Sunday, October 1, 2017

GET WHAT YOU WANT: October 2017

OCTOBER 2017

1.
Eugene O'Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference 
Deadline: October 13 
Website: http://www.theoneill.org/summer-conferences/npc/

Each year a community of professionals gathers in the serene setting of the
Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in order to support playwrights and new works
for the theater.  The National Playwrights Conference strives to create a
supportive environment that empowers playwrights to their own process and
to experience the play with a professional company. There is a $35 submission fee.
http://www.theoneill.org/summer-conferences/npc/


2.
Acadia University Theatre- MiniFest Script Submissions 
deadline: October 15 
Website: http://theatre.acadiau.ca/minifest-script-submissions.html

MiniFest is a week-long festival of one-act plays featuring limited cast
sizes and scenographic demands.  Every year hundreds of plays from around
the world are submitted for juried evaluation.  A Play Reading Committee
creates a short list which is then submitted to an Executive Committee that
selects four to six plays for an actor-centered staging by members of the
Acadia Theatre Company.


3.
Great Plains Theatre Conference Call for Submissions  
Deadline: October 15th
Website: https://webapps.mccneb.edu/gptc/CallforPlays.asp

The Great Plains Theatre Conference offers playwrights the opportunity to
interact with and have their work seen by top writers, directors and actors
from across the country. In addition, playwrights work directly with these
professionals in hands-on writing and industry workshops, participate in
daily panel discussions and attend evening performances with master
playwrights and theatre practitioners. Past panelists, workshop leaders and
respondents include: Edward Albee, Doug Wright, Emily Mann, Mac Wellman,
Arthur Kopit, Marshall Mason, Mark Lamos, Theresa Rebeck, Constance
Congdon, Erik Ehn, Will Eno, Lee Blessing and David Lindsay-Abaire among
Others.

 We offers playwrights the opportunity to interact with and have their work seen by top writers, directors and actors from across the country. There is a $10 submission fee.


4.
The 2018 Van Lier New Voices Fellowship at the Lark 
Deadline: October 31 
Website: http://larktheatre.org/get-involved/submit-play/van-lier-
new-voices-fellowship-2018-application-guidelines/

The Lark is accepting applications for the third round of its Van Lier New
Voices Fellowship program, supported by The New York Community Trust?s
Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund.

The Van Lier New Voices Fellowship supports playwrights of color under 30
who demonstrate financial need. During a year-long residency, Fellows will
work on multiple artistic projects through an individually-tailored program
of Lark play development programs, and form relationships with other
theatermakers at various career stages from all parts of the world. The
Fellowship includes a cash award of $15,000, plus up to $3,000 in health
insurance premium reimbursement, along with access to a wide range of Lark
resources, including artistic program participation, office and rehearsal
space, and staff support.

In the 2018 cycle, The Lark will award two Fellowships.
Applications will be accepted from August 15 to October 31, 2017.  Selected
fellows will be notified in early December 2017.
The Fellowship period begins January 1, 2018 and ends December 31, 2018.
http://larktheatre.org/get-involved/submit-play/van-lier-
new-voices-fellowship-2018-application-guidelines/

Award:* a cash award of $15,000, plus up to $3,000 in health insurance premium reimbursement, along with access to a wide range of Lark resources, including artistic program participation, office and rehearsal space, and
staff support. *Fee:* N/A. *Restrictions:* Be legal residents of New York
City; Identify as playwrights of color under the age of 30 at the time of
application; Not be enrolled in a college, conservatory or advanced
training program during the fellowship period;


5.
Dayton Playhouse FutureFest 2018 
Deadline: October 31 
Website: http://wordpress.thedaytonplayhouse.com/future-fest-2/futurefest-2018/

Dayton Playhouse has sponsored FutureFest, a festival of new and unproduced
plays for over twenty five years, put on by a community theater run
entirely by volunteers. Each year we bring you in one weekend six new
unproduced plays as chosen by the FF committee from the submissions entered
that year. Each play is dramatized as either a staged reading or a full
dramatization. Each play is a full length play and we do not limit the
subject matter. We bring the playwrights to the festival for the weekend so
you can mingle with them and we have talk back sessions with them after
their show. We bring in adjudicators from around the country to pick the
best play and give the playwrights a professional critique in front of the
FF audience. It’s a play lover?s dream come true, and an opportunity a
playwright can’t get anywhere else.

