Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is currently accepting grant and fellowship applications

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The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is currently accepting grant and fellowship applications for its Artist as Activist program.

Deadline: October 31, 2014

Artist as Activist provides game-changing resources to artists (of all disciplines – visual, performing, media, and beyond), designers, and other creative professionals who are addressing important global challenges through their creative practice. In years past this support has included a commissioned print edition to benefit a particular cause or organization. Today the Artist as Activist program is comprised of three distinct grant opportunities:
Artist as Activist Fellows: artists and legally established art collectives with a demonstrated commitment to applying their creative work to the public sphere will receive up to $100,000 over two years, along with a suite of value-added support. Fellows will be selected through an open call for proposals.
Artist as Activist Travel & Research Grants: a separate pool of funds has been reserved for similar artists seeking support (ranging from $2,500 to $10,000) to travel or conduct research related to this aspect of their work. Travel/Research grantees will be selected through an open call for proposals.
Artist as Activist Organizations: Ten organizations from across the U.S. that have been exemplars in supporting artists working at the intersection of art and change will receive general operating support.These organizational grants are by invitation only.

Program Values and Beliefs
  • Consistent with our commitment to upholding the legacy of our founder, Robert Rauschenberg, all of RRF’s philanthropy programs operate with a set of core values that embody his work as both an artist and a philanthropist. These values include experimentation, fearlessness, and pushing boundaries. Rauschenberg also sought to learn from other cultures, and to share his own knowledge in exchange for what he learned. The Artist as Activist program retains this approach with a particular focus on:
  • Creative problem-solving and solutions orientation – looking at an issue in new ways that actually shift its paradigm.
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration – experience and enthusiasm for working with people who have a variety of expertise, experience, and training, as well as those whose beliefs, values, and norms differ from your own.
  • Risk-taking – an ability to move outside of the status quo; comfort with uncertainty, improvisation, and/or iteration in the context of continuous learning.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

THE DENNIS AND VICTORIA ROSS FOUNDATION is seeking stage or screen work

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THE DENNIS AND VICTORIA ROSS FOUNDATION is a non-profit organization that
is seeking to produce and bring to the public’s attention dramatic work by
talented New York City artists who have not yet achieved significant
commercial success. Our goal is to mount quality productions in NYC that
advance the artist’s work and visibility. We accept stage or screen work
of any topic and type including full lengths, shorts and showcases.

Selected work will be produced and promoted at the cost of the foundation,
with creative input from the artist. We welcome artists with an interest
in hands-on production roles, but it is not a requirement.

Work is accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. You may submit as many
pieces as you like at a time. Submissions must be in PDF format only.

Please follow standard stageplay formatting guidelines where applicable.

Please include in your email:
-Name
-Best means of contacting you
-A brief statement about your experience in the theater, artistic goals,
or any notes on your submission(s)
-Any desired production role and relevant experience


Please send submissions, or any questions, to dross@dvrf.org

2015 Prize for Women Playwrights

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WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS for the 2015 Prize for Women Playwrights at this link.

The last day to submit is November 1, 2014.

The Kentucky Women Writers Conference awards a biennial Prize for Women Playwrights to bring more scripts by women to the stage, through a collaboration among our program, a partnering theater, and a guest judge. The winner receives a world premier production for a paying audience plus a cash prize of $500, and the winning script will be workshopped prior to its production. If you would like to receive our bi-monthly listserv with updates about this contest and our other programming, please send your request to kentuckywomenwriters@gmail.com.
Partnering Theater

Actors Guild of Lexington will produce the winning script as the final play in its 2014-15 season. Learn more about Actors Guild here.

Guest Judge

Playwright Carson Kreitzer will select a winner from approximately 5 finalists.
Eligible Playwrights

The competition is open to all women playwrights. There are no restrictions on age, residence or experience. Co-authored scripts are eligible if at least 50 percent of co-authors are female.

Eligible Plays

One-act or full-length scripts in English, with a running time between 45 and 90 minutes, that have not been published or commercially produced as of the entry deadline and will not be published or produced before the release of the KWWC production. However, scripts that have been staged in a workshop production or script-in-hand staged readings are eligible.

Deadline and Timeline
Entries must be electronically submitted by November 1, 2014
Winner will be posted on our Web site by February 20, 2015
Winning script will be workshopped in March or April 2015
Production will occur in May or June 2015
$500 cash prize

Subject Matter, Casting, and Production Limitations

We are seeking new plays that can be produced as world premieres. We place no limitations on subject matter. Scripts may be based on factual events, purely fictional, or adaptations. We are not seeking musicals or children's plays. 

Limitations:
  • Reading time must be in the range of 45-90 minutes.
  • Casts must be limited to 8 actors (1 actor may play multiple roles).
The production will be in a small black box theater. Set, lighting, sound, costume, and prop requirements should be kept to a minimum.

Judging Process and Criteria

All entries will be screened by KWWC staff for completeness and adherence to contest guidelines. Judging will consist of two rounds. In round 1, a diverse panel of theater professionals and educators will choose 5-10 finalists. In round 2 our guest judge, Carson Kreitzer, will choose 1 winner. Judging will be guided by literary merit and theatrical potential.


Past Winners & Guest Judges

Naomi Wallace was our first judge in 2011 and chose Keliher Walsh’s play, Year of the Rabbit, produced by Balagula Theatre in Lexington. Kia Corthron was our next judge in 2013 and chose Jo Morello’s E.G.O.: The Passions of Eugene Gladstone O’Neill, also produced by Balagula.

