Sunday, January 25, 2015

International Playwrights Group Residency at the Royal Court

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Since 1989 the Royal Court Theatre has collaborated with emerging playwrights from all parts of the world, working in over 70 countries and in more than 40 languages. The International Playwrights Group (formerly the International Residency) is part of this programme that offers the opportunity for international playwrights to spend time at the Royal Court Theatre in London, developing a new play. It also offers international theatre artists a forum to meet and work with leading British writers, directors, practitioners and performers.

In summer 2014, seven international playwrights were invited to London to take part in a focused, residential writers group, working with members of the Royal Court Theatre artistic team in July 2014.

International playwrights will be asked to develop a new play during their time in London in collaboration with members of the Royal Court artistic team. Writers will follow an intensive programme that combines group sessions led by leading British theatre makers with individual one-to-one meetings. Each playwright will be teamed with a Royal Court script advisor and translator who will work with them to help realise their new play. There will also be an opportunity to share work with the rest of the group in a workshop environment, working with a company of professional actors.
The Royal Court Theatre will arrange complimentary tickets to all shows at the theatre for the duration of the programme, as well as a selection of productions at other venues in London.

Writing facilities can be provided throughout the programme, but applicants are asked to bring a laptop computer or tablet with them where possible.

The International Playwrights Group is the latest incarnation of the Royal Court Theatre’s development work with international writers in London. This started in 1989 as the Summer School before becoming the International Residency for Emerging Playwrights from 1993 with support from the British Council. This evolution has taken many forms, focusing ever more closely on international playwrights and their plays.

Many new and exciting theatre projects have evolved in different parts of the world as a result of these programmes, including seasons of new international work at the Royal Court which have often included the work of former participants, many of whom have gone on to become some of the most celebrated playwrights in their countries. These include Marcos Barbosa (Brazil); Pedro Miguel Rozo Florez (Colombia); Marius von Mayenburg (Germany); Anupama Chandrasekhar and Abhishek Majumdar (India); Amir Reza Koohestani (Iran); Dalia Taha (Palestine); Anna Wakulik (Poland); Olivier Choinière (Québec, Canada); Gianina Cărbunariu (Romania); Juan Mayorga (Spain); and Natalia Vorozhbit (Ukraine).

The Royal Court Theatre is one of Europe’s leading theatres, which since 1956 has presented a programme of new and innovative drama that has become known throughout the world. Since its foundation, it has presented premieres by almost every leading contemporary British playwright, from John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger to Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls to Jez Butterworth’sJerusalem. The Royal Court Theatre is the only British new writing theatre with a commitment to working with playwrights across the world to develop new plays.

The Royal Court Theatre may seek funding for successful candidates in order to pay for their participation. Playwrights may be asked to help in researching and applying for grants available in their home countries. Please note that acceptance on the International Playwrights Group is NOTdependent on funding.

Playwrights will be expected to write in their mother tongue and this work will be translated by the Royal Court. However, participants will need to have a good working knowledge of English as all meetings and group sessions will be conducted in English.

Travel and Accommodation
International travel, subsistence and accommodation will be provided by the Royal Court Theatre, supported by a number of local and international funding bodies. Accommodation is self-catering and in single rooms, within walking distance or a short bus ride from the theatre.
The Royal Court Theatre will also reimburse any UK entry visa costs.

The 2015 International Playwrights Group will take place from Monday 6th – Friday 24th July 2015 (inclusive)
Successful candidates will arrive in London on Saturday 4th or Sunday 5th July, departing on Saturday 25th July.
Applicants must be exclusively available for all dates.

The deadline for completed applications is 6pm GMT on the 30th January 2015.
Please note, applications will not be accepted after this date under any circumstances.

Applications are now open and will be accepted until the closing date.
No preference is given to early applications – all will be considered equally as long as they are received by the closing date.

Between 5 – 7 participants will be selected from all applicants to take part in the 2015 residency.

Please provide us with the following:
A completed application form in English (download here)
A recent example of your work (this should be an original, full length stage play in the original language and not an adaptation)
Two letters of recommendation from people who know your theatre work.
A personal statement as to why the International Playwrights Group would be of particular benefit to your development as a writer.

Applications are accepted by email or post. E-Mail applications are preferred.
Where possible, please complete the electronic form in Microsoft Word.

All e-mail attachments should be titled as follows:

All postal applications should be printed single sided and unbound. Please do not send ring-bound or stapled scripts. Please ensure that all scripts contain page numbers. If hand-writing your application form, please ensure your writing is legible, in black ink.

We will acknowledge your application within two working days of receiving it.
Please send your completed application to:
Elyse Dodgson, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8AS, United Kingdom

Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition

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Playwrights are invited to submit original scripts to the sixth Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition.  The friends and family of Ms Peter -a playwright, actress, and lover of history- established a fund at the Morgan Opera House in Aurora, NY, to honor her memory and to encourage the writing and production of theatre art.  

Criteria include: the play must be an original work, previously unpublished.  It must dramatize an historical event or an historical fiction.  It may include one or two acts and be no less than 45-60 minutes in total length, with no limit of form.  All scripts must be typed and will become property of the Morgan Opera House.

Submissions must be postmarked by Monday, March 2, 2015.  The winner of the $500 prize will be announced in April and the play will be presented at the Morgan Opera House, a small historic raked-stage theatre, in late 2015.  Submit one copy of work to Gloria Peter Playwright Competition, PO Box 327, Aurora, NY, 13026.

Refer to for clarifications.  Direct inquiries to Ann Mathieson ( or 315-364-7325.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Moonlit Wings seeks plays for young audiences

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PLAYWRIGHTS - Seeking Scripts: Summer Season 2015 Open to Submissions!!

Moonlit Wings Pro, celebrated entertainment production in the National Capitol Area & beyond, is accepting play and musical script submissions for our professional Performing Arts Camp for youth ages 7-14. Selected scripts will be workshopped and produced this summer by a DC creative team & playwrights will receive a production review with materials.


