Thursday, June 1, 2017

Get What You Want: June 2017

New Orleans Writers’ Residency
Deadline: June 1

In every culture, writers have played an important role in both society and revolution by voicing unspoken truths. This July, the NOLA Writers' Residency will offer a small group of writers a four week writing retreat to focus on getting better at doing just that. The retreat will cover lodging, airfare up to $500, and a stipend of $200 per week to cover food and entertainment. During those four weeks, you will have complete freedom to plan your time in ways that best support your writing and build lifelong connections with other writers. You will also have the opportunity to receive in-depth personal mentoring in everything from writing routines to the details of your craft, by Kat, our resident mentor, career counselor, and editor extraordinaire.

Duration: July 10 - Aug 7th, 2017
Eligibility: Published and unpublished writers are encouraged to apply. Selection is based on quality of writing.
Support: This is a purpose-driven organization that offers material support (stipend, housing, and airfare) as well as community and an in-house editor.

Florida Theatrical Association:  New Musical Discovery Series
Deadline: June 1

Aspiring writers from around the country are encouraged to submit their new works, which will be reviewed by a panel of theatre professionals, including renowned directors, writers, producers and performers. The panel will select two works that will each receive a staged reading. One final winner will receive a workshop presented of their piece featuring local directors and talent. The Discovery Series will also include talkbacks for students and audiences with the playwrights and directors.

The deadline to submit musicals for consideration is June 1, 2017.

Submission Guidelines: All submissions must include: A cover letter A history of the musical’s development A synopsis Full script A CD or flash drive with at least six songs from the production (can be a very basic recording) *Please note that materials will not be returned.

Apothetae Fellowship at Lark 
Deadline: June 15

The Apothetae at Lark Playwriting Fellowship program is the centerpiece of a broad Apothetae at Lark Initiative, designed to provide a significant platform of support and advocacy for Disabled Artists and to promote the generation of new works with the power to revolutionize the cultural conversation surrounding Disability. The Apothetae, a theater company founded in 2012 and devoted to challenging perceived perceptions of the “Disabled Experience,” and The Lark, an organization founded in 1994 and devoted to the principles of equity, inclusion, community, and the power of an individual artistic voice, have been working in partnership to address the profound underrepresentation and oppressive misrepresentation of people with disabilities that persists throughout our cultural media.

The Apothetae at Lark Playwriting Fellowship is a critical component in The Lark’s acclaimed portfolio of fellowships. The portfolio is designed to engage a diverse community of extraordinary playwrights—at various places in their careers—who represent, collectively, a contemporary national vision. The Lark believes that targeted support to playwrights from underrepresented backgrounds is essential to a culture of equity, access and inclusion, and a national theater that represents the vibrancy of our collective cultural voices. The Apothetae at Lark Fellow will be in residence at The Lark as part of a community of artists from across the country and around the world, gathered to explore and illuminate the most important issues of our time.

The Lark is accepting applications for the pilot round of its Apothetae at Lark Playwriting Fellowship program, supported by the Time Warner Foundation. The Apothetae at Lark Playwriting Fellowship includes a two-year residency for a Disabled Writer. The selected Fellow will work on multiple artistic projects through an individually-tailored program of Lark play development programs, and develop relationships with other theatermakers at various career stages from all parts of the world. The Fellowship includes a cash award of $40,000, plus a $5,000 Opportunity Fund for project-related expenses, and control over a $10,000 Production Enhancement Fund, to be allocated to a producing theater in support of a full production of one of the Fellow’s plays. The Fellowship also includes access to a wide range of Lark and Apothetae resources, including artistic program participation, office and rehearsal space, and staff support. Up to 3 Finalists for the award will each receive a $5,000 honorarium.

deadline: June 15th

The Civilians R&D Group is comprised of theater artists from various disciplines (writers, directors, composers, performance, etc.) interested in exploring different strategies for making theater from their own creative investigations and being a part of The Civilians' community of artists.

The R&D Group is organized around the idea of investigative theatre, which we broadly define as any creative process of inquiry that feeds the creation of a work of theater. Methods may include research, a community-based focus, interviews, or other experimental strategies of the artist's design. The artists meet on a regular basis for nine months to share their methodologies and the resulting work with the group, facilitated by the leader of the R&D Program. The generative artists in the group (writers, composers, etc.) are expected to attend all of the sessions; regular attendance is critical and should be considered when applying.

