Wednesday, October 1, 2014


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Now through October 31, 2014

LiveArtDC is committed to creating theatre that is collaboratively developed and without the constraint of fixed timelines. LiveArtDC Presents expands our mission to bring similarly devised work by other artists from across the country to a Washington, DC audience.

Creating devised and collaborative theater can be a difficult, long, and intimate process.  Often at the end of the project life, the devisers are left asking “what next?” and “would this even work outside of our group?”. We are hoping that LiveArtDC Presents will give these collaborators a venue to test drive those projects with a new team. We will work closely with a representative from the original project in the hopes that the new process will inform their final product.

If you would like to submit a project for our consideration, please send your proposal to and include the following information:
  1. Play/Project Title
  2. Collaborative Organization (including short bio)
  3. Representative’s Name & Contact 
  4. Project’s History
  5. A Copy of the Script (in WORD or PDF format)
We will choose one collaboratively conceived or devised play to produce for the 2015 Capital Fringe Festival. A representative from the original collaborative team will be engaged to work with the LiveArtDC team as the “consulting director” (compensation and transportation to be determined ).

  • Plays that are full-length or have a run time no shorter than 60 minutes and no longer than 90 minutes.
  • Plays that have been collaboratively conceived or devised
  • Plays that are submitted within the submission period of September 8-October 31
  • Plays that are formatted as Microsoft Word or PDF files.
To learn more about LiveArtDC, our mission, our ongoing projects and the LiveArtDC presents model, please visit our website,

ATHE Award for Excellence in Playwriting

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We are pleased to announce the new ATHE Award for Excellence in Playwriting. Submissions for the award will be accepted through December 1, 2014 (or until 150 plays have been received). The award honors a new play marked by sophisticated and nuanced storytelling, with the potential to make a major artistic impact on contemporary theatre.

Plays must have been written during the two years preceding the upcoming conference (August 2015) by playwrights engaged with an institution of higher education (as a student, faculty member, artist-in-residence, guest artist, etc.) during that time period. Only full-length plays may be nominated for this award. Self-nominations and nominations from ATHE members are permitted. Only one play may be submitted per playwright in any given year. The plays can be produced or unproduced, but must be unpublished.

Click on this link to be taken to the submission page on our website where you may also upload your play. No submission fees are required.

The winning playwright is expected to attend the conference beginning July 30, 2015 and participate in a development workshop and staged reading of the play. The playwright will receive conference registration, three nights in the conference hotel, $600 towards travel expenses (reimbursement). Additionally, the winner will receive a plaque at the annual ATHE Awards Celebration and attend a reception.

Submission Guidelines

Electronic submissions are required. Word, PDF, and Rich Text formats only.
Samuel French script formatting required.
Although we do permit the submission of musicals, the limitations of staff and resources will make it difficult for us to produce such material.
Screenplays are not accepted.
Your play must not include material that you do not have permission to use.
Your play must not be previously published, but may have been previously produced.
Do not submit an incomplete, unfinished or rough draft of your play. Submit the entire completed play.
The ATHE Award for Excellence in Playwriting subcommittee has no problem with you submitting your play to other competitions simultaneously.

Plays must be full-length. The rule of thumb is that plays under an hour are not full length.
The screening for the award will be done by blind reading. Please remove all playwright identification from the script including name, mailing address and telephone/fax/e-mail.

Drury University is proud to announce its biennial One-Act Playwriting Competition

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(Two Awarded)
$150 each

Winning plays will be considered for production by Drury University.

For further information please contact Dr. Mick Sokol (417) 873-6821 or


1. The competition is open to all playwrights.

2. Scripts are to be original, unpublished and unproduced. Staged readings or workshop productions will not disqualify a script. Musicals, monologues, children’s plays, adaptations, film scripts, and television scripts are ineligible.

3. Preference will be given to small cast, one-set shows with running times of no less than 20 minutes and no more than 45 minutes.

4. No more than one script can be submitted from a playwright.

5. All scripts are to be typewritten and firmly bound.

6. Scripts cannot be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed stamped
envelope with sufficient postage. For confirmation of receipt, include a self-addressed stamped postcard. For results of your script, please include a self-addressed stamped
#10 business envelope or a current e-mail address.

7. No written or verbal critiques will be tendered.

8. The decision of the judges is final. Drury University reserves the right to produce any of the winning plays royalty-free during our 2013-2014 or 2014-2015 seasons, to withhold production, and to modify cash awards as deemed necessary by the judges.

9. Drury University does not assume any responsibility for the loss, damage, or return of scripts. All reasonable care will be taken.

10. Deadline for entries is a postmark of December 1, 2014.

11. Winners will be notified by mail no later than April 1, 2015.

Address scripts to:
Drury University One-Act Playwriting Competition
c/o Mick Sokol, Associate Professor of Theatre
900 North Benton Avenue
Springfield, MO 65802

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

2015 LaBute New Theater Festival

Submissions will be accepted October 1 through December 31, 2014.

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.


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.

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

The Surdna Foundation is now accepting proposals

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The Surdna Foundation is now accepting proposals for one- or two-year support to extraordinary artist-driven projects as part of its Artists Engaging in Social Change funding area.

The Surdna Foundation is now accepting proposals for one- or two-year support to extraordinary artist-driven projects as part of its Artists Engaging in Social Change funding area. All artistic disciplines will be considered, including cross-disciplinary work. The request for proposal (RFP) is open to both 501(c)(3) organizations and individual artists and culture bearers, but artists and collectives that are not incorporated as 501(c)(3)s must apply under a fiscal sponsor. Through this RFP, Surdna will support compelling projects that artists develop in response to their communities' specific challenges, and will also fund the projects of artists whose long-term, deeply-rooted work has increased social engagement without necessarily being explicitly defined as "activist." Proposals will be accepted between September 15 and November 12, 2014. Surdna staff, with support from outside experts, will present recommendations to the Surdna board and final decisions will be made in early April, 2015. The Foundation believes this process will allow us to make considered investments in artistic practices that focus on engaging and reflecting communities. Application guidelines are provided below and frequently asked questions, including grant amounts and definitions of key terms, are available here.

It's difficult to trace the complex relationship between works of art and social transformation, yet it is clear that artists provoke, expand and even heal the civic imagination in critical ways. During the last few decades, artists working to effect change in particular communities have created a variety of explicitly political and social interventions. Simultaneously, other artists have emphasized less the "what" of social change (i.e. the issue or agenda that drives artistic explorations) and stressed instead the "how" of community embeddedness, working in a way that results in such impacts as increased community capacity for civic expression and leadership, the preservation and transmission of treasured cultural practices, and the amplification of voices that are too often ignored. We consider these different approaches to be equally capable of illuminating the unique role artists play in broader societal change, and we aim to support both through this RFP.

