#StageOpps #StageOppsFeb15

and WomenArts presents
Submission opportunities for women in theatre.
(previously known as Theatre Funding Newsletter)

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

February’s Special Opportunity
**Women in the Arts & Media Coalition: Collaboration Award Committee Feedback**

If you apply by February 28, 2015, feedback from the committee will be offered to readers of the #StageOpps newsletter only. Please email specialoppscode@gmail.com to retrieve this month's #StageOpps code!

The launch date for the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition’s 2015 Collaboration Award recognizing Women Working with Women is February 2, 2015. The award is designed to encourage women in the arts and media from different specializations to work collaboratively on the creation of a new artistic work. The aim of the award is to encourage women to work collaboratively with women of other disciplines. Teams of two or more women from two or more Coalition member organizations working together on a creative project may apply for the 2015 Collaboration Award on The Coalition website at www.womenartsmediacoalition.org.

Deadline for Special Opp submissions is February 28 at 11:59 pm.
Final deadline for all submissions is 11:59pm Thursday April 30th.

Project Submissions
Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival (August 3-9, 2015; New York, NY) - Attention playwrights! The time has come to unpack your short plays and get them ready to submit to the 40th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival. We are now accepting submissions! Playwrights (not published with Samuel French Inc. or any other major theatrical publisher) are welcome to submit up to 3 plays, each running 10-30 minutes in length. There is a $10 submission fee per play. Application requires the sign off of you as producer, or your own separate producer, who will produce the play to participate in the festival. To apply and for further guidelines: http://oob.samuelfrench.com/. Deadline: February 14th, 2015, 11:59pm E.S.T.

13th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival (July 6-19, 2015; New York, NY) - All Out Arts is now accepting submissions for the 13th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival, New York City’s grassroots, multidisciplinary international festival of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer arts and culture.  A cornucopia of various forms of artistic expression, the festival will occur July 6-19 at The Wild Project in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Thanks to the generosity of New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and others, there are no submission fees for early applicants, and no performance fees are required. The Fresh Fruit Festival’s goal is to present the whole spectrum of LGBTQ lives as expressed through Performance Art, Dance, Theatre, Video, Film, Spoken Word, Graphic Arts, Music & various other forms of artistic expression. Submissions in all artistic disciplines & lengths are considered for presentation as long as they highlight or showcase a spectrum of the LGBTQ experience, and are finished, self-produced shows. The Festival provides AEA-approved performance venues & insurance, marketing & publicity assistance, ticketing services, professional theater staff (logistics manager; a light or sound technician; front of house), repertory lighting plot & sound system, networking events & more! Deadline: February 22, 2015 (No Fee), March 22, 2015 ($25 Late Fee)
Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s Spring One Act Play Festival (March 18 - April 11, 2015; New York, NY) Seeking fully produced one act plays (cast, directed and ready to perform) 7 minutes to 20 minutes in length for MRTʼs SPRING ONE ACT PLAY COMPETITION 2015 at Manhattan Rep, 303 W.42nd St. NYC. FIRST PRIZE for BEST PLAY: $1000 EACH PLAY WILL BE GIVEN A MINIMUM OF FOUR PERFORMANCES, (And an additional 3 performances if the play goes on to the FINALS - April 9, 10 and 11.) We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights.To submit your one act play production please email: The complete play,a synopsis of the play,the character breakdown,the running time of the play,the set and lighting requirements, the playʼs production history (if it has been produced before and where) your mailing address,and a creative team leader contact email address to:manhattanrep@yahoo.com by FRIDAY FEB 20, 2015 at Midnight. Please put “Spring One Act Competition” in the subject heading. We will contact you within a week as to your acceptance.Plays that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis.The earlier you submit the better chances you have of being accepted for we may end submissions before February 20, 2015,  if we fill up all available performance slots. There is no submission fee.  NON-EQUITY ONLY.Each play will be given a MINIMUM of FOUR performances, with 3 more performances if the play moves on to the finals. Once accepted, there will be a $150.00 participation fee. There will be NO additional security fees or Manhattan Repertory Theatre based production fees. Deadline: February 20, 2015
Thespis Theatre Festival (New York, NY) - All Genres of shows are welcome. If your show has already had a run (in theaters or in other festivals) you can still participate, but only with a completely new cast and crew. Click here for how to submit: thespisnytheaterfestival.com. Festival runs from June 15 thru August 31, 2015. Non-Union and AEA shows accepted. No fees required to submit your play. This is a long festival (12 weeks) that allows all shows: Prime performance times, amazing awards, the opportunity for all festivals cast and crew members to attend every show in the festival for free, special professional guidance for playwrights staging their first show to help them make their performance a success, answers to all questions in a matter of hours and most often by the festival’s founders, and knowledgable staff, including a professional lighting and sound system to add color, depth and unexpected elements to each scene, a free tutorial on how to use the light/sound/projections system and expert technical guidance on how to paint the mood of your play. You’ll get a five-hour tech rehearsal just before your first performance instead of being rushed within a tech time that is merely double your show’s run time, free box office management/venue handling during performances, storage for your props and set pieces during the length of your run, free use of props and set pieces owned by the theater (an incredible collection- not just chairs and rehearsal blocks, but real furniture), saving you transportation time and money, and an extremely low participation fee. For more info, and to submit, visit http://thespisnytheaterfestival.com/thespis-theater-festival-venus-adonis/. Deadline June 1, 2015
Script Submissions Duct Tape & A Dream Festival - Roots & Wings Theatrical is currently seeking script submissions and proposals for our eighth installment of Duct Tape & A Dream, our annual festival to present fully-staged workshop performances of new works by emerging artists. Submissions can be short or full length, movement & choreography pieces, mixed media, solo storytelling, music, or anything you dream up... even visual pieces we can hang in the lobby!  This is a workshop festival focused on developing the selected works and promoting collaboration between artists, so when applying please keep in mind minimally/easily constructed sets made for a festival setting. Our festival typically takes place in a 60-seat black box with a 36' x 22' foot performance area -- something to consider when submitting movement projects. Please send application and all submission materials to Literary Associate, Bradley Troll at bradley@rawtheatrical.org. Visit http://www.ducttapeandadream.org/submissions/ for more information. Deadline February 2, 2015 @ 5PM EST
The King's Head Theatre’s 2015 Adrian Pagan Award (London, UK) - This year the award is open to anyone who has not been professionally produced more than once. We are looking for a good story, well told, that communicates bold ideas, is relevant to our times, and engages in some way with the live nature of theatre. The winning writer’s script will be produced at the King’s Head Theatre. For details on how to submit, please download their Guidelines document and follow the instructions found within. Please also complete an Equal Opportunities Monitoring form (found on their website) and submit it with your script. Please note that we can only accept one script per writer. All queries should be directed to apaward@kingsheadtheatre.com International applicants are welcome, but should be aware that we are unable to cover any expenses incurred for travel and accommodation should an international applicant be the eventual winner. To apply: http://www.kingsheadtheatre.com/adrian-pagan.html. Deadline: February 2, 2015 @ 10AM G.M.T.
Adaptive Arts Theater Company Monologue Competition (New York, NY) - As part of our ongoing efforts to bring awareness to stories and voices missing from the stage, we are seeking pieces for our newest performance night entitled: I Don’t Belong Here: Theatrical Snapshots from Self-Proclaimed Outsiders. These “theatrical snapshots” are open to interpretation, we want to hear from you!  Send us a monologue, a story, a short scene, a song...anything that you think showcases the voice of an “outsider.” Please email your piece to Marielle Duke and Matilde Keizer at adaptivearts@gmail.com. We will notify playwrights by February 15th. Visit http://www.adaptiveartstheater.org/educational-programs.html for more information about Adaptive Arts. Deadline February 9, 2015

