Sunday, July 2, 2017

Get What You Want: July 2017

**NEW DRAMATISTS RESIDENCY** (new addition to the list)
Deadline: July 31st

New Dramatists pursues a singular mission: To provide playwrights time, space, and resources to create work, realize their artistic potential, and make lasting contributions to the theatre. We offer our playwrights an artistic home and self-guided laboratory for seven years, free of charge, in the company of their most gifted peers. Our playwright company consists of emerging and mid-career writers collectively embodying an artistic, cultural, ethnic, and geographic diversity rarely found in the American theatre.

What do we offer?
 Playwright led, and authority over, seven-year residency.
 A company of playwrights and a vibrant extended artistic community.
 An organization where playwrights are the host artist.
 Support for the individual and collective interests of the resident playwrights.
 Flexible playwright-driven artistic development opportunities through 1-2 day readings and extended working
sessions as part of The Playwrights’ Laboratory.
 Flexible working spaces in our studio, theatre, and classroom.
 Flexible writing spaces in classroom and library.
 Private writing studio (the Russell Room).
 Meeting space in the classroom and library.
 Temporary residence rooms in 7
th Heaven, which can also be booked as writing space.
 Casting, director, and other collaborator assistance.
 Dramaturgical, career, and artistic advisement.
 National playwright and new play advocacy.
 Supervision over what unpublished plays are kept in New Dramatists’ Library.
 Grants, Awards, and In the Works Bulletin of Playwright Opportunities.
 Retreats.
 Web-based resources, including your own profile page on ND’s website and the opportunity to host podcasts.
 Complimentary script photocopying.
 Complimentary theatre tickets.
 A one-year free membership to the Dramatists Guild during the first year of residency.
 Wi-Fi.
 Bottomless coffee, tea, and water.
 Washer and dryer.
 Childcare reimbursement for playwrights through the Howard Gilman Foundation and the Lilly-Ruhl Fund.
All these services are provided free of charge.

BMI Musical Workshop 
Deadline: August 1st (for composer/lyricists)

The Workshop runs September through May in New York City. Prospective members must make their own living arrangements in the city or be able to commute weekly.

During the first year, composers and lyricists are paired off and are asked to create appropriate songs based on scenes from various sources. The writers perform their assignments, which are then discussed by the other writers and the moderators. There are analyses and discussions of current and past musicals, with an eye to understanding form and structure. Every effort is made to insure that each writer retains his or her individual style.

In the Workshop’s final phase (Second Year), teams work on a musical. The Workshop functions as a forum and a sounding board for works in progress, as music and lyrics are critically evaluated and open dialogue is encouraged.

At the end of each Second Year, the Workshop Committee determines which writers from the group are invited to join the Advanced Workshop. Not everyone is asked. This Workshop is intended for writers of professional caliber who are expected to contribute to the vitality of the musical theatre scene.

The Librettist Workshop reads and critiques its members’ work in a moderated roundtable discussion format, with material going through various drafts from on-one synopses to fully scripted scenes. There are occasional cold readings of an entire project.

Application Materials:
Composer: Three contrasting compositions - uptempo, comedy song, ballad. Please include copy of score which includes lyrics.

Lyricist: Three contrasting lyrics in PDF format - uptempo, comedy song, ballad.
Composer/Lyricist: Three contrasting songs - uptempo, comedy song, ballad. Please include copy of score which includes lyrics.

Librettist: A script sample of at least ten consecutive pages. Material written for the stage is preferred, but screenplays or teleplays are acceptable. Material need not include songs. Please include a sample of comedy writing.

Note that if you apply as a composer and a lyricist, you will be accepted as one or the other (that is, as either a composer or a lyricist) and you will be assigned different collaborators over the course of the year. If you apply as both a composer/lyricist and a librettist and are accepted as both, you will spend your first year as a composer/lyricist only, as the two groups meet at the same time.

Select applicants will be invited to audition in early September. Librettist are accepted on the basis of their written materials and are not required to audition.

At the auditions, composers and composer/lyricists will be asked to perform at least two contrasting theatrical compositions; lyricists will be asked to recite samples of their theatrical lyrics. All auditions must be done live, using a piano.

Schedule & Fees
The First Year Workshop meets Monday at 6:15 p.m. The Second Year Workshop meets Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The Advanced Workshop meets Monday at 4:00 p.m.

There is no fee to apply for or participate in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.