Monday, October 20, 2014

BlackFry Productions seeks full-length plays

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BlackFry Productions is a new production company whose main focus will be to find plays that provide a voice or a platform to raise awareness of social issues, either large scale or on a very local and personal level, that exist in New York or elsewhere in the world. We would love to find plays that tell us stories of peoples lives that others may not have insight to or about issues from a surprising angle or viewpoint. 

The aim is that the pieces we produce will have the effect of not only making the audience aware of these worlds, but showing them the issue from an insiders point of view. Almost documentary making but in full and real play format. 

We are looking for writers that have a direct relationship with what they are writing about and a strong passion to get their experience or stories out to audiences. 

We are looking for full length plays, but if we receive a good group of shorter One Act plays that we could put into 1 night to begin with and test out for possible expansion into full length, that is also a possibility. A sort of pick a Playumentary night. 

Think of this like a mixture of the Moth, Anna Deavere Smith and Chris Thompson's Carthage.

It is really important to know why the writer wrote the piece and what it means to them.


I hope this is enough. Thanks in advance to all who submit.

We are estimating the production to take place in February, subject to finding the write piece/s. Submissions should be in by November 14th

Send submissions to nina@blackfry.com

Snowdance 2015

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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 2015. 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 March 8, 2015. 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.
February 6 – March 8, 2015 - Run of festival performances.
March 8, 2015 (immediately after final performance) - Announcement of “Best in Snow.”To enter a script, please follow these steps.

Competition is open to original, unpublished, 10 minute or shorter plays free of royalty and copyright restrictions. Musicals, adaptations, and translations will not be considered. 

One entry per playwright.
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.
Submissions must be postmarked on or before November 1st 2014.
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)
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’.
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.
Submit one (1) copy of your script.
Send scripts to:
SNOWDANCE
C/O Sixth Street Theatre
318 Sixth Street
Racine, Wisconsin 53403
Any questions can be directed to Rich Smith at (262) 632-6802 or by e-mail at snowdance318@gmail.com.Plays selected for the festival will be produced by Over Our Head Players.

Welders 2.0

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

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

The Process

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Application

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Manhattan Rep’s WINTER ONE ACT PLAY COMPETITION 2015

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

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

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

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

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

There is no submission fee. NON-EQUITY ONLY.

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

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

For more information: www.manhattanrep.com

Stage Left Theater call for 1-minute scripts

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Stage Left Theater, of Spokane, WA, is pleased to announce its call for 1-minute scripts for Fast & Furious, a staged reading of really short plays, in February 2015.
*What? 1-minute plays (2 page maximum for dialogues, 1 page maximum for monologues)
*One script only.
*All genres welcome (no children’s plays or musicals)
*Playwrights can be from anywhere, but plays must be in English.
*Standard play format preferred.
*There are no restrictions on content, but our audiences prefer more PG-13 fare.
*Cast size, no restrictions
*Deadline: Dec. 1, 2014
Notification: January

Submission procedure:
1. Send the full script with your contact information, a character breakdown, and a short bio. Include all the information in one document. The document should be labeled the play’s name_your last name (i.e. Hamlet_Shakespeare).
2. E-mail your script as a Microsoft Word document or PDF to sandrah@spokanestageleft.org. The subject line should include your name and the title of the play.
3. Include your name and email address in the body of your email.

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

Questions? Contact Fast & Furious coordinator Sandra Hosking at sandrah@spokanestageleft.org.

Thank you and we look forward to reading your work.

The Ruby Prize

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NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS

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

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

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

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

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

Greenhouse Project

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

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

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

Please submit only the FIRST 25 pages of your script.

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

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

Playwrights submission schedule:

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

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

Saturday, October 18, 2014

13th Street Repertory Company submission guidelines

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To have your play considered for production by 13th Street Repertory, the play is first evaluated by our literary staff.

Play Submission Guidelines
  • ½ page synopsis
  • Two-sentence log line
  • 10 consecutive pages of your best dialogue
  • Character descriptions
  • Brief staging needs
  • Include a SASP with the play title on it
  • Submissions require a post-mark.
Please mail to:
13th Street Repertory Company
Literary Department
50 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011

Readings are of plays written by up-and-coming new playwrights.

Play themes and styles vary greatly.

All readings will be followed by a short Q&A with the playwright, director, and cast.

Houston Family Arts Center is looking for a new, unproduced play

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Houston Family Arts Center is looking for a new, unproduced play to premiere as part of its 2015-2016 season.

HFAC produces “family-friendly” plays – not “children’s theatre,” but contemporary or period plays which do not contain strong language or adult themes. Some plays that HFAC has produced that fit into these parameters include "Over The River and Through the Woods" by Joe DiPietro, "A Raisin in the Sun," by Lorraine Hansberry, The 39 Steps by Patrick Barlo"Death by Design" by Rob Urbinai, and "Driving Miss Daisy" by Alfred Uhry.

Please submit a synopsis, character breakdown and 20-page sample to Artistic Director Teri Clark at teri.clark@houstonfac.com .

The deadline is November 1, 2014. 

The selected playwright will be brought to Houston for the opening.

Words by Women

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The window for Words by Women submissions is open again, now until November 21st, 2014 (postmarked).

Play guidelines
- Words by Women is open to female playwrights only.
- All plays must be full-length and never produced in NYC.
- Plays must require no more than 7 actors with special attention given to small-cast plays (2-3 actors). Doubling is okay.
- All plays will be considered for a full production with a staged reading and/or workshop as a first step.
- Words by Women submissions are automatically considered for Urban Stages' Emerging Playwright Award.

