Friday, November 27, 2015

PL.A.Y Noir 2016 - Call for Submissions

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Punk Monkey Productions is officially accepting submissions for their 2016 production of PL.A.Y Noir. Plays should ideally be 10-20 pages in length and possess the classic noir themes of murder, mystery, deceit, and double-crossing. We always encourage playwrights to submit pieces with strong female characters, whether ingenue or femme-fatale. Examples to draw upon include The Maltese Falcon, The Third Man, and Double Indemnity. Submissions and inquiries can be sent to

The deadline for submissions is January 1, 2016.

Heartland Theatre Company 2016 10-Minute Play Festival

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Heartland Theatre Company is seeking eight short original plays to be considered for production in June of 2016 as part of our 15th annual 10-minute play festival. This year, the theme is THE ART GALLERY.

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


1. Your play must fit the theme – THE ART GALLERY – or it will not be considered.
2. Your play must fit our theater and its performance space.
3. We require internet submissions in MS Word. Please note that we do not accept pdfs. Because we judge plays blind, we must remove any identifying information contained on the manuscript as well as add a tracking number. That is not possible with a pdf. If this is a problem for you, please contact playfest@heartlandtheatre.orgto discuss your situation.
4. When formatting your play, we ask that you follow our style sheet.
5. We are looking for NEW plays. Please do not send us anything that has previously been produced.
6. Your play must contain at least two (2) characters, but no more than four (4).
7. Heartland Theatre Company has a pool of actors ranging in age from 18 to 80. Make sure that your characters can be played by actors within that range.
8. Your play should consist mainly of dialogue, not monologues.
9. No children’s plays, musicals, or plays which were previously chosen as winners in any Heartland Theatre playwriting competition will be considered.
10. Do not put your name on the play itself, as submissions are judged blind. Make sure your title appears on every page of the play, however.
11. If your play cannot be considered for any reason, we will notify you as soon as possible. If, in the judges’ opinion, the problem is easily fixable and the play otherwise has merit, we may ask you for revisions. Asking for revisions is completely up to the judges and depends a great deal on timing. No plays submitted after January 1 will be considered for revisions.
12. Those plays which win and are staged will be videotaped for archival purposes.
13. No contracts beyond the guidelines mentioned here will be offered.
14. Only one entry will be accepted from each playwright.
15. Your play must be written in English.
16. Keep your play under ten minutes in length.
17. Remember that something has to happen in those ten minutes.
All entrants must complete and submit
Heartland Theatre 10-Minute Play Entry Form.

You must attach your script in MS Word format when you send the entry form.

***Deadline for entries considered for revisions is January 1, 2016. If you want the opportunity to do revisions, your play must be entered by January 1.***

Finalists will be notified approximately March 10.

Winners will be announced approximately March 31.
If you have any questions, please email

Taboo Theatre seeks adult fairy tales

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Taboo is looking for submissions again! We have wanted to do this for a while and we are very excited that now is the time. This year, instead of Grand Guignol plays, we are looking for original adult fairy tales, exploring diverse taboos. Our showcase will have the theme “The Uncanny: When the Fantasy is Too Real.”

Here are the requirements:
–Submissions must be accompanied by a 150-250 word description of which taboo your work is exploring and how.
–The plays can be either completely original, adaptations of classical works or other material that fits the requirements of this genre.
–The plays must be 10-25 minutes long.
–The plays should not require elaborate sets, props or costumes.
–Submissions may consist of one or more plays.
–Completed drafts are preferred but not absolutely necessary.
–Please include with your submission any past writing and theatre credits.
–Submissions will be accepted no later than February 15, 2016.
–Chosen submissions will be announced by March 1, 2016.

The accepted plays will be workshopped during early spring (the exact dates will be determined by the number of shows accepted). The selected works will then be rehearsed and mounted over the following months, with exact details and dates to be announced at a later time.

Submissions can be sent to Taboo Theatre’s Artistic Director at

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Woodward/Newman Drama Award 2016

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

The BPP is accepting submissions for the 2015-16 Woodward/Newman Drama Award. Submissions are due by March 1, 2016. The top 10 finalists will be announced at the end of May with the winner announced in June 2016.
  • "Full-length" plays will have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes).
  • Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission. Plays that have received developmental readings, workshop productions, or productions at small theatre companies are acceptable. No scripts with previous productions at major regional theaters will be accepted. Once entered, subsequent activity does not change the acceptability of the script.
  • Each submission must include a synopsis (1 page or less) including the cast size. A separate page should include a brief bio of the playwright, and production/development history if applicable.
  • Each submission must include a cover letter with contact information and a $10.00 reader fee. Agent submissions require no fee. The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. The BPP only accepts U.S. checks or money orders (Make check payable to "BPP"). No international checks or money orders will be accepted. If submitting internationally or if you want to avoid paying by check, pay online with your credit card here
  • Make sure to note with your submission that you have paid the reader fee online.
  • It is preferable for musicals to include a demo CD. The complete score is not necessary but may be included. All plays are read by BPP's literary personnel led by and including the Literary Manager and Artistic Director.
  • We do not accept email submissions. Scripts will not be returned. Blind submissions are not necessary. Please include all contact information. Plays submitted in previous years will be accepted.
  • The BPP reserves the right not to name a winner and/or name a winner but not commit to a reading or production. 
  • Send to:
Woodward/Newman Drama Award
Bloomington Playwrights Project
107 W. 9th Street
Bloomington, IN 47404
  • Scripts must be postmarked by March 1, 2016, and received no later than March 10, 2016. We are not responsible for postal delays, and recommend you not choose to send Media Mail unless you are submitting several weeks in advance.
For further information, write BPP, Attn: Literary Manager, 107 W. 9th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404. For faster replies, please email us at

HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP)

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HARP nurtures the development of mid-career hybrid artists and their audiences, through cross-disciplinary exchange, peer-driven workshops, and panel discussions. HARP was conceived in 1999 to address an urgent need in the artistic community: a void of artistic and administrative support for mid-career artists. This lack of support was causing talented artists, in the most fertile periods of their careers, to leave the field. HARP was initiated to provide a much-needed forum to assist artists who are developing unique artistic voices and experimenting with new approaches to expanding the parameters of performance work.

As the works being developed are complex hybrid projects, each Residency will last up to 3 years, renewed annually. At the end of each residency year, the artist and HERE mutually decide whether to continue the residency. It is unlikely that any project accepted in 2016 will go to production before the 2018-19 season.


Artists or collaborative teams chosen for HARP are expected to participate in the program by developing the work as outlined in their application and by actively participating in the member and public activities associated with the program. Since HARP is designed to respond to the ideas and needs of its members, the members themselves must be proactive in bringing those ideas and needs to HARP and to each other. We expect our members to be both good citizens of the HERE community as well as ambassadors to the public.

During the residency, HARP Artists participate in monthly artistic meetings, bi-monthly work groups focused on both artistic and business topics, regular individual meetings on budgeting, production, and fundraising issues, and formal and informal work-in-progress showings.

At the monthly meetings, 2-4 artists show work, give feedback to other artist projects, engage in and contribute to artistic skill sharing. At the bi-monthly work groups, artists share career skills and learn from others, as well as from HERE staff and outside experts on topics ranging from grant writing to touring to budgeting to work samples.

Artists are also encouraged to show work in each stage of development. A number of work-in-progress showings, both public and private, allow members of HARP to contribute to the growth of their peers. Through this component, we create a balance of practical and theoretical work that exposes the whole group to a comprehensive experience. Each season, we present 8-10 public showings of HARP works-in-progress and provide HARP artists with a more formal opportunity to do their work in CULTUREMART, our annual winter festival of workshop productions.

Each year, HARP artists participate in an intensive one-week retreat at an artist colony where they are able to dedicate all of their energy to the creative process without the distractions of daily life. In addition, when possible, we offer one- and two-week project-specific intensive retreats for second- and third-year HARP artists.

