#StageOpps #StageOppsNov15

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

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

Special Opportunity

Artemisia’s annual Fall Festival began in 2011 and remains the core event of our season. From open submissions from national and international playwrights, six plays are selected to be staged as readings.  From those six plays, the fall festival audience will choose by vote which play will be fully produced during Artemisia’s next theatre season.  We consider all submissions based on the following guidelines – please read the information below carefully before submitting. SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Plays must be full length and the leading character must be a woman.  We require a female protagonist. Artemisia produces plays that empower women.  Due to the number of submissions we receive, submission is limited to ONE play per writer.  If you submit more than one play, your submissions will NOT be considered.  Full-length is defined by a playing time of 90 minutes or more. Published plays and one-acts DO NOT meet Artemisia’s guidelines and will NOT be accepted.  Artemisia does not accept snail mail submissions.  Please submit your play as a single file PDF attachment (no other format will be accepted) to submissionsartemisia@yahoo.com.  Please be sure your full contact information is included on the title page of your play.  We have recently changed our submission guidelines.  The email given above is the only email where submissions will be accepted.  The volume of scripts submitted hampers our ability to comment individually on each work, so we do not offer criticism or feedback on the plays we receive. FINAL NOTE:  Since Artemisia's audience selects (by ballot) the play that will be fully produced from the Fall Festival, please do not submit your play unless you are willing to negotiate premiere production rights with Artemisia.

DEADLINE: Officially extended to January 15, 2015 at midnight.

1. Pay the DISCOUNTED FEE ($8 for #StageOpps readers) by using the link on this page: http://www.artemisiatheatre.org/p/artemisia-calls-for-submissions-2013.html

2. Retrieve the #STAGEOPPS code that qualifies you for entry with a discounted fee by emailing specialoppscode@gmail.com.

3. Email submissionsartemisia@yahoo.com with 2016 Fall Festival Submission in the subject line, your Paypal receipt number AND #StageOpps code in the body of the email and your play attached as a single-file PDF.
Project Submissions
Mead Theatre Lab (2016/2017 Season, Washington DC) – Intensive program for performing artists and independent theatre companies, musicians, dancers, choreographers, and filmmakers, as well as producers and arts organizations presenting performing arts in any genres, with an emphasis on work that explores provocative new ideas. They are especially interested in productions that offer new perspectives and presenting techniques. Over the course of the season the program provides fifteen weeks of theatre space, production management support, and mentoring. Apply through website. FEE: $30. Mead Theatre Lab, Jenny McConnell Frederick, Producer, T: (202) 315-1306, FAX: (202) 315-1303, http://www.culturaldc.org/performing-arts/mead-theatre-lab-program/. Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW, Washington, DC 20001, jenny@culturaldc.org,http://www.flashpointdc.org/about/flashpoint.html.
Deadline: November 17, 2015
##Theater Project’s Annual Short Play Competition (Maplewood, NJ; February 19-21, 2016) - The Theater Project’s annual short play competition awards the winner for Best Play a $500 prize. The contest is open to adult playwrights in the New Jersey and New York metropolitan area. There is no fee to submit your play for consideration. Performances will be in February, 2016. All performances will be at The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts in Maplewood, NJ.. Plays can be either dramas or comedies but must be no more than 15 minutes running time. This restriction is absolute and plays that exceed 15 minutes will not be considered. Sets, lighting and sound requirements must be simple. No elaborate props or effects. Playwrights invited to participate must have plays that are ready-to-perform and supply their own actors and directors. Those selected for participation will be charged a $200 fee to cover expenses (venue, stage manager, lighting/sound director). HOW TO SUBMIT: Electronic submissions only. No fee to submit. E-mail your short play to: OneActFest@TheTheaterProject.org. Include in the Subject line: “Submission + The Title of Your Play.” Email submissions must contain this sentence in the body of the email: “If my play is accepted and I choose to take part in the festival, I understand that I will be responsible for the casting and rehearsal of my play and that I will be charged a $200 participation fee.” Deadline: November 19, 2015

