Sunday, February 7, 2016

NEXT ACT! Play Submissions

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Capital Repertory, Albany, NY Announces Next Act! New Play Summit 5

Next Act! celebrating its five year anniversary, is an expansion of Capital Repertory Theatre’s continued commitment to the development of new work. At the same time, the weekend long summit is designed to complement the Upper Hudson Valley’s rich diverse populations. The summits directly reflect the theatre’s mission, “to create meaningful theatre generated from an authentic link to the community.” Next Act! New Play Summit 5 takes place October 21 - 24, 2016 and will feature readings of four never-before produced plays, with additional special events throughout the weekend.

As in years past, the theatre is devoted to finding a play that can be produced in an upcoming season. Evidence of this devotion can be found in theREP’s productions of Suzanne Bradbeer’s The God Game (2015) and Naked Influence (2016), Sherry Kramer’s How Water Behaves (2015), and the 2017 production of Assisted Loving by Bob Morris, all of which started at Next Act.

Accepting full length plays only.

Multi-cultural and ethnically diverse pieces encouraged.

Comedy and Drama welcome!


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

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

Agent and non-agent submissions accepted.

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


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

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

Email your submission to with 2016 SUBMISSION in the subject line. OR submit play here.

A small stipend and limited travel available for playwrights selected.

Electronic submissions preferred.


Playwrights selected for the summit will be notified by the end of August.

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

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

Script Submissions for Playwrights’ Revolution

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Every summer Capital Stage presents professional staged readings of new works through the PLAYWRIGHTS’ REVOLUTION. We seek submissions for new plays from January 1 – March 31, 2016.

Script submissions are accepted as follows:
Playwrights wishing to submit work should refer to our Playwrights’ Revolution submission deadlines and criteria below
Agents may send full-length manuscripts via email to:
Literary Manager
Capital Stage
2220 J Street #8
Sacramento, CA 95816
Playwright’s Revolution 2016

As Sacramento’s leader of bold, thought-provoking theatre, Capital Stage created the PLAYWRIGHTS’ REVOLUTION. This series of staged readings seeks to identify and develop exciting new plays and playwrights. These new works are brought to theatrical life through a series of staged readings performed by professional actors in Capital Stage’s intimate theatre. Capital Stage invites audiences to take part in the new play development process by attending readings and participating in post-reading discussion.

Capital Stage is particularly interested in plays that fulfill our mission to bring bold, thought-provoking work to the region. Plays must be full-length in any genre: comedy, drama, musical, etc. Translations, collections of one-acts, children’s plays and any play that has received a full-scale, professional production prior to submission are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading or non-professional production are still eligible. Only one submission per playwright is allowed each year.

The Selection Process
Capital Stage’s competitive selection process consists of two rounds of selection. All play excerpts submitted during the first round, averaging 200 submissions, are reviewed. Then, selected playwrights are asked to provide a full manuscript of their play. Finally, Capital Stage invites 4 to 6 playwrights to have their work included in PLAYWRIGHTS’ REVOLUTION.

Preference will be given to those plays that are aligned with Capital Stage’s mission to bring bold, thought-provoking work to our community.

How to Apply
Playwrights interested in submitting a play for consideration should send the following to Capital Stage between January 1 – March 31, 2016.

Attn: Literary Management, 2215 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95816:
  • Your contact information;
  • A concise paragraph stating your previous playwriting credits;
  • Title of the play;
  • Character breakdown and description;
  • Time and place of the play;
  • Synopsis; and
  • A ten page sample of the play.

2016 Deadlines
Capital Stage is accepting submissions from January 1 – March 31, 2016. Local, national, and international playwrights are encouraged to submit.

Thank you for your interest!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Submissions are now open for the 28th Annual JetFest in 2017

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$15 non-refundable submission fee. This fee will be waived for members of the Dramatists Guild. Checks and money orders should be made payable to “Jewish Ensemble Theatre.” Contact the theatre should you wish to pay by credit card.

For those submitting digitally – the $15 fee cannot be waived, and may be mailed separately or processed by contacting the theatre.


Entry must reflect the mission of the Jewish Ensemble Theatre.

Entry must be a full length original work or adaptation with a minimum running time of 85 minutes that has not been published prior to the festival in 2017. Cast size of 7 or less is preferred. Staged readings/workshop productions are not disqualifying factors.


Submissions will be accepted December 1 through May 30, 2016 (checked by postmark or time stamp).


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 (name, address, phone number, e-mail address) and resume. Musicals must include a demo CD. If applicable, also submit a photocopy of your Dramatists Guild membership card.

The acceptable electronic format is an Adobe PDF file.

Please note that entries that do not comply with our guidelines will not be accepted. If you would like your script returned, please include a SASE. Script evaluations will not be provided.


The playwright gives the Jewish Ensemble Theatre permission to photocopy scripts for reading/ production purposes. Should your script be selected as one of the finalists, you are encouraged to attend the two readings and talkbacks.

The finalists award the Jewish Ensemble Theatre the option to produce any of the finalist plays as part of its main stage season. Finalists must acknowledge the Jewish Ensemble Theatre if/when script is published.


Each of the finalists will receive a $500 honorarium. No other expenses will be paid.


Each entry is guaranteed a minimum of 2 evaluations. The committee narrows down the entries to 15 – 20, which are then read by the entire committee who selects the finalists.


Finalists will be notified no later than December, 2016.


 Jewish Ensemble Theatre
Jet Fest
6600 West Maple Rd.,
West Bloomfield, MI 48322.



Christopher Bremer, Executive Director


The Playwright/Submitter agrees (by submission) to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the Jewish Ensemble Theatre, its Adjudicators, Board of Directors and volunteers from any and all damages, liability, and claims, arising from the submission, production or elimination/disqualification of their submitted work.

Jane Chambers Playwriting Award

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This award is administered by the Women in Theatre Program. The Jane Chambers Playwriting Award recognizes plays and performance texts created by women that present a feminist perspective and contain significant opportunities for female performers. This annual award is given in memory of lesbian playwright Jane Chambers who, through her plays A Late Snow, Last Summer at Bluefish Cove, My Blue Heaven, Kudzu, and The Quintessential Image, became a major feminist voice in American theatre. For questions or concerns, contact Vice President for Awards Jocelyn L. Buckner.
View a list of past awardees here

To apply, please complete the form below and submit your play electronically (this year, for the first time!) by using the link at the bottom of this form. If you prefer to send hardcopy you may, please return application form with two copies of your script (scripts will not be returned), a brief vita, and e-mail info or SASPC to enable confirmation of receipt to:

c/o Maya Roth
Dept of Performing Arts
108 Davis Center, Box 571063
Georgetown University
Washington DC 20057-1063

NB: STUDENT Submissions should be sent separately and directly to the Coordinator as per the WTP Website and student guidelines. All Guidelines Must be followed, including sending the play to the current coordinator’s address, to be considered. Thank You!!

