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Theatre Funding News – August 2013

Playwright Festivals/Calls For Entry
The Yale Drama Series (New Haven, CT) – Seeking original, unpublished, full-length plays written in English. No translations, musicals, or children’s plays. The winner will receive the David C. Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of the manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center Theater. 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 (optional) where indicated in the electronic submission form.  Plays should be typed and page-numbered and should follow professional play format. Do not bind or staple manuscripts. Only one submission per playwright per year. NOTE: See website for instructions for electronic submissions, which are preferred. NO FEE. Yale Drama Series, P.O. Box 209040, New Haven, CT 06520-9040, yaledramaseries@yale.edu,yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/drama.aspDeadline: August 15, 2013
Jewish Ensemble Theatre Festival of New Plays (West Bloomfield, MI) – Seeking scripts of unproduced plays, which will be presented by Rona Rones. Submit script by hard copy only.FEE: $10. David Magidson, Artistic Director, c/o The Jewish Ensemble Theatre, 6600 West Maple, West Bloomfield, MI 48322, T: (248) 788-2900,http://www.jettheatre.org/Jet/JET_Theatre.html.Deadline: August 15, 2013
The Hive Theatre Company Exposed Series (2013-2014 Season, New York, NY) – Seeking submissions for a series of staged readings of new and underexposed plays. Three plays and one musical will be chosen for staged readings; at least one of those pieces will later be mounted as a full production. Scripts must be original and unpublished; no one-person shows. If submitting a musical, send no more than three songs via attachment in mp3 format. Submit full script, bio, character breakdown, and brief synopsis. NOTE: Electronic submissions only, in PDF format, with subject line “title of play/author’s last name.” NO FEE.Literary.submissions.thehive@gmail.com, www.thehivetheatre.com,www.facebook.com/hive.theatreDeadline: August 8, 2013
**Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival** (March 27-30, 2014, Los Angeles, CA) – Seeking female solo performers – actors, performance artists, dancers, comedians, storytellers, singers, and performance poets – from around the world and of all ethnicities and ages, with original performance pieces. Performers will be paid. Send a DVD or videotape depicting the exact program under consideration for the festival, cued to a 10-minute viewing segment. Include a resume, photograph, and letter of introduction. NOTE: Applicants must download application form from website, print it, and mail it in with supporting materials. FEE: $35. Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, 11411 Cumpston St., Ste. 204, North Hollywood, CA 91601, T: (818) 760-0408, FAX: (818) 760-0408, lawtfspotlight@yahoo.com, www.lawtf.comReceipt Deadline: August 31, 2013
Marin Theatre Company Prizes (Mill Valley, CA) – Two awards for new full-length plays by U.S. citizens: The Sky Cooper/Marin Theatre Company New American Play Prize awards $10,000, developmental workshop as part of the annual New Works Series, and consideration for full production; David Calicchio/Marin Theatre Company Emerging American Playwright Prize awards $2,500 and inclusion in MTC’s New Works staged reading series, plus travel and accommodations for the rehearsal period. No musicals, translations, adaptations, or individual one-acts. Collaborations welcome (prizes shared). Submitted play may not have received full-scale, professional production. Playwrights submitting to David Calicchio Prize may not have received a full-scale, professional production of ANY work. Both prizes: Plays and playwrights that have had workshop, reading, or non-professional productions are eligible. Submit a 2-page (maximum) abstract of the play including title, character breakdown, brief story synopsis, resume, and 10 pages of consecutive sample dialogue plus completed submission form (available on website). NOTE: No phone or e-mail inquiries. NO FEE. Jasson Minadakis, Artistic Director, Sky Cooper New American Play Prize OR The David Calicchio/Marin Theatre Company Emerging American Playwright Prize, Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley, CA 94941, T: (415) 388-5200, skycooper@marintheatre.org ORdavidcalicchio@marintheatre.org, www.marintheatre.orgDeadline: August 31, 2013
