#StageOpps #StageOppsJune15

and WomenArts present
Submission opportunities for women in theatre.

**Opportunities starred are for women only.
##Opportunities with double hashtags are for special populations.

June’s Special Opportunity
New Play Development - Guidelines for Playwright Submissions:  The purpose of this play reading series is to develop new works which explore a new voice, expresses storytelling in an unconventional way, challenges both the artists as well as the audience to think outside of the box. The play may explore views on religion, race, gender, politics, social change, hunger, blindness or disability of any kind. Please note we are only considering full length, contemporary staged plays at this time with a cast of two – six characters (with at least one woman in her 20’s-30’s), unit set, genre/theme which is of the style of our past productions. The play should be relevant to the current time. Please submit action driven plays which do not include overt exposition and audience address. From the play reading series, a play will be picked to develop into a staged reading. Please check back to view our staged reading schedule. When submitting please include all of the following: a brief cover letter stating how you think your play fits our mission statement as well as the how it relates to our past productions, Subject line: [play title] play reading submission, a one page summary, character breakdown, first ten pages in PDF format.
Please submit all information at one time. We will contact you within one month if we are interested in doing a play reading of your play. The play reading series was developed to explore original work.  
To Apply: Send an email to specialoppscode@gmail.com to receive this month’s special code, and make sure to include it in the subject line of your email! E-mail submission to: Veronique@AthenaTheatre.com 

Project Submissions
There are no Project Submissions for the June Stage Opportunities.  Please check back July 2015 for more possible Project Submissions.

Script Submissions
Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theatre – $50,000 award to a composer/lyricist or composer/lyricist team wishing to create work for the musical theatre who has not yet achieved significant commercial success. Winner will receive a one-night showcase of their work. Submit a CD of up to 4 songs from one or more musical theatre pieces, with typed lyrics and a description of the dramatic context for each song, along with a completed application form (available on website). Submit by postal mail. NO FEE. Fred Ebb Award, Roundabout Theatre, 231 West 39th St., Ste. 1200, New York, NY 10018, www.fredebbfoundation.org. Deadline: June 30, 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-submissionsfor 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

**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.
**Canadian Women in the Literary Arts Call for Essays** - Seeking any topic pertaining to the literary arts, by Canadian female writers of any genre. Accepted essays will be published on the CWILA website and receive a $150 honorarium. Submissions should include a bio (50 words) and either the complete essay or a short description (250 words) of the proposed work, all in PDF format. Visit www.cwila.com/wordpress/call–for–essays for more information. Submission is ongoing.

Urban Stages Emerging Playwright Award (New York, NY) – Seeking full-length plays on any topic, but particularly plays that are innovative and touch on social issues. Plays must require 7 actors or fewer. Submit script, author bio, character breakdown, and a brief description or synopsis of the play, along with a SASE for response. Submitted plays must not have been produced in New York City. NOTE: Postal mail submissions only. NO FEE. Urban Stages, 555 Eighth Ave., RM 1800, New York, NY 10018.http://urbanstages.org/submissions/.  Submissions are ongoing.

**Athena Project** (March 26-April 5, 2016, Denver, CO) – Seeking submissions from Female playwrights for its Plays In Progress Series.  Four new plays will be selected based on a blind submission process and given a dramaturg, director, designers, cast and workshop presentation during the festival. One play from the 2015 PIP Series will win a full production to be produced in March of 2016 festival, based on a combination of audience vote and board input. Only one submission per playwright, and no previously produced scripts. NO FEE. Athena Project, Literary Manager, Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski, pez@athenaprojectfestival.org, www.athenaprojectfestival.org. Deadline: June 19, 2015

North Park Playwright Festival (October, 2015, San Diego, CA) – Seeking new short plays (15 minutes or shorter) that are easily staged, have casts of 4 or fewer, and have minimal set requirements. Plays should be complete (no excerpts from longer works) and preferably unproduced. Festival directors will choose plays. Any themes and subjects are welcome; the only regulation is no nudity. Include a title page with complete contact information, a character summary, and the script in proper format. Only one submission per playwright. NOTE: No e-mail submissions. NO FEE. North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe, 2031 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104, Attn. Summer Golden, Artistic Director, www.northparkvaudeville.com. Deadline: June 30, 2015