View the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award FAQ and Guidelines here.


Please note that Google Chrome is the suggested browser to use when submitting your application.

To learn more about the Women in Theatre Program, visit their page here.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Scrap Mettle seeks new work

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Our first event will focus on theatre. NIGHT ONE: Successful applicants will have a selection of their piece presented during a night of readings. The pieces will be voted on by genre and votes will be tallied while a guest band plays an awesome set! NIGHT TWO: Pieces that move on will have a larger selection of the piece read in a similar format to the first event, and, NIGHT THREE: Those who make it to the third round will earn a staged reading of either the first act or the entirety of their piece produced by Scrap Mettle!

We only have two rules:

1. None of your work can have received any major grant or residency, and it cannot have been produced or shown at a major venue.

2. The work you submit must be a passion project and work that you have already been developing. Any new work written for this event will not be eligible and a complete draft* must exist. This is an honor system...except that you might be asked for a complete draft at any time.

(* We understand what it means for a piece to be in development and that your excerpt may be coming from a new draft that has not yet been completed. That is okay! As you progress through the program and work with our actors and directors, we hope more development will take place as well. Re-writes throughout the process are not only permissible but they are encouraged! We just ask that there has been a complete draft at some point in the piece's lifetime and that the draft be a minimum of 45 pages.)

things to know:
1. There is no cost to apply or to participate in Scrap Mettle's program.
2. Scrap Mettle Arts will provide actors for the readings. More resources are made available to the playwrights as they progress through the rounds, including rehearsal time and directors.
3. Playwrights will present longer excerpts as they progress through the rounds.
4. If you have written a musical and have recordings that go along with your pages, please email us at for further instruction.

Semi-Finalists will be informed by March 15th, 2016 at which time they will be askedfor a longer excerpt from their piece. Finalists will be informed soon thereafter.

The program will start at the beginning of April 2016. 

Summer 2016 One-Acts Competition

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The Gulfport Community Players is now accepting submissions for the Summer 2016 One-Acts. Established in July 2000, the Summer One-Acts is the longest running one act competition in the Tampa Bay Area. We consider all submissions that are properly submitted. Entries are judged anonymously on their literary content.


Submissions will be accepted January 15 through March 15, 2016
Running time 5 to 15 minutes maximum

New and never produced in the Tampa Bay Area

No adaptations, children's plays or monologues.

Cast size 8 maximum. Simple staging, costumes, sets.


Include cover letter with author contact information, telephone, mailing address, email

Do not include professional resume! Entries are judged anonymously

Include 2 copies of the play - eliminate any author information from script pages

Include the number of characters, character breakdown and synopsis on first page

Use ONLY paper clips. No staples, binders, folders

Scripts will not be returned. No electronic submissions.

Do not visit the theater to "drop off" scripts.


Gulfport Community Players
Summer One-Acts
1619 49th Street S.
Gulfport, Fl 33707

Do not send scripts by certified mail or signature required.

No limit on the number of plays you can submit.

No entry fees.

No stipends, compensation or award money will be paid

All applicants will be notified of decisions no later than April 15, 2016

Plays will be presented for ten performances July 7-17 at Catherine Hickman Theater

Awards presented for favorite playwright, director, actress, actor

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Is Your Short Play Portfolio Submission-Ready?

A quick glance through any play submission call board (like NYC Playwrights!) proves it: short plays are in high demand. Developing a strong portfolio of short plays is one of the fastest ways to become a produced playwright. Join us for Short Forms at Primary Stages ESPA, and make sure your short play portfolio is submission-ready!

at Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA)
Instructor: Kara Lee Corthron (Writer, Julius By Design at Fulcrum Theater, "Kings" on NBC)
Thursdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Starts February 25
Short plays require an ability to convey character, effective dialogue, and action without extensive exposition, and in this 10-week class, you'll learn how not to waste a single word. From this class, you'll take away the skills to craft surprising pieces of theater, regardless of length, that reflect something deeper about the world at large, and you'll be well on your way to compiling a portfolio of submission-ready short plays.

ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x211 or email

World Sinophone Drama Competition

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The 2016 World Sinophone Drama Competition for Young Playwrights is now accepting submissions!

Deadline: February 18, 2016
More info:

*English-language OR Chinese-language scripts accepted!

The World Sinophone Drama Competition for Young Playwrights project seeks to encourage production of new dramatic works that reflect upon global Chinese culture from a variety of perspectives and enrich our understanding of Sinophone cultures, circulations, histories, and communities. To this end, we invite young playwrights (aged 18-35) to submit new scripts composed in either English or Chinese for the inaugural round of this international drama competition. For English-language submissions, we welcome works of self-reflection from members of Sinophone communities, as well as those that explore encounters among the Sinophone and other cultural contexts; for Chinese-language submissions, there are no specific requirements for content.

The winners each will receive a monetary prize, translation of their winning work (either from English to Chinese, or vice versa), and bi-lingual e-publication by the Performance Center of National Central University in Taiwan. The premiere staged reading and workshop will take place in Taiwan shortly after winners are announced, and a series of readings by our partners around the world over the following two (2) years will offer winning playwrights an unprecedented opportunity for international circulation of their work. (Possible reading locations include: United States, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, mainland China, and Macao, among others.) For further details, please see the official Terms and Conditions online at

To enter:
1. Register online at

Participants must be between 18 and 35 years of age at the time of submission. There are no limitations on the citizenship or educational level.

2. Upload your manuscript at

Chinese-language submissions: the competition welcomes dramatic texts of all forms and genres (such as play, traditional opera, musical, etc.) with a minimum performance time of 60 minutes. There are no specific requirements for content.
English-language submissions: the competition welcomes dramatic texts of all forms and genres (such as play, traditional opera, musical, etc.) with a minimum performance time of 60 minutes. The content of the text must be new works of self-reflection from members of Sinophone communities, and/or those that explore encounters among the Sinophone and other cultural contexts.
Questions? Email:

Cupcake Lady Productions seeks bad plays

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Cupcake Lady Productions will select five (5) plays as finalists to be performed (badly) in Another Taste of Rotten Theatre on April 1, 2016. The finalists will be announced on March 7th 2016.