At the Surdna Foundation, we foster the development of just and sustainable communities. For us, art, culture and design are not accessories to that process: they are central. Art is fundamental to our collective understanding of who we are, what we believe, and how we relate to each other and our surroundings. Artists and their coconspirators weave the cultural fabric necessary for a sustainable, vibrant society. The development and sharing of artists' work contributes to the strengthening of communities—culturally, socially, and economically. Our definition of Artists Engaging in Social Change includes both cherished, longstanding ways of working and newer practices. Our focus here is on the commitment, spirit and generosity with which the work is undertaken as well as the form it ultimately takes.

The goal of this RFP process is to identify and support exciting projects that are equally rigorous aesthetically and socially. These projects will demonstrate a clear commitment to a community, manifested by the relationship of that community to the project's development process and to the project's thematic focus. Our goal is to prove that when artists have the opportunity to explore their own questions while working in communities (and not in isolation), they contribute significantly to our shared landscape. We hope to make artists' role in enabling and even accelerating social change more visible and more valued.


Surdna applies a social justice lens to its philanthropic work. We seek to address structural inequalities by focusing our resources on supporting artists coming from low income and historically under-resourced communities that have less access to arts funding. Through this RFP process, we will support artists working in their own communities, where they and their partners are committed to making a difference over the long term, and where they have built meaningful relationships over time. We are interested in learning how a spectrum of ways of working, including conventional disciplines, newer aesthetic practices, and the forms reflecting people's traditions and heritage can foster social change.
Projects must be artist-led.
Projects must demonstrate a deep commitment to a community, demonstrated by the process through which the work is developed and the theme or themes it focuses on.
These funds are designated for one-time project support and cannot support organizations' ongoing programs, operations, capital or endowments, although up to 15 percent administrative overhead is allowed.
These funds cannot support curricular work.
Applicants can be at any stage of their careers, but must have a track record of developed work that demonstrates their capacity to complete the proposed project and to manage the level of funds requested.
Eligible disciplines include traditional or folkloric arts, visual arts, literary arts, dance, theater, film/ video, music, performance-based arts, and interdisciplinary/ hybrid arts.
For architecture or design-related projects, please refer to our Community Engaged Design guidelines, here.
Proposal must make a clear case for the arc of change envisioned by the project, based on the applicants' own criteria for defining and measuring impact.
Individual artists and groups of artists and organizations without 501(c)(3) status must apply through a fiscal sponsor, which they will list on their application as the applying organization.
Applying organizations (including fiscal sponsors) and the project for which funds are requested must be based in the United States.

Eligible disciplines include:

Traditional or folkloric arts.
Visual arts.
Literary arts.
Film/ video.
Performance-based arts.
Interdisciplinary/ hybrid arts.

Applications will be reviewed by Surdna staff in conjunction with outside readers on the basis of:
The quality of the project concept in relation to social change.
Aesthetic rigor and artistic excellence.
The artist's (or organization's) commitment to a particular community.
The artist's (or organization's) ability to complete the project and use the financial support effectively.

The process closes Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. (EST). We will not accept applications after this time. The Surdna Foundation will select and announce grant awardees in early April 2015.


The 2015 Artists Engaging in Social Change program will accept online applications between Monday, September 15, 2014 and Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. (EST). Please note that applications will only be accepted via this online process.

In the online submission form (link at bottom of page) you will be asked to supply the following:
Purpose of Grant: Please describe the project in one or two brief sentences (maximum 50 words).
Detailed project description: Describe the proposed project, its genesis, its stages and all partners (maximum 500 words).
Artistic practice: Describe the lead artist or organization's artistic history and experience working within communities, and include specifics about the aesthetic aspects of this project (maximum 300 words).
Context: Please summarize the historic or current challenge, opportunity, or issue (political, social, economic, cultural, etc.) that the project is addressing. If relevant, add details or statistics that explain why this project is needed now: this could include historic and/or current conditions of the community (maximum 400 words).
Access: How will members of the community participate in or gain access to this project? What is the applicant's relationship to that community? (maximum 300 words).
Impact (External): Describe your intended artistic and community goals, and the project's arc of change from start (status "A") to finish (status "B"), however modest or ambitious, based on your own criteria. Use active verbs that provide a realistic sense of what you hope the project can accomplish. How will you know if your goals have been achieved? (maximum 400 words).
Impact (Internal): What impact would this grant have on you (or your organization)? (maximum 300 words).
Community partners: Please submit two letters of support from community partners, either individuals or representatives of organizations you plan to work with on this project or that you have worked with in the past. These letters should use specific examples to speak to your value to the partners and communities, and to your style of work (maximum length of 500 words each).
Work samples: please submit three representative work samples, along with a short explanation (maximum 100 words each) of how each relates to the proposed project. For more detail on work samples, please refer to our FAQs page.
Budget: Please supply a budget for each year that you are requesting funding. Please note that funding requests may not exceed two years. For more detail on budgets, please refer to our FAQs page.

Raíces Theatre Company’s 1st Annual One Act Play Festival

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Calling all Latino Playwrights to submit to Desde El Puente, Raíces Theatre Company’s 1st Annual One Act Play Festival. Ten plays will be chosen to have a 4 day run from June 11 to June 14 2015 in Buffalo, NY.

Please read our submissions guidelines carefully. Submissions that do not follow our guidelines will not be taken seriously.

Playwrights: May submit a maximum of 2 One Act Plays no longer than 10 minutes, if you find yourselves with more than 10 pages on hand ( or less) please read it aloud and time it. All plays must have a cast no larger than 6 characters and minimal set requirements as there is no time for elaborate set changes. All plays must deal with subject matter that relates to the Latino culture. If selected your play will be cast, produced and directed by Raíces Theatre Company. All plays will run every night. Selected plays will receive at $20 royalty. Please email your submissions to play to in standard format WORD or PDF. Subject line should have your name and title of the play. Body of email should contain your contact information (name, mailing address, telephone number and email)

Deadlines: All submissions must have arrived before December 31st, 2014. An email confirmation will be sent to you when we receive your play. If we select your play for the festival we will notify you no later than April 31st, 2015. Please do not email us asking for status, if you are selected you will be notified. Please note that Plays will be read as they come so the earlier you submit your play the better, once we have 10 that we like we reserve the right to close the submissions before the dateline.

We look forward to reading your work!