Three to five projects that are in development are selected for production each year. Each selected artist participates in all development activities, and collaborates with HERE to raise funds and develop appropriate resources and support for their production. Projects are produced at the scale appropriate to the work – there is no set formula for producing in the season – chamber or main stage, four performances or 20, one performer or 25. It is our expectation that the works being developed in the program are being scaled to fit and will be produced in one of our spaces. Most works developed through HARP are fully produced by HERE.

The artists themselves shall retain ownership of all work initiated, developed, or workshopped during their residency. For the works that go to full production, HERE and the artists will negotiate a separate ownership and rights agreement. However, in all public materials about the artist or team the following must appear: "(Name of Artist or Team) was/is a member of HERE’s Artist Residency Program (HARP), 20 __ - 20__, NYC", and in all public materials relating to the work’s development, the following line shall appear: “Development of (Name of Work) was made possible through the HERE’s Artist Residency Program (HARP), 20_ - 20_, NYC." For works that go to full production the following line shall appear: “(Name of Work) was commissioned, developed, and produced through the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP), 20_ - 20_, NYC.” . .


HARP is designed to assist mid-career individual artists or collaborative teams (writers, performers, composers, directors, designers, dramaturgs, puppeteers, dancers, singers) working in a hybrid form in live performance. Hybrid form refers to the full integration (not just as backdrop) of two or more genres (theatre, dance, music, puppetry, media, and visual art) in the work.

We define a mid-career artist as one who has:

(1) completed their education within the last 8-15 years

(2) had at least a few significant residency or commissioning opportunities,

(3) created a body of work over at least 5 years and at least one full evening-length work, and

(4) earns some income from their art practice.

Artists must also meet the following criteria:

*The artist or team are residents of the NY metro area.

*The artist or team find themselves at a point in their career where they are developing a distinctive form/style/content of work, or are interested in stretching the previously accepted boundaries of their work by experimentation with form/style/content.

*The artist or team is interested in actively participating both in the community of HERE and in a peer-based program aimed at exchanging resources, ideas, critique, and support.

*The artist or team are proposing a project that is very early in its development process, and any underlying rights needed to work with pre-existing material for the project have already been secured.

Additionally, HERE believes that diversity is extremely important within the makeup of our residency program. HARP actively seeks this diversity both from the work itself in terms of genre and content, and in the background of the artists.

The selection panel includes HERE leadership, artists, and performing arts curators from NYC.


Application Due Date: February 3, 2016 12 noon

Final Decisions Announced: March 16, 2016

Residencies Begin: April 1, 2016

Residences extend annually from April 1 to March 31, depending upon whether project is ready for production.

2015-2016 Science Playwriting Competition – CALL FOR PLAYS

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The Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, in its ongoing mission to explore the intersection science and art, announces a CALL FOR PLAYS for the 2015-16 SBU Science Playwriting Competition. The event is made possible by the generous support of the Simons Center, the C. N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics, and the SBU Department of Theatre Arts.

Calling all talented playwrights with an interest in the sciences, and talented scientists with an interest in the theatre to compose a ten-minute play with a substantial science component. This contest is open to the general public:

First Prize Winner: $500
Second Prize Winner: $200
3rd Prize Winner: $100

Bringing science and theatre together can provide the inspiration for a play of exceptional artistic merit and lead to exciting new ways of learning about science. Indeed, we believe the best science plays can be great works of art because of the science they contain and great educational tools because of their artistic value. We are recruiting Stony Brook University’™s brightest minds to write great plays that make science accessible to a wide audience.

ENTRIES MAY BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY BELOW. ALL submissions must be received by midnight April 1, 2016.

A public staged reading of the winning entries will be performed during the Fall 2016 semester at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics.

– Plays should be around 10 minutes in length (usually around 10 pages).
– Winning playwrights will receive a directed, staged reading of their work in the Fall 2016 semester.
– Plays must have a title page that includes the playwright’s name, address, phone number, and email address.
– Plays must be unpublished work.

The awards committee will consist of Professors Christopher Herzog, George Sterman, and Steve Marsh.

*Note: please submit electronic entries as a pdf file. Submitting your play implies permission to have your play performed in a staged reading in the fall semester; all submissions remain the property of the playwright.


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Ivy Theatre Company is looking for scripts

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Ivy Theatre Company is looking for some awesome scripts for Ivy-ISH (Ideas Sewn Here)! We are looking for plays between 45minutes and full length. The character breakdown must be diverse or the playwright must be open to inclusive casting. If this doesn't apply to you, don't submit.

We are looking for dynamic plays of any content. You are welcome to submit more than one script as long as you feel it serves our mission: we are dedicated to dynamic storytelling that explores the human condition in a visceral way in order to provoke thought and challenge both the artist and the audience. Our work climbs inside, up and over the walls that have confined and silenced the voices of the few and the oppressed. All are welcome to apply, though women, LGBTQIA, and writers of color will receive priority.

Ivy-ISH is the first step in our developmental process, Trellis Project. Scripts chosen for Ivy-ISH will receive a staged reading and will be evaluated for a full production through our Trellis Project. We do not have a limit on the number of plays selected. If it moves us, makes us laugh, or simply intrigues us, we will give you the chance to move forward!

If you have any questions, email, but we encourage you to err on the side of submitting!

Urban Stages: The President Plays


An evening of 10-minute plays

NYC/Metropolitan Area Playwrights

Dear Playwright,

You are invited to submit an original 10-minute play to Urban Stages’ THE PRESIDENT PLAYS, a new opportunity under the auspices of Urban Stages’ Development Program.

THE PRESIDENT PLAYS challenges your creativity to write an original play using a “president” or “presidency” as the springboard, subject or theme. Think outside the box! ANY elected or appointed official can be featured, from a U.S. president to a chief officer of an institution to the president of the International Scrabble Club! Or find inspiration from a famous myth, speech or motto (“I cannot tell a lie” – “Yes we can!” – “Ask not what your country can do for you…”). We are seeking plays written in any style that reveal a fresh plot, sufficient conflict and a running time of 10 minutes, maximum. Plays are due at midnight on January 10. The first 60 submissions will be considered for programming. Selected plays will be presented as a staged reading at Urban Stages’ 74-seat theatre located at 259 West 30th Street in Manhattan. Performances will be Sunday, February 21 @ 2:00 & 5:00. Are you ready? Here are the guidelines. Please read carefully!

  • The springboard, subject or theme for your play must be a president or presidency. 
  • Write for a cast of 2-3 actors. 
  • We strongly encourage scripts that can be staged without relying on stage directions. If stage directions are necessary, please keep them to a minimum. 
  • Your script will be presented as a staged reading in accordance with AEA guidelines. Keep production values to a minimum. Standard set pieces will be available. Costumes are at the discretion of the director and the willing cooperation of the actors. No hand props can be used. Remember, less is more! 
  • Plays should be in standard script format: 12 point font, 1” margins on all sides, and character names on a separate line. Be sure to number all pages. 
  • Submit scripts in MS-Word - preferred - or PDF format. 
  • Scripts longer than 10 pages – title and character breakdown pages are not counted – will NOT be considered. Regardless of the number of pages, the running time MUST be no more than 10 minutes! 
  • You may only submit one script for consideration. 
  • Playwrights must attend both performances of the staged reading on February 21. 
  • We encourage you to attend rehearsals, if possible. The schedule will be determined later. 
  • The deadline for script submission is midnight, January 10
We strongly encourage original scripts developed for this presentation. Do not submit a play that has been previously produced.

Urban Stages presents the play. We provide the actors, directors, stage manager, rehearsal space and the theatre (located at 259 West 30th Street).
ALL participants are donating their time and talent. There is no fee or cost to the playwright. There is a ‘pay-what-you-will donation’ for audience members to attend the staged readings.
Each playwright and director will attend the staged readings of their script in designated seating.
Every play gets two performances on the same day.

Please make sure you follow all submission requirements.

  • Email your scripts to
  • Write in the subject line: THE PRESIDENT PLAYS / Your Name 
  • In the body of the email send: 
  • Your complete contact information – name, mailing address, email address and phone number 
  • A one-line summary of the action of your play 
  • You will be contacted regarding your script’s status by February 1. 

