Sunday, December 6, 2015

GET WHAT YOU WANT: December 2015

1.
Premiere Stages Play Festival
deadline: 1/3/16


Beginning October 1, 2015 through January 3, 2016, Premiere Stages will accept submissions of unproduced new plays from playwrights born or currently residing in the greater metropolitan area (New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania). There is no fee to enter. All plays submitted to the festival are evaluated by a professional panel of theatre producers, dramaturgs, playwrights, scholars and publishers.

Four of the submitted plays will be selected for staged readings with Equity casts in March 2016 and awarded cash prizes. Following the March readings, the winner of Play Festival is selected for a full production during Premiere Stages’ 2016 mainstage season and awarded $2000; a second play will be selected for a 29-hour Staged Reading and be awarded $750, and the two other finalist writers will be awarded $500.

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

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

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


2.
Geva Theatre Festival
deadline: 3/31/16

The following guidelines apply to submissions for our Festival of New Theatre, Plays in Progress and general production consideration.

Playwrights with professional representation may have their agents send full manuscripts at any time. Please note that lawyers and law firms do not qualify as professional representation.

To best accommodate our schedule of new play activities, we have an Inquiry Window, during which playwrights who are not working with an agent may send a submission inquiry. This year’s window is fromNovember 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016. Inquiries submitted outside this time period cannot be processed. Looking for other places to submit your play before the next Inquiry Window? The blog Play Submissions Helperkeeps an updated list of new play deadlines. Before submitting a play for consideration, please look at our production history and at the lists of new plays we have commissioned or produced, as an indication of the kind of work we are likely to produce.

Please do not send us the first draft of a play. Due to the number of scripts we receive, we can only read any play one time, so make sure you are sending us your best work. Plays for consideration in our play development series must not have had more than one production at another theatre.

To have your play considered, submit the following:
●     A cover letter introducing yourself, with your full contact information.
●     Your creative resume and a development or production history of this play. If the play has had other developmental readings or productions, they must be included here.
●     A description of this play, no more than ½ page. This need not be a summary of the plot – we welcome a description of the play’s world, characters and conflict, and your reasons for writing it.
●     A complete list of characters.
●     A ten-page dialogue sample. Pages do not need to come from the beginning of your text but must be sequential.
●     Please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you would like materials to be returned.

3.
Ashland New Plays Festival
deadline: January 15th (or when 400 qualifying scripts have been received)

ANPF’s flagship festival is an international playwriting competition that culminates in the reading of four new plays culled from hundreds of submissions by a cadre of volunteer readers. This unique and much-loved five-day festival in Ashland, Oregon, features professional actors from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the community. The event includes rehearsals and two staged readings of each winning play. Four winning playwrights receive a $1,000 stipend and local accommodations. Submissions will be accepted until January 15, 2016 or when 400 qualifying scripts have been received.


4.
Midtown International Theatre Festival
deadline: 2/22/16
website: http://www.midtownfestival.org/

CALL FOR SCRIPTS/VARIETY ACTS
MITF: Spring is a combination of short plays and musicals, a Variety division, the Short Play Lab, and staged readings.

Short plays and musicals are the mainstay of the MITF Short Subjects. We're looking for any kind of short play or musical that fits the guidelines:

* 30 - 60 min. long
* Easy to produce in a no-frills festival
* Any genre. (Plays using guns as props will not be considered).
* Union and non-union shows are accepted.
* Plays must be sent in Word Document or PDF File.
* Pages MUST be numbered and script must be in standard playscript format.*

The Festival will take place at the Workshop Theater's Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th St., NYC. MITF: Spring runs from March 7-27. The Short Play Lab runsSaturday, March 12 - Sunday, March 13.

Short plays and musicals receive 3 performances, all in the same week. Producers receive a share of the profits, if any. Shows receive a tech rehearsal equal to 2.5 times the running time of the show.

The Variety division spans cabaret, magic, improv, sketch comedy, standup, and burlesque. Acts can be solo or group affairs, so long as they fit within an hour, including setup and strike, and so long as they bring their own music director and so forth. The Festival provides a keyboard and amp. Shows receive a 1-hour tech rehearsal and a share of the profits, if any.