EWG Public Theatre
deadline: August 31st

The Emerging Writers Group is a component of The Public Writers Initiative, a long-term program that provides key support and resources for writers at every stage of their careers. It creates a fertile community and fosters a web of supportive artistic relationships across generations. Time Warner is the Founding Sponsor of the Emerging Writers Group, and provides continued program support through the Time Warner Foundation.

Writers are selected bi-annually and receive a two-year fellowship at The Public which includes a stipend. Staged readings of works by Emerging Writers Group members are presented in the Spotlight Series at The Public. The playwrights also participate in a bi-weekly writers group led by The Public’s literary department and master classes led by established playwrights. Additionally, they have a chance to observe rehearsals for productions at The Public, receive career development advice from mid-career and established writers, and receive artistic and professional support from the literary department and Public artistic staff. Members of the group also receive complimentary tickets to Public Theater shows, invited dress rehearsals, and other special events, as well as a supplemental stipend for tickets to productions at other theaters.

 Deadline: August 15th

The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2018 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series' current judge, Ayad Akhtar. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater. The prize and publication are contingent on the playwright's agreeing to the terms of the publishing agreement.

There is no entry fee. Please follow these guidelines in preparing your manuscript:

1. This contest is restricted to plays written in the English language. Worldwide submissions are accepted.

2. Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays written in English. Translations, musicals, and children's plays are not accepted. The Yale Drama Series is intended to support emerging playwrights. Playwrights may win the competition only once.

3. Playwrights may submit only one manuscript per year.

4. Plays that have been professionally produced or published are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production or that have been published as an actor’s edition will be considered.

5. Plays may not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.

6. Plays must be typed/word-processed, page-numbered, and in Yale Drama Series play format.

7. The Yale Drama Series reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.

8. The Yale Drama Series reserves the right of the judge to not choose a winner for any given year of the competition and reserves the right to determine the ineligibility of a winner, in keeping with the spirit of the competition, and based upon the accomplishments of the author.

The Yale Drama Series Competition strongly urges electronic submission. By electronically submitting your script, you will receive immediate confirmation of your successful submission and the ability to check the status of your entry.

Electronic submissions for the 2018 competition must be submitted no earlier than June 1, 2017 and no later than August 15, 2017. The submission window closes at midnight EST.

If you are submitting your play electronically, please omit your name and contact information from your manuscript. The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play's title, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes. Please enter the title of your play, your name and contact information (including address, phone number, and email address), and a brief biography where indicated in the electronic submission form.

If you would like to submit an electronic copy of your manuscript please go to:

The Yale Drama Series Competition strongly urges applicants to submit their scripts electronically, but if that is impossible, we will accept hardcopies.

Submissions for the 2018 competition must be postmarked no earlier than June 1, 2017 and no later than August 15, 2017.

Crystal Ruth Bell Residency (Beijing)
Deadline: July 17th

For the fourth edition of the Crystal Ruth Bell Residency, Red Gate & China Residencies are inviting people to apply for a funded residency in Beijing for the months of November and December 2017. We are calling for people of all types of creative practices, of all passports, ages, gender-identities, abilities, and interests to send us proposals for projects to pursue in Beijing this winter around the principle of"care" - in any way the term makes sense to you.

We are calling for people of all types of creative practices, of all passports, ages, gender-identities, abilities, and interests to send us proposals for projects to pursue in Beijing this winter around the principle of"care" - in any way the term makes sense to you.

Performers, filmmakers, poets, writers, researchers, photographers, choreographers, chefs, designers, developers, activists, scientists, architects, and all kinds of visual artists are encouraged to apply with a project proposal that reflects some of Crystal's interests and driving forces: generosity, loyalty, friendship, justice, and bikes.

The Crystal Ruth Bell Residency covers:

- Live/work space in Beijing
- Funding for travel and visa expenses
- Airport pickups, welcome dinner and orientation upon arrival
- Project support and coordination
- Artist talk & studio visits (optional)
- USD $1,000 research stipend (enough to cover meals and daily living expenses in Beijing)
- Materials & production stipend (variable based on proposed project)
- Open studio exhibition

The Pier Commission – £8,000 artist commission (London)
Deadline: July 14th

The exchange invite proposals from practitioners to transform London’s longest pier into a piece of art for the period of Totally Thames. We are looking for artists, designers, architects, performers, curators, and other creatives to propose an ambitious contemporary arts installation that will shine a spotlight on one of Erith’s greatest assets.

This opportunity is sponsored by Orbit and Wates.