New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest (New York, NY) – Seeking new plays that: enhance self-realization; support peace and social justice; foster new understanding of minority issues that focus on racial, ethnic and gender discrimination in the U.S. and abroad; empower youth to build healthy inner foundations; educate to gain further insight into healthy social/emotional living; shed new light on religious, spiritual, and cultural differences and issues; build respect for cultural expression and identity in a world that is experiencing rapid globalization; explore the widening gap between the values our country was founded on and the values we present to the world today. Plays should be original full-length (no longer than 2 hours or 100 pages) and one-act plays, including children’s plays. Scripts must be unpublished and unproduced. No musicals, adaptations, collections, or poems. Winning script will receive $300 and a staged reading in Manhattan; 2nd and 3rd place scripts will also receive staged readings in Manhattan. Submit bound script with full contact information on the title page and a brief synopsis (no longer than half a page), character breakdown, time and place, and set requirements bound into the script. Under the synopsis, include a 2-sentence log line. Pages must be numbered. Include a SASP for receipt confirmation with the name of the play on it. FEE: $25. New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest, 511 Avenue of the Americas #2000, New York, NY 10011-7902, (917) 363-2369, www.NewWorksOfMeritPlaywritingContest.com. Deadline: June 30, 2015

Thespis Theatre Festival (July 13-September 25, 2015, Washington Heights, NY) – Seeking plays from everywhere in the US, however shows from outside the New York and New Jersey area can only be run if the entire cast and crew are in the New York City area.  Submissions should be between 30-90 minutes long. To submit your play, you must include in your application: A 100 word synopsis of your play, the complete script, your contact information and the contact information of someone else from the production, your bio. Thespis Theatre Festival, Cabrini Repertory Theater, 701 Fort Washington Ave, Washington Heights, NYC 10040.  thespistheaterfestival@gmail.com, http://thespisnytheaterfestival.com/thespis-theater-festival-venus-adonis/. Deadline: July 1, 2015

NEWvember New Play Festival (November 5-8 2015, Tivoli, NY) – Seeking new plays that are unproduced and have a run time of 30-120 minutes and a cast size of 2-8. One submission per writer. Chosen playwrights are asked to attend the reading of their play and be present for a Q and A following; accommodation and $50 will be provided for playwrights traveling more than 50 miles. Submit online, via website. Include your play as a PDF, with no identifying information, a separate title page with author name, a 3-line synopsis, and an author bio. NO FEE. NEWvember New Play Festival, http://newvemberfestival.com/submit/. Deadline: June 15, 2015

Panndora Productions Panndora’s Box Festival of New Works (October 23-25 2015, Long Beach, CA) – Seeking new full-length or long one-act plays for staged readings. Each playwright will receive a critique from a professional theatre critic as well as written audience comments. Five additional plays receive an honorable mention. Up to two submissions per playwright. Submit script via e-mail or postal mail. FEE: $10. Panndora Productions, Sonja Berggren, PO Box 30733, Long Beach, CA 90853, sberggren@me.com, http://www.panndoraproductions.com/. Deadline: July 1, 2015

Three Leaches Theatre New Play Competition (November 1, 2014, Denver, CO) – Seeking one act submissions (30-60 minutes) in any style or genre. Two winners will be chosen for production, and winning playwrights will each receive a $100 prize and 2 free tickets to see their show. Electronic submissions only; pay submission fee through the submission page on their website. FEE: $10. The Three Leaches Theatre New Play Competition, Melissa@thethreeleaches.com, http://thethreeleaches.com/play-competition/. Deadline: August 1, 2015

Theatreworks/USA (2015-16 Touring Season) - Seeking Actors Equity Association actors and singers who are fun, quirky, versatile performers along the lines of Saturday Night Live or Forbidden Broadway.  Casting for the following musicals:  A Christmas Carol; Click, Clack, Moo; Curious George; Fly Guy and Other Stories; Freedom Train; Junie B's Essential Survival Guide to School; The Lightening Thief; Skippyjon Jones Snow What?; Seussical; Henry and Mudge; The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.  And the following plays:  Charlotte's Web; The Untold Stories of Aesop's Fables.  Audition Location: Chelsea Studios, 151 West 26th Street, New York, NY 6th Floor  Auditions: June 4, 2015 10am-6pm

Martin Tanner Productions (2015 FringeNYC) - Seeking actors for a FringeNYC Production for August 2015. Show entitled Fading Light will be rehearsing the last week of July and having 5 performances in August. For consideration, email in headshot and resume by June 8, 2015. http://playbill.com/jobs/job_detail/350173 Auditions by Appointment: June 13, 2015, Callbacks: June 15, 2015

Reel Jobs NYC (NYC) - Reel Jobs List is a free job listing, which is limited to job opportunities in the film, television and theatre industries. It is published by the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting each Monday.  It can be downloaded in PDF format or picked up at our offices at 1697 Broadway in New York City between 9am and 5pm weekdays.  In the case of a public holiday falling on a Monday, the listing will be available on Tuesday. The Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting (MOFTB) accepts job listings by email only, which must be submitted using this email form.  The weekly deadline for filing new announcements is Thursday at 12/noon for the following week's Reel Jobs NYC.  Your free listing will run for one week.  If you would like the listing to run longer, please re-submit your listing for each week that you would like it to run.  The MOFTB is not responsible for changes in listings not reported to us.  The MOFTB reserves the right to edit and/or modify submitted listings, and has final approval for all listings. PDF format here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/film/html/jobs_training/reel_jobs_list.shtml.
Young Playwrights Literary Manager (NYC) - Young Playwrights Inc. seeks detail-oriented creative individual to join small but mighty staff on a part-time basis to manage processing and evaluation of scripts submitted to two competitions and to function as dramaturg-in-chief. Ideal candidate has comprehensive knowledge of dramatic literature and New York theater community, experience in new play development, excellent writing and editing skills, professional manner, a working knowledge of Microsoft Word/Excel/Access and social media, and a commitment to treating our young writers as artists rather than students. Must be accurate, tactful, and occasionally witty; able to manage work flow and meet deadlines. Detailed job description available upon request. Cover letter/resume to Young Playwrights Inc., PO Box 5134, New York NY 10185.  Questions?  Contact admin@youngplaywrights.org EOE. Visit http://www.youngplaywrights.org/looking-for-literary-manager/ for more info.

Funding Opportunities

Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants – Supports and assists artists at various stages in their careers with grants of $2,000-$10,000 to encourage creative development and career building opportunities. Open to artists in all disciplines who reside in Minnesota. For full guidelines and application, see website. Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants, Park Square Court, Ste. 200, 400 Sibley St., Saint Paul, MN, Kathee Foran, Program Officer, T: (651) 215-1626, Kathee.Foran@arts.state.mn.us, http://www.arts.state.mn.us/grants/artist-initiative.htm. Deadline: June 12, 2015 (literary arts), June 12, 2015 (performance arts), August 7, 2015 (visual and media arts)

**Zion’s Bank Smart Women Grants** – Grants up to $3,000 to female residents of Utah or Idaho to support “the efforts of everyday heroines who strengthen women, children, and their communities.” Grants are awarded in 5 categories, including arts and culture. Submit application form (available on website), mission statement (how your application relates to the mission of the program), statement of purpose (clearly describe the focus, goals, and general direction of work or project, including artistic objectives), detailed description of project (including an explanation of how the grant will advance development of your work), proposed use of grant funds, plan for measuring performance and results, financial data and need (including list of other sources of funding), and supporting documents and work samples. See website for application form and complete guidelines. Smart Women Grants, Zion’s Bank – Women’s Financial Group, One South Main, 11th Floor, Salt Lake City, Utah 84133, T: (801) 844-7996, womensfinancial@zionsbank.com, https://www.zionsbank.com/swsm_grant.jsp?cid=2376. Deadline: July 6, 2015

Alliance for California Traditional Arts Living Cultures Grants Program – Funds nonprofit organizations to support exemplary projects in traditional arts in California with grants of up to $7,500 (most grants are $5,000 or under). Projects may include public presentations (community-based concerts, festivals, exhibitions), workshops and gatherings, equipment and materials purchases, youth-focused learning projects in the folk and traditional arts, documentation of traditional arts, media publications, and more. First-time applicants encouraged; Spanish language assistance is also available. See website for complete guidelines and application. Contact: Lily Kharrazi, Living Cultures Grants Program Manager, T: (415) 346-5200, lilyk@actaonline.org, http://www.actaonline.org/content/living-cultures-grants-program. Deadline: July 15, 2015

