Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Queer Scare seeks short plays

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The Village Playwrights will celebrate Halloween with "Queer Scare," an evening of short play readings at the LGBT Community Center.

Five to eight plays will be selected to be read from 8 pm to 10 pm on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th Street, NYC. We are looking for plays that are LGBTQ themed as well as scary, supernatural, or have drag themes. The Village Playwrights will produce your play or you may self-produce. There is no fee to submit. By producing we shall cast the actors, supply a director and hold a rehearsal. Authors may choose to rehearse their play more than once. The play will be minimally staged.

October 1 is the deadline for submissions.
To submit, email your 10 to 20 minute play to villageplaywrights@gmail.com

Welders 2.0

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The Welders are thrilled to announce that we are officially opening up the application process for Welders 2.0!

In selecting the next generation of Welders, we’re looking for playwrights who are deeply involved in their craft, willing and eager take on the tasks of producing five plays, and committed to developing, sustaining and passing on the organization to Welders 3.0. We are also seeking an executive and creative director ready and able to drive the collective creatively and with both intelligence and enthusiasm.

The Process

In selecting the next generation of artists to whom we’ll be giving the organization, The Welders have decided to assess groups of candidates, rather than individuals. Our decision stems from an appreciation of the fact that we had the luxury of forming our collective organically, building relationships with each other over time. With that fact in mind, we didn’t feel it would be appropriate to select six individuals and thrust them together as a group. We want to find people who, through their own relationships, already know they want to work as a team.

The following application is thus intended to be completed by five playwrights and one executive and creative directorcollaboratively. Although there are questions that each potential Welder will need to answer individually, many will need to be answered as a group as well. After reviewing applications, furthermore, we will be selecting the most promising groups to participate in an interview process as well. That process will be conducted collectively as well: we will interview potential groups as a whole, rather than speaking with members individually.

Please note that we are perfectly comfortable with artists choosing to apply as a member of more than one group. Collaboration takes multiple shapes and we don’t want to limit possibilities; we want to open them up. Our only restriction is that each group should consist of five playwrights or generative theater artists and one executive and creative director: six individuals in total. It is not possible, in our experience, to serve as both a playwright AND as The Welders’ executive and creative director; the labor would be too great. All we ask, for those who are applying as a member of more than one group, is for transparency: please let everyone you’re applying with know that you’re applying with others as well.

Applications for Welders 2.0 are due by December 1, 2014. 

We’ve allowed a significant amount of time because we understand that it may take a while for groups to form, let alone to complete the application. Our intent is to review and consider applications during December and January and then begin the interview process in February of 2015. The interview process may require two rounds; our goal is to complete that process and select a new group of Welders to join us for the final twelve months of our three-year run by May 15, 2015. Our hope that is a year of working by our sides—participating in our bi-weekly meetings, producing with us, and learning how we work—will prepare the new group to take the reins from us smoothly and powerfully.

If you have any questions about the application below, you can submit them electronically to Gwydion Suilebhan (gwydion@thewelders.org). Answers to submitted questions—if they might be useful for all applicants—will be shared on our website as updates to this page. We, too, want to be as transparent as possible.

The Application

The Welders 2.0 application has three components: a series of questions, a skills checklist, and additional supporting material. Each component is described in detail below.
The Questions

First, please provide answers to the following in a single PDF or Word document:

1) The names and proposed positions of all six applicants.

2) Short descriptions of one potential project that each playwright or generative artist might work on. (These are not commitments; merely possibilities.) A paragraph will suffice, but more detail is also welcome.

3) A sample “Why I Want to Be a Welder” blog post—500-750 words in length—for each group member, including the executive and creative director. Sample blog posts are available here.

4) Responses to the following three questions, composed as a group:
The Welders place tremendous value on diversity. It’s built into our value system and it’s expressed at every level of the organization, from our Board of Directors to the artists we work with. Explain to us how your group, as it’s constituted, will continue or even build upon those values.
The Welders are a DC-centric organization. Although not all of us live in the district, DC is our community, and we consider it a core part of our mission to serve that community. How are you all, as artists, embedded within the city? What’s your relationship to being part of your community? How will your group embody this aspect of The Welders’ mission?
We’ve spent our first few years establishing an alternative platform for new play development and production, one that’s succeeded in a great many ways. We don’t, however, consider the work finished or perfected. We intend to hand The Welders off to a new generation with the full expectation that things will change. The organization will evolve. So… with that in mind, and given your understanding of The Welders as we are currently constituted, what ideas does your group have for doing what we do either differently or better?
Skills Checklist

In developing a detailed understanding of the skills and effort required to run The Welders, we have assembled a checklist of responsibilities that helps us keep track of our own work. With that in mind, please use the following list to indicate which one (or more) of your group’s members might have the necessary experience to manage the following organization responsibilities, as well as the source of that experience. (In most cases, a short sentence—or even a half-sentence—will suffice.) Your checklist should be included with your PDF containing answers to our questions.

Please note that we do NOT expect you to be able to cover ALL of the following items—we get help from outsiders and we see no reason why the next generation of Welders won’t do the same. We simply want to know what resources and abilities your group will bring to bear.