Manhattan Repertory Theatre Holiday Event (New York, NY; December 8-20, 2015) - COME JOIN OUR 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY HOLIDAY CELEBRATION! Submit your: SHORT PLAY PRODUCTION (7 - 40 Minutes), DANCE PIECE (2 - 15 minutes); FULL - LENGTH PLAY PRODUCTION (41 - 90 minutes), LIVE MUSIC SET (20 MINUTES); PASSIONATE POETRY READING (3 - 8 Minutes) or PERFORMANCE ART (3 - 10 Minutes). This December, Manhattan Repertory Theatre continues our celebration of 10 years of creating cutting-edge theatre and more in the heart of Times Square and we are celebrating by presenting a a HUGE 10th Anniversary HOLIDAY Event with Short Plays, Full-Length Plays, Dance pieces, Live Musical Acts, Passionate Poetry Readings, and Performance Art. There is NO FEE to submit and NO FEE to participate. This celebration event is FREE for artists to participate! What we are looking for: NEW, ORIGINAL, NEVER PRODUCED OR PERFORMED BEFORE:

  • Short plays (7 - 40 minutes) - cast, directed, ready for performance!
  • Full - Length Plays (41 - 90 Minutes) - cast, directed, ready to perform!
  • Dance Pieces (2 - 15 minutes) -choreographed - rehearsed, ready to fly!
  • Passionate Poetry Readings (3 - 8 minute set, performed by the poet!)
  • Performance Art (3 - 10 minutes) - fully produced, ready to roll.
Live Musical Acts (20 minute set) to open up the shows. (Music acts need not be new, original or Never produced before.)
Each play/dance/act/reading/presentation will be given at least 2 performances with a short tech and a full dress rehearsal with the other "acts" performing in a performance series. We will run the Sound and lights for the Short Plays, Dance pieces, Live Musical acts, Passionate Poetry Readings and Performance Art. The Full-Length Plays will be given a 2 hour Tech/ Dress weekend days or weeknights, and at least 2 performances. Full-Length plays will be responsible to bring in their own sound and light board operator. To submit for this event, please visit http://manhattanrep.com/.
NON-EQUITY ONLY. THERE IS NO PAY. Submissions will be accepted on a First-Come, First-Served basis. The earlier you submit the better chance you have of being accepted. If we fill up all the performance slots before Monday November 23, we will end submissions early, so please submit early so that you don't get closed out. All performances will be at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 303 W. 42nd St at 8th Ave. Please come join us! It is going to be a blast!! Followed by the Biggest Holiday Party in our 10 year history! Deadline: November 23, 2015

Script Submissions
Uptown Works (New York; December 6, 2015) - Uptown Works is excited to announce that they will be offering playwrights the opportunity to workshop One Act plays and present them in staged readings at: Liberated, 1005 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY. LIBERATED ONE ACTS. An evening of Staged Readings, directed by Daniela Hart (Former Resident Director at The Flea) and Amanda Black (SDC Foundation Observership Class '15-'16). Produced by Uptown Works. There will be opportunity for music and mingling after the readings. We are currently accepting submissions for One Act plays that read within the 10-20 minute bracket. There will be six hours of allocated rehearsal time for each script in the two weeks preceding the event. Playwrights will have the opportunity to assist in casting and develop script throughout the process. Selected Plays Announced: November 16th 2015. Submit to: uptownworksproductions@gmail.com. Deadline: November 9, 2015

The Arts Center of the Capital Region’s the ell (Troy, NY) - The Arts Center of the Capital Region is seeking plays by women over 50 for the ell. the ell will be the first artistic organization completely devoted to recognizing new artists who developed their artistic voices after 50. the ell will be both national and local. Each year the ell will sponsor a national playwriting contest, the purpose of which is to recognize unproduced plays written by women, 50 and over. The playwright chosen will receive a $500 in royalties and a full production of their chosen play. The chosen play will be performed in a state-of-the-art 99 seat theater in Troy with a local cast and crew. Visit https://artscenterofthecapitalregion.submittable.com/submit. Email theell50plus@gmail.com with questions. Deadline: November 21, 2015