Tron Theatre’s The Progressive Playwright Series (Glasgow, Scotland) - The Progressive Playwright returns returns with readings of plays from up-and-coming playwrights.  Each evening, extracts from six plays will be read, with the night culminating in the audience voting for the play that they would like to hear an extended version of at the following event. This event has the theme of DESIRE, with scripts directed by Jordan Blackwood. The audience will also have a chance to hear a fuller version of December's wining script, Confession by Chris Donald alongside scripts from: Molly Ziegler - Getting it (Back), Daniel Cameron - The Anniversary, Jenni Cumming - Security, George Docherty - The Angel and The Manse. The themes for this rest of the season’s events are: PREJUDICE directed by Allie Butler (5 Mar, Submission deadline: 12 Feb), SURVIVAL directed by Lissa Lorenzo (23 Apr, Submission deadline: 2 Apr), BETRAYAL directed by Andy Arnold (28 May, Submission deadline: 7 May). For more information or script submissions, contact progressive@tron.co.uk. Visit http://www.tron.co.uk/event/the-progressive-playwright-46/ for more info. Deadline: February 12, 2015 for the first series
Durango Arts Center 10 Minute Play Festival (Durango, CO) - Every year Durango Arts Center Theatre hosts a three-part 10-Minute Play series with a contest from August through February where DAC accepts 10-Play submissions from playwrights–emerging and professional. A staged reading of the Top Five Finalists takes place in the spring followed by the plays debuting in a full production for the 10-Minute Play Festival in the fall.Only original plays, never before produced, are eligible. • Each play should require two to four characters and minimal props and costumes. • The play, exclusive of title and cast pages, may be no more than ten pages. Script submissions should include the following: • An optional cover letter • TWO COPIES OF THE PLAY • $10 entry fee (check addressed to Durango Arts Center). The top contest entries will be presented as staged readings at The Durango Arts Center in Durango, CO in May 2015. The Judges will select the top five entries and the winner of the Grand Prize Award ($500). Audience members will select their favorite 10-Minute Play for a People’s Choice Award of $100. The Grand Prize winning play and selected others will be performed at the Durango Arts Center as part of the 10-Minute Play Festival in Octoberl. Visit http://durangoarts.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/10MinuteContest_CallforEntries1.pdf to apply. Deadline: February 13, 2015
Theatre Oxford 10 Minute Play Contest – Winner receives the L.W. Thomas Award of $1,000 and production of winning 10-minute play. Plays must be original and unproduced and may not exceed 10 pages. Plays should have 2-4 characters and minimal set and costume requirements. Submit 2 copies of play, optional cover letter, title page with author name and full contact information (do not put name and contact info anywhere else on script), and character breakdown. Staple or paper clip script; no binders or folders. Multiple submissions accepted; each submission requires an entry fee. FEE: $10. Theatre Oxford – 10 Minute Play Contest, PO Box 1394, Oxford, MS 38655, http://www.10minuteplays.com/. Deadline: February 15, 2015
Caryl Crane Youth Theatre’s Ronald M. Ruble New Play Festival (Huron, OH) - Each year Caryl Crane Youth Theatre hosts a national playwriting festival, showcasing new plays and musicals suitable for young adults and children. A national search is currently looking for the best and most promising unproduced theatrical works relevant to youth today. The weekend long festival held at the beginning of May each year, consists of three to five staged readings of previously unseen theatrical works and will take place in the McBride Auditorium on the BGSU Firelands campus in Huron, Ohio. A winning work will be chosen through committee/audience/participant voting and the author(s) will receive a $500 cash prize as well as the option of a 3-week workshop of their production during the following CCYT season. There is no submission fee for all plays received before January 15, 2015.  A $10 reader’s fee must be included with all works submitted after January 15, 2014, to be eligible for the CCYT Ronald M. Ruble New Play Festival and the $500 award. Visit http://www.firelands.bgsu.edu/arts/caryl-crane-youth-theatre/involved.html for guidelines and to apply. Deadline: February 16, 2015
**Babes With Blades Script Development Submissions** (Chicago, IL) - The winning script will be produced as part of Babes With Blades’ 2016-17 Season, and the winning playwright will receive a $1000 cash prize. U.S. and International submissions accepted. Submission REQUIREMENTS – The author must observe and adhere to the submission requirements: 1. Only FULL LENGTH submissions will be accepted: 75 – 120 minutes (at least 60 pages) in length. DO NOT send incomplete submissions, excerpts or a synopsis. 2. The moment depicted in the inspirational image must be dramatized/incorporated in the play. 3. Both all-female and mixed-gender casts will be considered, but women must be in most/all of the primary roles and women must be featured in most/all of the combat. 4. All submissions must be new, original works, inspired by the topic of the contest. Previously written, workshopped, published or performed submissions will not be considered. Please do not insert the contest image into an existing script. Please Consider: 1. Fights are a big part of what we do, so their inclusion in scripts is important as long as they serve the story and the characters 2. We typically perform in black box theatres on limited budgets. Preference will be given to scripts that require fewer than 12 actors and uncomplicated/limited scenery. Less is more. 3. Please take a few moments to peruse our website to familiarize yourself with the mission and direction of our company, our acting ensemble, and our past shows. Electronic submissions only to Morgan Manasa: email to swordandpen@babeswithblades.org. For questions, email swordandpen@babeswithblades.org. Visit http://babeswithblades.org/?page_id=2707 to apply. Deadline: February 27, 2015
Giant Cherry Productions LGBT Playwriting Contest (London, UK) - Giant Cherry Productions are pleased to announce the launch of their new annual LGBT Playwriting Contest! The premise is simple: we are on the lookout for the next great gay play with LGBT characters, stories or themes. Three scripts will be selected as finalists and then performed as staged readings in London in Autumn 2015. Of these three finalists, one overall winner will be chosen and have their play produced by Giant Cherry Productions as a full theatrical production in Spring 2016. The three finalists will receive the following: 1) Promotion of themselves and their plays on the Giant Cherry Productions website and our social media channels as well as to our network of theatre professionals and industry contacts. 2) An invitation to attend castings for their play, attend table reads, workshops and rehearsals. 3) Having their play performed as a staged reading to an invited industry audience as part of a three night showcase in London in Autumn 2015. THE WINNER will receive all of the above as well as having their winning play produced by Giant Cherry Productions for a full theatrical run in London in Spring 2016. We are looking for plays that fit in with Giant Cherry's manifesto of staging exciting, compelling new LGBT works. They can make us laugh, make us cry, they can be controversial, they can push the envelope. We believe that LGBT theatre should be about taking risks, challenging audiences' perceptions and provoking their thoughts and imaginations. The three finalists will be announced on 31st March 2015. Visit http://www.giantcherryproductions.com/giant-cherries-writing-contest.html to apply. Deadline: February 28, 2015