How to submit:

Electronic Submissions are not accepted. Please submit plays to:

Urban Stages Theater
555 8th Avenue, RM 1800
New York, NY 10018


- Write "Words by Women" on envelope
- Include a short summary and resume with your submission.
- Include a small SASE envelope for response letters. Whole plays will no longer be returned. All plays will be recycled.
- No submission fees.
- It usually takes two to six months for us to read and process your script. We ask that you do not call or email our offices to inquire on the status of your play.
- Plays outside the United States are accepted and will be considered.

EST/Sloan Project seeks works about science

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Deadline for artist proposals and script submissions: November 1, 2014
Deadline for regional development grants: December 1, 2014

The EST/Sloan Project commissions, develops and presents new works delving into how we view and are affected by the scientific world. These plays examine the struggles and challenges scientists and engineers face from moral issues to the consequences of their discoveries.

The Project is designed to stimulate artists to create credible and compelling work exploring the worlds of science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes of scientists and engineers in the popular imagination. The Project commissions and develops new works throughout EST’s developmental season, including one Mainstage Production, as well as workshops and readings in an annual festival called FIRST LIGHT.

Now in its 15th year, the EST/Sloan Project has awarded commissions totaling more than $450,000 to more than 140 artists. Previous commissionees include: Billy Aronson, Mike Daisey, Jason Grote, Ann Marie Healy, Michael Hollinger, Israel Horovitz, Tina Howe, Shirley Lauro, Emily Levine, Romulus Linney, Quincy Long, Cassandra Medley, Dan O’Brien, Carey Perloff, Bill Pullman, Jaquelyn Reingold, Tommy Smith, Caridad Svich, Vern Thiessen, Alex Timbers, Bridgette Wimberly, David Zellnik, Stillpoint Productions, and The Royal Shakespeare Company.
Commission Awards

Commissions will be awarded to individuals, groups and creative teams for full-length and one-act plays and musicals. Commissions range from $1000 to $10,000. Commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, as are deadlines for drafts, finished work, and research support (if appropriate). Extant, full-length works may be submitted and are judged on a script-by-script basis by the EST/Sloan Project staff. Rewrite commissions for existing scripts range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Commissions are also available for regional theaters who wish to sponsor a local project focused on science and technology, either by commissioning a new script or developing an extant piece. Commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, but average $5000.
Submission Guidelines

The EST/Sloan Project is open to a broad range of topics related to the issues, people, ideas, processes, leading-edge discoveries, inventions, and/or history of the "hard" sciences and technology.
Hard sciences include the following areas:
  • Mathematics
  • Physics (geological, nuclear, theoretical, etc.)
  • Biology (evolution, zoology, animal behavior, ecology, molecular, genetics, etc.)
  • Chemistry (industrial, biochemistry, etc.)
  • Neuroscience
  • Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Technology includes:
  • Computer Science
  • Software Development, Computer Development
  • Engineering (civil, chemical, mechanical, electrical, aerospace, vehicle design)
  • Space Research
Areas not considered for commissions include:
Science Fiction
Medical Conditions and/or Victims of Disease
Psychology and Human Behavior

How to Apply

New Commissions

Individuals, creative teams and theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project commission should submit the following as their application for a grant:
A one- or two-page description or a simple outline/synopsis of the project. This document should describe the actual story being explored, the source of inspiration behind the idea, and how the science being portrayed would be inherently dramatic in the piece.
A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.

Rewrite Commissions

Individuals, creative teams and theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project rewrite grant should submit the following as their application:
A draft of the script.
A one- or two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the play, your goals for a rewrite commission, and any questions you have about the current draft.
A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.

A selection committee evaluates the proposals and makes the final decisions. Candidates may be asked to revise aspects of their proposals, provide writing samples, and/or arrange a meeting to discuss their project as part of the selection process.

Deadline for artist proposals and script submissions: November 1, 2013

Deadline for regional development grants: December 1, 2013
Regional Development Commissions

Theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project regional development grant should submit the following as their application for a grant:
A current draft of the script, or a one- to two-page description or outline of the project.
A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.
A one- to two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the project and your goals for the commission.
An estimated budget for the project.
Delivering Your Submission

We accept scripts in the following manner...
Email (preferred):

sloanproject@ensemblestudiotheatre.org
Via regular mail:

The Ensemble Studio Theatre

Attn: EST/Sloan Project

549 West 52nd St.

New York, NY 10019

Phone: 212-247-4982

Please contact us with any questions.

Best of luck to you,

EST/Sloan Project Staff

Discount tickets: SHATTER

$10.00 discount for the critically-acclaimed Shatter at Urban Stages

Urban Stages presents the American premiere of Shatter by Trina Davies (a former Words by Women submission)

1917 Halifax. The largest man-made explosion before Hiroshima hits Nova Scotia, Canada. Devastation unimaginable; the witch-hunt begins for someone to blame. At the center of it all stands Anna Maclean, a teenager whose first romance is threatened when her family considers an enemy within their fold. Shocking and surprisingly relevant to our post-9/11 world, this critically-acclaimed Canadian play in its American premiere is an eerie examination of the cycles of fear.

Starring Jackie Hansen*, Hollis McCarthy*, Michael Chris McGuire* & Rebecca Nelson*

Use code PRE15 to get $15 tickets during previews OCT 18 - OCT 22.
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Calliope Theatre Company presents

Dear Deirdre
A dark comedy written & directed by Matt Crowley
Starring Will Dagger, Drew Lewis*, and Rachel Sachnoff
Stage managed by Elizabeth Gambal

October 30 - November 1 @ 7 pm, November 2 @ 2 pm 
The Drilling Company
236 W 78th St, New York, NY


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*Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity

Equity approved showcase.


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Playing On Air starts this Monday

Contemporary short plays, written and performed by dynamic, award-winning playwrights and actors.