Last Frontier Theatre Conference Play Lab (Valdez, Alaska; June 12-18, 2016) - Selected plays receive public readings, with both public and private feedback sessions led by theatre professionals. Authors must register for the Conference and be in attendance for their reading. Accepted writers will also have an additional opportunity to present their work in the 10-Page Play Slam, the Monologue Workshop, and the late-night Fringe Festival. Authors are asked to submit through the call for plays on the website,www.theatreconference.org using the on-line form on the Play Lab link. Guidelines: One submission per author. Submissions should run between 20 minutes and 2 hours. They can be of any genre except musical. The play should not have received a professional production; readings and amateur productions are acceptable. Authors should be interested in developing this play. Plays presented at the Conference have gone on to productions throughout Alaska, the rest of the United States, and internationally due to the exposure received there. Questions can be addressed to Conference Coordinator Dawson Moore at 907-834-1614 ordmoore@pwscc.edu. Website: http://www.theatreconference.org/play-lab/. Deadline: November 23, 2015

SES Int’l Playwriting Prize - Saving Endangered Species Int'l Playwriting Prize is pleased to announce that the 2016 Staged Readings of the winning plays will be a benefit performance for The Jane Goodall Institute, and that all proceeds from the production will be donated to The Jane Goodall Institute. The Jane Goodall Institute was founded by renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, and is a global nonprofit that empowers people to make a difference for all living things through research, public education and advocacy: To improve global understanding and treatment of great apes; To contribute to the preservation of great apes and their habitats; and To create a worldwide network of young people who have learned to care deeply for their human community, for all animals and for the environment, and who will take responsible action to care for them. For more information, guidelines and to apply, visit: www.sesprize.com. Deadline: November 30, 2015

Shakespeare in the ‘Burg Theater Festival (Middleburg, VA; April 1-3, 2016) - Shakespeare in the ‘Burg is pleased to announce our third annual one-act playwriting competition, in conjunction with our Shakespeare in the ‘Burg theater festival. There is no fee for this competition. The winning play will be performed during the Shakespeare in the ‘Burg festival. Please note that you can write in any style you choose; this is not a “Shakespeare” writing competition, so plays in any genre are welcome. Please bear in mind that your script will be performed for an audience of all ages. Competition Rules: Open to all playwrights. Scripts must be original, unpublished and not produced professionally. Musicals, monologues, adaptations, film scripts and television scripts are not eligible. Scripts may have been performed in a workshop environment. Our goal is to produce a one-set show with a small to medium-sized cast, with running times of no less than 25 minutes and no more than one hour. No more than one submission per playwright. Give us your best work! You may email your script to: genie@printmanagementinc.com, and in fact, we prefer emails. In the subject line, please write: Shakespeare in the ‘Burg One-Act Play. If sending a hard copy, please number the pages and staple or paperclip your submission. Send hard copies to Genie Ford, 36523 Mountville Road, Middleburg VA 20117. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like confirmation of receipt—or include your email address and I will write to you. Submissions should include: Playwright bio. Contact page with name, address and telephone number of the playwright, On all pages, please place the title of the play at the top of each numbered page. Website: http://www.shakespeareintheburg.com/. Deadline: December 1, 2015.

A Work In Progress Theatre Company (2016 Season; Baltimore, MD) - A Work in Progress Theatre Company is accepting entries to be considered for our 2016 season of readings! To submit a finished, full length piece for consideration please follow the directions listed below and send all documentation to submissions.aworkinprogresstc@gmail.com. GUIDELINES: Please submit the following in PDF format: 1. Your full length play you would like to workshop, plus: a title page, character breakdown. 2. A synopsis of the play. 3. A brief but detailed bio. Notes: 1. Plays may have had prior readings, but should not have appeared in any presentation in which actors performed “off-book.”  2. One-act plays are acceptable as long as there is enough to make a full evening’s entertainment. 3. Inexperience will not disqualify writers. For more information regarding our selection process, please visit http://www.aworkinprogresstc.com/#!about-us/c17bj. Deadline: December 14, 2015

