Thursday, October 31, 2013

GET WHAT YOU WANT: November 2013

This month there are 22 contests, fellowships, and commissions highlighted for aspiring writers and dramatists.

Orange Tea Submission
Deadline: Dec. 1st

Orange Tea Theatre Company is an exciting new English language theatre company based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. We are appealing for new plays from developing playwrights to be performed in 2014. We are particularly interested in hearing from female playwrights and/or reading plays with strong female parts at this time. Please read our guidelines carefully before submitting.

  1. The plays should have between 2-6 actors (doubling possible), to be performed by actors ranging mid 20’s-mid 30’s. Please visit our Ensemble page at to get an idea of casting.Plays must be completed, full length, and run between 60-90 minutes.
  2. We favour contemporary plays in a modern day settings and encourage the use of unusual or creative performance settings (as opposed to conventional stage settings).
    Keep in mind that our demographic has a young, urban, and international outlook. Audiences are a mix of Dutch natives and expats.
  3. Please send your play with a 150 word breakdown of the content to no later than 1 December 2013.

Yale Institute for Music Theatre
Deadline: January 7th

Now in its fifth year, the Yale Institute for Music Theatre is a program of the Yale School of Drama (James Bundy, Dean) that bridges the gap between training and the professional world for emerging composers, book writers, and lyricists. A laboratory for the development of music theatre works, the Institute offers a two-week summer residency in New Haven. Up to three works will be selected.

This program is for college students or those who have graduated from an institution (undergrad or grad) in the last 5 years.

The Institute encourages rigorous exploration, experimentation, and collaboration in an intensive lab setting. The authors of the selected projects will be matched with professional directors and music directors, as well as a company of actors and singers that includes professionals from New York and current Yale students. The residency culminates in open rehearsal readings of each project, presented as part of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas.

Each member of the writing team will receive an honorarium of $1,000, as well as round-trip transportation and accommodation in New Haven.

Asuncion Playwrights Project
Deadline: Nov. 14th

Pregones Theater's Asunción Playwrights Project showcases the work of Latino and Latina playwrights exploring issues of difference and transformation at the limits of queer identity. The project fosters fun and genuine dialogue between playwrights, theatermakers, LGBTQ communities, and a general audience. We especially seek works that challenge normative straight/gay binaries. Submissions by women writers are encouraged. Both Spanish and English language manuscripts are welcome.
Finalists commit to a public reading and open discussion. A panel of peers, industry professionals, scholars, critics and previous winners makes the final selection of the year's winning play.

The winner receives a $500 award and the play is given a professionally cast workshop production at Pregones Theater.

Selection Process
The selection process is made up of two preliminary rounds.
The first round is open to all. A completed application form must be submitted with a 10 page sample of the work.
The second round is by invitation only. Up to eight playwrights from the first round are invited to submit their work in its entirety for final review. The public readings are selected from this group of finalists.
All plays must be original, full length works for the stage that have never been produced and are not currently under option. Plays may be submitted in Spanish or English. Monologues and/or one-person shows will not be considered. Asunción will only consider works of superior artistic rigor that meet two or more of the project's criteria:

  • explore issues of difference and transformation at the limits of queer identity;
  • challenge normative assumptions of gender;
  • present Latino spiritual and sensual explorations beyond the boundaries of gender and essentialist notions of sexual orientation;
  • go beyond coming out stories;
  • challenge normative notions of family;
  • dwell in alterity and encounter;
  • place queer expectations of love and sex in a Latino cultural/historical context;
  • are significant to the lives of Latino lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer people.

The Asunción Playwrights Project is recognized with a special merit recognition from HOLA Organization of Latin Actors and a feature in Ollantay Theater Magazine.

APPLICATION guidelines:
  1. Download and complete the
  2. Create a PDF sample with a brief description of the play and a selectio of NO MORE THAN 10 CONSECUTIVE PAGES from any part of your script. DO NOT SUBMIT A FULL COPY OF THE SCRIPT.
  3. PDF samples must be word-processed in typeface no smaller than 12 point, and double-spaced. You may submit works in either English or Spanish.
  4. If you are submitting more than one script, you must complete an application for each work. No more than two entries per writer will be accepted each year.
  5. Include a copy of your resume with the application.
  6. Email your completed application, work sample and resume to:
  7. All applications must be submitted only by the playwright. No agents or representatives.