Experience an electric evening of three short plays as they are being recorded live for a public radio broadcast.

This Monday evening's readings include:
Tasha Walks by Kim Merrill; director Brian Mertes with Steven Boyer, Marsha Mason
Fifth Planet written and directed by David Auburn with Bobby Moreno, Amy Ryan
Breakfast at the Track by Lanford Wilson; director Caitriona McLaughlin with David Furr, Jeanine Serralles

An interactive Q&A with the actors and playwrights will follow each play.

Discounted tickets available in limited supply. 
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Plays about US Marine Corps wanted

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Drama - The Bill Broyles Award is given for a distinguished play or screenplay by a playwright or screenwriter, dealing with U.S. Marine Corps heritage or Marine Corps life.

Submission requirements: Submission must include a brief synopsis of the work, as well as a copy of the play or screenplay.

The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation awards program is now accepting submissions for 2015 awards. Each year, the Foundation presents a series of awards to both Marines and civilians, to recognize their exemplary work in advancing and preserving Marine Corps history. Individuals will be honored at the Foundation’s annual Awards Ceremony on April 25, 2015.

All winners receive a $1,000 cash prize, a medallion and a commemorative brick along the Semper Fidelis Memorial Park pathway at the Marine Corps Heritage Center.

Applicants may self-nominate or nominate another individual for his/her work. If the piece is selected for an award, the awards committee will contact the applicant for any additional information needed to get in touch with the author/creator of the original work.

Applicants who are nominating someone else´s work must indicate this in the overview that is part of each submission detailed below. Submissions must be submitted electronically in PDF form, by website URL (in the case of blogs/dispatch reporting) or mailed on a DVD. All video submissions should include three copies on DVD format, mailed in a case, along with the category for the submission and the applicant´s name and contact number. All parts of the submission including overview must be sent electronically or by mail together, rather than in multiple parts. Electronic submissions are preferred but the Foundation understands that not all submissions can be sent in electronic format.

The deadline for this year´s awards submissions is January 9, 2015.

Be sure to fill out the Awards Program Submission Form and include it with all submissions.

All award submissions must include the Awards Program Submission Form and should be sent to Susan Hodges at the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.

E-mail: hodges@marineheritage.org
Mail to: Susan Hodges
Vice President of Administration
Marine Corps Heritage Foundation
c/o Awards Program
3800 Fettler Park Drive, #104
Dumfries, VA 22025





Friday, October 17, 2014

The Storefront Theatre: A FESTIVAL OF 10-MINUTE PLAYS

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We are accepting submissions for our 3rd annual 10-minute play festival to be presented on March 7 and 8, 2015. A panel of judges will select 8-10 plays to be presented as concert readings and will choose a first place winner who will receive a cash award of $100.00 and a second place winner who will receive a cash award of $50.00. Other playwrights will receive complimentary tickets for themselves and a guest Recently read or produced plays are acceptable; published plays are not. No musicals, no plays requiring children in the cast. Plays should have no more than five (5) characters with three men, two women or three women, two men. They should be intended for a general audience.

Please submit by email as follows:

EMAIL 1:
The subject line should contain the title of the play followed by the words “contact info.” (Example subject line: Pedro’s Revenge contact info.)

The body of the email must include the title of the play and the playwright’s contact information:
• playwright’s name
• mailing address
• phone(s)
• email

Do not send contact information as an attachment to the email.

Do not send the play as an attachment to the email.


EMAIL 2:
Attach the play to this email. The title of the play should be the name of the attachment and in the subject line. (Example subject line: Pedro’s Revenge).

The attached file should include cast, set requirements, and script.

Do not include your name and/or contact information either in the body of the email or in the attached play.

Submissions that fail to meet these guidelines will not be accepted.


SUBMISSIONS DATE:
September 1 through October 31
SUBMIT TO:
mail@thestorefronttheatre.org

Award-winning playwrights and all playwrights to be included in the festival reading will be notified by December 31, 2014.

The Mountain Playhouse International Playwriting Contest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Theatricum Botanicum presents: BOTANICUM SEEDLINGS A DEVELOPMENT SERIES FOR PLAYWRIGHTS

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With its roots in the McCarthy Era Blacklisiting, Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum has provided a home in Southern California for professional Shakespeare and the classics in its scenic, outdoor amphitheatre in rustic Topanga Canyon for over 40 years.

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

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

Opportunities through Botanicum Seedlings include Playreadings, Play Festivals, private GreenReads (for a fresh look at early drafts) and Playwrights Workshops culminating in developmental GreenReads. Since its creation in 2002, the
program has supported well over 100 new plays.
The goals of Botanicum Seedlings are:
 to maintain focus on the needs of the playwright in regard to a play’s growth;
 to foster relationships with emerging playwrights around the globe;
 to act as an advocate whenever appropriate in recommending plays to other companies;
 to establish Theatricum Botanicum as a guiding force in the development of original material; and
 to provide a nurturing environment in which Theatricum company members can expand and stretch in new directions as actors as well as directors, writers and dramaturgs.

For consideration, please keep in mind that Theatricum encourages provocative, political and socially relevant material, and prefers works that are uniquely theatrical and character-driven. Although the company is classically based, Seedlings
is by no means traditional in its sensibilities and is not looking for classical translations or adaptations unless they are highly original. Nor are we interested in scripts which might be better suited to film or television.
In addition, Botanicum Seedlings is committed to gender parity, with a goal of 50% or more women playwrights and directors involved in its public readings.

Submissions may also be considered for production as part of Theatricum Botanicum’s Summer Repertory Season.

Please note that the theatre very rarely includes new works in its season; both of our performance spaces are outdoor amphitheatres in a natural setting.