-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 7-14

Our theme this year is: "Season VIII: ‘GREAT 8: Championing our greatest qualities that make us unique " and we are especially seeking stories about embracing our differences and celebrating our similarities.


Since 2008, MWP has mounted over 40 world-premieres of new theatre-for-youth workshop productions every summer. This summer we are selecting 4 brand-new shows to workshop and produce. Each show rehearses for a 2-week session with a professional director, choreographer, & tech director/stage manager and concludes with a public performance at the end of each session. Playwrights are given a thorough production review from the creative team and the chance to debut and promote their work with our leading youth arts organization. This is our 8th year in partnership with the Fairfax County Park Authority (est. in 1950), the 6th largest county in the USA, located in the National Capital Area. More at or watch this short documentary from our 5-Year-Anniversary:


DEADLINE: Friday, April 3, 2014

**Please email the following to with the header: "2015 Show Submission - TITLE HERE"

Then in the body of the email include the following info (bullet-points/list responses are okay):

-Your Name
-Phone Number
-Are you part of an organization or group? If so, which one?
-Title? Is this a play or musical?
-Has this work been produced before?
-A VERY brief synopsis of the show (3-5 sentences)
-Does your entry relate to our "Great 8" theme (suggested, but we’re open to all submissions)? If "Yes", how so?
-Cast size / Runtime
-Attach the script

We will reply to selected playwrights by or before May 2015. Our past collaborations have been with authors having work published by NYC's Beat By Beat Press, Playscripts Inc., Eldridge Publishing, and several independent literary organizations. Please forward all questions to Thank you for your interest!

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Theatre Gwaun Writers Festival

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Make a note in your diaries that all entries for the Writer’s Festival must be in by 21st February 2015. Ten minute plays, stories or poems that are your own work will be welcome from all ages. We will try to include as many as we can. Please note it will be a family audience. The 3rd Gwaun Writer’s Festival will be on Saturday 28th March 2015.

Please send to or postal entries to Theatr Gwaun.

Guidelines for submissions to the Gwaun Writers’ Festival

Submissions must be received by Saturday 21st February 2015. No entries after this date can be accepted.
No age limit. There will be three categories for judging; under 10’s, 11-18 and 18 and overs.
Must be author’s own work.
Can be submitted in Welsh or English.

Entries to be sent to or by post to 
Theatr Gwaun, 
West Street, 
SA65 9AL

Emailed entries to be as Word doc or pdf attachments.

Do not put your name on the script but use a covering letter with your name, address and telephone number

The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Scripts will not be returned but remain in your copyright.

Entries can be in the form of a play (no more than 4 characters), poem or selection of poems or a story. 10 minutes limit. Winning entries will be performed or read on stage by Theatr Gwaun’s drama groups.

If your entry is a play it must be simply staged with no scenery and with easily accessible props and costumes.

You will be notified a week before the Festival if your entry has been successful.
The winning pieces will be performed on stage at Theatr Gwaun on Saturday 28th March 2015.

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Arundel Festival Theatre Trail

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The Arundel Festival Theatre Trail, conceived and presented by Drip Action Theatre Company, is now in its fifteenth year. It performs at the end of August, on each of the Festival’s eight days, eight short plays at eight different venues all over Arundel – this year, for example, in a community hall, a restaurant, a football club and Arundel Jailhouse. An audience of over 2,000 came to see the eight 2014 Theatre Trail plays.

The Trail is firmly established as one of the major components in the Festival and is a great showcase for both new and established writers, both from the UK and beyond


Writers are invited to submit plays for next year’s Trail.

Plays should be between 30 and 40 minutes long, with practicable casting, props and effects. All entries should be submitted to

Drip Action Theatre Trail 2014

c/o SCGIS Ltd
65a High Street
West Sussex
BN18 9AJ

Entries must be received by 31st January 2015. There is no reading fee.

One play only per entrant, in hard copy (not e-mail). Please enclose an SAE if you’d like your play returned.
Our reading committee will select the plays that will be performed, with the best submitted script receiving the Joy Goun award of £250 at our Theatre Trail launch in May 2015.
Each successful playwright will receive a £150 writer’s fee.
For further information call 01903 885250 or email

MTC Residency

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MTC wants to help you share your talent with the Miami community
Apply for the 2015–2016 SandBox Series

MTC’s SandBox Series offers theater artists a five-week residency in which to develop,
rehearse, and perform new work. A program of MTCperformance, the series nurtures theater artists by inviting them into an environment that prioritizes quality, rigor, and ample time to engage in a challenging and rewarding artistic process. The SandBox Series is supported by a generous Knight Arts Challenge Grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Who Is Eligible?
Artists from theater discipline are welcome to apply. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and eligible to work in the United States.

What’s Expected of the Artists?
Artists chosen for the series are expected to create a new performance lasting 50 — 120
minutes, which they will perform 6-9 times over the course of 3 consecutive weekends.

Selection Process
Applications will be reviewed by a panel of theater professionals, and finalists will be invited to present their project proposals in person at Miami Theater Center. The four artists selected for the 2015–16 series will be notified in March 2015, and the SandBox Series residencies will take place between October 2015 and June 2016.

Artist Package
Artists chosen for the series receive:
Commissioning fee of $5,000.00
75 hours of rehearsal in the SandBox during the 3 week period prior to the premier of the commissioned work
25 hours of load-in and rehearsal with technical director, stage manager, and stage
hands supplied by MTC during the week leading up to the premier
Marketing, publicity, production, and professional development support from MTC staff
60% of revenue from box office
10 complimentary tickets for the run of the performance

About MTC
Led by our Founder and Artistic Director Stephanie Ansin, the team at Miami Theater Center produces thought-provoking contemporary works and newly imagined adaptations of classics that bring the transformational power of theater to audiences of all ages and abilities. Our programs include: MTCperformance – innovative new works and fresh adaptations;
MTCeducation – learning opportunities for students, professionals, and the general public;
and MTCfilm – a partnership with O Cinema that screens the best in independent cinema
several nights a week.