If you have any questions, use the email address above. For more information on Urban Stages, see our website at We look forward to hearing from you!


Bara Swain
Creative Consultant
Urban Stages

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Cape Cod Theatre Project 2015

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Applications for the 2016 Season will be accepted after September 1, 2015.

Playwrights may send us one play per season for consideration. The proposed play must still be in development and cannot be receiving a professional production prior to August 2015.

To apply, please email a PDF of the script to Please label the document using your first and last name as well as the play’s title. For example: janesmithplaytitle.pdf

In addition, please include in your email a short biography and a brief artistic statement on how you propose to use your development time at CCTP. The bio and statement of intentions should be one page combined, sent as a PDF or Microsoft Word Doc and labeled with your first and last name. For example: janesmithbio.doc

As of November 1, 2011, we no longer review hard copies of scripts sent by mail.

Applications will be accepted from September 1, 2015 through Dec. 1, 2015.

The CCTP staff regrets that we cannot provide feedback on any submitted materials.

We look forward to reading your work.

Monkeyman Production seeks short plays

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Monkeyman Productions, Toronto's geekiest theatre company, is now accepting submissions for RETURN OF SIMIAN SHOWCASE. We want your short play to be part of our enlivening evening of entertainment, theatre, and laser sounds (PEW PEW). The show would be presented in the distant future, April 2016.

To qualify, your script must:
  • Be no longer than 15 minutes in length 
  • Have a cast of 2-4 characters 
  • Require minimal tech and encourage suspension of disbelief 
As always, we request scripts that get us to the geek – exploring our obsessions with pop and sub-culture. (See our full company mandate below.) This year, we’d also like to focus on scripts that use that obsession to say something about social equity and systems of oppression. Genre literature has always been at the forefront in critiquing society’s treatment of race, class, gender, orientation – we’d like to see some of that in your work.

Your play may:
  • Have had previous readings / productions 
  • Be a work-in-progress (playwrights will be welcome to attend rehearsals / work with their directors to develop their scripts – but we will set a cut-off date for any changes) 
Send your script as a PDF or DOC/DOCX file to

Submissions due by: December 25, 2015
You will be notified of play selections by: January 15, 2016

Production dates to be set for April, 2016

Since 2008, Monkeyman Productions has produced theatre of the futuristic, the freakish, and the fantastic. We examine the obsessions and enthusiasms of a society informed by comic books, monster movies, and video games – speaking the language of Internet addicts, collectors, and true believers. We draw from popular culture just as Shakespeare drew from the common culture of his day – creating our own laser-fueled, zombie-ridden mythologies with a definite eye for the absurd, but also a corresponding empathy for a subject matter which, in the end, encompasses all of us. We are all, in one way or another, geeks. We are all Monkeys.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Tiny Plays for Ireland and America Playwriting Challenge

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Part of the 2016-2017 John F. Kennedy Centennial Celebration

Part of IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts and Culture

In collaboration with Fishamble: The New Play Company and the Irish Arts Center

"Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country."
- From John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural address, January 20, 1961

As President Kennedy’s 100th birthday approaches on May 29, 2017, the Kennedy Center encourages everyone living in the United States to write an original play of 500 words or less examining his legacy as it lives on in the country today and responding to the call, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”

We want stories from across the United States, from people from all walks of life and all backgrounds, from writers young and old, from those who have written many times, to those who have never written a play before.

John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States and America’s first Irish-Catholic president, served in office from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963, a total of just over 1000 days. His presidency, while shortened due to his untimely death, is notable due to the significant social and political events that occurred including the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, Police Week, the establishment of the Peace Corps, the Space Race, the building of the Berlin Wall, the African-American Civil Rights Movement, and increased U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.

Kennedy’s legacy, ultimately, is that he coached our character as citizens of this great country. His presidency remains tied to, and identified with themes of exploration, innovation, creativity, courage, freedom, justice, and service.

Submission categories - one play will be selected for performance from each category:

· Middle school (grade 6-8 or equivalents) or ages 11-13

· High school (grade 9-12 or equivalents) or ages 14-17

· Adults ages 18-26

· Adults ages 27-59

· Adults ages 60 and over

· Kennedy Center Family (staff, volunteers, and their immediate family members)

Submission Criteria:

· All submissions must be 500 words or less, in English, and performable by a cast of no more than 3 actors.

· Playwrights are encouraged to write multi-character dialogue, not a monologue, although monologues will be accepted.

· All submissions should be complete plays which can stand on their own; structurally, each play should have a beginning, middle and end and not be an excerpt from a longer work. Excerpts from a longer work will not be accepted.

· Playwrights must live in the United States.
· Playwrights should submit a headshot that may be used publicly, including via social media.

· By submitting a play, playwrights (and/or their parents and/or guardians) agree that the Kennedy Center, Fishamble, the Irish Arts Center, and any sponsors or other supporters of the Tiny Plays project may use the playwright’s name, image and all or a portion of the submitted play to promote the Challenge, regardless of whether the play submitted is selected for performance.

Important: Please read the complete Official Submission Guidelines and Rules before submitting an entry in the Tiny Plays for Ireland and America Playwriting Challenge (the “Challenge”). By submitting an entry, you agree to be bound by the Official Submission Guidelines and Rules and represent that you have read and understood all requirements set forth [HERE].

How do I submit a Tiny Play and what are the deadlines?
All submissions must be received by the Kennedy Center by February 19, 2016. 

Plays may be submitted online through the application below (note, the first step of the submission process requires creation of a free Submittable account) or by mailing the paper application and script to:

Kennedy Center Education Division
ATTN: Tiny Plays
P.O. Box 101510
Washington, DC 20566

If you wish to download a paper application rather than submitting online, click [HERE]

Call for Submissions For 4th Annual LaBute New Theater Festival

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The St. Louis Actors’ Studio is proud to announce call for submissions for the 4th Annual LaBute New Theater Festival at the Gaslight Theater, with plays debuting from July 8-31, 2016. Submissions will be accepted October 1 through December 31, 2015.

Professional Submissions: Successful entries will have no more than four characters and be crafted specifically to exploit our intimate performance space. (18' x 18' stage) Changes in scenery or setting should be achievable quickly and with few major set moves. Our focus is on fundamental dramaturgy: plot, character and theme.

Professional, new and previously unproduced one-act play submissions should include a letter of inquiry, a synopsis and a 10-page sample from the script. Running time for each performance should not exceed 45 minutes.

Up to eight plays will be chosen, in addition, a new piece from Mr. LaBute will be performed every night for the run of the festival. Mr. LaBute is scheduled to participate in the opening weekend activities.

High School Submissions: Winning plays by high school students will be presented in readings. The guidelines are straightforward: The one act should include no more than four characters featuring a clearly developed plot and distinctive characters. No longer than 15 minutes in length.
Non-Professional, new and previously unproduced one-act play submissions should include a letter of inquiry and complete script.

We are thrilled that Neil will be working with us again. Lending his name and talents to foster new works in the theater is just another example of his generosity and commitment to the arts, and we could not be more proud to host this ongoing event," says, William Roth, Founder and Producing Director of St. Louis Actors' Studio.

Submissions should be sent to:

LaBute New Theater Festival
St. Louis Actors’ Studio
360 N Boyle Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108

For more information: 314-458-2978 or

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Manhattan Reading Competition

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Best Play or Musical : $1,000!
No submission fee to participate in this competition

Scripts accepted from all over the U.S.

Opportunity for staged readings in the Manhattan.

We accept scripts between 20 and 60 minutes long.

Deadline: February 21, 2016

Submission accepted from everywhere in the US
Shows from outside NY and NJ can only run if the entire cast is from New York City.
Submissions must be between 20 and 60 minutes long.

How to Submit your work to Manhattan Reading Competition 2016

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.
6. All Plays and Musicals must never have had a reading in the Tristate area.

As soon as your play is accepted, you will be sent the festival guidelines. All plays will be given a reading at the theater.

The Winner will be announced during a special prize ceremony at the end of the Reading Competition on March 10/2016

There is no fee to submit your play to the Manhattan Reading Competition.