Marketing and Public Relations
Maintain the Welders’ website (in WordPress)
Solicit and edit blog posts
Manage the Welders’ social media presences (currently Facebook and Twitter)
Write and send press releases
Art direct Welders photo shoots and video trailers
Solicit press and media coverage, both locally and nationwide
Maintain a press contact list
Serve as theatreWashington liaison

Development
Maintain a grant schedule
Write and submit grant proposals and grant reports
Pitch corporate donors
Maintain individual donor prospect lists
Set up and attend donor pitches
Plan friend-raiser events
Write donation thank you letters
Maintain relationships with funders and foundations
Plan and run annual fundraising events: The Weld and The Joint
Plan and run Board of Directors and Executive Committee meetings
Serve as Board secretary
Solicit Board members as necessary

Infrastructure and Financials
Maintain Google calendar, create Google + Hangouts, manage Google Drive
Create bi-weekly meeting agendas/take and distribute bi-weekly meeting notes
File Welders taxes
Maintain Welders budget and production budgets
Manage Welders bank accounts
Plan and run Advisory Council meetings
Plan and execute the search for Welders 3.0

Productions
Develop marketing reciprocity with other productions
Arrange opening and closing night parties
Set up talkbacks
Manage comp lists
Design, edit, and print programs
Art direct show image development
Create and implement marketing campaigns
Serve as casting director (arranging auditions, finding readers, etc.)
Contract with actors and designers
Find and contract with rehearsal and performance space
General production management

Please note, furthermore, that the above list of responsibilities does NOT constitute the entire organizational to-do list. It’s merely suggestive. Being a member of The Welders is, approximately, a half-time job, on average—and more than that at busy times—so those who are applying need to consider seriously whether they are willing to embrace the required effort.
Additional Materials

Finally, we would like you to submit (as separate documents) resumes or CVs for all six members of your potential group.

Thank you in advance for participating in what we hope will be an empowering hand-off to Welders 2.0! Finally: if you’d like to download a PDF version of this application, one is available here.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Submissions Now Open for Playwrights’ Week 2015

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

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

Writers Selected for Playwrights’ Week are Provided with:

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

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

– A completed application form.

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

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

Word Doc.

PDF

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

OR

MAIL completed submission materials to: submissions@larktheatre.org

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

Please feel free to contact us with any questions by sending an email to: submissions@larktheatre.org

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

EST/Sloan Project seeks works about science

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Deadline for artist proposals and script submissions: November 1, 2014
Deadline for regional development grants: December 1, 2014

The EST/Sloan Project commissions, develops and presents new works delving into how we view and are affected by the scientific world. These plays examine the struggles and challenges scientists and engineers face from moral issues to the consequences of their discoveries.

The Project is designed to stimulate artists to create credible and compelling work exploring the worlds of science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes of scientists and engineers in the popular imagination. The Project commissions and develops new works throughout EST’s developmental season, including one Mainstage Production, as well as workshops and readings in an annual festival called FIRST LIGHT.

Now in its 15th year, the EST/Sloan Project has awarded commissions totaling more than $450,000 to more than 140 artists. Previous commissionees include: Billy Aronson, Mike Daisey, Jason Grote, Ann Marie Healy, Michael Hollinger, Israel Horovitz, Tina Howe, Shirley Lauro, Emily Levine, Romulus Linney, Quincy Long, Cassandra Medley, Dan O’Brien, Carey Perloff, Bill Pullman, Jaquelyn Reingold, Tommy Smith, Caridad Svich, Vern Thiessen, Alex Timbers, Bridgette Wimberly, David Zellnik, Stillpoint Productions, and The Royal Shakespeare Company.
Commission Awards

Commissions will be awarded to individuals, groups and creative teams for full-length and one-act plays and musicals. Commissions range from $1000 to $10,000. Commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, as are deadlines for drafts, finished work, and research support (if appropriate). Extant, full-length works may be submitted and are judged on a script-by-script basis by the EST/Sloan Project staff. Rewrite commissions for existing scripts range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Commissions are also available for regional theaters who wish to sponsor a local project focused on science and technology, either by commissioning a new script or developing an extant piece. Commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, but average $5000.
Submission Guidelines

The EST/Sloan Project is open to a broad range of topics related to the issues, people, ideas, processes, leading-edge discoveries, inventions, and/or history of the "hard" sciences and technology.
Hard sciences include the following areas:
  • Mathematics
  • Physics (geological, nuclear, theoretical, etc.)
  • Biology (evolution, zoology, animal behavior, ecology, molecular, genetics, etc.)
  • Chemistry (industrial, biochemistry, etc.)
  • Neuroscience
  • Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Technology includes:
  • Computer Science
  • Software Development, Computer Development
  • Engineering (civil, chemical, mechanical, electrical, aerospace, vehicle design)
  • Space Research
Areas not considered for commissions include:
Science Fiction
Medical Conditions and/or Victims of Disease
Psychology and Human Behavior

How to Apply

New Commissions

Individuals, creative teams and theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project commission should submit the following as their application for a grant:
A one- or two-page description or a simple outline/synopsis of the project. This document should describe the actual story being explored, the source of inspiration behind the idea, and how the science being portrayed would be inherently dramatic in the piece.
A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.

Rewrite Commissions

Individuals, creative teams and theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project rewrite grant should submit the following as their application:
A draft of the script.
A one- or two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the play, your goals for a rewrite commission, and any questions you have about the current draft.
A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.

A selection committee evaluates the proposals and makes the final decisions. Candidates may be asked to revise aspects of their proposals, provide writing samples, and/or arrange a meeting to discuss their project as part of the selection process.

Deadline for artist proposals and script submissions: November 1, 2013

Deadline for regional development grants: December 1, 2013
Regional Development Commissions

Theatre companies interested in receiving an EST/Sloan Project regional development grant should submit the following as their application for a grant:
A current draft of the script, or a one- to two-page description or outline of the project.
A resume or biography of each collaborator involved.
A one- to two-page cover letter detailing the development history of the project and your goals for the commission.
An estimated budget for the project.
Delivering Your Submission

We accept scripts in the following manner...
Email (preferred):

sloanproject@ensemblestudiotheatre.org
Via regular mail:

The Ensemble Studio Theatre

Attn: EST/Sloan Project

549 West 52nd St.

New York, NY 10019

Phone: 212-247-4982

Please contact us with any questions.