Lunchbox Theatre’s Suncor Energy Stage One Festival (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) -  Each year, with the generous support of Suncor, Lunchbox Theatre is able to workshop scripts through the Suncor Energy Stage One Festival. All chosen playwrights receive dramaturgical support, a workshop with a professional director and actors and either a closed or public reading, depending on the stage development. Lunchbox Theatre is currently inviting playwrights to submit one-act plays for consideration. All plays must eventually run approximately 50 minutes. Submissions are not limited to comedies and musicals but content should be suitable for Lunchbox Theatre audiences – excessive use of foul language or nudity may limit the possibility of production. Anyone is allowed to apply. All applications should include: Playwright’s resume, History of any development the script has received thus far, Premise of the play, Plot outline for the basic structure of the play, Minimum of 15 pages of script for the piece being submitted. Please submit applications in hard copy form to: Suncor Energy Stage One Submissions, Lunchbox Theatre, 160 115 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0P5. If you have any questions, or for more information, please contact Artistic Producer, Mark Bellamy at mark.bellamy@lunchboxtheatre.com. Visit http://www.lunchboxtheatre.com/stage-one-submissions/ for more information. Deadline: February 28, 2015

Midland Community Theatre Mike McLaren Script Competition (Midland, TX) - Mike McLaren, a long-time MCT volunteer and Permian Basin celebrity, loved a good comedy—whether he was onstage or in the front row. To honor his memory, Mike’s theatre family created a script competition to encourage playwrights to create new comedy scripts suitable for production in community theatre. Since 1989, over 2000 plays have been entered. Authors have come from almost every state in the Union, and a dozen countries. Many Finalists have published their scripts or been produced by other theatres in the US and abroad! To submit a script to the competition: 1.  $10 entry fee. US funds, no cash. If script is emailed, payment must accompany the completed entry form by mail. 2.  If mailed, send a Word document or PDF file on a CD (each script on a separate CD). 3.  If emailed, send a Word document or PDF file to mclaren1@mctmidland.org. 4.  Pages must be numbered. 5.  Character listing 6.  Legible, completed entry form 7.  Submit before that looming deadline, which is the last day of February. If you become a finalist, you’ll need to agree to give us first production rights for your play. The agreement is easily downloaded here. It simply gives our play selection committee the option of producing one or more of the finalists if they find them suitable for the season. Up to four scripts may be entered but all requirements (including the entry fee) must be met for each script. Midland Community Theatre, ATTN: McLaren Competition, 2000 W Wadley, Midland, TX 79705. Parcel Post, Media Mail, First Class, or special mailing services are acceptable. No insufficient postage, non-MCT delivery, or COD entries accepted. Deadline: February 28, 2015

New American Theatre One Act Festival (Culver City, CA) - Award recipients receive a full production of the play in Los Angeles produced by The New American Theatre at the Odyssey Theatre. Performance of the piece will be under the supervision of Jack Stehlin, utilizing the talents of the acting company of the New American Theatre. All playwrights whose work makes it to the level of semi-finalist will be given first consideration for any full-length work they may have to be included in the New American Theatre Full-Length reading series, which takes place in January and February. Accepting one act plays which have not been previously produced in Los Angeles, CA (plays with simple staging requirement s are favored). Running time must be twenty-five minutes or less. You will receive e-mail confirmation of the submission of your work at the time of submission. Further notification will only be given to semifinalists. Please submit full script as an e-mail attachment. No contact information should be on the script itself. Body of the e-mail should include title of the work, author’s name, address and contact information. All submissions should go to the New American Theatre Literary Coordinator, Joe Bays at JoeBays55@earthlink.net. Please put ONE ACT PLAY SUBMISSION in the subject line. Snail mail submissions are also accepted. Please send your material to The New American Theatre. PO Box 586, Culver City, CA 90232, ATTN one-act competition. Visit http://www.newamericantheatre.com/playwrights.html for more info and to submit. Deadline: February 28, 2015

Rough Writers New Play Festival (Colorado Springs, CO) - The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center is proud to be producing our bi-annual Rough Writers New Play Festival in the spring of 2015. This two week-long festival will feature readings of new scripts submitted by playwrights worldwide. Playwrights whose work is included in the festival will have the opportunity to have readings of their scripts in front of an audience with a moderated talkback session immediately following. A panel of theatre professionals will adjudicate the submissions. In an effort to celebrate the FAC’s “Year of Georgia O’Keeffe”, we ask that this year’s submissions be related to the life and/or the work of Georgia O’Keeffe. The plays may utilize Georgia O’Keeffe as a character, use her art as a springboard for the story or, in a larger sense, explore the lives and art of groundbreaking women. The submissions may be full-length, one-act or 10-minute plays or musicals. Submissions must be in a state of development, and not have a history of productions. The Rough Writers New Play Festival will be held between June 4 and 14, 2015. Please send cover letter and copy of formatted script (along with Demo CD for musicals) to: Nathan Halvorson, Associate Director of Performing Arts c/o The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 West Dale St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903, or via email at: nhalvorson@csfineartscenter.org. Deadline: March 1, 2015