For more information about Raíces please visit us at

Monday, September 29, 2014

Submissions Now Open for Playwrights’ Week 2015

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Deadline: OCTOBER 15, 2014 (11:59pm EST)
Playwrights’ Week is our annual, open access festival of new work that seeks to provide playwrights with crucial creative resources in a nurturing and rigorous laboratory setting.

The Lark is committed to providing access to all playwrights and is proud to seek out plays that reveal underrepresented and vital perspectives. All playwrights will receive consideration without regard to demographics, professional experience, geographic location or history with the organization. Our Open Access Program serves as the central entry point for play submissions at the Lark and encourages the development of new voices.

Writers Selected for Playwrights’ Week are Provided with:

– Ten hours of rehearsal time with a creative team (including director and actors) to address self-identified development goals
– A public staged reading at the Lark
– A peer-based community of support and conversation for the week.
– Housing and travel (for all out of town writers)
Submitted Plays are Evaluated Based on the Following Lark Support Criteria:
– Plays which are ambitious, fresh, playful, engaging, energizing, provocative, powerful, and theatrical
– Plays that reveal unheard and vital perspectives
– Playwrights with clear goals about their writing who are open to a development process

– Submit ONE completed application and ONE full-length play. There is no official minimum number of pages for submitted plays and a one-act play can qualify as a full-length, however, we do not accept 10-minute or multiple, short one-act plays.
– Writers living outside of the United States can apply if the script was originally written in English.
– No more than ONE play per playwright will be considered.
– List ONLY the play title on the cover page. NO personal information.
– If you are emailing your submission, please attach only Word or PDF files.
– If you are mailing your submission, double-sided pages are appreciated if possible. Application materials should not be attached to the script itself. Hard copies will not be returned.
– We are not able to consider musicals for this particular program.
A Complete Submission is Composed of Two Parts:

– A completed application form.

– A full-length script, with the playwright’s name or any identifying information removed. We are committed to a blind reading policy and it is important that each writer remains anonymous during the initial stage of review.

We strongly encourage you to submit your application form and script (in Word or PDF form) electronically.
Email/Postmark Deadline: OCTOBER 15, 2014 (11:59pm EST)
Download the Application Below:

Word Doc.


Please EMAIL your script and completed application as two separate attachments in the same email to:


MAIL completed submission materials to:

Lark Play Development Center
c/o Playwrights’ Week 2014 Submissions
311 West 43rd Street, Suite 406
New York, NY 10036

Please feel free to contact us with any questions by sending an email to:

(Housing and travel will be provided for all out of town writers.)

Modern-Day Griot seeks full-length plays

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In celebration of their 5th year anniversary, The Modern-Day Griot Theatre Company is accepting submissions of full-length plays for our mainstage production. Performances will be held in New York City in May 2015.

We are only accepting original work. All plays must be production-ready, typewritten, have 1-6 characters, and must have a running time of 90 minutes or less, with minimal scene and set changes. Any genre (comedy, tragedy, etc) is accepted, but the plays must have a fresh plot, sufficient conflict, and a provocative and engaging text.

Deadline for submissions is September 30, 2014 at 6pm EST.

The Modern-Day Griot Theatre Company cannot offer royalties but can offer a production opportunity.

For inquiries or to submit your work, please

Sunday, September 28, 2014

October 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 October Short Play Lab. Not only do you rub shoulders with your fellow short-play playwrights, but you get to showcase your work to people you don't know yet. Our Labs are always well-attended, and they can lead to other festivals and events that we produce, such as the Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival and the Midtown International Theatre Festival (visit our website: for submission opportunities and requirements). The rules for submitting to October's Short Play Lab are easy-peasy:

  • Deadline is Oct 12. 
  • 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 MS-Word. 
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, Oct. 25. The production dates are Saturday, Oct. 25 - Sunday, Oct. 26.
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 Word format, to Any questions, don't hesitate to shoot me an E-mail!


John Chatterton
Executive producer, Short Play Lab

MadLab Theatre Roulette

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THEATRE ROULETTE is MadLab’s annual shorts festival. In its first year, THEATRE ROULETTE began a tradition of an annual shorts festival that has lasted more than 10 years. The first year was an “invitation-only” festival, from there expanded to taking local submissions to taking submission from across the United States to now, receiving almost 1000 scripts every year from every corner of the world.

To maximize your chance of selection, please read all the guidelines carefully before submitting.

All submissions should be send to

Please put “THEATRE ROULETTE SUBMISSION” in the subject line.

Theatre Roulette is a juried festival.

Submissions must arrive no later than October 1st, 2014. We will not start accepting submissions until June 1st, 2014.

Submission will be chosen and applicants informed if his/her piece was chosen on/or before January 2nd, 2015.


Scripts should be between 5-30 minutes in length. Scripts of greater lengths will be considered, but due to time constraints, it is unlikely that unsolicited full-length plays will be selected for the festival, unless you are a Nobel or Pulitzer winning writer, in which case, your script will automatically be accepted for production as long as you waive your standard royalty, which would probably be more than the budget for the entire festival. If you are not sure whether or not you have won a Nobel or Pulitzer Prize, please find out through the glory of the world wide web and let us know.

You may submit multiple scripts. If you are submitting multiple scripts, please include them all in a single email.

Please include your name, address, phone number, and email address in the body of your email message.

MadLab will also be accepting full collections of shorts. This would be a group of plays that are meant to be performed together and would constitute a complete night of plays.

You may submit multiple scripts.

Script submissions WILL NOT be returned to the applicant; MadLab will destroy all evidence of your creative instincts upon a funeral pyre at an undisclosed location in order to protect both the innocent and the guilty. Ashes will NOT be returned to you unless you purchase a commemorative urn from MadLab at the bargain basement price of $999.95.

Due to our environmentally conscious president, you must email your script to us. Please send your script attached as a Microsoft Word document or PDF format. Scripts should be emailed to Please put “THEATRE ROULETTE SUBMISSION” in the subject line. If “THEATRE ROULETTE SUBMISSION” is not in your subject line, your submission may not be received. All submissions will receive a reply email to ensure that your submission was received.

For ROULETTE, MadLab pays $50 to each playwright.

If you’ve made it through all of this, congratulations. At least you’ve got the potential patience to deal with the travails of theatrical production. If you have any questions, please email them to Artistic Director Andy Batt

Thanks for your interest. Good luck with your submission, and regardless of the outcome here, be sure to keep writing and producing new works.