Artemisia Fall Festival (Chicago, IL, Fall 2016) - Artemisia produces an exciting lineup of feminist plays each and every fall.  From open submissions six plays are chosen and staged as readings by Chicago's outstanding pool of professional talent.  Playwrights get a great opportunity to further develop their work, and have their play considered for full production during an upcoming theatre season.  Artemisia's Fall Festival audience chose Jaki McCarrick's Belfast Girls for full production in 2015.  Critics called the audience's choice "gut-punching," "heart-wrenching" and "impeccable." The submission window is now open and will close December 15, 2015, or until 500 submissions are received.  A one-time $10 administrative fee is required to submit your play.To submit your play and for full submission guidelines visit artemisiatheatre.org. Deadline: December 15, 2015

Venus and Adonis Theater Festival (NYC; January 4 - March 10, 2016) - Venus/Adonis is not only a festival, it’s a competition as well. That means that there are prizes! The winner of the Best Play award will receive a prize of $2,500. Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director will each receive $500. Best Original play will receive $200, Best Musical $300. Please know that all genres are welcome, including MUSICALS. Several of our winners over the years have been musicals. We are all musicians, and know exactly what you need to make your show a success. NO FEES REQUIRED TO SUBMIT YOUR PLAY TO THIS FESTIVAL. Submissions Accepted from Everywhere in the US. Shows from outside NY and NJ can only run if the entire cast and crew are from New York City. Submissions must be between 30 and 90 minutes long. ONE ACT PLAY WELCOME BUT THEY MUST BE 30 MINUTES OR LONGER. Please visit our site http://venusnytheaterfestival.com/venus-adonis-theater-festival-thespis/. Deadline: December 15, 2015

Monkeyman Productions Return of Simian Showcase (Toronto, CA; April 2016) - Monkeyman Productions, Toronto's geekiest theatre company, is now accepting submissions for RETURN OF SIMIAN SHOWCASE. We want your short play to be part of our enlivening evening of entertainment, theatre, and laser sounds (PEW PEW). The show would be presented in the distant future, April 2016. To qualify, your script must: Be no longer than 15 minutes in length; Have a cast of 2-4 characters; Require minimal tech and encourage suspension of disbelief. As always, we request scripts that get us to the geek – exploring our obsessions with pop and sub-culture. (See our full company mandate below.) This year, we’d also like to focus on scripts that use that obsession to say something about social equity and systems of oppression. Genre literature has always been at the forefront in critiquing society’s treatment of race, class, gender, orientation – we’d like to see some of that in your work. Your play may: Have had previous readings / productions; Be a work-in-progress (playwrights will be welcome to attend rehearsals / work with their directors to develop their scripts – but we will set a cut-off date for any changes). Send your script as a PDF or DOC/DOCX file to showcase@monkeymanproductions.com. You will be notified of play selections by: January 15, 2016. Since 2008, Monkeyman Productions has produced theatre of the futuristic, the freakish, and the fantastic. We examine the obsessions and enthusiasms of a society informed by comic books, monster movies, and video games – speaking the language of Internet addicts, collectors, and true believers. We draw from popular culture just as Shakespeare drew from the common culture of his day – creating our own laser-fueled, zombie-ridden mythologies with a definite eye for the absurd, but also a corresponding empathy for a subject matter which, in the end, encompasses all of us. We are all, in one way or another, geeks. We are all Monkeys. Visit http://www.monkeymanproductions.com/ for more info. Deadline: December 25, 2015