CAP21 Writers Residency Call for New Musicals (January 7-18, New York, NY) – Seeking new musicals for writers and writing teams who would benefit from one to two weeks of residency to work for a concentrated amount of time in a focused atmosphere. Writing teams will be provided with studio space, including wireless internet and a piano, at CAP21 in NYC between the hours of 10am-6pm, Monday-Friday. Fill out application form (available on website) and submit by e-mail or postal mail. NO FEE. The CAP21 Theatre Company, Attn: CAP21 WR/James Yates, 18 W. 18th St., 6th Floor, New York, NY 10011, jyates@cap21.org,http://www.cap21.org/cap21/company/new-works/Deadline: August 31, 2013
The Ten-Minute Musicals Project – Seeking complete original stage musicals that run between 7-20 minutes. Winners will be showcased in a full-length show comprised of selected works, and will receive a $250 royalty advance for each selected work, with an equal share of licensing royalties when produced. Any musical style or theatrical format is accepted. Maximum 10 performers. Submit printed script, lead sheets or piano score, a CD, tape, or DVD of either the entire piece or just the musical material, and a SASE if you want the materials returned. NOTE: Hard copy submissions only. NO FEE. The Ten-Minute Musicals Project, Michael Koppy, Producer, PO Box 461194, West Hollywood, CA 90046,http://www.tenminutemusicals.org/Annual_Competition.htmlDeadline: August 31, 2013
Reston Community Players New Play Project (Monthly Readings, Reston, VA) – Seeking bold, passionate, innovative new scripts for public readings followed by talk-back sessions with the audience, author, performers, and other personnel. Several authors will be invited back for a second public reading and talk-back, this time with some minimal production elements such as costumes or set pieces. Eventually, one script will be selected for a full production at the Center Stage at the Reston Community Center. Authors will receive a royalty for each public reading. There are no limitations on theme, style, or subject matter; edgy, avant-garde works are welcome in addition to more traditional forms. Scripts must be full-length (90 minutes or longer). NOTE: Hard copy submissions only. Download submission form from website. NO FEE. The New Play Project, Reston Community Players, 268 Sunset Park Dr., Herndon, VA 20170,RestonNewPlays@aol.com, http://www.restonplayers.orgDeadline: August 31, 2013
Mobtown Playwrights Group (January 10-18, 2014 and March 28-April 5, 2014, Baltimore, MD) – Seeking new works by Baltimore Area writers. Scripts will be read in back-to-back weekends of public readings. The Mobtown Players will supply actors, directors, and marketing acumen. Playwrights will have a chance to revise their drafts based on feedback from the first weekend’s readings, and to rehearse those revisions for the second weekend’s readings. The goal for the final slot is to select one script to receive a full production by the Mobtown Players. Plays may be any length, genre, or style and may be written on any topic. You must be able to attend most rehearsals and each reading of your play. NOTE: Electronic submissions only. NO FEE. The Mobtown Theatre, 3600 Clipper Mill Rd. #114, Baltimore, MD,mobtownplaywrights@gmail.com,http://www.mobtownplayers.com/Deadline: August 31, 2013
Santa Fe Performing Arts Playwright’s Competition (Santa Fe, NM) – Aims to support American playwrights and advance American theatre by identifying great new plays. Seeking submissions of unproduced new American plays. Send play synopsis and character breakdown either by e-mail or postal mail; full scripts will be requested if they are interested. NO FEE. Santa Fe Performing Arts, PO Box 22372, Santa Fe, NM 87502, office@sfperformingarts.org,http://www.sfperformingarts.org/temp-cat/adult-resident-companyDeadline: September 1, 2013
Ongoing Festivals/Calls For Entry
NOTE: For more ongoing opportunities, visit our Ongoing Calls For Plays page.
**Potluck Productions Kansas City Women’s Reading Series** - Seeking short plays or monologues (10-20 minutes) by female playwrights that have not been previously published. Submissions must be in English. Script should not contain any author information; include a separate cover sheet with playwright name and full contact information. Scripts should be typed, double-spaced, page-numbered, and bound. Submit 2 copes of script, a brief synopsis, resume, cover letter, and 2 SASE envelopes or postcards. Special consideration will be given to emerging Kansas City area writers. NOTE: Postal mail submissions only. NO FEE. Potluck Productions, 7338 Belleview, Kansas City, MO 64114, http://www.kcpotluckproductions.com/.
