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Submission opportunities for women in theatre.

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**Opportunities starred are for women only.


The Ingenious Grant for Playwriting

Increasing Quality Roles for Young Women Town Hall Theater is offering a $1,000 prize for a new play with several interesting roles for young women. We want to give young actresses the opportunity to be the heroines or villainesses of a variety of stories. The winning play will receive a staged reading at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury, Vermont with the possibility of a full production in the Fall of 2018. To be considered, plays must have a young female protagonist and female characters (ages 18 and under) with speaking roles that go beyond the stereotypical girlfriend, daughter or nerdy best friend roles. Older roles and roles for men are welcome, but the story should have a young female protagonist and female supporting characters. Please note that an abundance of female characters does not necessarily guarantee a female protagonist. For our purposes, the main character should be female and it should be her journey we follow.
Plays can be any genre, but it must be family-friendly or at least rated PG. We’d like to see lady pirates, evildoers, explorers, nerds, adventurers, poets, robots, preachers, goofballs, creatures, etc. a wide array of roles for young women. We will also not turn away a well-made play set in a school.  Musicals will be considered. We are not accepting adaptations or translations at this time. Nuts and Bolts: Plays should have at least a 50 minute run-time.  Submissions may not have had a previous production. Previous staged readings are fine. One submission per playwright, please. International playwrights may apply, but we ask that the script be in English.

Submissions are due June 1, 2018. The winning playwright will be notified September 1, 2018.  Email scripts as a PDF traditional play script formatting and numbered pages. We’d like the first 3 pages to be the following: 1. Contact page with your name, email, address and phone 2. A separate title page 3. A brief synopsis/ character description page. Submissions will be read “blind”; therefore, we ask that identifying information be kept off every page except the first (see above).
Please email scripts to office@townhalltheater.org or mail to The Ingenious Grant P.O. Box 128 Middlebury, VT 05753 Playwrights are invited to be a part of the reading or production process. The extent of the playwright’s involvement will be determined by future funding and availability/ interest on the part of the individual playwright.  

Questions? Contact producer Haley Rice at office@townhalltheater.org

The submission deadline has been extended to July 1st for #StageOpps subscribers! Don't forget to email specialoppscode@gmail.com to get the special code for this month's Special Opportunity!


Austin Film Festival Playwriting Competition
At Austin Film Festival, our mission is to champion all writers across mediums. Our Playwriting Competition (open to full-length plays) is back for its second year to give playwrights a chance to explore our film and television conference. It will also allow film professionals to discover storytellers who have mastered the art and craft of stage drama.
  • When/Where: 2018 in Austin, TX
  • Deadline: May 15, 2018
  • Application Fee: $25
  • Eligibility: All plays submitted must be in English. The play must not have been optioned, sold, had a professional production, or be scheduled to have a professional production prior to October 27, 2018. A “professional production” is defined as a staged production where the playwrights involved were or will be compensated for their intellectual property or work. Applicants must notify Austin Film Festival (“AFF” or the “Festival”) of any changes in status following submission. Applicants may submit more than one play. All submissions must be accompanied by the appropriate submission fee PER ENTRY and if submitting by mail, a completed entry form including authors’ original signatures. Please do not send a photocopy of your signature. Make checks or money orders payable to “Austin Film Festival.” Only US money orders will be accepted. AFF reserves the right in its sole discretion to reject or disqualify any ineligible entries, without a refund. Full-length plays, original or adapted, will be accepted. One-act plays, musicals, and screenplays will not be considered. Only complete applications will be accepted.
  • Categories: New Plays
  • Address: 1801 Salina St., Austin, TX 78702
  • Contact: matt@austinfilmfestival.com
  • Submission Information

North Park Playwright Festival
Our goal in building the North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe was to provide a small theater to produce new, untested plays.  In support of this goal we have produced the North Park Playwright Festival each October.  The festival provides a platform for brand new, short (ten minute), plays written by playwrights from around the world.  Over the past twelve years more than 440 new plays have been produced.  We encourage new directors and actors to become involved in theater through the festival as well.  Through the North Park Playwright Festival over ninety playwrights, directors, and actors each year are able to showcase their talents.
  • When/Where: October 2018 in San Diego, CA
  • Deadline: June 30, 2018
  • Application Fee: Free
  • Eligibility: 1. Short new plays (no more than 12 pages, less is fine) that are easily staged and have casts with no more than four people. Our theater is very small and we normally use a minimal set concept in this festival. We have to be able to change sets in just a few minutes as we do six to seven plays each evening of the festival. We don't have space for large casts. 2. We request new work. A play that has had workshops or one or two previous productions is OK, but we are not interested in work that has been produced in numerous other places. Our goal in building the theater was to have a place to produce brand new work and let playwrights have a chance to see their work done for the first time. 3. We seek complete plays rather than excerpts from a larger work. 4. Work will be chosen by the directors we have in the festival. It is not a "contest" and we are not really judging plays in the formal sense. The directors choose the plays we will produce, within the production budget guidelines we give them. 5. Most subject matter is OK. We don't do nudity or off color humor. 6. We ask that all submissions be sent to us via snail mail at the theater. Address is: North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe, 2031 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104, Attn Summer Golden, Artistic Director. We have too much trouble with differing email, word processing, and computer platform issues to take them via email. Additionally, our selection process requires the directors read the plays submitted and the cost of printing all the plays we receive each year is prohibitive. Please insure submissions have a title page with complete contact information (including email), a character summary, and are in proper script form. There is no charge to enter. 7. Submissions must be postmarked by June 30, 2018. Please do not send plays by any method that requires a signature from us. We are not often at the theater when delivery occurs. We will email notice of receipt to all playwrights submitting plays. 8. Send only one script. Multiple submissions do not increase chances of production.
  • Categories: New Short Plays
  • Address: North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe, 2031 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104, Attn. Summer Golden, Artistic Director
  • Contact: 6193689426
  • Submission Information

8x10 TheatreFest
The "final eight" plays for the 2018 8x10 TheatreFest will be performed on the Weathervane stage from July 19 to 22, 2018. Audiences will vote to select the first-, second- and third-place winners of the festival. Audience members will also have the opportunity to help select the 2019 festival's inspirational prop! The Sunday matinee will be followed by a reception and the announcement of the winners.