Award: *A $1000 honorarium will be awarded to the winning playwright; runners-up each receive $100. The Dayton Playhouse provides the six finalists travel (within the continental U.S.) to Dayton and housing for FutureFest weekend. *Fee:* $20. *Restrictions:* Entry must be an original work (NO musicals or plays for children) that has not been published or produced where admission was charged prior to FF 2018. Staged readings/workshop productions are not
necessarily disqualifying factors. http://wordpress.thedaytonplayhouse.com/future-fest-2/futurefest-2018/


6.
Ensemble Studio Theatre-Sloan Project  
deadline: November 1 
website: http://www.ensemblestudiotheatre.org/est-sloan/submissions/

The EST/Sloan Project commissions, develops and presents new works delving
into how we view and are affected by the scientific world. These plays
examine the struggles and challenges scientists and engineers face from
moral issues to the consequences of their discoveries.

The Project is designed to stimulate artists to create credible and
compelling work exploring the worlds of science and technology and to
challenge existing stereotypes of scientists and engineers in the popular
imagination. The Project commissions and develops new works throughout
EST?s developmental season, including one Mainstage Production, as well as
workshops and readings in an annual festival called FIRST LIGHT.
http://www.ensemblestudiotheatre.org/est-sloan/submissions/
Award:*Commissions range from $1000 to $10,000. *Fee:* N/A. *Restrictions:* N/A.



7.
Target Margin
Deadline: Oct 16th
website: http://www.targetmargin.org/our-season/institute/

 A year-long fellowship (January – December) that provides five diverse artists space, support and a $1,000 stipend to challenge themselves and their art-making practice. There is no curriculum or “teaching” structure. There is no final result or project. The core goal is rigorously to question our own assumptions about what the theater is, what it could be, and what we would like it to be.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?
Artists who have demonstrated a serious commitment to their practice and an interest in TMT’s principles, and are ready to move in a radical new direction. Fellows should be poised to embrace the open-ended questioning that guides the Institute. Applicants may emerge from any theatrical discipline (actors, designers, writers, directors, producers, stage managers, administrators, etc.). We also accept applications from other artistic fields (music, visual art, literature, etc.) as long as the connection to performance is clearly articulated.

The Institute is NOT a project development opportunity, nor is it a professional development service. There is no curriculum or “teaching” structure. There is no final result or project. The Institute values form-breaking work, artistic originality and process over production. The core goal is rigorously to question our own assumptions about what the theater is, what it could be, and what we would like it to be.


8.
Tofte Lake Residency
Deadline: Nov. 30th
Website: http://www.toftelake.com/residency-programs-0

Tofte Lake Center winds down its last month here in the Northwoods of MN, we’re gearing up for next year - our 10th Anniversary Season! Here’s how YOU could be part of our 10th Anniversary Season:

Our application window for all residences is September 1- November 30, 2017.
Applicants will be notified by February 1, 2018.
To apply is easy! These are your options for available weeks:

The Emerging Artists Program
June 25 - July 1, 2018
August 27 - Sept 2, 2018
September 10 - 16, 2018

The Gaia Fenna Memorial Fellowship
Sept 17 - 23, 2018

The Individual and Group/Organizational Residencies
June 11 - 17, 2018
Sept 24 - 30, 2018

You can find links to all the residency information and applications here: http://www.toftelake.com/residency-programs-0

Apply now - we hope to see you at the lake to celebrate our 10th anniversary!