Best of luck to you,

EST/Sloan Project Staff

Sunday, September 14, 2014

2nd Annual Insomniacs 24 Hour Play Festival

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The Grex Group Theatre is pleased to announce our 2nd Annual Insomniacs 24 Hour Play Festival set for October 17th and 18th in at Theatre 54 in New York City!

How Does It Work?

Friday night, October 17th, at 6:30pm we will meet for our Insomniacs orientation meeting. Directors, playwrights, and actors will be introduced and assigned to a groups. The groups will have time to meet and briefly get to know one another before the writing begins!

The playwright will then seclude themselves somewhere in the city as they compose the most brilliant script ever written! As soon as the play is complete, the actors will be called in for an all-night rehearsal process with their director. The next morning (Saturday the 18th), tech rehearsals will begin at Theatre 54 and evening performances will be given in front of live audiences at 7:00pm and 8:30pm.

What Are the Insomniacs Festival Rules?

Participants must be available for a full 24 hours prior to the performance. NO EXCEPTIONS. If accepted, there is a non-refundable $15.00 participation/registration fee. This fee is payable online and must be paid to secure your spot in the festival. Participants will be able to see the performance for free if audience availability allows. Each team agrees to have a fully memorized and rehearsed play to present for our live audience!

*Registration fees help cover the costs of the Theatre and administrative costs of the festival.

How Do I Apply?

Please send an email to grexgrouptheatre@gmail.com with the following information:

WRITERS - a brief writing sample (no more than 10 pages). Please put "Insomniac Writer" in the subject line.


How Does Casting Work?

The Grex Group Team will contact you after receiving your application! The Grex Team will contact you if you are selected as an actor, director, or writer, and you will have 48 hours to accept the offer!



Modern-Day Griot seeks full-length plays

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

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

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

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

For inquiries or to submit your work, please email:madgsubmissions@moderndaygriot.org

MILKEN COMMUNITY SCHOOLS ANNOUNCES NEW PLAYWRITING PRIZE

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International search for plays written for teens to perform

Milken Community Schools is excited to announce the creation of a major international playwriting prize for plays written to be performed by teenagers.  The prize includes a cash award of $2,000, a script development process, and a full production of the play. A professional dramaturg will assist the playwright and provide readings as needed during the rewriting process. The winner will be promoted to theatres and high schools internationally.

This much-needed award encourages the writing of plays meant for teenagers to perform. High schools, unlike theatres, are constantly looking for large-cast plays with a majority of female actors. Although a variety of grants currently exist for both plays written for adults to perform and plays created by children, the Milken Playwriting Prize is for plays written to be performed by teens.  

“This is a wonderful opportunity for playwrights,” says Milken Playwriting Prize Director Robert Menna . “Our hope is that an increasing number of writers will focus on plays for younger performers. It’s also a chance for writers to challenge themselves in a new way, with the assurance of a professional-level development process and a full production."

SUBMISSION POLICY:  Professional playwrights and authors are especially encouraged to submit. There is no entry fee. The plays must be unproduced and unpublished, have casts larger than 10, use a majority of female actors, and be between 30 and 90 minutes in length. Other parameters can be found on the Milken Playwriting Prize web page:  www.milkenschool.org/playprize.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS:   September 15, 2014 .
Prize announced: January, 2015
Development process:  through April, 2015
Production opens:  November, 2015 

Robert Menna , Director of the Milken Playwriting Prize, has extensive experience working with playwrights. He served as Dramaturg/Literary Manager at Seattle’s Intiman Theatre, founded the Seattle Playwrights Alliance, and worked as co-director of the Ojai Playwrights Conference. He has written and directed dozens of plays, working with noted writers and receiving a commission from the Denver Center to adapt Newbery Award Winner Avi’s The End of the Beginning  . As an educator, Menna taught in the MFA Acting Program at the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver as well as in various high schools.  For more than eight years, he has taught at Milken Community Schools. He has also co-directed the Denver Center's Living History program, which reached more than 10,000 high school students annually with its mix of theatre, history, ethics and literature. He holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Washington. 

About Milken Community Schools

Milken Community Schools is one of the largest Jewish, independent, co-educational schools in the country. Serving grades 7-12, Milken is a place of rigorous academic exploration and intellectual inquiry built on a foundation of spiritual and ethical practice, developing students with sharp minds, generous hearts, and kind souls. The school’s 10-acre campus is located in the Santa Monica Mountains along the Mulholland Corridor.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Edgemar Center for the Arts is seeking one-act and full-length plays

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The Edgemar Center for the Arts is seeking one-act and full-length plays for our upcoming 2015 season. The Edgemar has developed and premiered works like Dale Stamos Griffith’s One White Crow and Terry Jastrow’s Jane Fonda in the Court of Public Opinion starring Anne Archer.

Deadline: September 15, 2014
We accept submissions by mail at:

Attn: Literary Dept.
2437 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Electronic submissions are also accepted at edgemarcenterliterary@gmail.com in PDF format.

PlayPenn accepting applications for its 2015 new play development conference

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

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

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

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

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

TO APPLY, CLICK HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PlayPenn does not accept applications by agents.

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

Fourth Annual New Voices Play Reading Series


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

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

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

Fees
There are no fees for submitting. Submit the play via the play submission form online to landingtheatresubmissions@gmail.com

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

Directors will cast each play prior to the festival.

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

One rehearsal will be scheduled when the playwright can attend.

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

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


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

Only one play per playwright per submission period.

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

Playwrights will only be notified if your play is selected.