Three judges will rate each play on a scale of 1-10. The audience will also vote on the same scale, counting as a fourth judge. The votes will be tallied and the Best of the Worst, based on the highest total score from the judges, will receive our GRAND PRIZE!

• The author of the play must be the same person submitting it
• You must own the rights to perform the play you are submitting
• Plays must be 10-minutes or less in length
• One (1) entry per person only, please!
• Entries may be short, self-contained plays, or a 10-minute scene from a longer play (out of context scenes are strongly encouraged)
• Former contest winners are eligible to enter, but the entry must be a different play
• No plays submitted by judges, volunteers or performers participating in Another Night of Rotten Theatre 2016 will be considered.
• Entries must be sent to by 11:59PM EST on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. 

No plays sent to our personal email addresses will be considered. No plays sent later than 11:59PM EST on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 will be considered.

Indie Boots Theatre Festival

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Regular Deadline: February 22, 2016. Final Deadline: March 1, 2016.

Indie Boots is currently accepting short play submissions for the fourth annual festival featuring independent theatre with different perspectives on whose stories are worth telling, what's funny, and how the world works. All plays must use the word "Ava" in the title of the piece. Plays under 10 minutes, comedies, and plays featuring underrepresented characters (women, LGBTQ characters, etc) are especially encouraged. The finalists will be performed this spring in Chicago, IL as part of Indie Boots Theatre Festival 2016: The Ava Plays. An audience award will be presented. Cast size: 2-10 actors (3-5 are encouraged). Writers may submit more than one script. To submit, please visit

Indie Boots Theatre & Festivals

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Next Act! New Play Summit 5

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


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

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

Agent and non-agent submissions accepted.

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


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

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

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

A small stipend and limited travel available for playwrights selected.

Electronic submissions preferred.


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

For more information go to our website.

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

Helen McCloy Scholarship

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What Is It? The Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship for Mystery Writing seeks to nurture talent in mystery writing—in fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting.

Who May Apply? The scholarship is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents only. Membership in Mystery Writers of America is not required to apply. The McCloy Scholarship is intended for serious aspiring mystery writers who wish to improve their writing skills.

How Shall the Scholarship Be Used? The scholarship shall be used to offset tuition and fees for writing workshops, writing seminars, or university/college-level writing programs taking place in the U.S. in summer, fall or winter of 2016 or early spring 2017. Applicants must select a specific writing class/workshop/seminar to which scholarship funds would be applied.

What Is the Scholarship Amount? MWA will present two scholarships for up to $500 each. Scholarship checks are issued in late Spring and are made out jointly to scholarship winners and their chosen educational institutions.

Submission Details Applicants are required to submit:

* ONE Scholarship application form, completed – 2016 McCloy Application Form

* ONE copy of the official description of the writing class/workshop/program (from college catalog, workshop brochure, or other.)

* FIVE COPIES of a 300- to 500-word essay explaining the applicant’s interest in mystery writing

* FIVE COPIES of a sample of mystery writing for judging: either a synopsis and 3 chapters from a novel, or 3 short stories, or 3 short nonfiction pieces, or 1 screenplay or 1 play script

The scholarship committee may also require a letter of acceptance and/or syllabus or other documentation from the writing class/workshop/seminar to be attended.

Mail all materials in one complete package to:
2015 Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship Committee, PO Box 529 Foxborough, MA 02035

Application Deadline All applications must be postmarked by February 28, 2016. No late applications or emailed applications will be accepted.

Questions? For individual answers and a copy of scholarship FAQs and submission tips (recommended), mail the scholarship committee at the PO box (above) or send an email to: No phone calls, please.

About Helen McCloy Helen McCloy (1904-1994) was a mystery author, editor, publisher, and agent. Creator of psychiatrist sleuth Dr. Basil Willing, McCloy served as president of MWA in 1950, won the Edgar® Award for mystery criticism in 1954, helped to establish MWA’s New England Chapter in 1971, and was named an MWA Grand Master in 1990.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

HighTide is accepting script submissions

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HighTide exists to discover and nurture exciting new plays by exceptional emerging writers. As we enter our tenth year, our writers have consistently shaped the mainstream of new writing theatre today. Could you be next?

We want audacious, challenging and inspiring writing that reflects the Britain and wider world we live in today. Writers from anywhere can apply, although we are particularly interested in writers from communities and demographics that are underrepresented and underserved by British theatre.

So what are you waiting for? Apply now!

The closing date for this opportunity is 14th February at 18.00
In order to apply, you will need:

- A 20 page extract of your proposed piece.
- An accompanying synopsis of the whole narrative of the play, which should include a brief paragraph contextualising your extract.
- A completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring form.
- A completed online application form

All plays must be a minimum of one hour long.

We do not accept screenplays, treatments or radio plays.

We welcome international writers to submit as long as the play is in English.

We only consider one script from any writer at a time. Should you have more than one play, please only submit the play you most wish to be professional produced.

We do not produce plays that have had a premiere, full production or previous staging.

Watermelon One-Act Festival (WOAF)

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Welcome to - home of Watermelon Inc.'s production of the Watermelon One-Act Festival (WOAF)!

Watermelon Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the theater arts and to providing a nurturing and educational environment for original works written by both students and adults.

Submission deadline is February 14, 2016
WOAF is an excellent opportunity to showcase an original one-act play in a competitive environment and to receive instructional feedback that will help to further develop the play for future productions. Cash prizes totaling more than $1,000 will be given to the best overall script, audience choice, production/director, ensemble, and performers.

We welcome all original and unpublished works between 10 and 65 minute running time (includes set up/breakdown and curtain call). Ten to fourteen entries will be selected based on the quality of the writing, story/plot, and character development. Minimal technical requirements is advised as there are only 60 minutes for a technical rehearsal, all props and actors must fit into a 10- by 10-foot space, and there is no technical award.

To submit a play is completely free and up to three scripts can be submitted per participant. However, if selected, a non-refundable $100 entry fee is required to assist with defraying festival expenses.

Further information, including festival rules and script submission forms, are available for download.

Watermelon is NOT producing the play, merely presenting the finished product, which may be performed a total of two times if selected as a finalist.