From September 1 - December 1, we accept electronic submissions of 10-15 page dialogue samples from full length plays (sorry, no queries for one-acts or short plays) accompanied by playwright’s bio and play history as MS Doc
or PDF attachments sent to seedlings@theatricum.com. (Only one play per year, please!)

If electronic submission is not possible, send complete plays, musicals and accompanying materials to
Botanicum Seedlings
c/o Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum,
P.O. Box 1222
Topanga, CA 90290. 
All materials will be recycled unless special arrangements are made beyond including an SASE.

Our goal is to acknowledge receipt of all submissions and queries. Please know that while we read and review all materials we receive, we are not able to personally follow up with every submission.

For more information on Seedlings writing workshops, private dramaturgy and other Theatricum events and programs,

visit www.theatricum.com or contact seedlings@theatricum.com. The business office can be reached at (310) 455-2322.

Thank you in advance for your submission, and for your patience if our response is delayed.

Jennie Webb Kimberly Shelby-Syszko
Seedlings Program Director Seedlings Literary Manager

Thursday, October 16, 2014

RED PLAYWRITING COMPETITION

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2015 RULES & GUIDELINES

Seeking bold and dynamic new plays that embrace the Red Theater aesthetic.
The competition winner will receive a staged public reading with the Red Theater Company in Chicago as well as with the collectives in Lincoln, Omaha, and Purchase NYC. The three runners up will also receive a staged reading of an excerpt of their play.
ARTISTIC CRITERIA

We are looking for work that is THEATRICAL and PERSONAL. Theatrical means a work that could only be fully realized in a theater. It should take full advantage of the temporal and connective nature of human performers interacting with a living audience.

Personal means that the work uniquely and vividly wrestles with the dualities present in the human condition. For example: that we are alive but will die; that the more knowledge we have, the more foolish we feel.
Please surprise us with difficult ideas, impossible stagings, and a powerful heart.

STRICT GUIDELINES

1) As we have a huge number of submissions, any not following the guidelines will sadly be discarded.

2) Email subject lines must be in the format of PLAY TITLE, AUTHOR’S NAME.

3) Please submit your play as a PDF to the following email: scripts@redtheater.org

4) The play needs to be at least 60 minutes running time and no longer than 120.

5) The play can not have received a professional production defined as: any full production. Plays with prior educational or community theaters; workshops or staged readings are allowed.

6) Adaptations are accepted as long as the author has complete rights.

7) The play should be written in, or translated into, the English language.

8) We can only accept one submission per playwright.

9) Please ensure your script includes a list of characters and that the pages are numbered.

10) In the interests of impartiality, please do not include your name anywhere on the script (or in the PDF title). Please provide your contact details in the email only.
RIGHT OF FIRST REFUSAL

As Red Theater Chicago is serious about producing new works from theatrical playwrights, RTC invokes an 18 month Right of First Refusal to produce the PREMIERE production of the winning script as defined by the date of the first public staged reading. Playwrights agree to receive $75 per performance in royalties for the duration of the premiere run. Submission to this competition constitutes agreement with the above fine print, rules, and regulations.
DEADLINE

The competition opens for submissions on July 1st, 2014.

Deadline for submissions: October 31st, 2014.
Winners and a shortlist will be announced on or before January 31, 2015.

Performances of selected material will occur at a date and time TBD.

All entrants will be contacted, but please note that we cannot give individual feedback to every applicant.

Ask dangerous questions theatrically.

Schreiber's Shorts - call for short plays

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Call for plays!

Schreiber's Shorts FREEDOM Short Play Festival – 2015

Schreiber's Shorts: Freedom
This is a call for short plays (10 minutes) that explore freedom. We invite playwrights to consider different manifestations of freedom, including personal, political, religious, historical, romantic, and philosophical. Dramas and comedies are both welcome. We encourage creative interpretations of the idea.

Plays should be in English and submissions from playwrights outside of the US are strongly encouraged.

Sets and costumes should be minimal: rehearsal furniture only, nothing that requires specially built pieces. Props should be those items typically found in an acting studio props closet.

We encourage submissions that make creative use of sound and lighting. Live sound (including Foley sound effects) is/are encouraged, as well as any prerecorded sounds or music you imagine being part of your play. We have a wide variety of lighting instruments available (so specials and practicals are okay), although we do not have moving lights or a follow spot.

Deadline for submissions is December 1, 2014. 
Plays will be produced at the Gloria Maddox Theatre at T. Schreiber Studios in March, 2015.


PLAYS MUST NOT HAVE HAD NEW YORK PRODUCTIONS BEFORE MARCH 2015

By submitting an entry, you are affirming that you are the sole creator of the play, and entitled to confer performance rights. You further affirm that, if your play is chosen, you will grant performance rights, royalty-free, to the T. Schreiber Studio & Theatre for up to twelve performances during its Schreiber's Shorts: Freedom Festival March 2015. The play remains the sole property of the playwright.

There is no fee for submission. 
Please send all scripts in pdf or Word document format to: tschreibertheatre@gmail.com with the heading "Schreiber's Shorts" and the name of your play.

One Act Playwriting Competition - Shakespeare in the 'Burg

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The One Act Playwriting Competition in conjunction with our Second Annual Shakespeare in the ‘Burg theater festival scheduled for March 27-29, 2015 in Middleburg, VA.

CATEGORIES

There are two categories of plays that will be judged: Plays written by students ages 12-17, and plays written by adults, ages 18 and over. Please note that you can write in any style you choose; this is not a “Shakespeare” writing competition, so plays in any genre are welcome.