Liz Engelman, Director
toftelakecenter@gmail.com
609-865-1139 (Oct - May)
218-365-7769 (June-Sept)
www.toftelake.com


9.
Obama Fellowship 
Deadline: October 6th
Website: https://www.obama.org/fellowship/apply/

Artists have a new opportunity to network and develop projects aimed at civic good, courtesy of none other than Barack and Michelle Obama, via their foundation.

Twenty “community-minded rising stars,” among them “organizers, creators, educators, artists, entrepreneurs, and journalists,” will be selected for the first round of the Obama Foundation Fellowship. They will enjoy expense-paid trips to confabs with all the other fellows. The two-year, non-residential fellowship invites applicants from around the world.

The Obama Foundation specifically seeks artists who are at a turning point in their careers, but who currently lack access to the networks that can help take their work to a bigger stage.

There’s an uncommon opportunity for the first class as well. The foundation’s announcement points out that the inaugural group of fellows will be able to help shape the program for future participants. Additionally, a representative of the foundation told artnet News via email that the Obama foundation will consult with experts in the field to select fellows, adding that the foundation sees art and culture as integral to the social sphere.

N.B.: The announcement of the fellowship specifies that it’s open to “good humans” with a “strong moral character,” hinting that especially edgy or challenging applications may not find favor.

The open call for applications closes at 6 p.m. Central time on October 6th; the chosen few will be notified in February 2018; the first fellowship gathering takes place in April of next year in the Chicago area, where the foundation has its headquarters.


10. 
The Cultural Diaspora: African-American and African Playwrights Creative Residency at the Camargo Foundation
deadline: October 19th
website: http://camargofoundation.org/apply/current-calls/

The program welcomes applications from black playwrights who are citizens of the United States or of an African country. Eligible applicants have an interest in the African diaspora as an influence and factor on their craft, work, and thinking. Eligible applicants have had at least three different texts/plays fully produced for public audiences.

Each of the eight participants will receive plane fare, local transport to and from the home airport and Camargo, and both a stipend of $1,000 US and an honorarium of $1,000 US (making a total of $2,000 US per playwright/text creator) to participate. Each artist will be provided a furnished apartment.

The Camargo Foundation, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jerome Foundation, is excited to announce a four-week residency program for mid-career/established African-American and African playwrights. Four participants from the United States and four from the African continent, all of whom are interested in the intersection and interaction, whether historic or contemporary, between the United States and Africa, will be hosted at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France, from May 28 to June 25, 2018.


11.
Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation 
Deadline: October 7 
Website: http://americantheatrewing.org/program/jonathan-larson-grants/

The Jonathan Larson Grants are intended to honor and recognize emerging
musical theatre artists. Composers, lyricists, and librettists who work in
musical theatre are the focus of the grants. ATW is committed to serving
artists who are creating new, fully producible works for the theatre, and
advancing the art form. The grants do not honor a specific piece or project.
Awards range from $2,500-$15,000.


12.
InspiraTO Playwriting Contest
Deadline: November 20th
Website: http://www.theatreinspirato.ca/submit-a-play

The play must be a ten-minute play. The theme "all about her" must be an integral part of the play. The story can be a comedy, a drama, a parody, absurd or anything in between (in English only). We also accept musicals. The contest is open to anyone, in any part of the world, without geographic or age restrictions. Scroll to the bottom of the page to submit your play.

Please note: Just because one of the characters or all the characters are female does not necessarily make the theme “all about her”. Ensure that the play highlights a distinct female/feminine voice about the way she engages with the world or how she views the world.

The cover page should have the title of the play, the playwright's name and the list of characters. The pages should be numbered. The format should be easy to read. We accept previously produced plays (but not plays that have produced at InspiraTO before). The playwright must own the rights to the play up to June 17, 2018 (i.e. the script cannot be owned by a publisher).

We are particularly interested in scripts that aren't afraid to make bold choices: quality writing backed by imaginative staging.