Materials to be included with application:
Artist Bio (1000 characters maximum)
Resume (2 pages maximum)
Project narrative (5000 characters maximum)
1 video of the artist describing their project (2 minutes maximum)
2 work samples: short video clips not exceeding 5 minutes each.

Videos may be submitted in DVD format or via a Youtube or vimeo video link.

If submitting Vimeo or Youtube links, list them on a separate page.
Production Budget (1 page)
Optional: Enclosed self-addressed stamped envelope for returning work samples.
Limit mailing envelop to 9” x 12”. Materials will not be returned if self-addressed stamped envelope is not included.

Mail application and materials to:

Miami Theater Center
9806 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami Shores, FL 33138
Attn: Yolima De Avila

For more information visit
Applications are due Monday, February 2, 2015 by 4pm

Click to view the PDF application

Aspiring Playwrights Contest Sponsored by East Valley Children’s Theatre

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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, 2015
 (Must include a cover sheet with name, address, phone number, email address.)

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

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

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

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

* No entry fee is required.


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


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

Friday, January 23, 2015


Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) invites you to join us for ESPAfest 2015: a week of free master classes, workshops, and performances!

To view the full schedule and RSVP to events, visit


Whether you’re a writer, performer, director, or some combination of the three, these free Master Classes offer once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to hear from some of the industry’s best and brightest.

SARAH RUHL: Monday, February 2 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Sarah Ruhl, Tony nominee, two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, and author of such plays as The Oldest Boy, Stage Kiss, In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, and The Clean House, joins us to discuss the challenges of playwriting today.

JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY: Monday, February 2 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

John Patrick Shanley, Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning American playwright (Doubt: A Parable), Academy Award-winning screenwriter (Moonstruck), and theater and film director, comes to ESPA for a Master Class on plays, screenplays, and much more.

JUDITH LIGHT: Monday, February 2 from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Two-time Tony-winning actor (The Assembled Parties, Other Desert Cities) and current star of Amazon’s award-winning show “Transparent” Judith Light shares her experiences about the ins and outs of the acting industry.


Alexander Technique Workshop with Karen Braga: 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Mixer: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Getting it Written Workshop with Deborah Zoe Laufer: 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Hang out after the Mixer with DEBORAH ZOE LAUFER, whose play Informed Consent will premiere at Primary Stages next season! Get your creative juices flowing with a series of writing exercises designed to push you outside your comfort zone, banish writer’s block, and break all the rules.


6:00 pm at The Laurie Beechman Theatre
An intimate evening of solo performances written and performed by Judy Gold’s Solo Performance students at ESPA. Hosted by Judy Gold.

Please note that tickets are free, but there is a $15 food and beverage minimum.


Detention #26: School Dazed and Confused

7:00pm & 9:00pm at Jimmy’s No. 43 in the East Village
Every month, we hook up our writers, directors, and actors to perform in a one night only show at Jimmy’s No. 43!

All events are free and open to the public. Happy #ESPAfest 2015!

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Theatre Conspiracy New Play Contest

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Submission fee waived for members of the Dramatists Guild.
17TH ANNUAL NEW PLAY CONTEST Theatre Conspiracy will be accepting submissions for its Seventeenth Annual New Play Contest between November 2014 and March 30, 2015. All works submitted will be read and judged by a panel of qualified theatre teachers, directors and performers.

Script Parameters: Work submitted to the contest must be a full length play with seven actors or less and have simple to moderate technical demands. Plays having up to three previous productions are welcome. No musicals, we are a tone deaf theatre company!.

Remuneration: First place: $700.00 and full production. However, it is our goal to produce more than one entry each year.

Submission Guidelines: 1. Send complete script to Theatre Conspiracy Inc. 10091 McGregor Blvd. Ft. Myers, FL 33919 or send via e-mail

2: Include Biography of the Playwright and character breakdown.

3: If you would like to have the script returned include SASE. If not include an SASE for results.

4: Include a non-refundable administrative fee of $5.00. Make checks payable to Theatre Conspiracy (DO NOT MAIL CASH). Entry fee waived for members of The Dramatists Guild (Please provide proof of membership).

5. Deadline for submissions is postmark date of March 30, 2015. Please do not spend $20 to overnight or second day your script! Save your money!!!!

6. One entry per playwright per year please. Send your best script.

Contact: Bill Taylor: Artistic Director 239-936-3239

10 By 10 in the Triangle An international festival of new 10-minute plays

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10 Plays! 10 Actors! 10 By 10!

Call for Submissions

January 5 - January 30 2015
The 10 very best plays submitted will showcase on The ArtsCenter's Main-Stage Theater July 10-26

The Submissions:
Please email new, original 10-minute plays with minimal set requirements to artscenterstage{at}artscenterlive{dot}org.
  • Plays that have had no prior productions or limited prior productions are preferred. 
  • Musical submissions with little or no accompaniment are accepted. 
  • Plays that have been published are not accepted. 
  • Monologues are not accepted. 

New Submission Request:
Starting this year, for 10 By 10, ArtsCenter Stage is interested in presenting thought-provoking plays that highlight current social, political, and ethical issues. Plays that are socially and/or culturally significant and that speak to the whole of society are our interest. We are seeking politically progressive plays that: look at social and/or economic problems and challenges; explore possibilities of social transformation; and, reflect the concerns and interests of communities or which explore the importance of community. We are also welcoming scripts that experiment with form and seek new ways of seeing and new ways of experiencing theatrical performance.

Submitted plays may be humorous or serious or any where in between.

