Sunday, July 1, 2018


Mabou Mines SUITE/Space
deadline: July 2nd

Mabou Mines' new performance initiative SUITE/Space provides artistic mentorship, rehearsal space, and public performances in our 99-seat theater to artists that reflect NYC’s rich cultural landscape and share Mabou Mines’ commitment to breaking new ground in form and content.


SUITE/Space is open to artists of color from historically underrepresented communities, especially those from the outer-boroughs of NYC, who exhibit a commitment to experimentation and a collaborative creative process. Multimedia, music, dance, theater, and cross-disciplinary projects are accepted.

Proposed projects should be either near production-ready or previously produced.

What SUITE/Space Artists Receive:

A $ 3,000 stipend and a 50-50 box office split.

30 hours of rehearsal space in Mabou Mines’ sunlit studio in the East Village.

Technical and administrative support.

Studio visits with the program’s artistic advisors.

10 hours of technical rehearsal in the theater.

Three SUITE/Space performances in a festival-like setting at Mabou Mines.


The 2019 SUITE/Space Program will run from September 2018 – January/February 2019. Submissions open on June 1, 2018 and proposals are due by July 2, 2018. Four artists will be selected and notified in July/August 2018.

McColl Artist in Residency
Deadline: June 6th

McColl Center for Art + Innovation is a nationally acclaimed artist residency and contemporary art space in Charlotte, North Carolina. Its mission is to empower artists, advance communities, and contribute positive impacts to its broad public audience by introducing a range of current artistic practices. Located in the former Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Uptown Charlotte, McColl Center houses nine individual artist studios, more than 5,000 square feet of exhibition space, and multiple common-use spaces, including a studio for large-scale sculpture fabrication. We invite artists to take risks in their processes and explore their ideas within the context of Charlotte. We welcome the visiting public to connect with contemporary art and artists through exhibitions and public programs.

McColl Center annually awards residencies to approximately eighteen artists. Regional, national, and international artists are selected through a combination of open applications, invitations, and solicited nominations. The Artist-in-Residence Program is open to artists working in architecture, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, new media, design, music, theatre, social practice, community organizing, urban agriculture, culinary arts, or interdisciplinary practices. The residency program provides a space for creative inquiry and exploration among a dynamic group of artists, thinkers, and practitioners.


● $6,000 living allowance

● $2,000 materials stipend (prorated for residencies shorter than three months)

● Furnished one-bedroom condominium with Wi-Fi

● Private workspace (230–819 square feet) with Wi-Fi

● Participation in a group exhibition on the second or third floor of McColl Center

● Photo and video documentation

● Technical and administrative services

● Reimbursement for one round-trip economy-class flight

● Opportunities to engage with McColl Center audiences via public programs


● Minimum 21 years of age

● Matriculating students are not eligible.

● Past artists-in-residence of McColl Center should wait five years before applying for another residency. Artists are limited to two residencies at McColl Center.


Applicants will be notified of their application status in July 2018, or as soon as possible, depending on the availability of the reviewing panelists.

DVRF Playwrights Program
Deadline: June 11th

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

Nashville Ingram New Works Lab
deadline: July 6th

The Ingram New Works Lab is a generative residency and artistic home-away-from-home in which selected playwrights will create a new work for the theatre. The Ingram Works Lab does not develop plays that have already received substantial developmental support or production and instead supports plays in their earliest stages. During monthly Lab meetings in Nashville, playwrights receive transformative support and radical hospitality as they share and develop a new work from the idea stage to a complete draft

In addition to the monthly Lab meetings, each playwright will participate in Playwrights Week January 12-19, 2018, developing their play under the guidance of the 2018/19 Ingram New Works Fellow.

During their 2018-2019 residency, each playwright will be expected to work toward the creation of a new play that will be presented in a staged reading featured at the Ingram New Works Festival May 8-18, 2018.

Nashville Rep will provide the playwrights-in-residence:

A season-long playwright-led script lab that meets once a month in Nashville

Travel and Housing for all Lab meetings in Nashville

A supportive environment to foster and support the playwright’s process

Access to professional actors

Access to professional marketing and audience development resources

A week-long development lab with the Ingram New Works Fellow

A staged reading presented as part of the Ingram New Works Festival

Tribeca Chanel Women's Filmmaker Program
Deadline: July 7th

For more than a decade, Tribeca has been dedicated to supporting independent voices in storytelling.  As new and unique female perspectives struggle to emerge, partners Tribeca and Chanel identified a growing need to support these creative artists in the filmmaking arena. Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women's Filmmaker Program, in collaboration with Pulse Films, is a multi-faceted program that provides funding, meaningful project support, and significant mentorship for up-and-coming US-based female writers and directors.  With guidance from Tribeca Film Institute (TFI), one of the most engaged and respected supporters of women writers and directors in the US, this Program will develop and nurture essential female artistic voices working toward establishing sustainable careers by helping them refine and present their short film concepts to the film industry, and selecting one of their project to fund and see through production.