More submission criteria found online: http://www.landingtheatre.org/#!submissions/c59z

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUBMIT YOUR DEVISED PLAY TO LIVEARTDC

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Now through October 31, 2014

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

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

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

PLEASE NOTE THAT LIVEARTDC WILL ONLY ACCEPT PLAYS THAT MEET THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:
  • Plays that are full-length or have a run time no shorter than 60 minutes and no longer than 90 minutes.
  • Plays that have been collaboratively conceived or devised
  • Plays that are submitted within the submission period of September 8-October 31
  • Plays that are formatted as Microsoft Word or PDF files.
To learn more about LiveArtDC, our mission, our ongoing projects and the LiveArtDC presents model, please visit our website, http://liveartdc.com/

Looking for a comedic playwright

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TRUFFLES:
A New Dinner Theater, Murder Mystery Experience

Created by The Girl Behind The Curtain, and set in a unique venue in Chelsea, TRUFFLES is the "new" dinner theater experience, with amazing food, music, and a complete immersive experience. We are changing the way people view dinner theater, and murder mystery in New York.

We are looking for a comedic playwright, that can take our mix of serious subjects, and indie-music, and take it to the next level. The story, concept, and acts are in place, and the producer and songwriter are ready to work closely with a playwright who can pull it together.

We are on a tight turn around for the venue, and are looking for someone asap.

- The full immersive experience will be 3 hours long
- The script will fill 45 minutes + music.

Pay is $250 upon completion of script, + a percentage (payment) per each live, ticketed show. We are starting with 1 show a week for the first month, then moving to 2-3 shows per week before the end of the year.

I would like a playwright with experience, & credits to his/her name, but I am open to working with an up-and-coming professional if they are right for the job.

TO SUBMIT:
Please email 2-3 short comedic samples of your writing, plays, work.

contactsoniacarrion@gmail.com

If you are chosen to move to the second round of interviews, more information will be send on the script, concept, venue, songwriter, etc!

We need to start next week, so the process will go quickly.

Thank you and good luck!

Testimonial

Thanks to Stephen Kaplan for writing to NYCPlaywrights:
“ I love being a member of this blog and checking every week, so thank you!”
You can learn more about Stephen and his work at www.bystephenkaplan.com

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

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

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

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

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

We look forward to reading your work!

For more information about Raíces please visit us at www.raicestheatrecompany.com

LIFT-OFF NEW PLAY SERIES

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

Deadline: October 1, 2014

Our Mission:

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

Friday, September 12, 2014

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 outworksfestival@gmail.com 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 outworksfestival@gmail.com.

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.

Theater Three Festival of One-Act Plays

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ONLY UNPRODUCED WORKS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
PLAYS THAT HAVE HAD STAGED READINGS ARE ELIGIBLE.
NO ADAPTATIONS OR CHILDREN’S PLAYS.
CAST SIZE MAXIMUM: 8
LENGTH: 40-MINUTES MAXIMUM. NO MINIMUM.
SETTINGS SHOULD BE SIMPLE OR SUGGESTED.
PLAYWRIGHTS MAY MAKE MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS. (THESE NEED NOT BE MADE UNDER SEPARATE COVER.)
PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT WORKS THAT HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY SUBMITTED.

SCRIPTS MUST BE POST-MARKED BY SEPTEMBER 30, 2014.


PLEASE SUBMIT A COVER LETTER, A SYNOPSIS, AND A RESUME ALONG WITH ONE COPY OF THE PLAY. COVER-SHEET OF PLAY SHOULD HAVE TITLE, AUTHOR, AUTHOR’S ADDRESS, AUTHOR’S TELEPHONE NUMBER, AND AUTHOR’S E-MAIL. PLAYS SHOULD BE NEATLY BOUND OR STAPLED ON THE LEFT HAND CORNER. (NO LOOSE PAGES AND NO BINDERS, PLEASE.) IF PLAYWRIGHTS WISH TO HAVE THEIR WORKS RETURNED, AN APPROPRIATE SASE MUST ALSO BE INCLUDED.

SELECTED PLAYS WILL BE PRESENTED FOR TEN PERFORMANCES IN MARCH 2015. PLAYWRIGHTS WILL RECEIVE A SMALL STIPEND.

PLAYS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE 18TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF ONE-ACT PLAYS, ATTN. JEFFREY SANZEL, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, THEATRE THREE, PO BOX 512, PORT JEFFERSON, NY 11777-0512. WE DO NO ACCEPT ELECTRONIC (E-MAIL) SUBMISSIONS). PLEASE DO NOT CALL OR STOP BY THE THEATRE.

FINAL SELECTION OF PLAYS WILL BE IN LATE 2014.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Great Gay Play and Musical Contest


Dramatists Guild Members are exempt from paying this entry fee by using the discount code 2014DG when applying. You will be asked to provide your DG number.

The Great Gay Play and Musical Contest seeks to develop the highest quality work with LGBT characters or themes. We seek material that is innovative and groundbreaking, and that deals with LGBT history, or issues of importance to the community. While we do appreciate the traditional well made play with LGBT themes, we like hearing fresh stories told in new ways. and we hope to begin relationships with writers looking to engage in that work.

As you explore our website, you will see on our production history that we have already produced world premieres of material that has been developed in the contest. And we have produced Chicago premieres of work done elsewhere, along with historical LGBT pieces. http://pridefilmsandplays.com/pfp-production-history-and-awards/

And while there is an entry fee to apply, Dramatists Guild Members are exempted from that fee.

Awards & Prizes

The contest generally has a semi-final round, and a final round of up to five finalists. The finalists receive $400 cash prize and a chance to work with the artists of Pride Films and Plays to develop their work in rehearsals in Chicago. The finalists work is presented in 'enhanced staged readings' performed at the Center on Halsted, and featuring members of the PFP Artistic Ensemble along with guest artists.

