Over the summer, the League of Professional Theatre Women and the WAM Coalition have teamed up to take over the WomenArts funding newsletters. The LPTW will be handling all theatre-related funding opportunities, while WAM will take over film and television opportunities. We’re all very excited to be continuing these fabulous newsletters that get funding and submission opportunities out to artists!
Flashpoint(Washington, DC) – Two open calls for performing artists, visual artists (including filmmakers), directors, playwrights, curators, theatre companies, and “those that work creatively, but eschew such limiting labels.”
Source Festival(June/July, 2014, Washington, DC) – Three-week performing arts festival. Seeking theatre artists interested in directing original plays, artists of all stripes (including filmmakers and playwrights) to create an original artistic blind date, and submissions of 10-minute play scripts. Play submissions are open to applicants living anywhere in the U.S. or abroad; all other applicants must be based in the DC metro area. See website for complete guidelines and application instructions.NO FEE.http://www.sourcefestival.org/opportunities.html.Receipt Deadline: November 5, 2013 @5pm
Mead Theatre Lab(2014/2015 Season, Washington DC) – Intensive program for performing artists and independent theatre companies, musicians, dancers, choreographers, and filmmakers, as well as producers and arts organizations presenting performing arts in any genres, with an emphasis on work that explores provocative new ideas. They are especially interested in productions that offer new perspectives and presenting techniques. Over the course of the season the program provides fifteen weeks of theatre space, production management support, and mentoring. Apply through website.FEE: $30. Mead Theatre Lab, Jenny McConnell Frederick, Producer, T: (202) 315-1306, FAX: (202) 315-1303,http://www.culturaldc.org/performing-arts/mead-theatre-lab-program/.Receipt Deadline: December 2, 2013
The Stanley Drama Award(2014, Staten Island, NY) – The Stanley Drama Award offers a first place prize of $2000 for an original full-length play, musical, or one-act play sequence that has not been professionally produced or received trade book publication. Writers of musicals are urged to submit music on tape or cd. We consider only one submission (a single full-length play, musical, or one-act sequence) per playwright. Plays entered previously in the competition may not be resubmitted. Former Stanley Award winners are not eligible to compete. FEE: $30The Stanley Drama Award, Wagner College, One Campus Road, Staten Island, NY 10301, email@example.com,http://wagner.edu/theatre/stanley-drama/application/.Deadline: October 31, 2013
Show Off Playwriting Festival at Camino Real Playhouse(January 3-12, 2014, San Juan Capistrano, CA) – Seeking 7 high-quality 10-minute plays on any subject. No musicals or children’s plays.FEE: $10. ShowOff! 2011, Camino Real Playhouse, 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, T: (949) 489-8082,http://www.caminorealplayhouse.org/showoffs.html.Deadline: October 15, 2013
Luna Stage Theatre Company– Seeking script submissions from writers who are currently represented by a theatrical agent, hold an MFA in Playwriting, or are currently enrolled in an MFA Playwriting program. Those who do not meet this criteria may also submit scripts only if it is accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the Artistic Director or Literary Manager of an Equity theatre. You can also apply if your permanent residence is in the state of New Jersey. No email submissions! NO FEE. All Submissions mailed to: Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ 07052Email inquiries about submissions:firstname.lastname@example.org,http://www.lunastage.org/index.php/connect/submit-your-scripts/.