Additionally, a group of directors are chosen to complete the group. Directors are invited to meetings, but not expected to attend all; the directors become more active at the end of the season, with the direction of the public readings.

The intention of the group is that each generative artist or team will finish a draft for public presentation by May 2018. Given the nature of the process, it is understood that these drafts will be in various stages of development when they are presented.

To apply for the 2017-2018 R&D Group all applicants must complete the online application below at:

Kampala International Theatre Festival (Kampala, Uganda) 
Deadline June 30

We are excited to announce the 4th edition of the Kampala International Theatre Festival that will take place from 22nd - 26th November 2017 in Kampala, Uganda. Artists from the disciplines of theatre are now invited to submit their applications. Next to full productions we also welcome staged readings or workshop productions.

Fred Ebb Foundation Award 
Deadline: June 30 

The Fred Ebb Award recognizes excellence in musical theatre songwriting, by a songwriter or songwriting team that has not yet achieved significant commercial success. The award is meant to encourage and support aspiring songwriters to create new works for the musical theatre. The prize includes a $60,000 award. In addition to the monetary prize, the Fred Ebb Foundation
will produce a one-night-only showcase of the winner's work.

Each applicant must be a composer/lyricist or composer/lyricist team wishing to create work for the musical theatre, and must not yet have achieved significant commercial success.

North Park Playwright Festival (San Diego, CA) 
Deadline: June 30

The North Park Playwright Festival provides a platform for brand new, short (ten minute), plays written by playwrights from around the world. Over the past twelve years more than 440 new plays have been produced.

We seek short new plays (no more than 12 pages, less is fine) that are easily staged and have casts with no more than four people. Our theater is very small and we normally use a minimal set concept in this festival. We have to be able to change sets in just a few minutes as we do six to seven plays each evening of the festival. We don't have space for large casts.

20% Theatre Seeking Submissions 
Deadline: Rolling Award

20% Theatre Company Twin Cities is open to accepting full-length plays any time (60 minute minimum performance time). Please complete this Script Submission Form and email with your script to

Due to the high volume of scripts submitted to us, we are unable to respond
to all submissions. If we are interested in producing your work we will contact you.

East West Players Submissions 
Deadline: Rolling Award

new works we workshop and produce revolve around Asian and Asian American characters and/or themes.

Please note that our mission focuses on the Asian Pacific experience, and the majority of the new works we workshop and produce revolve around Asian and Asian American characters and/or themes. We are interested in both plays and musicals. Works need not be issue-oriented, in that race/immigrant issues can be an unspoken component in the work. We are particularly interested in new comedies, musicals, and works that unearth the history of Asians in America.

Manuscripts are now being accepted via email. Scripts should be emailed to Emailed versions of scripts are preferred. If you have questions as to whether your work might be suitable for our theater, or if you are a playwright with multiple works and not sure what to submit, email for assistance.

Richard E. Sherwood Award (LA Playwrights)
deadline: June 5

We are pleased to announce that submissions for Center Theatre Group’s Sherwood Award are now open. Center Theatre Group annually awards $10,000 to one innovative and adventurous Los Angeles-based theatre artist. The application deadline is June 5, 2017 and letters of recommendation are due June 9, 2017 at 11:59 pm. There will be two recommended information sessions to provide tips and key application information (more information below)

Deadline: All applications must be submitted by June 5, 2017 at 11:59pm. Letters of Recommendation are due no later than June 9, 2017 at 11:59pm.

The application, eligibility guidelines, and information for the 2018 Sherwood Award are now available at

Since 1996, nineteen artists have received the $10,000 Sherwood Award, which was established in memory of Richard E. Sherwood as an endowed fund to support innovative, adventurous theatre artists working in Los Angeles.

