Wednesday, February 3, 2016

GET WHAT YOU WANT: February 2016

Deadline: February 8

EMERGENYC is now open to activists/artists/performers who live in (or can easily commute to) New York City during the program. Applicants must have prior experience in various performance genres and/or activist practices. Ages vary from year to year, ranging from 18 to mid-thirties, but on average most participants in the program tend to be in their mid to upper 20s. Workshops are conducted in English.
The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at New York University is now accepting applications for its ninth year of EMERGENYC, the Hemispheric New York Emerging Performers Program focused on political performance. EMERGENYC aims to support the development of “hemispheric” emerging artists through a program of workshops and events between April 9 and July 9, 2016. The deadline to submit applications is February 8th, 2016.
We seek talented, committed, and highly motivated young performers/activists/artists whose work functions as a vehicle for political expression and social change, and who examine the broad range of identities, practices and histories of the Americas (the western hemisphere, thus “hemispheric”) through genres such as spoken word, street performance, satire, political cabaret, performance art, video performance, movement, and others.
For guidelines:
Theatre 503 Playwriting Award (London)
Deadline: February 29

Theatre503’s Playwriting Award is an unprecedented opportunity for playwrights at all levels to be recognised for writing an outstanding, original piece of work for the stage. It will build upon the foundation of the venue’s reputation for engaging with the next generation of playwrights, whilst broadening its opportunities to include more experienced, produced writers.
This biennial award has been made possible by the generous support of The Richard Carne Trust, Curtis Brown Creative, Arts Council England and our publishing partners Nick Hern Books.
The winner of the award will receive a £6000 prize, a guaranteed production of their play at Theatre503, and their script published by Nick Hern Books.
Submit online :
Post Submission Process
All writers will be notified as to the outcome of their submission at specific stages in the process. The first will be the long-list (200 plays), followed later by the short-list (25 plays) and then the finalists (5 plays). This notification will be a standard email and Theatre503 will be unable to provide feedback or enter into discussion about those decisions on an individual basis. All writer’s will be notified by 1 November at the latest.

Center Theatre Group and HUMANITAS PLAY LA Workshop- Call for Submissions
Deadline: February 29

Center Theatre Group and HUMANITAS will be accepting submissions from Los Angeles-based playwrights from Jan 15 to Feb 29, 2016 for the second edition of its PLAY LA Workshop. Writers will receive a $1,500 stipend as well as input from theatre, film and television professionals throughout the year. At the end of the process, one play will be featured as a workshop at the Kirk Douglas Theatre as part of PLAY LA's weekend celebration of new plays in the winter of 2017.

Award-winning playwright and screenwriter Shem Bitterman will oversee the PLAY LA Workshop. "The focus of the PLAY LA Workshop will be to develop new plays from the ground up." Bitterman says. "On given nights guests ranging from show runners to literary managers to studio execs will be invited to discuss the plays in progress or aspects of craft. Also, we will draw on the greater theatre community, collaborating with companies like The Road Theatre and The Skylight Theatre to host readings-in- progress of the plays being developed. My intention is to give PLAY LA Workshop members all the tools they need to create plays as they see fit. The hallmark will be openness and mutual respect. The main thing is to offer writers a place to create freely and to realize their visions." The workshop will meet once every three to four weeks for twelve three-hour working sessions, from April 2016 through December 2016. Attendance is mandatory. Writers interested in participating should submit two ten-page samples from two different plays along with a resume by no later than February 29, 2016

You will be notified of our decision in late March, 2016.

Elsewhere Residency
Deadline: February 13

Located in Greensboro, North Carolina, this is an eclectic residency for a wide variety of artists. Elsewhere invites creative individuals across disciplines to join us in building a living museum from a former thrift store that contains a 58-year collection of surplus. Residencies invite creatives working across media, fields, disciplines, and administrations to create projects that activate Elsewhere’s ‘living’ museum. Residents live and work within the space for 2-4 weeks creating site-specific, responsive work that explores the museum environment, surplus inventories, cultural histories, social systems, neighborhood communities, and past artworks.
Residents have access to the enormous collection of textiles, toys, books, consumer technologies, clothes, brik-a-brac and general thrift for transformation. A curatorial team stewards the creative process and collection use, provides critical feedback, supports artist events and facilitates connections with Greensboro neighbors and Elsewhere’s national artist network.
Makers, thinkers and tinkerers with an interest in the intersection of participation, play, process, reuse, public practice, thing theory, social engagement, urban intervention, experimental living and organizing are an excellent fit for this program. Artists working across media (sound, video, installation, performance, conceptual art, painting, social engagement) and fields(researchers, curators, scholars, activist, designers, writers, musicians, puppeteers, gardeners, homesteaders, system-thinkers, game-makers) are encouraged to apply.
Residencies hosts up to six artists for any given session. Residencies have a subsidized program + living fee. A small number of fellowships are available for special residency sessions. Collectives and collaborative groups are welcome to apply.