There is no monetary prize for the competition, but the winning plays will receive a public reading with an audience. The winning plays will be performed the weekend of March 28-30, 2015 at the Middleburg Community Center in Middleburg, VA.

RULES

Open To All Playwrights

Scripts must be original, unpublished and not produced professionally. Musicals, monologues, adaptations, film scripts and television scripts are not eligible. Scripts may be performed in a workshop environment but may not have had a public performance.

The goal should be to produce a small to medium-sized cast, one-set show with running times of no less than 25 minutes and no more than one hour.

No more than one submission per playwright. Give us your best work!

All scripts must be typewritten. If sending a hard copy, please number the pages and use paper clips or staples to ensure your pages stay together.

Submissions should include:
  • Playwright bio.
  • Brief Synopsis
  • Contact page with name, address and telephone number of the playwright, along with a separate title page with no contact info or name. On all subsequent pages, only the title of the play should appear at the top of each numbered page. This will be a blind competition. Judges will not know the names of the authors while judging the plays.
  • Cast of characters with descriptions.
Scripts will be judged on concept, dramatic action, characterization and dialogue. All production and publication rights remain the property of the playwright.

The decision of the judges is final. While we do not assume responsibility for the loss, damage or return of scripts, all reasonable care will be taken. If you want your script back, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and we will make every effort to return it to you.

FORMAT

Scripts should be formatted in keeping with traditional playwriting manuscripts. Since these are one-act plays without scene changes, it is not as critical to include scene headings. However, feel free to include stage directions and an “at rise” description (what will happen as the lights come up or the curtain rises).

Put all stage directions in parentheses.

Use 8-1/2 x11 paper if submitting a hard copy.

Number all pages in the upper right hand corner.

Include the title of the play in a header on every page.

Margins should be one-inch, right and left, top and bottom.

USE ALL CAPS to identify the character speaking.

If a character’s speaking lines go over a page break, identify the character speaking with a second character tag on the new page—e.g., JOHN (cont’d).

Double space after stage directions or dialogue and before a character tag.

If formatting becomes confusing or difficult, then choose a format and stick to it. Consistency in formatting is the most important thing.

Where To Send Your Script

Send a duplicate copy, not your original. Send hard copies to:
Genie Ford
36523 Mountville Road
Middleburg VA 20117
OR

You may also email your script to: genie@printmanagementinc.com, and in fact, we prefer emails.

In the subject line, please write: Shakespeare in the ‘Burg One-Act Play

WHEN To Send Your Script!

The deadline for entries is a postmark or email by October 31, 2014.

Actors Theatre of Louisville 2015 NATIONAL TEN-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL

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Established in 1989, the National Ten-Minute Play Contest remains one of the most enduring and significant means by which the literary staff at Actors Theatre of Louisville connects with American playwrights and is introduced to vibrant new voices for the stage.

We will accept submissions for the 2015 National Ten-Minute Play Contest from September 1 – November 1, 2014 (postmark dates).

Established in 1989, the National Ten-Minute Play Contest remains one of the most enduring and significant means by which the literary staff at Actors Theatre of Louisville connects with American playwrights and is introduced to vibrant new voices for the stage. We consider all submissions for the Heideman Award—a $1,000 cash prize given out each January—as well as for production in the Apprentice/Intern Tens and the Humana Festival of New American Plays.

An annual event that takes place in January, the A/I Tens consist of a bill of 8-10 world premiere ten-minute plays, fully produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville and performed by our Apprentice Company of young actors.

Contest Guidelines:
- Scripts should be submitted between September 1-November 1 (postmark dates).
- Characters in submitted plays should be in the age range 18-28.
- Each script must be no more than ten pages long. (We start counting pages after the title page and character list, if applicable.) Title page must include the playwright’s name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Each manuscript must be typed and individually bound or stapled.
- Each playwright may submit only one script—send us your best!
- Previously submitted plays, plays that have received an Equity production, musicals, children’s shows, and any unsolicited longer one-act or full-length plays are not accepted and will not be returned nor receive a response. Plays that have received Equity waiver showcase productions are eligible. Playwrights must be citizens or permanent residents of the USA.
- We are unable to accept electronic submissions. Please mail submissions to: National Ten-Minute Play Contest, Actors Theatre of Louisville, 316 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202-4218.
- Submissions are limited to the first 500 scripts we receive each year. If your play is received after we’ve hit the 500-script mark, you will be notified. Entries will be acknowledged by postcard in December. Playwrights will be notified of their finalist or non-finalist status the following summer. No scripts will be returned.
- The volume of scripts submitted hampers our ability to comment individually on each work, so we do not offer criticism.
- All ten-minute plays will be considered for the Heideman Award ($1000)*, as well as for production in the Apprentice/Intern Tens and the Humana Festival of New American Plays.

*The Heideman Award was established in 1979. Made possible by the late Ted Heideman, a Louisvillian, the $1,000 cash prize is bestowed annually upon the winner of the National Ten-Minute Play Contest (1990 – present).

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Theater Project Soliciting Short Plays for Competition

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

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: November 21, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

QUESTIONS? Email OneActFest@TheTheaterProject.org 

The Griot Festival seeks plays 30 - 90 minutes long

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

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

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

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

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

1. A 100 word synopsis of the play

2. The complete script + character breakdown

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

4. Your bio

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

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

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

Submissions must be between 30 and 90 minutes long.

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

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

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

No more hidden and surprising costs.

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

Submissions will be accepted until December 24, 2014.

Send to: griottheaterfestival@gmail.com

Y2E is currently accepting play script submissions for the upcoming 2015 season

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NOTE:  Submission fees are waived for All NYCPlaywrights Members and anyone that submits via the NYCPlaywrights site.