F.A.C.T. (Friends Always Creating Theatre) Words & Wine Sunday Reading Series (New York, NY) – Sunday night reading series seeks 10-minute plays on any subject; local NY/NJ Area playwrights particularly encouraged. Each month, 6 plays are selected for readings; writers are encouraged to attend. No one-person plays or musicals. 3 or more characters preferred. Up to 3 submissions per playwright. NOTE: Electronic submissions only; in subject line, write “Words & Wine.” NO FEE. FACT, A.R.T./New York Studio, 520 8th Ave., 3rd Floor, New York, NY,Fact.Theatre@gmail.com, http://www.facttheatre.org.
Funding Opportunities
ARC (Artists’ Resource for Completion) Grants for Los Angeles Artists – Provides rapid, short-term assistance to individual artists working in any discipline in Los Angeles County who wish to enhance work for a specific, imminent opportunity that may significantly benefit their careers. Applicant must already have secured an invitation from an established arts organization to present the proposed work, and work must be scheduled for presentation within 6 months of application deadline. See website for complete guidelines and application instructions. ARC Grants Program, Contact: Katy Hilton, T(800) 418-1671, grants@cciarts.org,www.cciarts.orgReceipt Deadline: August 1, 2013
Traditional Arts Development Program – Contracts of up to $1,500 to support consultancies, mentorships, and travel opportunities that foster a new level of growth for individual folk and traditional artists and organizations engaged in the field in California. Individuals and organizations may apply. Contact: Amy Lawrence, Operations Manager, T: (559) 237-9812, alawrence@actaonline.org, http://www.actaonline.org/content/traditional-arts-development-program.Deadline: Rolling (allow 30 days for application review)
See website for complete guidelines and application instructions. Alliance for California Traditional Arts, The Presidio, PO Box 29096, San Francisco, CA 94129, T: (415) 346-5200,http://www.actaonline.org/.
**Open Meadows Foundation Grants** – Funding to individuals and to nonprofit organizations for projects that are led by and benefit women. Grants of up to $2,000 support projects that are designed and implemented by women and girls; reflect diversity of community served by project in both its leadership and organization; promote building community power; promote racial, social, economic, and environmental justice; and have limited financial access or have encountered obstacles in search for funding. In addition to general grants, Open Meadows has 6 special targeted funds: the Jeanne Meurer Indigenous Women’s Fund; the Ellen Dougherty Activist Fund for Young Women; the Edie Windsor Fund for Old Lesbians; the India Fund; the Patsy Lu Fund for Women’s Music Projects; and the Susan F. Eastman Fund for Environmental Activists. Organizational budget should not exceed $150,000; small and start-up organizations strongly encouraged to apply. Open Meadows Foundation, PO Box 1363, Bronx, NY 10475, T: (718) 885-0969,openmeadows@igc.org, www.openmeadows.orgReceipt Deadline: August 15, 2013
Pacific Life Foundation – Accepting grant proposals from nonprofit agencies seeking funds for programs and projects in the areas of health and human services, education, arts and culture, civic and community development, and the environment. Programs and projects should serve areas with large concentrations of Pacific Life employees, e.g., the greater Orange County, CA, or Omaha, NE, areas, usually including more than one city or community. Some CA statewide and national organizations will also receive support. General grants range from $5,000 to $10,000 for one year. Capital grants range from $10,000 to $100,000, paid out over multiple years. Robert G. Haskell, President, Pacific Life Foundation, 700 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660-6397, T: (949) 219-3787,http://www.pacificlife.com/NR/rdonlyres/20EEE92F-98FD-41BE-A378-8D3FACBDE5D3/0/2013GeneralOnline.pdfReceipt Deadline: August 15, 2013