Capital Stage Company Playwright’s Revolution (Sacramento, CA) – Seeking bold, innovative new works that inspire thought and dialogue. They are particularly interested in the female voice. Plays must be full-length in any genre: comedy, drama, musical, etc. Translations, collections of one-acts, children’s plays and any play that has received a full-scale, professional production prior to submission are not eligible. Cast must be 8 actors or fewer. One submission per playwright. Northern California playwrights encouraged to submit. Submit a two-page maximum abstract of the play including title, character breakdown, brief story synopsis and playwright bio or resume. Also include 10 pages of consecutive sample dialogue. If submitting a musical, please include a CD of selections from the score. Literary agents may submit full scripts of their client’s work. four plays will be selected for inclusion in a series of staged readings to be held in July 2013. Playwrights included in these readings will be awarded $250. One or more of these plays may be considered for further development at Capital Stage for an eventual full world premiere production. NO FEE. Playwright’s Revolution, Capital Stage Company, 2215 J St., Sacramento, CA 95816, literarymanager@capstage.org, http://www.capstage.org/. Deadline: March 1, 2015

HRC Showcase Theatre Playwriting Contest (Hudson, NY) – Seeking full-length plays (90 minutes maximum) with no more than six actors. Winner receives $500 cash prize and staged reading as the last play of the season; four runners up will receive $100 each and an Equity staged reading during the 2013-2014 season. Playwrights are expected to attend the readings of their plays in Hudson. NOTE: Hard copy submissions only, single-sided; submit name, contact information, and biography separately. Let them know where you heard about the contest. FEE: $10. HRC Showcase Theatre, PO Box 940, Hudson, NY 12534, www.hrc-showcasetheatre.com/play_contest.html. Deadline: March 1, 2015

DC Black Theatre Festival (Washington, DC) – Seeking works in any genre, including plays which incorporate movement, dance, and music. Playwrights of all skill levels encouraged to submit. 100% of ticket sales go directly to performing group, facilitator, and/or playwright. Cash award and trophy given to winners of one-act plays. Seeking plays in the following categories: One-Act Plays (20 minutes maximum), Full-Length Plays (90 minutes maximum), New Works Reading Series (90 minutes maximum), and Workshops (80 minutes maximum). Submit complete script with numbered pages and title page with playwright name and contact info, bio, and short synopsis. NOTE: Submit online, via website. FEE: $0-$25. DC Black Theatre Festival, http://www.dcblacktheatrefestival.com/call_for_plays.htm. Deadline: March 1, 2015

Game Play Festival at the Brick (Brooklyn, NY) – Features cutting-edge works that lie at the intersection of video gaming and performance. Seeking submissions from artists including, but not limited to playwrights, game designers, performance artists, musicians, media and visual artists, and entertainers of all stripes. Fill out form on website, and e-mail supporting materials. NO FEE. Game Play Festival at the Brick Theater, gameplay@bricktheater.com, http://bricktheater.com/index.php?type=page&id=28. Deadline: March 1, 2015

Playfest – Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays at Orlando Shakespeare Theater (Orlando, FL) – Seeking new full-length plays that speak to the human condition in our fascinating and complicated contemporary world. They are interested in plays exploring important, challenging, and crucial social issues that affect our lives today; comedies and dramas welcome. Plays with 6 actors or fewer preferred, and they are interested in one-person shows. 7 new works will be presented as readings, and one or more may go on to be developed in a workshop or full production. Playwrights receive a stipend, travel and housing expenses. Plays must not have received more than 2 professional AEA productions, must not have received a Broadway or Off-Broadway production or an Orlando production in current form, and must not be published. Submit cover letter, bio, one-page synopsis, ten pages of dialogue from the play, character breakdown, and author name and contact info on the cover letter. Do not submit full script unless requested. NOTE: No electronic submissions. NO FEE. Mark Routhier, Associate Director of New Play Development, PlayFest – The Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, 812 East Rollins St., Ste. 100, Orlando, FL 32803,http://www.orlandoshakes.org/plays-events/playfest/submit.html. Deadline: March 2, 2015
HRC Showcase Theatre (Hudson, NY) - Each submitted play should be previously unpublished, run no more than 90 minutes (excluding intermission), require no more than six actors, and be suitable for presentation as a staged reading by Equity actors. No musicals or children’s plays will be considered. The 2013-2014 HRC season runs from September, 2015 to June, 2016. Several of the previous prize winners "BILLY AND RAY" and "HELLMAN VS McCarthy" have recently gone on to be produced off-broadway in New York. Judges will select the winner of the W. Keith Hedrick award ($500), which will be presented as the final staged reading of the season. Several of the previous prize winners "BILLY AND RAY" and "HELLMAN VS McCarthy" have recently gone on to be produced off-broadway in New York. The authors of the four runners-up also selected for readings will each be awarded $100. If you are interested in receiving the guidelines request them via an email athrcshowcaseplaycontest@gmail.com. Or visit http://www.hrc-showcasetheatre.com/play_contest.html for more information. Deadline: March 15, 2015
Neil Simon Festival New Play Contest (Cedar City, UT) – Seeking full-length (80-120 minutes) character-driven American comedies. Musicals accepted; plays should not be overtly political. Plays must be original and may not have been professionally produced. Up to 3 scripts will be selected for a staged reading during the festival, and may be considered for full production in a future season. Winning playwrights will be invited to be part of the staged reading process; a stipend to offset lodging and travel costs will be offered. Submit online, through website. FEE: $25 (no critique); $55 (with critique). Neil Simon Festival, New Play Contest, PO Box 83, Cedar City, UT 84721, newplays@simonfest.org, http://www.simonfest.org/new-play-contest.html. Deadline: March 15, 2015

Gulfport Community Players Script Submissions (Gulfport, FL) - The Gulfport Community Players (Gulfport, Florida) are seeking original one-act plays. Plays selected will be performed during the 15th Annual Summer One-Acts Festival being held July 9-19, 2015. Playwrights are encouraged to submit family-friendly, 5-20 minute plays. Plays should be submitted between February 1 and March 15, 2015. The Players prefer light-hearted comedies and light drama. Scripts must be simple to stage and produce. To enter the competition, send two non-returnable hard copies of the script to: Gulfport Community Players, 1619 49th Street S, Gulfport, FL 33707. Online submissions WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. The play reading committee will select between 8 and 10 plays. Playwrights will be notified by the end of April. For additional information and submission guidelines, please visitwww.GulfportCommunityPlayers.org/one-act-play-contest. For answers to specific questions, please email gulfportplayers@yahoo.com. Deadline: March 15, 2015

