Friday, March 2, 2012

GET WHAT YOU WANT: March Playwriting Opps

March 2012 List of Contests and Competitions for playwrights

Orange Hanky Production Call for New Plays
Deadline: rolling

Orange Hanky Productions is accepting submissions of original gay plays for our sixth reading series this June.

Orange Hanky’s mission is to produce original plays which raise the bar on gay theater, tackling the issues facing gay people in a truthful, raw and fresh way. OHP seeks out plays which break new ground in the representation of gay characters, plays in which simply being gay is not in and of itself the conflict. Orange Hanky’s productions present situations which are uniquely gay but are motivated by needs and fears which resonate with everyone, regardless
of sexuality.

Submitted plays should be between one and two hours in length, and must contain significant LGBT content. Please, per our mission statement, no plays dealing with being in the closet or coming out.
Plays may have had prior readings and workshops, but must never have had a production in New York.

To apply, please email to your script and, in a separate document, a cover letter, including your contact information, the title of the play, a brief description of the piece, and (if applicable) the play’s previous reading, workshop and non-NY
production history.

For more information, visit our website at

The Civilians

Global Call for Submissions from The Civilians for Occupy Your Mind
Hi! I' sharing this here project I'm coordinating with The Civilians
in Brooklyn. This grassroots project is called Occupy Your Mind which
is dedicated to collecting the living history of the Occupy movement
through interviews and live performances shared online.

We intend this to be our largest Investigative Theater project yet.
All performances and scripts will be posted on which will then be able to be
downloaded and shared with everybody for them to watch or re-perform
in their communities.

This is a fabulous project to do and also to assign if any of you are
teaching docu-drama/investigative theater.

email me with any questions about the project. We're looking forward
to hearing all those Occupy Stories!!!
The Civilians / Occupy Your Mind
23 hours ago

Deadline: May 4th

**IMPORTANT CHANGE: This year, we will be accepting electronic
submissions ONLY.** E-mail all submissions to

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants will be eligible for the program
with one of the following qualifications:  1) Participation in a
graduate program in theatrical writing within the last five years; or
2) Participation in an organized theatrical workshop within the last
five years; or 3) Comparable experience, and a recommendation by a
theater professional or theater educator; or 4) Pertinent, documented
practical experience. All applicants must be residents of New York or
the surrounding metropolitan area for the time of their fellowship.
Applicants must also be prepared to meet on alternate Monday evenings
of every month, and to make themselves available, if possible, to
participate in observerships, assistantships, etc. when those
opportunities arise.


Please submit a cover letter telling us why you would like to
participate in the Dramatists Guild Playwriting Fellowship Program; a
resume containing pertinent contact information for you; 20 pages of a
script you have written. Please name submission as follows:
LastNamePlayTitle (for example: NottageRuined.pdf. The document(s)
must be e-mailed as a PDF.


Please submit a cover letter telling us why you would like to
participate in the Dramatists Guild Musical Theater Fellowship
Program; a resume containing pertinent contact information for you;
mp3 files of four (4) songs with lyric sheets; a brief description of
each song as to its plot placement, and a brief synopsis of the
musical. Musical submissions need not be elaborately produced; piano
and voice is sufficient. Please note that we can only accept music in
the mp3 format. Please e-mail each song separately and name them as
follows: LastNameMusicalTitleSong# (for example:
FlahertyRagtime#1.mp3) The other documents must be e-mailed as a PDF.

**PLEASE NOTE: if you are applying as a Musical Theater Fellow and you
write both music and lyrics, you may apply alone as a “self-contained”
writer. Members of collaborative teams must apply together.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept people who write only lyrics or only
music without a writing partner, as we cannot pair collaborators. The
cover letter and materials submitted should make it clear whether you
and your collaborator are applying as a team or whether you write both
music and

Princess Grace
Deadline: March 31st

Essentially, we encourage emerging playwrights to apply at the
beginning of their careers so that through the New Dramatists
Fellowship, they can develop their work as well as benefit from being
a part of a unique, diverse, dynamic community of professional
playwrights. An applicant’s status as an emerging playwright is
evaluated during the adjudication process.

One playwright will be selected to receive:
• A grant in the amount of $7,500
• A residency (including transportation costs) at New Dramatists, Inc.
in New York City
• Inclusion of script in New Dramatists’ library
• National distribution of the recipient’s script to scriptshare
subscribers for the duration of the fellowship
• Opportunity for winning play to be licensed and published by Samuel
French, Inc.