Fourth Annual New Voices Play Reading Series

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

Submissions will be accepted August 1-September 30, 2014
The 2015 New American Voices Play Reading Series will be presented March 13-15, 2015

The Landing Theatre Company is now accepting full-length plays for the 2015 New American Play Reading Series in Houston, Texas. Four plays will be selected for staged readings directed and performed by professional local talent. Selected playwrights must attend the readings in Houston. A $100 reward will be granted to each of the 4 winning playwrights. Playwrights must cover their own travel expenses.

There are no fees for submitting. Submit the play via the play submission form online to

Selected playwrights must attend the festival.
Each playwright will be paired with a local director prior to the festival to prepare for the event.

Directors will cast each play prior to the festival.

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

One rehearsal will be scheduled when the playwright can attend.

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

Play submissions must meet the following criteria:
Playwright must be a citizen or legal resident of the United States of America.
Play must not have been produced.
Play must not have had a public reading in the Houston area.
Submission must be received on or before September 30th.
Submission must be a minimum of 30 pages long and have a minimum run time of 45 minutes.
Submission must be in .doc, .pdf or .rtf format.

Plays are given blind reads, so there should be no playwright identifiers anywhere on the script. Your name and/or contact information should only be in the email.

Only one play per playwright per submission period.

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

Playwrights will only be notified if your play is selected.

More submission criteria found online:!submissions/c59z

Saturday, September 27, 2014


The Navigators are now accepting submissions for our first annual LIFT-OFF NEW PLAY SERIES. Please submit one play (either full length or ten-minute) with Science Fiction themes to for consideration.

Deadline: October 1, 2014

Our Mission:

To produce new Science Fiction and Fantasy inspired theater that departs from the traditional theater going experience. We seek to engage new audiences, realize new and daring realities, and expand the boundaries of what theater can achieve by fully exploring these genres on stage. Please check out our website at

Omi Writers Residency

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The online period for 2015 residencies is now open.

Each applicant is required to provide 4 (four) separate items in total:

1. A cover letter, which provides the following details: country of birth, country of residency, the language in which you write, your preferred Writers Omi session (Spring or Fall or both), and your preferred dates. Additionally, please let us know how you heard about Writers Omi at Ledig House, why you want to come to Writers Omi and what you expect to get from the experience.

2. A brief (2 pages, maximum) statement about your work history, referencing publications, performances and writing credits. This can be submitted in CV format.

3. A writing sample, no more than 50 pages. (Please be sure to indicate if the writing is published or unpublished; if it is published please provide details.)

4. A one page description of the work to be undertaken while at Ledig House.

Your writing sample does NOT have to be an English translation; please submit your writing sample in your mother tongue. All other documentation must be submitted in English.

Your cover letter should be provided in the designated Cover Letter field. Items 2-4 should each be provided as separately uploaded files.

In addition to these requirements, every applicant must arrange to have a letter of recommendation submitted online separately. The letter can be provided by a fellow writer, teacher, editor, literary agent, or any informed individual who can speak to your character and work.

The individual submitting your letter of recommendation will need to establish a Submittable account in his or her own name. The referee must upload a letter with the accompanying title section filled in as follows:


The letter of recommendation should be uploaded directly by the individual who is submitting the recommendation and NOT by the applicant. Letters uploaded by the applicant will not be considered and the application will be considered incomplete.

To be considered for a 2015 residency, your application (including separate letter of recommendation) must be received electronically by the end of the day, October 20, 2014 (11:59 p.m. EDT).

 We look forward to receiving your application.

We look forward to receiving your application.

2015 Y.E.S. Festival seeks full-length plays

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Northern Kentucky University is seeking full-length plays and musicals for its 2015 Y.E.S. Festival.

1. Scripts must be standard sized, legibly typed, and bound. Standard Dramatist Guild form is preferred.

2. Submissions (ONE per playwright) must be full-length and should include a one-page synopsis and a cast list with brief character descriptions.

3. A play may not have had a previous professional or university production.

4. Scripts are not returnable (unless specifically requested and accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope).

5. Enclose a self-addressed stamped postcard if you wish the project director to acknowledge receipt of your script.

6. All rights must be fully owned by the author.

7. No children's theatre, one-acts, or reader's theatre pieces will be considered. Adapations will be considered only if the adapted work is in the public domain.

8. In deciding which play to subit, a writer should know our actors will be students ranging in age from 17-30. Some faculty members or guest artists may be available for the festival. However, a play with especially strong demands for mature character roles would not be as likely for selection as one of equal quality with roles for young adults.

9. Musicals with small orchestra demands will be considered. Musicals should be submitted only if a vocal score and piano conductor score is available.

10. A Y.E.S. entry form must accompany a submitted script.

11. Scripts may be submitted from May 1 until September 30, 2014 to this address:

Northern Kentucky University
Sandra Forman, Project Director
NKU Y.E.S. Festival of New Plays
Department of Theatre and Dance
Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099

12. Selections will be made and winners nortified no later than December 31, 2014. Returnable scripts will be mailed back after the winners have been notified.

13. An honorarium of $500 will be awarded to each selected playwright as well as travel expenses and housing while attending the festival.

14. It is important that selected playwrights be available to visit the festival about a week before opening so their visit can be arranged to include late rehearsals and the premiere of their play. Festival dates are Aprili 16-26, 2015. The visiting dates are at the discretion of the festival. Playwrights and the directors of their plays will participate in one post-shouw question-and-answer session with the audience.

15. In audition to the three plays selected for full productions, one script may be selected for a staged reading during the festival. The playwright of this script will also be brought in for late rehearsals and opening.

PlayPenn accepting applications for its 2015 new play development conference

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The 2015 conference will be held in Philadelphia, PA from July 7 – 26 at the Adrienne Theatre in Philadelphia, PA. Invited playwrights will have the opportunity to work with a director, dramaturg, designers and Philadelphia-based, professional actors over a 20 day period that allows for 29 hours of rehearsal and staged reading time along with ample time to reflect and write.

Beginning September 2, PlayPenn will be accepting applications for its 2015 new play development conference; we are pleased to request your full length, unproduced script for consideration. Please review the guidelines carefully and completely before making application. Application materials will be accepted between September 2 and September 30, 2014. Your application must be uploaded and complete by September 30, 2014 or it cannot be considered.

Currently, PlayPenn is not considering musicals or plays for young audiences.