Some thoughts to help determine whether your play falls within our parameters of consideration:

Play addresses issues that create barriers to social justice or dramatizes a social injustice:

• Supports life and dignity of the human person
• Influences attitudes of tolerance between and within racial groups
• Fosters new understanding and builds respect for cultural differences and identity
• Supports creative approaches to addressing issues of social justice/injustice
• Demonstrates the performing arts as a powerful tool and community resource for facilitating civic engagement and advancing social change
• Makes the audience bear witnesses to social injustice
• Inspires others to action against a social injustice
• Proposes solutions for social injustice
• Raises awareness of a little recognized social injustice or argues on behalf of an ignored human right

Playwrights may submit up to 2 scripts.

Submit one email for each script.
When submitting two scripts, two separate emails must be sent.
Do not zip the files.

Email Contents:
The subject line is the title of the play followed by the words 10 By 10 submission. (Example subject line: Fighting Mr. Right - 10 By 10 Submission).
The BODY of the email MUST include the title of the play and the playwright’s full contact information including playwright’s name, mailing address, phone(s), and email.
DO NOT attach contact information.
Attach script in standard format in Word or PDF with cast and set requirements.
There must be NO contact information on the script itself. Scripts that contain contact information will not be considered for submission.
Contact information found on a script will disqualify that play from consideration.
Submission Dates:
January 5, 2015- January 30, 2015
Plays will not be accepted before January 5, 2015.
Plays will not be accepted after January 30, 2015, 5:00PM EST.
We will notify the semi-finalists by email and will post those titles on our website.

We will notify the 10 finalists by email and will post those titles on our website.

We cannot respond to each individual playwright.

We will announce the final 10 plays by May 29, 2015.

The Award:
Playwrights receive an award of $100. Playwrights who attend our playwright gala on July 18, 2015 will also receive an additional $100 travel stipend.

The Space:
Our main-stage theatre is a 355-seat house with basic lighting and sound capabilities.

The Producer:
ArtsCenter Stage will provide directors, actors, designers, and technical crew for the festival. The directors will contact the playwrights at the beginning of the rehearsal process. For more information about The ArtsCenter, please visit our website: www{dot}artscenterlive{dot}org.

The Dates:
July 10-26, 2015, Fridays-Sundays, Playwright Gala Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Production:
The ten plays will be presented together as an evening of theatre. All ten shows run each night and are performed by an ensemble of five men and five women. Participating playwrights are invited to attend the Playwrights Gala on July 18, 2015 which includes an overnight stay at a local hotel.

If you have questions, please contact Jeri Lynn Schulke at artscenterstage{at}artscenterlive{dot}org

We’re looking forward to reading your work!

Jeri Lynn Schulke
Artistic Director
ArtsCenter Stage

Thursday, January 22, 2015

North Park Playwright Festival

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Our goal in building the North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe was to provide a small theater to produce new, untested plays. In support of this goal we have produced the North Park Playwright Festival each October. The festival provides a platform for brand new, short (ten minute), plays written by playwrights from around the world. Over the past twelve years more than 400 new plays have been produced. We encourage new directors and actors to become involved in theater through the festival as well. Through the North Park Playwright Festival over ninety playwrights, directors, and actors each year are able to showcase their talents. We invite interested playwrights to submit work to the festival. 

Please follow the guidelines below.

We are looking for:

1. Short new plays (no more that 12 pages, less is fine) that are easily staged and have casts with no more than four people. Our theater is very small and we normally use a minimal set concept in this festival. We have to be able to change sets in just a few minutes as we do six to seven plays each evening of the festival. We don't have space for large casts.

2. We request new work. A play that has had workshops or one or two previous productions is OK, but we are not interested in work that has been produced in numerous other places. Our goal in building the theater was to have a place to produce brand new work and let playwrights have a chance to see their work done for the first time.

3. We seek complete plays rather than excerpts from a larger work.

4. Work will be chosen by the directors we have in the festival. It is not a "contest" and we are not really judging plays in the formal sense. The directors choose the plays we will produce, within the production budget guidelines we give them.

5. Most subject matter is OK. We don't do nudity or off color humor.

6. We ask that all submissions be sent to us via snail mail at the theater. Address is: North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe, 2031 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104, Attn Summer Golden, Artistic Director. We have too much trouble with differing email, word processing, and computer platform issues to take them via email. Additionally, our selection process requires the directors read the plays submitted and the cost of printing all the plays we receive each year is prohibitive. Please insure submissions have a title page with complete contact information (including email), a character summary, and are in proper script form. There is no charge to enter.

7. Submissions must be postmarked by June 30, 2015. Please do not send plays by any method that requires a signature from us. We are not often at the theater when delivery occurs. We will email notice of receipt to all playwrights submitting plays.

8. Send only one script. Multiple submissions do not increase chances of production.

General information:

We are trying to support new work and involve actors, playwrights, and directors of all experience levels. We have had a wide variety of artists involved from very experienced to first time directors and actors, to an 8 year old playwright (very short, well received play). We feel having a wide range of experience involved helps the new people learn from the more experienced.

We really appreciate your interest in our theater.

Jeff Bushnell and Summer Golden
North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe
2031 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92104

Thespian Production is seeking one-act plays

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Thespian Production is seeking one-act plays for its 2015 "Whistling with Slush in my Shoes" Spring play festival. Plays should be between 10-15 minutes in length, have no more than four characters, and can be of any genre. We love producing new and unpublished works but do accept works already produced. Multiple submissions are accepted. Plays should have simple set requirements. Since we are a community theater, plays with excessive vulgar language are less likely to be accepted. Please include synopsis and contact information.

Plays will be accepted through January 30, 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Geva Theatre Festival of New Theatre

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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. 

This year’s window is from November 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015. Inquiries submitted outside this time period cannot be processed. Looking for other places to submit your play before the next Inquiry Window? The blog Play Submissions Helper keeps an updated list of new play deadlines.

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.
  • Please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you would like materials to be returned.

Direct your inquiry to:

Jean Ryon
New Plays Coordinator
Geva Theatre Center
75 Woodbury Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14607

After reviewing your query, we will let you know whether or not we wish to read the entire script. Playwrights submitting Inquiries can anticipate hearing from us by June 30. Agents submitting plays should expect a response within 6-12 months.