Miami Theater Center Sandbox Series
Deadline: February 12
website: MTC Sandbox

The SandBox Series, a program of MTC performance, nurtures innovative performing artists by inviting them into an environment that prioritizes quality, rigor, and ample time to engage in a challenging and rewarding artistic process. Who is eligible? Artists from all performance disciplines are welcome to apply. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and eligible to work in the United States.

What's expected of the artists? Artists chosen for the series are expected to create a new performance lasting 50 – 120 minutes, which they will perform 6-9 times over the course of 3 consecutive weekends. In addition, each artist must teach a minimum of 6 classes, open to the public, during their residency period. Selection Process Applications will be reviewed by a panel of theater professionals, and finalists will be invited to present their project proposals in person at Miami Theater Center. The three artists selected for the 2016-17 series will be notified in March 2016, and the SandBox Series residencies will take place between October 2016 and June 2017.

Artist Package Artists chosen for the series receive:
• Commissioning fee of up to $5,000.00
• 75 hours of rehearsal in the SandBox during the 21-day period prior to the premier of the commissioned work
• 25 hours of load-in and rehearsal with technical director, stage manager, and stage hands supplied by MTC during the week leading up to the premier
• Marketing, publicity, production, and professional development support from MTC staff
• 60% of revenue from box office • 60% of revenue from classes
• 10 comps for the run of the performance

About MTC

Under the Artistic leadership of Stephanie Ansin, Miami Theater Center (MTC) produces classical and contemporary works that entertain and educate audiences and artists of all ages and abilities. MTC programs include MTCperformance, innovative theater, dance, and music; MTCeducation, which offers camps and workshops for children and learning opportunities for performers, theater technicians, arts administrators, and members of the general public; and MTCfilm, independent, foreign, family, and art films presented in partnership with O Cinema.

The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival
Deadline: February 12

The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival offers a prize of publication and licensing for 6 short plays in the notable Off Off Broadway Festival Plays series. In addition, the 30 semi-finalists each receive a full production in one of New York City's leading Off Broadway theatres. Though many of the works that play in the Festival have been developed under the wing of theatres, universities, and writer's groups, many of the plays that are produced as part of the Festival are world premieres. The application period for the Festival begins in late December and lasts until mid-February. Playwrights may submit up to 3 unpublished plays or musicals that may be performed in 30 minutes or less. On their application, playwrights must cite the organization that will produce their play (often it is the playwright themselves) and a liaison for Samuel French to contact with Festival information. Submissions are whittled down by the Festival's editorial staff, and the Final 30 playwrights are chosen to present their play during Festival week. Festival week consists of 4 performance sessions in which 7 to 8 scripts are presented in front of a judging panel comprised of professionals representing various parts of the theatre industry. At the end of each session, the judges deliberate and 1 to 3 plays are selected to move on to the Festival Finals. Finals take places on the Saturday of the Festival Week. During the Finals, the Festival staff will watch the final 10 to 12 plays and select 6 authors to be a published in the OFF OFF BROADWAY FESTIVAL PLAYS series, which is published and licensed by Samuel French, Inc. Sunday of Festival week acts as a showcase of all the winners, and Samuel French invites many industry professionals to attend.

The 41st Annual Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival (or OOB)
Deadline: February 12

They will be accepting submissions from December 22nd until February, 12th 2016 at 11:59PM. The OOB Festival is a playwriting competition offering a prize of publication and licensing for 6 short plays in the notable OFF OFF BROADWAY FESTIVAL PLAYS series. In addition, the 30 semi-finalists each receive a full production in one of New York City’s leading Off Broadway theatres.

New America’s Fellowship Program
Deadline: February 16th

New America’s Fellows Program invests in thinkers — academics, journalists, independent scholars, and public policy analysts — who offer fresh and often unconventional perspectives on the major challenges facing our society.