The 2015 conference will be held in Philadelphia, PA from July 7 – 26 at the Adrienne Theatre in Philadelphia, PA. Invited playwrights will have the opportunity to work with a director, dramaturg, designers and Philadelphia-based, professional actors over a 20 day period that allows for 29 hours of rehearsal and staged reading time along with ample time to reflect and write. The work will be preceded by a three-day pre-conference retreat (July 7 – 9) that will help in laying the collaborative groundwork for the development time ahead. Playwrights will have the opportunity to hear their plays read aloud in three distinctly different scenarios: 1) by collaborating artists during the retreat; 2) in a first public reading before an audience after 3 rehearsals; 3) in a second reading at the end of the process before an audience. The two public staged readings are intended as a part of the process, giving playwrights an opportunity to measure the efficacy of their work and to provide an opportunity to gauge the work ahead. PlayPenn will provide travel for casting for both writer and director, travel to and from the conference, housing, per diem and a stipend.

Applicants should be aware that we are a development conference rather than a festival or showcase for new work. The distinction is important and meaningful to us in the current climate of the increasing commercialization of play development. We work to avoid participation in what has become known as “development hell” by fostering an environment in which risk is rewarded and honest assessment is provided and encouraged. TO THAT END, WE FOCUS ON THE NEEDS OF THE TEXT. THE MID AND END-OF-CONFERENCE READINGS ARE INTENDED TO PRESENT A GLIMPSE INTO HOW THE TEXT LIVES OFF THE PAGE RATHER THAN HOW THE PLAY MIGHT BE STAGED IN PRODUCTION.


Please follow the instructions to upload your play into our system.

Because the database identifies you through your registration, NO NAME SHOULD BE INCLUDED ON ANY DOCUMENT, INCLUDING YOUR RESUME. Please submit the following:

1. An original script in .pdf format with no identifying information (no name anywhere on the document). Applications that are submitted in non-pdf format will not be considered.

2. Your current resume (pdf) (no name on the document)

3. A casting breakdown and the number of actors required (pdf) (no name on the document)

4. The play's development and production history (pdf) (no name on the document).
Plays that have had readings are eligible.
Plays that have been produced or that have been through an extended development process are not eligible

5. An articulation of your goals for the development process using the resources offered by PlayPenn. (pdf) (no name on the document). Please be specific with regard to what aspects of your text you would like to focus on during the course of the conference.

PlayPenn does not accept applications by agents.

Your application must be uploaded and complete by midnight September 30, 2014 or it cannot be considered.

Heartland Theatre Company is seeking short original plays

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Heartland Theatre Company is seeking eight short original plays to be considered for production in June of 2015 as part of our 14th annual 10-minute play festival. This year, the theme is CLASS REUNION.

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 – CLASS REUNION – 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.
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 may contain no more than four (4) characters and no less than two (2).
7. Heartland Theatre Company has a pool of actors ranging in age from 18 to 70. Make sure that your characters can be played by actors within that range.
8. Your play should consist mainly of dialogue, not monologues. Please note that our requirement for dialogue also means mimed or mute plays are not what we are looking for.
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, 2015. If you want the opportunity to do revisions, your play must be entered by January 1.***


Finalists will be notified approximately March 15.

Winners will be announced approximately April 10.
If you have any questions, please email


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(Biennial Contest: Deadline Nov. 1, even years. Residency: April, odd years)

We seek a new, full-length, original, unproduced and unpublished play in its final stages of development that would benefit from a week-long workshop at Coe. No musicals, adaptations, translations or collaborations will be considered.

This is an excellent development opportunity for emerging, professional playwrights. Spend a week in residence workshopping your play with a professional director, faculty, students and community theatre artists.

For the playwright: We want to provide you resources, time and space with which to develop and experiment with your work. In addition to helping you take your play to the next level, we also will give you some teaching experiences, as you will conduct master classes with our students. Finally, you'll have some networking opportunities to learn about and connect with theatre professionals in eastern Iowa.
For our students: This is an opportunity for our students to meet and interact with a working playwright, and to observe how plays evolve. Our students will be involved with the workshop either directly as participants, or indirectly as observers.

One new play will be selected for a week-long rehearsal and workshop that will culminate in a public staged reading by students, faculty members, or individuals from the community. The winning playwright will receive an award of $500 plus travel, room and board for a week-long residency at Coe.

Any playwright with U.S. citizenship is encouraged to submit plays for consideration. Only one entry per playwright, please. To submit, please send the following:
One clean, bound script
A resume
The play's development history
A statement of development goals for your play (one page)


Scripts will be accepted between October 1 and November 1. Notification by January 10.


Susan Wolverton
Chair, Dept. of Theatre Arts
Coe College
1220 First Avenue NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

American Renaissance Theater Company (ARTC) is seeking new playwright members.

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ARTC is a 39 year-old membership organization of theatre professionals. Each week, in a Chelsea area studio, our workshop provides uniquely specific and supportive feedback to our members - actors, writers, and directors - as they present their works in progress. We also produce several public presentations each year as well as occasional Equity Showcases. There are no dues or fees except for a suggested donation at meetings.
Membership is via application and interview.

If interested, please submit a professional resume and a 10/15 page writing sample to:

Please be sure to put Playwright Submissions in the subject line.

EAST VILLAGE CHRONICLES Seeking new plays inspired by the life and lore of the East Village/Lower East Side

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Submissions Accepted through November 28th, 2014 for
Metropolitan Playhouse's Annual New Short Play Festival

Theme: Progress

Metropolitan Playhouse, New York's OBIE Award-winning explorer of America's theatrical heritage, is currently accepting submissions for new plays inspired by the life and history of New York's East Village/Lower East Side. 

PLEASE NOTE: Plays must relate specifically to the East Village/Lower East Side. Those that do not will not be considered.  Additionally, plays should address notions of Progress, whatever form the playwright chooses, as it relates to life in the East Village of today and in eras past.

Plays should be of up to 30 minutes in length, and able to be performed by no more than 5 actors. 

Metropolitan will cast and stage the productions on its 3/4 thrust stage in our 51 seat theater at 220 E 4th Street, as part of the 5th Annual East Village Theater Festival, scheduled to run from April 6th-26th, 2015.

Playwrights of selected plays will receive and honorarium of $50.00.

Completed scripts must be RECEIVED, by mail or e-mail, by 5:00 pm Friday, November 28th, 2014.

Metropolitan Playhouse
220 E 4th Street
New York, NY 10009

East Village Chronicles, Vol. 11 is the theater's 11th festival of new, one-act plays that celebrate and explore the varied history and eclectic culture that have defined Manhattan's Lower East Side (within any of its disputed borders.)  Presented in two, distinct evenings of short plays, which run on alternating nights over three weeks, the presentations will include a variety of styles and tones, unified by their being clearly related to life in the theater's neighborhood.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Jewish Plays Project

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David Winitsky (Artistic Director) and Jeremy Stoller (Resident Dramaturg) are excited to announce the opening of Project Submissions for the 2015 Jewish Plays Project Season.