Rules & Terms

Pride Films and Plays
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Pridefilmsandplays@gmail.com

The Great Gay Play and Musical Contest

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN A PRIZE. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. The entry period for The Great Gay Play Contest (the "Contest"), sponsored by Pride Film and Plays (the “Sponsor”), an Illinois not-for-profit corporation, begins September 1, 2014 at 12:01 am. Central Time (CT) and ends October 31, 2014 at 11:59:59 p.m. CT (the “Entry Period”; October 31, 2014 will be referred to as the “Deadline Date”). Sponsor’s computer is the official timekeeping device for the Contest. Void where prohibited by law.

1. ENTRANT ELIGIBILITY:

The Contest is open to individuals who are at least eighteen (18) years of age or the age of majority in the state/country/province in which they reside on the date of entry who are legal residents of, and physically residing in, one of the fifty (50) United States (excluding Puerto Rico, United States territories, possessions, and protectorates, and foreign based United States military installations) or one of the following countries:

Albania Hungary
Andorra Iceland
Argentina Ireland
Armenia Israel
Austria Italy
Australia Jamaica
Azerbaijan Japan
Bahamas South Korea
Belarus Latvia
Belgium Liechtenstein
Bolivia Lithuania
Bosnia/Herzegovina Luxembourg
Brazil Malta
Bulgaria Mexico
Canada Monaco
Chile Montenegro
Columbia Netherlands
Costa Rica New Zealand
Cyprus Norway
Czech Republic Poland
Denmark Portugal
Egypt Romania
Estonia Russia
Ecuador Slovakia
Finland Slovenia
France South Africa
Germany Spain
Georgia Sweden
Greece Switzerland
Hong Kong United Kingdom
Venezuela

Sponsor, employees of Sponsor, prize donors and all of their respective partners, parent companies, divisions, subsidiaries, affiliates, trustees, franchisees, licensees, distributors, advertising, promotion and public relations agencies and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, independent contractors, representatives and agencies (collectively, the "Sponsor Entities") are not eligible to participate in the Contest and/or win the Prize (as defined below). Additionally, relatives of such employees and persons living in the same household as such employees (whether related or not) are not eligible to win. For the purposes of this Contest, “relatives” is defined as spouse, domestic partner, parent, in-laws, grandparent, brother, sister, children and grandchildren.

2. ELIGIBILITY:

All plays and musicals entered into the Contest must be original. Plays or musicals adapted from pre-existing material will not be accepted, unless the author of the Play is also the owner of the material from which the Play is adapted or has the rights to said material. Plays must be written in standard play format, in English and can be no more than 120 8 ½” x 11” pages in length and in PDF format. The title of your PDF should be the exact title of your play – or your play title with GGPC – but should not include your name or any other words in the title. Do not put any information on or in the play that would identify you and/or your co-author(s) including, without limitation, your name, your co-author’s name(s), your contact information or your co-author’s contact information. Entrants will be judged only on the play accompanying their entries. Entrants will not be allowed to rewrite or correct their plays once submitted. Do not submit anything with your play including artwork. Any additional material accompanying the play will be discarded.

Scripts that have no production history will be accepted. We will also consider scripts that have been supported with staged readings or workshops as well as scripts that at the time of entry have had one community theater, educational theater, or one non-Equity production (which ran for no more than 25 performances). Plays which have received Equity productions are not eligible.

Plays which do not meet the above requirements will be disqualified.

Be sure to retain a copy of your play because Sponsor will not return the play you submit for the Contest.

3. HOW TO ENTER:

You can enter the Contest via the Internet only.

There is a fee to enter the Contest (the “Fee”). Members of the Dramatists Guild and the PFP Writers Network are exempt from that fee. Entries must be paid with Visa/MasterCard/American Express/Discover. The amount of the Fee is based on the date of entry as follows:

Date of Entry Fee

September 1 to September 30, 2014 US $30.00
October 1 to October 31, 2014 US $45.00
Dramatists Guild Members are exempt from paying this entry fee by using the discount code 2014DG when applying. You will be asked to provide your DG number.

To enter, log on to www.filmfreeway.com, find the information on our Contest page, and follow the appropriate links to register. Register for the Contest by including your name, your mailing address, your primary phone number (with area code/country code), your cell phone number or alternate phone number (if any) (with area code/country code), your birth date and your e-mail address. You will attach your script to the Film Freeway entry, and need not send it any other way. Music for musicals (in mp3 filesO should be emailed to PrideMusical@gmail.com. Entry can only be made electronically – no snail mail applications will be accepted under any circumstances.

Authors may enter one play only in the contest.

Entries submitted or received after the Deadline Date will be disqualified.

4. SELECTION OF CONTEST WINNER

The Contest winner will be determined by two (2) rounds of judging. Each round will be judged by a panel of judges selected by Sponsor in its sole discretion.

Subject to the provisions of this Paragraph 4, the first round panel judges will judge all eligible play entries received by the Deadline Date. That panel will select up to five (5) finalists based on the following judging criteria: play characters (20%); dialogue (20%); story and structure (20%); originality (20%); and overall impression (20%) (collectively, the “Judging Criteria”). Judge’s comments/forms will not be made available to Contest entrants.

Notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary and in the event that fewer than twenty (20) entries are received by the Deadline Date, the Sponsor has the right to cancel the Contest. In the event of such cancellation, all entry fees will be returned.

Each finalist will be notified via telephone and/or e-mail on or about January 2, 2015 that he/she, subject to verification, is a finalist. If a potential finalist, within two (2) days of Sponsor’s first attempt to reach him/her: (i) cannot be reached, (ii) fails to respond to the notification, (iii) declines to serve as a finalist, and/or (iv) has his/her notification returned as undeliverable, an alternate winner may be selected in Sponsor’s sole discretion. If the potential winner, within five (5) days of notification, (i) fails to return a completed affidavit of eligibility, liability/publicity release, or other documents(s) as required by Sponsor, (ii) fails to provide Sponsor with a copy of his/her valid government-issued photo identification or social security number, and/or (iii) is found to be ineligible, an alternate winner may be selected at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to modify the notification and affidavit/release procedures in connection with the selection of an alternate winner, if any.