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.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

PlayFest 2015

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PlayFest (Fall, 2015) 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 issues 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 actors or less, but will certainly make exceptions for exceptional work. One man or one woman shows are welcome. We want strong, dynamic, compelling stories told with an original voice and a
potent theatricality.

In order to qualify for PlayFest a play must:

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

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, assistant directors, stage direction readers and stage managers. In addition to possible consideration for our Signature Series, some plays may go on to be fully produced at the University of Central Florida as part of our partnership with UCF.

At this time we are not looking for full scripts. We are asking for a simpler initial submission.

Submissions must include:

  • Cover letter
  • Bio/résumé
  • A one-page synopsis
  • Ten pages of dialogue from the play (any ten pages)
  • A character breakdown (with potential doubling)
  • Your mailing address, email address and direct phone number on the cover letter

Please do not send full scripts until requested to do so. Mail submissions via regular mail to:

Mark Routhier, Director of New Play Development
Orlando Shakespeare Theater
812 East Rollins St. Suite 100
Orlando, FL 32803

Email submissions will not be accepted.

Initial submission deadline for PlayFest 2015 is March 2, 2015.

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!

Silverthorne Theater Company new play competition

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Silverthorne Theater Company is sponsoring a competition to select a new play to produce during its 2015 summer season. We are a professional summer theater organization whose mission is to bring excellence of performance to adventurous drama, staging the best of the theatrical repertoire while also promoting unheard voices and underserved populations.

Guidelines for submissions:

Submissions must be long enough to be considered full length plays. Running time should be in the 90 minute to 2 hour range.

Submissions may have previously been given staged readings and/or workshop productions, but they must not have been fully produced.

Plays may call for no more than eight (8) actors (doubling if needed.)

The selected play will be performed at the Sloan Theater at Greenfield Community College in Greenfield, MA. It is a 90-seat house with raked seating; the thrust stage is on the floor with limited backstage space behind a rear curtain. It is appropriate for unit setting or minimal scene changes. Plays requiring elaborate sets and production elements are less likely to be selected.

Should none of the plays submitted meet the stated guidelines and be of substantial merit for full production, Silverthorne theater Company reserves the right not to name a winning play.

Competition schedule and procedures:

Submissions are due by 5 pm on January 30, 2015. The final selection will be announced on March 15, 2015.

All entries will be submitted online as attachments as either an MSWord document or as a PDF. There is a limit of two (2) submissions per playwright.

Entries should be submitted to:

Submissions will be judged anonymously by a panel of five readers. Entrants must include a cover page with name, name of submission, and contact information as a separate attachment; the body of the script should contain no information about the playwright.

The selected play will be performed eight (8) time as the third show of Silverthorne Theater Company's 2015 summer season.

The winning playwright will receive a per-show stipend of $80 for a total of $640.

The playwright retains all rights to the play, with the stipulation that if the play is published, Silverthorne Theater Company's will be listed as the first production with a full list of the original cast and production staff.

Monday, January 19, 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

March 18 - April 11, 2015
at Manhattan Rep, 303 W. 42nd St.

$1000 PRIZE for BEST PLAY!!!

(And an additional 3 performances if the play goes on to the FINALS - April 9, 10 and 11.)

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 FRIDAY FEB 20, 2015 at Midnight.

Please put “Spring 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 February 20, 2015, 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 3 more performances if the play moves on to the finals. We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights.

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 log on to:

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

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:

Sunday, January 18, 2015

PSC One-Act Festival

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Phoenix Stage Company announces that we are accepting submissions for consideration to be included in the first annual PSC One-Act Festival, taking place in May 2015 at The Phoenix Stage Company in Naugatuck, Connecticut.

Deadline is February 28, 2015

There is no theme and all submissions that meet the criteria will be considered. Please review the following to determine if your play is eligible;


• Scripts should be intended for mature audiences. No Children’s plays will be considered for this festival.
• No musicals will be considered for this festival.
• Playwrights may submit a maximum of two plays.
• Scripts must be original one-act plays no longer than 30 (thirty) minutes in length (playing time).
• Author must own the copyright for the script (no adaptations will be accepted, unless the source material is in the public domain).
• We will accept scripts that have been previously produced in a limited run.
• Scripts should require a maximum of 6 actors for performance.
• Plays must be able to be performed in a black box, unit set with minimal tech requirements

For more information or to submit your play(s) email

Send your scripts to Route 66

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CALLING ALL PLAYWRIGHTS! Route 66 Theatre Company is now accepting submissions for its first new play development workshop.

Cultivating new plays and new playwrights has always been an integral part of our artistic process at Route 66 Theatre Company. Our last three productions have been world premieres: A Twist of Water, Cicada, and The Downpour. Now we’re taking our commitment to new work even further by awarding one playwright with an 8-day developmental workshop of their play. This workshop will be focused on the playwright and what they need to move their script toward being production-ready. A workshop curator, two dramaturg mentors, and a panel of special guest directors, artistic directors, and literary managers will provide support, criticism, ideas, and suggestions. If you’re a playwright looking for an experience that will develop your draft into the play you envision, read on!

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 20th, 2015

SUBMISSION MATERIALS: 1) full draft of your play, 2) production history if applicable, 3) character breakdown, 4) play synopsis, no longer than 1-page, 5) playwright bio and/or resume.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Plays submitted should be full-length drafts that speak to Route 66’s mission. All submission materials must be submitted electronically in pdf or MS Word form and emailed (Eligible playwrights should reside in the continental U.S.)

FINALISTS: A few finalists may be asked for a Skype or in-person interview the week of February 3rd, 2015.

WINNING PLAY ANNOUNCED: February 9th, 2015

WORKSHOP DATES: March 9th through March 16th, 2015. Playwright’s must be completely free during the dates of the workshop to attend rehearsals, meetings, and to work on re-writes.


