the CartHorse Fellow will:
-take on artistic role in producing Buran Theatre’s 2017 10th anniversary production;
-partake in administrative, creative, developmental and production meetings and decisions for the 2017 season;
-have access to Buran company resources (space, talent, funding, etc.);
-receive commissioning fee for new work (at least $250 , but could be larger dependent on funding);
-develop a new work throughout 2017/18;
-receive two-week run of production in 2018 in NYC;
-and potentially to tour to Buran satellite system (Albuquerque/Los Angeles/Kansas City/Minneapolis).

We are looking for:
-playwrights/directors/theatre-makers/choreographers/designers/visual artists/composers who have been told their theatrical vision is too wild, wooly, impossible, colorful, and/or unwieldy to produce;
-artists eager for full immersion in Buran Theatre’s process and resources;
-artists prepared to harness administrative and organizational tools to bolster their creative vision;
-artists who want to create work in an environment ripe with Generosity of Spirit;
-artists who are looking for a life in theatre not particularly a career (although the two are not mutually exclusive, ethos is important here);
-ecstatic truths that eschew dramaturgy;
-stories that need new narrative structures to be told;
-and an inclusive stage that challenges, delights, and represents the incredibly deep cultural, racial, generational and gender diversity of the world we live in.

-All submissions will be anonymous. Please do not reference your name or any affiliations, if you do the application will be deemed ineligible.
-Must be in NYC from January 2017 to December 2018***.
-Must be 23 years or older.
-Must not be in school during the 2-year period.
-Knowledge of Buran Theatre’s work and past productions will be helpful in deciding whether this opportunity is right for you. Check out our websites ( // and videos (

***Artists based in any of our satellites (Los Angeles, Albuquerque, Kansas City, Minneapolis) are encouraged to apply, even if a move to NYC is out of the possibility. As we are building this program, we are eager to explore various options.

Deadline: May 1, 2016
Semi-finalists announced: August 1, 2016
Semi-finalist project description deadline: September 1, 2016
Finalist interviews in NYC/Public project vote: October 2016
Fellowship awarded: November 2016
Fellowship term: January 1, 2017-December 31, 2018

-Initial applications will be adjudicated by a panel of Buran Theatre associate artists (Lara Thomas Ducey, Los Angeles; Adam R. Burnett, NYC; Erin Phillips, Albuquerque; & Val Smith, Kansas City).
-Semi-finalists will be adjudicated by Buran associate artists and other professional artists from a variety of disciplines.
-Finalists will be adjudicated based on their project proposal by Buran associates, other professional artists, and a democratic vote open to the public via our mailing list and social media.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Playwrights Realm Fellowship

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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 Literary Director support each writer’s specific artistic process. Fellows work with a director, design consultant, and actors over the course of two workshops to see their work come to life. Professional development resources are also an integral part of the program and are tailored to the individual group of Writing Fellows. Mentor opportunities, meet-and-greets, and professional workshops shed light on the often opaque business of theatre, and empower the Fellows to be active, informed participants in their own 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...

$3,000 Award
A monthly Writers Group
Internal workshop
Professional Development Opportunities
A public reading in our INK'D Festival
Access to all our resources: borrow our wi-fi, camp out in our conference room, use our stickies
The occasional hug

Program Criteria

• Playwrights must be able to attend meetings and workshops in New York City on a twice-monthly basis from September 2016 through May 2017.

• Playwrights should identify as early-career.

• Those enrolled in an MFA program during the span of fellowship are not eligible.

• Plays to be considered for the fellowship should be complete drafts (minimum 60 pages) at a stage of development that would benefit from a nine-month rewriting and workshop process. Plays should have no commitments to other theaters that will limit their development with The Playwrights Realm.

• Plays going through another similar development process simultaneously, or 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.

• Theatrical résumé listing all academic credentials and professional productions

• Full draft (minimum 60 pages) of the play that you wish to develop as a Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow in PDF format. The script must be submitted in PDF format with your name and the play title on a cover page.

• A professional reference with contact information, or a signed letter of recommendation from a teacher or theater professional (optional).

Have questions? Email:

All applications must be submitted electronically by May 15, 2016, 11:59PM EST. Finalists for the program will be interviewed in Summer 2016, and final selections will be announced by September 2016.


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The I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHT RESIDENCY recognizes one Black playwright annually whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit and excellence in the field and who has chosen playwriting as a career path.