The 3rd Annual Collective 10 Minute Play Fest (New York, NY) - The Collective NY seeks submissions for the third annual Collective:10. Original 10-minute plays will be selected to premiere in a fully produced Fall run at a prominent Manhattan venue and published in The Collective:10 Play Anthology Vol. 3. Plays should engage truthful and behavior-driven storytelling. For more information on The Collective's mission visit: www.thecollective-ny.org. The Collective:10, with its inaugural production in October 2013 followed by the second annual production in 2014, had sold out runs at The McGinn Cazale Theatre and Teatro Círculo theater, respectively and included guest directors such as Elizabeth Kemp, Jacqueline Knapp, Ellen Burstyn, Susan Aston, Greg Naughton, Cassandra Freeman and Eddie Kaye Thomas. Both volumes of the anthology launched with capacity events at the renowned Drama Book Shop in New York City and continue to be bestsellers at the store. The anthologies are also sold worldwide on Amazon. TO REGISTER:  There is a $10 registration fee per submission. Simply go to the registration page, complete the form and make your payment. (If you plan to submit more than one play, you must register each play separately, and receive an unique order number.) An order confirmation email will be sent to you with details for submitting your play. Visit http://www.thecollective-ny.org/3rd-annual-collective10/ to apply. Deadline: March 17, 2015

Fusion’s THE SEVEN (Albuquerque, NM) - THE SEVEN, Fusion’s 10th annual short works festival, is one of the nation's premiere short works festivals.  It features seven fully produced world-premieres, utilizing seven different directors and a professional ensemble cast.  The scripts are read by a jury of theatre professionals (blindly, without any identification of the playwright) and the seven highest scoring scripts will be produced.  The overall Jury Award-winner will receive transportation to and lodging at the festival.  Scripts must be based on the theme:  "UNFINISHED BUSINESS".  All theatrical genres are acceptable (drama, comedy, musical, monologues, etc.). For more complete guidelines, and to apply, visit http://fusionabq.instantencore.com/web/page.aspx?title=The+Seven. Deadline: April 8, 2015 postmarked for snail mail, April 12, 2015 for digital submissions

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 07052  Email inquiries about submissions: submissions@lunastage.org, http://lunastage.org/submit-your-script.php.Deadline: April 15, 2015

The Relentless Award (NYC) - The Relentless Award, established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman and his pursuit of truth in the theater, is the largest annual cash prize in American theater awarded to a playwright in recognition of a new play. What we are looking for: Plays that are challenging, Plays that exhibit fearlessness, Plays that are not mainstream, Plays that exude passion, Plays that are relentlessly truthful The American Playwriting Foundation encourages submissions by first time playwrights, women and playwrights of color. The author of the Relentless Award-winning play will receive $45,000. The winning playwright will have the option to have the winning play published by the Dramatists Play Service. The winning playwright will have a week-long residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm, an artist residency program housed on a working organic farm in Brewster, New York. The author can elect to have a director, a dramaturg and actors join him or her while in residence on the farm. The selected play will have a national roll-out through the Ed Vassallo Relentless Reading Series, established to help bring to life and develop the winning play by presenting a series of staged readings at some of the top theaters across the United States. When the winning play is selected, three runners-up will also be named. For guidelines and to submit, visit http://www.americanplaywritingfoundation.org/the-relentless-award.html. Deadline: July 10, 2015

Berkshire Theatre Group (Pittsfield, MA) - Berkshire Theatre Group accepts submissions of plays, musicals, translations, and adaptations. All submissions are considered for productions at BTG and for development opportunities. Playwrights must submit their work either through established agents or by first sending a letter of inquiry, accompanied by a brief synopsis, cast breakdown, a ten-page dialogue sample, and a résumé. These materials will be reviewed and BTG will contact playwrights regarding its interest in reading a full manuscript. Berkshire Theatre Group will not read unsolicited manuscripts. Visit http://www.berkshiretheatregroup.org/about/employment/script-submissions for guidelines and to apply. Rolling Admissions

Thespian Production (New York, NY) – Seeking 10-15 minute plays in any genre with simple sets and a maximum of 4 characters. Submit script with title page containing full author contact information, a synopsis, setting, and character breakdown. They are also seeking one-act and full-length Gospel plays. NOTE: Electronic submissions only. NO FEE. Thespian Production, submissions@thespianproduction.com, www.thespianproduction.com Next Deadline: Ongoing

Saving Endangered Species International Playwriting Prize (International) - SES Prize is seeking 10-minute plays about endangered species. Chose one or more species as listed from CITES, the World Wildlife Fund, or other organizations that list endangered species. 8-10 plays will be chosen for a Staged Reading at a California theatre, with an award of $100usd. The audiences’ “ticket” will be a donation to a specified non-profit Wildlife Conservancy. Plays may be comedic, dramatic or for young audiences (performed by adult actors). No adaptations or musicals. Max. 4 actors. Plays must be in English, or have been translated into English. Previously produced plays are accepted, published plays are not. NO ENTRY FEE. Applications now open

The Script Co. Open Submissions - Our catalogue of scripts opens doors for young writers eager to see their work realized; for experienced writers who have years of works filed away forgotten but still just as powerful; This catalogue is where anyone can submit their work. As a composite of writers with a multiplicity of viewpoints, richness of experience, and hopeful perspectives on life, The Script Co actively promotes YOU, the writer. The Script Co. then connects your works with theaters all around the world. Yes, globally! For those who wish to submit scripts: All scripts should be original works or adaptations whose original source material is currently in public domain. We accept submissions in all categories and are seeking both seasoned professionals and new playwrights. This includes musicals, non-musicals, skits, one acts, dramas, comedy, etc. Scripts will be thoroughly reviewed on a case by case basis to ensure quality control and that they meet the criteria set forth in the following:  family friendly content with clearly defined and developed plot, character arcs, voice, stage direction and attention to the limits/creative expressions of staging a theatrical production. All script submissions are the property of each specific writer and will not be used or disseminated in part or in full without the author’s express consent and upon the signing of a distribution agreement. If your script is not admitted into our script catalogue at this time, it will not prevent you from making changes and re-submitting for consideration. As a common courtesy, please make sure that your scripts are fully edited before submission.  Excessive spelling and grammar errors may result in your work being summarily dismissed from consideration. Visit http://www.thescriptco.com/submit-script/ to submit. Applications now open.

**Lady Plays Podcast** (NYC and everywhere!) - Lady Plays Podcast, a monthly podcast dramatizing new plays by women, is accepting submissions for future podcast episodes. Each episode will consist of a "staged" reading of the play and an optional interview with the playwright. Plays that will easily translate to a "radio" medium and that feature 5 characters or less will take priority at first as the podcast logistics get settled. Plays of all length and style will be considered, writers may submit more than one script. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, and can be emailed to ladyplayspodcast@gmail.com. Rolling submissions.