If your play is accepted you will be asked a $200 deposit which will be returned to you the same day of the staging of your reading.

This competition has no hidden costs. Again, there is no submission fee. Only those plays that are accepted will be required to send the deposit check. Submissions will be accepted until February 21, 2016.

Contact us at

For more info
see our: Introduction

Your reading will be staged in one of the most beautiful venues in NYC: a 99-seat theater with
fixed red upholstered seats and six spaces for wheelchairs.

A 23′ x 29′ stage where up to 25 actors can fits comfortably.

Ideal for playwrights who wish to stage an exciting, live reading using any of the 55 props we offer for free.

For those who would like more than lights up and down, we have 55 lights that can paint the setting of your play, which one of our tech directors will set up for you before your reading

Visit our theater:

For readings of musicals we offer an electric piano and a great sound system should you need microphones or soundtracks for your singing/reading.

We also offer 10 chairs and 10 reading stands.

You will not need to bring anything to the theater
except your craft and artistry.

All readings will be offered a prime performance time
and will be staged between March 29 and March 6, 2016.

The theater is used by our winter festival, which is
one of the most successful festivals in the country.

The 5 best plays will be automatically accepted into our Thespis Summerfest 2016 from reading to staging.

For more info go to

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Discount tickets: DEAD AND BREATHING


National Black Theatre Inc., 2031 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10035
Limited engagement October 28th thru November 23rd

“Dead and Breathing is provocative, simultaneously heart-tugging and comedic and refreshingly unapologetic in its exploration of sexual identity, the right to die, and faith.

Be prepared for a few unexpected twists and an ending that will leave you on the edge of your seats. This production of Dead and Breathing is a must see! The National Black Theatre is the perfect venue for this type of work, because NBT has a legacy of bringing to the forefront conversations that shifts paradigms, and this is what this production will challenge the audience to do: have a new conversation.” ~Woman Around Town

A New York City Premiere by Chisa Hutchinson, directed by Jonathan McCrory. Cranky old broad, Carolyn Whitlock, has been in hospice for far too long and just wants to die already. When she tries to convince a loud, oversharing, and very Christian nurse to assist her suicide, she has to work harder than she ever has in her privileged life to end it. Through surprising humor and persistent questioning, Dead and Breathing investigates morality, mortality and the intense tug-of-war between the right to die with dignity and the idea of life as a gift.

Special Offer
$25 (Regularly $30) - November 5th – 15th


ONLINE: Visit and use code riseatNBT

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

Restrictions: Not valid on November 2nd. 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. Discount is not valid at box office.

Discount tickets: PROMISING


The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row
410 West 42nd Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues)
Limited engagement November 14th thru December 5th

Save 20% on Promising, a scandalous new political drama

Local politician David Carver's meteoric rise has caught the eye of the heavy political hitters in NYC and beyond. But the burgeoning career of the charismatic campaigner is threatened by a startling accusation. With a media circus in full swing just outside his apartment, David and his inner circle of supporters hunker down to strategize damage control for his campaign and to salvage any chance for a long-term future in politics. What no one completely understands, until this day, is how the maelstrom on the outside affects even his most loyal allies within. PROMISING is at once a scathingly funny and shocking indictment of our current political climate.

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YonderSpeak Theatre Co. 10-Minute Play Call for Submissions

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YonderSpeak in alliance with the Shippensburg University Dept. of Music and Theatre Arts is looking to celebrate unique voices from the Appalachian Region in a night of Theatre and Reception - Spring 2016. YonderSpeak Theatre Co. goal is to create a space to promote new works and emerging playwrights. We are looking for scripts that bold and invigorating.


- Plays must be between 10-15 minutes in length.
- Playwright must reside in one of the 13 Appalachian regional states: (New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina.)
- Setting should be simple or suggested (easily performed on an open platform/cabaret stage)
- NOTE: Script setting does not have to be tied to Appalachia.
- Cast Size Maximum: 6
- Submission Deadline: November 27, 2015.

Submissions should include:

- Your name, contact info, mailing address
- A title page
- Brief synopsis including setting and character breakdown.
- Playwright Bio (100 words or less)

How to submit your play:

Electronic submissions only.

Submit your full script as an email attachment (PDF preferred to bypass any technical issues) to: yonderspeak@outlookcom

Free creative writing class

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Hello all. Equity Library Theater is hosting a creative writing (fiction, playwriting and more) class starting November 28th at 3pm at the Queens Library at 40-20 Broadway Long Island City, NY 11103.

It is FREE and all are welcome to attend! It will run every three weeks until June 2016. Bring your scripts, stories, poems and more. We will read and discuss and will finish off the course with a performance of our finished works. More to come. Thanks Queens Library for putting it all together! Feel free to pass this on, thanks!

Source Festival 2016 10-Minute Play Submissions

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Source Festival seeks 10-Minute Plays of any genre (comedy, magical realism, drama, etc.) that relate to one of the themes listed below. These themes are inspired by the festival's three Full-Length Plays; please read the summaries and information about these plays here.

We encourage innovative/humorous/surprising scripts that address one of the following themes:

Secrets & Sound: seeking plays that explore a hidden truth or discovery. Your play must include a specific sound landscape or idea (such as cassette tapes, voicemail messages, vinyl, Suri, 8-track, etc), and be an active component of the play (as opposed to characters that happen to be musicians and play a drum on stage). Inspired by STATIC, written by Tom Horan.

Heroes & Home: seeking plays that address our modern sense of belonging while contending with an aspect of bravery. Courage can take many different forms, and we are looking for scripts that reveal this contemporary perspective within a domestic environment. Updated twists on myths & legends might serve as one potential starting point, but we encourage you to branch out into other ideas. Inspired by BURIES CITIES, written by Jennifer Fawcett.

Dreams & Discord: seeking plays that address the juxtaposition between the lives we lead and the lives we wish for. We urge the exploration of the potential tension/energy between commitment and desire. We want scripts that explore how these forces interact between dynamic characters (couples of all permutations, families, strangers in a specific environment, etc). Inspired by BALLAST, written by Georgette Kelly.

Eligibility Requirements:

- Playwrights may submit only one 10-Minute Play to the the festival and the play may only be submitted under one theme.

- Plays may be no longer than 10 pages, exclusive of your title page.

- Plays must be submitted in PDF format.*

- Plays must not have been previously produced or published.**

To submit your 10-Minute Play to the Source Festival, please complete the form below and upload your script as a .pdf file.

Please complete this form and submit the documents requested below.

Due: December 15, 2015 at 5:00pm EST. No late entries. No exceptions.

Playwrights whose scripts have been selected for Source Festival 2015 will be notified in the spring of 2016.

Please note: Some users are reporting difficulties submitting the form via Microsoft Explorer. For best results, we recommend using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as your web browser.

19th Annual Black Box New Play Festival

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The Gallery Players, Brooklyn’s premier, award-winning Off-Off Broadway theatre, is seeking plays for its 18th Annual Black Box New Play Festival to be held in June, 2016. Each play selected will be given a Black Box production at Gallery Players and will be performed in a festival format with non-equity actors. Playwrights must be available for rehearsals and use this as an opportunity to continue work on their play. We are particularly interested in shorter pieces.

Submission guidelines:

1. Plays must be un-produced (readings are o.k.)

2. Seeking shorter plays from 10-40 minutes. No full-lengths please.

3. Playwrights may not direct their own work.

4. The deadline for submission is December 31st 2015

5. Please mail two copies of your play, a plot synopsis and a resume to:

Gallery Players

Black Box New Play Festival
199 14th Street
Brooklyn N.Y. 11215

We will only contact you if your play has been accepted into the festival. If you wish to receive confirmation that your play was received by us, please include a stamped, self-addressed postcard. We will not return plays.

Call for Monologue Submissions for 2016 Monologue Festival

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Chances are, you've had one – more than one. They can be inspiring, terrifying, tedious, nauseating, and profound. Jobs. Jobs put food on our tables, roofs over our heads, and (sometimes) anxiety in our hearts.