What will happen

The plays will be selected by a committee from the Toronto theatre community. If selected, your play will be performed in Toronto, Canada from June 1 - June 16, 2018. Between eighteen to twenty four, ten-minute plays will be selected and performed. 1st Prize: $500 CDN. Should your play be selected for inclusion in the festival, you are giving the non-exclusive right to Theatre InspiraTO to produce and perform the play in the 13th Annual InspiraTO Festival in Toronto (Canada's largest ten-minute play festival), in June 2018. The InspiraTO Festival will find the cast, crew and market your play. Authors retain copyright and full ownership of their plays.

Only those playwrights whose plays have been selected will be notified by January 1, 2018 (more likely by mid-December).

What does a good ten-minute play need?

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

Generally speaking, scripts (including the stage directions, character names and dialogue) that are over 1,900 words are more than ten minutes long on stage. This does not mean that all plays under 1,900 words are under ten minutes, so be wise: use Word Count and read the play out loud while timing the length (including all pauses). You don't want your hard work rejected because it was too long.


13.
MAP Grant
Deadline: October 30th
Website: mapfundblog.org/the-program/

Proposals are evaluated on the basis of the following criteria, which are weighed equally:
How well a project aligns with the MAP Fund’s goal of supporting live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry. MAP is particularly interested in supporting artists that question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the current American landscape.

The artistic strength of the proposed project. The viability of the project, based on the applicant’s professional capabilities as demonstrated in the project narrative, bio and artist statement, and work samples. Letter of Inquiry and Full Applications must come from organizations based in the United States that have current nonprofit federal tax status (501c3). Unincorporated artists or ensembles may apply to MAP through a fiscal sponsor.

Organizations and artists must demonstrate at least 2 years professional experience.
MAP supports only projects that contain a live performance. Eligible projects must not have premiered anywhere in the world before the first date of the current grant activities period.
The touring or documentation of work that has already premiered is not eligible for funding.
Current employees or board members of Creative Capital, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation or the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, or immediate family members of such persons may not apply for a MAP grant. Artists who receive a MAP grant two years in a row are asked to sit out the next year before reapplying.

WHAT WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR
MAP does not support straight adaptations from one medium to another, remounting of past work, traditional re-staging of classic works, educational projects, youth programs that do not achieve as high an artistic standard as competing professional works, festivals, or contests.

ALLOWABLE ACTIVITIES
MAP supports most direct costs related to the conception, creation and premiere of a new work. These include but are not limited to commissioning fees and artists’ salaries, research costs, rehearsal and workshop expenses, promotion, and audience outreach and production costs up to and including the premiere run of the work.

NUMBER OF AWARDS
Up to 40 grants per annual cycle, ranging from $10,000 to $45,000. The average award amount is $25,000.


14.
Reva Shiner Comedy Award
Deadline: October 31st 
Website: http://newplays.org/submit-a-play/reva-shiner-comedy/

The Reva Shiner Comedy Award presents an unpublished full-length comedy with a cash prize of $1,000, a full production as part of the Bloomington Playwrights Project’s Mainstage season, along with travel reimbursement. We are currently accepting submissions for the 2018-19 Season. Scripts must be postmarked by October 31, 2017.

Previous winners have gone on to enjoy productions around the world and to garner additional honors such as the National Play Award.

We are currently accepting submissions for the 2018-19 Reva Shiner Comedy Award. The top 10 finalists and the winner of the 2018-19 Reva Shiner Comedy Award will be announced at the end of March 2018.

"Full-length" plays will have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes).

Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission. Plays that have received developmental readings, workshop productions, or productions at small theatre companies are acceptable. No scripts with previous productions at major regional theaters will be accepted. Once entered, subsequent activity does not change the acceptability of the script.
Each submission must include a synopsis (1 page or less) including the cast size. A separate page should include a brief bio of the playwright, and production/development history if applicable.