Opened: September 15, 2013 Deadline: April 15, 2014
Mississippi Theatre Association Adult and Youth Playwriting Competition– Seeking original one-act scripts by Mississippi writers, either living in-state or abroad. The winner of the adult competition will receive $500 and the winner of the youth competition will receive $250. Both scripts will receive a staged reading at the MTA Conference in January 2013, and playwrights will receive hotel accommodation for the evening of the reading. Plays should be one hour or shorter; no musicals, full-lengths, or adaptations. There are no restrictions on theme or content. Cast size is limited to 6 actors. Only one entry per playwright. Entrance form must be filled out online; scripts can be uploaded or e-mailed, but do not include any author information on your title page or manuscript. Entrants to the adult competition must be 18 or older; youth competition entrants must be enrolled in a high school or home school program in grades 9-12 in the state of Mississippi.FEE: $10. Mississippi Theatre Association, 1247 Bardwell Rd., Starkville, MS 39759, T: (662) 323-1097, Stephen Cunetto, (adult competition contact), email@example.com, Janice Weaver (youth competition contact):firstname.lastname@example.org,http://www.mta-online.org/?page_id=237.Deadline: October 18, 2013
Pride Films and Plays Great Gay Play and Musical Contest(Spring, 2014, Chicago, IL) – Seeking original plays that feature LGBT characters, history, or themes, written in English. Plays must be unproduced. Five finalists will each receive $400 and their scripts will be performed as enhanced staged readings during Gay Play Weekend at Center on Halsted, Chicago, in spring 2014. Some finalists may be offered developmental or production contracts by PFP. NOTE: Electronic submissions only, in PDF format; see website for complete guidelines and application instructions.FEE: $45. Pride Films and Plays Great Gay Play and Musical Contest,PridePlay@gmail.com,PrideMusical@gmail.com,https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/embeddedform?formkey=dEZzcHNQM2p0RmlVdFdrWjRmUm10TWc6MA.Receipt Deadline: October 31, 2013
Stony Point 10-Minute Play Festival(2014, Stony Point, NY) – Seeking submission by internet only. All US playwrights can apply however local playwrights preferred (New York, Rockland County, Westchester, New Jersey). Plays should follow these guidelines: Must adhere to the theme “what is wrong with society?”, Cast of no more than four (4) actors – the more diverse the better, minimum props, must be no longer than 10 minutes. When submitting your script via email: Subject Name (Your last name/Society’s Hangups), Body of the email (Your complete contact information, and a one line summary of your script). NO FEE. With any questions, please contact Marie-Elena Ortiz email@example.com,http://stonypointcenter.org/get-involved/latest-news/151-callforplaysnov2013#.UiiyNtKshca. Receipt Deadline: October 13, 2013, Midnight
Toronto Fringe New Play Contest(Toronto, Canada) – Open to playwrights who are permanent residents of Canada. Seeking plays that are new and original and have not been previously produced. Plays must have a performance time of 90 minutes or under. Only one submission per playwright. First place receives $1,250 cash prize plus a spot in the 2012 Toronto Fringe Festival (the play produced must be the one submitted to the contest); second place receives $200 cash prize; third place receives $100 cash prize. NOTE: Submit script via e-mail as a word document with “New Play Contest” in the subject line and fill out entry form on website.FEE: $30 CDN. Toronto Fringe New Play Contest, T: (416) 966-1062 ext.3, Claire Wynveen,firstname.lastname@example.org,http://fringetoronto.com/artists/new-play-contest/.Receipt Deadline: October 25, 2013 @5pm
The Griot Theater Festival(2014, New York, NY) – Seeking African American Playwrights from the New York/New Jersey Area. Plays must be between 40 and 50 minutes long. All plays must be unproduced works, this festival is for Non-Union/Non-Equity members only. Application must be complete with: A 100-200 word synopsis of the play, the complete script, your telephone number and home address and the telephone number of someone else in your production that they can contact, and your bio. Every play in the festival receives a three (3) performance run. The best six (6) plays of the festival will receive a fourth (4th) performance for final judgement on the Best Play $2,500 prize. There is also a $500 prize for Best Actor and Best Actress. NO FEE. email@example.com,aatfny.com. Receipt Deadline: October 15, 2013
Little Theatre of Alexandria One-Act Playwriting Competition– Seeking original, unproduced, unpublished one-act plays (20-50 minutes). The top three shows will be given a staged reading or small-scale production. First prize is $350, second prize is $250, and third prize is $150. Submit script with pages numbered and author name and full contact information on title page, along with character breakdown and a brief synopsis. NOTE: Submit by postal mail.FEE: $20. Chairman One-Act Play Reading Committee, The Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria, VA 22314,http://www.thelittletheatre.com/oneact.html.Deadline: October 31, 2013
Tennesse Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival One-Act Play Contest(March 2014, New Orleans, LA) – Seeking unpublished, unproduced one-act plays up to one hour in length. Grand prize winner receives $1,500, a staged reading at the 2013 festival, a full production at the 2014 festival, VIP all-access festival pass for 2013 and 2014, and publication inBayou. Finalists will also receive a panel pass for the 2013 festival. Scripts should have small casts and minimal technical requirements. Playwrights may submit more than one play. NOTE: Electronic submissions preferred.FEE: $25. One-Act Play Contest, Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival, 938 Lafayette St., Ste. 514, New Orleans, LA 70113, T: (504) 581-1144,firstname.lastname@example.org,http://www.tennesseewilliams.net/contests.Deadline: November 1, 2013
The Ensemble Studio Theatre Sloan Project– Commissions, develops, and presents new works that explore how we view and are affected by the scientific world. Seeking proposals for projects that examine the struggles and challenges facing scientists and engineers, from moral issues to the consequences of their discoveries. Projects will be developed throughout EST’s developmental season, and receive one mainstage production in addition to workshops and readings in their annual First Light Festival. Commissions will be awarded to individuals, groups, and creative teams for full-length and one-act plays and musicals, and will range from $1,000-$10,000 (amounts determined on a case by case basis). Rewrite commissions for existing scripts range from $1,000-$5,000. Projects may relate to the issues, people, ideas, processes, cutting-edge discoveries, inventions, and/or history of the “hard” sciences and technology, including: Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Neuroscience, Anthropology, Archeology, Computer Science, Software and Computer Development, Engineering, and Space Research. Areas not considered for commissions include: Science Fiction, Medical Conditions/Diseases, and Psychology. Submit a one- or two-page description or simple outline/synopsis of project (describe how the science being portrayed would be inherently dramatic to the piece), and a resume or bio of each collaborator involved. NOTE: E-mail submissions preferred.NO FEE. The Ensemble Studio Theatre, Attn: EST/Sloan Project, 549 West 52nd St., New York, NY 10019, T: (212) 247-4982, email@example.com,www.ensemblestudiotheatre.org.
Deadline: November 1, 2013
Snowdance Comedy Festival(January 31-March 2, 2014, Racine, WI) – Seeking original comedies with a running time of 10 minutes or shorter. Selected scripts will be produced by the festival and compete for prizes: Best in Show receives $300; second and third place winners receive $100. Plays must be unproduced and unpublished. No musicals, adaptations, or translations. One entry per playwright. Casts should be between 1-5 characters and have minimal set requirements. Scripts should be typed and bound. Author’s name and full contact information should be included only on the title page, along with cast list, set requirements, and a 1-3 sentence synopsis. Submit 1 hard copy of script.NO FEE. Snowdance, c/o Sixth Street Theatre, 318 Sixth St., Racine, WI 53403, T: (262) 632-6802, firstname.lastname@example.org,www.overourheadplayers.org.Deadline: November 1, 2013
Lakeshore Players Theatre 10-Minute Play Festival(June 2014, White Bear Lake, MN) – Seeking original, unpublished, unproduced 10-minute plays for production in festival. Scripts should have 5 or fewer characters and simple technical requirements. Only one submission per playwright. High school students are encouraged to submit; one play chosen for production will be the work of a high school playwright (include letter from teacher or school administrator on school letterhead verifying that the play was written during high school). Send 2 copies of play via postal or electronic mail; one copy should have all contact information on title page; the other should have no contact information. See website for complete submission guidelines. NO FEE. Lakeshore Players 10-Minute Play Committee, 4820 Stewart Ave., White Bear Lake, MN 55110,email@example.com,http://www.lakeshoreplayers.com/13-14PlayContestRULES.html.Deadline: November 15, 2013
Lark Play Development Center– Seeking full play submissions that are longer than 10 minutes, must be a full play – no multiple short one-acts. Those outside of the United States are allowed to submit their work as long as it was originally written in English. If submitting a musical, please mail the script/libretto along with any recorded score you may have. Email submissions preferred, but snail mail is accepted. If emailing the submission, make sure it is in a Word or PDF file.FEE: $20. Lark Play Development Center, ℅ Playwrights Week 2014 Submissions, 311 West 43rd St. Suite 406, New York, NY 10036. firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.larktheatre.org/call-for-submissions-now-accepting-applications-for-playwrights-week-2014/. Deadline: November 1, 2013
Jewish Plays Project– Seeking plays from all types of playwrights, however the play content must include the Jewish Culture, more specifically from the 21st Century, tackling current day interest (social justice, economic justice, diversity, strong women in Jewish life, LGBTQ inclusion, new perspectives on Israel, environmentalism, and interfaith relations). Please check the website for submission eligibility. No musicals. NO FEE. David Winitsky (Artistic Director)email@example.com, Jeremy Stoller (Resident Dramaturg & Contest Producer)firstname.lastname@example.org://www.jewishplaysproject.org/contest. Deadline: November 21, 2013 @6pm
New York Musical Theatre Festival Next Link Project(2014, New York, NY) – Awards 12 subsidized production slots in the festival to new musicals. Selected projects receive automatic acceptance to the festival, production deposit waived, access to the Next Link dramaturg team, access to exclusive industry networking events, and substantially discounted technical support. Seeking musicals in a variety of styles and forms by new, distinct voices. Submitted works may not have had a commercial production in NYC. Applications must be submitted online; see website for complete guidelines.FEE: $75. New York Musical Theatre Festival Next Link Project,http://www.nymf.org/programs/next-link-project.Deadline: November 1, 2013
Reva Shiner Comedy Award at The Bloomington Playwrights Project– Rewards an unproduced, unpublished full-length (75-135 minutes) comedy with a $1,000 cash prize, a full production as part of the theatre’s season, and up to $300 for playwright travel expenses. Winning playwrights are expected to take part in the development process, working with the director in person or long-distance; playwrights are encouraged to come to Bloomington for at least a portion of the development process. Include playwright name and contact information on title page only; include cover letter. If submitting a musical, include a demo tape and complete score. See website for complete guidelines and application instructions. NOTE: No e-mail submissions.FEE: $10 (waived for Dramatist Guild member with copy of membership card). Reva Shiner Contest, Bloomington Playwrights Project, 107 W. 9th St., Bloomington, IN 47404,email@example.com,http://www.newplays.org/node/7?subnid=71&left_node=7.Receipt Deadline: October 31, 2013
id Theater Seven Devils Playwrights Conference(June, 2014, McCall, Idaho) – Seeking full-length plays in any genre or style, particularly works that embrace, explore and challenge the diverse geographical, philosophical, cultural, aesthetic, and political landscape of the American experience – rural and urban, east and west, coastal and inland. 4 playwrights will be invited to participate in staged readings and will be provided with transportation, housing, access to a car, and a modest stipend. 2-4 playwrights will be invited to participate in a Playwrights Intensive Program of Sit Down Readings and will be provided with housing and access to a car during the conference. Invited playwrights are expected to be in residence for the entire two weeks of the conference. Submit a copy of the play you are interested in working on, bio or resume, full name and contact information, and a #10 business sized SASE.FEE: $10. Jeni Mahoney, co-Artistic Director, id Theater, 343 E. 30th St. #19J, New York, NY 10016, Attn: Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, .Deadline: November 15, 2013
Multi-Arts Production Fund– Provides project-specific funding to playwrights, choreographers, directors, composers and performers experimenting in any performance tradition or discipline. Grants range from $10,000 – $45,000, with average awards of $25,000. Especially interested in work that brings insight to the issue of cultural difference, be that in class, gender, generation, ethnicity, form or tradition. Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) organization or fiscally sponsored project with 2 years of professional experience. The first step in the application process is an online letter of inquiry. See website for complete guidelines. Multi-Arts Production Fund, 73 Spring St., Ste. 401, New York, NY 10012, T: (212) 226-1677, FAX: (212) 226-7665, firstname.lastname@example.org,http://mapfund.org/apply.html.Deadline (LOI): October 4, 2013
The Richard Rodgers Awards for Musical Theater– Administered by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, these awards subsidize full productions, studio productions, and staged readings by nonprofit theaters in New York City of works by composers and writers who are not already established in this field. The term “musical theater” is understood to include musicals, plays with songs, thematic revues, or any comparable work. Submission of innovative and experimental work encouraged. Submitted works must be of significant length to fill an evening, and may consist of a group of smaller, related pieces. Only one submission by a collaborative group or a sole creator will be accepted. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. See website for complete guidelines and application procedures. Richard Rodgers Awards, American Academy of Arts and Letters, 633 West 155th St., New York, NY 10032-7599, T: (212) 368-5900, FAX: (212) 491-4615,http://www.artsandletters.org/awards2_rodgers.php.Receipt Deadline: November 1, 2013
The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Fellowship for Creative and Performing Artists and Writers– Visiting fellowship for historical research by creative and performing artists, writers, filmmakers, playwrights, journalists, and others producing imaginative, non-formulaic works dealing with pre-20th century American history. Recipients receive 4-week period of uninterrupted research, reading, and collegial discussion at the AAS, a national research library and learned society of American history and culture, located in Worcester, MA; $1,350/$1,850 stipend (on campus/off campus housing). Period of residence may occur any time during 2013 calendar year. Applicants encouraged to rent rooms and prepare meals in AAS’s historic mansion across the street from the AAS library. See website for full application guidelines and procedures. James David Moran, Director of Outreach, Creative and Performing Artists and Writers Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society, 185 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609-1634, T: (508) 471-2131, email@example.com,www.americanantiquarian.org/artistfellowship.htm.Receipt Deadline: October 5, 2013
Ledig House International Writers Residency(March 21-June 6 and September 12-November 14, 2014, Omi, NY) – Residencies of one week to two months for published writers and translators of every type of literature from anywhere in the world. Residency provides meals and lodging; noted editors, agents and book scouts are invited to share dinner, give talks, and provide introductions. Submit a brief (2-page) statement about your work history, referencing publications, performances and writing credits (CV format accepted), a writing sample (50 pages maximum; indicate whether writing is published or unpublished), a one-page description of the work to be undertaken during the residency, and a cover letter. A separate letter of recommendation must also be submitted online. Some prizes and fellowships available. NOTE: Applications must be submitted online; see website for complete guidelines and application instructions.NO FEE. Writers OMI International Writers Residency at Ledig House,firstname.lastname@example.org,http://www.artomi.org/program.php?Writers-OMI-4.Receipt Deadline: October 20, 2013