A wholly process-oriented, writer-focused, week-long experience that includes

o Travel, housing (home stay), and a $300 stipend

o Two dramaturg mentors

o A cast of professional actors and Limoncelli as director

o Rehearsal space

o Feedback from dramaturg mentors, Limoncelli, and Tovar

o Time to write between readings and rehearsals so the project can move forward several steps during the workshop

o A reading for an audience and a panel of special guest directors, artistic directors, and literary managers


The right of first refusal to produce the winning play within a specific time period.


Playwright/Director Frances Limoncelli, workshop curator, Artistic Director Stef Tovar, producer.


Route 66 Theatre Company introduces, develops, produces, and exports new work for the stage. The road begins with our new play development process and reaches west, where our World and Chicago Premiere shows are given an advocate for further regional productions along the road less traveled from Chicago to Los Angeles.


Sometimes a playwright can only get so far working alone. They know their draft has possibilities, but they crave professional actors to read it out loud, brainy dramatists to bounce ideas off of, and experienced directors, writers, and artistic directors to discuss it with. And TIME! They crave the TIME to digest and incorporate the results of those experiences into their play.

In our opinion, too many developmental workshops focus on the culminating performance instead of the development of the work: energy is spent on nabbing a “name” to read the lead role or time is spent staging music stand choreography. This is usually a well-intentioned attempt to give the play a favorable showing for the invited industry members in the audience. That can be of great help for a polished play that’s ready for a backer’s audition, showcase, or premiere…but it’s not so developmental.

The Route 66 Developmental Workshop will be focused on supporting the writing process. You’ll be given resources, guidance, and freedom to experiment. Writing time is incorporated into the schedule so that you can try new ideas and incorporate feedback that strikes a chord with you. It’s our goal to give you everything you need so you can leave with a draft that is several steps further along than the one you came in with.

In our efforts to provide support, we will be careful not to coddle. We believe most artists are excited by a productive, forthright process. We find that even tough feedback, given respectfully and constructively, is usually welcome to the artist who stands to benefit from it. We are also committed to the idea that our support not be misconstrued as directive. The mentor team will provide expert advice from several different points of view, but the creative decisions are the playwright’s alone.

If you’re passionate in your artistry, idealistic in your vision, excited by collaboration, open to feedback, and energetically in pursuit of an experience designed to help your play evolve…then come play with us.

Frances Limoncelli, Workshop Curator
Stef Tovar, Producer, Artistic Director

27th Annual JETFest

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$15 non-refundable submission fee.
This fee will be waived for members of the Dramatists Guild. 
How to join the Dramatists Guild

For those submitting digitally – the $15 fee cannot be waived, and may be mailed separately or processed by contacting the 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 2016. Cast size of 7 or less is preferred. Staged readings/workshop productions are not disqualifying factors.

Submissions will be accepted January 1 through June 30, 2015 (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 4 finalists, you are encouraged to attend the two readings and talkbacks.

The four 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 four 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 4 finalists.

Finalists will be notified no later than December, 2015.

Mail: 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.

TAKE BACK THE ROM-COM - submissions closed

Thanks to everybody who sent their 10-minute romantic comedies for the TAKE BACK THE ROM COM project. The January 17 deadline has passed and submissions are now closed. We received almost 300 submissions.

The plays will be reviewed next week and the selection announcement will be made soon after.

Information about the reading location and web site will also be made soon.

It looks like we might just take back the rom-com after all.

Trustus Theatre Annual Playwrights' Festival

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Trustus Theatre announces its Annual Playwrights' Festival, a national contest culminating in a production of a new play in Columbia, South Carolina.

Now in our 26th year, we are one of America's longest-running play festivals. Since 1988, many of our winners have been published and produced off-Broadway, in Hollywood or at the Actors Theatre of Louisville.

The winning play will receive a staged-reading and $250 in Fall 2015. During the following year, the playwright will develop the script for production as he/she wishes and in consultation with members of the Trustus staff and company. In August 2016, the play will receive a full production on the Trustus mainstage with local actors (mostly non-equity) -- and the playwright an additional $500, plus travel/lodging for the Festival opening.

1. Full-length plays only, with no previous professional productions. Academic productions and workshops are okay. We are looking for innovative comedies and dramas on any topic, raw or polished, profane or polite—but please: no musicals or children's shows.
2. One set, minimal production needs preferred.
3. Cast of eight or fewer preferred, ages 15-60.
4. One script per author, please.
5. No re-submissions. Write something new.


We are now taking submissions electronically. We do not accept paper submissions sent through the regular mail. All materials should be submitted using the online form.

Step One:
Submit the online form by March 1, 2015:

Step Two:
From the applications/synopses, we will identify 25-30 semi-finalists. If your play is selected as a semi-finalist, you will be notified and invited to send a full script. From those scripts, the artistic director will select a winning play by July 2015.

Questions may be directed

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Guinea Pig Lab Spring 2015 Competition seeks monologues

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To launch our inaugural weekend of shows, the Guinea Pig Lab is calling for entries in a monologue competition. Monologues are due January 30, 2015 by midnight. 

Winner will be notified the following weekend, with a public reading as a part of Wichita’s Final Friday (a monthly, city-wide arts celebration) on February 27, 2015. 

Winners of the competition are welcome to attend Final Friday to hear their pieces performed.

The night of monologues will be followed by a full production of the family drama, fsh by Kansas playwright, Lisa Sillaway on March 1, 2015.

For the Spring 2015 Competition:
-submit a monologue of 3-5 minutes
-monologues must be family-friendly, or PG-13
-otherwise, you are welcome to select your own topic
-no fee to enter, no limit on monologues you may submit

You MUST be either currently living in Kansas or the KC Metro Area to submit or a former Kansas resident preferably with ties to the state. If you are not living in Kansas at the time of submission, please note when you lived in Kansas and why you are no longer in the state in your bio? (i.e. Lived in Kansas from birth to 18, now in Colorado going to CU-Boulder.)

Please send your monologue with a short author’s bio and contact information to, preferably as a pdf.