 This past January, lighting designer, Pablo Santiago, was presented with the 2017 Sherwood Award at the annual Ovation Awards ceremony, which recognizes excellence in theatrical performance, production and design in the Greater Los Angeles Area and are produced by LA STAGE Alliance. Three finalists are announced prior to the Ovation Awards and all three Finalists are celebrated leading up to the Award Announcement, allowing each Finalist more involvement with Center Theatre Group’s initiatives. An honorarium of $2,000 is awarded to each of the two remaining finalists. Please note that artists can only be eligible for the Finalist Honorarium for two consecutive years, after which they must wait one calendar year before reapplying.

There will be two information sessions highly recommended for interested applicants with the Sherwood Artistic Program Coordinator, Miranda Wright and the Sherwood Award Fellow, Diana Sanchez. The information sessions will be held on Saturday, May 13 at 11:00 am (RSVP byWednesday, May 10 at 6 pm) and Monday, May 22 at 7:00 pm (RSVP by Thursday, May 18 at 6 pm) at the Center Theatre Group offices at the Music Center Annex, 601 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. To RSVP, please email

Deadline: submissions start on June 15th. The first 400 scripts accepted. 

ANPF’s flagship festival is an international playwright competition that culminates in the reading of four new plays chosen 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 Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the community. The event includes rehearsals and two staged readings of each winning play.

The winning playwrights receive a $1,500 stipend and local accommodations. There is a $15 submission fee.

Submissions close when 400 scripts are received or on December 31, 2017, whichever comes first. A running tally of submissions will be shown on our website. The ANPF 2018 Fall Festival will take place October 17-21, 2018.

Georgia Theatre Conference
Deadline: July 1st

The Georgia Theatre Conference, the official theatre organization for the state of Georgia, is now taking submissions for its annual One Act New Play Competition. The competition is open writers inside and outside of Georgia, however, playwright must be attend the reading (therefore, preference will be given to writers in the Southeastern United States). The winning playwright will receive a $450 prize, and the play will also be performed as a staged reading on October 13 at the Georgia Theatre Conference convention held at the University of West Georgia in Carrolton. Furthermore, the reading will be moderated by Georgia native Lauren Gunderson, whom American Theatre Magazine recognized as “The Most Produced Living Playwright of 2016.”  Guidelines are listed below:

Ø  Entries will be accepted until July 1, 2017.

Ø  One submission per playwright only.

Ø  Play submissions must be a one-act with a running-time between 30 minute sand one hour, and limited to 10 or fewer characters. Full length scripts, children’s plays, 10 Minute plays, and musicals are not accepted.

Ø  Plays must be unproduced (no professional, independent, college/university, or community theatre productions) and unpublished (including anthologies). Plays that have gone through readings and workshops are acceptable.

o   Plays may be submitted by email attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF format with the following guidelines
§  Text must be in a format supported by The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. (Character name centered over the dialogue, 12-pt. font size, in Times New Roman or Courier New font style, etc.)
§  Script must include page numbers at the bottom of each page
§  The author’s name and contact information should only appear on the title page of the script
§  Do not include resumes, playwright biographies, or history of the play

The winner will be notified in mid-July. If the winner is unable to attend, a runner-up will be selected.

Please Email all entries to:

Edgemar Center for the Arts
Deadline: rolling 

Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica is a cultural art center designed by Frank Gehry, where theater, dance, music, visual arts, and our annual film festival, Cinema at the Edge, come together in one place.
Our Mission is to provide a physical environment that nurtures the creative process and encourages collaboration between writers, directors, actors, musicians, dancers, and visual artist; to create a learning environment for children and adults; and to invite the community to observe, engage, and interact to add its voices to our creative discovery.
We are currently in the process of reading and selecting new works for our 2018 season and we are seeking one-acts and full-length plays of all genres.
Scripts can be sent to Edgemar Center for the Arts 2437 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90066, attn.: Literary Department or by email sent to If you have any questions, please contact us at (310) 313-0279, or visit our website at

Jerome New York Fellowship
Deadline: July 31st

The Lark’s Jerome New York Fellowship provides substantial artistic and financial support to an emerging writer of extraordinary promise and vision through an intensive two-year residency that provides resources and guidance to generate and develop a significant body of work.

Must be a New York City or Minnesota state resident (though the Fellow must commit to maintaining residency in New York City throughout the fellowship period); Must be a citizen or permanent resident of, and eligible to work in, the United States; Must self-identify as an "emerging" playwright; Must not have had more than two different works professionally produced at the time of application.