Forward Theater Company, an Equity theater in Madison, Wisconsin, is excited to announce its fourth monologue festival, Someone's Gotta Do It, to be held in September 2016 at Overture Center for the Arts. We invite you to create characters telling their work stories: the exhilarating, the necessary, and the outlandishly absurd.


• Monologues should be inspired by the theme: Someone's Gotta Do It.

• Monologues must be between two and ten minutes in length. Therefore, scripts should be a maximum of eight pages long, double-spaced, using a standard format (twelve point font), and be written for a single actor to perform. (All lengths of up to ten minutes will be considered).

• We do not accept musical submissions, adaptations, or children's plays.

• Monologues should require very simple production values: set-pieces, props, or effects needing set-up, strike, or special technical support may disadvantage an otherwise excellent submission.

• Each playwright may submit up to two scripts with no fee. 
(For each additional script, there is a $5 reading fee, payable by check to Forward Theater Company. Checks may be sent to Forward Theater Company, PO Box 14574, Madison, WI 53708.)

• We are soliciting new work for premiere productions. If the piece has previously received a fully-realized production, do NOT submit.

• Each script must include a title page with name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Please do NOT list your name anywhere on the monologue itself.

• Submit scripts via e-mail ONLY to Please use the subject line "Monologue festival submission."

• E-Submissions will be accepted until midnight on January 15th, 2016.

• Entries will be acknowledged by e-mail once they have been received. Due to the volume of scripts submitted, we are unable to offer feedback.

• Winning scripts will be announced on our web site, on or before July 1st, 2016. Winning playwrights will be notified via email or phone on or before this date.

• Writers will be credited in marketing and playbill materials; no royalties will be paid for the September 2016 performances. Playwrights are entitled to two complimentary tickets to the opening performance.

If you have questions, please email

Aspiring Playwrights Contest

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Sponsored by East Valley Children’s Theatre

East Valley Children’s Theatre is searching for aspiring playwrights to become a part of the theatre’s future seasons of performances. Contest rules and prizes are listed below.

* All Plays must be submitted to EVCT no later than March 1, 2016

. (Must include a cover sheet with name, address, phone number, email address.)

* Plays must be suitable for children to perform for children.
(Small casts are not as likely to be chosen for performance, casts of 15 or more are preferred.)

* Plays must be one hour to one hour and a half in length. (Shorter plays may be submitted but they will not be considered for production by the theatre as one of its season’s productions.)

* Plays and Musicals must not have been previously performed. They must be original and unpublished.

* Musicals must include a copy of the music in some form, either
manuscript or recorded.

* No entry fee is required.


* The first place entry will receive a $500 cash prize, a stipend for travel, and will be produced by East Valley Children’s Theatre in its upcoming season, if it meets all the criteria for performance. Second and third place winners will be announced and recognized.


Send entries to:
East Valley Children’s Theatre
P.O. Box 20514
Mesa, AZ 85277-0514
Or email them to:
For more information or questions call EVCT at 480-756-3828.

Friday, November 20, 2015

International Radio Playwriting Competition 2016: Call for Entries

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Deadline: 31 Jan 2016

Join the 25th International Playwriting Competition – brought to you by the BBC World Service & British Council, in partnership with Commonwealth Writers and co-produced by The Open University!

– The competition is open to new and established writers, provided they live outside the UK.
– The submitted scripts must be written in English and must not have been published/broadcast.
* Professional writers/playwrights are strongly encouraged to participate.

In order to enter you need to send:
• A script for a 53 minute radio play with up to 6 central characters.
• A synopsis which outlines your play is no longer than 400 words.
A completed form attached to your play and synopsis.

There are three prizes:
– English as a First Language Winner: £2200 sterling and a trip to London to see the play being recorded for broadcast on the BBC World Service and to attend a prize-giving evening.
– English as a Second Language Winner: £2200 sterling and a trip to London to see the play being recorded for broadcast on the BBC World Service and to attend a prize-giving evening.
– The Georgi Markov Prize (for the writer of the script identified by the judges as, whilst not deemed ready for broadcast in its current form, showing most promise): A standard return flight to London, with 2 weeks accommodation – a week of which will be spent with the BBC’s London Radio Drama department and a week with BBC World Service. No cash alternative.

For more information and application form please visit the organizer’s website.

*NOTE: Hanoi Grapevine merely announces the open calls and cannot help in the application process. For further inquiries, please direct to the organizers.

MRT seeking short and long plays, performance art, etc.

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December 8 - December 20, 2015

Submit your:
SHORT PLAY PRODUCTION (7 - 40 Minutes), DANCE PIECE (2 - 15 minutes)

This December, Manhattan Repertory Theatre continues our celebration of 10 years of creating cutting-edge theatre and more in the heart of Times Square and we are celebrating by presenting a a HUGE 10th Anniversary HOLIDAY Event with Short Plays, Full-Length Plays, Dance pieces, Live Musical Acts,

Passionate Poetry Readings, and Performance Art.

There is NO FEE to submit and NO FEE to participate. This celebration event is FREE for artists to participate!

What we are looking for:


  • Short plays (7 - 40 minutes) - cast, directed, ready for performance!
  • Full - Length Plays (41 - 90 Minutes) - cast, directed, ready to perform!
  • Dance Pieces (2 - 15 minutes) -choreographed - rehearsed, ready to fly!
  • Passionate Poetry Readings (3 - 8 minute set, performed by the poet!)
  • Performance Art (3 - 10 minutes) - fully produced, ready to roll.

Live Musical Acts (20 minute set) to open up the shows.
(Music acts need not be new, original or Never produced before.)
Each play/dance/act/reading/presentation will be given at least 2 performances with a short tech and a full dress rehearsal with the other "acts" performing in a performance series.

We will run the Sound and lights for the Short Plays, Dance pieces, Live Musical acts, Passionate Poetry Readings and Performance Art.

The Full-Length Plays will be given a 2 hour Tech/ Dress weekend days or weeknights, and at least 2 performances. Full-Length plays will be responsible to bring in their own sound and light board operator.

To submit for this event, please email us the following:

For NEW, ORIGINAL short plays (7 - 40 min) & New Original full-length plays (41- 90 min) please email:

The complete short play as a .pdf file. A synopsis of the short play, the running time of the short play, the set and tech requirements, the play's reading history (if it has been read and where) your postal address,and creative team leader email address.

For Dance pieces please email:

A synopsis of the Dance piece, the running time of the Dance piece, the set and tech requirements, your postal mail address, and creative team leader email address.

For Live Musical Acts please email :

A brief demo of your music, mp3 file or similar is fine. How many and what instruments are involved. your postal mail address and a "band" leader email address.

For Passionate Poetry submission:

The complete poetry you wish to present, your poetry performance history, your postal mail address, and your email address.

For Performance Art submission:

A synopsis of the the piece, the running time of the the piece, the set and tech requirements, your postal mail address, and creative team leader email address.

Please email all to:
by Monday November 23, 2015

Please put "10th Anniversary Holiday Event" in the subject heading.


Submissions will be accepted on a First-Come, First-Served basis. The earlier you submit the better chance you have of being accepted. If we fill up all the performance slots before Monday November 23, we will end submissions early, so please submit early so that you don't get closed out.

All performances will be at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 303 W. 42nd St at 8th Ave.

Please come join us! It is going to be a blast!!

Followed by the Biggest Holiday Party in our 10 year history!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Prime Playmaking Project

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Do you have a sizzler where a read-aloud of just the dialogue could transform any playing space into a chamber of story delight?

Our *Prime Playmaking Project is a "shortcut cooking" method for producing quality theatre. Chosen submissions are loaded onto tablets, rehearsed with fine actors for a few hours, then taken varieties of venues, from formal playing spaces to bars, to living rooms. No stage directions are read out loud. The actors "enter" by standing and "exit" by sitting. It's a pure reading; something akin to campfire storytelling-- through theatrical dialogue. 

Do you have a piece that could be categorized as Science fiction, Fantasy or Suspense? Are you interested in having it boiled down to just characters using words to battle?