Remember, deadline is January 30, 2015.

Adaptive Arts seeks monologues and short scenes

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Share Your Voice With Adaptive Arts!

Early this Spring, Adaptive Arts Theater Company is producing a brand new theatrical event.

As part of our ongoing efforts to bring awareness to stories and voices missing from the stage, we are seeking pieces for our newest performance night entitled: I Don’t Belong Here: Theatrical Snapshots from Self-Proclaimed Outsiders.

These “theatrical snapshots” are open to interpretation, we want to hear from you! Send us a monologue, a story, a short scene, a song...anything that you think showcases the voice of an “outsider.”

Submissions are accepted through February 9th, 2015
Please email your piece to Marielle Duke and Matilde Keizer at

We will notify playwrights by February 15th.

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.

Final Frontier Festival

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Scripts are now being accepted for Gadfly Theatre Productions’ annual Final Frontier Festival. The Final Frontier Festival is a one-act play festival exploring the intersection of queer, feminist, and geek culture.

Vampires! Haunted houses! Deranged serial killers who may or may not wear your face like a mask! That’s right goblins and ghouls, the theme for this year’s Final Frontier Festival will be Horror! So if you’ve been working on the next great zombie play, or have been toying with the idea of writing a kickass lady slasher play, then this festival is for you! Can you send a shiver up our spine with your queer and/or feminist horror scripts? That remains to be seen, but what is certain, is that the pentagrams have been drawn, the werewolves have howled, and the Final Frontier Festival: Horror is coming! Lock your doors, say your prayers, and send us your scripts!

Scripts should be no longer than forty five minutes, contain queer and/or feminist themes in a horror genre, and have minimal technical demands. We are seeking six one-acts to be performed in repertory over a two week run in the summer of 2015. Each show will receive four performances.

Interested parties should send an electronic copy of the script to no later than January 31st, 2015.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Take back the Rom-Com - NYCPlaywrights seeks 10-minute romantic comedies

The romantic comedy genre is in trouble. Vulture wondered if the rom-com could be saved, while the Village Voice has declared it dead, and so has the Daily Beast.

NYCPlaywrights would like to take back the romantic comedy. We are looking for as many as ten 10-minute romantic comedy plays, which we will present as a public reading to be held in Manhattan in March 2015.

The romance does not have to be hetero-normative. We encourage LGBTQ romantic comedy submissions.

A few of the NYCPlaywrights Plays of the Month have been romantic comedies, so you see it can be done as a 10-minute play:

DARK RIDE by Ralph Greco
HIGH ON EMMA SAFFORD by Nancy Brewka Clark
TUMMY BUBBLES by Jennifer Lane

The deadline is Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST.

  • Send only one play per author to
  • The script must be submitted by the author of the script, no agents or others may submit. 
  • The script submission should be sent by email, with the script itself as a file attached to the email. File format should be in either Microsoft Word (.doc) or pdf. Most preferable is .pdf (Portable Document Format) because it will retain your original script formatting. 
  • Make sure you have your name and your email address on the script. 
  • Plays can be submitted by anybody, anywhere in the world but must be primarily in English (a few non-English phrases are acceptable, but the phrases must include English translations in production notes or stage directions.) 
  • There is no fee for submission. 
  • All rights will remain with the playwright. 
  • The NYCPlaywrights selections decision is final.
  • A play that has had a production is acceptable, although we prefer a new play written for this project. 
  • A play that has been published is not acceptable.
  • The date/venue of the public reading will be announced soon after the winning plays are selected.
  • The public reading performance may be video-recorded (with permission of playwrights and actors) and excerpts posted to this NYCPlaywrights web site.
We will be using an ensemble of actors for the reading, who will do more than one play, and the actor ages will be approximately 25 - 55 years old, so if you have roles listed for younger than 25 or older than 55, the actor cast may not be that exact age, although we will strive to get as close as possible.

Any questions email

Mindy Kaling gripes amusingly about romantic comedies.

Please note – a majority of the plays being submitted to this call for romantic comedies are being rejected because they do not meet the criteria. Romantic comedy is a genre, and as such, there are rules that must be obeyed. Which is not to say that a play that does not obey the rules of the genre is a bad play – but it is not a romantic comedy and will not be considered for this project.

“Romantic” – it isn’t only about sex but about love. Sexual desire is necessary but that alone does not qualify as “romantic” – the characters must have some kind of mental/emotional connection in addition to the sexual one.

“Comedy” is in the Shakespearean sense – it has to have a happy ending – the guy/girl gets/keeps the guy/girl. If they don’t get/stay together at the end it may still be romantic, but it’s no longer a romantic comedy – even if you have jokes throughout the piece.

ALSO: a ten minute play does not consist of 15 pages of script. If your play is over 11 – 12 pages maximum it will be rejected for being too long.

MadLab Theater seeks full-length plays

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Send us your full length plays. Long one-acts, two-acts, three-acts if you think you have what it takes! We can take it, and...well...we want it. These will be considered for our regular theatre season (not for THEATRE ROULETTE, I repeat...not for THEATRE ROULETTE). Bring it on, playwrights. We want you! We need some length.


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

All submissions should be send to
Please put “MADLAB 2016 SEASON” in the subject line.
Submissions must arrive no later than April 1st, 2015.



We are looking for plays that are a bit off the beaten path. Things that are different, edgy, strange, unique, etc. I think you get our drift here.

Though we are up for anything, ideally, scripts should be long one-acts (70-90 minutes) or two-act plays (100-120 minutes). If you have something else longer, please feel free to send it on.

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

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

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

Due to our environmentally conscious president, you must email your script to us. Please send your script attached as a Microsoft Word document or PDF format. Scripts should be emailed to Please put “MADLAB 2016 SEASON” in the subject line. If “MADLAB 2016 SEASON” is not in your subject line, your submission may not be received. All submissions will receive a reply email to ensure that your submission was received.