Please email us if you have any questions.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Theatre503’s Playwriting Award

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Theatre503’s Playwriting Award is an unprecedented opportunity for playwrights at all levels to be recognised for writing an outstanding, original piece of work for the stage. It will build upon the foundation of the venue’s reputation for engaging with the next generation of playwrights, whilst broadening its opportunities to include more experienced, produced writers.

This biennial award has been made possible by the generous support of The Richard Carne Trust, Curtis Brown Creative, Arts Council England and our publishing partners Nick Hern Books.

The winner of the award will receive a £6000 prize, a guaranteed production of their play at Theatre503, and their script published by Nick Hern Books.

To be considered for the 503Five you should have no full-length professional production credits.This is defined as a run of 3 weeks or more in an established venue for which you have received coverage from the national press.

  • You can submit to the award from 1 to 29 February 2016.
  • The play must not have been professional produced. We define professionally produced as a run of 5 performances or longer to a paying audience.
  • Plays must be submitted in the English language.
  • Plays must not currently be under professional option or attached to another theatre/company.
  • Plays must not have been professionally published.
  • All scripts will be read anonymously – you will be asked for your personal details when submitting but these are kept separate from your script while being read.
  • There should be no personal details contained within the script, including cover pages, headers and footers and body of the text.
  • Writers may only submit one script per submission window however this can include scripts that have been previously considered by Theatre503 or other theatres.
  • Once submitted you may not submit a later draft before the submission window closes.
  • The play must be at least 60 minutes in stage time.
  • There is no entry fee for this competition.
  • Co-written plays are accepted for the award. If the writers in question are then considered for the 503Five they will be asked to submit individual work.

Submission Process

By submitting a script for consideration you agree that:
  • The text itself does not contain any detail of your identity.
  • You are the writer of the play and exclusively own and control all copyright and all other related rights to the play.
  • The play is at least 60 minutes in stage time.
  • The play is an original, unperformed, unpublished work for the stage and has not been produced anywhere in the world.
  • The play is available for production and unattached to any other theatre or company.
  • If you are the winner, or are selected to join the 503Five, your play will be automatically under option to Theatre503 for a period of eighteen months after the announcement of the award winner or the 503Five members, whichever is applicable.
  • If you are the winner of the award then Nick Hern Books will have the first refusal over acquiring publication and amateur performing rights, pending further contractual agreement and payment of an advance against royalties.
  • You will not be entitled to any production related fees other than Theatre503’s standard percentage of gross box office receipts.
  • Upon the occurrence of any event of force majeure or incapacity, Theatre503 shall not be obliged to produce any work.
  • The information that you provide can be used for analysis purposes

Final judging panel for the 2016 Theatre503 Playwriting award will include: Timberlake Wertenbaker (Our Country’s Good), Mel Kenyon (Casarotto And Ramsey) Henry Hitchings(Evening Standard), and Lily Williams (Curtis Brown).

19th Annual Festival of Originals at Theatre Southwest

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Each playwright may submit up to 2 plays for consideration.

All entries should be previously unpublished and unproduced in the Houston area.

All Genres are accepted.

Monologues or One Actor plays are not accepted.

Plays should be 20 minutes in length (give or take a minute or two). Page count should be no less than 17, but no more than 22 pages.

There is no maximum limit of characters or sets, but common sense should be used as 5 plays will be produced in one evening.

Number all pages of the scripts, and scripts should be securely bound or stapled in the upper left hand corner.

Scripts must be submitted by postal mail ONLY. Emailed PDF or Word files will not be considered.

Be sure to include your contact information; phone number, email, and mailing address on the title page of the script.

List all characters with a brief character description.

Please include a one paragraph synopsis of the play.

Make sure all mailed entries are POSTMARKED by March 31, 2016

Scripts cannot be returned.

One hundred dollars will be paid to all playwrights selected for production.

Scripts should be mailed to:

Theatre Southwest
8944 Clarkcrest St.
Houston, Texas 77063-4004

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Fade to Black seeks 10-minute plays for 2016

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This exciting event is Houston's first play festival to celebrate the new works of African-American playwrights across the nation. We are so proud of our success and want to keep this positive thing going! We are looking for new 10 minute play submissions written by African-American playwrights. If you know someone, please encourage them to participate.

Script submissions will be accepted from Monday, February 1, 2016 until Friday, April 1, 2016.

Please adhere to contest requirements and guidelines.
Remember: Your submission form MUST be completed before you email your play. See instructions below.


The theme and subject matters of the work is open to the playwright's imagination.

Local Houston directors and actors are encouraged to participate.

Selected playwright finalists will be contacted no later than Sunday, May 1, 2016.

There is no fee to submit.

Grand prize winner will be chosen by audience vote and awarded a cash prize.

Only three (3) scripts submissions are allowed per playwright.

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

1. Your play must be an original, not previously produced, unpublished work written by an African American playwright.
“Produced” - Your play was marketed for production date(s) by either you (its playwright) or a theatre company and was performed before an audience who purchased tickets to see the event.
Staged readings are not considered productions. If your play has only had public or private readings, but has not been produced as a full scale stage performance, you are permitted to submit the play.
"Published" - Your play is an officially published work and commands royalties from the producing theater each time it is performed.
2. Submission form must be completed. See
3. Your play must be submitted in pdf format.
4. Your play must be between 8-10 minutes long.
5. Generally 8-10 pages of dialogue. Industry standard: 1 page=1 minute).
6. Your play should accommodate a “bare-stage” set requiring only a minimum of removable stage props and require basic lighting and sound cues.
7. Play must not be a musical.
8. Play must not be written for children or youth.
9. Play must not be a re-submission of previous Fade To Black festival seasons.
10. Play must not be considered a translation or adaptation.

1. Complete the script submissions form. See form
2. After submission form is completed, email pdf of original work. for email address.
3. Email header should read: Submission: Fade to Black. Your name and the name of the play
4. Your play should include cover pages including: Your name, contact information, title of the play as well as any character descriptions or pertinent details you have regarding the play.

For more details go to!script-submission/ckiy


Moonlit Wings Playwright Script Contest for DC premiere

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DEADLINE: March 14, 2016
-Plays or Musicals (straight plays are fine, although we will ask to work music into your play)

-Runtime: 20-40 minutes (hour long scripts may be submitted but we will ask to make necessary cuts)

-LARGE cast, 15 minimum - 35 maximum, ensemble shows preferred, female driven or gender neutral casts encouraged

-Material suitable to be performed by talent ages 7-16

Playwright Contest 2016: Winning theater-for-youth scripts receive workshop & world-premiere at our #1 Performing Arts Summer Camp, plus production review with materials.