Fellows advance big ideas through research, reporting, analysis, and/or storytelling. The big idea can be a sweeping reframing of a familiar subject through new research or a new combination of existing research; a masterful presentation of a case study that advances our understanding of a timeless American theme or stress fracture; an innovative new media or academic project to disseminate knowledge about a shared challenge; or a bold policy prescription for moving domestic and international issues forward. Our goal in the Fellows Program is to find bold, iconoclastic thinkers and to fund them for one to two years, long enough so that they can write a book, develop a series of articles, make a documentary, or work on another project that would be accessible to a broad audience and long enough to be able to build a real community among the fellows.

Fellows benefit from a financial stipend, engagement with each other and with New America’s various policy programs, and the expanded audience and exposure from New America and its media partners. Precise terms and stipend levels of fellowships vary widely, as some fellows work full-time at New America in pursuit of their research, while many others have other professional commitments during the term of their fellowship.

We will be hosting information sessions about the Fellows Program and the application process in New York City and Washington, D.C. in early January. If you wish to attend, please follow this link to RSVP.

How to Apply to the Fellows Program:
The application process is highly competitive. To be considered for the 2017 Class of New America Fellows, which runs from September 2016 to August 2017, you must submit your application by February 15, 2016.

Van Lier Playwriting Fellowship (@ The New Dramatists)
Submission window: February 16- March 16

New Dramatists is now accepting applications for the 2016-2018 round of the Van Lier Playwriting Fellowship Program. The two-year program was established to help young, economically disadvantaged playwrights of color living in New York City develop their talent and become involved in the professional theatre community.
The Van Lier program at New Dramatists is a way for playwrights who are 30-years old or younger who are not enrolled in college or graduate school to become immersed in the professional world. Central tenets of the New Dramatists Van Lier Fellowship include: a cash grant of $10,000 per Fellow, per year for two years, ($20,000 per Fellow for the cycle); a two-year residency (July 2016-June 2018) at New Dramatists, which includes access to the Playwrights Lab programs; each year of the Fellowship, the Fellow will be paired with a different individual mentor (selected from the resident company of New Dramatists playwrights based on the interests and goals of each Fellow); a Van Lier Fellow Soiree introducing their work to field colleagues in the first year of their fellowships, and a “festivalized” presentation of their work within the second-year. Lastly, the Fellows’ will have their individual profiles featured on the New Dramatists website, including synopses of the plays that are available to be read in the New Dramatists library.
As voiced by both residents and former Van Lier Fellows, the most significant benefit of the Van Lier Fellowship isinclusion in the community of fifty professional playwrights. Community is cherished and fostered at New Dramatists, and each Fellow will have many opportunities—including attending our biannual All-Writers Meetings and participation in our Writer Driven Projects—to interact with the resident playwrights, get to know their work, and form their own personal artistic community.
Eligible playwrights include U.S. citizens who are Asian-American, African-American, Arab-American, Native American or Latino. If you are not a citizen of the United States, you must be lawfully admitted to the U.S. with permanent INS work authorization.  The fellowship period is from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018. Past Van Lier Fellows have included Jackie Sibblies Drury, Robert O’Hara, Carmen Rivera, and Steven Sapp; New Dramatists alumni Diana Son, Lynn Nottage, and Eisa Davis; and current New Dramatists residents Christina Anderson, Kristoffer Diaz, Qui Nguyen and Betty Shamieh.
New Dramatists is a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding gifted playwrights and giving them the time, space and tools to develop their craft so they may fulfill their potential and make lasting contributions to the theatre. Michaela O’Harra, along with a committee of prominent theatre professionals, including Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse, Moss Hart, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, founded the organization in 1949 and served as mentors to young playwrights admitted to the group. New Dramatists members and alumni have won Pulitzer Prizes, Tony Awards, Obie Awards, Susan Smith Blackburn Awards, Drama Desk Awards, and MacArthur Awards. Members have included James Baldwin, Mac Wellman, Emily Mann, August Wilson, Maria Irene Fornes, John Patrick Shanley, Suzan-Lori Parks, Paula Vogel, Ed Bullins, Lanford Wilson, David Lindsay-Abaire, Lynn Nottage, and John Guare.
The Van Lier Playwriting Fellowship Program is made possible by a grant from the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of the New York Community Trust.
·         Individual Playwrights age 30 or under
·         Post-college/ Post-formal training: this requirement clarifies our intention to assist writers who have achieved a significant level of skill/expertise and commitment to the theatre, but who have not yet made the transition into a professional career. A college degree is not mandatory.
·         Economically Disadvantaged: this requirement reflects our intention to support writers who are not financially privileged and who would otherwise not have access to funds required to pursue their artistic endeavors. Finalists may be asked to offer some documentation of economic status such as a Family Financial Statement (FFS) or a Federal Tax Return.
·         U.S. citizens who are Asian-American, Arab-American, African-American, Native American or Latino.
·         Residents of New York City.
·         Previous or current recipients of Van Lier Fellowships.
·         Undergraduate or Graduate students who are, or plan to be, matriculating in any degree program from the years 20016 through 2018.
·         New Dramatists playwrights, board members and staff.
·         Artistic and Creative Talent
·         Potential to succeed as a professional playwright
·         Extent to which the Fellowship will advance the writer’s goals and career
·         Submission Window:                                       Tuesday, February 16 at 10 am  – Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 6 pm.
·         Awards Announced:                                        May 27, 2016
·         Fellowship Period:                                           July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2018
*Up to three Fellowships may be awarded for the 2016-2018 Fellowship, at the discretion of the committee.
Applicants are required to submit:
·         1 FULL LENGTH PLAY