Each finalist’s play will be performed as an enhanced stage reading during the Gay Play and Musical Weekend (the “Festival”) in Chicago, Illinois, USA in the first quarter of 2015, with final dates to be announced. Details of these staged readings are found in the PRIZE section below.

The winner of the Contest will be chosen from the finalists by a third panel of judges which includes PFP’s Artistic Associates and Artistic Ensemble. The Contest winner will be announced at the Festival following the final staged reading.

In the event of a tie in any judging round, the play entry with the highest “overall impression” score will move forward into the next judging round or will be declared the winner in the final judging round. If two or more tied entries have received the same “overall impression” score, the tie will be decided based on the entry with the highest “story and structure” score.

5. PRIZE:

The finalists will receive a prize of $400 each.

In addition each Contest finalist’s play will be performed as an enhanced staged reading at the 2015 Gay Play and Musical Weekend in Chicago, Illinois, at the Hoover-Leppen Theater in the Center on Halsted. Casting for each staged reading will be conducted by Sponsor in advance of that staged reading; cast members for each staged reading will be selected in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Each entrant acknowledges that one performer may perform the role of more than one character in that entrant’s play.

Finalists who wish to attend one or more staged readings are solely responsible for all costs and expenses to attend the reading including, without limitation, transportation to and from Chicago, housing in Chicago, meals and ground transportation in Chicago. Finalists are invited to join their artistic team for up to ten (10) hours of rehearsal in Chicago.

There will be no additional prizes awarded to the winner chosen by the judging panel.

After previous Gay Play Weekends, PFP entered into developmental or production contracts with various finalists. But if one is a finalist in spring 2015, one should not assume that a similar contract will be offered.

Decisions made by Sponsor are final in all matters, including interpretation of these Official Rules and awarding of the Prizes, and cannot be appealed. No substitutions of the Prizes are offered, except that Sponsor and the Sponsor Entities reserve the right in their sole discretion to substitute a Prize(s) or any portion of a Prize(s) for a prize(s) of equal or greater value. No transfer of a Prize(s) to a third party is permitted and the cash value of a Prize(s) will not be awarded in lieu of a Prize where it applies, except in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Any applicable international, federal, state and local taxes, including, without limitation, excise tax (including sales tax), and other expenses not specifically set forth herein are the sole responsibility of the Contest finalists and the Prize winner (as applicable).

6. RIGHTS

By entering, each entrant acknowledges and agrees that Sponsor and the Festival each have the non-exclusive, irrevocable and royalty-free right to make use of that entrant’s play for judging purposes and to perform that entrant’s play as a staged reading at the Festival as further described in the PRIZE section above. Each entrant agrees, as a condition of entry, not to exhibit, disseminate, produce or broadcast, or authorize any third party to exhibit, disseminate, produce or broadcast, in any manner, media or format, the play submitted as part of his/her entry (or portions thereof) for a period of one (1) month following the conclusion of the Contest.

7. REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES

Each Contest entrant represents and warrants the following:

The entry is submitted voluntarily and is not submitted in confidence, and no confidential relationship between the entrant, Sponsor and Sponsor Entities is intended to be created by these Official Rules or the submission of the entry.

The play is wholly original to the entrant (and any coauthors) and was written solely by the entrant (and any coauthors). Entrant and any coauthors are the sole and exclusive owners of all right, title and interest in and to the play and they have the sole, exclusive and unconditional power and right to submit the play under the terms and conditions of this Contest.

The play has not been copied from any other source or previously broadcast or otherwise distributed or disseminated in any medium or format.

The play is not in the public domain.

The play does not violate the rights, common law, statutory or otherwise, of any person or entity.

Sponsor shall have the right to disqualify any play which, in Sponsor’s sole judgment, violates the representations and warranties contained in this Paragraph 7. Each entrant agrees that he/she will obtain, at entrant’s sole cost and expense, the written permission/consent/release of any person or entity depicted or mentioned in the entrant’s play if in the sole judgment of Sponsor such permission/consent/release is required. If entrant fails to secure such permission/consent/release, Sponsor shall have the right to disqualify the entry.

8. LIMITATION ON LIABILITY/DISCLAIMER:

All entries must be completed in full in order to be eligible. Any attempted form of entry other than as described herein is void. Entries generated by a script, macro or other automated means will be disqualified. No mechanical reproductions, alterations, or forged entries allowed. Incomplete, illegible, and corrupted entries are void. Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual (and his/her entry) who tampers with the entry process.

Any person who supplies false information, enters by fraudulent means, or is otherwise determined to be in violation of these Official Rules in an attempt to obtain the Prize will forfeit the Prize won and may be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. You further agree to not knowingly: damage or cause interruption of the Contest; prevent others from using the Contest; or obtain or modify another user's account information without their consent.

CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST VIOLATES CRIMINAL AND/OR CIVIL LAWS. IF SUCH AN ATTEMPT IS MADE, SPONSOR MAY DISQUALIFY ANY CONTEST ENTRANT MAKING SUCH ATTEMPT AND SPONSOR MAY SEEK DAMAGES TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

Sponsor and Sponsor Entities are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, destroyed, forged, damaged, tampered with, mass machine generated, unintelligible, incomprehensible, misdirected entries, otherwise not in compliance with these Official Rules or mail related to or resulting from participation in the Contest. Sponsor and Sponsor Entities are also not responsible for Internet traffic congestion, technical, hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed software transmissions which may limit an entrant’s ability to participate in the Contest or damage to user’s system as a result of participation in the Contest or downloading any information necessary to participate in the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel or modify the Contest if the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including, without limitation, any computer virus, malfunction, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failure or other cause beyond its control which corrupts, threatens or adversely affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper operation of the Contest.