Over the course of three days in New York City, finalists attend an empowering Workshop and Forum. Striking a balance between industry mentorship and artistic development, the Workshop and Forum will include hands-on consultation for each project, master classes, one-on-one as well as peer-to-peer sessions, and a mini market to meet executives programming short form. Workshops and master classes will contain a range of topics, including script to screen development, story structure, finding collaborators, and fundraising. Special events will include a welcome luncheon, invited dinners, networking, and a closing celebratory award presentation and cocktail.

The first two days of the Workshop and Forum will be dedicated to helping the five participants hone their stories and concepts into succinct presentations. Script feedback will also be provided to all projects from the mentors. Master classes led by some of the boldest and brightest working women in the entertainment industry will provide relevance and balance between the individualized sessions.

The Workshop and Forum will culminate on day three with the participants presenting their short film projects to a curated jury. The award recipient will be selected by the group of five to seven “jurors” based on the entire project – script, writer/director’s vision and succinct industry presentation of the idea.

The grantee will be announced at a networking cocktail event. The selected participant will receive and $80,000 grant to produce their short film with specialized guidance and mentorship from Tribeca to help her fully realize her project’s potential.

The four other participants will receive a $5,000 development prize to keep moving forward with their projects after the workshop.

Tribeca will begin to look for the best emerging female screenwriters and directors in the U.S. (eligible participants may identify as writers or writer-directors). Using a non-public nomination system from Tribeca’s extensive list of industry contacts, TFI will assemble a short-list of projects written by women. If you believe you are an eligible participant, please email your resume to


The submission deadline is July 7, 2018. Click here for more information.

Proposals Due: now extended to July 8th, 2018
Festival Date: October 20, 2018

Man Question is celebrating its SIXTH New Masculinities Festival this fall! We are thrilled to return to New York City's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center. Thank you so much for being part of the community that has helped us grow over the years.

Thank you to folks who have already submitted pieces!

Have you been eying the fest? Now's the time to take the leap and apply!

Also, there's still time so share the call with the artist-activists-humanists in your life who want to come out and mix it up. Please share widely!

We are seeking performances of all kinds that passionately and curiously investigate how expectations of masculinity impact people’s lives, both positively and negatively, overtly and unexpectedly. We seek pieces that have the potential to challenge audience members to experience the world in a new way.

The festival is open to people of all gender and sexual identities. Applicants must have a clear vision for their piece and are strongly encouraged to submit a link to a video recording. Follow the link below to get started.

deadline: July 16th

EST/Youngblood is currently accepting applications for membership beginning in the 2018-2019 season. Applications are open to New York City metro area 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

Please complete the form below and include the following materials:

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.

Application Instructions:

Combine the above items, in that order (sample, letter, resume, full-length), into a single PDF file.  The file name should be your last name and first initial - i.e., TOLAN_R.pdf.

Upload the PDF file using the Upload link below.

Deadline: July 30th (5pm)

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.


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.


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.

Ars Nova Play Group
Deadline: July 22nd

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. Click here for a list of Play Group alumni.



Applications for Play Group 2019 will be accepted beginning June 20th and must be submitted by midnight on July 22nd to be eligible for consideration —please click here for the application form.  Applications require one full-length play, a resume, two professional references and a personal statement describing what the playwright hopes to gain from membership.


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 races, genders, and abilities are strongly encouraged to apply!

David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize
Deadline: July 31st

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).

Deadline: August 15th

The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2019 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, adaptations, 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 professional 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 2019 competition must be submitted no earlier than June 1, 2018 and no later than August 15, 2018. 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:

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

Submissions will be accepted July 1, 2018 through August 31, 2018 @ 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.

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.

They are currently in the process of reading and selecting new works for their 2019 season, so they’re seeking one-acts and full-length plays of all genres.

Deadline: July 31st

Our mission is to Inspire, Empower, Validate, and Celebrate women playwrights.

The Women Playwrights’ Initiative at the Ivoryton Playhouse develops new one-act plays by and about women, and the issues that shape their lives. Friendship, political and economic advocacy, sexual satisfaction, aging, gender equality, racial issues, marriage, singlehood, motherhood, careers, and power. The Initiative provides a safe, nurturing environment for play development, including a week of intensive rehearsal with the playwrights, directors, and actors. The workshopping week culminates in a staged reading festival, featuring interactive talkbacks with the playwrights, directors, actors, and audience.