£8,000 commission available to develop a site-specific work based on Erith Pier throughout a three-week period in September 2017 coinciding with Totally Thames. This is a unique opportunity for practitioners to present work as part of this world-renowned festival.
Deadline for submissions: Friday 14 July 2017
Private View: Tuesday 5 September 2017

Blueproject Foundation (Barcelona, Spain)
Deadline: July 24th

Blueproject Foundation opens yearly a call for artists-in-residence, a public programme open to all types of formats, ideas, artistic and cultural proposals.

The residency programme at Blueproject Foundation is one of the main focuses of the foundation, its objective being to offer support in the production of new projects and give visibility to emerging artists.


The artists will be judged according to the quality and professionalism of their projects by an external international jury along with the foundation’s team. The artists or collectives that were selected will enjoy a one-month residency in El Taller followed by the exhibition of their work in Sala Project.


The opening period for the open call varies annually, usually oscillating between May and July, while the development of the winning projects takes place during the following year. The exact dates of the Open Call will be announced on the web, together with the requirements and registration/application form.

Nashville Ingram New Works Lab
deadline: July 24th

The Ingram New Works Project was launched by Nashville Repertory Theatre in 2009 thanks to the generous support of Martha Ingram. With the mission to support the creation of new works for the theatre, Nashville Rep created a project that includes the New Works Lab.

The Ingram New Works Lab is intended to be an artistic home for early career playwrights to share and develop new work, hone craft, receive support, and springboard themselves into the next phase of their writing career.

Applications are open for the 2017/18 Ingram New Works Lab residency. Selected playwrights meet monthly in Nashville to develop a new play during the course of the residency. It's a year of dynamic developmental support for your new play, radical hospitality, and a great excuse to come play with us in Nashville. Travel and Housing provided. Submission deadline is July 24, 2017. Submission guidelines and more info at the link

EST Youngblood
Deadline: July 17th

EST/Youngblood is currently accepting applications for membership beginning in the 2017-2018 season. Applications are open to New York City resident playwrights under 30 years old. Membership includes attendance at all weekly meetings, monthly (or more frequent) performances, readings and retreats. There is no set term of membership, and members often stay through the season that includes their 30th birthday. If you have any questions, please contact

Application Requirements:

WRITING SAMPLE - up to 25 pages. This can be part of a longer piece or a one-act. Send whatever you think best represents where you are as a playwright right now.
LETTER - The "why Youngblood" letter. Tell us about yourself and why you are interested in membership in the group.
RESUME - Your current playwriting resume.
FULL-LENGTH PLAY - A completed full-length play in its entirety. Note: this can be the full play from which the initial 25 pages was excerpted, or an entirely different piece. In most cases, this additional material will only be read if you are selected as a finalist.

Blue Ink Submission (American Blues Theatre)
Deadline: August 31st

Submissions will be accepted July 1, 2017 through August 31, 2017 @ 11:59pm. The winning play will be selected by Producing Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside and the Ensemble. The playwright receives a monetary prize of $1,000 and a developmental workshop or staged reading at American Blues Theater in Chicago. Cash prizes are awarded for finalists, and semi-finalists too.

There is a $5 administrative fee. All proceeds of the fee are distributed for playwrights’ cash prizes.

David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize
Deadline: July 30th

Norton J. “Sky” Cooper established the Emerging American Playwright Prize award at Marin Theatre Company in 2007 in honor of David Calicchio’s lifelong career as a playwright and in support of Marin Theatre Company’s commitment to the discovery and development of new and emerging American playwrights. The Calicchio Prize will be awarded annually to a professionally unproduced playwright for a new work that shows outstanding promise and a distinctive new voice for the American theatre. The play selected as the Calicchio Prize winner will receive 2 public staged readings at Marin Theatre Company as part of the theatre’s annual New Play Reading Series. The playwright will receive a $2,500 award, as well as travel and accommodations for the MTC rehearsal period (25 hours).

Ars Nova Play Group
Deadline: July 23rd

This vibrant and eclectic group of emerging playwrights gathers twice a month at Ars Nova to share new work and get feedback. The group offers members the chance to develop their plays with peer support, form collaborative relationships and build a strong sense of community within Ars Nova. In addition, members receive dramaturgical support and artistic matchmaking advice from the Ars Nova artistic staff and development opportunities through public readings and workshops.