Gerbode Foundation and Hewlett Foundation Playwright Commissioning Awards – Seeks to fund the creation and production of new plays by California playwrights. Works are to be commissioned and premiered by Bay Area nonprofit organizations, which can apply for grants of $50,000 each. Resulting works will have their world premiers in Bay Area public performances between June, 2013-June, 2015. Proposed commissions in any genre will be accepted. Applicant organizations must be nonprofit and based in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, or Sonoma. Individual artists may not apply directly, but must be commissioned by a theatre company, ensemble, or presenter, or an interdisciplinary arts presenter, or a community organization with a history of theatre productions. Artist must be a current California resident or a California resident during the last 24 months with a demonstrated recent history of producing or creating work in California before the time of the application, and must have written at least two plays that resulted in full productions. See website for complete guidelines and application instructions. 2012 Playwright Commissioning Awards, The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundaiton, 111 Pine St., Ste. 1515, San Francisco, CA 94111, T: (415) 391-0911, FAX: (415) 391-4587, playwrightapplication@gerbode.org,http://foundationcenter.org/grantmaker/gerbode/.Receipt Deadline: August 22, 2013, 4pm
New York City Venture Philanthropy Fund – Provides $6,000 grant and capacity-building to a New York City based arts organization with unique and innovative ideas that address the arts in New York City. They are especially interested in supporting fledgling organizations that have not yet received significant support from major funders. Organizations must have annual operating budgets of $500,000 or less and be a 501(c)3 non-profit. See website for complete guidelines and application forms. NOTE: Application must be submitted by e-mail. New York City Venture Philanthropy Fund, grants@nycvpf.org,http://www.nycvpf.org/wordpress/grantseekers/Deadline: September 13, 2013
**Kentucky Foundation for Women Artist Enrichment Grant Program** - Provides opportunities for feminist artists and arts organizations to enhance their abilities and skills to create art for progressive social change in Kentucky. Grants range from $1,000 – $7,500 (typical award is between $3,000 – $5,000). Applicants may request funds for a range of activities including: artistic development, artist residencies, the exploration of new areas or techniques, or to build a body of work. Open to individual artists and nonprofit arts organizations. Applicants must have resided in Kentucky at least one year prior to application. See website for complete guidelines and application forms. Rae Strobel, Grant Program and Community Building Coordinator, The Kentucky Foundation for Women, 332 West Broadway, Suite 1215, Louisville, KY 40202, T: (502) 562-0045, FAX: (502) 561-0420, rae@kfw.org, www.kfw.org.Deadline: September 6, 2013
Dreihaus Foundation Grants – Chicago area opportunity. Grants of $3,000-$10,000 for small nonprofit theatre or dance companies that emphasize professional presentation rather than education or community outreach. Eligible dance and theatre companies must reside in Chicago metropolitan area, have produced at least one show in Chicago area, and have annual operating budget of less than $150,000. Peter Handler, Program Officer, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, 203 N. Wabash Avenue, Suite 1800, Chicago, IL 60601, T: (312) 641-5772,peterhandler@dreihausfoundation.org,www.driehausfoundation.org.  Receipt Deadline: September 9, 2013
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Grants – Supports artists and organizations in Manhattan with three grant programs:
Creative Curricula – Grants of up to $5,000 to teaching artists and arts organizations for in-school partnerships. Applicants must be working in partnership with Manhattan public schools. Supports projects providing in-depth opportunities for students to create and experience the arts at any level K-12. Projects must be semester-long, in-classroom programs that focus either on sequential, skills-based arts study incorporating one or more art forms, or on integrated study of arts and non-arts subjects, collaboratively taught by classroom teacher(s) and teaching artist(s).
Fund for Creative Communities – Grants of up to $5,000 to artist community partnerships and nonprofit organizations. Supports projects and activities that enable Manhattan communities to engage with the arts. Projects that increase access to arts and cultural activities in communities with high need are encouraged. Open to nonprofit organizations, and to artists working in partnership with a community-based organization or a fiscal sponsor. Projects must include a public component.
Manhattan Community Arts Fund – Grants of up to $5,000 for individual artists and small nonprofit organizations. Supports artists and arts organizations that have little access to government funding sources, in the hopes that the grant will help recipients eventually leverage financial support from other sources.
See website for complete guidelines and application instructions for all three grants. Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, 125 Maiden Lane, Second Floor, New York, NY 10038, Contact: Prachi Patankar, Program Manager, Grants and Services, T: (212) 219-9401, ext. 117,mcaf@lmcc.net, http://www.lmcc.net/grantsReceipt Deadline: September 17, 2013
New England Foundation for the Arts Native Arts Program – Supports Native American artists and organizations in New England and nationally with two types of funding:
National Native Artist Exchange - Supports teaching, learning, and collaborating in traditional and/or contemporary Native art forms through travel from one region to another in North America. American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian artists residing in any of the fifty United States may apply. The applicant must identify a collaborating artist and specific project as part of the exchange, which must be beneficial to both artists. Grants of up to $1,5000 will be awarded per exchange. Acceptable expenses include lodging, meals, economy-class travel, materials, and other direct costs of the artist exchange. Deadline: Rolling (requests must be received no later than 2 calendar months prior to departure date)
Kleban Award – Given annually to both a librettist and a lyricist, each of whom receives $100,000, payable in 2 annual installments of $50,000. Applicants must EITHER have had work previously produced on a stage or in a workshop performance OR be or have been a member or associate of a professional musical workshop or theater group, i.e., ASCAP, BMI Theater Workshop, or the Dramatists Guild Musical Theater Development Program. Previous Kleban Award winners or individuals whose work has been performed on Broadway for a cumulative 2 years prior to date of application ineligible. See website for application and complete guidelines.  Kleban Award Coordinator, c/o New Dramatists, 424 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036, T: (212) 757-6960 ext. 75,www.newdramatists.org/kleban_award.htmDeadline: September 15, 2013
Maine Theater Fund at the Maine Community Foundation – Distributes at least $50,000 per year, generally as grants in the $2,500 – $5,000 range, although larger awards may be considered to support both professional and community theatres in production and presentation of live theater in Maine. Goal is to strengthen and sustain theatre performance throughout the state. Local, regional, and statewide nonprofit theatres in Maine may apply for programmatic, capacity-building, operating, and capital support. Pam Cleghorn, Maine Theater Fund, Maine Community Foundation, 245 Main Street, Ellsworth, ME 04605, T: (877) 700-6800 ext. 2205, pcleghorn@mainecf.org,http://www.mainecf.org/MaineTheater.aspxDeadline: September 15, 2013
Guggenheim Fellowships – For advanced professionals in all fields, including the creative arts (in the field of performing arts, artists must perform their own original material to be eligible), to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions. Grants are to individuals only (but are not available to students) and have been averaging $43,200 for U.S./Canadian fellowships – amounts are adjusted to the needs of the fellows, considering their resources and the purpose and scope of their plans. Appointments ordinarily made for one year and always for at least six consecutive months. NOTE: The Foundation has suspended its Latin American and Caribbean competition for the year 2013; check back next year to see if program has resumed. John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 90 Park Ave., New York, NY 10016, T: (212) 687-4470, FAX: (212) 697-3248, fellowships@jsgmf.org,www.gf.orgDeadline: September 19, 2013
NOTE: Visit our Residencies With Ongoing Deadlines page for more opportunities.
