Theatre Submission Opportunities
and Funding News – August 2014
*Opportunities in red are for selected populations.
**Opportunities starred and in red are for women only.
Playwright Festivals/Calls for Entry
Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company Fall Festival (Fall, NYC) - Playhouse Creatures Theatre NYC is seeking submissions for ten minute and one act plays for consideration in a production play fest this fall. Wishing to fulfill a core pillar of their mission, PCTC invites you to submit a one-act or ten-minute play, musing on the "politics of love." Winners, losers. Debate and negotiate. Passionate, illogical; yet, wholly elemental. It is the "thing" you don't discuss at family dinners- the proverbial elephant in the room. They say the only certain things in life are death and taxes- well, they don't take a backseat to Love and Politics.” NO FEE. For consideration submit your play with a summary to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit http://www.playhousecreatures.org/ to review submission guidelines. Deadline: August 1, 2014
Vertigo Theatre Company COLLAB (September- October 2014, NYC) - COLLAB, Vertigo’s own staged reading series, is a four-week workshop that connects artists from various creative communities to promote collaboration in the development of original work. Workshops culminate in a free, public presentation. This year, Vertigo Theater Company and co-curator Emily Simoness will select original, short pieces to workshop beginning in September, with performances scheduled for early October at BAM. For submission info, visit the online application at http://www.vertigotheater.org/collab2014/app/. Deadline: August 1, 2014
The Hive Theatre Company Exposed Series (2014-2015 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 Scripts must be original and unpublished; no one-person shows.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. Email: Literary.email@example.com, www.thehivetheatre.com, www.facebook.com/hive.theatre. Deadline: August 8, 2014
The Network One Act Play Festival (November 1-19, 2014, NYC) - Seeking 44 one act scripts to be produced as a part of their fall one act play festival, to be seen by industry professionals. Past winners have gone on to win Ovation Awards, full productions Off-Broadway, and have signed with NY top managers and agents. Fee: $250. There is a grand prize of $200 cash for Best Solo Play and Best Play. Please submit to PaulM@TheNetwork.com, or visit https://www.thenetworknyc.com/product/show/pid/4956. Deadline: August 9, 2014
Arena Stage Our War Monologue Competition (November 8, 2014, NYC) - In conjunction with our production of Our War and as part of The National Civil War Project, Arena Stage is holding a national competition for character monologue submissions written about the American Civil War. Selections may be fictitious or based on the writer's family history.
Up to three winners will receive a performance of their monologue at Arena Stage by members of the cast of Our War at a post-show public reading on November 6 following the 8:00 p.m. performance. Selected writers will also receive a session with American Voices New Play Institute Dramaturg Jocelyn Clarke, a listing in the Our War program and an award certificate.The winners will be notified by Arena Stage in September and the selected monologues will be posted on the Arena Stage website. Monologues should be no more than three minutes in length (on average, 600 words), and must in some way address or react to the American Civil War and how it reverberates in America today. Submissions will be read by Arena Stage staff and board, local theater artists and community partners. NO FEE. Submit your monologue, along with your name, address, phone number, email address, and name of college/university (if currently attending) toKogodCradle@ArenaStage.org. Deadline: August 11, 2014
The Naked Expedition Project’s Monthly Reading Series (September 2014, NYC) - The Naked Expedition Project (TNEP) is currently accepting submissions for their Monthly Reading Series kicking off this September 2014. Seeking short plays (15-20 minutes) written by female emerging & pre-emerging playwrights or plays that focus on women, women's issues, femininity, and/or gender. (Male playwrights encouraged to submit as long as the play focuses on women, women's issues, femininity, and/or gender). NO FEE. Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org. Electronic submissions only (PDF format- Attachment). Please include a brief synopsis, character breakdown, short bio & contact information. Visit http://thenakedexpeditionproject.com/ for more information. Deadline: August 15, 2014
**Green Light Productions GLO Festival** (November 2014, Santa Monica, CA) - Green Light Productions is accepting submissions for GLO: A one-act play festival of new plays written and directed by women. Founded in 2003, Green Light Productions is a nonprofit dedicated to producing and developing new work by women. For guidelines and submission info please visit: www.greenlightproductions.org. Electronic Submissions only. Please e-mail play in PDF format and GLO cover sheet to Alex Dilks Pandola: email@example.com.