Play Group is a two year residency in which members become a part of the Ars Nova Resident Artist community. In addition to biweekly meetings where members share new work and receive feedback from their Play Group peers, members also receive dramaturgical support and artistic match-making advice from the Ars Nova artistic staff; invitations to Ars Nova shows, Resident Artists mixers, and to see the work of Play Group alums around the city; two Play Group writing retreats; and the opportunity to further develop and showcase one of their plays in a weeklong workshop that can culminate in a public reading.

All playwrights who identify as emerging are eligible to apply. In selecting new members, we will take into account the strength of the submitted play, what the writer stands to gain from membership at this point in her/his career and the overall balance of voices and styles within the group. Writers of all genders, races and abilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Great Smoky Mountain Artist in Residence (National Park Service)
Deadline: mid-November 2017

Each artist donates a mutually agreed upon piece of original work, representative of their stay in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) within one year of completion of the residency. The artwork is donated to park partner, Friends of The Smokies (FOTS), a non-profit organization that supports the park by raising funds and awareness. FOTS may offer the piece for consideration in the park's permanent museum collection, or sell it to raise funds supporting the Artist-in-Residence Program or other park needs.

Artists agree to share all copyrights for artwork donated to Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, giving FOTS shared ownership and rights to reproduce it. The artist retains a non-exclusive use license and may make use of the artwork for personal and professional promotion using the language, "Produced under Artist-in-Residence Program at Great Smoky Mountains National Park".

Artist Participation as Volunteer-in-Park
Selected artists work with the Parkwide Volunteer Coordinator to develop a residency theme that makes it possible for the park to generate visitor awareness and enrichment opportunities. Artists are scheduled to facilitate three public programs tailored to their individual medium, experience and interests. These may be in the form of participatory workshops, hands-on learning, demonstration, performances, exploratory walks, outreach in classrooms and community, or another means of engagement that aligns with park protocol. Artists provide equipment and supplies needed to lead the programs.

When and How To Apply
Submit application materials and samples as indicated below. Insufficient or excess materials, may be cause for application rejection, as is proposed use of work already in progress through a residency.

A panel of professionals from diverse disciplines will choose up to 6 finalists. Selection is based on artistic merit, statement of purpose and appropriateness to residency at this national park.
Panel jurors give thoughtful consideration to each applicant's statement of purpose (proposal) regarding how their creative insight and offerings may be made accessible for park visitors, volunteers, staff and local community. Great Smoky Mountains National Park seeks to inspire people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures to connect and discover the meaning of national parks in their lives. Through our vibrant Artist-in-Residence program the park invites exploration, experience, innovation, education and stewardship.

Spring/Summer/Fall Residency mid-May through November 2017
All applicants must submit:
1. A Resume and Summary of Creative Works
2. Statement of Purpose: What do you hope to gain through time spent at Great Smoky Mountains National Park? How might you share your insight, experience and creative contribution with park visitors and people of the local community?
3. Three choices of beginning / ending dates for your stay. Residencies are a usually a minimum of 4 weeks, maximum of 6 weeks. Offer dates from mid-May 15 through November 2017.
Visual Artists: Submit six digital images at 300 dpi (jpg or tif) on labeled CD. Include a list of images with title, medium and image size (height and width). Images should show only the actual work - Backgrounds, frames or mats should not be included.

Writers: Submit no more than ten double-spaced, typewritten pages of manuscript or electronic file in either Microsoft Word or PDF format.

Musicians / Performing Artists: Submit CD or DVD indexed to identify a 5 - 7 minute segment for jury review. If submitting MP3 files, include CD or DVD as back-up in case there are compatibility issues.

Composers: Submit CD or DVD (sound collage, track or orchestral work) indexed to identify a 5 - 7 minute segment for review. If submitting MP3 files, include CD or DVD as back up in case there are compatibility issues.

Mail Application Packet / Notification of Selection: The Artist-in-Residence Program, Attention: Parkwide Volunteer Coordinator, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 107 Park Headquarters Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 -- Due to the number of submissions, applicants do not receive confirmation that their submission has been received by the park. Artists selected for a Residency will be notified on or before April 14, 2017.

The Artist-in-Residence Program is supported by Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in partnership with the Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Funding for the AiR Program is provided by Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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.