Artists can submit projects to be for considered for the Jewish Playwriting Contest, our competition for full-length plays dealing with contemporary Jewish themes; for OPEN: Festival of New Jewish Theater at the 14th Street Y; and other developmental and advocacy opportunities as they arise.

The JPP has advanced 20 new plays, 9 of which have gone on to production in New York, Boston, Detroit, Tel Aviv and around the US (see for more). Together with the OPEN Festival, the JPP has featured some of the country’s most exciting next-generation artists (Daniella Topol, Robert Askins, Brooke Berman, Jonathan Caren, Lauren Feldman, Resident Director Benjamin Kamine, and tons of others). 

IMPORTANT NOTE: SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN TO ARTISTS OF ALL BACKGROUNDS, DENOMINATIONS, FAITHS, CREEDS, RELIGIONS and other IDEALS. We believe that Jewish identity and culture are specific manifestations of universal human cravings for spiritual, ethical, moral and worldly joy. “Matrilineal descent” is neither important nor necessary.

CONTENT PREFERENCES: The JPP seeks plays that find the intersection between Jewish identity and global self. 

We want to look at the places where Jewish ideas, traditions, stories, myths, culture (and yes, religion) impact, inform, and hopefully improve our lives. 

While we value history, we will always lean toward plays that tackle vibrant strands of today’s world: social justice, economic justice, diversity, strong women in Jewish life, LGBTQ inclusion, new perspectives on Israel, environmentalism, and interfaith relations.

Be bold. Think differently about what Jewish theater can be. Strive for epic size and impact. Embrace the emotional, mystical, the theatrical. Tackle the challenging, the controversial, the provocative. We are unafraid to walk these roads with you. 

SUBMISSION: Entries are due by October 9, 2014 at 6 pm. Each submitting playwright must fill out the Project 

Application form ( Playwrights will upload their play to the form as a PDF with their name removed (all plays are reviewed blind). There is no fee to submit, but there is a one (1) submission per person rule.

ELIGIBILITY: Full-length plays that deal with contemporary Jewish themes that have never been produced in New 

York City. The following must be true of a submitted play:

1. It is not a Yiddish play.

2. It is in English. (We welcome translations).

3. It is not a Holocaust play (stories that deal directly with the history of the Shoah, its survivors and their children).

4. It contains significant Jewish themes, characters, content, or points of view.

5. It does NOT fall into the beloved category of "ethnically stereotypical comedy" (No 'Yiddishemammeh" plays, no "My Afternoon With Bubbe", no "Jewtopia")

6. It has not had a full production in the NY Metro region, or a major regional theater (LORT C or above).

7. It has not been published in any country or language. 


Every submitted play is read by 2 reviewers from our 50-member Artist Panel. 

Plays submitted to the 4th Annual Jewish Playwriting Contest: The Contest strives to engage a broad audience in a discussion of what new Jewish theater should be; more than 500 people in as many as 10 cities will take part in the process. (learn more here: 

The Top 10 Finalists will be announced in January, 2015. The winning play will receive a workshop production as part of the JPP’s 4th OPEN Festival of new Jewish theater at the 14th Street Y in June of 2015, including artist travel to New York. 

Plays Not Submitted to the Contest:

Senior JPP artistic staff and advisors will review non-Contest project submissions, submissions by agents and managers, and work by recent alumni of major graduate writing programs for consideration for other developmental opportunities, including:

OPEN: Festival of New Jewish Theater at the 14th Street Y

A limited number of projects, subject to available resources will appear in OPEN along with the Contest Winner.

Renegade Reading Series: a periodic, as-needed in-house reading series for plays that spark the JPP’s interest. 

DEVELOPMENT PROCESS: The JPP specializes in what we call Jewish Dramaturgy. We base our exploration of the theatrical needs of a play around the central issue of its Jewish content and ideas, continuing to ask the question “What is the Jewish here?” When possible, we will bring prominent Jewish thought leaders (clergy, scholars, professionals and artists) into the room to join the development process, and extend the Jewish learning. This specific intentionality is what distinguishes the JPP from other high-level new play development houses.

MUSICALS: The JPP is preparing to work more with musicals. Because of its format, they cannot be directly entered into the Contest, but we are eager to survey the field, and to provide development opportunities in the future. We invite you to submit your musical and select the “Non-Contest Submission” tag. We will contact you when and if future opportunities arise. 

REPEAT SUBMISSIONS: Plays that were submitted to the 2012-2014 Contests ARE eligible (with the exception of  the previous year’s winners). We operate on the principle of “passionate advocacy” developed by the Lark – if your play hits the right chord with the right reader, it can go far. Give us a chance to be passionate advocates for your play. Throughout the year, we communicate with theaters and producers all over the country, and pitch the heck out of the scripts we love.

ABOUT THE JEWISH PLAYS PROJECT: The Jewish Plays Project puts bold, progressive Jewish conversations on world stages. The JPP’s innovative and competitive development vehicle invests emerging artists in their Jewish identity; engages Jewish communities in the vetting, selecting and championing of new voices; and secures mainstream production opportunities for the best new plays.


David Winitsky
Artistic Director 

Jeremy Stoller
Resident Dramaturg & Contest Producer

Thursday, September 25, 2014


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This is the ninth year of premiered staged readings of three winning one-act plays in showcase at the Brick Box Theatre housed in the beautiful Paramount Theatre in downtown Rutland, Vermont. Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre is in its tenth season. The NorEastern Contest winners will receive an intense day and a half’s work on each play, and two evenings of Showcasing as well as three nights lodging. The NorEastern Showcase rehearsal and performance dates for this year will be May 14, 15 & 16, 2015. First, each script goes through a rigorous screening process with panels of readers. The scripts with the highest scores are submitted to a second panel, and then the finalists are read by a single reader who selects the three scripts to be showcased.

Type of work: one-act plays no longer than 45 mins.

Deadline: November 15, 2014 
Plays may again be submitted as of August 15, 2015.

This year’s winners will be in workshop and showcase May 14 (workshop), May 15 (workshop & showcase) and May 16 (professional review and discussion & showcase)

2015 Guidelines

This contest is open to playwrights of all ages and experience who are residents of Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

· One-act plays must be readable in the showcase in 30 to 45 minutes. Readers are instructed to disqualify plays that are, or appear to be, longer.

· Submissions must be original, unpublished, one-act plays. Plays that have had staged readings or productions may be submitted, however, plays that have received Vermont productions or readings or have been published may not.

· Legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the playwright.

· Individual playwrights may submit a maximum of two (2) entries per year.

· The author will maintain all literary rights to his or her own material.

· All submissions are judged blind. We require four (4) bound copies with four (4) cover pages: All four (4) with the title of the play, BUT ONLY ONE with the author’s name, address, E-mail & phone numbers. Electronic copies will not be accepted due to the costs of printing.

· If you would like your scripts returned, you MUST include an S.A.S. mailing envelope covering the FULL return mailing costs with your submission. If no S.A.S.E. is included, your scripts will be recycled.

· Plays must be processed, page numbered, and securely bound in an ably bound soft cover, in standard professional play format. Write to Samuel French Inc., 45 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10010-2751 for their format guidelines, or copy them from on line.

· All submissions will be handled with care. However, Vermont Actors Repertory Theatre assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged scripts.

· Submission fees: Following the guidelines of the Dramatists Guild of America there is no entry fee.

· Mail four (4) copies of your script(s) to: 

Nor’Eastern Play Writing Contest, 
Vermont Actors Repertory Theatre, 
PO Box 580, 
Rutland, Vermont 05702-0580. 

Deadline for submissions is postmarked by November 15, 2014, notification of winners will be on or about March 5, 2015 and the staged readings in Showcase will be in May 14,15 & 16, 2015, with winning playwrights expected to attend.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Seeking never produced before original short 1 ACT PLAYS

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Seeking never produced before original short 1 ACT PLAYS ! (cast, directed and ready to perform)! and DANCE PIECES !
7 minutes to 25 minutes in length for:
Manhattan Repertory Theatre's

November 5 and 6
at Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
303 West 42nd St. (at 8th Ave) NYC

We are only accepting 1 act productions and dance pieces from the TRI-STATE area.

As part of our Community producing program we are offering another EVENTS program as a service to playwright/producers and choreographers in the TRI-STATE AREA.

This is an opportunity to bring your NEW short 1 act play or dance piece to life! !

THERE IS NO SECURITY DEPOSIT, SUBMISSION FEE, PARTICIPATION FEE or any Manhattan Rep based Fees. We are just looking for passionate playwright/producers and choreographers from the Tri-State area who wish to participate and try out a new short play or dance piece in front of a live audience. We are looking for NEW short plays and dance pieces, never produced before, 7 - 25 minutes, cast, directed, choreographed, off book, put on their feet and manifested for the first time from playwright/producers in the Tri-State area.

In order to submit, you must be available on:
from 5:30 pm to 11 pm
(A short 20-30 minute Tech will be schedule for you during this timeframe.)

from 6 pm to 11 pm
(A 2.5 hour Dress rehearsal will be schedule during this timeframe.)

and for
at 6:30 pm or 9 pm

at 6:30 pm or 9 pm

(Your performance time will be scheduled once all the plays have been accepted.)


We will supply a technician to run your sound and lights for your production.

Please know this Event is NON-EQUITY ONLY.

These Events are wonderful fun! Please come and join us. We put up a slick professional show at our theatre on 42nd St and 8th Ave in the heart of the Theatre District.

To submit your NEW, never produced before short 1 act play production or dance piece please email:

The complete play or synopsis of the dance piece,
a synopsis of the play,
the running time of the play or dance piece,
the set and lighting requirements,
the play or dance piecesʼs history 
(workshops, readings if any, when it was written) your mailing address,
and a creative team leader contact email address to:

by FRIDAY OCTOBER 10, 2014 at Midnight.

Please put "THE NOVEMBER EVENT" in the subject heading.

1 act play productions will be considered on a first - come first-served basis. (The earlier you submit, the better your chances of being accepted.)

If we fill up all production slots early on, we will end submissions earlier than OCTOBER 10, 2014. Once submitted, we will get back to you within one week as to your acceptance.

Again, there are no Manhattan Repertory Theatre based fees of any kind.

If you have any questions about THE NOVEMBER EVENT please drop us a line at:

THIS WEEKEND: Jumpstart a Play in 2 Days with LUCY THURBER

Sometimes writer's block is inevitable: we just get stuck. The stories inside us won’t come out and we desperately need a jumpstart. This class is designed to bypass intellect, harness spontaneity, and get those emotions flowing. This weekend at Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA), LUCY THURBER will help you unleash your story so you can hit the ground running.

Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Day 1: Stimulating writing exercises and sharing ideas aloud in class
Day 2:  Build on these exercises and start to develop them into a play

By Sunday, you will be well on your way to creating a new piece of theater all your own.  

Register now and save 10% with discount code NYCP 

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 .

The deadline is November 1, 2014. 

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

Lourdes University Drama Society 2014 One-Act Playwriting Competition Rules

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NOTE: the $5 entry fee is waived for members of the Dramatists Guild with proof of membership (membership card).

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

To enter please send the following items to the address below:

Completed entry form

Bio of the playwright(s) – must be 100 words or less

Play synopsis including character descriptions

Three copies of the script

$5 entry fee or copy of current Dramatist Guild membership card

(checks should be made out to Lourdes University)

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

Competition Rules:

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

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

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

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

There are no restrictions on genre or theme.

Scripts will be judged on concept, dramatic action, characterization and dialogue. 

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

Lourdes University Drama Society will produce the winning plays royalty-free during its Festival of One Acts 2015. This includes the right to make rehearsal copies of the script, to use the title of the play and the author’s name in publicity and promotion, and to videotape the play for archival purposes. The playwright will receive a program and DVD from the production. All future production and publication rights remain the property of the playwright.

The deadline for entries is a postmark of October 15, 2014. Late scripts will not be accepted, and revisions cannot be made once a script has been submitted. Winners will be announced and notified before December 31, 2014.

Formatting Instructions:

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

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

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

Incorrectly formatted entries will be disregarded.

More Information:

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

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


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Rules and Guidelines

1. Anyone can submit an original script, provided that it has not been professionally performed.

2. Playwrights can only submit two (2) scripts in total each year.

3. The running time of the script can be no longer than 30 minutes in length.

4. The scripts selected will be chosen not only for their dramatic quality and writing, but also f or their suitability for the actors (and numbers of actors) available in any year. As MiniFest is modestly funded, scripts will also be considered from the point of view of their production requirements.

5. Scripts must be submitted electronically no later than midnight on October 15, AST.

No late submissions will be accepted.

6. Playwrights are invited to attend rehearsals, by agreement with their director. Rehearsals start in the first week of January.

7. MiniFest may choose to present as many as eight plays over two consecutive nights. Each evening of plays may be presented as many as three times.