Sundance Institute Theatre Lab(July 7-27, 2014, Sundance Resort, UT) – 3-week play development retreat that provides a private creative environment for playwrights, directors, composers, and librettists to develop new work with the support of dramaturges and full casts. Applications welcomed for projects at any stage of development from playwrights, directors, composers, ensembles, performance artists, and choreographers. Plays without directors will be matched with directors. Submitted work may not have been previously produced. Both established and emerging theatre artists are invited to apply, as well as artists making transitions from areas outside of theatre. Participants must be available for the entire length of the lab. Only one application per artist. Each chosen fellow receives a $1,500 honorarium and company of actors (if applicable). Application must be submitted online, then supplemental materials sent via postal mail to address below (you must include the log number from the online application form); see website for complete guidelines and instructions.FEE: $35. Sundance Institute Theatre Lab Application, Log Number: [log number here], 180 Varick St., Ste. 1330, New York, NY 10014, T: (646) 822-9564,email@example.com,https://my.sundance.org/applications/theatre/.Deadline: November 15, 2013
ARTErra Residencias(Tondela, Portugal) – Residency that encourages cross-disciplinary artistic creation in a small rural village in Portugal. Artists may stay from 3 days to 6 months; average stay is 6-8 weeks. Artist responsible for travel, residency fee (budgeted on a case by case basis according to the artist’s needs), and meals (residency provides some fruit, vegetables, eggs and jam from the property; artists have access to fully equipped kitchen); residency provides room, work space, and some materials and tools according to the artists’ needs.NO FEE. ARTErra Residencias, R. Nossa Senhora do Crasto, nº380 Lobão da Bei, Tondela, Portugal 3460-207,firstname.lastname@example.org,www.arterra.weebly.com.Deadline: Ongoing
SOURCES FOR ONGOING FUNDING INFORMATION
Women in the Arts and Media Coalition Film/Video Funding Newsletter
Partnering with the LPTW, WAMCO has taken over the film, video and television funding opportunities newsletter. The purpose of the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition is to focus the power of our member organizations together and to use that combined strength to address issues of concern to women in theatre, film, tv, radio, and new media. We are committed to being the link between our member organizations as we collaborate to impact the various topics that affect women in our industry through advocacy, networking, and events.
WomenArts Funding ArchiveWomenArts is a worldwide community of artists and allies that works for empowerment, opportunity, and visibility for women artists. WomenArts coordinates Support Women Artists Now Day (SWAN Day), an annual international holiday celebrating women’s creativity, and maintains a website with helpful information for women artists. WomenArts does not make cash grants, but the Funding Resources section of their website lists many funding opportunities.
New York Foundation for the ArtsNYFA continues to research and update information in NYFA Source, which continues to promote the mission of NYFA’s former Hotline to “empower artists by providing them with complete and accurate information about resources that will facilitate their artistic work.” Additionally, as part of NYFA Source’s ongoing development, UI will regularly produce analytical reports about the patterns of support represented in the database.
The Playwrights Center– $50/yearOne of the nation’s most generous and well-respected theater organizations, the Playwrights’ Center focuses on both supporting playwrights and promoting new plays to production at theaters across the country. The Center has helped launch the careers of numerous nationally recognized artists, notably August Wilson, Lee Blessing, Suzan-Lori Parks, Jordan Harrison, Carlyle Brown, Craig Lucas, Jeffrey Hatcher, Melanie Marnich, and Kira Obolensky. Work developed through Center programs has been seen nationwide on such stages as the Yale Rep, Woolly Mammoth, Guthrie, Goodman, and many others.
Kanjy is a community for writers. Kanjy fosters sharing, discovery and creation among screenwriters, playwrights and industry professionals. Opportunities highlights can be foundhere.
Theatre Communications Group
Theatre Communications Group is a national alliance of non-profit theatres that offers a range of online information services, publications and grants. They publish ArtSearch, a newsletter for theatre job-seekers that lists available positions all over the country, and American Theatre, a monthly magazine that provides news about the non-profit theatre world. They provide helpful resources about international theatre activities at:http://www.tcg.org/international/index.cfm.