Last Frontier Theatre Conference
Deadline: Nov. 18th

Prince William Sound Community College ( presents the 22nd Annual Last Frontier Theatre Conference (

The Last Frontier Theatre Conference has released its Call for Plays for the 2013 Play Lab. This year, the Conference will be June 8-14th. Selected plays receive a public reading, with both public and private feedback sessions led by theatre professionals. Authors must register for the Conference and be in attendance for their reading.

Accepted writers will also have an additional opportunity to present their work in the 10-Page Play Slam, the Monologue Workshop, and the late-night Fringe Festival.

Authors are asked to submit through the call for plays on the website:
using the on-line form on the Play Lab link.


  • Plays must be received by Nov. 18th
  • One submission per author.
  • Submissions should run between 20 minutes and 2 hours.
  • They can be of any genre except musical.
  • The play should not have received a professional production; readings and amateur productions are acceptable.

Plays presented at the Conference have gone on to productions throughout Alaska and the rest of the United States due to the exposure received there. Questions can be addressed to Conference Coordinator Dawson Moore at 907-834-1614 or

Sundance Theatre Lab
Deadline: Nov. 15th

The Theatre Lab welcomes applications for projects at any stage of development.Submitted work cannot have been previously produced, but may have received prior workshops or readings. Commissioned work is eligible for submission, however, playwrights must obtain written permission from their commissioning organization prior to applying.

Playwrights, directors, composers, ensembles, performance artists, or choreographers may submit applications. Playwright/director teams are permitted and encouraged to apply together; however, if you do not have a director attached to your project, please note that Sundance Institute will help to match you up with a director if your play is selected for inclusion in the Theatre Lab. Many emerging playwrights do not have access to a director and Sundance Institute is positioned to match these artists with an experienced director.

Sundance Institute is interested in both established and emerging theatre artists, as well as artists making a transition from areas outside of theatre. We welcome solo performers and projects for young audiences. Participants must be available for the entire length of the Theatre Lab (July 7-27, 2014). Artists may only submit one application. Previous applicants may re-apply, but not with previously submitted material. Applicants notified by April 15th.

Project Selection

Through open submissions, we consider an estimated 700+ projects. Sundance Institute looks for original, compelling, human stories that reflect the independent vision of the theatre artist. We are interested in supporting a diverse and daring group of theatre artists who tell unique stories, present material in a new form, or conceptualize existing material with an innovative vision. We look for writers and collaborators who are interested in genuinely exploring their material. The Theatre Lab is more than a place to “rehearse”; it is an environment that encourages and supports risk-taking, experimentation, and rigorous re-writing and re-imagining. In order for Sundance Institute to fully evaluate your submission, we require a 1-2 page artistic statement as part of the application (see below for additional information).

Each full-time Fellow (playwright, director, collaborator) receives a $1500 honorarium and company of actors (if applicable), selected by Sundance Institute in collaboration with the Fellows, to support their project. Actors are selected for their professionalism, versatility, and suitability for the development process. Actors operate on a Special Agreement with Actors’ Equity Association during the Theatre Lab.

Sundance Institute dramaturgs, a team of highly skilled professionals made up of affiliated senior dramaturgs and guest dramaturgs with wide experience in the realm of new play development, are uniquely qualified to provide engaged, considered, and empowering guidance to the projects during the Theatre Labs, to offer fresh perspectives on the work at hand, and to ensure the primacy of the participating artist’s independent vision. The Theatre Lab sees itself as a complement to, not a replacement of, any pre-existing developmental relationships participating artists may have on a given project, and is sensitive to the process of “passing the baton” at the conclusion of the Theatre Lab. We strongly encourage that each rehearsal room is open to members of the Lab community for quiet observation. If you do not feel comfortable allowing colleagues to observe your rehearsal process, the Sundance Institute Theatre Program may not be the most appropriate place for you.

Complete the online application form and upload your materials electronically. After submitting your materials online, you will receive an email that contains your Log Number.Please use this number in all communications with the Theatre Program. Materials to include:
  • Script Draft of your play or musical (unprotected Word or PDF document)
  • Artistic Statement (If applying as a playwright/director team, Sundance Institute requires a statement from both the playwright and director)
    • Describe the status of the project, including prior readings and workshops, and what you hope to accomplish at the Lab. Include comments on the content, style of the piece, and the team's objectives for the workshop.
  • Resumes/Bios for each collaborator
  • Letter of acknowledgement from a commissioning organization (if applicable)
  • $35 non-refundable application processing fee payable by credit card on the online application or send a check payable to SUNDANCE INSTITUTE (referencing your log number) with your application materials.