MITF: Spring Seeks Children's Plays

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Dear Friend in the Theatre,  

Every small theatre company in the country is aware of the possibilities of children's theatre (meaning, for me, theatre performed by adults for children and their parents). Why? Because children's-theatre audiences are populated by people whose only requirement is that they have children (or be children). If you perform children's theatre and market it properly, you can expect regular audiences of people who otherwise wouldn't think of going to a play.

MITF: Spring is searching for companies who want to try out new material in this genre, either to see it on its feet, test it with a young audience, or develop an audience for themselves. To create a special focus for the genre, we're reserving special slots early on weekend mornings and in the daytime on Thursdays and Fridays (Mondays through Wednesdays are reserved for tech rehearsals). Details are straightforward: 
  • Dates for the Festival are March 7 - March 27, 2016.
  • The Venue for MITF: Spring is The WorkShop's Jewel Box Theatre, 312 W.36th Street, NYC.
  • Submission deadline is February 10, 2016. 
  • Plays must run 30-60 minutes. Better short than long.  The plays will be timed at tech and cannot go over.
  • Scripts should be submitted in standard playscript format.* 
  • Any subject matter okay, including musicals.
  • All plays must be off-book. There will be no staged readings. We have no interest in shows that require projections or other special effects. Smoke and fire are prohibited. 
  • Production requirements must be minimal: rehearsal cubes, a table or two, some chairs (all provided by the Festival), and your own props and costumes. There is no overnight storage at the Theatre.
  • No participation fee! 
  • Participants will receive a share of the door, if there is any.
  • Tickets are $20.00
  • Union and Non-Union Shows are accepted. The Festival will make adjustments to Equity shows' share of the profits, if any, to make up for the extra cost of complimentary tickets. 
  • The Festival provides a publicist, TD, box-office manager, and a board op.
  • While the Festival provides the venue and staff, you must provide the production. 
  • There will be a tech rehearsal running 2.5 times the running time of your show, and will be scheduled prior to your first show.
  • Performance will take place from 11 am to 2pm weekends. 
  • Each show will receive 3 performances, probably all in the same week.  
*12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions; 1" margins all around.  
Please send scripts to

John Chatterton 
Executive Producer, MITF: Spring, MITF: Summer, MITF: Fall, Short Play Lab.

Geva Festival of New Theatre

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Submission Guidelines
The following guidelines apply to submissions for our Festival of New Theatre, Plays in Progress and general production consideration.

Playwrights with professional representation may have their agents send full manuscripts at any time. Please note that lawyers and law firms do not qualify as professional representation.

To best accommodate our schedule of new play activities, we have an Inquiry Window, during which playwrights who are not working with an agent may send a submission inquiry. The dates of this year’s window are November 1, 2015 – March 31, 2016.

We are thrilled to announce a simpler way to submit your script sample and save a tree at the same time! As of 2015, we are only accepting queries through Submittable. During the Inquiry Window, use the button at the bottom of this page to submit your script.

Before submitting a play for consideration, please look at our production history and at the lists of new plays we have commissioned or produced, as an indication of the kind of work we are likely to produce.

Please do not send us the first draft of a play. Due to the number of scripts we receive, we can only read any play one time, so make sure you are sending us your best work. Plays for consideration in our play development series must not have had more than one production at another theatre.

To have your play considered, submit the following:
  • A cover letter introducing yourself, with your full contact information.
  • Your creative resume and a development or production history of this play. If the play has had other developmental readings or productions, they must be included here.
  • A description of this play, no more than ½ page. This need not be a summary of the plot – we welcome a description of the play’s world, characters and conflict, and your reasons for writing it.
  • A complete list of characters.
  • A ten-page dialogue sample. Pages do not need to come from the beginning of your text but must be sequential.

After reviewing your query, we will let you know whether or not we wish to read the entire script. Agents submitting plays should expect a response within 6-12 months.

Ready to show us your work? Submit here.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

New American Theatre Spring Festival of New One Act Plays

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The New American Theatre is accepting submissions for Spring, 2016 One act play festival. Selected plays will receive full production of the play in Los Angeles, produced by The New American Theatre. Performance of the piece will be under the supervision of Jack Stehlin, utilizing the talents of the acting company of the New American Theatre.

Type of play: One act plays which have not been previously produced in Los Angeles, CA (plays with simple staging requirement s are favored). Running time must be twenty-five minutes or less.

Notification: You will receive e-mail confirmation of the submission of your work at the time of submission. Further notification will only be given to semifinalists.

Program: Contest

Subject restrictions: none

Fee: none

Submission number: One submission per email. Multiple submissions are accepted.

Deadline: February 28, 2016
Submission Guidelines: Please submit full script as an e-mail attachment. Contact information should be on separate cover page of script. Body of the e-mail should include title of the work, author’s name, address and contact information.

Please send submissions to: 

Please put ONE ACT PLAY SUBMISSION in the subject line. Snail-mail submissions are not accepted at this time.

About The New American Theatre:
The New American Theatre is a critically-acclaimed actor-led theatre company best known for producing classic plays as well as exploring and supporting new and challenging work in the American theatre. The New American Theatre is dedicated to the support and growth of all artists who participate in the collective imagination that is theatre.
Named by CBS Los Angeles as one of the top five 99-seat theatre’s in Los Angeles, The New American Theatre (formerly Circus Theatricals) has also enjoyed critical acclaim, awards and nominations from the Los Angeles Times, LA Drama Critics Circle, Back Stage West, LA Weekly, LA Stage Alliance Ovations, and many others. Please visit our website for more information:

Contact: Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin
Managing Director, The New American Theatre:

Babes with Blades seeks ongoing submissions

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Script Submissions

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR: Playwrights of all genders and plays of all genres are welcome. Male characters are great, so long as they don’t overshadow/outnumber the female characters.