Each submission must include a cover letter with contact information and a $10.00 reader fee. Agent submissions require no fee. The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. The BPP only accepts U.S. checks or money orders (Make check payable to "BPP"). No international checks or money orders will be accepted. If submitting internationally or if you want to avoid paying by check, pay online with your credit card here:

Make sure to note with your submission that you have paid the reader fee online.

It is preferable for musicals to include a demo CD. The complete score is not necessary but may be included. All plays are read by BPP's literary personnel led by and including the Literary Manager and Artistic Director.

We do not accept e-mail submissions. Scripts will not be returned. Blind submissions are not necessary. Please include all contact information. Plays submitted in previous years will be accepted.

The BPP reserves the right not to name a winner and/or name a winner but not commit to a reading or production.

Send to:
Bloomington Playwrights Project
107 W. 9th Street
Bloomington, IN 47404
For further information, write BPP, Attn: Literary Manager, 107 W. 9th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404. For faster replies, please e-mail us at literarymanager@newplays.org


15.
Berkeley Rep Ground Floor
Deadline: October 15th
Web: https://www.berkeleyrep.org/groundfloor/summerresidency.asp#tabbed-nav=apply

We invite artists to apply with projects that would benefit from a residency in Berkeley for 1–4 weeks. Berkeley Rep will provide transportation, housing, rehearsal space, basic technical support, and a modest stipend. Applicants must be available for residency between June 5 and July 1, 2018. Previous applicants may reapply. There is no limit on the number of projects an artist may apply with. We do accept applications from international artists.

Projects may be anywhere along their development path: from an idea without anything on paper yet, to a complete draft of a text. Whether you are a writer simply needing a room in which to write or an ensemble wanting intensive rehearsal time, we encourage you to apply. Artists from other disciplines interested in creating theatre pieces are also welcome. If your project is ready for a small audience, we are happy to provide that, but there is no requirement for any kind of culminating event. Past participants have held events that were open to the public, no final presentation at all, small closed readings, and everything in between.

This is a developmental residency. Projects looking for a full production are not eligible. If you are applying for an adaptation, please have the underlying rights already secured. We do not accept scripts along with application forms. If a proposed project makes it to the second round, we will then request more information, including whatever may already be written.


16.
NYTW 2050 Fellow
Deadline: October 16th (5pm)
Website: https://www.nytw.org/artist-workshop/2050-fellowships/

For 20 years, NYTW has honed an inclusive fellowship program for emerging theatre makers with a multiplicity of perspectives. These fellowships have taken many forms, supporting playwrights, directors, designers and administrators.

In its current iteration, the 2050 Fellowship is a yearlong residency for emerging playwrights and directors. The 2050 Fellowship provides a space for experimentation, artistic and administrative support, and mentorship. The 2050 Fellows are emerging artists who, with their unique voices, give us perspective on the world in which we live; and who challenge us all to contend with this changing world.

The 2050 Fellowship is named in celebration of the U.S. Census Bureau’s projection that by the year 2050, there will be no single racial or ethnic majority in the United States.

This projection provokes thoughts at New York Theatre Workshop about the transformations that will take place in the American landscape – technologically, environmentally, demographically and artistically. They are a catalyst for broader questions about our moral and artistic future.

NYTW will accept up to six playwright or director 2050 Artistic Fellows per season. These fellowships will entail a one year commitment from June to June.

NYTW’s 2050 Fellowships consists of five basic components:

-Monthly fellowship meetings where fellows meet with each other and artists from the NYTW community to discuss craft, aesthetics, and artistic development
-Access to rehearsal space and two opportunities to share works-in-progress with the NYTW artistic staff and entire fellowship cohort
-Mentorship from the NYTW Artistic staff and contemporary theatre artists
-An invitation to participate in the artistic life of the theatre by attending staff meetings, developmental readings, dress rehearsals, and other NYTW functions
-A three-day weekend retreat at the start and end of the fellowship
-2050 Fellows are awarded a modest stipend and an artistic development fund to support fellowship projects, attend performances, research and travel.

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