Deadline: Dec. 31

Each July, St. Louis Actors' Studio will produce the "LaBute New Theater Festival."

The Theater Festival will run yearly at the Gaslight Theater, 358 North Boyle Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63108( Inaugural event July 5-28, 2013)

Submissions will be accepted October 1 through December 31st .Successful entries will have no more than four characters, and be crafted specifically to exploit our intimate performance space. (18' x 18' stage) Changes in scenery or setting should be achievable quickly and with few major set moves.  Our focus is on fundamental dramaturgy: plot, character and theme.

Professional, new and previously unproduced one-act play submissions should include a letter of inquiry, a synopsis and a 10-page sample from the script.

Eight plays will be chosen: four to be performed in the first two weeks, four in the second two weeks.

Submissions should be sent to:

LaBute New Theater Festival
360 N Boyle
St. Louis, MO 63108

Geva Theatre
Deadline: Jan. 31st

Playwrights with professional representation may have their agents send full manuscripts at any time. Please note that lawyers and law firms do not qualify as professional representation.
To best accommodate our schedule of new play activities, we have an Inquiry Window, during which playwrights who are not working with an agent may send a submission inquiry. This year’s window is from November 1, 2013 to January 31, 2014. Inquiries submitted outside this time period cannot be processed. Before submitting a play for consideration, please look at our production history and at the lists of new plays we have commissioned or produced, as an indication of the kind of work we are likely to produce.

Please do not send us the first draft of a play. Due to the number of scripts we receive, we can only read any play one time, so make sure you are sending us your best work. Plays for consideration in our play development series must not have had more than one production at another theatre.
To have your play considered, submit the following:
  • A cover letter introducing yourself, with your full contact information.
  • Your creative resume and a development or production history of this play. If the play has had other developmental readings or productions, they must be included here.
  • A description of this play, no more than ½ page. This need not be a summary of the plot – we welcome a description of the play’s world, characters and conflict, and your reasons for writing it.
  • A complete list of characters.
  • A ten-page dialogue sample. Pages do not need to come from the beginning of your text but must be sequential.
  • Please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you would like materials to be returned.
Direct your inquiry to:
Jean Ryon
New Plays Coordinator
Geva Theatre Center
75 Woodbury Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14607
After reviewing your query, we will let you know whether or not we wish to read the entire script. Playwrights submitting Inquiries can anticipate hearing from us by June 30. Agents submitting plays should expect a response within 6-12 months.

Deadline: Dec. 18th

The InspiraTO Theatre Festival, now entering its 9th season, has produced 134 ten-minute plays to date. Each season over 100  theatre artists participate in Canada's largest ten-minute play festival. Be part of it all. See your story come to life.

InspiraTO's Ten-Minute Playwriting Contest is open to everyone without age or geographic restriction. You can only submit one play.  There are no submission fees.   
Deadline to submit a play:  Dec. 18, 2013 (midnight E.S.T.)

Submission guidelines:
1. The creative challenge: The staging of the play must involve two or more dimensions* i.e. fantasy & reality; fiction & history; past & present; living & dead; different psychological states (character & alter ego); spiritual & physical world;  reality & dream world; deaf & hearing; human & abstract; stage & breaking the fourth wall, etc.
*A dimension is anything occurring in the same time and space.

Please note: The actors in the script cannot just mention a different dimension - this needs to be shown on stage.  For example, a play where a character just talks about a ghost would not qualify: a ghost, would at some point, need to appear on stage, for the submission to qualify.
2. The play must be a ten-minute play. You must submit online (see instructions below):
Fill out the submission form completely and submit your play to (click on the link):  

Attach your script in a WORD document or in a PDF file.  Hit "submit". The WORD document must be compatible with Window XP. (Note: Vista & Mac formats are notcompatible).
The cover page should have the title of the play, the playwright's name and the list of characters. The pages should be numbered. The format should be easy to read.

We accept previously produced plays.  The playwright must own the rights to the play up to the end of June 2014 (i.e. the script cannot be owned by a publisher).  Any style is acceptable except musicals. We are particularly interested in scripts that aren't afraid to make bold choices: quality writing backed by imaginative staging.