The Short Play Lab is just like the regular Short Play Labs throughout the year: 2 programs of about 10 short plays each (not to exceed 10 min. in length), each program performed twice. The Festival takes the door; 2 cash prizes are awarded to the most popular shows, 1 from each program. Each show receives no more than 20 min. of tech rehearsal.

For all shows, the Festival provides a theatre (the WorkShop Theater JewelBox), shared scenery (rehearsal cubes, a table, and 4 chairs), front-of-house staff, a board op (NOT a lighting designer), and a keyboard plus amp if necessary. Shows must be fully produced (off book!).

In addition to the fully produced shows, there will also be staged readings on weekday afternoons. Producers wishing to present a staged reading must make sure their reading doesn't exceed 3 hours and must pay a $100 fee. The Festival doesn't provide a board op or any technical rehearsal to speak of.

To submit a project, mark it clearly "MITF: Spring," and let us know whether it is a short play or musical, a variety act, a 10-min. play, or a staged reading. We'll curate the entries as they come in, so you can start working on them as soon as possible.

Please send all playscripts and all Variety submissions (video reels, youtube, etc.), to: Deborah.MITF@gmail.com
We look forward to your submissions!

Submission Deadline For Short Subjects Is February 22, 2016.
Submission Deadline For Short Play Lab and Variety is February 27, 2016.        
*12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions; 1" margins all around.


5.
Mcknight Advancement Grant
Deadline: Jan. 8th
website: https://pwcenter.org/programs/mcknight-advancement-fellowships
The McKnight Advancement Fellowships recognize playwrights whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit and excellence in the field, and whose primary residence is in the state of Minnesota. The fellowship includes:
  • A $25,000 stipend
  • $2,500 to support a play development workshop and other professional expenses
  • $1,400 in travel funds
Past recipients include: David Adjmi, Carlyle Brown, Lisa D'Amour, Barbara Field, Keli Garrett, Jeffrey Hatcher, Melanie Marnich, Gregory Moss, Kira Obolensky, Dominic Orlando, Christina Ham, and Martín Zimmerman.

6.
McKnight National Residency
Deadline: Dec. 10th
website: https://pwcenter.org/programs/mcknight-national-residency-and-commission
Supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation, this program aids in the commissioning and development of new works from nationally recognized playwrights. Benefits include:
  • A $14,000 commission
  • 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
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.
7.
Lama Theatre
deadline: 12/13/15

Lama Theater Company’s Monthly Question! The Monthly Question is a reading series of new and bold writing (short plays/ Monologues/ poems/ Songs) around Lama’s monthly question that will be performed at The Kraine Theater, NYC.

Our Mission: Lama means WHY in Hebrew. The Lama Theater Company is a writer/director-driven, nonprofit company that continually raises questions and encourages bold new writing from within the nation and around the world to inspire different points of view and theatrical visions.

Important dates:
December 13th   - playwrights/poets/song writers submission deadline!
December 16th - announcement of chosen works.
December 21st - performance night at 8:30pm.
Casting the actors on the spot at 8:30pm, show at 9:30pm. Location:  The Kraine Theater, NYC.
READ BEFORE SUBMITTING!
·        Scripts must be related to our monthly question.
·        Lama has been affected by current worldly events and the hatred that seems to be overly apparent. OurDecember question is :
WHAT IS LOVE?
What inspires you when you read the question? We are interested in what you are thinking about and how the question might affect the work you do.  Gather whatever inspiration the questions give you, and use it to fuel your chosen discipline. The questions are open to many interpretations!
·        When you submit please keep in mind that Lama encourage artistic exploration, provoking and risk-taking writing.
·        Short plays are limited to 8 pages in standard playwriting formats. (You can submit your 10 pages play but please keep in mind that we might ask you to make a few cuts.)   
·        Poems/ Monologues are limited to 2 pages.
·        Song samples should be mp3 and no more than 3 minutes.
·        Only submissions by electronic attachment will be accepted, Microsoft Word document or PDF.
·        Playwrights can be from anywhere, but plays must be in English.
·        Submit a BLIND copy of your script and include a list of characters/descriptions.  
·        E-mail your Script/Song/Poem to: lamatheatercompany@gmail.com
·        The subject line should include the title of the play.
·        Please fill your contact info and the name of your play at our website:  
·        Any Questions about Lama's monthly question? Please email us lamatheatercompany@gmail.com  and we’ll help you out!
·        For updates and more  info about Lama follow our page https://www.facebook.com/lamatheatercompany