Shakespeare & Company 2015 Season (Lenox, MA) - Casting the Shakespeare & Company 2015 season. Season includes: Shakespeare's "Comedy of Errors" (Rehearsal begins June 2; runs July 3-Aug. 23; in rep with "Red Velvet"); "Red Velvet" (Lolita Chakrabarti, writer. Rehearsal begins July 7; runs Aug. 7-Sept. 13 in rep with "Comedy of Errors"); "The Unexpected Man" (Yasmina Reza, writer. Rehearsals begin June 23; runs July 17-Sept. 5); and "Cry Havoc" (Stephan Wolfert, writer. Rehearsals begin Aug. 25; runs Aug. 28-29). Rick Dildine, artistic dir.-exec. dir.; Ariel Bock, assoc. prod.-casting assoc.; Stephen Ball, general mgr. Season rehearses and performs in Lenox, MA. Pays $618/wk. Equity LORT Non-Rep Contract. Seeking Equity Actors: extensive voice and physical practice as well as familiarity with Shakespeare & Company text methods preferred. The right performer in the role is more important than traditional gender and all roles are acceptable for non-traditional casting unless otherwise specified; we seek and strongly encourage participation by performers of all races and ethnicities. Musicianship, especially with period instruments, is a big plus in any role; accents or related abilities important for some roles as indicated. EPA Rules are in effect. A monitor will be provided.Prepare a short monologue from any Shakespeare play & have a contrasting, contemporary monologue of your choice prepared if requested. Bring a picture and resume, stapled together. Note: All roles will be understudied. Callbacks will be announced and scheduled at auditions. Apply via Backstage at http://www.backstage.com/casting/shakespeare-company-2015-season-nyc-58820/.  Auditions: February 13 in NYC

**The Girls of Summer** (St. Luke’s Theatre, NYC & Marian Anderson Auditorium, Cheyney, PA) - Performs: 1 show in New York City March 19th & 1 show in Cheyney PA March 25. STORY LINE: Set in 1945, the coach of an All-Negro female baseball team is found dead as she was preparing a group of African-American females for an exhibition game against the Caucasian girls team Rockford Peaches. Racism, deceit, betrayal are brought to light as this powerful drama unveils. This is a revival of Layon Gray's powerful 2006 NAACP Award winning play. There is a lot of physical moving in the play. Baseball/softball experience is a plus.  There will be a very intense 3 week rehearsal process. Seeking: COACH HICKS, Lead/ Female/ African American, late 40's to early 50's, Must be able to command the stage with her presence. Great speaking voice. Comfortable with stage fight combat, must be in physical shape. A powerful role. Disciplined. Think Lou Gossett in An Officer and a Gentleman. BETTY: Lead / Female / African American, East Indian, Multi-Ethnic, Native American, Pacific Islander / Puerto Rican / 18 - 25 years; Betty is Creole - biracial, African American - very shy, timid, can’t play ball as good as the rest of the girls, but tries very hard. MUST have southern accent. CHARLEY: Lead / Female / African American / 21 - 30 years; Charley is opposite Betty, Strong willed, fast base runner. Split personalities, evil at times. Flirty. MUST have a southern accent. Apply via Actors Access at http://www.actorsaccess.com/projects/?view=breakdowns&breakdown=437879&region=2  Auditions: February 4 in NYC

Stage Manager (Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD) - Olney Theatre Center is currently seeking a Stage Management intern for our production of CAROUSEL. After a bank robbery gone wrong, carousel barker Billy Bigelow is given a second chance to make things right for the love-of-his-life Julie Jordan and the child he never got to meet. Featuring some of the form’s best-loved songs: “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over,” and “If I Loved You.” Time Magazine calls this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic tale of love and redemption the “greatest musical of the twentieth century.” The SM intern will serve as an assistant stage manager for the production, assisting Production Stage Manager and OTC Artistic Associate, Josiane M. Lemieux on stage management of CAROUSEL (directed by OTC Artistic Director, Jason Loewith). Dates: March 9 to May 10, 2015 (with possible extension to May 24, 2015). Perks:
EMC points: 9-11 (depending on extension), On-campus housing (shared room), $125 weekly stipend. If interested, please send resume, cover letter and three professional references to apprenticeships@olneytheatre.org. Deadline: February 16, 2015

Scenic Designer & Lighting Designer (2 positions) (Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Meredith, NH) - The Winnipesaukee Playhouse is looking for talented, New England based Scenic Designer, and a Lighting Designer, for our upcoming production of Business Of Murder, by Richard Harris in April 2015. We are located in The Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Tech would begin Monday 6th April - show opens April 9th. Applicants should send resume and portfolio for attention of Artistic Director, Neil Pankhurst at Neil@WinniPlayhouse.org. Applications now open.

Master Electrician (Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis, Davis CA) - The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, University of California Davis, a leading arts organization with a vibrant, forward-thinking presenting program, a high level of academic activity and engagement, and the stewardship of two roadhouses on the beautiful campus of UC Davis, is accepting applications for the position of Master Electrician. Qualified applicants will have experience in technical theatre production, primarily in the areas of stage lighting and theatre electrical and control systems, with a minimum of apprentice-level experience in video projection; and experience acting as a master electrician for live performances and events in a roadhouse situation. Preferred qualifications include an ETCP Entertainment Electrician Certification as offered by PLASA. The incumbent will work an irregular schedule in support of The Mondavi Center’s busy schedule, including evenings, weekends, and holidays, and must be able to work overtime. This is a 100% full-time position that is eligible for the University of California’s benefits package. Pay is $21.37 - $25.68/hour biweekly. To view the full position description and submit an on-line application, visit https://www.employment.ucdavis.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=69923. Reference requisition #03013586. The University of California, Davis is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Final Filing Date is February 15, 2015