A&E Development Pipeline
Deadline: April 3rd

A&E Network and the NYTVF are teaming up for the second installment of
an innovative program seeking original unscripted television
treatments from independent artists and production companies.
Producers should focus on treatments that focus on big characters in
exciting and fresh worlds that are highly entertaining and of the
moment. Twenty-five semi-finalists will be reviewed by the network
with five finalists receiving development funding to produce
additional tape. Finally, one winner will receive $10,000 and the
opportunity to participate in the production of a pilot based on their

A screening committee of NYTVF officials will narrow the pool of
entrants down to 25 semi-finalists. These semi-finalists will be
presented to A&E development executives, who will select five
finalists, each of whom will receive notes on their projects and
$2,500 to shoot short presentations, exploring their subject, under
the guidance of an A&E approved production partner. One winner,
selected by A&E, will be awarded $10,000 and he/she will participate
in the production of the pilot.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting
Deadline: starts March 15- May 1st

No applicant may have earned more than $5,000 writing for film or
television. Scripts should be in standard form, approximately 90-120
pages. Only PDF screenplays submitted through online application are
accepted. Equal collaborations by exactly two writers are eligible.
Adaptations of another person's work are not eligible, even if that
work is in the public domain or if the entrant has acquired rights to
the work.

Up to five $35,000 fellowships.

Prize includes plane ticket to Los Angeles and one week hotel
accommodations for each out of town finalist and fellow; industry
seminars; lunch with Nicholl Committee; Awards Dinner.

Check out website:

Laity Theatre Company
Deadline: March 15th

 Laity Theatre Company is always seeking unproduced and unpublished
materials for readings or workshops. We're open to works for women,
people of color, young audiences and people with disabilities.
Preferred Genre(s): Plays: Drama or Comedy, Musicals. Preferred
Length: Any length. Submission Materials: Query, synopsis, 15pg sample
or complete play. For musicals send only 3 - 4 songs MP3's of where
they fit in the musical and a piano - vocal score of those songs. NO

Application Packet:

InterAct Theatre 20/20 New Play Commissions
Deadline May 1st

InterAct Theatre Company is pleased to announce that the fifth round
of submissions for its 20/20 New Play Commissions will have a deadline
of Tuesday, May 1, 2012.

Long established as one of the country’s most devoted producers of
provocative new plays, InterAct seeks to use the 20/20 Commissions to
fund the most adventurous, complex, and dramatically interesting plays
of tomorrow. Commissions should embrace and explore the wide range of
stories that unfold when the larger forces of our world impact the
individual. Twelve commissions and grants have already been awarded to
plays ranging in style from hard-hitting drama to absurdist

For this round of commissions we want to focus on our hometown. Plays
that speak strongly to or about Philadelphia will be given extra
consideration, as will locally grown writers. However, submissions are
NOT LIMITED to Philly and Philadelphians. Passion is the most
important part of your proposal. Also keep in mind that two plays
recently submitted as both a sample play and a development grant - IN
A DAUGHTER'S EYES by A. Zell Williams and MICROCRISIS by Mike Lew -
ended up receiving productions on our main stage. So there is
additional value to submitting a proposal!

About InterAct Theatre Company

InterAct Theatre Company, located in Philadelphia, PA, is the home of
America's most thought-provoking plays. In its twenty-four seasons,
InterAct has introduced Philadelphia audiences to a canon of plays
exploring the most important issues of the past two decades: From the
fall of communism to the rise of fundamentalism, from religious
extremism to American consumerism, from AIDS to genocide. Satire,
farce or drama: an InterAct play will always provoke thought and spark

InterAct is a founding member of the National New Play Network and the
Philadelphia New Play Initiative.

About InterAct’s 20/20 Commissions

There are two types of awards associated with the program:

    • Development Awards (ranging from $500-$1000) - through which
InterAct commits funds toward the further development of a play,
including dramaturgical consultation, private and public readings and
workshops. Development Awards are given to works already in progress,
but not yet production ready.

    • New Play Commissions (ranging from $5000-$10,000) - in which a
new and wholly or substantially unwritten play is commissioned and
similarly aided in its development by InterAct.

Up-to-Date Playwriting CV:  Be sure to include the development
history, if any, of the proposed work.
One copy of a previously completed full-length script:  Submitted
scripts need not have received previous productions for submission. If
possible, please submit a script that fits within InterAct’s central
mission. If you do not feel that you have a script suitable to our
mission, you may send whatever script you feel best exemplifies the
quality and style of your writing.

Please note:

The postmark deadline for completed fifth cycle applications is
Midnight EST May 1, 2012, and InterAct will notify all playwrights of
its decision via email by September 17, 2012.
    All parts of the application should be submitted as PDFs sent to Please label the PDFs clearly
following this format:

        - Jean Genet Statement
        - Jean Genet CV
        - Jean Genet The Maids (Sample)
        - Jean Genet The Balcony (DA Submission)

    Only full-length plays are eligible for commission or development.
Musicals and bills of related one-act plays will not be considered.
Collaborations are welcome.
    For all 20/20 New Play Commissions, InterAct reserves the right of
first production.
    There is no fee to apply.