Lanseboro Jerome Artist Residency
Deadline: July 31st

The Lanesboro Jerome Artist Residency Program, located in Lanesboro, MN (pop. 754), aims to provide an immersive, meaningful experience for emerging artists from Minnesota and the five boroughs of New York City. The program is unique in that it provides an entire rural community and its myriad assets as a catalytic vehicle for engagement and artistic experimentation, with staff working with each resident to create a fully-customized residency experience. Lanesboro Arts’ goal is to be flexible and accommodating to the artists, allowing them access to local resources needed for conceptualizing and realizing their place-based work. Lanesboro Arts recognizes “place-based work” as work that is specifically inspired by and designed for the place in which the work takes place; it can be a new project, or an interpretation of the artist’s current work tailored to engage the community of Lanesboro. The emerging artist residency program was designed to align with and amplify Lanesboro Arts’ vision for communities–especially rural communities–to embrace artists as economic drivers, culture bearers, community builders, and problem solvers.

The application deadline for residencies taking place in 2018 is July 31st, 2017 at noon. Jury review will take place in August and applicants will be notified by September 15, 2017 at the latest as to the status of their application. Selected artists residents and runners-up for 2018 will be notified by September 29, 2017.

Artists must be residents of Minnesota or the five boroughs of New York City to be eligible to apply. To be considered, eligible artists must submit their application through an online webform on Lanesboro Arts website. Complete program details are below. Please contact Adam Wiltgen at 507-467-2446 or with any questions.

is inherently innovative and visionary
has a track record of success, and shows significant potential for growth
is informed by place and community
centers on public engagement; that is, the public’s interaction with the work is part of the process and the product
is accessible to people with diverse backgrounds

Lanesboro Arts defines “emerging artist” as an individual who has great potential in their artistic practice but has not yet received major recognition for their work. Each applicant’s resume will be thoughtfully reviewed by the panelists, who will consider the significance, scope, geography, and timing of artists’ previous exhibitions, critical reviews, commissions, performances, grant awards, residencies, fellowships, publications, and productions. (Generally, the best candidates are those who have no more than three of the major professional accomplishments noted above.) Current degree-seeking students are not eligible for the residency. Age is not a factor in determining an emerging artist.

Artists of all disciplines are eligible to apply.
Artists must be residents of Minnesota or the five boroughs of New York City.
Artists are paid $1,000/week and are provided studio and lodging space.
Artists are eligible to apply for 2 or 4 week residencies, and residency dates can be flexible (and split between two visits if that best suits your practice). Lanesboro Arts Residencies can be scheduled any time in 2018 except for May, June, or July. Residencies scheduled in March or August are preferred and would be most optimal, however Lanesboro Arts staff is interested in considering proposals with flexible and dynamic artists for the months of January, February, September, October, November, and December. Residencies begin on the 1st or 16th of each month and end on the 15th or last day of each month for periods of 2 or 4 weeks.
Lanesboro Arts does not cover material or transportation costs; these expenses should be factored into the $1,000/week stipend.
Artist groups are eligible to apply, but the weekly stipend is the same and must then be split amongst the collective.
Artists are required to list their top three choices of dates for their residency, but finalists will work with Lanesboro Arts to determine the best dates for all parties.
Lanesboro Arts will work with each individual artist to customize their residency, aligning resources and connections to make their time in Lanesboro as fruitful as possible.
Artists must submit their application through the online webform on Lanesboro Arts website.

Beijing Playhouse
Deadline: August 30th

Beijing Playhouse is looking to identify writers who have previously produced comedy stage plays who would be interested in having their works adapted for the Chinese market. Seeking modern comedies and farces with 6-12 cast size with a strong production track record.

For Beijing Playhouse’s 2019/2020 season we may be looking for modern comedies that are specifically about China and targeted to the Chinese market. We are also looking for playwrights who are interested in having their produced comedies localized for a Chinese audience.

We’ve localized other plays to great success by introducing Chinese characters and settings and jokes into these shows. Taking a tried and tested story, like Snow White or A Christmas Carol, and localizing it for the Chinese audience has proven very popular.

While these traditional shows have been successful, there appears to be stronger interest in localizing a very modern comedy. So we’re looking for authors who are interested in the Chinese market. Our goal is in keeping the gist of a playwright's story and tightly written script, but resetting it in a Chinese location, changing jokes to Chinese jokes, changing some characters to Chinese characters, and adding Chinese language.

Beijing Playhouse is the English theatre in Beijing; for the last 12 years the largest locally produced-in-English theatre in the country. We produce standard US theatre chestnuts like Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma!, Romeo and Juliet and Wizard of Oz. Last December we did an audience interactive pantomime version of A Christmas Carol. So theatre producers here are looking to us to bring and adapt good shows from the US.
The particulars around rights/royalties would be worked out with the playwright.
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