Recology Artist in Residence Program (2014, San Francisco Bay Area, CA) – Provides local artists working in all media the opportunity to create art using materials they gather from San Francisco’s refuse. Four-month residency includes 24-hour access to a 2,000-sq. ft. art studio, a monthly stipend, and an exhibit at the end of each residency. Open to professional artists who reside within one hour’s drive of San Francisco; students ineligible. Prior to applying, artists must take a tour of the recycling facilities, art studio, and sculpture garden (tours held on the third Saturday of each month at 10am). To reserve a spot and for more information, call Micah Gibson (number below). See website for complete guidelines and application instructions. NO FEE. AIR Program, Recology San Francisco, 501 Tunnel Ave., San Francisco, CA 94134, Contact: Micah Gibson, T: (415) 330-1414, mgibson@recology.com,http://sunsetscavenger.com/AIR/apply.htmDeadline: August 30, 2013
Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts Residency (January-June, 2014, Nebraska City, NE) – Two, four, six, or eight-week residencies between July and December for visual artists, writers, composers, interdisciplinary artists, and arts and arts education scholars.  Some “transitional” residencies reserved for recent masters degree program graduates.  Residents receive free housing and a studio as well as a $100 per week stipend. FEE: $35. See website for application form and requirements. Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, 801 3rd Corso, Nebraska City, NE 68410, T: 402-874-9600, info@khncenterforthearts.org,http://www.khncenterforthearts.orgDeadline: September 1, 2013
New Dramatists Playwright Residency (New York, NY) – Provides playwrights with time, space, and tools to develop their craft so that they may fulfill their potential and make lasting contributions to the theatre. New Dramatists provides selected playwrights an artistic home amongst a diverse group of other emerging and mid-career writers, along with a self-guided laboratory, for seven years. The residency is free to playwrights. Open to playwrights living in New York City and the surrounding tri-state area, as well as playwrights outside the tri-state area who are able to demonstrate the ability to spend time in NYC and make use of residency services while participating in a dynamic artistic community. Submit a full-length play, a book to musical, a one-page statement of interest addressing why you want to become a resident playwright at New Dramatists, and a bio, resume, or CV. NOTE: Applications must be submitted online; see website for complete guidelines and application instructions. New Dramatists, 424 West 44th St., New York, NY 10036, T: (212) 757-6960, http://newdramatists.org/how/apply-residencyDeadline: August 15, 2013
MacDowell Colony (Up to eight weeks between February 1 – May 31, 2014, Peterborough, New Hampshire) – Residencies of up to eight weeks (average stay is five weeks) providing artists with time and space to create lasting works of the imagination. Artists in the disciplines of Architecture, Film/Video Arts, Interdisciplinary Arts, Literature, Music Composition, Theatre, and Visual Arts encouraged to apply. Artists collaborating on a project must submit individual application forms and appropriate work samples, but may submit a joint description of the work they intend to do at the Colony. In addition, you may submit an example of a collaborative work (either completed or a work in progress); specify workspace needs (i.e. separate studios). Submit application form (available on website), work sample, project description, and two references. Note: No e-mail applications. FEE: $30. The Admissions Coordinator, The MacDowell Colony, 100 High St., Peterborough, NH 03458, T: (603) 924-3886,admissions@macdowellcolony.org,www.macdowellcolony.org/apply.htmlReceipt Deadline: September 15, 2013
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (February-May, 2014, Amherst, VA) – Residencies for playwrights, screenwriters, performance artists, and video artists. Average stay is 4 weeks. Residents receive housing, all meals, and studios. Residents responsible for travel, materials, suggested contribution ($30 per day), and deposit ($50). Occasional full funding available. See website for application. FEE: $30. Virginia Center for the Arts, 154, San Angelo Dr., Amherst, VA 24521, T: (434) 946-7236, FAX: (434) 946-7239, vcca@vcca.com,www.vcca.comDeadline: September 15, 2013
Jentel Artist Residency (January 15 – May 13, 2014, Banner, WY) – Residencies of an average of one month for visual artists and writers, including playwrights and screenwriters, who are 25 and older and live in the U.S. (citizenship not required). Organization provides housing, studio facilities, and a $400 stipend toward the cost of food and travel. Artists are responsible for travel, materials, and deposit ($100). Outreach opportunities are available, though not required. FEE: $20. Jentel Artist Residency, 130 Lower Piney Creek Rd., Banner, WY 82832, T: (307) 737-2311, FAX: (307) 737-2305, jentel@jentelarts.org, www.jentelarts.orgDeadline: September 15, 2013
Other Resources
**We’Moon Datebook Call For Art and Writing** – We’Moon, the iconic feminist datebook, astrological moon calendar, earth-spirited handbook in natural rhythms, and visionary collection of women’s creative work, is seeking contributions of art and writing by women for the 2014 edition. See website for complete guidelines and submission instructions. We’Moon, PO Box 187, Wolf Creek, OR 97497, www.wemoon.ws/call.html.Deadline: September 1, 2013