Only those playwrights whose plays have been selected will be notified by January 21, 2014.   The plays will be selected by a committee from the Toronto theatre community.  
If selected, your play will be performed in Toronto, Canada from May 29 - June 7, 2014.  Between eleven to eighteen  ten-minute plays will be selected and performed. 1st Prize:$500 CDN.
Should your play be selected for inclusion in the festival, you are giving the non-exclusive right to Theatre InspiraTO to produce and perform the play in the 9th Annual InspiraTOFestival in Toronto (Canada's largest ten-minute play festival), in the May/June 2014.  TheInspiraTO Festival will find the cast, crew and market your play. Authors retain copyright and full ownership of their plays.

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

The submission must be 10 minutes.  Generally speaking scripts (including the stage directions, character names and dialogue) that are over 1,900 words are more than ten minutes long on stage.  This does not mean that all plays under 1,900 words are under ten minutes.  So be wise - use Word Count.  It also helps to read the play out loud and time it (keeping in mind all the pauses).  You don't want your hard work rejected because it was too long.
Get inspired. See your story come to life! Submit by Dec. 18, 2013.  

LSU Outworks 2013
Deadline: December 6th

The Louisiana State University Department of Theatre in Baton Rouge, LA is pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for Outworks 2014, a festival of new lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or queer (LGBTQ) themed one-act plays.

Submission Guidelines:
Submissions must be the author's own original 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.
Scripts must be LGBTQ-themed.

  • Submissions must be one-act plays, ranging from (10) ten to (30) thirty minutes in length.    
  • There is a limit of two scripts per playwright.
  • All Entries should be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format via e-mail to with “Outworks 2014” in the subject line.
  • Deadline is December 6, 2013
  • Scheduled production dates are April 29 - May 4, 2014
Submissions will be read and scored by a faculty/student committee. The committee will select six plays.  These six 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 16, 2014.

Submissions sent via email are preferred.  Please send submissions or inquiries to:

Macy Jones, Outworks Festival Curator, at: and put “Outworks 2014” in the subject line.

Telluride Playwrights Festival
Deadline: Dec. 31st

Sparky Productions produces this small, intimate festival in the beautiful, historic town of Telluride, Colorado in the summer of 2014. We provide travel expenses, housing and an evening communal meal. The participants meet most days when not rewriting. We are currently accepting submissions.  We charge a small submission fee that helps us cover the expenses of travel,  meals and lodging for playwrights.  

We are primarily interested in stories that provoke our attention and change us.   Challenging, funny, tragic, outrageous, well written and thoughtful, that’s what we’re looking for.   Plays that are nearly there but could do with a little extra push with our help.   In the past the plays we’ve worked on have gone on to be produced in larger cities such as Denver, New York and Chicago with the label  ”MADE IN TELLURIDE”

Please email play in pdf format, along with resume and synopsis.  There is a $10 donation fee to cover expenses that can be paid on the website.

Send us your exciting, groundbreaking new work.  We will notify chosen playwrights beginning of April.  

Email play to
Please click here for more information.

Eden Prairie Players
Deadline: Jan. 15th

Eden Prairie Players is accepting submissions of unpublished one act plays for its 2014 Collection of One Acts to be produced in the fall of 2014.
Please read the submission guidelines, then go to the One Acts Submission Form.
Submission Guidelines
  1. This year we are allowing only one submission per playwright.
  2. Unpublished one-act plays: dramas, comedies, etc. (previously-produced or stage readings OK)
  3. Length 45 minutes or under (we typically select most in the 10-30 minute range)
  4. Submit play as a single computer file (PDF strongly preferred) – hard copies NOT accepted
  5. Submit through the online submission form:
    1. Playwright contact information - name, email, address, phone.
    2. Name of play.
    3. Approximate duration.
    4. List of characters / descriptions: age, gender, race, etc. (please list allowable deviations)
    5. Short synopsis of the play, including a description of recommended set pieces and props
  6. After form is submitted, you will receive an email from with instructions for submitting the file as an email attachment. If you do not see this in your inbox shortly after submitting, you should check your Junk Mail folder. If you use a whitelist tool to prevent spam, please add this address to your whitelist. We cannot guarantee that we will follow up on bounced emails.
  7. Plays will be reviewed on a first come-first served basis, and we reserve the right to limit consideration to an arbitrary number of plays.
  • Selected plays will be paid a royalty of $15 per performance (we usually have 5-7 performances).
  • No compensation for selection process: By submitting your play(s) for consideration, you give Eden Prairie Players permission to make copies as needed for the selection process. You also give permission for your play to be performed without payment at unrehearsed table readings as part of the selection process.
To begin the submission process, go to the One Acts Submission Form.