Chosen authors receive $5.00 for each performance of works under 20 minutes and $10.00 for each performance of works 20-50 minutes and $20.00 for pieces 50 minutes or more. Pieces are frequently used for more than one performance. Prime Playmaking also gives authors an excellent marketing angle for their pieces: A play that needs little to no budget to mount and has been proven (through our performances) able to carry an evening.

(please read all before submitting)

The piece must fit under the categories of either Science Fiction, Fantasy or Suspense.

Though not necessarily limited to 5 characters, the piece requires no more than 5 actors (less is even better).
Contains no physical actions OR it has tastefully-placed interludes of narration to cover actions.
The changes in setting and circumstance are very easy to track just through the dialogue.
Establishes high stakes from the get-go or an atmosphere of danger/outrageousness from the get-go.
Extra points for scripts with more roles for women!
If you don't have anything that fits our qualifications, feel free to refer friends to us and send suggestions of existing published works.

You can send word docs or pdfs to

If you do not receive a response within 30 days of your submission, please contact us and you will have an update within the week.


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Deadline: December 15, 2015
Venus/Adonis 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 Actor, Best Actress and Best Director will each receive $500. Best Original play will receive $200, Best Musical $300.

Please know that all genres are welcome, including MUSICALS. Several of our winners over the years have been musicals. We are all musicians, and know exactly what you need to make your show a success.

Submissions Accepted from Everywhere in the US
Shows from outside NY and NJ can only run if the entire cast and crew are from New York City.
Submissions must be between 30 and 90 minutes long.


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Wednesday, November 18, 2015


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American Alliance for Theatre and Education


The American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) announces a call for unpublished plays for young audiences as part of the 2015-2016 Unpublished Play Reading Project (UPRP).

The UPRP provides an opportunity for playwrights to receive constructive critiques of their work from noted and professional playwrights, producers, directors, actors and others in the field of youth theatre. An annotated list of plays deemed highly producible is distributed by the AATE Playwrights Network to theatre companies and play publishers, and rehearsed readings of cuttings from selected plays are featured at the annual AATE conference. The AATE Playwrights Network is dedicated to promoting the process of developing new works and informing producers and artistic directors of high quality new scripts for young audiences.

To be considered for the 2015-16 project, scripts must be submitted December 17, 2015, and must conform to the following guidelines.

Guidelines for submissions:

l. Plays should be intended for young audiences ages four through high school age and have a minimum performance length of approximately 35 minutes.

2. Scripts may be previously produced, but must be unpublished and not committed to publication.

3. Supporting materials (resumes, photos, reviews, etc.) should not accompany submissions.

4. Playwright may submit up to two scripts.

5. We do ask that scripts be submitted via email as a PDF to Jeremy Kisling, project coordinator,

6. The playwright's name must not be visible anywhere on the script. Please include the playwright's name, address, phone, and play title in your email submission.

7. If you choose to send a manuscript via mail – please note that the script cannot be returned. Playwrights should include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for confirmation of receipt of their scripts.

8. Musicals are eligible. Submissions must include three recordings of the music and lyrics. Please do not send a written score.

9. Playwrights shall allow the release of their names, addresses, and play titles to producers, professional publications, and AATE members. Playwrights also grant permission to AATE to read portions of their work in activities that promote AATE/UPRP, with proper credit given to the playwrights.

10. Mailed submissions may be should be sent to
Jeremy Kisling, AATE/UPRP
Lexington Children's Theatre
418 W. Short Street
Lexington, KY 40507

The Mountain Playhouse International Comedy Playwriting Contest

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The submission deadline for the 2016 Playwriting Contest is December 31st, 2015. 

 All submissions must be postmarked by this date. Mountain Playhouse will stage a public reading of the winning play before the end of 2016, 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.
  • No re-submissions of plays previously submitted unless revised 70% or more.
  • Must be a World Premiere Candidate.
  • Cannot be produced before 2016.
  • MUST be able to be performed by EIGHT actors or less.
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 at for special instructions.

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

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Leah Ryan's Fund for Emerging Women Writers

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To Apply

All women who consider themselves emerging playwrights (as distinct from fledgling or mid-career playwrights) are eligible to apply for the FEWW Prize. Playwrights from all over the world are encouraged to apply, but the play must be written in English. Eligibility does not require that a submitted work adhere to the traditional three-act structure. One-acts, two-acts (even four-, five-, six- acts), monologues, adaptations, and any other wild (or deceptively tame) format will be considered with equal seriousness. The only absolute requirement is that the submitted text be a completed full-length work for theater.

The 2016 winner will be chosen by a committee selected by the board members of Leah Ryan's FEWW, and will be presented her award as part of the 2016 Lily Awards, which honors the work of women in American theater.

The winner will also receive a cash award of $2,500 as well as a staged reading of her play hosted by FEWW at a theater in New York City. In addition, a stipend of up to $700 for travel and accommodation may be provided by FEWW if necessary.

We will begin accepting applications for this year’s prize on November 15, 2016.

The deadline for submissions for the 2016 FEWW Prize is Monday, January 11th, 2016 at 5pm EST.
Applications must include the following:

1. Ten pages excerpted from a fully developed, completed script. Please note: finalists will be required to submit the complete script to the FEWW;

2. A cover letter of no more than 300 words describing yourself and your work.

3. Your resume or a bio;

4. The name, address, email and phone number of one reference. This person should know you well and be able to speak about your work if called to do so.

Finalists will be contacted in early March and will have one week within which to submit their full play.

FVCC Theatre Announces Call for Submissions for Original 10-Minute Play Festival

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Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC) Theatre is accepting entries for its fourth biennial 10-Minute Play Festival. Selected plays will be performed in the college’s Black Box Theatre May 5-7, 2015.

Entries must be original, unpublished plays lasting 10 minutes or less in length. Previously performed plays will be accepted; however, adaptations of original works will not be accepted.

Submissions should be “blind” and include an email address, phone number and cover sheet excluding the playwright’s name. Each playwright is allowed to submit up to three entries for consideration. There are no submission or reading fees associated with the festival.

Successful entries are complete works featuring fully-developed plots and characters. They are easily adapted into a variety of theatre spaces and do not rely on major scenic elements to tell the stories. Entries will be screened and selected by a committee comprised of FVCC faculty.

The deadline for entries is February 15, 2016. Each play selected to be performed at the festival will receive a $100 cash prize.

Entries can be submitted electronically in Adobe® PDF or Microsoft® Word format to Printed entries can be mailed to 10 Min. Plays, C/O Rich Haptonstall, Flathead Valley Community College, 777 Grandview Drive, Kalispell, MT 59901.

For more information, contact Richard Haptonstall at (406) 756-3962.

Monday, November 16, 2015

2016 New Voices Play Festival

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Greenbrier Valley Theatre (GVT) is pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for our 2016 New Voices Play Festival! This festival is an opportunity for up­ and­ coming or accomplished playwrights to submit their work which, upon selection, will be produced on the mainstage at GVT, the State Professional Theatre of West Virginia. The performance of these plays is an invaluable tool for playwrights to workshop what’s working in the play and what may need revision. The New Voices Play Festival has become a popular event among our patrons who are eager to enjoy these new works.

Play Submission Guidelines:

● Plays must be 5­ to 10 ­minute one ­act plays.
● Playwrights may submit up to two works for consideration.
● Plays must be unpublished and must not have had a full professional production.
● The subject matter of submitted plays is open; however, excessively strong language is discouraged.

Is this your first time submitting? Here's what happens: A brief rehearsal process (approximately 10 hours/play) takes place in January with an emphasis placed on clarity, not effect—getting the playwright’s words and story out to the audience. The plays are directed by theatre professionals and experienced community directors who cast actors from our local Lewisburg community. These plays are performed together before a panel of theatre professionals and local audience in attendance. Recognition will be given to the playwright of the 1) audience’s choice and 2) artistic panel’s choice. Additionally, the artistic team will also be providing comments for all of the selected plays with their initial reactions and ways to move forward.

Important to note:

● It is a challenge for us to cast youth actors during this time of year. The inclusion of youth characters is not forbidden, but be aware that we may not be able to appropriately cast young characters.