As a condition of entry, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor. Except where prohibited by law, by entering this Contest, you consent to (i) the use of your name, voice, picture, likeness, image and biographical data and/or any other information contained in your entry in advertising, promotional and marketing materials by Sponsor and the Sponsor Entities worldwide in all media now known or hereafter discovered (including Sponsor’s and Sponsor Entities’ web sites) without additional compensation, notice, approval or review and (ii) the modification, editing, adaptation, electronic alteration, use, assignment and/or disposal of online entries however it sees fit and for any purpose without any notice or compensation to you or any third parties. By entering this Contest, you agree to waive any right to claim ambiguity with the Official Rules. You acknowledge that if you are chosen as the Contest winner, certain of your personally identifying information may be disclosed to third parties at least as required by law, including, without limitation, on a Winner’s List.

All Prize claims and documents provided by the Winners must be verified by Sponsor.

EACH winner, by acceptance of a Prize, agrees to release Sponsor AND the Sponsor Entities from AND AGAINST any and all liability, claims or actions of any kind whatsoever for injuries, death, disability, attorneys’ fees, costs of litigation and settlement as well as damages or losses to persons and property that may be sustained in connection with the receipt, ownership, REDEMPTION or use of A Prize or while traveling to and/or from a location to obtain or use A Prize.

Neither Sponsor nor the Sponsor Entities make any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to the use of any Prize including, without limitation, quality, merchantability, or fitness for a particular purpose. Further, no responsibilities are accepted for any additional expenses, omissions, delays, re-routing, or acts of any government or authority.

Sponsor and Sponsor Entities shall not be liable to any winner or any other person for failure to supply a prize or any part thereof, by reason of any acts of God, any action(s), regulation(s), order(s) or request(s) by any governmental or quasi-governmental entity (whether or not the action(s), regulations(s), order(s) or request(s) prove(s) to be invalid), equipment failure, terrorist acts, earthquake, war, fire, flood, explosion, unusually severe weather, hurricane, embargo, labor dispute or strike (whether legal or illegal), labor or material shortage, transportation interruption of any kind, work slow-down, civil disturbance, insurrection, riot, or any other cause beyond Sponsor’s sole control.

9. GOVERNING LAW.

The Contest and these Official Rules will be governed by the laws of the State of Illinois, USA without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Illinois or any other jurisdiction) which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Illinois. The Illinois state and federal courts located in Cook County, Chicago, USA shall have exclusive jurisdiction in the event that any dispute arises regarding the Contest or the Prize. Any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action. Any and all claims shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred including costs associated with entering this Contest but in no event attorneys’ fees. Entrants hereby waive all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased.


10. WINNERS’ LIST:

A Winner’s List can be viewed at www.pridefilmsandplays.com by June 15, 2015.

11. OFFICIAL RULES:

For a copy of the Official Rules, go to www.pridefilmsandplays.com.

SPONSOR: Pride Films and Plays, 3023 N. Clark Street, Suite 327, Chicago, Illinois, USA 60657.

© 2014 Pride Films and Plays. All rights reserved.

SUBMIT YOUR ONE-ACT PLAY FOR SCI-FEST 2015

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SCI-FEST LA: The 2nd Annual Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival is now accepting submissions for their next festival scheduled for May, 2015. 

Sci-Fest only accepts one-act stage plays with a sci-fi themes and a running time of 20 minutes or less. 

Deadline for submissions:  December 15th 2014.  

There is no fee to submit to SCI-FEST LA.  

Last year’s festival featured a cast of over 40 actors including Tony-Winner L. Scott Caldwell (“Lost”), Dean Haglund (“The X-Files”), James Kyson (“Heroes”), Jasika Nicole (“Fringe”), Tim Russ (“Star Trek: Voyager”) and Armin Shimerman (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”).  

Directors included Dan Castellaneta (“The Simpsons”) and Jack Kenny (“Warehouse 13”).  Last year’s festival received press coverage from The Hollywood Reporter, NPR, The Huffington Post and the BBC.  

Sci-Fest LA is produced by Michael Blaha, Lee Costello and David Dean Bottrell (“Boston Legal”).  

To learn more or to submit a one-act sci-fi script, please visit our website: www.Sci-Fest.com.

Seeking 10-minute plays and short monologues

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New York's Piney Fork Press Theater is seeking submissions for their 2015 winter festival in NYC (now in year 4)!

Ten minute plays and short monologues are being accepted. No fees,  no themes, a few limits, just a great time for all. 

Send scripts to: submissions@pineyforkpress.com. Need more info? Write to us! Also seeking actors and directors!

Deadline: November 1, 2014


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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 www.metropolitanplayhouse.org/EVC11guidelines



11th Annual Ten-Minute Playwriting Contest

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Lakeshore Players Theatre is accepting submissions for 10-minute plays. 
Finalist plays will be produced at our Annual Festival in June 2015.

Play submissions will be accepted through November 15, 2014.

HIGH SCHOOL PLAYWRIGHTS


High school-aged playwrights are encouraged to enter. Plays must include a letter from a teacher or school administrator, written on school letterhead, verifying that the play was written during high school, in addition to the guidelines below. If the committee chooses to name a high school entry as a finalist for the 11th annual contest, the play will be produced with our other finalists in our festival in June 2015.

ALL PLAYWRIGHTS


Please read the following rules and requirements carefully. 
Plays not meeting the requirements will be disqualified.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

• The play should be approximately ten-minutes in length.

• The play must have no more than five on-stage (speaking and non-speaking) characters.