Camp Baco and Chenawah Summer Positions (Minerva, NY) - Seeking to fill two summer camp musical theater staff positions for Camps Baco and Chenawah: one director/choreographer position and one supervisor/dance captain. Both candidates will be responsible for a five-week season, collaborating on three musicals with kids 8-17. Both candidates must be over 21, high-energy self-starters, and upbeat team players who genuinely enjoy working with children. Contract runs June 25-Aug. 3. Both camps are situated on a mountain lake in Adirondack Park, NY, four and a half hrs. from NYC. Both positions pay $5,000 for the season. Meals, travel, housing, and laundry service provided. Program director states: "Considerable time off/frequent buses to Lake George, 45 mins away, provided." Seeking submissions nationwide/worldwide. Send resumes to: BACO, c/o 165 W. 66th St., #21D, New York, NY 10023, or email toMBSDirect@aol.com. In your cover letter, note whether you'd be available to meet for an interview Feb. 23-Mar. 14 in NYC. Skype interviews may be possible in certain cases. Visit http://www.backstage.com/casting/summer-camp-theater-season-staff-58637/ for more info. Respond by February 20, 2015.
First Acts: New Plays in Development - Are you a playwright developing a new performance piece and in need of financial and technical resources? Read more for an exciting opportunity from Kupferberg Center for the Arts in Queens NYC. The “First Acts: New Plays in Development” series supports theater artists who are in the early stages of developing new performance pieces. “First Acts,” which is a project of the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at the exceptionally diverse Queens College, aims to amplify the voices of playwrights who are writing from minority or immigrant perspectives, in other words, voices that are not often heard in mainstream theater. By offering financial as well as technical resources for new play development, this program helps playwrights work through the question “what does my play need now?” “First Acts” supports the Queens College campus and community by providing relevant artistic programming and allowing for inter-disciplinary conversations and interactions on a wide range of topics. It also offers its audiences the rare opportunity to connect directly with art makers, and to be active participants in their processes. All performances are free and open to the public. Funding is made possible through the generosity of the Natalie Bailey and Herbert J. Kirshner Foundation. Awards range from $1000 to $2500, depending on the scope of the project. The award is given directly to the grantee, and can be used at the grantee’s discretion for such expenses as actor, playwright and director stipends, extra rehearsal space, props, costumes pieces, etc. A detailed projected budget should accompany the application. In addition, the grantee will receive in-kind support from the Kupferberg Center for the Performing Arts: Use of Colden Auditorium. Generally, “First Acts” performances are offered with the audience seated onstage (approximately 125 seats.) Grantees will be given two rehearsals in the space, along with one performance. Opportunities for further performances in other Flushing spaces can be arranged. Access to technical staff for minimal lighting and sound cues if needed (25-30 cues.) Promotion via Kupferberg Center for the Arts. Printing and distribution of fliers and programs. Access to highly diverse Queens College campus community. TO APPLY: Please send the following to Sophia McGee at sophia.mcgee@qc.cuny.edu: A one paged description of the proposed project, a synopsis of your piece, a proposed budget and your first and second choice of dates. For more information, visit http://kupferbergcenter.org/events/first-acts-opportunity-for-playwrights/#.VM2DGGTF9A8. Deadline: February 4, 2015
National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) Fund for the Arts – Grants from $1,000-$20,000 for U.S.-based Latino artists and arts organizations to assist in the development, creation, presentation, and sustainability of artistic excellence, as well as the opportunity to participate in activities that contribute to professional and organizational growth. They are particularly interested in supporting artists and organizations in their efforts to promote social justice and social change through the arts. Artists and ensembles in all disciplines are eligible; there are three levels of grants to which they may apply: Project Grant, Fellowship, and Master Artist Grant. See website for complete guidelines and application instructions. NOTE: Application must be submitted online. NALAC, 1208 Buena Vista, San Antonio, TX 78207, T: (210) 432-3982, info@nalac.org, www.nalac.org, http://www.nalac.org/programs/nalac-grants/nalac-fund-for-the-arts-nfa. Receipt Deadline: February 19, 2015

The Playwrights’ Center Many Voices Fellowships for Emerging Playwrights of Color (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015, Twin Cities, MN) – Two fellowships will be awarded, one to a Minnesota playwright, and one to either a Minnesota or national playwright. Each fellowship will provide a $10,000 stipend, an additional $2,500 for living expenses, and $1,500 in play development funds, as well as opportunities to build connections with theatre companies and leaders in the Twin Cities and nationwide. Applicants must not have had more than one play professionally produced at time of application, and must be artists of color who are at least 21 years old and citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. Recipients must maintain residency within Minnesota and within 75 miles of the Twin Cities during the grant year. See website for complete guidelines and application instructions. The Playwrights’ Center, 2301 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55406, T: (612) 332-7481, submissions@pwcenter.org, www.pwcenter.org, https://pwcenter.org/programs/many-voices-fellowships. Receipt Deadline: February 5, 2015

The French-American Fund for Contemporary Theater – Dedicated to fostering innovative artistic collaborations in the field of theatre and contributing to the dynamism of intercultural dialogue and exchange between France and the U.S. They are particularly interested in supporting theatre projects that explore aesthetic boundaries and reflect the cultural and aesthetic diversity of contemporary theatre. Priority will be given, but not limited, to French artists whose work has rarely or never been seen or developed in the U.S. In the U.S. – Supports American productions of French contemporary playwrights and residencies of French directors, and the presentation of multidisciplinary theatre (including objects, sound, physical, and visual theatre) in the U.S. In France – Supports French productions of American contemporary playwrights, residencies of American directors, and the presentation of multidisciplinary theatre (including objects, sound, physical, and visual theatre) in France. Amount requested must not exceed 50% of the total budget for the project or the amount of $25,000. Download application forms from website. The French-American Fund for Contemporary Theater, Nicole Birmann Bloom, Program Officer (Cultural Services of the French Embassy), 972 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10075, T: (212) 439-1444, nicole.birmann@diplomatie.gouv.fr, http://www.facecouncil.org/contemporarytheater/index.html. Deadline: February 17, 2015

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Performing Arts Presenters Initiative – Supports the presentation of touring performing artists at venues within 3 states/jurisdictions: Delaware, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Nonprofit organizations that meet the eligibility criteria are invited to apply for funding to help defray costs related to the presentation of touring performing artists in underserved communities. Organizations must: be based and chartered in Delaware, DC, or the Virgin Islands as a non-profit organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)3, 501(c)4, or 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code at least 1 year prior to application deadline; and be an arts or community-based organization, a college or university, or a government entity involved in presenting the performing arts. Producing organizations are not eligible. Proposed artists/ensembles must be located outside of the state/jurisdiction of the performance but based in the mid-Atlantic region (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA & WV), or from outside the United States. Proposals must demonstrate a commitment to presenting the performing arts and reaching underserved audiences (communities in which individuals lack access to the arts due to geography, economic conditions, ethnic background, disability, or age). Priority will be given to projects involving artists or performing arts genres with whom applicants have no prior presenting history or whose fees have been beyond applicant’s means. Support is available for programs taking place between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. Minimum grant request is $500; maximum request is $2,000. Applicants may apply for up to 50% of the artist’s fee plus travel and lodging expenses, marketing, and production cash costs for engagement of proposed artists. Organizations must match grant amount. NOTE: Applications must be completed online; see website for complete application guidelines and instructions for the different states/jurisdictions. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, 201 N. Charles St., Ste. 401, Baltimore, MD 21201, http://www.midatlanticarts.org/funding/pat_presentation/spi/guidelines.html. Receipt Deadline: February 20, 2015