8.
The Julliard School’s Lila Acheson Wallace Playwright Program
Deadline: Dec. 15th
website: www.juilliard.edu/apply-audition/application-audition-requirements/playwrights-program-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.


10.
Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist 2016
Deadline: 12/7/15
website: http://www.rauschenbergfoundation.org/artist-activist-fellows
The Artist as Activist Fellowship provides independent artists and art collectives with a demonstrated commitment to applying their creative work to the public sphere up to $100,000 over two years along with access to opportunities for professional advancement. Fellows are identified through a highly competitive open call for proposals. In 2015 more than 600 applicants from 42 states, spanning artistic genres and thematic focus, were narrowed to six fellows with the help of 30 field experts from across the U.S. This inaugural cohort of Fellows is tackling timely issues—from climate change to caste-based sexual violence to mass incarceration.
Fellows are identified through a highly competitive open call for proposals. In 2015 more than 600 applicants from 42 states, spanning artistic genres and thematic focus, were narrowed to six fellows with the help of 30 field experts from across the U.S. This inaugural cohort of Fellows is tackling timely issues—from climate change to caste-based sexual violence to mass incarceration.
Applying lessons from the inaugural round of fellowship applications, the foundation will use an alternating thematic frame to guide future open call for proposals. During the 2016 and 2017 fellowship cycles, the thematic frame is racial justice through the lens of mass incarceration. Artists with ambitious projects that tackle this critical issue are invited to seek up to $100,000 in support.
THEME
Racial justice with particular focus on mass incarceration
WHO SHOULD APPLY?        
US-based artists and artist collectives seeking to work full-time on an
ambitious creative work tackling this issue
FELLOWSHIP PERIOD          
May 1, 2016 – April 30, 2018
FELLOWSHIP GRANT          
Up to $100,000 over a two-year period
DEADLINE                               
December 7, 2015, 5:00 pm (EST)
AWARD NOTIFICATION      
Late April 2016
APPLICATION WEBINARS          
November 16, 2015, 10:00 am (EST)
For more information, including application instructions, http://www.rauschenbergfoundation.org/artist-activist-fellows

11.
SOURCE FESTIVAL 2016 (OPEN CALL FOR 10-MINUTE PLAYS)
deadine: 12/15/15 @ 5pm EST

Playwrights are invited to 10-Minute Plays that address one of the following three themes:
- DREAMS & DISCORD
- HEROES & HOME
- SECRETS & SOUND
Each year Source Festival stages 18 10-Minute plays for a five performance run here in Washington. Each selected playwright will receive a $100 stipend, dramatugical support, and a fully staged production during the Source Festival in June 2016.  (Read about the 3 Full-Length Plays that inspired our themes.)
DEADLINE: December 15, 2015 by 5:00pm EST.


-- Lama Theater Company’s Monthly Question! The Monthly Question is a reading series of new and bold writing (short plays/ Monologues/ poems/ Songs) around Lama’s monthly question that will be performed at The Kraine Theater, NYC.

Our Mission: Lama means WHY in Hebrew. The Lama Theater Company is a writer/director-driven, nonprofit company that continually raises questions and encourages bold new writing from within the nation and around the world to inspire different points of view and theatrical visions.