Deadline: August 15th 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/drama.asp. Deadline: August 15, 2014
The Growing Stage New Play Reading Festival (November 7-9, 2014, Netcong, NJ) - This project is open to any unpublished and unproduced non-musical TYA scripts to be considered as one of four plays to be featured in the New Play-Reading Festival this coming season at The Growing Stage Theatre – The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey. The initial play readings will take place, one per day, November 7th through 9th . After the reading of each play, there will be a dialogue among the audience, performers and playwright. The second set of readings will take place, again, one per day, February 27th through March 1st. After the play readings in March, one of the four scripts will then be selected to be presented as a fully mounted production in The Growing Stage’s 2015/2016 season. NO FEE. Please send script submissions for the New Play-Reading Festival and subsequently for the 2014/2015 Main Stage to the company’s Production Manager and head of the festival, Steve Graham: email@example.com. Or to: The Growing Stage Theatre, Attn: Steve Graham, P.O. Box 36, Netcong, NJ 07857. If your script submission is an adaptation, we do ask that you also please include proof that you have permission from the author to adapt their work. Visit http://www.growingstage.com/new-play-reading-festival-submission/ for more details. 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,at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline August 15, 2014
Stay Awake! Prism Festival ( October 23-November 1, 2014, Denver, CO) – A new Denver-based theater company - is now accepting submissions for its inaugural 10-minute play competition. Playwrights from around the world are invited to submit a 10-minute piece for our Prism Festival of new works. Each submitted play will be read by at least two professional theater artists. Plays must be no longer than 10 minutes, unproduced and original. A panel of professional theatre artists from around the US will select the winning plays. Preference will be given to plays that embrace Stay Awake!’s mission: Stay Awake! engages with the cultural and educational experience of our region through innovatively staged historic and uniquely creative original theatrical works that pose philosophical questions, actively confront the status quo, empower unheard voices, and awaken change. NO FEE. Apply via http://www.stayawaketheatre.org/submissions/prism-festival. Please be sure to check your SPAM folder for the confirmation message if you do not receive it within five minutes.. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com. Deadline: August 20, 2014
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, firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com, http://marintheatre.org/productions/new-plays-program/new-play-awards/. Deadline: August 31, 2014
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.html. Deadline: August 31, 2014
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.org. Deadline: August 31, 2014
Alumnae Theatre Company New Ideas Festival (March 11-29, 2015, Toronto, OT) - The Alumnae Theatre Company is dedicated to the production of adventurous, high-quality theatre not readily seen elsewhere, and to the promotion and skill development of women in theatre. Alumnae Theatre Company’s New Ideas Festival (NIF) is an annual, three-week juried festival of new plays, works-in-progress and experimental theatre. Each week a different program of up to four plays, as well as a workshopped reading on Saturday at noon, is presented.Scripts must be original works that have not been previously performed outside of a workshop. They may be in any genre or style, with a running time of 10 to 40 minutes; one act of a full-length play may also be accepted for production. Please include a cover page with the script/proposal, providing the play title, a list and description of characters (including age), and a short play synopsis. Send a separate contact page with the play title, playwright’s name and contact information, and a short bio (75 words or less). NIF does not provide feedback on submissions or return scripts. NIF will confirm receipt of submissions within two weeks, and scripts/proposals will be sent to the NIF reading committee. The 2015 festival lineup will be announced in early November, followed by cold reads of all chosen plays in early December. NO FEE. Scripts or proposals should be submitted electronically in PDF or Word format to NIFscripts@gmail.com. Deadline: September 5, 2014
Exit 7 Players New Short Play Contest (February 20-22, 2015, Ludlow, MA) - The Exit 7 New Short Play Contest will produce short plays by twelve playwrights in an exciting audience-participation format, awarding two winning writers a prize of $150 each. NO FEE. You may submit either one or two plays. Visit http://www.exit7players.org/shows/theexit7newshortpl/ for submission guidelines and to submit. Deadline: September 13, 2014