California Council for the Humanities Community Stories Grants – Seeks to capture and share compelling stories from and about California’s diverse communities. Seeking submissions of proposals for story-based projects; this year, the focus is on the needs of veterans, those who support them, and what we consider our responsibilities towards those who risk their lives for our sakes. Applicants must have tax-exempt status or a California-based fiscal sponsor. Projects for this funding round must explore stories of significance to Californians; address the meaning of democracy; approach the subject matter from a humanities perspective; actively involve at least one humanities advisor in the planning and implementation of the project; provide opportunities for community engagement and involvement in project activities; include public programming elements; and result in work that will be accessible by the public and about which information can be shared through the CCH web site. Applicants may request up to $10,000 each. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an informational Webinar before applying. NOTE: Application must be submitted online, through website. See website for complete guidelines and application. California Council for the Humanities, 312 Sutter St., Ste. 601, San Francisco, CA 94108, Contact: Program Associate Tonya Jones T: (213) 346-3234, tjones@calhum.org, or Senior Program Officer Felicia Kelley, fkelley@calgum.org, http://www.calhum.org/grants/community-stories-grant. Receipt Deadline: February 2, 2015

Blue Mountain Residencies (Blue Mountain Lake, NY) - Traditional Residencies are open to creative and non-fiction writers, activists, and artists of all disciplines—including composers, filmmakers, and visual artists who do not require exceptional facilities. Each session is four weeks long and includes up to fifteen residents. Other than transportation and the $25 application fee, there is no cost. Guest quarters are simple and comfortable. Writers are lodged in individual bedroom/studies in the Main House or the Grey Cottage. Visual artists and composers work in nearby studios. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided. To apply, and for more information, visit http://www.bluemountaincenter.org/dates-and-guidelines/. Deadline: February 1, 2015 (midnight PST)

Japan-United Stated Friendship Commission Creative Artists Program (Various Cities, Japan) - The Japan U.S. Friendship Commission offers up to five leading contemporary and traditional artists from the United States an opportunity to spend three to five months in Japan in 2016 through the U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program. Cultural understanding is at the heart of this program. Artists participate as seekers, as cultural visionaries, and as living liaisons to the traditional and contemporary cultural life of Japan. They also serve as connectors who share knowledge and bring back knowledge. Their interaction with the Japanese public and the outlook they bring home provide exceptional opportunities to promote cultural understanding between the United States and Japan. Artists should have compelling reasons for wanting to work in Japan, and they should do preliminary research to identify contacts there. The Commission encourages artists to consider collaboration with Japanese colleagues, as appropriate for the artistic field. Artists are free to interact with artists anywhere in the country. While many artists chose to remain in Tokyo, others have undertaken their residencies in Kyoto or other cities, and still others have worked in rural settings or have visited a number of sites relevant to their work. Upon their arrival in Tokyo, artists will be predominantly on their own during the three to five month residency period; however, International House of Japan provides in-depth orientation materials, expert advice and professional contacts, as well as some logistical support during the residency period. The Japan U.S. Friendship Commission sponsors this program with administrative assistance from the National Endowment for the Arts. For further guidelines and application requirements, visit http://www.jusfc.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Guidelines-and-Criteria-2015.pdf. Deadline: February 2, 2015 for cover sheet application form, February 28, 2015 for further materials

Kenyon Playwrighting Conference (Kenyon, OH) - Immerse yourself in the craft of playwriting surrounded by some of the most exciting early-stage play development in the U.S. and U.K. You will write every day, hear your work read in the evenings, and interact with the creative teams from powerhouse companies and three commissioned playwrights in residence. Please submit a paragraph (no more than 250 words) about why you are applying to this workshop and what you hope to take away from it. Additionally, please submit a sample scene of no more than 5 pages. If you are planning to workshop a particular play at the conference, your sample must be from that play. Please also submit a biography (no more than 250 words). After you have been accepted, if you plan to workshop a particular play, we ask that you submit the play to us by May 15 so your instructor can read it before the conference. Instructions for submitting your play will accompany your acceptance message. For more details on submitting, please visit http://www.kenyoninstitute.org/programs/playwrights-conference/ or watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlJccRBI3U0. Applications accepted starting November 1, 2014

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,arterra.geral@gmail.com, http://www.arterra.weebly.com. Deadline: Ongoing

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

HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP) 2015 (NYC, NY) - HERE has been one of New York’s most prolific producing organizations since 1993, and today, stands at the forefront of the city’s presenters of daring new hybrid art. We have a long history of supporting unique and innovative artists, ensuring them the opportunity to develop and perform original work as well as assist them in enhancing their skill in all areas of artistic work. Through the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP), artists are able to develop their work in a peer-based program designed to nurture new and unique work. Our community of mid-career resident artists meet monthly, show works-in-progress, develop workshop productions, and mount full-scale productions. HERE is currently accepting applications to HARP which commissions and develops new hybrid works over a 1- to 3-year period. For more information regarding the HERE Artist Residency Program and how to apply, please visit: http://here.org/programs/harp/. Deadline: February 3, 2015.

Vermont Studio Center (Year-round, Johnson, VT) – Residencies of an average of 4-12 weeks for serious, emerging, or mid-career visual artists and writers of all types from all over the world. Residency provides housing, meals, and studios; artist responsible for travel and residency fee ($3,950/month; fellowships available; see website). FEE: $25. Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl St., PO Box 613, Johnson, VT 05656, T: (802) 635-2727, FAX: (802) 635-2730,info@vermontstudiocenter.org, www.vermontstudiocenter.org. Deadline: February 15, 2015

Ragdale Foundation (June-December, 2014, Lake Forest, IL) – Residencies of either 18 or 25 for visual artists, musicians, writers, dancers, media artists, and choreographers. Organization provides housing, meals, and studio space; artist responsible for residency fee ($35/day), deposit ($100/two weeks), travel and materials. FEE: $40. Ragdale Foundation, 1260 N. Green Bay Rd., Lake Forest, IL 60045, T: (847) 234-1063, FAX: (847) 234-1063,info@ragdale.org, www.ragdale.org. Deadline: May 15, 2015 for 2016 Residencies

Hemera Foundation’s The Tending Space Fellowship Program - The Tending Space Fellowship Program for Artists was developed with the view that art has the capacity to infuse the experience of everyday life with awareness. The aim of the program is to nurture the creative practice of seeing things as they are, to cultivate that awareness, and to live and create from this insight. Toward that purpose, we support artists with opportunities for both contemplation and creation. Qualified applicants will be artists who are rigorously committed to their art form and who have a demonstrable interest in contemplative practice. The 2015 Tending Space fellowship program is open to visual and performing artists and writers. Visit http://www.hemerafoundation.org/for-artists/ for program overview and to apply. Deadline: February 15, 2015

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