Important dates:
December 13th   - playwrights/poets/song writers submission deadline!
December 16th - announcement of chosen works.
December 21st - performance night at 8:30pm.
Casting the actors on the spot at 8:30pm, show at 9:30pm. Location:  The Kraine Theater, NYC.
READ BEFORE SUBMITTING!
·        Scripts must be related to our monthly question.
·        Lama has been affected by current worldly events and the hatred that seems to be overly apparent. OurDecember question is :
WHAT IS LOVE?
What inspires you when you read the question? We are interested in what you are thinking about and how the question might affect the work you do.  Gather whatever inspiration the questions give you, and use it to fuel your chosen discipline. The questions are open to many interpretations!
·        When you submit please keep in mind that Lama encourage artistic exploration, provoking and risk-taking writing.
·        Short plays are limited to 8 pages in standard playwriting formats. (You can submit your 10 pages play but please keep in mind that we might ask you to make a few cuts.)   
·        Poems/ Monologues are limited to 2 pages.
·        Song samples should be mp3 and no more than 3 minutes.
·        Only submissions by electronic attachment will be accepted, Microsoft Word document or PDF.
·        Playwrights can be from anywhere, but plays must be in English.
·        Submit a BLIND copy of your script and include a list of characters/descriptions.  
·        E-mail your Script/Song/Poem to: lamatheatercompany@gmail.com
·        The subject line should include the title of the play.
·        Please fill your contact info and the name of your play at our website:  
·        Any Questions about Lama's monthly question? Please email us lamatheatercompany@gmail.com  and we’ll help you out!
·        For updates and more  info about Lama follow our page https://www.facebook.com/lamatheatercompan


12.
NYFA Artists Fellowship
Deadline: 1/28/16
website: https://www.nyfa.org/Content/Show/Artists'%20Fellowships

Artists' Fellowships are not project grants but are instead intended to fund an artist's vision as displayed across a single criterion of work. Fellowships are not awarded to interpretative artists such as dancers or actors, applicants must be the originators of the work, ie. choreographers or playwrights. NYFA is committed to supporting artists from diverse cultural backgrounds at all stages of their professional careers. In 2015, NYFA awarded 91 Fellowships to 95 awardees with 4 collaborations totaling an amount of $642,000. Who Can Apply? To be eligible for the award, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- You must be 25 years old or older.
-You must be a current resident of New York State and/or one of the Indian Nations located in New York State for at least the two consecutive years prior to the application deadline.
-You must not be enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate degree program of any kind at the time of the application deadline.
-You must not have received a NYFA Fellowship in any discipline in the past five years. -you must not be a NYFA employee, member of the NYFA Board of Trustees or Artists' Advisory Committee, an immediate family member of any of the above, or an immediate family member of a 2015­/2016 panelist.

How Do I Apply?
-Create a new application online All applications and support materials must be uploaded and submitted via the online application at https://apply.nyfa.org/ , NYFA does not accept any physical copies. Applicants must create an account with submittable.com in order to access the application form and to upload their support materials, If you do not already have an user account with submittable.com, you must create one with your name and email address in order to apply. Once you’ve created a login, you can use this to submit to any organization that accepts applications supported by submittable. Enter your details and click Create Account and Continue. A verification email will be sent to your email address, check your inbox and click on the link provided in the email to verify your account.

- Begin your online application. Select your category or categories​. Applicants may apply in up to two categories per year but will only be awarded in one. Should you receive an award in 2 categories, you will have to choose which category to be recognized in. Applicants use the same login details to create applications in either category but must submit a separate application and support materials for each category. List any collaborations. ​Collaborating artists must apply together with one application. A collaboration is defined as up to three artists who can clearly demonstrate an ongoing collaborative career. Collaborating artists can apply with an account under a collaborative artist name or with an individually named account providing that, in either case, all collaborators are listed under the Applicant Information section of the application form. Collaborator’s names should be separated by a “ / ” in the Name field. Should a collaborative application receive an award, the grant will be divided evenly between the 2 collaborating artists. All individual applicants must clearly state their respective roles and must meet eligibility requirements.

- Fill out your online application​. You must fill out your Applicant Information, Work Statement, any additional statements and upload your Work Samples and Résumé. Each application will have varying components depending on the discipline in which an applicant is applying so please refer to the category guidelines for further assistance in completing your application.
-Upload your Work Samples​. Work samples are a representation of your artistic work within the last five years. All Work Samples are submitted through the application, NYFA accepts a variety of file formats to support your application which will vary depending on the discipline in which you are applying so please refer to the category guidelines for further assistance.