Simply follow the submission guidelines on our website. When you submit your play add NYCPlaywright to the subject line. Please do follow the submission guidelines and requirements for submission. Only the fee is waived.

Submission Deadline: December 28th, 2014
  • Topic must be political/ controversial issues that are present in today's society
  • Maximum of 6 characters total
  • Maximum of 1hr. 45 minutes in length (105 pgs.)
Email your submission documents toyet2evolve@gmail.com.


We are seeking new, strong, controversial plays about current events or subject matters. (Eg: the first black president, stop and frisk, stand your ground, Mike Brown, health care, immigration, economy, justice/prison system,etc).

If you are a playwright that also directs and your play follows our submission guidelines, submit your play today. We will be accepting 6 winning plays into our 2015 season. A stipend will be awarded to the winners.

You may review our Submission Fees/ Guidelines/ and Criteria here:

http://www.yet2evolve.com/#!theatre/cj42

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DAYTON PLAYHOUSE FUTUREFEST

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NOTE: Submission fee is waived for members of the Dramatists Guild.

2015 is the 25th year for the Dayton Playhouse’s one-of-a kind New Works Play Festival.

Visit  www.daytonplayhouse.com for complete submission guideline information.      

$20 submission fee.  This fee is waived for members of the Dramatists GuildChecks and money orders should be made payable to “Dayton Playhouse”.  
   
ELIGIBILITY:  Entry must be an original work (NO musicals, plays with music, or plays for children) that has not been published or produced where admission was charged prior to FF 2015.  

Staged readings/workshop productions are not disqualifying factors.

DEADLINES:   Submissions will be accepted August 1 through October 31 (postmark).

SCRIPTS: Submit a blind copy of your script, securely bound, typed in standard play format, with pages numbered.  Include a list of characters/descriptions, scene breakdown, and a brief synopsis of your play. Your script(s) should be accompanied by a cover letter, including playwright contact information (address, phone #, e-mail address) and resume.  If applicable, also submit a photocopy of your Dramatists Guild membership card.

Please note that entries that do not comply with our guidelines will not be accepted.

If mailing, submit via Media Mail.  If you would like confirmation that we received your script, include a SASP (no envelopes).  Eliminated scripts will not be returned.  Script evaluations will not be provided.

CONSENT: Playwright gives the Dayton Playhouse permission to photocopy scripts for reading/production purposes.  Semi-finalists will need to provide a PDF of their script.
                      
Should your script be selected and produced as one of the 6 finalists, you must be  available to attend the weekend festival and participate in all events.

Finalists must acknowledge the Dayton Playhouse if/when script is published.

The winning playwright awards the Dayton Playhouse the option to produce the winning play as part of its main stage season royalty free.

AWARDS: A $1000 honorarium will be awarded to the winning playwright; runners-up each receive $100.  The Dayton Playhouse provides the 6 finalists travel (within the    continental U.S.) to Dayton and housing for FutureFest weekend (July 16 - 19, 2015).

SELECTION PROCESS: 
Each entry is guaranteed a minimum of 3 reads/evaluations.  Readers narrow down the entries to 18 - 20, which are then read by the entire committee who selects the 12 semi-finalists.  A second committee selects the 6 finalists. 
                           

During FutureFest weekend, the plays are staged and publicly adjudicated by a panel of 5 theatre professionals (New York based and regional).  Following the final production of the weekend, the adjudicators vote and select the winner.

 SUBMIT TO:    Dayton Playhouse FutureFest, P.O. Box 3017, Dayton, OH  45401-3017 or email  to futurefest@thedaytonplayhouse.com 

QUESTIONS:   Contact FutureFest Program Director, at futurefest@thedaytonplayhouse.com or  937.424.8477              

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

CALL FOR 10-MINUTE LGBTQ PLAY

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Call for Submissions for the third BUA Takes 10: LGBT Short Stories evening of ten-minute plays. BUA Takes 10 will run three weekends from March 27-April 11, 2015 at Buffalo United Artists at Alleyway Theatre, 672 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202.

Submission Guidelines:

*All plays must have an LGBT theme that is central to the play’s premise. (This means that changing pronouns on another play probably won’t work.)

*Playwrights may submit one or two plays, but if you submit two, please do so in separate emails.

*Please don’t resubmit plays that were submitted previous years. You think we don’t remember, but elephants got nothing on us.

*All plays must be no longer than ten minutes, which may actually mean fewer than ten pages. If you’re not sure, please read it aloud. No exceptions, no matter how brilliant the extra minutes may be. We mean it.

*All plays must have minimal set requirements. Plays chosen will receive full productions at BUA’s black box theater, but with ten plays being performed, there is no time for elaborate set changes.

*Please email LGBT ten-minute plays with minimal set requirements to buasubmissions@gmail.com in standard format in Word or PDF.
*Email subject line should have your name and title of your play, e.g. MARY BROWN/MY AWESOME GAY PLAY.

*Body of email should contain contact information (including email and phone) and the play’s production history ONLY. You don’t have to write a cover letter, so please don’t. Anything other than the requested information is only going to give us a bad first impression (i.e. you don’t follow rules).

*Submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines will not be considered.

The Deadline:

Submissions must be received by October 31, 2014. We prefer earlier to later, as we read and cull as the submissions come in.
You will receive a confirmation email when we receive your play. Finalists will be notified by email by January 15, 2015, and the selected playwrights will be announced on Official Playwrights of Facebook. We are sorry we cannot respond to each individual playwright.