McKnight National Residency and Commission
Deadline: Nov. 14th

Supported by a grant from The McKnight Foundation, this program aids in the commissioning and development of new works from nationally recognized playwrights. The recipient playwright receives a $12,500 commission, paid to the playwright according to an agreed upon schedule, at least two U.S. round-trip airline tickets, housing during the residency period, up to $5,750 in workshop funds to support the development of the play, a public reading of the commissioned play, and participation in the fall Fellowship Retreat.

Past recipients include: Kia Corthron, Kate Fodor, Daniel Alexander Jones, Sibyl Kempson, Craig Lucas, Taylor Mac, Ruth Margraff, Dan O'Brien, Betty Shamieh, Kathleen Tolan, and Mac Wellman.

Selection Process
Applications are screened for eligibility by the Playwrights' Center and evaluated by an initial select panel of professional theater artists; finalists are then evaluated by a second panel of Minnesota theater artists. Selection is based on artistic excellence, professional achievement, and proposed residency plans, and is guided by the Playwrights' Center's mission statement. Playwrights' Center staff do not participate in selection decisions.

Application and guidelines:

Jerome Fellowship
Deadline: Nov. 24th

The Playwrights' Center Jerome Fellowships are awarded annually, providing emerging American playwrights with funds and services to aid them in the development of their craft. Four $16,000 fellowships will be awarded in 2014, in addition to $1,500 in development support. Fellows spend a year-long residency in Minnesota and have access to Center opportunities, including workshops with professional directors, dramaturgs and actors.

The Playwrights' Center has awarded these fellowships in partnership with the Jerome Foundation since 1976. Past recipients include Lee Blessing, Lisa D'Amour, Kristoffer Diaz, Dan Dietz, Sarah Gubbins, Naomi Iizuka, Melanie Marnich, Rhiana Yazzie, Martín Zimmerman and August Wilson.

Selection Process
Applicants are screened for eligibility by the Playwrights' Center and evaluated by an initial select panel of professional theater artists; finalists are then evaluated by a second panel of national theater artists. Selection is based on artistic excellence, potential for growth, and commitment to a vital life working in the field. The selection process is guided by the Playwrights' Center's mission statement. The Playwrights' Center does not participate in selection decisions.

Application and guidelines:

Many Voices
Deadline: Feb. 13th

Many Voices Fellowships are awarded annually to two artists of color with previous playwriting experience and/or training. In response to a national field study commissioned by the Playwrights' Center and the Jerome Foundation, the Many Voices Fellowships was significantly expanded in the 2013-14 fellowship year, offering a doubled award and opening to writers of color residing outside of Minnesota.
One fellowship will be awarded to a Minnesota playwright, and one fellowship will be awarded to either a Minnesota or national playwright. Both Many Voices Fellowships will provide a $10,000 stipend, an additional $2,500 for living expenses, and $1,500 in play development funds. The Fellowship will also focus heavily on building connections with theater leaders and companies in the Twin Cities and nationwide.
Many Voices Fellows participate in monthly meetings facilitated by Many Voices Program Coordinator Christina Ham to share works-in-progress and receive feedback in preparation for a developmental workshop. Fellows have many opportunities to build connections with local theater artists toward future development and production. Fellows also receive a free two-year Playwrights' Center membership and access to other services and opportunities through the Playwrights' Center.
To learn more about the updated Many Voices Fellowship, read the press release or learn about the history of the Many Voices program.


  • Applicants for the Many Voices Fellowship may not have had more than one play produced by professional theaters at the time of application. These productions are defined as such where the author and/or primary artists (actors, directors, creative collaborators) were compensated, and received at least ten public performances. Ten-minute or one-act plays and university, college, secondary school, amateur, and Equity showcase/waiver productions are not considered full productions.
  • Previous Many Voices participants (including multi-year participants) are eligible to apply.
  • Current or past Playwrights' Center Core Writers, Jerome fellows, or any McKnight playwriting fellows are not eligible to apply.
  • If desired, a Many Voices fellow may reapply for a second year, though the Fellowship may only be repeated once.
  • Many Voices Fellowships are available to artists of color, 21 years of age or older, who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
  • Students in K-12 educational programs or enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs are not eligible.
  • Recipients must maintain residency in Minnesota and within 75 miles of the Twin Cities during the grant year (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015).
  • Fellowship recipients may not receive any other Playwrights' Center fellowships or grants during the grant year.
  • Recipients are required to participate actively in Playwrights' Center programs during the grant year; including possible teaching and community engagement.
  • Fellowship period begins July 1, 2014 and ends June 30, 2015. All fellowship requirements must be met during that time.