-Submit your application. When you have finished filling out your information and have completed the Work Statement, additional statements and uploaded your Work Samples, simply click on the Submit button on the bottom of the application form to submit your application. Once submitted, you will no longer be able to make changes to your application so make sure you have reviewed everything carefully before submitting. FAQ What is an Artists’ Fellowship? Artists' Fellowships, awarded in fifteen different disciplines over a three­year period, are $7,000 cash awards made to individual originating artists living and working in the state of New York and or Indian Nations located therein for unrestricted use. Artists’ Fellowships are not project grants but are intended to fund an artist’s vision or voice, regardless of the level of his or her artistic development. How are Fellows selected? Artists' Fellowships are chosen based on the single criterion of work that demonstrates a compelling vision as defined by the assembled panel's collective opinion. Materials are reviewed and voted on by the panelists in elimination rounds which produce a smaller pool for each round. An artist's advancement is a product of the collective vote of the panel. A single panelist cannot ensure an applicant's success or failure. Panel selections are reviewed by the Artists' Advisory Committee and by NYFA's Board of Trustees. Neither the Committee nor the Board reviews the work of applicants or makes any aesthetic judgments. Panelists' names are kept confidential until the awards are announced.

NYFA is committed to supporting New York State artists of diverse cultural, sexual, and ethnic backgrounds. NYFA does not discriminate based on the age, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, or ability/disability of artists, and welcomes work whose content reflects the lived experiences of the applicants. 3 How is work reviewed? In visual arts categories, an artist's digital images are viewed four at a time, horizontally, in the order uploaded by the applicant. Moderators will read aloud the materials, dimensions, and date of the first and fifth images to the panel. In categories accepting video samples, panelists review up to a total of 4 minutes of an applicant's work samples, and may scan through the entire work in later rounds. In literary categories, manuscripts are reviewed by five readers across the state before assembling at NYFA for the final decision. For all categories, an applicant's statements are available for panelists to read as they review support materials. NOTE: This review process is not anonymous. Applicants' names are known by the panelists in all categories. How are panels assembled?

Recommendations for potential panelists come from many sources, including; the Artists’ Advisory Committee, arts and cultural organizations around New York State and Indian Nations located therein, and suggestions from practicing artists. All potential panelists must be practicing artists and must receive three recommendations from their field. The Artists' Advisory Committee then approves final choices that reflect considerations of genre, age, ethnicity, and geography within New York State and Indian Nations located therein. Panels are held separately with different panelists for each category. Applicants may participate in this process by suggesting themselves or others as panel candidates on the application. NOTE: Panelists change each year. When are the fellowships announced? All applicants will be notified of final decisions in late Summer of 2016. The names of all Fellows, Finalists and the panelists who selected them will be listed online at www.nyfa.org. If I receive an award, what must I do? Fellows must first verify their New York State residency or Indian Nation residency within New York State. Once a recipient has received notification of their award, they are required to submit documentation verifying their residency for the years 2014 and 2015. Acceptable documents include tax forms, phone bills, utility bills, bank statements, driver’s license, etc. Grants are given in one payment of $7,000 upon verification of residency.


13.
Yale Institute for Music Theatre
Deadline: Jan. 8th
website: http://drama.yale.edu/YIMT/institute-home

Established in 2009, the YALE INSTITUTE FOR MUSIC THEATRE is a program of Yale’s Binger Center for New Theatre that bridges the gap between training and the professional world for emerging composers, book writers, and lyricists. The Institute seeks distinctive and original music theatre works to be developed in an intensive two-week summer lab at Yale School of Drama. The Institute matches the authors of the selected works with collaborators, including professional directors and music directors, as well as a company of actors and singers that includes professionals and current Yale students. The lab culminates with open rehearsal readings of each project, presented as part of New Haven’s International Festival of Arts & Ideas.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mark Brokaw, two original music theatre works will be selected for the 2016 Institute, which will take place June 13–28 in New Haven. Online applications are being accepted now through January 8, 2016, 11:59PM (EST). Click here for more information and to apply.

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