• You may submit only one play, so send us your best! Please do not make more than one submission.

• The play should be in a "play format" making it easy for the readers. 
(We like 12-point, easy to read fonts, such as Times New Roman or Ariel)

• The play must be unpublished and unproduced at the time of submission to our contest. We do screen for this, so don't send us your play if it has been produced. (Staged readings are not counted as "produced.")

• Submitting your play to our contest grants Lakeshore Players the right to produce your play in our annual festival and photograph and/or videotape it for archival purposes, if it is chosen as a finalist.



ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES

• The play should have simple technical requirements. There won't be a set — a few furniture pieces and a few props only — we only have about one minute in between plays to change scenes.

• As a community theatre, we want to appeal to the largest possible audience, therefore plays with excessive offensive language are less likely to be selected - please keep that in consideration.

• Two ways to submit: Email or Mail.

• Your play must be received no later than November 15, 2014 to be eligible.

Only plays submitted exactly as outlined below will be accepted.

EMAIL TWO PDFs
VERY IMPORTANT – Email submission rules below MUST be followed, or your submission will be disqualified.

1. Send one copy of the play with ALL contact information on the title page:

◦ play title

◦ your name

◦ your mailing address

◦ your phone number

◦ your email address

2. Send ANOTHER copy of play for the judges with NO contact information on the title page: just the title of the play.

3. Email Instructions

◦ Subject line: Include the title of your play, for example: 10 Min Contest: MY GREAT PLAY

◦ Include your complete contact information in the body of the email.

◦ Tell us where you heard about the contest.

◦ Please include the title of your play in the file name. For example:
My Great Play-Blind.pdf
My Great Play.pdf

4. Email plays to: office@lakeshoreplayers.com

MAIL TWO COPIES
Don't know how to PDF? No problem.

1. Send one copy of the play with ALL contact information:

◦ play title

◦ your name

◦ your mailing address

◦ your phone number

◦ your email address

2. Include ANOTHER copy of play for the judges with NO contact information - just the title and the play.

3. Mail to: 
11th Annual Lakeshore Players 10-Minute Play Committee
4820 Stewart Ave. 
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

4. Plays will not be returned to you.

5. If you would like confirmation that we have received your script, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard with your script.

FINALISTS 


Plays chosen for production in our festival will receive $10 per Lakeshore performance of the play, and a copy of the program from the festival within 60 days of the festival weekend. Production photos will be uploaded to PhotoBucket and available for viewing, sharing, and downloading.

Any questions? E-mail: office@lakeshoreplayers.com

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

ATC INTERNATIONAL MINIFEST

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Rules and Guidelines

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

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

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

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

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

No late submissions will be accepted.

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

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

8. Successful playwrights will not be offered royalties.

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

10. Script submissions will only be accepted in electronic format

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

Yes Plays seeks musicals

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Yes Plays, LLC is a theatrical licensing company. Yes Plays supports and promotes emerging and established playwrights, composers, and lyricists working in all genres.

Yes Plays is seeking musicals to add to its catalog. Please submit a one page synopsis of the musical, a bio of the creative team, a sample of the sheet music, and an audio recording (if available) to submissions@yesplays.com.

Jewish Plays Project

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. It is not a Yiddish play.

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

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

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

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

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

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

SELECTION PROCESS:

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

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

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

Plays Not Submitted to the Contest:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

David Winitsky
Artistic Director 

Jeremy Stoller
Resident Dramaturg & Contest Producer

Seeking short plays about women in history

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365 Women a Year: A Playwriting Project is an open writers group that seeks female identifying playwrights who wish to join in our quest to write one acts about 365 women in history.

DETAILS

365 Women a Year: A Playwriting Project is an open writers group that seeks female identifying playwrights who wish to join in our quest to write one acts about 365 women in history.

The project will be reaching out to theaters around the country and world for March productions and readings. We will also be seeking opportunities for publication in the coming year.

Plays should not exceed 60 minutes or 60 pages. There will be separate sections of the project: 10 pages and under, 11-20 pages, 20+ pages, 30-60 pages, and musicals. Set and props should lean towards simpler and limit for the characters is 1-8.

Please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/429235263876823/ for more information.

Ask to join the group. Once you are accepted then you may post the name of the woman your play is about. The quota on Caucasian women has been reached, so we are now accepting only plays on women of color.

Deadline is December 31, 2014.
Contact Jess Eisenberg Chamblee at j.e.chamblee@gmail.com

Monday, September 8, 2014

Proscenium Journal Now Accepting Submissions for Winter Issue

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Proscenium Journal is the first quarterly journal dedicated to publishing high-caliber theatrical works (the fall issue is available at www.prosceniumjournal.com). Proscenium publications are free of charge and readily accessible online, allowing playwrights to share their work with newer and larger audiences. 

Proscenium accepts original plays of any length and style, original adaptations (as long as the rights for the adapted work are secured) and musicals. We also accept articles about playwriting and theatre.

We only accept submissions via email. Please email your original play or article to submissions@prosceniumjournal.com with the subject “Submission: [Title], [Author]” We would like you to submit your play as both a Word Document and PDF file. In addition, please submit an approximately 100-word author bio. If your play has been produced, please send us information about production history. There is no submission fee, and anyone is allowed to submit.

The deadline to be considered for the fall edition of Proscenium is December 5th, 2014. However, we accept submissions year-round and will consider them for future editions.

Please allow us four to six weeks to review your play. Due to the large number of submissions we receive, we regret that we cannot acknowledge all submissions.

Proscenium has has one-time, non-exclusive publication rights to plays published in the journal. The playwright retains all other rights.

For more information about Proscenium Journal, go to www.prosceniumjournal.com. If you have any questions about our submission process, please contact editors@prosceniumjournal.com.