MadLab pays a royalty of $200 + 10% of our box office for any playwright that is gracious enough to allow us to produce his/her work. We know this will not be anywhere near worth the time and effort you put into writing your play, but we are happy that every little bit helps.

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

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

Playwrights Revolution

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Capital Stage presents professional area premieres of new and recent plays. We are currently seeking bold, innovative new works that inspire thought and dialogue.

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



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 four to five playwrights to have their work included in Playwrights’ Revolution.

Please note that only full-length plays will be considered. 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 for Playwrights’ Revolution 2015 should send the following to Capital Stage, 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. 

2015 Deadlines

Capital Stage is accepting submissions from January 1, 2015 through March 1, 2015. Local, national, and international playwrights are encouraged to submit.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Online playwriting courses in NYC…from anywhere!

Maybe you just can’t commit to a weekly class meeting time. Maybe you’re going out of town. Or maybe you don’t live in NYC at all. We’ve taken THE FIRST DRAFT and THE REWRITE, the two most popular writing classes at Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA), and put them online.

In THE FIRST DRAFT you’ll create a draft of your new play through weekly assignments and written lectures. These assignments are designed to give playwrights the necessary structure and deadlines to succeed.

THE REWRITE gives playwrights everywhere the opportunity to shape and sculpt their play into a submission-ready draft. Whether you choose to embark on a rewrite of your entire play or focus on individual scenes, Caridad will inspire you to ask investigative questions of your play and look at it from new angles. 

Both classes will be taught by Obie Award-winning playwright CARIDAD SVICH. Open to writers in New York, New Mexico, New Zealand, and everywhere in between. Students will have access to their instructor and classmates via a virtual classroom, including virtual office hours, an online discussion board, group chats, and enhanced file-sharing capabilities.

 Payment plans available.  ESPA is open to all artists in all stages of their career.  

Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Contest 2015

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Submission Guidelines

The Women &Theatre Program of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education invites submissions from female playwrights for the annual Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award.

The Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award recognizes plays & performance texts created by women that present a feminist perspective & contain significant opportunities for female performers. Like the Jane Chambers Award for professional playwrights, 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, & The Quintessential Image, became a major feminist voice in American theatre.

This competition is open to both graduate & undergraduate students; entrants do not have to be registered in a theatre or drama program to submit. The Jane Chambers Award for emergent playwrights encourages diversity of style & content. All forms of drama are accepted, including solo performance work. Excerpts from the winning play will be read at the annual Women and Theatre Program pre-conference, which will be held in Los Angeles, California, 2010 prior to the American Theatre in Higher Education Conference (ATHE). A professional playwright will offer feedback in a post-reading discussion with the audience.

Student winner will receive a $150 cash prize & a year's membership in Women & Theatre.

To enter, please send three copies of a typed script, application form, resume, and a brief description of the piece.

Please, only one submission per applicant and no email submissions.

Mail submission to:

Carrie Winship
1806 Parklawn Drive
Columbia, MO 65202

All entries MUST be received by March 1, 2015.

The Women & Theatre Program will announce the winner by June 30, 2015.

For more information email

2015 Native Play Festival Submission Guidelines

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Finalists are selected from submitted plays which meet the criteria outlined below. These selected plays are rehearsed briefly (2-3 rehearsals) by OKCTC actors and directors. The plays are then presented in a readers’ theatre format which will be open to the public at the 6th annual Native American New Play Festival May 16-17, 2015. A brief Q&A with the playwright and director will be held immediately following each dramatic reading to encourage audience feedback. The play selected as the most outstanding and the best fit for our audience will receive a fully-staged production at our theatre as the featured event of the next Native American New Play Festival (2015).

Submission deadline for the 2015 Festival is February 1, 2015. Scripts received after that date will be considered for the following year.
Playwright must a member of a federally-recognized Tribal Nation either by birth or adoption.
Manuscript must be a full-length play without a prior full production.
E-mail/Send plot synopsis (300 words maximum), list of characters with brief descriptions of each (sex, age, ethnicity, and other physical or personality traits if desired), and a complete manuscript. Please include a contact phone number and e-mail address on the play’s title page. Beginning 2014 ONLY ELECTRONIC/EMAIL SUBMISSIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED in PDF or Word format.

Dramas, comedies, musicals, modern plays, and historical plays are all welcome. Special consideration will be given to plays that deal with Native history, culture, and/or themes and issues.
Playwrights who are questioning whether or not their play is a good match for OKC Theatre Company are strongly encouraged to contact Rachel Irick at before submitting.

An announcement about the 2015 Finalists will be made by April 2015.
All serious submissions are read by at least two readers. Please be advised that the following are not considered serious submissions:
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
Notification: Our Artistic Director screens submissions for eligibility as they are received. Plays are then read by a panel of readers who recommend finalists for the festival readings.
Email manuscripts to:
The subject line should read “NATIVE PLAY SUBMISSION 2015″
Contact Rachel Irick at the OKCTC company office by calling 405-626-6605 with any questions.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Players Theatre Short Play & Musical Festival – SEX!

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Submission deadline: January 19, 2015


February 5-22, 2015
The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre at The Players Theatre
115 MacDougal Street, New York, NY  10012

3 weeks, 4 performances weekly (Thursday through Sunday)
5 plays featured each week.

Short Plays and Musicals with a performance time of 20 minutes or less, no more than 20 pages in length.

Writers are eligible to submit up to 2 plays.

 THEME:   “SEX!”

A little bit naughty and slightly steamy but very sexy.  No one under 18 will be admitted to the performance so …..

All plays submitted must be centered on, or revolve around this theme.

** Note **

1) Playwrights are responsible for producing their own play – Host provides Theatre, technicians and box office

2) If selected, there is a $100 REFUNDABLE deposit required and a $50 NON-refundable tech fee required

Plays MUST be NO MORE 20 minutes in length and no more than 20 pages

Submissions open: December 29, 2014
Submissions close: January 19 at 5p
Play selection announced on; January 21

For more festival information visit: