Theatre Funding News – July 2014 from Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, the League of Professional Theatre Women, and WomenArts

and WomenArts presents
Theatre Submission Opportunities
and Funding News – July 2014

*Opportunities in red are for selected populations.
**Opportunities starred and in red are for women only.

Playwright Festivals/Calls for Entry

Midtown International Theatre Festival - Special July Short Play Lab (July 25-27, 2014) - Seeking submissions for the first Short Play Lab being presented as a part of the MITF. Plays should be 1-10 pp. You produce the play whether or not you live in New York. The SPL provides the theatre. This Lab will take place in the WorkShop Theater Company's Jewel Box, 312 W. 36th St. 4th floor, New York, NY 10018. There are no fees, and the Short Play Lab keeps the door. Every production gets two performances. Productions must be non-union: no showcases please! (And no Equity waivers, either.) The most popular production in each program receives a cash prize of $75. Winners are determined by polling patrons after the performance. For questions, or to submit a script, email john.chatterton@gmail.com. Visit http://www.midtownfestival.org/ for more information. Deadline: July 1, 2014

Panglossian Production’s Pop Up Theater (August 2014, Williamsburg, VA) - Pop Up Theater is an annual performance of original ten-minute plays. Plays range from fully staged scenes to book-in-hand readings. The intent is for artists to get a work on its feet, in front of an audience, and see where it goes. The theme of each Pop Up Theater allows artists to find inspiration for a new story, focus an idea that has been stewing for a while, or dust off an old scene for a new life. The plays can be monologues, poems, skits, excerpts from larger plays, musical pieces, movement or dance, even performance art – as long as they fit the theme. You provide the work, and they help you with directors and actors. The performance will be staged for a live audience and will be live streamed on-line via HowlRoundTV on August 31. This year’s theme is What I Did On My Summer Vacation. To submit, email literary@panglossian.org. For submission guidelines, visit http://www.panglossian.org/and-the-livings-easy.html Deadline: July 1, 2014

Wordsmyth Theater - New Play Reading Series (2015, Houston, TX) Wordsmyth Theater is now accepting submissions for their 2015 New Play Reading Series. They are looking for full lengths and one acts. There will be six plays read throughout the year. One slot will be reserved for a Houston playwright; another for a bilingual play (English/any other language.) For submission guidelines, go to http://wordsmyththeater.org/play-submissions/. There you can fill out the form, and email your script to Julie Oliver at julie@wordsmyththeater.org Deadline July 3, 2014

South Street Players - Tri-State Theatre Festival (October 17-19, 2014, Spring Lake, NJ) - South Street Players (southstreetplayers.org) is seeking short (20 minutes or less), original, one-act plays for its 4th Annual Tri-State Theatre Festival. Seeking original comedic and dramatic one-act plays from playwrights currently living in the Tri-State area only (NJ, NY and PA). Plays must be 20 pages or less. Submissions of longer than 20 pages will be declined for consideration. No royalties or payment will be provided to playwrights should his or her play be chosen for the festival. Plays will only be accepted via email: southstreetoneacts@gmail.com. For guidelines, visit http://southstreetplayers.org/ Deadline July 4, 2014

The New York New Works Theatre Festival (First round August 20-28, 2014 NYC) - Premiering this August, accepting submissions of short plays (30 minutes or less). Festival panel features Broadway, Emmy and Tony award winning producers such as Paul Sladkus, Vincent Morano, Larry Kaye, Sjon Dowell, Julia Broder, Paula Levine, Lucia Kaiser and more. $500 grand prize, finalists will be contacted mid-July. For submission guidelines and to apply: http://nynwtheatrefestival.com/index.php/submissions/
Deadline July 6, 2014

Global Age Project at Aurora Theatre (February, 2015, Berkeley, CA) – Seeking plays that celebrate fresh, forward-looking visions of global significance for a festival of staged readings. The Global Age Project is a discovery and developmental vehicle established to encourage playwrights to address life in the 21st century and beyond. Seeking forward-thinking unproduced work from both established and emerging playwrights, the festival celebrates the diversity of perspectives, styles, voices, concerns, and stories that make up the world today and provides a development opportunity for plays that directly respond to our complicated present and our possible future  1 submission per playwright. Plays may be any length and any style; experimentation with innovative forms is encouraged. Subject matter should deal with the changing state of human relationships in this new century; historical plays set before the year 2000 will not be considered. Playwrights must be located in the U.S., Canada, or Mexico. Plays must be in English; no translations. NOTE: E-mail submissions only; submit through website.FEE: $20. GAP, Aurora Theatre Company, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley, CA 94704,  https://auroratheatre.org/index.php?option=com_theatre&view=tpage&id=82&Itemid=531. Deadline: July 15, 2014

Little Fish Theatre Pick of the Vine Short Play Production (January-February, 2015, San Pedro, CA) – Seeking short scripts (15 minutes maximum) that require no more than 10 actors and have minimal set requirements. Only one submission per playwright. Submit script in .doc or .pdf format with a cover sheet containing author name and contact information in one document. There will be a $50 flat fee royalty payment to playwrights per play produced. NOTE: Electronic submissions only. NO FEE. Little Fish Theatre, 777 Centre St., San Pedro, CA 90731,holly@littlefishtheatre.org, www.littlefishtheatre.org/. Deadline: July 15, 2014

Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s One Act Play Competition (Sept 10- Oct 2, 2014) - Seeking fully produced one act plays  (cast, directed and ready to perform) 7 minutes to 20 minutes in length for MRTʼs FALL ONE ACT PLAY COMPETITION. Non-equity only. NO FEE to apply, $150 fee once accepted. $1,000 prize for Best Play. Each play will be given four performances, plus two extra performances if chosen to advance to the finals. They will supply a technician to run sound and lights. For submission guidelines, visit http://manhattanrep.com/fall-one-act-play-competition-2014/. To submit, email manhattanrep@yahoo.com with “Fall One Act Competition” in the subject heading. They will contact you within a week to confirm acceptance. Deadline: July 21, 2014

**Athena Project** (March 20-April 5, 2015, Denver, CO) – Seeking submissions from Female playwrights for its Plays In Progress Series. Four new plays will be selected based on a blind submission process and given a dramaturg, director, designers, cast and workshop presentation during the festival. One play from the 2015 PIP Series will win a full production to be produced in March of 2016 festival, based on a combination of audience vote and board input. Only one submission per playwright, and no previously produced scripts. NO FEE. Athena Project, Literary Manager, Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski, pez@athenaprojectfestival.org, http://www.athenaprojectfestival.org. Deadline: July 31, 2014

**Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship** (Four dedicated weeks in 2015, orientation meeting in December 2014) The Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for a female playwright to be supported by three extraordinary institutions over the course of a year while she writes and develops a new play. In addition to a cash prize of $10,000, the playwright will receive residencies at three geographically distinct institutions—AROHO, Hedgebrook, and the Lark Play Development Center—each one providing a different kind of support at successive stages in the playwright’s process. The fellowship seeks to make possible for the playwright a breakthrough into the kind of new work she would not have had the freedom or the resources to create otherwise.
View the Shakespeare’s Sister Showcase to see announcements about the fellowship.
For submission guidelines and to apply, visit: http://aroomofherownfoundation.org/awards/shakespeares-sister/
Deadline: July 31, 2014

New Stage Theatre - Eudora Welty New Plays Series (May 2015, Jackson, MS) - Plays which have been produced professionally are ineligible. (Eligibility not affected by workshops, readings, community or academic production). Plays must be full length. No musicals or children's plays are accepted at this time. Please include with the script, a synopsis of the play, a character breakdown, production requirements, time and place, a production history, and playwright's biography. Mail hard copies of plays or letters of inquiry to the address below: manuscripts will be returned only if accompanied by self addressed and stamped envelope; acknowledgement of receipt only with enclosed SASE or postcard. Response time: 6-8 months for play submission. Playwrights are encouraged to continue to visit the website,www.newstagetheatre.com, for more information. Address: New Stage Theatre
Literary Department, 1100 Carlisle Street, Jackson, MS 39202. Deadline July 31, 2014

Write Now - Call for Theater for Young Audiences Scripts (April 23-26, 2015, Indiana Repertory Theatre) - If you have a play in progress for young audiences (grades K-12), please consider submitting it to Write Now, a national workshop and gathering. Four finalists will receive cash prizes, a week-long workshop with TYA professionals, and a rehearsed reading of their scripts for the TYA community. For more information on Write Now, visit www.writenow.co. To use the online form to enter, visit: http://writenow.co/competition/write-now-submission/. Deadline July 31, 2014

Wildclaw Theatre - DEATHSCRIBE Festival (December 2014, Chicago, IL) - Each December, WildClaw produces the DEATHSCRIBE Festival of Horror Radio Plays. DEATHSCRIBE is an open submission, international festival and writing competition. Writers may submit up to two radio plays to DEATHSCRIBE in any given year. Five scripts will be selected from all submissions. After being selected, there will be an opportunity for the authors to refine and revise these scripts (if deemed necessary) in collaboration with WildClaw Theatre Company. There will be a “Best of the Fest” award, with the winner chosen by a celebrity panel of judges on the night of performance to receive the coveted Bloody Axe Award. All submissions must be made electronically; please make sure your script is formatted correctly according to the guidelines (see below) and submit your script as an attachment to deathscribe2014@gmail.com. Please include the title of your play in the subject line. For submission guidelines, visit http://www.wildclawtheatre.com/deathscribe/ Deadline: August 1, 2014

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, https://yup.submittable.com/submit/20322. Deadline: August 15, 2014

Acadiana Theatre Company (2015 Season, Lafayette, LA) - The Acadiana Repertory Theatre is now accepting submissions for one to two slots available in its 2015 Season, with the theme Only Adapt. Seeking full length shows (will accept one acts, as long as they are around 70-90 minutes) that fit the model of a newly written adaptation of a classic. The Acadiana Repertory Theatre is a small ensemble in Lafayette, Louisiana that is committed to producing and developing new works, and working hand in hand with playwrights to assist them in whatever stage of development their show might be in. For more information, visit http://www.acadianarep.org/. Please email scripts to our Artistic Director, Steven Landry, atstevenlandry@acadianarep.org. Deadline August 15, 2014

365 Women a Year: A Playwriting Project (Facebook Group Project) - Visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/429235263876823/ or search “365 Women a Year” on Facebook to request to join this writer’s group. They are seeking female identifying playwrights who want to join in their quest to write one acts about 365 women in history. A consolidated list of the historical women to choose from are listed at the top of page thread, and may be claimed by commenting on the post. Guidelines for submission can be found under the “files” tab on the group page. For questions, join the group and post a query. Deadline has been posted but historical figures are already being claimed, so join now if you want in on the fun! Deadline December 31, 2014

Ongoing Festivals/Calls for Entry

The Good Ear Review – Dedicated to publishing monologues that share a moment in time with the reader (and eventually, the audience). Seeking original monologues in all genres from established and emerging playwrights from across the globe to post on website. Playwrights may submit up to 3 monologues of 600-1000 words each. Monologues must be submitted electronically in the body of an e-mail; no attachments. Include setting, time, character, and any necessary set-up. Include a writer’s bio (do not exceed 60 words).  There is no fee or pay. submit@thegoodearreview.com, thegoodearreview.com/submission-guidelines/.


NEA Art Works Grants – Supports the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts with grants from $10,000-$100,000 to organizations. Open to Arts Education projects that have lifelong learning in the arts as their primary outcome. Innovative projects are strongly encouraged. This deadline is specifically for school-based projects that are directly connected to the school curriculum and instructional program. Activities may take place in or outside the school building at any time of day, including after-school and summer programs. Application must be submitted through the NEA website; allow ample time to prepare the application and deal with technical difficulties that frequently arise on the site. See website for complete guidelines. National Endowment for the Arts, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20506, http://arts.gov/grants-organizations/art-works/arts-education (scroll down to second project on page for this particular deadline). Deadline: July 24, 2014

Alliance for California Traditional Arts Grant Programs – Three programs to support folk and traditional arts, defined as art forms that are learned as part of the cultural life of a group of people whose members share a common heritage, language, religion, occupation, or region:

Apprenticeship Program – Encourages the continuation of the state’s traditional arts and cultures by contracting master artists to offer intensive, one-on-one training to qualified apprentices. A master artist is someone who is recognized as an exemplary practitioner of a traditional art form by his or her community and peers. Prospective apprentices should demonstrate investment and developed skill in the specific art form they wish to continue learning. Master artist and apprentice must apply together. Each $3,000 contract will support a 6-12-month period of concentrated learning. Contact: Russell Rodriguez, Program Manager, T: (415) 269-0026, rrodriguez@actaonline.org, http://www.actaonline.org/content/apprenticeship-program. Deadline: August 1, 2014

Living Cultures Grants Program – Funds nonprofit organizations and organizations working with fiscal sponsors to support exemplary projects in the traditional arts in California. Eligible projects include public presentations; workshops and gatherings; equipment and materials purchases; conservation, creation or acquisition of traditional arts items; intergenerational classes or educational programs within a community; documentation of traditional arts, skills, ceremonies, beliefs, or performances; media, web, and print publications; professional and leadership development; and endangered language acquisition projects when carried out within the context of traditional art forms. Limited to organizations with budgets under $250,000. Awards are generally limited to $5,000; a small number of grants of up to $7,500 may be awarded to projects that demonstrate significant impact on a particular cultural tradition. Contact: Lily Kharrazi, Program Manager, T: (415) 346-5200, lilyk@actaonline.org, http://www.actaonline.org/content/living-cultures-grants-program. Deadline: August 1, 2014

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: Russell Rodriguez, Program Manager, T: (415) 269-0026, rrodriguez@actaonline.org,
http://www.actaonline.org/content/traditional-arts-development-program. Deadline: Rolling (allow 30 days for application review)

**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.org. Deadline: August 15, 2014

The Emily List Fund for Performing Arts Therapy – Supports theatre, dance, and music projects aimed at helping the sick and disadvantaged in the interest of making their lives better and brighter through the performing arts. Grants of up to $1,000 to fund instruments or equipment for a music therapist working in a hospital; scholarships for young people to attend theatre camp; travel expenses for a chorus or theatre group; space for a dancer working with disabled or elderly people; payment for an instructor teaching arts to patients; tickets for groups to attend theatre performances they otherwise could not… and any other proposal along those lines. Grants are focused in the Pioneer Valley and at Mass General Hospital. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis year-round. Download and complete application form (available on website) and submit by e-mail or postal mail. Emily List Fund for Performing Arts Therapy, Karen List, 1671 South East St., Amherst, MA 01002,klist@journ.umass.edu, http://emilylistfund.com/about.html. Deadline: Rolling


UMass New Play Lab Paid Residencies (March 24-April 5, 2014, Amherst, MA) – Aims to develop two exceptional new scripts per year in cooperation with visionary playwrights. Two playwrights will be chosen for concurrent 10-day residencies during the mainstage production period of their scripts as public staged readings directed and dramaturged by UMass graduate students and performed by UMass undergraduate actors. Each playwright receives accommodation and a $750 honorarium. Playwright responsible for travel arrangements and meals. Submitted plays must be full-length; no musicals. Submit manuscript in PDF format by e-mail, including a concise playwright bio and development history of the play in the body of the e-mail. NO FEE. newplaylab@theater.umass.edu, http://www.umass.edu/theater/newplaylab.php. Deadline: July 1, 2014