Mountain Playhouse International Comedy Playwriting Contest (Jennerstown, PA) - All submissions must be postmarked by this date. Mountain Playhouse will stage a public reading of the winning play before the end of 2016, and the author will be awarded a cash prize of $1,000. In addition, should the Mountain Playhouse decide to present a live production of the play, the author will receive royalties. To submit your entry, you will need to download the Playwriting Contest Agreement, print and sign it, then mail your play with the agreement to 7690 Somerset Pike, P.O. Box 205, Jennerstown, PA 15547. If you wish to have your script returned after the contest is over, you must enclose a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage to cover the return.
  • No re-submissions of plays previously submitted unless revised 70% or more.
  • Must be a World Premiere Candidate.
  • Cannot be produced before 2016.
  • MUST be able to be performed by EIGHT actors or less.
Type your title and name on the top sheet and do not have your name on the body of the play. If you include a synopsis, keep it on a separate sheet from the play. Include a list of characters and, if necessary, explain how 8 actors could perform the show. Send a loose leaf copy held together by a single binder clip. Single or double sided is your choice, but don't waste time or effort to bind the play any other way as we will take that binding apart when we receive it anyway. If you are sending your script from an overseas country, please send me an email at writecomedy@mountainplayhouse.org for special instructions. Don't forget to download, sign and include the agreement with your play. Visit http://www.mountainplayhouse.org/index.php/about/playwriting-contest. Deadline: December 31, 2015

Urban Stages Emerging Playwright Award  - Urban Stages' EMERGING PLAYWRIGHT AWARD is presented to innovative playwrights whose works speak to the whole of society. Special attention is given to plays that touch on social issues. Submissions are accepted throughout the year (there is not a deadline) from around the United States and internationally. However, special attention is given to those who live in or near New York. HOW TO SUBMIT: Submit plays to: Urban Stages; 555 Eighth Avenue, RM 1800; New York, NY 10018. Email submissions will not be accepted. Full-length plays only: - scripts must be firmly bound - No changes or revisions accepted after submission - No double-sided pages. - 7 actors or less (Doubling is okay). With your submission, please include: - Biography and/or author’s history of the play. - Character breakdown. - Brief synopsis of the play. - A small SASE envelope for response letters. Whole plays will no longer be returned. All plays will be recycled. Plays MAY HAVE BEEN developed elsewhere, BUT NEVER PRODUCED in New York City. There is no limit to submission. Subject matter and character variations are open. There is no submission fee. It usually takes two to six months for us to read and process your script. We ask that you do not call or email our offices to inquire on the status of your play. Plays from overseas and throughout the United States are accepted and considered. BUT special attention will be given to playwrights who live in or near New York. However, there may be deadlines for plays under special consideration (for example Words by Women, 2-character, etc.). These deadlines will be announced. All submissions are eligible for The Emerging Playwright Award. Website: http://urbanstages.org/submissions/. Rolling Submissions.

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 Submissions

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.

An Enemy of the People (Gulfshore Playhouse, FL; March 1-April 17, 2016) -  Doing the right thing can come at a price. When Thomas Stockmann, the twon doctor, discovers something shocking that threatens to harm his community, he is poised to do whatever he can to stop it. However, the discovery threatens to harm the livelihood of his small town and the community, and the people, led by his own brother the Mayor, fight to silence him. This fast-paced thriller takes politics to a personal level in this new version of Ibsen’s timeless classic, more relevant today than the day it was written. Pay is $664/week minimum for AEA actors + housing/travel/health/pension, etc. $450/week minimum for non-AEA actors. Seeking various roles, all ages. Submit electronically via Actors Access: http://www.actorsaccess.com/projects/?view=breakdowns&breakdown=476258&region=2 or mail/messenger submissions to Michael Cassara Casting, 333 W. 39th. St., Suite #800, New York, NY 10018 ATTN: EOTP.

In Arabia We’d All Be Kings (Theatre Schmeater, Seattle, WA; January 22- February 13, 2016) - Casting the play, "In Arabia We'd All Be Kings." Project description: "The demise of a group of individuals living in New York's Hell's Kitchen around the time before Rudy Giuliani's efforts to clean up the city. Out of work and strapped for money, the lives of these individuals revolve around a local bar and their misguided hopes and dreams. The play deals primarily with issues of commercialism, hope, and friendship." Rehearsals to start late-November, in Seattle, WA. Performances run January 22-February 13, at Theater Schmeater, in Seattle, WA. Pays $75 guaranteed stipend with a percentage of box office gross. Specifically seeking role of Miss Reyes (Female, 40+). Submit via Backstage: http://www.backstage.com/casting/in-arabia-wed-all-be-kings-92823/.

For more Onstage opportunities, visit Backstage.com; ActorsAccess.com; and Playbill.com.