Applications should be emailed to

Deadline: rolling
We are looking for enthusiastic writer for our new media company: This company produces shows with a social network
interface, is looking for talented writers who can write generic
comedy script, monologues, skits and up to date political
comedy/satire with a progressive liberal bent. Pays $10-50 a clip, on
production. Send submissions and personal info to To join egarage community, sign up at

Orange Tea Theatre
Deadline: March 19th

Orange Tea Theatre Company is an exciting new English language theatre
company based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.  We are appealing for a
new play to be performed here late spring or early summer.

This would be a great opportunity for someone looking to have a world
or European premiere of his or her writing, and an opportunity to
build a relationship with a budding company.

Please read our guidelines carefully before submission.


It can only have 2-4 characters total, and it will be performed by
actors ranging mid 20’s-mid 30’s.
It must be full length and run between 1 to 1.5 hours
It must have a contemporary voice, reflect our modern society and be
understood by a Eurocentric audience.

Please send your play with a 100 word breakdown of the content to no later than 19 March 2012.  You will be
notified by mid- April if your play has been accepted.  Please note we
may receive a high volume of plays and we will only be able respond
critically to our top choices.  Payment is subject to funding.

 More information about our company may be found at

Laundromat Project
Deadline: March 23rd

Artists of color…with a demonstrated creative practice and who are
interested in (or already) making socially-engaged art. Proposed
projects can use any medium or artistic genre as long as it can be
adapted to a site-specific project in a working coin-op.
-who live in the Greater New York Metropolitan Area (including Jersey
City and Newark) and Philadelphia.
-who are available to fully participate in all residency activities
from May – October 2012.
-who are not enrolled as a full-time student at any point during the residency.

Benefits to Artists
The Laundromat Project is able to provide all Create Change participants with:
Honorarium ($3000) and production budget ($1000)
Access to a rich network of local and national peers, activists, arts
professionals, curators, funders, and change agents
Opportunity to form a peer network with other area artists on a bi-weekly basis
A peer learning process for workshopping your creative vision, sharing
strategies, and exchanging ideas
Additional opportunities for support as program alumni

Additionally, Create Change Public Artists in Residence are resourced with:
Support in promoting the public art project and generating participation
Support in documenting the work
A culminating event that features their Create Change project at the
end of the residency cycle

Figment 2012 Weekend
Deadline: May 1st

This year, FIGMENT NYC will take place during the weekend of June 9-10
on Governors Island in New York City. We are seeking proposals for
FIGMENT Weekend projects. Projects can include but are not limited to:
installations, performances, games, activities, workshops, multimedia,
electronic art, music, social experiments, etc. Your FIGMENT Weekend
project can be submitted by an individual or collective of
individuals. Projects will be selected based on creativity,
interactivity, structural integrity, context and impact,
sustainability, feasibility, budget, and community involvement.

Van Lier Directing Fellowship
Deadline: April 2nd

This fellowship designed to give emerging Hispanic/Latino directors an
opportunity to mount two professional theater productions at
Repertorio EspaƱol. Candidates must be Hispanic/Latino and 30 years
old or younger. They must also live full time in the five boroughs of
New York City. Have completed BA or MFA in dramatic arts and must not
be currently enrolled in any university or a full time theatre
training program. All applicants must be citizens or permanent
residents of the United States.

The ideal fellows will have some previous experience in directing, an
integral knowledge of classical Spanish theatre, contemporary Latin
American theatre as well as a familiarity of Hispanic-American

Monday, April 2, 2012 at 11:59pm (timestamp)

For an application, please send an e-mail as soon as possible
expressing your interest to with the words “Van
Lier” in the subject line.


Helen Day Art Center
Deadline: March 19th

Helen Day Art Center is accepting submissions for Exposed, the 21st
annual outdoor sculpture exhibition in Stowe, Vermont. This call is
open for artists working within the field of sculpture, public art,
participatory or social practice, and performance. The exhibition will
run from July 8th - October 8th 2011. Application deadline is March
19, 2012. Please see for details.

Box of Jars Journal
Deadline: March 15th

Box of Jars Volume Two - Call for Submissions
Box of Jars, an online journal of words, music, art, and ideas, is
seeking submissions for its second volume.

With a unique user experience, Box of Jars presents original work in a
variety of media. Submit art, writing, sound, video, or
multi-disciplinary work. If it speaks to you, make it speak to us.

The submission deadline for Volume Two is March 15. For submission
guidelines, visit


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