The application form, resume, statement of intent and work sample must be received by New Dramatists by 6pmon March 16, 2016.  

Playa (Summerl Lake, OR)
Deadline: March 1st
PLAYA is a retreat for creative individuals who are committed and passionate about their work, and who will benefit from time spent in a remote location. At PLAYA, we offer seclusion and quiet in a natural environment and the opportunity for interaction, if desired, with a cohort of residents and the local rural community. A residency provides the time and space to create substantive work or to research and reflect upon one’s creative or scientific processes. Away from the urgencies of daily life, residents can focus on their projects, immerse in a desert landscape of basin and rangeland, and find inspiration through self-directed inquiry.

PLAYA is a nonprofit organization supporting innovative thinking through work in the arts, literature, natural sciences and other fields of creative inquiry. PLAYA was organized in 2009 and began its Residency program in May 2011. For all of the latest information, including upcoming residency opportunities go to our application page.

Located in the Oregon Outback, near Summer Lake in Lake County, PLAYA manages its Residency program and a range of community and educational outreach activities. Residencies are provided without a fee offering the gift of time and space to eligible applicants, and span two multi month sessions each year. When our regular Residencies are not in session, our program opens our facilities to groups or individuals whose primary focus and activities align with PLAYA's mission and values. In particular, we hope to bridge the dialogue between the arts and sciences through thematic place based programming, presentations, symposiums and workshops. The intention of all of our programming is to support creative individuals who are committed and passionate about their work, and who will benefit from time spent in PLAYA's inspirational remote location.

PLAYA  provides a variety of opportunities to engage with the local communities of Summer Lake, Paisley and Lake County, Oregon through free programs and educational activities.

BAU at Camargo Fellowship
Deadline: March 15

The fellowship provides artists with live-work apartments at no cost.
The Camargo Foundation campus is located directly on the Mediterranean Sea with breathtaking views of the harbor and Cap Canaille, the highest maritime cliff in Europe. It is a short walk to the village of Cassis with regional open markets, restaurants and stores where necessities may be found. There is abundant food shopping. A short walk along the coast brings you to the National Park of the Calanques with spectacular limestone cliffs. The lively city of Marseille is 30 minutes away by train, bus or car. From Marseille it is an easy transfer to either the airport or the express train system for travel within France and other European cities. The Camargo Foundation is a seven minute drive to the train station in Cassis.

All Fellows will receive a private bedroom in either a one or two bedroom apartment.
The apartments are all furnished and have fully equipped kitchens. Linens and towels are provided. A washer and dryer are available for personal laundry. There are no telephones in the apartments, but there is WiFi throughout most of the campus. There is on-campus parking however, a car is not necessary. Driving within Cassis pedestrian center and harbor is restricted. The grounds of the Camargo Foundation contain a large reference library, an outdoor Greek Theater, gardens and large terraces with sea views for the use of the residents. There is a private music studio with a Steinway piano for a composer. Visual artists work in their apartments or in additional spaces on the property.