Musical Director & Arranger (New York) - Producer seeks a musical director, accompanist, and arranger/transcriber for several original Christmas musical comedy projects, which will include two table readings, a demo recording, and possible cabaret gigs. Original music also needs to be transcribed to sheet. Possibility of staying with the creative team as the projects progress. Style of work is absurd, campy satire (e.g. "Little Shop"). Meetings to be determined this fall and winter in New York City. Pay to be negotiated individually. Submit via Backstage http://www.backstage.com/casting/original-christmas-shows-musical-director-arranger-92551/.

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.

Individual Artists Program (Chicago, IL) - The goal of the Individual Artists Program (IAP) is to discover, nurture, and expand Chicago’s practicing artists and creative professionals. Through this grant program, DCASE will award project-based grants to Chicago-based artists and creative professionals over 18 years of age, at all career levels (emerging, mid-career, mature), and working across numerous disciplines. Funds are awarded through two separate IAP programs Track 1: Creative Projects Track 2: Professional Development. Artists may only apply to one of the two funding tracks per year. Website: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/culgrants/programs/individual-artist.html. Deadline: November 4, 2015

MidAtlantic Foundation USArtists International - USArtists International (USAI) supports performances by American artists at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe. Committed to the presence of US based artists on world stages, USArtists International provides grants to ensembles and individual performers in dance, music and theatre invited to perform at significant international festivals. USAI encourages and promotes the vibrant diversity of American artists and creative expression in the performing arts by expanding opportunity and exposure to international audiences, encouraging international cultural exchange, and enhancing creative and professional development of US based artists by providing connections with presenters, curators and artists around the world. USAI extends the reach and impact of professional artists dependent on touring for continued sustainability and career advancement. USAI is open to American performing artists currently residing anywhere in the United States and its territories. USAI continues the important tradition in the United States of the public and private sectors working collaboratively to support the arts. USAI is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Applications are submitted to Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Website: http://midatlanticarts.org/wp-content/uploads/USAI-FY16-Guidelines.FINAL_.pdf. Deadline: December 4, 2015

Puffin Foundation - The Puffin Foundation Ltd. has sought to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy. For the upcoming 2016 cycle Puffin will review grants only in the following fields:  Music, Photography, and Theater. Application forms are not available electronically, but can be requested by sending a SASE (#10 business letter sized, self-addressed stamped envelope) to the address below. Requests for application forms must be received by December 6, 2015. Completed applications for the 2016 cycle will be accepted from November 1st until the deadline of December 30, 2015 postmarked by midnight. Applications postmarked after this date will not be reviewed. Website: http://www.puffinfoundation.org/. Deadline: December 30, 2015 (request application packets until December 6)

##Artist Trust Arts Innovator Award Unrestricted award of $25,000 to 2 Washington State generative artists in any discipline who are originating new work, experimenting with new ideas, taking risks and pushing the boundaries in their respective fields. The award recognizes artists who demonstrate innovation in their art practice. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older by application date, have a minimum of 5 years in professional art practice, and be a resident of Washington State at time of application and when the award is granted. Students ineligible. A letter of recommendation is required. See website for complete guidelines and application instructions. Artist Trust Arts Innovator Award, 1835 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122, T: (206) 467-8734, FAX: (206) 467-9633, info@artisttrust.org, http://artisttrust.org/index.php/for-artists/money#arts_innovator_awards. Deadline: November 16, 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

**2016-2018 Women’s Project Lab Call for Applications** - WP Theater is looking for 15 female-identified playwrights, directors, and producers who crave an artistic home, professional support, and the resources to launch them into the next phase of their careers to join the 2016-2018 WP Lab. The WP Lab provides up to 15 artists with community, a vital professional network, entrepreneurial and leadership training, free rehearsal space and, most significantly, tangible opportunities for the development and production of bold new work for the stage. For more information visit: wptheater.org/lab Deadline: November 8, 2015, 11:59pm
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.

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#ScreenOppsf FILM FESTIVALS Women, Life, Freedom Film Festival  Following the governmental murder of Mahsa (Zhina) Amini and inspired by its...