● It is also difficult to accommodate larger casts for this festival. We recommend including no more than 6 characters.

● There will be no financial award for these plays, even if selected to be performed. However, it will be an opportunity for them to be rehearsed, performed, and received by the Artistic Team of GVT and patrons of GVT who are excited to hear new works.

● Submissions will not be returned.

Submission forms are available at: h​ttp://!__education/new­voices­play­festival 

To submit your play electronically,​please send a PDF of the script along with a submission form to:

To submit your play by mail:​Please submit the full script in a three­brad folder or unbound, along with a submission form. Plays may be submitted to this address:

Greenbrier Valley Theatre
c/o Education Department
113 E Washington St.
Lewisburg, WV 24901
Deadline for Submissions: D​ecember 2, 2015

The playwrights of the selected plays will be notified of this decision by December 21, 2015.

For more information, contact: Micah Hein, GVT Teaching Artist No phone calls, please.

Thank you so much for your time. We look forward to reading your submissions! ­The GVT Education Team

Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Blockheads are seeking new work

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The Blockheads are seeking new work. We want to hear from new playwrights with interesting and relevant ideas, to be developed as part of our 2016 season.

There are a million stories out there, countless voices and immeasureable ideas. The more that get to be heard the better. We want to help you shout. Our 2016 season will see us produce a brand new piece of work and we want to hear from you. Our focus will always be on text with a social justice angle; we are looking for the relevant and the contemporary. Something that can engage with a 21st century audience, challenge conventional ways of thinking and inpsire new ways of experiencing theatre.

Submission Guidelines:
  • You must complete and attach the submission form along with your work
  • The piece must already have, or can be developed to, a 90 minute run time
  • The piece must not have been fully produced or received any reviewed previews
  • Minimum 2 characters
  • Submissions must be in Times New Roman, font size 12
  • Submissions must be double spaced
  • Must include page numbers
  • Include the title of your piece in either a header or footer
  • Comedy sketches are not eligible

Submission Deadline is December 21st 2015


COMPLETED SUBMISSIONS MUST BE EMAILED TO with "NEW PLAY 2016" in the subject line. Looking forward to hearing from you.


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  • Submissions for the upcoming Little Festival of the Unexpected are accepted year-round on a rolling basis. All submissions received after January 1 will be considered for the following year’s Festival. Only scripts and samples of full-length plays are considered for the Festival.
  • Literary agents may submit complete scripts on behalf of their clients at any time.
  • Playwrights who do not have agents may submit 10-page dialogue samples for consideration. Dialogue samples must be accompanied by a synopsis, production history and character breakdown.
  • Plays are eligible for development at the Little Festival of the Unexpected only if they have not previously been professionally produced or workshopped with Equity actors. This restriction includes Actors Equity showcase and waiver productions. Plays that have had readings or non-AEA productions are still eligible.

Only one submission is accepted per playwright in a given year.
Submissions of 10-page samples (from playwrights) must be sent by U.S. Mail only – no e-mails, faxes, etc.

Submit by mail to:
Portland Stage Company
Attn: Literary Manager
P.O. Box 1458
Portland, ME 04104

Please be advised that all scripts submitted for our 2015/2016 Little Festival of the Unexpected will be forwarded to be juried for our 2016/2017 Little Festival of The Unexpected. This year’s Little Festival will contain those playwrights who are Clauder Competition finalists.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Ohlone Playwrights Festival 2016 Seeks Submissions

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Playwrights Festival 2016 Seeks Submissions- 2015-2016 Season of the Theatre and Dance Department

Deadline for submission: November 20, 2015
Festival dates: May 2016 in the NUMMI theatre in the Smith Center at Ohlone College
Submission Guidelines
Plays must be world premieres.
Plays must be 10 minutes in length.
2 out of every 3 characters should be of college age (18-26). We seek plays that speak to and from an 18-26 year old male or female perspective in a diverse society.
The plays do not have to take place in a college setting.
All plays chosen will receive a fully produced production by Ohlone’s Student Repertory Theatre Company.

Financial arrangements: No fee for submissions. Playwrights will receive royalties if their plays are chosen for the festival.

Notifications: Playwrights will be notified by February 2016.

Submissions can be emailed to Michael Navarra at

* Please include your bio, short character descriptions, and a brief synopsis of the play. (Submissions must be in PDF form.)

Jewish Women's Theater Culture Klatch

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Culture Klatch

Jewish women used to sit around in coffee klatches sharing everything from family to refrigerators, feminism to free market economies. But those days of sharing have changed. We’re still drinking coffee, only now, we’re at our computers sipping our java and writing our stories.

The Jewish Women’s Theatre, responding to this societal shift, is creating a “Culture Klatch” — a gathering of women in homes to listen to new stories and share thoughts. And oh, drink coffee and eat dessert, too!

Be a part of this culture klatch by submitting your play, monologue, poem, essay, story, song, etc. to the Jewish Women’s Theatre. Material will be read in the JWT signature Salon Theatre with a professional cast.

Please read the guidelines below, and when you’re ready to submit, please send it to

Submission Guidelines

Okay, you’re Jewish, that’s a good start, but how “Jewish” do you have to write? When submitting material, consider the following parameters for your submission:
  • Please check the themes of the season and submit accordingly. We will not accept late submissions this year. Thank you!
  • An element of Jewish resonance is important, but your submission does not need to feature being Jewish as the prominent theme or subject.
  • Feature women or a woman’s point of view, but not exclusively. Male characters are welcome.
  • Short one-acts (10 minutes max) and monologues (7 minutes max) are preferred. Will read full-length, but unlikely will produce.
  • 1500 words or less preferred
  • Must be topical for the 21st century. While we consider plays set in another time period, we mostly select contemporary pieces.
  • Small cast a must. One-person shows okay.
  • Previously produced or published work is welcome. Please include production and/or publication history. A new version of a classic or an adaptation from another medium would definitely be of interest.

Although the primary focus of the JWT is on the writing, music is often a part of our events. We encourage composers, song-writers, and performers to submit individual work. Musicals are welcome.
New Themes For 2016 At-Homes Salon Season


A delicious and dangerous discovery of secrets of Jewish women in this shocking and surprising show that will surely evoke laughter and tears, but most of all, remind you how seductive temptation can be. Jan 17-Feb 1.

Write about those moments in your life in which temptation got the better of you. OR how your resisted that which tempted you. Share a secret temptation and how you succumbed. Share how someone saved you from that which you were tempted by. Temptations could arise from love, food, parenting or just about any subject! Be creative. Be truthful.

Deadline for submissions: Oct 30


Ripped from the pages of our sacred text and reimagined for the modern age, this hilarious and provocative show of newly commissioned pieces explores yearning, betrayal and loss, and just might upend your preconceptions about the bible. March 6-March 21

Find the archetypes and universal themes of the stories of Jacob in the Bible and then share how these themes play out in your own life today. Don’t retell a biblical story, tell us a contemporary story–your story. Jacob traveled widely, fell in love with one sister, but married another. He was betrayed. He yearned. He loved. He had many children. What do we learn from his story and how is his journey relatable to your life? Tell us a story that illuminates a universal theme.

Deadline for submissions: Nov 15


Our sisters south of the border serve up funny, poignant and pivotal moments in their lives as they share what it means to have a Latina heart and a Jewish soul. May 15–May 30

Are you Latina? Do you have a Latina soul? Tell us what it’s like to be a Jew and Latina. Did you move to the USA from another country? What was that like? Tell us your stories of being a stranger in a strange land. Tell us about your family. Tell us what it is to be Jewish from a very different culture!

Deadline for submissions: Dec 15

Lama Theater Company residency

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Lama Theater Company is holding an Artistic Residency in Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua- February 4th-24th, 2016 in collaboration with The Peace Project. Lama will offer 14 interdisciplinary artists from the East Coast, USA to live, create and volunteer in The Peace Project for one month.

WHY? Lama wants to encourage interdisciplinary artists from around the globe to create new work within a supportive environment. We will provide artists the space and time to take risks in ways that further the development of their practice. The residency program allows the artists a rural and serene environment in which to work creatively without distractions. Support to the community via the peace project, will consist of group sessions, collaboration, children’s workshops, and potential partnerships.