Santa Fe Art Institute (1-3 months, year-round, Santa Fe, NM) – Residencies between 1-3 months for creative artists in all fields, including film and media artists, performing artists, and writers. Organization provides: housing and studios, including access to the College of Santa Fe’s performance and moving-image arts facilities and the Institute’s digital media lab and exhibition/installment space. Residents are encouraged to participate in the Institute’s outreach program, including public presentations of work, workshops, and individual critiques with students in the community. Residents are responsible for residency fee ($1,000 per month), refundable key deposit ($150), meals, travel, and materials. Most artists receive financial support from the Institute. See website for application. FEE: $35. Artist and Writer Residencies, PO Box 24044, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM, 87502, Contact: Katie Avery, Residency Director, T: (505) 424-5050, FAX: (505) 424-5050, kavery@sfai.org, www.sfai.org. Deadline: July 6, 2014

Yaddo (year-round, Saratoga Springs, NY) – Residencies of an average of 5 weeks for writers, media artists, visual artists and performing artists working at the professional level in their fields. Facilities include dance/choreography studios, exhibition/installation spaces, metal shop, music studio, and performing arts space. Residency provides housing, meals, studio, travel assistance, and materials stipend. Artists responsible for additional materials or travel costs. FEE: $30 plus fee for media uploads. Yaddo, P.O. Box 395, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, T: (518) 584-0746, FAX: (518) 584-1312, yaddo@yaddo.org, www.yaddo.org. Deadline: August 1, 2014

Hawthornden Castle (Midlothian, Scotland) – International 1-month retreats for creative writers of all types from anywhere in the world to work without disturbance. Residency provides individual room/study in shared house and meals. Artist responsible for travel. Applicants must be published writers. Contact them for application instructions. NO FEE. Hawthornden Castle, Lasswade, Midlothian, EH18 1EG Scotland, United Kingdom, T: +44 131 4402180, FAX: +44 131 440 1989, http://www.transartists.org/air/hawthornden-castle. Deadline: Ongoing

Other Resources

**Plum Alley** - Curated crowdfunding platform focused specifically on supporting women entrepreneurs, women in the arts and media, and organizations that benefit women and girls. Their website provides resource material on creating a successful project, the benefits of crowdfunding and how it works on their platform. They have also teamed up with Flexcel Networks, a female-founded third party company that specializes in flexible assignments for vetted professionals: if you choose, they can connect you with professionals ready to aid your project in the field of video, communications, marketing/PR, and project management. They follow the ‘all-or-nothing’ project model, project creators will only receive funds they’ve raised if the funding goal has been met within the dictated timeframe. A total 7.9% fee applies for Plum Alley and credit card services; the project creator will see 92.1% of total funds raised. Visit https://plumalley.co/en/projects.

USA Projects – Crowdfunding platform open to artists who have received a grant or award from a distinguished arts organization (see website for a list of qualifying organizations and artist eligibility requirements and application). Projects are based on an “all or nothing” model in which artist sets a minimum fundraising goal and a deadline by which to raise the funds. If artist meets or exceeds goal, she/he receives all the donations; if not, donors are not charged and artist does not receive funds. USA Projects has a 75% success rate (compared to 45% on similar platforms), and raises matching funds so that each project receives a direct contribution of an average of 16% from USA Projects. Artist receives 81% of every dollar pledged, with 3% going toward credit card and bank processing fees, and the rest going toward USA Projects for administration and reinvestment in projects. All donations made through USA Projects are tax-deductible. USA Projects provides each artist with a personal coach for support and guidance through the fundraising process. See website to set up an artist profile page and find out if you are eligible. Contact: Kris Kuramitsu, T: (323) 857-5857,krisk@unitedstatesartists.org, www.unitedstatesartists.org.

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