The language of the residency is English. There is no French language requirement for the fellowship. Transportation and meals are the responsibility of the residents. BAU Institute will host a Welcome and a Farewell Dinner. Fellows are encouraged to organize pot lucks and picnics. There is a no overnight guest policy and no children or pets may visit the Foundation. A refundable $250.00 USD security deposit is due upon acceptance.

The BAU Institute Residency Director will be on site and available for assistance.
Additional support from the Camargo Foundation staff during business hours is also available.Fellows receive extensive information packets before arrival to facilitate their travel plans and prepare for life in Cassis.

Please email questions to:

Deadline: February 15

In 1997, a friend of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston purchased the former residence of Dora Maar. In a five-year effort, the owner rehabilitated and updated this spacious eighteenth-century, four-story stone residence in the village of Ménerbes. Her goal was to make it a retreat for scholars, artists, and writers, where they could work undisturbed on their research, art, or writing, for one to three months.

In 2006 the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston was asked to direct this project, which is now known as The Brown Foundation Fellows Program at the Dora Maar House. Here outstanding midcareer professionals are offered fellowships that enable them to reside in the Dora Maar House and focus on the creative aspects of their work.
The Brown Foundation Fellowship provides
• one to three months in residence at the Dora Maar House
• a private bedroom and bath and a study or studio in which to work
• expenses paid for round-trip travel from a fellow’s home to the Dora Maar House
• a grant based upon the length of stay at the Dora Maar House

The Brown Foundation Fellows Program at the Dora Maar House is located in one of the most beautiful regions of Southern France, about 40 km southeast of Avignon, the Dora Maar House in Ménerbes is an 18th century residence. In 1944 Pablo Picasso purchased the four-story mansion for Dora Maar, an artist and surrealist photographer who was his companion and muse in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Dora Maar owned the house until her death in 1997.

La Napoul Artists-in-Residence
Deadline: March 30th

La Napoule Art Foundation offers Artists-In-Residence a unique environment of interdisciplinary collaboration and creativity at the Château de La Napoule.
In an effort to preserve Henry and Marie Clews’ lifelong commitment to the arts, the Foundation promotes exceptional talents -- both recognized and emerging -- on the international scene, through cooperation with major organizations and leaders in the arts worldwide.

The Chateau de LaNapoule is located in the historic seaside town of Mandelieu-La Napoule on the French Riviera. Situated on a spectacular site overlooking the sea, the building dates to the 14th Century and is recognized as a Monument Historique for its incredible restoration and architectural details. The former home of early 20th Century American sculptor, Henry Clews and his architect wife, Marie, it is now a museum housing Clews’ atelier and work, an impressive collection of 19th Century Clews’ Staffordshire Pottery, and additional galleries for hosting exhibits. The six acres of magnificent gardens surrounding the property have been honored as a Jardin Remarquable. Set within this walled compound is the sunny Belle Epoque Villa Marguerite. This mansion, located just across the gardens from the beaches, was the former home of the Austrian Princess of Pless. The Chateau, the walled gardens, and the historic village are inspirational settings for artists of all disciplines. The climate and the incredible light of this region have attracted artists for centuries. Nearby are the Maeght Foundation and the Matisse Chapel. Museums dedicated to Matisse, Chagall, Picasso, Renoir, and Leger among others, are within a short distance. Just a few steps from the front gate of the Chateau, bus and train service is available which connects to the many historic and cultural sites of the Cote de’Azur: Monte Carlo, Nice, Cannes, and walled villages of the Feudal Era which have become artists’ colonies.

UCSD: African American Experience
Deadline: March 16

The University of California San Diego’s Theatre and Dance Department seeks from all enrolled undergraduate students submissions of previously unproduced, unpublished scripts highlighting African American experience in contemporary or historical terms.

Scripts must be original, unpublished, unproduced and free of royalty and copyright restrictions. Plays which have had staged readings are acceptable. Scripts must be 50 pages or longer, typed. Manuscripts must be submitted electronically (see below). You must also include your contact information (name, email, and address); play title, number of characters, institution affiliation, and a one page story summary.

Deadline for entry is a postmark entry of 3/16/16.

A $1000 honorarium will be awarded to the winning playwright.
A stage reading in April of the winning script in the Wagner New Play Festival. This festival is attended by students, local patrons, and twelve national theatre professionals.
Travel and housing costs to and from UC San Diego to be present for the performance.

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