HOW? Time set aside for revitalizing the creative spirit, pursuing new trains of thought, or concentrating on an idea already in the works are essential parts of being a productive artist. Lama’s opportunity in Nicaragua offers the practicing artist a tranquil, natural environment in which to think, plan, and work.

TO WHOM? We are accepting submissions for the residency from Playwrights, Musicians and Poets. **Advantage to artists with Theatrical /Acting/ performance artists background but this is not essential.

About us: Lama means WHY in Hebrew. WHY – is a central question of human existence, it’s the leaping off point for all that follows in the pursuit of understanding. Once you begin to ask WHY, you embark on a path of limitless possibilities and that quest for the unknown makes for vital theater.

Our Mission:

The Lama Theater Company is a writer/director-driven, nonprofit company that continually raises questions and encourages bold new writing and directing.

We are fearlessly searching for curious collaborators from within the nation and around the world to inspire different points of view and theatrical visions.

Lama generates new work that explores theatrical, psychological, political and social questions through a dialogue between artists of different disciplines and often of different cultural backgrounds. Our goal is to give the artists a platform to create risk taking and thought provoking theater, theater that will inspire the audience to question the world around them and by that to create a community that enlivens our existence.

The residency is an extension of Lama’s main project - The Monthly Question.

Once a month Lama Theater Company asks a question, and receives submissions from playwrights/poets and musicians. Lama then chooses a few short theatrical pieces that address the question differently and we present them at our cold reading event. This project inspired by a desire to encourage new and bold writing and to create a space for an artist’s community and to challenge artists to write and explore their theatrical voice.

About the Residency

Relevant to the Peace project’s mission and in conjunction with Lama’s mission, the Residency will be based around the Question/ theme- ‘WHY GARBAGE?’. A part of the artist’s work will be focused on environmental and peace issues and themes BUT Lama is strongly interested in what inspires you when you read the question? We are interested in what you are thinking about and how the question might affect the work you do. Gather whatever inspiration the question gives you, and use it to fuel your chosen discipline. The question is open to many interpretations.

There are 3 parts of involvement within the Lama’s month long residency:
Using The Peace Project’s (located in Laguna Apoyo) relaxing environment and beautiful setting to work on your personal creations and personal work plan. The residency is focused on practice and process for the artist. The focus is on the artist and not the completion of a specific work. Residents will have the option to participate in a residence group sessions, lead by Lama’s expert dramaturg (Erez Drigus.) During these sessions he will assist with the artist’s work and help them progress. In these sessions the work will be read out loud and open for group feedback.

Artist will be asked to write and create a piece of work (short play/Monologue/Poem/Song) around Lama’s monthly question of ‘WHY GARBAGE?’. This work will be in collaboration with each other and the dramaturg to create an evening of cold reading performance. “Why Garbage?” will be presented at a final performance in The Peace Project, and in The Kraine theater in New York City for 2 performances in March.

In addition to working on a clearly defined project, resident-fellows are asked to make a substantive contribution to the community via the Peace Project. Support to the community by volunteering and holding children’s workshops, such as English/ Drama/ Music etc. Mostly based around the “Why Garbage?” Theme. Lama’s project manager (Hannah Lunn) will create a volunteering schedule, where 2 artists volunteer for a few hours per day. The enjoyment and the inclusion of the community are priorities within the residency. * A performance with the kids at the end of the residency is optional (as part as the artist’s final performance). As process is our priority, we will witness the project develop without the pressure of an end result, but will aim for that goal.

Residency's schedule: Residents time is self-manageable, except the obligatory sessions: two times a week- a group session on 'why garbage' and continues work on the 'Why Garbage' evening; once a week- a collaboration meeting on the personal projects; once a week- a social gathering.


The Peace project is a nonprofit organization that has inspired over 25,000 artists, donors, corporations, service businesses, art patrons and others in 70 countries to donate art, money, resources and time which have helped The Peace Project transform tens of thousands of lives worldwide. Its ambitious objective is to change what people think about change. The PP’s heartfelt belief is that people working in unison, in community, are the most powerful agents for change and we are extremely excited to be a part of their environment for a month.

Chosen residents will stay at the peace project with room and board (meals) for an all-inclusive fee of 750 U.S dollars. Due to limited space, there will be 2 artists per room.

Residents are responsible for travel and other living expenses.

-However we will try to support and help all artists with the resident’s fee in December as we have some fundraising events lined up. And we will be buying group travel ticket’s to keep the travel cost low.


Important dates:

December 12th Playwrights/Poets/Song writers submission deadline. December 14th - 18th Interviews!

December 24th Announcement of chosen artists.

The application must contain the following elements:
  • Brief Biography 
  • Resume/ C.V. artist 
  • Portfolio, videos, photos 
  • Work Sample 
  • Description of the project you wish to develop at the residency, include Work Plan 
  • Details (specific needs of meals, health and additional information relevant to the work process) 
What the question “Why Garbage?” Means to you?
Each completed application must include: a completed application form

BRIEF BIOGRAPHY – Please tell us a bit about yourself and your creative passions in a brief one paragraph biography. Be personal, we want to know the real you!

RESUME/ CV –Please include all relevant projects or experience they applies to your artistry or interdisciplinary talents. **Playwrights/ Musicians/ Poets with Theatrical/ Acting background: Please attach another resume with your acting experience.
PORTFOLIO, VIDEOS, PHOTOS of your previous works. Include different samples from at least two different works.


Playwrights: sample of a full length play and a ten minutes play.
Musicians: 3 samples of recorded music or clips.
Poets: 10 pages of poetry.
*If you are a performance artist - you can also attach your reel, clip or 1 CD or DVD from a performance.

WORK PLAN-Include a work plan for your month in Nicaragua. We are not looking for great detail as we want you to enjoy the spontaneity within the residency, but a brief outline of your objectives what you want to get up to and how and why Nicaragua is the best place for your specific project to be developed at; how the local environment and/or community, as well as the other artists in residence, will affect their work. Playwrights include 10-20 pages from the play you wish to develop.

WHY GARBAGE? Send us a short draft, write a few words, make a video, create a song or take a picture and briefly describe your rough take on the monthly question.

Any Questions about Lama's Artistic Residency? Please email us and we’ll help you out!

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The Owl and Cat Theatre seeking provocative new plays

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One of Melbourne’s leading independent theatres in Melbourne (Australia) is seeking new provocative plays to produce.

Submission Guidelines:
  • MUST be in pdf format ONLY
  • Plays should be 50min-120min in length
  • Should explore contemporary themes
  • Should be thought-provoking/confronting in nature.
  • Should be professionally formatted (e.g. using scriptwriting software such as celtx)
  • Not accepting musicals.
Deadline:  November 16th 2015, 5pm

Applications should be emailed to with the subject heading ‘2016 Script Submission.'

Florida Studio Theatre seeks 10-minute plays

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Florida Studio Theatre, a LORT D regional Theatre in Sarasota, FL seeks compelling, provocative, hilarious, insightful, heart-breaking, surprising, dramatic, timely short plays and sketches for inclusion in our annual New Play Festival, Lab Programming, and other possible production.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: review thoroughly before submitting. Submissions not following the guidelines will not be considered.
  • Any genre or style (including musical, TYA, multi-lingual)
  • Ten minutes max length. Technically this mean 10 pages from top of show, not including title page.
  • Short plays and sketches will be accepted from 9am on November 16 until 6pm on December 16.
  • Electronic submissions should be sent to as a PDF.
  • Include a page with title, contact info, synopsis, bio, and production history.
  • Plays and sketches longer than 10 minutes will not be accepted.
  • The volume of scripts we receive prevents us from providing feedback or contacting any playwrights other than those selected for production.
  • Selected playwrights will be contacted in Feb/March.
  • One submission per playwright.
  • For questions please contact Associate Artist/Literary Manager Catherine Randazzo at 

Submissions sent directly to Catherine will not be considered, submit ONLY to

Complete information about submissions here: