Wednesday, November 26, 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

Greenhouse Project

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

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

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

Please submit only the FIRST 25 pages of your script.

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

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

Playwrights submission schedule:

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

Public readings are on the 2nd Monday of the month. See the Public Readings page ( for dates, times, and locations.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Write a ten-minute play about an endangered species

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Go to the World Wildlife Fund or CITES and choose one or more species (Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish, Flora & Fauna, or Invertebrates). The species must be integral to the plot, not just mentioned. Astonish the audience with the magnificence of the species – take us on an adventure – make us laugh, make us cry, make us weep if they're gone – motivate the audience to save them!

8-10 plays will be selected for a Staged Reading at a California theatre, with an award of $100 USD for each play. Multiple playwrights/Translators on a single play will divide the award equally (unless they request a different division). The audiences’ “ticket” will be a donation to a specified non-profit Wildlife Conservancy. There is No Entry Fee.

Entries must be received by midnight November 30, 2015.

Winners and Finalists will be announced by May 31, 2016 via e-mail and on the SES website. One submission per playwright. Plays must be in English, or have been translated into English. SES does not offer critiques.

Plays may be Comedic, Dramatic, or for Young Audiences (performed by adult actors). No adaptations or musicals. Maximum 4 actors – no elaborate props, swinging trapezes, or flaming torches, please.

Playwrights must hold the copyright. Legal clearance of materials not in public domain is the playwright's responsibility. Previously produced plays are accepted, published plays are not. Playwrights are obligated to inform SES if their play becomes published after submission. Plays with any contractual commitments, which restricts SES in any way, are not accepted. SES reserves the right to decide what is restrictive.

Include on the Title page: your Name, Address, Phone Number and e-mail – On the 2nd page: Cast List, Location/Time; Name of the Species; CITES Appendix I, II, or III; and any Playwright’s Notes/Glossaries.


Electronic submissions please

Submit the full script as an e-mail attachment (Word Doc. or pdf format) to Nikki Harmon

Put your Name; Contact info; Name of the Endangered Species in the body of the e-mail. In the subject line put “SCRIPT SUBMISSION” and the “Title of your Play”

If you have any problems sending your script let us know - we'll figure it out.

SES reserves the right to cancel the competition if not enough plays meet the mandate and artistic caliber required for presentation. If canceled, an announcement will be made via e-mail and on the website.

All winning playwrights are invited to the Staged Reading. Travel and accommodations are not included in the Prize.

Ocean County College seeking 10-minute comedies

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Ocean County College (Toms River, NJ) is seeking 10-minute comedies for its Comic Shorts one-act festival in April, 2015.

Submission guidelines:

Limit two 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 scripts in PDF format via email to:
Please use subject line: Comic Shorts

Submissions must be received by midnight (E.S.T.) December 30, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

AMPERSAND Submissions Now Open for UST Spring 2015 Evening of Ten-Minute Plays

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The University of St. Thomas Drama Program announces a call for scripts to be produced as part of our spring 2015 evening of original, ten-minute plays, AMPERSAND . All works are welcome. 

Special consideration will be given to scripts which feature characters aged 18-28 years, have casts of 1-4 actors (favoring female characters), do not exceed 10 minutes, have simple production requirements and best suit our UST liberal arts tradition.

Writers Selected are Provided with:
- A fully staged production of the work directed by a senior UST directing student under the supervision of UST drama faculty.
- Four public performances: April 22-25, 2015
- A $100.00 honorarium.

A Complete Submission is Composed of Two Parts:
1.) A cover sheet identifying you, your work and your contact information.
2.) A single, 10 minute, original work (preferably not previously produced although this is not a requirement, c.10 pages), with your name or any identifying information removed. Send us your best.
We strongly encourage you to submit your cover sheet and script (in Word or PDF form) electronically.

Email/Postmark Deadline: DECEMBER 1, 2014 (11:59pm CST) NO EXCEPTIONS

Email Script:

Claire McDonald; 
University of St. Thomas Drama, 
3800 Montrose Blvd., 
Houston TX, 77006

All submitting playwrights will be notified of selections by February 1, 2015.


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

Jan. 7 - Jan. 30, 2015
(And an additional 4 performances if the play goes on to the FINALS - January 29 and 30, 2014.)

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

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

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

There is no submission fee. NON-EQUITY ONLY.

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

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

For more information:

Sunday, November 23, 2014


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We are seeking fully produced 10 minute plays for our TEN MINUTE PLAY PARTY on December 4 and 5 at 9 pm.

If you have a 10 minute play ready to go, or that could be ready to go by December 4, and if you have people who would like to come and see your play (with 7 other 10 minute plays,) please email:

The complete play,
A synopsis of the play,
set requirements,
sound and lighting requirements,
The play's production history,
your snail mail mailing address,
and a contact team leader email address for all team communication


by Friday November 28, 2014 at midnight.

Plays will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis so if we fill up all available performance slots, we will close submissions early.

There is no participation fee, or security deposit or any Manhattan Rep based fees for this 10 minute Play Party.

Each play will get two performances on our stage on 42nd St.

Manhattan Rep will supply a tech person to run your show.


You must be available at 6 pm - 8:30 pm on December 4 for a quick tech/dress before performance at 9 pm.
If you have any questions about any of this:

2015 Premiere Stages Play Festival

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Premiere Stages is committed to supporting emerging and regional playwrights by developing  and producing new plays. Through our Play Festival script competition, Premiere Stages offers developmental opportunities to four playwrights. We provide playwrights with an encouraging and focused environment in which they can develop their work through discussions, rehearsals, sit-down readings, staged readings, and full Equity productions.

Beginning October 20, 2014 through January 15, 2015, Premiere Stages will accept submissions of unproduced new plays from playwrights born or currently residing in the greater metropolitan area (New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania). There is no fee to enter. All plays submitted to the festival are evaluated by a professional panel of theatre  producers, dramaturgs, playwrights, scholars and publishers.

Four of the submitted plays will be selected for staged readings with Equity casts March 19-22, 2015 and awarded cash prizes. Following the March readings, the winner of Play Festival is selected for a full production during Premiere Stages’ 2015 main stage season and awarded $2000; a second play will be selected for a 29-hour Staged Reading and be awarded $750, and the two other finalist writers will be awarded $500.

At Premiere Stages, we pride ourselves on a uniquely accelerated process in which plays we find particularly promising are developed and fully produced within a year of submission. In many professional theatres the time span between meeting a writer, staging a reading and producing the play can be years. At Premiere Stages, immediately following the Spring Readings, two plays enter an intensive development phase. Playwrights work with a director, dramaturg, and design team to develop the play for a staged workshop or full production only a few months later. When we find a writer we believe in, our Play Festival process allows Premiere Stages to fully commit the time, talent, and resources necessary to share their work with a broad regional audience.

Premiere Stages’ productions offer playwrights the chance to see their work fully realized on stage. We hope, however, that the plays developed at Premiere will go on to subsequent productions throughout the country. Because of this, playwrights whose scripts we produce retain the coveted “World Premiere” brand on their plays. Premiere Stages also strives to facilitate relationships between playwrights and other theatre professionals who we think will respond to their work. Plays are consistently reviewed by the New York Times and scouted by major publishing houses. Multiple Festival plays have been honored by the American Theatre Critics Association.

Premiere Stages will accept full scripts from literary agents or theatre professionals familiar with our work. All other writers are required to submit a 10-page script sample and synopsis. Please review full submission requirements and guidelines below.

Submission Guidelines

A note about submissions: Premiere Stages seeks to support a diverse group of writers. We are particularly interested in scripts that explore or address contemporary issues and tackle topics that challenge and connect with our audience. We encourage writers to view our production history ( for a better understanding of the type of scripts that we have produced in the past.
● Plays must be full-length and have a cast size of no more than eight.
● Plays submitted must be unpublished and must be works that have not been previously produced (readings, workshops, showcases are okay).
Plays must be written by playwrights who were born or reside in the greater metropolitan area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania).
● Musical submissions, adaptations, and solo shows will not be considered at this time.
● Submissions are limited to one script per playwright.
● Electronic submissions (preferred) are due by 11:59pm on January 15, 2015. Hard copy submissions must be post-marked by this date. Hard copy submissions will not be returned.
● Playwrights must have schedule availability from March 19-22 and in the summer/early fall of 2015.

Plays and synopses will be evaluated by a panel of arts professionals. The panel will submit their recommendations to the producing artistic director and resident dramaturg.

Playwrights (non-agent submissions)
Playwrights submitting without an agent must include:
● A brief synopsis of the play (no more than half a page).
● A character breakdown.
● A history of the play’s development (if any) and a brief statement of your goals for development.
● The playwright’s bio or resume.
● A script sample from the play (no more than 10 pages).

The panel will request full scripts from synopses of interest.

Agent submissions

Full scripts will be accepted from legitimate literary agencies and by professional recommendation of someone with an affiliation to Premiere Stages. 

The schedule for the Premiere Stages Play Festival is as follows:

October 20, 2014: Premiere Stages begins accepting submissions
January 15, 2015: Deadline for submission to Festival (postmark deadline)
Early March 2015: Scripts are reduced to four finalists
March 19-March 22, 2015: Readings of four finalist plays
April 2015: Festival winner and runner-up are selected for expanded development
April to July: Development of scripts continues
Late June 2015: 29-hour Staged Reading of Runner-up
July or September 2015: Full Production of Festival Winner

Electronic submissions (preferred method) should be sent via email to:

All materials should be attached as PDF.

Hard copy submissions can be mailed to:

John J. Wooten, Producing Artistic Director
Premiere Stages at Kean University
1000 Morris Avenue
Hutchinson Hall, 2nd Floor
Union, NJ 07083

For more information about the Premiere Stages Play Festival, please visit our website at

For any questions regarding the submission guidelines, please email us at


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Applications will be accepted through December 5, 2014 for Red Eye’s 31st annual Works-In-Progress program.


The emphasis of Works-In-Progress is on the process of developing an original piece for performance, primarily in terms of its conceptual development and staging. The series is designed to serve emerging artists who are exploring new directions in pieces that would benefit from an extensive reflective process and are best suited to an alternative venue for development. Projects in which the primary artists are current undergraduate students 
are not eligible for this program.

Interdisciplinary, multimedia and collaborative works are encouraged, as are works not only by theater artists, but also by artists crossing over to the stage from their primary discipline.

A direct stipend of $450 is provided for each project selected, a portion of which is designated for production costs. In addition to feedback throughout the development process, participants have access to Red Eye’s technical resources, including rehearsal space. Red Eye also provides a lighting designer and production manager for the public performances, all promotion of the series, and an opening night reception.

Participants are expected to give their works production values (minimal as they may be), and move beyond a staged reading.

Participants are responsible for all elements of production, including casting, design, and direction.

The series is open to works of any length, from which A MINIMUM OF 10 AND A MAXIMUM OF 15 MINUTES will be excerpted for presentation.

Participation is required in at least five of the seven group feedback sessions.
Should a piece receive subsequent production, credit must be given to Red Eye for developmental support.

The series is not open to critical review.

Four to five projects are selected each year by a panel consisting of Red Eye company artists and past WIP participants. Applicants will be notified by phone or e-mail by December 22, 2014 about the panel’s decision.

Selected participants must be able to attend an informational meeting 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Monday, January 5, 2015. Rehearsal space will be available from that date through performance.

Works-In-Progress 2015 will be presented for four public performances Thursday-Sunday, May 28 – May 31, 2015.

Theatre InspiraTO seeks 10-minute plays

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Theatre InspiraTO's 10th Playwriting Contest

Submission guidelines. Deadline to submit a play: Dec. 1, 2014 (11:59 pm, E.S.T.)

Please note: If you submitted your play between Aug. 6 to Aug 21, 2014 we would not have received it. Please re-submit.

1. This year's creative challenge: The urban jungle. Your play must speak to the urban landscape: The drama must address living, working or growing up in the in the city. It can show the consequences of living in the urban landscape or relationships that develop because of it.

Please note: Mentioning a street or section of a city is not enough if it doesn't effect the drama or if it doesn't address the issue of what it means to live in an urban environment. If we feel that this play can just as well take place in the country or small town we won't accept it. Use your imagination: be bold, be witty, be creative, and challenge us. The story can be a comedy, a drama, a parody, absurd or anything in between.

The big city environment offers a living and breathing entity that we love to hate or hate to love: harmonious, dynamic, complex, antagonistic, ever-changing, growing and dying, offering endless pleasures for some and never-ending suffering for others. A safe heaven? Or a battlefield? The story is yours.

2. The play must be a ten-minute play. The contest is open to anyone without geographic or age restrictions. You must submit online. Please fill out the submission form below and submit your play by Dec.1, 2014 . There are no fees. Once you submit you will be taken to a page confirming that we have received your submission. You may only submit one play. The cover page should have the title of the play, the playwright's name and the list of characters. The pages should be numbered. The format should be easy to read. We accept previously produced plays (but not plays that have produced in InspiraTO before). The playwright must own the rights to the play up to June 8, 2015 (i.e. the script cannot be owned by a publisher). Any style is acceptable except musicals. We are particularly interested in scripts that aren't afraid to make bold choices: quality writing backed by imaginative staging. Only those playwrights whose plays have been selected will be notified by January 15, 2015.

The plays will be selected by a committee from the Toronto theatre community. If selected, your play will be performed in Toronto, Canada from May 28 - June 6, 2015. Between ten to eighteen ten-minute plays will be selected and performed. 1st Prize: $500 CDN. Should your play be selected for inclusion in the festival, you are giving the non-exclusive right to Theatre InspiraTO to produce and perform the play in the 10th Annual InspiraTO Festival in Toronto (Canada's largest ten-minute play festival), in the May/June 2015. The InspiraTO Festival will find the cast, crew and market your play. Authors retain copyright and full ownership of their plays.

3. Tips on writing. The submission must be a play. A ten-minute play is distinct from a sketch, or a skit; it is a compact play, with a beginning, middle and an end. You need a character facing obstacles in pursuit of some specific goal. You need rising action, conflict, and a climactic moment and your play must tell a complete story.

Generally speaking, scripts (including the stage directions, character names and dialogue) that are over 1,900 words are more than ten minutes long on stage. This does not mean that all plays under 1,900 words are under ten minutes, so be wise: use Word Count and read the play out loud while timing the length (including all pauses). You don't want your hard work rejected because it was too long. Get inspired. See your story come to life!

Please fill out the online form, attach your play and submit.

Pigs Do Fly Productions is seeking 10-minute contemporary comedies

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Pigs Do Fly Productions is seeking 10-minute contemporary comedies for vibrant, healthy people over 50 who are doing interesting things with their lives, for a new production in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, fall of 2015.

1. The simple setting is limited to: use of a small rectangular table, a pedestal table and four chairs. (No bedrooms, full kitchens, etc.)

2. Cast of two to four people (All must be age range 50 or older). (No monologues).

3. Must be a comedy for casts all over the age of 50.

4. Firm: 10 page limit on scripts using 12 point font.

5. Straight, gay and bi comedies sought.

6. Limited to two submissions per playwright.

7. Playwrights may be from anywhere, but scripts must be in English.

8. Plays must be in standard play format with numbered pages.

9. Email your scripts as a pdf document.

10. The subject line of your email should include your name and the title of the play.

11. No submission fee.

12. Please don’t raise ages in a script currently on your computer and send it along. It rarely works.

13. Not looking for skits. Play should have a beginning, a middle and an end.

Submit via email to:

Submissions must be received by midnight (E.S.T.) January 2, 2015

-Questions? Contact Artistic Director Marj at

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Call for Plays - Women Playwrights Series

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The Centenary Stage Company, an Equity theatre in residence on the campus of Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ is accepting submissions for the 2015 Women Playwrights Series (WPS) and the 2015 Susan Glaspell Contest.

Now in its 23rd year, the WPS is a developmental program dedicated to providing a working forum for the unique and underserved voice of women writing for the theatre today. Each season three new plays are selected for a collaborative workshop process, with a professional director and actors, which takes place in a brief rehearsal period, over a period of a approximately 1 week, allowing time for the playwright to hear and adapt their work with other professionals. The process culminates in a presentation of the work for the public as part of the Series giving CSC audiences larger exposure to new work, as well as offering the playwright an opportunity to get feedback from the audience during the development process.

Playwrights selected for the workshop process will receive a $200 honorarium. Additional funds for travel and housing are available for one playwright each season.

The 2015 Susan Glaspell Contest:

One play from the WPS Festival will be selected by a panel of judges as the winner, to be featured in a subsequent CSC main-stage season as a full production, with an additional award of $1500 to the playwright.
Guidelines for WPS Susan Glaspell Contest:

Submit Full-length play, no more than ONE production.
(If play has had one production, please include information in your cover letter about the company, # of performances, and contract, if applicable)

Please include 1 letter of recommendation from a professional colleague or professor/instructor familiar with your work.
Note: we are rarely able to consider work with over 7 cast members.

Deadline January 13, 2015

Call CSC for more details (908 979-0900)
Send to:

Attn: Catherine Rust, Prog. Dir
Centenary Stage Co. WPS
400 Jefferson St.
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Centre Stage South Carolina seeks full-length plays

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Play Submission Guidelines and Process
  • We are searching for commercially viable comedies and dramas with innovative storytelling that deal with important social issues.
  • We accept only previously unproduced comedies and dramas with a running time of one hour and fifteen minutes to two hours.
  • Playwrights may submit only one play per year.
  • Plays that have received prior readings and development will receive favorable consideration.
  • We do not accept musicals or plays for youth.
  • Plays with excessive violence or profanity will receive limited consideration.
  • Cast size is limited to six.
  • Plays that utilize double (or triple or quadruple…) casting should use this technique for a dramaturgical reason. Double casting should not be an attempt to make a play with a large cast fit the guidelines.
  • Providing playwrights with the highest quality actors is a priority. Plays that can be effectively cast within our market will be considered favorably.
  • Playwrights are encouraged to submit plays that require minimal technical elements and are suited to our thrust stage. Please view the seating chart or our Theatre Accessibility page for images of the theatre.
  • There is no submission fee.
  • Hard copies will be read by at least two readers. However, the following will be rejected:
Screenplays or teleplays submitted as theatrical plays
Obvious first drafts
Plays with typos and spelling errors
Plays that are not formatted according to industry standards
Plays that require costly design elements
Submission Process

Mail the UNBOUND full text of the play along with the following required materials by February 1st to:
New Play Festival Literary Manager, 
Centre Stage
P.O. Box 8451, Greenville, SC 29604

Do not include return postage. Plays that are not accepted into the festival will be recycled. Submissions received after February 1 will be considered for next year’s festival. Semifinalists will be contacted by early June. Finalists will be contacted and posted to our website in early July.

Playwrights accepted into the festival will receive travel and lodging as well as one-on-one time with the playwright-in-residence. Each play will receive at least three rehearsals with a professional director and actors.

If you are wondering if your play is a good match for Centre Stage or if you have any questions about the festival, please do not hesitate to send an inquiry to
A full description/synopsis of the story including stylistic and thematic content. This description is not a teaser or publicity blurb; it should be approximately half a page long and include all major plot elements including the climax.
The complete casting requirements (limited to six actors)
The development history of the play (if any)
A brief bio (please be assured that past professional experience is not required)
Full contact information, including phone number and email address.

Teatro Diablo is looking for plays on "border" issues

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Teatro Diablo , a new student run theater company at Arizona State University, is looking for plays on "border" issues for an event in the spring of 2015 in Tempe, AZ. A "border" issue can include, but is not limited to· immigration/anti-immigration· undocumented persons/students (e.g., Dreamers)· border security/violence· human trafficking/drug trafficking Plays do not need to concentrate on the US-Mexico border but any "border" between nations and plays can be written in either English, Spanish, or bilingual English/Spanish.
Plays must be no longer than 12 pages and in proper play format as a .doc or .pdf. This is a blind submission process. No identifying information (name, address, email, phone number) should be included in your play script submission.

In a separate title page or document, please include the following:
Bio (no more than 100 words):
Your bio will not be read with your submission. It will be used for promotional purposes if your play is selected.

Please include the words Border Submission: [NAME OF YOUR PLAY] in the subject line and email your play submission and title page as an attachment to

We are particularly interested in plays with small casts, simple staging and technical elements. Accepted playwrights will be notified via email. Anyone who submits to this call will receive a press release announcement of the accepted plays. There is no submission fee and no compensation if your play is selected. Deadline for submissions is Monday, December 15, 2014.

Friday, November 21, 2014

New Theatre submission guidelines

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Playwrights and/or Agents interested in submitting plays for our consideration please adhere to the following:
  • New Theatre produces World Premieres as well as second and third productions.
  • New Theatre primarily produces plays with casts smaller than six characters during its main season; do not send scripts with more than six unless they can be double cast.
  • New Theatre is not a presenter, so please don't send one-person shows that are looking for a tour date in Miami; we reserve the right to cast and produce the work accordingly.
  • Best times to submit play inquiries are July through November to be considered for the following season.
  • Make sure you send a self-addressed envelope if you want your materials returned and a self-addressed postcard to be advised it arrived.
  • Due to the large amounts of submissions each year, be aware that you will not be contacted for at least two to three months.
  • Please do not phone Artistic Director Ricky J. Martinez.
Email or send a query letter, brief description of play, character list, set requirements, and production history to our Literary Manager, Steven Chambers at

The Griot Festival seeks plays 30 - 90 minutes long

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

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

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

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

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

1. A 100 word synopsis of the play

2. The complete script + character breakdown

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

4. Your bio

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

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

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

Submissions must be between 30 and 90 minutes long.

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

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

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

No more hidden and surprising costs.

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

Submissions will be accepted until December 24, 2014.

Send to:

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Village Playwrights seek 10-minute plays

The Village Playwrights is accepting 10 minute plays from Metro NYC playwrights only for “Triangles and Squares: LGBTQ Relationships and Romance,” a staged reading of 8 short plays on February 11, 2015 at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., NYC to celebrate the Valentine’s holiday.

1.  Scripts should about LGBTQ relationships or romance
2.  Playwrights must be from the metro NYC area
3.  Scripts must be 10 minutes or under
4.  Deadline for submission is 5 pm, Friday, January 9, 2015
5.  Plays will be minimally staged
6.  Playwrights may choose to self-produce (cast and rehearse)
7.  There is no submission fee

To Submit:
Email your 10 minute script to

Please write your play title on subject line of email

Producer seeks playwright

Producer seeks playwright to collaborate on an innovative immersive theatre piece currently in development. 

The conceptual storyline follows a young protagonist who begins to envision and embrace a fictional ‘dream world’ following a traumatic event in their life. The dream world is the focus of the piece and will feature visually stunning technical elements, including ‘black-light’ lighting combined with black-light reactive scenic design and costuming. The producer seeks a playwright with a youthful yet authentic voice with an interest in immersive theatre to work on developing a storyline and dialogue. 

Limited compensation may be available during development and will be discussed and mutually agreed upon before work will be expected to begin. Writer will maintain co-ownership of the piece. Interested parties should send an email with subject line "Collaboration inquiry" with a description of their theatrical experience, brief writing sample (if available) and contact information. Producer will arrange to meet in-person to discuss the project further.

New American Theater Spring One-Act Festival

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Full production of the play in Los Angeles produced by The New American Theatre at the Odyssey 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.

All playwrights whose work makes it to the level of semi-finalist will be given first consideration for any full-length work they may have to be included in the New American Theatre Full-Length reading series, which takes place in January and February.

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.

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.

No subject restrictions, no fee

Please submit full script as an e-mail attachment. No contact information should be on the script itself. Body of the e-mail should include title of the work, author’s name, address and contact information. All submissions should go to the New American Theatre Literary Coordinator, Joe Bays at

Please put ONE ACT PLAY SUBMISSION in the subject line. Snail mail submissions are also accepted. Please send your material to The New American Theatre. PO Box 586, Culver City, CA 90232, ATTN one-act competition.

Deadline February 28, 2015

The New American Theatre

The New American Theatre (formerly Circus Theatricals) 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:
Questions? Email:

Indie Boots Theatre Festival

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Regular Deadline: December 15, 2015,
Late Deadline: January 15, 2015

Indie Boots is currently accepting short play submissions for the third annual festival. All plays must use the word "Ella" in the title of the piece. Plays under 10 minutes, comedies, and plays featuring underrepresented characters (women, LGBTQ characters, etc) are highly encouraged. The finalists will be performed this spring in Chicago, IL as part of Indie Boots Theatre Festival 2015: The Ella Plays. An audience award (and cash!) will be presented to one play. Casts may be as large as 10 actors or as small as 2 actors (casts of 3-5 are encouraged). Writers may submit more than one script. To submit, please visit

Indie Boots Chicago, IL

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Heartland Theatre Company is seeking ten-minute 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

Stage Left Theater call for 1-minute scripts

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

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

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

Questions? Contact Fast & Furious coordinator Sandra Hosking at

Thank you and we look forward to reading your work.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Testimonial from Rich Orloff

Thanks to Rich Orloff for his kind words about this site.
"NYC Playwrights has become my go-to site for learning about the latest opportunities for playwrights... THANK YOU for all the great opportunities you've posted over the years."
More about Rich Orloff and his work.

Winter/Spring Play Development Series

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Manhattan Repertory Theatre is seeking new, never produced before plays  (40 minutes - 120 minutes) for our WINTER/SPRING (February - April) season as part of our new PLAY DEVELOPMENT SERIES

Bring your never produced before play to life at Manhattan Rep for a minimum of two performances!

Our Play Development Series includes:
2 performances at Manhattan Rep this Winter/Spring (more if you play is selling well.)
Over 12 hours of rehearsal time on the Manhattan Rep stage
3 hours tech, 3 hours Dress rehearsal, and 6 hours of straight rehearsal time in the theatre
Weekly development discussions if you wish with Artistic Director Ken Wolf, with help with casting, direction, the best way to set up a production from the start, how to make important cuts to your play, how to better structure your play, team building and more.

If you have written a play and you feel you want some support developing it and bringing it to production, as opposed to being flung onto the stage like at so many NYC festivals, our play development series is for you!

There is no cost for our Play Development Series, but there is a $300 refundable security deposit which secures the space from damage, and secures an average of 13 audience members per performance for a total of 26 over two performances.

Our Play Development Series at Manhattan Rep is by invitation only.

To submit for our Play Development Series please email:

A brief introduction with detailed information about yourself and your work, the complete first rehearsal draft of your play a synopsis of the play, the running time of the play, the set and lighting requirements, the playʼs history, (readings, when it was written, etc etc.) your mailing address, and a creative team leader contact email address to:
as soon as possible (for we are accepting candidates now.)

Please put "PLAY DEVELOPMENT SERIES" in the subject heading.

You will be considered on a first - come first-served basis.

The earlier you submit, the better your chances of being accepted into the series. If we fill up all production development positions early on, we will end submissions. Once submitted, we will get back to you within one week as to your acceptance.

There is no submission fee.


For more information on all of our new development programs, log on to

If you have any questions about anything in reference to our new play development series, feel free to write us at:

The Ruby Prize

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, November 17, 2014

Last Frontier Theatre Conference seeks plays

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The submission deadline for the 2015 Play Lab is November 24th, 2014. 

Selections will be announced Feb 16th, 2015. 

Accepted authors must attend the Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska, scheduled June 14-20, 2015. 
  • Other submission guidelines:
  • One submission per author.
  • Play should not have received a professional production.
  • Play should run between 20 and 120 minutes.
  • We do not accept musicals.
Contact Conference Coordinator Dawson Moore ( with any questions about submissions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

You may review our Submission Fees/ Guidelines/ and Criteria here:!theatre/cj42

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Kitchen Dog Theater New Works Festival Script Submission

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Scripts must be received by January 1, 2015 to be considered for the 2015 Festival.

Each year, Kitchen Dog Theater selects one original script to receive:
* A fully staged production (as part of our regular season – a six-week run)
* Paid travel to Dallas, TX (if necessary) to work with the Director, Cast and Crew
* Royalty stipend (amount TBD)

Six other original scripts will be selected to receive:
*A staged reading (as part of our New Works Festival)
*Each selected playwright will receive a honorarium. Travel not included.

Prospective scripts must meet the following guidelines:
* Full-length plays only (preferably one hour or longer)
* Submitted scripts must be type-written
* Completed scripts only
* Do not include a synopsis and/or reviews (if any) of the play
* Ideally have between one and five actors (character doubling acceptable)
* There are no restrictions on play content.
* Only ONE script per playwright may be submitted.

All unproduced scripts will be recycled.

Please send your script with cover letter to:
Attn: Tina Parker, Co-Artistic Director
Kitchen Dog Theater
3120 McKinney Avenue, Ste. 100
Dallas, TX 75204.


DEADLINE for 2015 New Works Festival: RECEIVED BY JANUARY 1, 2015

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.

For further information, visit

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Theater Project Soliciting Short Plays for Competition

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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The producers of PLAYING SHORTLY: SHORT PLAYS ON THE RADIO are seeking stage plays of 10 minutes or less for a series of upcoming radio programs on National Public Radio affiliate KUSU, with potential for wider regional or national broadcast. The initial four programs will be recorded in front of a live audience and then broadcast to a region of over 3 million people. The show will include actors reading new short American stage plays over the radio. Submission info is as follows:

1. Plays must be 10 minutes or less including stage directions.
2. Written by American playwrights.
3. First 300 submissions will be considered.
4. Maximum 2 submissions per playwright.
5. Plays must be written within the past five years and unpublished.
6. Include character descriptions and have no more than 5 characters.
7. Include brief synopsis of play (100 words or less).
8. Selected plays will receive $100 honorarium in lieu of royalties.
9. Plays must be allowable on the radio.
10. Selected playwrights may be interviewed for the program.
11. Playwrights will receive a recording of the broadcast.
12. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION is December 15, 2014.
13. Email Submissions to (Subject line “Submission – [your name]”)

Due to the high number of submissions, PLAYING SHORTLY staff cannot provide feedback for plays. It may take several months to select the final scripts. Please do not follow up regarding the selection process. We will notify the finalists by February 1, 2015. This program is being produced by the Fusion Theatre Project and Utah Public Radio. This company has a history of developing new work and has had original plays produced or had staged-readings in New York, Los Angeles and at various theatres around the country. PLAYING SHORTLY represents the newest endeavor, bringing original work by American playwrights to a broader audience.

Ruddy Productions is now accepting submissions of one-act & full-length plays

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Ruddy Productions is now accepting submissions of one-act & full-length plays to be developed during our monthly reading series. Our main objective with the reading series is to build collaborative relationships with NYC writers and to potentially develop the new work from the reading for our first full season beginning in September 2015.
  • Playwrights must be based in NYC and must have had at least one play previously produced.
  • Characters must be primarily in the age range of 20s-30s and should feature female and male roles equally, or lean female.
  • Plays should run 30min-100min and no longer.
  • Along with your play, please include full character breakdowns as well as a brief synopsis & short description of yourself along with your résumé.
  • All submissions should be emailed to with the title of the play & the writers name in the subject line.

Ruddy Productions Mission Statement

Ruddy Productions is a company of emerging NYC artists committed to utilizing the creative process for inspiring, nurturing, and empowering artists. We are a company of intensely trained actors striving to be first-rate artists, eternally committed to our craft and to truthfully examine the human experience. We are eager to create new opportunities for like minded artists, in order to encourage and feature their talents and artistry. Our company is dedicated to fostering an environment of collaboration and community, which we believe will translate into authentic, captivating experiences for our audiences.

For more information about our company please visit our

18th Annual Black Box New Play Festival

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The Gallery Players, Brooklyn’s premier, award-winning Off-Off Broadway theatre, is seeking plays for its 18th Annual Black Box New Play Festival to be held in June, 2015. Each play selected will be given a Black Box production at Gallery Players and will be performed in a festival format with non-equity actors. Playwrights must be available for rehearsals and use this as an opportunity to continue work on their play. We are particularly interested in shorter pieces.

Submission guidelines:

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

2. Length may be from 10 minutes to full-length.

3. Playwrights may not direct their own work.

4. The deadline for submission is December 31st 2014
5. Please mail two copies of your play, a plot synopsis and a resume to:

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

We will only contact you if your play has been accepted into the festival. If you wish to receive confirmation that your play was received by us, please include a stamped, self-addressed postcard. If you wish to have your plays returned, please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

Sundog Theatre seeks full-length plays

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Sundog Theatre prides itself on being a home to original works. Our doors (or P.O. Box) is always open to submissions. While we encourage that playwrights send us daring and innovative work, we do ask that all that all scripts have a maximum of 10 characters and minimal set changes - unless they are suggested changes, not full-on sets. 

Plays can be of any genre, but since we cater to a broad audience, please do not send anything with gratuitous sex, violence, or language.
Send hard copy scripts to:
Sundog Theatre
c/o Eric Petillo
PO Box 183
Staten Island, NY 10301-0183

The Mountain Playhouse International Playwriting Contest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, November 14, 2014

3rd Annual New Works Festival

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

Where and when?

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


-Submissions are due: Thursday, November 27, 2014

- Less than 20 minutes long

- Speaks to the theme "Truth and Consequence"

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

Send all submissions and questions to:

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

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Deadline for Submission: November 17, 2015 

Award: $150 and production videotape

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the LSU Theatre Lab Season:

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

The Writer's Monthly Review Magazine submission guidelines

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Submissions must follow standard manuscript format. List your full name, address, telephone and email address on the front page of each manuscript.

Features - Instructive or motivational articles for writers, especially how-to-write or how-to-sell to specific market areas. Length should be 1,500 to 1,800 words; submit full manuscript. Also needed: interviews with editors of freelancer-friendly publications.

End Piece - A strong, thoughtful, first-person essay of 550 to 1000 words, related to writing. May be humorous, motivational or philosophical.

Departments - First $ale carries 250-500 word accounts of a writer's first sale. Writing-related humor of 50 to 500 words.

Markets Column: We are looking for a regular columnist who can provide our readers with new markets every month. Columns must be between 1500-2000 words with several market listings accepting freelance material.

Writer's Contests, Conferences & Workshops: We are looking for a regular columnist who can provide our readers with updated information on contests, conferences and workshops every month. Columns must be between 1500-2000 words with several market listings accepting freelance material.

Poetry - We look for well-crafted poetry in any style and on the subject of writing. Due to space limitations, we generally only accept shorter poems of 20 lines or less. Slight preference for topics related to writing, the creative process, famous poets or writers, the use or power of language, and for seasonal topics.

Poetry-related features should be about the elements of craft, marketing, form poetry, poetics, or the influence of specific poets. 1500-1800 words. Poetry Book Reviews should be thoughtful, well-written reviews on books about writing, reading, or marketing poetry. Reviewed books must be helpful tools for the writing poet, such as books on form, poetics or the elements of craft. 500 words.

We do not pay at this time. All accepted submissions will receive one copy of the magazine in which the submission appears.

Contact Marcella Simmons, Editor, at for further information.

Free theater in NYC - Fragments by Geraldine Inoa

Fragments is a play in development about three African American patients in a psychiatric ward. Each character reveals the anguish and devastation that brought them to the hospital. The stories they share are desperate attempts to reclaim their existence and cope with their suffering. The characters question the value of psychiatric care and engage in discussions that provide insight into the lives of those who suffer from mental illness.

Tickets are free and can be reserved here

The staged reading is on Saturday, November 15th from 7:00pm-10:00pm. The reading will take place at Shetler Studios: 244 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019 in Penthouse #1. Following the reading is a talkback with the playwright, the actors, and the director. It's an opportunity to support a work in development by offering your impressions, insights, and constructive criticism. 

For more information, please email: 

Fragments is a play in development about three African American patients in a psychiatric ward. Each character reveals the anguish and devastation that brought them to the hospital. The stories they share are desperate attempts to reclaim their existence and cope with their suffering. The characters question the value of psychiatric care and engage in discussions that provide insight into the lives of those who suffer from mental illness.

Tickets are free and can be reserved here

The staged reading is on Saturday, November 15th from 7:00pm-10:00pm. The reading will take place at Shetler Studios: 244 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019 in Penthouse #1. Following the reading is a talkback with the playwright, the actors, and the director. It's an opportunity to support a work in development by offering your impressions, insights, and constructive criticism. 

For more information, please email: 

Think Fast: Theater Project’s One-Act Competition

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clockhouse seeks works for publication

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CLOCKHOUSE, the literary magazine published in partnership with Goddard College, seeks short dramatic works from emerging and established playwrights for its 2015 issue. Dramatic works can be either a standalone piece or a self-contained excerpt from a play or screenplay, and up to 15 pages in length.

CLOCKHOUSE is devoted to a variety of genres, publishing fiction, poetry, memoir, creative nonfiction, as well as dramatic work. Our mission: Dare. Risk. Dream. Share. Ruminate. How do we understand our place in the world, our responsibility to it, and our responsibility to each other? CLOCKHOUSE is an eclectic conversation about the work-in-progress of life—a soul arousal, a testing ground, a new community, a call for change. Join in.

Deadline is December 1.

For submission guidelines and to submit your work, visit


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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!

Thursday, November 13, 2014


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

visit or contact The business office can be reached at (310) 455-2322.

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

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