CALL FOR SCRIPTS: Please read the submission policy carefully


Starting May 15, women playwrights are invited to submit one-act plays written solely by women via email in standard Samuel French playwriting format: 12 point font, character name centered, 1” margin all around. Plays should be emailed to Laura Copland

-Ten-minute plays are acceptable and no play may run longer than one hour—approximately 50 pages.
-Longer submissions will not be considered.
-No one-person plays or musicals will be accepted.
-Only one submission per playwright will be accepted. Scripts will not be returned.
-Submissions are limited to the first 150 scripts received. No play will be accepted before May 15.
-The title page must include the playwright’s name, email address, mailing address, and telephone number. Resumes must be sent as a separate file and NOT included in the PDF file of the play.
-Please do NOT include a synopsis.
-The call is open from May 15 to July 31, 2018 OR until we receive 150 plays. Playwrights will be notified if their play was received after receipt of 150 plays or the deadline and thus, not considered.
-Submissions will be acknowledged by email. Playwrights will be notified in the fall by email if their play is selected. Playwrights whose plays were not selected will also be notified.
-Playwrights will stay for the week of rehearsals beginning Saturday, February 23, 2019 through to the staged readings on Friday, March 1, and Saturday March 2, with a departure day on Sunday, March 3, 2019.
-The WPI is a workshop and playwrights are encouraged and should be prepared to work on their play, including rewrites, as needed.
-Stipend: $500, plus travel to and from Ivoryton, CT, and housing is provided.

LIT Councils' Intensive for Male Playwrights of Color
Deadline: August 3rd

In partnership with The Tank, LIT Council is a development intensive for Male Playwrights of Color. During their time with the Council (September 2018 through April 2019), writers will hone a play guided by the Bechdel Test to ensure gender equity in storytelling. The program will culminate in a reading workshop of each participant’s play, hosted at The Tank (312 West 36th Street between 8th and 9th Avenue). In order to further promote collaboration and communication between genders, each play will be attached to a female director of color, chosen from a group of professionals and mentors, who will be active presences throughout the process.

For each session, participants will receive feedback and mentorship from 3 professional Facilitators: Beto O’Byrne (playwright-in-residence at Stella Adler; 2050 Playwriting Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop), Jerome A. Parker (MacDowell and Dramatist Guild Fellow), and Akin Salawu (Inaugural Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater; two-time Tribeca All Access Winner) are all writers of color with working experience in the industry and theatrical credits in New York City and around the country. They created LIT Council with the Tank to have a professional setting where whiteness is de-centered and the “white gaze” isn’t a deterrent or the raison d’etre for a play’s birth, voice and steps in the world. Participants will be pushed to create works where female characters are given equal weight to their male counterparts and also supported to stretch their voice in writing for, and collaborating with, women.

LIT Council seeks daring applicants of color from all levels, and ALL who identify as male, to work on a play already in progress. The chosen participants will demonstrate great appetite and aptitude for crafting uncompromised stories, while understanding the pressing need to represent “other” voices, especially those of women, fully in their work. As this is a collective, the Council looks for artists not only with experience in taking the reign of their own creative process, but also with a desire to collaborate with the other participating artists in the room. The Tank is located in New York, so applicants need to be NYC-based in order to participate in weekend meetings, readings and other program-related events.


Beto O’Byrne hails from East Texas and is the co-founder of Radical Evolution, a multi-ethnic, multi-disciplinary producing collective based in Brooklyn, NY. The author of 20 plays, screenplays, and original TV pilots, his works have been produced in San Antonio, Austin, Los Angeles and New York City, where was the most recent playwright-in-residence at the Stella Adler School of Acting and a 2050 Playwriting Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop. In addition, O’Byrne is an advocate for the performing arts field, having worked with organizations such as Theatre Communications Group, La Cooperativa of Latinx Theatre Artists of NYC, and the Latinx Theatre Commons. MFA, Dramatic Writing: University of Southern California.

Jerome A. Parker is a MacDowell and Dramatist Guild Fellow from New York City. His work has been developed through readings and productions at the Public Theater, the Old Vic, the Cherry Lane, Classical Theatre of Harlem, the National Black Theater, BAAD!, Company of Angels, American Lyric Theater, NY Stage and Film, Freedom Train Productions, Celebration Theater, On the Boards, the Musical Theater Factory, New York Musical Festival, and the Los Angeles Theater Center amongst others.

Akin Salawu is a two-time Tribeca All Access Winner with a BA from Stanford and a Screenwriting MFA from Columbia. At Stanford, Akin founded ergo student theater troupe and was awarded the Sherifa Omade Ego Prize for mounting culturally diverse theater. Akin was a member of The Public Theater’s Inaugural Emerging Writers Group and wrote Chapter 5 in the book, “The Obama Movement.” Akin also wrote 2 short plays on Ferguson for Chicago's American Theater. Akin developed his first musical The Real Whisper in Ars Nova’s Uncharted residency which premiered in the 2017 Polyphone Festival at The University of the Arts.

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