Deadline May 1, 2016
The selected playwright will receive:

A stipend will be provided to the awarded playwright [this amount is pending funding]

Administrative support: Access to office space, and printing

Artistic support: Dramaturgy, in-house readings, one 29-hour workshop

A workshop production in the 2017-2018 season for five (5) public performances

Two (2) Complimentary tickets to National Black Theatre productions, as well as

additional services and opportunities that NBT has to offer.

Work in partnership with NBT to curate a Playwright’s Workshop and/or

Symposium open for the community to participate in.


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

Applicants for the residency may not have had more than two plays produced by professional theaters at the time of application or during the residency. These are defined as productions for which the author and primary artists (actors, directors, and creative collaborators) were compensated and received at least three public performances. Ten-minute or one-act plays and university, college, secondary school, amateur, and Equity showcase/waiver productions are not considered full productions.


The I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHT RESIDENCY is available to Black playwrights, 21 years of age or older, who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Students in K-12 educational programs or enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs are not eligible.

The resident playwright commits to spending the 18-month residency period in New York City actively participating in the National Black Theatre community.

The resident playwright commits to completing one full-length work, which will receive a workshop production at the National Black Theatre in the 2017-2018 season.

The residency period begins September 1, 2016 and ends March 31, 2018. All residency requirements must be met during that time.

Work in partnership with NBT to curate a Playwright’s Workshop and/or Symposium open for the community to participate in.

The selected playwright is required to serve on the Selection Committee for the 2016- 2017 I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHTS RESIDENCY.

Applicants have to commit to being present and actively participating during the rehearsal process of all workshop opportunities.

Playwrights may not receive more than one residency at NBT through this program.


Applications are screened for eligibility by the National Black Theatre and evaluated by a selection committee of professional theater artists. From that process the committee selects finalist that National Black Theatre’s Chief Executive Officer and Director of Theatre Arts Program will evaluate. The selected finalist get a scheduled interview. Selection is based on artistic potential, commitment and originality. The selection process is guided by the National Black Theatre’s mission statement:

Core Mission:

1. To produce transformational theater that helps to shift the inaccuracy around African Americans' cultural identity by telling authentic stories of Black lifestyle;

2. To use theater arts as a means to educate, enrich, entertain, empower & inform the national conscience around current social issues impacting our communities;

3. To provide a safe space for artists of color to articulate the complexity, beauty & artistic excellence intrinsic in how we experience the world in the domain of acting, directing, producing, designing, play writing and entrepreneurial autonomy.


Using the subject line I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHTS RESIDENCY email to a single document in PDF, containing the following elements, arranged in this sequence:

AN APPLICATION COVER SHEET with the following information presented in clear format:

If you are represented by an agent at that time of applying please make us aware and let us know who that agency is.

A WRITING SAMPLE: One full-length play that is at least 50 pages in length and has been written only by the applicant (no co-written submissions will be accepted). Please identify 20 pages that you would like for the panelist to read.. These pages will be read first by the panelist. The submitted script must be a complete draft that represents your best playwriting. The submitted play should not have the playwrights name attached to it as the committee reads the plays as a blind submission.

A PLAYWRITING RESUME [listing all readings, productions, awards, commissions, etc.]

If Playwright is chosen as a finalist they will be asked to submit a one page single spaced proposal outlining ideas, story and/or subject matter they would want to focus their residency on creating. This must be a NEW play.

Name the application packet file with your last name [Example: application packet sent by Jane Smith = Smith.pdf)

o [lastname].pdf [for PDF files]

Email your application packet by May 1, 2016 at 11:59 pm. No late applications will be accepted.
Receipt of application materials will be confirmed via email.

Monday, April 18, 2016

MPAACT is seeking submissions

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MPAACT is seeking submissions of full-length original plays by African American and African Diaspora playwrights for its 2017-2018 season. Selected playwrights will be given development opportunities over the next year to prepare work for world premiere productions with our Chicago company. Female identified playwrights strongly encouraged to submit.

Submission Guidelines

Materials should be submitted electronically to, and include:

- Cover letter
- Brief biography
- Resume (optional)
- Synopsis, with casting breakdown
- Full script

Deadline for submission is June 21, 2016.

Questions about our programs can be directed to Demetria Thomas, Literary Development Manager, at