Fights are a big part of what we do, so their inclusion in scripts is important to us – so long as they serve the story and the characters. We see fights in our shows as similar to songs in a GOOD musical: words fail, so musical characters burst into song. Words fail, so our characters resort to violence.
Finished but not polished is fine. Likewise, one acts are fine if the intent is to expand them, through development, into full-lengths. If you consider the piece complete as-is and aren’t interested in further development, please indicate that when you submit.
And of course the caveat – we typically work in small, black box theatres on limited budgets. A piece with multiple, complex locations and/or more than 10 characters that can’t be easily doubled might not be the best fit for us.

SCRIPTS ACCEPTED: Throughout the year. Deadline for consideration for 2016 has passed.

Got a script we should see? Want more info? Contact!
Please note – we are not considering musical submissions at this time.

Playwrights selected for the Fighting Words program will receive a set of three readings to facilitate the development of their script. Each play will be assigned a director who will take part in the development process from the start. All readings and moderated talk backs are videotaped and given to the playwright to aid with rewrites.

The first reading is internal and is attended by company members and the director; the playwright is invited but not sponsored. The second reading is an advertised public reading; the playwright is invited but not sponsored. The final reading is an advertised public reading with one choreographed fight and a reception following the moderated talk back; the playwright’s travel expenses will be sponsored up to $400 to attend. The playwright is given approximately two months between drafts for revisions with a schedule provided at the time of selection.

Manhattan Repertory Theatre - The March Event

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Seeking never produced before ORIGINAL 1 ACT PLAYS (7 minutes to 20 minutes)
(cast, directed and ready to perform)
(2 minutes to 20 minutes in length) for:
and Performance Pieces
(3 minutes to 10 minutes)
and Passionate Poetry Performances
(3 minutes to 10 minutes)

March 2 & 3, 2016 at Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
303 West 42nd St. (at 8th Ave) NYC

We are looking for passionate playwright/producers, choreographers, poets and creators from the Tri-State area who wish to participate and try out a new piece in front of a live audience. We are looking for NEW short plays, dance pieces, performance pieces and passionate poetry readings, never produced before, but cast, directed, choreographed, off book, put on their feet and manifested for the first time from creators in the Tri-State area.

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


We will supply a technician to run your sound and lights for your production.
And again, there is no fee to participate. Please know this Event is NON-EQUITY ONLY.

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

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

by FEB. 7, 2016 at Midnight.

Please put "THE MARCH EVENT" in the subject heading.
1 act play productions and DANCE performances 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 FEB. 7, 2016. Once submitted, we will get back to you within one week as to your acceptance. Again, there are no Manhattan Repertory Theatre based production fees of any kind.

If you have any questions about THE MARCH EVENT 2016, please drop us a line at:

Or log on to:

THE BODY OF AN AMERICAN at Primary Stages discount tickets

The Body of an American by Dan O’Brien, directed by Jo Bonney
presented by Primary Stages and Rhoda R. Herrick, in association with Hartford Stage
-Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant
Winner of the 2014 Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play and the Inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Award (shared with Tony-winner All The Way). The Body of an American tells the true story of an extraordinary friendship as two men, a war photojournalist and playwright, journey from some of the most dangerous places on earth to the depths of the human soul. Winning rave reviews for its previous productions in London and elsewhere, The Body of an American by Guggenheim Fellow Dan O'Brien is "a play that tightens its grip as it probes where war lives, and discovers we each carry it inside ourselves." (The Guardian) Directed by Obie winner Jo Bonney (Father Comes Home from the Wars..., Lost Girls).

Featuring: Michael Crane (Gloria, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Tony nominee Michael Cumpsty ("Boardwalk Empire," End of the Rainbow).


$35 for performances February 10-14

$45 for performances February 16- March 6

$55 for performances March 8-20

Regular $70, Must purchase by 2/22/2016.

To order tickets, go online to

or call OvationTix at 212.352.3101 or 866.811.4111

or mention this code at the box office at the Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street)

BOY - Keen Company offers student discounts


By Anna Ziegler
Directed by Linsay Firman

The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row
410 W 42nd St (b/t 9th & 10th)
with Heidi Armbruster, Ted Koch, Paul Niebanck, Rebecca Rittenhouse and Bobby Steggert


Anna Ziegler's Boy explores the tricky terrain of finding love amidst the confusion of sexual identity, and the inextricable bond between a doctor and patient. In the 1960s, a well-intentioned doctor convinces the parents of a male infant to raise their son as a girl after a terrible accident. Two decades later, the repercussions of that choice continue to unfold.

February 23 - April 9, 2016
Tues - Thurs @ 7PM, Fri & Sat @ 8PM
Sat @ 2PM Sun @ 3 PM

Student Tickets:
Previews (February 23 – March 9): $20.00
Post-Opening (March 11 – April 9): $25.00

Full price ticket regularly $62.50

Student tickets are available at the box office any time with student ID.

Theatre Row Box Office Hours

410 W. 42nd St
between 9th/10th Avenue

Comic Shorts One-Act Festival

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Ocean County College (Toms River, NJ) is seeking 10-minute comedies for its second annual Comic Shorts One-Act Festival in April, 2016

Submission guidelines:

Limit one submissions per playwright.

Plays must have a running time of 15 minutes or less.

The simpler your setting is the better. Plays are performed in a black box with limited technical capabilities.

Must be a comedy.

There is no fee for submission or production. There are no royalty payments to authors, all plays are performed for free. If your play is chosen, you will receive a copy of the program, four complimentary tickets to be used any night of the run, and lots or appreciation.

Submit your script in PDF format via email to:

Please use subject line: Comic Shorts

Submissions must be received by midnight (E.S.T.) February 10, 2016

Original Works Online - produced plays only

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OWP now only accepts plays that have received eight (8) or more performances in a production run and have been reviewed.

When emailing your submission please include all of the following material you have available.
  • Your play attached as a PDF or Word document, including cover page.
  • Short synopsis and character breakdown.
  • Production history.
  • Select review highlights, quotes, and awards or nominations received.
  • Any posters or logos from the productions.
  • Playwright resume or bio.

Send it all to:


Please list the title of your submission and length (full length, one act, etc.) in the Subject line.

Response Time

OWP receives a large number of exciting new plays, all of which are closely evaluated. Please give us a minimum of three - six months to respond.

Snail Mail Submissions

OWP no longer accepts snail mail submissions. Let's keep it green. Save money on postage, save trees, save printer ink.


OWP does not accept unproduced submissions under any circumstances.

OWP does not publish adaptations, translations, musicals, or works for younger audiences.

Single Ten Minute play submissions are only eligible for the ETENS.

Only submit one play per email unless submitting a collection.

Do not send synopsis or samples of multiple plays asking us to select which plays we would like to consider.

Currently accepting:


New York's Equity Library Theater One Act Play Festival Summer 2016

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New York's Equity Library Theater One Act Play Festival Summer 2016 (Now in our 5th year)

Submissions are now being accepted for the New York's Equity Library Theater One Act Play Festival, to take place in the summer of 2016 in New York City.
We are seeking 30 plays to be performed over three weekends.

Seeking 10 minute plays (no more than 10 pp), preferably with no more than 5 characters from playwrights form the New York City area only. Also seeking monologues (no more than 4pp).
Basic set requirements.

One submission per playwright. No profanity, as this is a family friendly festival! No submission fee! Please include name, address, telephone number and email address.

Seeking actors and directors, too!

Deadline: May 1, 2016

Snail mail:
Equity Library Theater Theater Festival
22-73 43rd Street - JC
Astoria NY 11105

Friday, January 29, 2016

American Stage seeks plays

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American Stage seeks to produce powerful and relevant professional live theatre. Part of our mission is to develop and present new works for the stage that speak to a contemporary audience in a fresh and compelling way.

Due to volume of submissions, our process for consideration is as follows:

Ten-page script samples will be accepted between January 30, 2016 and March 31, 2016.

Full scripts will be requested. Please do not send unsolicited full scripts.

Qualifications for Consideration:
American Stage will consider new plays that promote the exploration of socially-conscious themes relevant to our world today. Plays must be full-length in any genre: comedy, drama, musical, etc. Translations, collections of one-acts, children’s plays will not be considered. Plays should not have had a previous professional production in the state of Florida. Only one submission per playwright will be accepted each year.

Playwrights interested in submitting a script sample for consideration should include the following:
  • Playwrights full name
  • Contact information
  • A short bio
  • Title of the play
  • Character breakdown and description
  • Synopsis; and
  • A ten page sample of the play
Please mail submissions only between January 30, 2016 and March 31, 2016 to:

New Play Development
American Stage
PO Box 1560
St. Petersburg, FL 33731

PlayFest 2016 Submission Guidelines

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What We Seek

PlayFest (Fall, 2016) is seeking new full-length plays that speak to the human condition in our fascinating and complicated contemporary world. We are interested in plays exploring important, challenging, and crucial social issues that affect our lives today. Topics can range from today’s international headlines to tonight's interpersonal situations in the bedroom. Both comedies and dramas are welcome.

The PlayFest weekend of staged readings is a direct pipeline to our Signature Series, our fully produced mainstage series. We prefer plays that require six or fewer actors but will certainly make exceptions for exceptional work. One-man or one-woman shows are welcome. We seek strong, dynamic, compelling stories told with an original voice and a potent theatricality.

We will select six new works to be presented as readings. Playwrights will receive a stipend, travel, and housing expenses. We will provide directors, actors, stage direction readers, and stage managers. In addition to possible consideration for our Signature Series, some plays may be selected to be fully produced at the University of Central Florida as part of our partnership with UCF.

For Your Play to Qualify

For your script to be read at PlayFest 2016, it must:

1. NOT have received more than two prior professional AEA productions
2. NOT have received a Broadway or Off-Broadway production
3. NOT have received an Orlando production in current form
4. NOT be published for general distribution with the rights held by the Publisher

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES – Please Send Us the Following

At this time we are not accepting full scripts. We want to begin by reading your ten-page submission.

Submissions must include
  • Cover letter with your mailing address, email address, and direct phone number
  • Bio/résumé 
  • A one-page synopsis
  • A character breakdown (with potential doubling) 
  • Ten pages of dialogue from the play (ten consecutive pages that you consider your best)

Mail submissions via regular mail to:

Cynthia White
Director of New Play Development
PlayFest 2016
Orlando Shakespeare Festival
812 East Rollins Street
Orlando, FL 32803

Email submissions will not be accepted.

Deadlines and Notification of Receipt of Your Submission

Initial submission deadline for PlayFest 2016 is March 1, 2016.
If you wish to be notified of receipt of your submission, please include a SAS POSTCARD with the name of your play written on it. Otherwise you will only hear from us if we would like to see a full script. Thank you!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

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.

The Princeton Theatre Group call for submissions

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Two categories
One-Act Scripts and Ten-Minute Plays

Winners will receive a staged reading by professional actors during Festival 56, Illinois’ largest summer theatre festival. The New Works Festival will also include a playwrights’ reception and opportunities to receive feedback of the winning works. No entry fee — No cash prizes

Submission deadline: 1 March 2016
Winners will be notified by 1 May 2016
Production dates: July 23 and 24, 2016

Competition Rules

Only complete scripts will be considered; no excerpts from longer works.
Scripts must be original, unpublished, and not previously produced.
Each playwright may submit only one script per category. It is possible for a playwright to win in both categories.
Competition is open to adult playwrights around the English-speaking world. No juvenile writers.
Target audience: adults, including young adults.
Genre: comedy, drama, tragedy, farce, hybrid; theatrical storytelling. No monologues, children’s plays, adaptations, or musicals.
Cast may contain any number of characters of any race, ethnicity, or gender.
Theme and subject matter are open; however, excessively strong language is discouraged.
Winners will grant Festival 56 and Princeton Theatre Group first production rights. Playwrights retain copyright.
At least two One-Act and up to six Ten-Minute scripts will be selected for staged readings. Total number of winners will depend upon the number and range of submissions.
The decision of the judges is final. Judges will not provide any written or verbal critiques.

• Winning playwrights are strongly encouraged to attend their readings, although attendance is not a requirement for winning. If the playwright is present, a talkback with the audience and actors will immediately follow the reading of each script.

Criteria for selection

Well developed storyline within a short work
Natural and creative dialogue
Quality of writing and dramatic structure
Ability of script to connect with an audience

Submission Guidelines

Type script with 1-inch margins on all four edges, using a 12-point serif type such as Times New Roman, Palatino, or Courier.

Use standard script format including cast of characters, setting, etc.
Do NOT put your real name on your script! On the first page of the script, under the title, put a pen name of your choice.
Use the script title as the name of this document.

Create a separate document giving your real name, address, email, phone, the title of your script, and either your real age or the statement “I am over 18.”
Use your pen name as the name of this document.
This document will not be opened until after winners have been selected.