8. Successful playwrights will not be offered royalties.

9. Script submissions will only be accepted after a correctly completed application has been received.

10. Script submissions will only be accepted in electronic format

NYCPlaywrights note: for members of the Dramatists Guild - according to the Dramatists Bill of Rights:
You always have the right to attend casting, rehearsals, previews and performances.

The City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Contest.

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The City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting furthers the Company’s mission to identify, acknowledge and award excellence in short form dramatic writing. Known for developing and producing ten-minute works by established talents and promising new voices, City Theatre will select up to twenty-five plays from among its annual Contest submissions for special recognition. The National Award is valued at $2,000: the Winning Play will be produced in the annual Summer Shorts festival; the Winning Playwright will earn royalties, a cash prize of $1,000 and be invited to Miami for the festival. Finalists are awarded a certificate, and invited to Miami to attend theCityWrights Weekend for Playwrights (fee waived) and hear a reading of their Finalist Script (*subject to scheduling).

The Summer Shorts Festival is produced annually in Miami during the month of June. Not every play in Summer Shorts is a contest Finalist. Finalist plays are not guaranteed City Theatre productions, but receive preferred consideration in the current or future Summer Shorts festivals, and/or other City Theatre programming, including Summer Shorts, Shorts Gone Wild, Shorts 4 Kids, and its Readings Series. Winner and Finalists’ plays are also submitted to the annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival Contest.

City Theatre Play Submissions Rules and Information.

City Theatre is looking for wonderful short plays (ten minutes) for Summer Shorts and other programming. Having produced hundreds of plays, we want scripts that are lively and timely, hilarious and provocative, poignant and surprising. We look for plays that span style and genre. We will consider bilingual scripts and ten-minute musicals. We have no restriction on the age range of the characters. In other words, we are seeking compelling plays that rise above the ordinary.

Please review the criteria thoroughly before sending your submission.

Plays will be accepted yearly from August 30th – September 30th.
Scripts won’t be considered sooner or later!

Playwrights can submit only one script – send us your best!

No scripts will be returned – save postage by submitting electronically. No SASE required.

Each script must be no more than ten pages long. We start counting when the actual play begins.

Electronic submissions can be sent via as a PDF and must include contact info, synopsis, and bio and production history. Mailed manuscripts must be typed and individually bound or stapled. Title page must include contact info, synopsis, and bio and production history.

Previously submitted plays, children’s shows, longer one-acts or full-length plays won’t be accepted or returned.

City Theatre will consider previously produced works with a production history included with submission.

The volume of scripts submitted prevents us from providing feedback or criticism.

NOTE: City Theatre will only contact playwrights with scripts the company considers for the National Award for Short Playwriting Contest, or we are interested in producing in its various programming. ONLY those playwrights will be contacted in February-March by e-mail or a phone call.

Deadline for Submission Must be Postmarked or submitted
electronically to Literary Manager by September 30th, 2014.

Submit your play electronically: to Literary Manager by clicking here, or cut and paste the link to your browser:
*NOTE: This is a 2 step process.The 1st link will take you to a page to confirm your e-mail address (this is step one). Once you have confirm your email, Literary Manager will send you an e-mail with a submission link (which has your email address included in the link, this is step two). Use this link to submit your play.

Please submit script saved as a PDF.

For questions email


Mail Submissions to:
Susan Westfall,
Literary Director / City Theatre, 444 Brickell Ave., Suite 229, Miami, Fl 33131
or submit your play electronically through our website and clicking on Play Submissions and using LiteraryManager. Please submit script saved as a PDF.

For questions email


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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 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).

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 

QUESTIONS:   Contact FutureFest Program Director, at or  937.424.8477              

Monday, September 22, 2014

Babes with Blades seek full-length plays

Babes With Blades Theatre Company is a Chicago-based company, currently celebrating its 17th season!

Our unique mission, using stage combat to place women and their stories center stage, is at the heart of this playwriting competition. "Joining Sword & Pen" is the international playwriting competition we founded in 2005 to increase the number of quality scripts featuring fighting roles for women - and the 2015 competition is now open!

Just the facts:

Submission Deadline: 2/27/15

Prize for winner: $1,000 and production of the script in 2016 as part of BWBTC's season

Basic Requirements (full list of requirements on our site:

1 - Only FULL LENGTH submissions will be accepted: 75-120 minutes (at least 60 pages) in length.

2 - The moment depicted in the 'inspiration' images ( must be dramatized in the play.

3 - Women must be in most/all of the primary roles. Women must be featured in most/all of the combat. (Mixed cast is allowed)

4 - All submissions must be new, original works, inspired by the contest’s topic

5 - Submission Guidelines (found at: must be followed.

Additional Questions?

Visit our JS&P History page and JS&P FAQ page. After that, if you’re still flummoxed, please email and we’ll help you out!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Downtown Urban Theater Festival (DUTF) is currently accepting submissions

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The Downtown Urban Theater Festival (DUTF) is currently accepting submissions for its 13th annual season to be held at HERE ( in SoHo, New York City May 6-23, 2015.

DUTF, produced by Creative Ammo Inc., was founded in 2001 with the purpose to build a repertoire of new American theatre that echoes the true spirit of urban life and speaks to a whole new generation whose lives defy categorizing along conventional lines. That purpose has been realized many times over, as more than 100 writers have created and refined their work for the stage and thousands of inspired audience members have applauded their performances. DUTF gives writers from America’s burgeoning multicultural landscape the opportunity to share their stories that interpret our history and our times. It is a place where writers can create and refine their work for the stage.

For more info about DUTF, visit us online at:

DUTF is supported, in part, by New York State Council on the Arts and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

DUTF will accept 15 theatrical works (plays, musicals and solo works) comprised of full-length productions (60-90 minutes) and shorts (under 45 minutes). Each work is performed only once during the festival. Three of the works will receive $1,000 awards in the categories of Best Play, Best Short and Audience. There is no submission or participation fee and each playwright will receive a monetary production stipend at the start of the festival to defray some of the production costs.

To submit for DUTF 2015, please forward the following to

(1) Playwright’s bio with contact info - name, address, phone # and email

(2) Photo of playwright

(3) Synopsis of theatrical work

(4) Complete script of theatrical work

(5) Estimated running time of work

(6) Actor/director/crew bios, if available

(7) Description of stage set (if any) and production needs (i.e. sound and lighting)


Saturday, September 20, 2014

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.

Mail to: Susan Hodges
Vice President of Administration
Marine Corps Heritage Foundation
c/o Awards Program
3800 Fettler Park Drive, #104
Dumfries, VA 22025