The Fellowship Period is January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2019.
In the first year, the Fellow will receive a stipend of $25,000, paid in monthly increments. In addition, the Fellow will have access to an “Opportunity Fund” of $5,000 for the purposes of travel, research, autonomous workshops, and so forth, for the duration of their fellowship and for up to one year after its completion. (The Fellow will request these funds in writing to the Artistic Director and no reasonable request will be refused).

In the second year, the Fellow will receive a stipend of $15,000, paid in monthly increments. In addition, the Fellow will continue to have access to any remaining balance in the Opportunity Fund.
Because the Lark's programs are philosophically designed to put artists at the center of their own process, all residency activities will be based on an initial Fellowship goal-setting meeting at the start of the term in January 2018.  The Fellow will be expected to work with Lark staff to design a regular schedule of program activities, including participation in several of Lark’s new play development programs, such as Roundtables, Playground, Monthly Meeting of the Minds, Winter Writers’ Retreat, New York Stage and Film Vassar Retreat, Project Residencies or Studio Retreats.  The exact structure is flexible based on the specific needs of the selected Fellow, who will participate in a range of these or similar programs throughout the course of the residency.

DVRF Playwrights Program
Deadline: June 19th

The Playwrights Program is an annual opportunity intended to help new and compelling full-length plays come to the attention of the greater public.

Each year the Dennis and Victoria Ross Foundation (DVRF) selects one previously unproduced play to receive an intensive development in New York City. This period is structured in dialogue with the playwright to best accommodate their needs and artistic goals for the piece. The program culminates in presentations to invited audiences featuring producers, directors, and other industry professionals.

Rules and Guidelines for Submission:
-We are seeking full-length plays only. While there is no strict minimum for length we suggest all submissions be at least 30 pages long.
-Submissions must be in English.
-No play that is currently under option, or has previously had a full, public production is eligible for selection. Submissions that have been developed previously or were under option must be accompanied by a brief summary of their developmental history.
-Please only one submission per playwright/playwriting team.
-The play must be original or based on material which the author previously was afforded the rights to.
-Playwrights must be residents of the United States and at least 18 years of age.
-This program is intended only for playwrights who will be able to attend at least a 1-2 week-long workshop and presentation in New York City in 2017/2018. DVRF will do its best to schedule this according to the selected playwright's availability. The selected playwright must be prepared to bear any lodging and travel expenses incurred while participating in the program. Please note we cannot compensate for time taken off from work.

21st Century Voices
Deadline: June 30th

American Stage is committed to producing powerful and relevant professional live theatre.  Our 21st Century Voices is an initiative dedicated to developing and presenting new works for the stage that speak to a contemporary audience in a fresh and compelling way.  21st Century Voices programming includes an annual staged reading festival, workshopping of new scripts, playwriting residencies and fully produced new plays receiving one of their first three professional productions at American Stage.

Submissions of new plays that promote the exploration of socially-conscious themes relevant to our world today will be considered through June 30, 2017.

Submission guidelines for American Stage’s 2018 21st Century Voices New Play Festival are as follows:
-Plays must be full-length in any genre: comedy, drama, musical, etc.
-Translations, collections of one-acts, children’s plays and any play that has received a full-scale, professional production prior to submission are not eligible.
-Plays that have had a workshop, reading or non-professional production are still eligible.
-Only one submission per playwright is allowed each year.

The Selection Process
American Stage’s competitive selection process consists of two rounds of selection. All play excerpts submitted during the first round are reviewed by a committee of theatre artists and patrons. Then, selected playwrights are asked to provide a full manuscript of their play. Finally, American Stage invites four to five playwrights to have their work included in 21st Century Voices New Works Festival in January 2018.

How to Apply
-Email your complete submission package to between April 1-June 15, 2017.
-Complete submission packages must include:
-Your contact information;
-Your playwriting resume;
-A concise paragraph describing the development history of the play you are submitting;
-A paragraph describing why your play is a good fit for American Stage’s 21st Century Voices’ mission to develop and present powerful plays that speak to a contemporary audience in a fresh and compelling way;
-Title of the play;
-Character breakdown and description;
-Time and place of the play;
-Synopsis; and
-A ten page sample of the play.

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