Attach both the script document and the identifying document to an email as a Word doc, Pages doc, or PDF.

Send One-Act entries to by 1 March 2016.
Send Ten-Minute entries to by 1 March 2016.

For a list of winners, see the Festival 56 website after 1 May 2016.

Princeton Theatre Group Grace Performing Arts Center 316 South Main Street Princeton IL 61356


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Writer Guidelines For Studio C Artists One Act Series – “In The Garage”

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Studio C Artists is announcing the continuation of its One Act Room Series as part of this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival. Each show in the series has revolved around a particular room in a house, building, etc. For 2016, we are pleased to present “In The Garage”. With today’s announcement, we are also putting out the call for writers’ submissions for this show in the Series, which is set to open June 10th and run through the end of July.

Writer Guidelines For Studio C Artists One Act Series – “In The Garage”

Please register your intention to send us a submission ASAP at so that we know how many submissions to expect and can plan accordingly.

Writers should submit one (1) completed One Act play (preferably in PDF format) no later than Friday, March 11th @ 5PM PST.

Please include a logline, a synopsis, and a casting/character breakdown with your submission.

No more than ten (10) plays will be chosen by the One Act Series selection committee.

Each play should be 12 minutes in length, maximum. Any play significantly over the allotted time will be required to be trimmed. Please don’t go by page count, as that can differ depending on writing utility (read aloud for best guess at play length).

All works should be original – having never been produced in Los Angeles before.

2 characters minimum, 4 characters maximum - with a preference of 2 characters if possible. Any play with more than 4 characters will likely not be considered.

We have access to a lot of actors in their 20’s and early 30’s. Please focus on this age range with the roles.

Each one-act play will take place in the same setting, “a garage”. That can be any garage – in a house, apartment, office, auto body shop, etc. Please make this integral to your story – not just secondary (i.e., stories that are just set in a basement, but could take place anywhere, are less likely to be chosen).

Because this is part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival and we need a space that is generic to all using it, so please assume the set will be fairly simple, and consist of a minimal basic garage set. The set dressing will be mostly along the walls, etc. – and will not include much in the way of furnishings. There will be places to sit provided (boxes, cubes, etc.), but do not expect anything more than that to work with.

There is one door available to the set, leading to the backstage area, for cast entrances.

Keep sound and lighting cues to a minimum – if not, we will cut them.

Keep props to a minimum. They must be carried on and off by the actors as they make their entrances/exits.

There will be no real food/drink allowed during the play – if the piece requires eating or drinking it must be pantomimed – so please consider this.

Writers must be available for possible rewrites once the pieces are chosen, prior to rehearsals in May.

Writers are welcome to visit the casting sessions for their piece if chosen (Directors have final say in Cast selections).

Writers are welcome to sit in on any/all rehearsals once they are scheduled (any notes/comments should be given only to the Director – and never directly to the Actors).

Please address all questions, comments, or concerns to the Writers’ Liaison (via contact information below).

Writers’ Liaison: Dean Donofrio
(310) 922-0581

Fresh Fruit 2016

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All Out Arts is now accepting submissions for the 14th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival, New York City’s grassroots, multidisciplinary, international festival of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer arts and culture. The festival will occur July 11-24 at The Wild Project in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Entries are accepted through March 13, 2016. 

Thanks to the generosity of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and others, there are no submission fees for early applicants (by Feb 1), and no performance fees are required.

The Fresh Fruit Festival’s goal is to present the whole spectrum of LGBTQ lives as expressed through new Theatre, Performance Art, Dance, Video, Film, Graphic Arts, Music & various other forms of artistic expression.

Submissions in all artistic disciplines & lengths are considered for presentation as long as they highlight or showcase a spectrum of the LGBTQ experience, and are finished, self-produced shows.

The Festival provides AEA-approved performance venues & insurance, marketing & publicity assistance, ticketing services, professional theater staff (logistics manager; a light or sound technician; front of house), repertory lighting plot & sound system, networking events & more!

Early Submission Deadline: February 1st, 2016 (No Submission Fee)
Final Deadline: March 13, 2016 ($15 Late Fee required after Feb 1st)

If you are applying from out-of-town: (25+ miles from New York City), you must include a note about how you intend to Produce your show (& cast, direct, execute a local publicity campaign, etc.) if you are out of town. You may use the “Performance History” section of the form.

Questions? – If you are applying in the Poetry, Dance, or Film categories, – or if you have any other questions about the submission process, please email us at: submissions [at] freshfruitfestival [dot] com.

Process: The application form must be completed entirely on-line, so we recommend that you please download a rough blank copy of the form and notes HERE to prepare your answers in advance. You will be able to upload files as .PDF .RTF .TXT or .DOC files. When you are ready, go to the online application below (You can always update your information or files later via 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.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

ESPAfest 2016: Free Writing Workshops, Master Classes, and Performances!

Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) is thrilled to announce ESPAfest 2016. Join us a week of FREE writing and acting workshops, master classes, and performances.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. RSVP to attend.

FREE Master Class with Alexander Dinelaris (Academy Award-Winning Writer, Birdman)

FREE Open Dress Rehearsal for Detention #32: What’s Eating Millard Fillmore  
with guest advisor Jackson Gay (Director, These Paper Bullets at Yale Rep)

Solo Train: An Evening of Solo Performances
with host Judy Gold (Actor/Co-Writer, The Judy Show at DR2 Theatre; Actor, Clinton the Musical)
FREE with 2 drink minimum

5pm: FREE Alexander Technique Workshop with Karen Braga (Acting Faculty, NYU's Tisch School of the Arts)
6pm: FREE Mixer
8pm FREE Writing Workshop with Joshua Harmon (Writer, Bad Jews and Significant Other at Roundabout Theater Company)

Detention #32: What’s Eating Millard Fillmore
FREE performance! Written, performed, and directed by ESPA artists

3:00pm: FREE Master Class with Kelli O’Hara (Tony Award-Winning Actor, The King and I)
4:30pm: FREE Dialects Workshop with Jane Guyer Fujita (Acting Faculty, Graduate Acting Program at NYU Tisch)

3pm: FREE Writing Workshop with Tanya Barfield (Writer, Bright Half Life at Women's Project Theatre, “The Americans”)
4pm: FREE Monologue Coaching with Michelle Bossy (Associate Artistic Director, Primary Stages)

See the full listing of events and RSVP:

ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers.  For more information, call 212.840.9705 x211 or email