Strangeloop Theatre
Deadline: open

Strangeloop Theatre is now accepting submissions for our 2014/2015 Season! Strangeloop is committed to producing new or newly adapted work. Every season Strangeloop produces 2 full-length shows, a one hour Christmas show, 2 festivals of short plays and scenes from larger works, and several other workshop and reading performances. We are accepting submissions for all of these categories.

For more information on submission guidelines, please visit our website at
To submit your work or to ask questions about Strangeloop new play production and development, please contact Please note in the subject line whether your submission is a full-length work, a short play or a piece in process.

The Julliard School’s Lila Acheson Wallace Playwright Program
Deadline: Dec. 15th

Click on link for list of application requirements:

The Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program encourages and aids the development of new and diverse voices in the American theater.
Under the direction of Christopher Durang and Marsha Norman the Playwrights Program offers one-year, tuition-free, graduate level fellowships to four writers. Selected playwrights may be invited to continue their studies through a second academic year, thereby completing a total of 52 credits for the two-year fellowship period and earning an Artist Diploma in Playwriting.
Juilliard's Playwrights Program is purposely small and allows the artists to focus on the practical aspects of dramatic writing while at the same time they are encouraged to take advantage of the wealth of resources within Juilliard's walls, and those afforded via the School's prime location on Broadway — the greater New York City theater scene. Students may take any class in the Drama Division and are encouraged to see productions around the city by receiving free or discounted tickets to many events on- and off-Broadway. The essence of the Playwrights Program lies in the weekly master class with the playwright heads focusing on dramatic structure and the cultivation of each writer's individual voice. Twice monthly lab readings of the students' work allow the writers, with the help of Juilliard acting students and alumni, to tackle the practical aspects of creating a new play. In addition, seminars centering on other aspects of the theatrical profession are planned on a quarterly basis. The year's end culminates when students in the playwrights residency present their work to professionals from New York and around the country in a showcase evening. The intention is that these events will create a bridge for these artists between Juilliard and the larger community.

New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellowship
Deadline: Nov. 4th

To apply:

The United States is rapidly changing. The U.S. Census Bureau expects that by the year 2050, there will be 439 million Americans (there are 312 million of us now) and for the first time, there will be no single racial or ethnic majority.

These projections provoke thoughts about the transformations that will take place in the American landscape over the next 37 years—technologically, environmentally, demographically, and artistically. They are a catalyst for broader questions about our moral and artistic future. How do we define diversity? Whose stories aren't being told? What lies ahead for our world?

In response to these questions, NYTW has expanded its Fellowship program to support the diversity of voices that will make up this new minority majority. NYTW is re-affirming our responsibility to nurture artists who reflect this multiplicity of perspectives, challenge the dominant paradigm, and give voice to those whose experiences are not often heard.

The 2050 Fellowship is an expansion of NYTW's Emerging Artists of Color Fellowship, established in 1995 out of NYTW's fundamental belief that a diversity of thought, experience and culture is crucial to theatrical innovation. We remain committed to this conviction by expanding the way we identify an artist who is eligible for our Fellowships toward a more inclusive and wider range of artists of varied backgrounds and aesthetics.

As an institution, NYTW is constantly interacting with and being informed by the diverse body of artists we serve. We seek to listen and respond to untold stories and underrepresented voices, and our roster of artists has always embodied a multitude of communities. In addition, as both a laboratory for theatrical exploration and a producer of plays, NYTW supports projects that are aesthetically, thematically, and methodologically varied. We seek Fellows who reflect, celebrate, and practice this diversity, and who are dedicated and motivated candidates wishing to develop their talents and craft by participating in a dynamic, artist-centered creative community.

NYMF: New Link Project
Deadline: Nov. 11th

The largest annual musical theatre event in the nation is now accepting submissions for the 2014 Next Link Project!
Are you a musical theatre writer? Have you written a show that you'd like to produce in New York? Submit your show today to the New York Musical Theatre Festival’s Next Link Project!
The Next Link Project is NYMF’s primary writer service program. It empowers emerging musical theater writing teams by providing entrepreneurial training, career networking opportunities, dramaturgical support, and other services, culminating in a subsidized production in the Festival. The Next Link Project is open to any writer – produced or unproduced, with or without agency representation.
Next Link Project participants receive the following benefits:
-A $5,000 subsidy towards their production at NYMF 2014
-Additional savings in production fees, and discounted technical and marketing support
-Dramaturgical support
-Seminars and workshops geared toward helping them successfully prepare, present, and promote their NYMF production
-Access to exclusive industry networking events
The following application materials are required as electronic files:
Complete script (PDF files only, please)
Demo recording, containing at least 75% of the songs in the show,
2-3 page synopsis,
Script sample consisting of 15 consecutive pages,
Author bios and Production History
The Early Bird Deadline is midnight, Thursday, October 3, 2013.
Submission Fee: $55
The Final Deadline is extended to midnight, Monday, November 11, 2013. Submission Fee: $75
For More information visit: Submit your show today to be considered for the 2014 Festival!

Jewish Play Contest
Deadline: Nov. 21st

The jewish plays project* announces the return of jpp's competition for full-length plays dealing with contemporary jewish themes. Using a curated jury process followed by a series of live selection events, the Contest will give equal voice to jewish audiences and artists in creating jewish theater for the 21st Century.

(*We consistently use a lower-case “j” in the words “jewish” and “jew”. This is meant to unload the words of some historical baggage, and to indicate that I understand these as ideas and abstractions, rather than definitive national traits. No offense is meant.)

The jpp seeks to give theatrical voice to the 21st Century jewish experience, in all its forms. While we value history, we are particularly fond of 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.

Important note: the Contest is open to artists of all backgrounds, denominations, faiths, creeds, religions and other ideals.

SUBMISSION: Entries are due by November 21 at 6 pm (Happy Hanukkah!). Playwrights must fill out the Contest Application form (

As part of the form, playwrights will upload their play 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. (We have a separate category for those. See
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.
7. It is unpublished.
8. It is NOT a musical (plays with music may apply).

SELECTION PROCESS: The Contest strives to engage a broad audience in a discussion of what new jewish theater should be. All scripts are reviewed by an Artistic Panel of actors, directors, writers and academics for their aesthetic value, and structural and stylistic innovation. This group selects a Top 10 (or so) that continues on to our public contests. Finalists will be announced in January 2014.

THE PRIZE: The winning play will receive development as part of the jpp’s 3rd OPEN Festival of new jewish theater at the 14th Street Y in June of 2014. The writer will receive a residency, reading or workshop plus artist travel to New York. The Top 10 plays in the Contest will be considered for further development by the jpp, either as part of the Festival or through other programs.

The jpp's development process connects the best scripts to the hottest artists in New York. Past directors have included Daniella Topol, Benjamin Kamine, and Pirronne Yousefazadeh; actors have included Aya Cash, Bob Ari, Winnie Holzman, Teddy Bergman, Kathryn Kates and a host of others. The plays we highlight have gone on to production and development opportunities in New York and elsewhere. Throughout the year, we communicate with theaters and producers all over the country, and pitch the heck out of the scripts we love.. (See for more)

CONTEST PARTNERS: JCC Metrowest and Carol Berman; JCC New Haven and Dede Komisar; LABA: National Laboratory for New Jewish Culture and Becky Skoff; the Louis T. Roth Foundation and Natan/Birthright NEXT. The jpp was ignited by PresenTense.

For more information and to submit your play, visit:

FULLERTON COLLEGE: 25th Annual Play Festival
Deadline: Nov. 4th

The Resident Theatre Company (RTC) at Fullerton College is seeking submissions of original full-length plays and original full length musical theatre works of any genre for its 23rd Annual Playwright's Festival to be held January 6-23, 2014 in the Fullerton College Bronwyn Dodson Theatre.

In January each year the Fullerton College RTC Playwrights' Festival assembles a company of student actors, professional directors, and a professional dramaturge in a two week process of helping playwrights to discover and develop their plays. Each play is given a careful workshop critique, several rehearsals, and a prepared reading for an audience of company members and general public, followed by a post-presentation discussion with the audience.