Y.E.S. Festival (April 16-26, Northern Kentucky University) - Submissions (ONE per playwright) must be full-length and should include a one-page synopsis and a cast list with brief character descriptions. A Y.E.S. entry form must accompany a submitted script. Selections will be made and winners notified no later than December 31, 2014. Returnable scripts will be mailed back after the winners have been notified. An honorarium of $500 will be awarded to each selected playwright as well as travel expenses and housing while attending the festival. NO FEE. Visit http://artscience.nku.edu/departments/theatre.html to download the form to submit. Deadline: September 30, 2014
Acadia University Theatre Company’s 22nd Annual Mini-Festival (January 2015, Acadia, Nova Scotia) - AUTC is looking for fresh new plays from new or experienced playwrights to stage at Acadia University Theatre Company’s 22nd Annual International MiniFest. This is a student-run festival coming up soon and would provide an excellent opportunity for playwrights to see their one act plays performed. NO FEE. For submission guidelines, please visit http://theatre.acadiau.ca/minifest.html. Deadline: October 15, 2014
Ensemble Studio Theatre/ Sloan Project (2015- 2016 Season, NYC) - The EST/Sloan Project commissions, develops and presents new works delving into how we view and are affected by the scientific world. These plays examine the struggles and challenges scientists and engineers face from moral issues to the consequences of their discoveries. Commissions will be awarded to individuals, groups and creative teams for full-length and one-act plays and musicals. Commissions range from $1000 to $10,000. Commission amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis, as are deadlines for drafts, finished work, and research support (if appropriate). Extant, full-length works may be submitted and are judged on a script-by-script basis by the EST/Sloan Project staff. Rewrite commissions for existing scripts range from $1,000 to $5,000.The EST/Sloan Project is open to a broad range of topics related to the issues, people, ideas, processes, leading-edge discoveries, inventions, and/or history of the "hard" sciences and technology. NO FEE. For information on submission guidelines, visit http://ensemblestudiotheatre.org/node/28. Deadline: November 1, 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
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. No Deadline Posted.
Mobtown Playwrights Group (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, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.mobtownplayers.net/about/the-mobtown-playwrights-group. No Deadline Posted.
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. email@example.com, thegoodearreview.com/submission-guidelines/.
NOTE: For more ongoing opportunities, visit our Theatre Funding Archive.
Cullman Fellowship - The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers supports projects that draw on the research collections at The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (formerly the Humanities and Social Sciences Library). The Center looks for top-quality writing from academics as well as from creative writers and independent scholars. It aims to promote dynamic conversation about the humanities, social sciences, and scholarship at the very highest level — within the Center, in public forums throughout the Library, and in the Fellows’ published work. Fellows are required to work at the Cullman Center, on the project for which they applied, for the duration of the fellowship term. Fellows may have a few prior brief commitments, but must limit research trips, attendance at scholarly meetings, and speaking engagements, and may not accept other major work obligations during the course of this fellowship. Anyone who needs to be away for more than two days must notify the Director or Deputy Director in advance. The Library will pro-rate stipends for Fellows who spend too much time away from the Center. Notification: March 2015. Award Period: September 8, 2015 - May 27, 2016. Stipend: $70,000 Deadline: September 26, 2014, 5 p.m. EST
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, firstname.lastname@example.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, email@example.com. Visit http://emilylistfund.com/about.html for more details. Deadline: Rolling
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
Recology Artist in Residence Program (2015, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org,
http://sunsetscavenger.com/AIR/apply.htm. Deadline: September 1, 2014
Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts Residency (January-June, 2015, 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, email@example.com,
http://www.khncenterforthearts.org. Deadline: September 1, 2014
MacDowell Colony (Up to eight weeks between February 1 – May 31, 2015, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.macdowellcolony.org/apply.html. Receipt Deadline: September 15, 2014
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (February-May, 2015, 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, email@example.com, www.vcca.com. Deadline: September 15, 2014
Jentel Artist Residency (January 15 – May 13, 2015, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.jentelarts.org. Deadline: September 15, 2014