The Producer:

Buffalo United Artists will provide directors, actors, designers, and technical crew for the run of the show. If necessary, directors will contact playwrights at the start of or during the rehearsal process. For more information about Buffalo United Artists, please visit our Web site: http://www.buffalobua.org. Dates are tentatively set for March 27-April 11, 2015, but are subject to change.
The Production:

Plays will be presented together as an evening of theater. Chosen playwrights will receive a copy of the program, four complimentary tickets to be used any night of the run, and a $25 royalty. If you’re here in person—which we strongly encourage—you’ll get some free drinks, too.

If you have questions, please contact buasubmissions@gmail.com

3rd Annual New Works Festival

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

Where and when?

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

Guidelines:

-Submissions are due: Thursday, November 27, 2014

- Less than 20 minutes long

- Speaks to the theme "Truth and Consequence"

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

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

SUBMIT YOUR ONE-ACT PLAY FOR SCI-FEST 2015

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SCI-FEST LA: The 2nd Annual Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival is now accepting submissions for their next festival scheduled for May, 2015. 

Sci-Fest only accepts one-act stage plays with a sci-fi themes and a running time of 20 minutes or less. 

Deadline for submissions:  December 15th 2014.  

There is no fee to submit to SCI-FEST LA.  

Last year’s festival featured a cast of over 40 actors including Tony-Winner L. Scott Caldwell (“Lost”), Dean Haglund (“The X-Files”), James Kyson (“Heroes”), Jasika Nicole (“Fringe”), Tim Russ (“Star Trek: Voyager”) and Armin Shimerman (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”).  

Directors included Dan Castellaneta (“The Simpsons”) and Jack Kenny (“Warehouse 13”).  Last year’s festival received press coverage from The Hollywood Reporter, NPR, The Huffington Post and the BBC.  

Sci-Fest LA is produced by Michael Blaha, Lee Costello and David Dean Bottrell (“Boston Legal”).  

To learn more or to submit a one-act sci-fi script, please visit our website: www.Sci-Fest.com.

Monday, October 13, 2014

November Short Play Lab

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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 November 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: www.midtownfestival.org for submission opportunities and requirements). The rules for submitting to November's Short Play Lab are easy-peasy:
Deadline is Nov. 9. 

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 PDF file. 

You produce the play whether or not you live in New York. The SPL provides the theatre. This Lab will take place at Roy Arias Studios, 300 W. 43rd St., New York, NY 10018.
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.
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, Nov. 22. The production dates are Saturday, Nov. 22 - Sunday, Nov. 23.
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. 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 PDF file, to john.chatterton@gmail.com. Any questions, don't hesitate to shoot me an E-mail!

Thanks,

John Chatterton

Executive producer, Short Play Lab

The LSU Department of Theatre presents Outworks 2015, a festival of one-act plays with LGBTQ themes

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Deadline for Submission: November 17, 2015 

Award: $150 and production videotape

The Louisiana State University Department of Theatre in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for our 10th annual Outworks festival. A part of the LSU Theatre Lab Season, Outworks 2015 continues our commitment to producing new one-act plays that explore topics in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or queer (LGBTQ) experiences.

To celebrate this special anniversary of a decade of new LGBTQ theatre, your task is to submit an original ten minute play that incorporates any variation on the theme of the number ten (10). Some superstring theories cite the existence of ten spacetime dimensions. Hindu and Judeo-Christian religions find great significance in the number ten in teaching spiritual lessons. The number ten is both an anchor and a way to see what comes next, particularly in mathematics. It is linked to change, energy, and manifestation in numerology. Music, sports and finance use tens for chords, scoring, and accounting. For our tenth year anniversary we are asking that your submissions reflect on any variation of the number ten (10) as we at Outworks 2015 are looking forward to the next ten years and beyond of LGBTQ dramatic works.

Outworks 2015 Submission Guidelines:
● Submissions must be the author's own original, unpublished work. Each

entry shall be free from copyright restrictions and the author agrees to hold LSU, its officers, and directors free and harmless from all copyright claims.

● We are accepting one-act plays, ten (10) to twenty (20) minutes in length. ● Scripts must be LGBTQ-themed, reflecting the 2015 festival theme of the

number ten.
● Only one (1) script may be submitted per playwright.
● Title page must be in same document as the play script.
● All submission must be sent, formatted for Microsoft Word or as a PDF, via e-mail to outworksfestival@gmail.com with the phrase Outworks 2015 with your last name (e.g., Outworks 2015 Doe) in the subject line.

● Deadline is November 17, 2015 at 5:00 PM.
● Scheduled production dates are April 28 - May 3, 2015.

Submissions will be read and scored by a faculty/student committee. The committee will select six plays. These playwrights will receive $150 in monetary compensation, each play selected will be guaranteed three staged performances, and each playwright will receive a video of his/her production. Playwrights wishing to attend the festival are responsible for all travel expenses.

The LSU Theatre Lab season retains all rights and privileges concerning casting, production, and programming for Outworks. LSU Theatre reserves the right to:

● Reproduce as many copies of the play as are necessary for distribution to the judges and participants in the production.

● Videotape the performance for archival purposes.
● Use the title, author's name and images from the production for publicity purposes related to the Outworks Festival.

The final play list will be announced January 2015 on the LSU Theatre Department website. Those playwrights will also be notified individually.
Please send any inquiries to outworksfestival@gmail.com.

Thank you for celebrating 10 years of Outworks with us! Alexis M. Skinner, Outworks Festival Coordinator

About the LSU Theatre Lab Season:

The LSU Theatre Lab season, produced by the Louisiana State University Department of Theatre, offers audiences an “alternative” theatrical experience. Providing a diverse and exciting schedule, the LSU Theatre Lab Season highlights the tremendous talents of the LSU graduate and undergraduate students (B.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D.) both on and behind the stage.