Company members in the Festival have the unique opportunity to participate in the script development process from several angles. Performers have the chance to be the first to bring life to a written character, as well as learn the skills of efficient preparation for script-in-hand reading and the flexibility necessary for working with a fluid and changing script. Company members watch the process unfold and see how various choices impact the direction of a play, learning various critical tools to help understand why and how a piece of theater has its effect. By the time of the rehearsed readings, members of the company will be able to respond to the scripts both as performers and as colleagues of the playwrights.

The Festival is looking for directors, actors, dramaturges, and administrative staff to participate in Playwright Festival workshops and staged readings. There are also positions available for assistant dramaturges: students who want to focus on the playmaking and revision process. Assistant dramaturges will learn critical tools and methods for useful and positive interaction with playwrights in the middle of a sensitive and often fragile revision process. This will be valuable for those interested in writing themselves, as well as for those studying critical theory.
Deadline for submissions is Monday, November 4th, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Play submissions should be sent by e-mail to Artistic Director,

Artistic Director: Amberly Chamberlain
Dramaturge: William Mittler
Please contact William Mittler for more information

T. Schreiber Studio 10-minute Play Festival
Deadline: January 1st

T. Schreiber Theatre is looking for short plays (10 minutes or less) that deal with, or question, the concept of national identity.

Plays should be in English, but submissions from playwrights outside the U.S. are strongly encouraged.

Sets, props, and costumes should be all be minimal (tables, chairs, etc. – nothing that will require construction or a significant purchase).

T. Schreiber Theatre encourages submissions that make creative use of sound and lighting. (Plays will be fully produced, and we have a wide variety of sound equipment and lighting instruments available).

Submission Deadline: January 1, 2014

Plays will be produced at the Gloria Maddox Theatre at T. Schreiber Studio & Theatre in March 2014.

There is no fee for submission.

Please send all scripts in pdf or Word format to: with “Schreiber's Shorts” and the name of your play in the Subject line.

Deadline: January 1st

Each year, Kitchen Dog Theater selects one original script to receive:
* A fully staged production (as part of our regular season – a five-week run)
* Paid travel to Dallas, TX (if necessary) to work with the Director, Cast and Crew
* Royalty stipend (amount TBD)
* Seven other original scripts will be selected for staged readings as part of the Festival (travel not included).

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

All un-produced scripts will be recycled.

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

Gulfshore Playhouse
Deadline: first 100 submissions

Gulfshore Playhouse announces a call for submissions for their Second Annual New Works Festival to take place in late summer 2014. The New Works Festival will bring together four playwrights and a team of actors and directors for a week-long festival in which each playwright will hone their play and then present their work to an audience.
The Second Annual New Works Festival follows the success of Gulfshore Playhouse's inaugural New Works Festival. The festival, which took place August 12-17, 2013, featured Point Last Seen by Scott OrganThe Butcher by Gwydion Suilebhan, and Out of Orbit by Jennifer Maisel.

"We are committed to fostering the work of playwrights as they take important steps in their creative process. The expansion of our New Works Festival will ensure that Gulfshore Playhouse continues to play its part in the growth of American Theatre," states Kristen Coury, Founder and Producing Artistic Director.

Gulfshore Playhouse will accept the first 100 submissions from playwrights and agents for consideration. Those interested should submit digital copies of plays that have not had a full production Submitters will receive a confirmation of receipt from The Playhouse following submission. Gulfshore Playhouse will announce the plays selected for the Second Annual New Works Festival on June 1, 2014.

Gulfshore Playhouse's 2013-2014 Season will continue with new Award-Winning Drama Something Intangible by Bruce Graham, the heartfelt reimagining of Dicken's classic tale Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, the World Premiere of Suzanne Bradbeer's The God Game, Ken Ludwig's new hilarious play The Game's Afoot, and Arthur Miller's American classic, All My Sons. Subscriptions and single tickets are available at or by calling 866-811-4111.

Gulfshore Playhouse is passionately devoted to creating high-quality professional theatre at affordable prices and diverse educational opportunities for our region. Producing a full season of plays ranging from venerated classics and Broadway hits to contemporary plays and world premieres, Gulfshore Playhouse is committed to surpassing the standards of every valued patron while continuing to contribute to the vibrant arts and culture scene in Southwest Florida.

For more information, please contact Maura Lohan, Marketing & Audience Services Coordinator at 239-261-PLAY (7529) or

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