Fleishhacker Foundation Small Arts Grants for Bay Area Arts Organizations – Grants of up to $10,000 in support of programs in a range of disciplines, including dance, film and media arts, interdisciplinary arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. Grants may be used for artists’ fees, production costs, exhibition/installation costs, and projects that advance the organization’s overall artistic development. Open to organizations with annual budgets between $100,000 and $750,000 that are based in and offer programming in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Download application from website and submit via postal mail. Fleishhacker Foundation, PO Box 29918, San Francisco, CA 94129-0918, T: (415) 561-5350, www.fleishhackerfoundation.org/grants/small-arts-grants/. Deadline: July 15, 2015

South Arts Southern Fast Track Touring Grants – Provides smaller presenting organizations in South Arts’ nine-state region (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee) with fee support to present performing artists and writers from outside the presenter’s state. Grants will be awarded for theater, music, opera, musical theater, literary, and dance projects that contain both a public performance or reading and an educational component. Only nonprofit and governmental presenting organizations in South Arts’ nine-state region are eligible to apply. Applicant organizations must have operating budgets of $150,000 or less (for the last completed fiscal year), and projects must take place between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015. The maximum request is 50 percent of the artist fee, up to $2,500. The minimum grant request is $500. Applications must be submitted online at least sixty days prior to the project start date. See website for complete guidelines and application. South Arts Southern Fast Track Touring Grants, 1800 Peachtree St., Ste. 808, Atlanta, GA 30309, Contact: Nikki Estes, T: (404) 874-7244 x16, http://www.southarts.org/grants/apply-for-a-grant/southern-fast-track-touring/. Deadline: Rolling; submit at least 60 days prior to project start date


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

Banff Literary Arts Self Directed Writing Residency (Banff, Alberta) - The Banff Literary Arts Self Directed Writing Residency is a retreat for writers looking for focus and inspiration. Writers in all genres are invited to apply. Applications are evaluated through an adjudicated process. Minimum residency length is three days. Participants are housed in single rooms which also serve as their private workspaces. For more information:www.banffcentre.ca/programs. Submission is ongoing.

Headlands Center for the Arts Residency (4-10-week residencies, 2016, Fort Barry, Marin Headlands, CA) – Open to artists working in all media (visual, literary, performance, film and video, audio, music, digital media, and interdisciplinary art), with the goal of providing a supportive working environment for experimentation, reflection, and growth. All residencies are fully sponsored, and some stipends of $500 per month are available (artists may apply for stipend when applying for residency; availability of stipends depends on funding and sponsorship secured each year). Offers both live-in and live-out residencies. Live-in artists are provided with a studio, shared housing, and 5 meals a week. Live-out artists are provided with a studio and dinner twice a week. See website for complete guidelines and application. NOTE: Online applications (through website) strongly encouraged. FEE: $45. Headlands Center for the Arts, 944 Fort Barry, Sausalito, CA 94965, T: (415) 331-2787 ext. 24, hblake@headlands.org,http://www.headlands.org/program/air/. Deadline: June 5, 2015
Vermont Studio Center (Year-round, Johnson, VT) – Residencies of an average of 2-12 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 residency fee ($3,950/month; $2050/two weeks; fellowships and financial aid 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: June 15, 2015

Caldera Artist Residency (January-March, 2016, Sisters, OR) – Residences of between 2-4 weeks (average) open to playwrights, actors, and directors, as well as all other types of writers and performers. Caldera provides housing and studio; artist must pay for travel, food, and materials. Artists who stay longer than 2 weeks are encouraged to engage in outreach activities, such as workshops, with the local community. Submit Application form (available on website), one-page project description, resume or CV, two letters of reference, and work sample (see website for sample guidelines). NOTE: Applications accepted online (see website) or by postal mail. FEE: $35 (for Individuals) $75 (for collaborations). Caldera, Artists in Residence Program, 31500 Blue Lake Dr., Sisters, OR 97759, Elizabeth Quinn, Artist In Residence Manager, T: (503) 937-7594, FAX: (503) 937-8594,elizabeth.quinn@calderasarts.org, www.calderaarts.org. Deadline: June 15, 2015

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