  • When/Where: July 19-22, 2018 in Akron, OH
  • Deadline: May 4, 2018 
  • Application Fee: $10
  • Eligibility: Each play must include the 2018 prop, a sock monkey. Maximum running time is 10 minutes. Less is fine. Cast maximum is three. Any combo, gender-wise. No characters under the age of sixteen. No one-person plays, no musicals, or children’s plays. Playwrights must be at least 18 years old. Submitted plays must be un-produced anywhere and un-performed outside of readings, workshops, and festivals. Submitted plays may have been entered in other contests. You must be the sole creator(s) of the play and entitled to confer performance rights.
    If chosen as a finalist, you grant performance rights, royalty-free, to Weathervane Playhouse for four performances during the 2018 8x10 TheatreFest.
    The play remains the sole property of the playwright(s)
  • Categories:  New Plays
  • Address: 1301 Weathervane Lane
    Akron, Ohio 44313-5186
  • Contact: sdavis@weathervaneplayhouse.com
  • Submission Information


Synergy Theatre Project
Synergy are looking for new plays written by prisoners and ex-prisoners. There are no restrictions on the basis of the content of these plays. You can submit your play by email or by post. It is useful if you are also able to enclose a covering letter telling us a little about yourself and the play.

6th Annual New Works Playwriting Competition
The NewWorks@TheWorks Playwriting Competition provides an outlet for playwrights to showcase their work and have a chance to see their play produced on a professional level. A panel of local directors, actors, and designers will review all submitted scripts and select six to receive staged readings.
  • Deadline: May 30, 2018
  • Application Fee: $10-$15
  • Eligibility: The submission must be written in the English Language. The submission must be an original, full-length play or musical that is unpublished.  The play may be a One-Act as long as it reads longer than an hour. The submission must begin with a title page that includes the work’s name and the playwright’s name, address, telephone number, and email. Also, include a character list and scene breakdown if applicable. NOTE* If submitting a musical please, include a score and demo.  You may submit score and demo via email.  Submissions that have been previously produced or published will not be accepted. A play that is scheduled for a professional production at the time of submission will also not be accepted. The manuscript must be easy to read. It must be typed in no less that 12-point type and page numbered. The cast for the play or musical must be limited to no more than 10. The script may have more than one author. Also, the playwright(s) may include a brief biography, but it is not necessary. Each playwright is limited to one submission per year. There will be no revisions accepted once a script has been submitted. Revised plays that have been previously submitted to the competition may be submitted again. There will be no written or oral critique given on scripts submitted. We will notify the playwrights whose plays have been selected for readings. The six plays selected for readings will be announced on our website. Please send the manuscript to Playhouse on the Square, New Works Competition, 66 S. Cooper St., Memphis, TN 38104. In order to qualify for the 2018 – 2019 competition, the script must be submitted no earlier than January 1, 2018 and must be post marked no later than May 30, 2018. Please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for receipt of the manuscript to be acknowledged. Also include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for the play to be returned, should it not be selected for the competition. Any play without a self-addressed, stamped envelope will be recycled if not selected for the competition. Do not send the only copy of a manuscript. All scripts will be handled with care, but Playhouse on the Square will not be responsible for any loss or damage to your manuscript. The fee is $10 for Dramatists Guild Members and $15 for non-members.  Checks should be payable to Playhouse on the Square and should be included with the submission. 
  • Categories: New Plays 
  • Contact: jordan@playhouseonthesquare.org
  • Submission Information

Panglossian Productions
What are you working on?  What are you excited about?  What would you like to discuss and develop with a creative team?  Bring it on. Panglossian is seeking new full-length plays for our new global/local developmental reading series, Plays in Progress. We work with writers across the globe to develop work locally here in Williamsburg. Selected playwrights will discuss their goals for the script with our staff, attend one or two discussion/rehearsals, and participate in a public reading, which will be streamed online. Writers who are not local may participate virtually over Skype.
  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Application Fee: Free
  • Eligibility: Playwrights at different stages in their careers who share our sense of daring and passion, and a desire to develop their work in a collaborative, supportive setting. Plays that show muscular language and strong theatricality and that say something universal in a unique way. While we are open to any genre, we would love to receive more comedic full-lengths and smart plays for young audiences.
  • Categories: New Plays
  • Contact: literary@panglossian.org
  • Submission Information

Keegan Theatre's Boiler Room Series - Search for New Plays & Musicals
Keegan Theatre, a professional, non-equity theatre in Washington, DC, is accepting submissions for development during its 2017-2018 Season AND possible inclusion as a full, world premiere production in a future mainstage season. Six pieces will be selected for inclusion in a festival sampling of new works in development at Keegan Theatre. Five pieces will be selected for a workshop process that culminates with a public staged reading. 
  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Application Fee: Free
  • Eligibility: All submissions must be full length plays or musicals aligned with the theatre's mission of taking audiences to the vital heart of theatre: extraordinary artists in an intimate setting exploring the human condition. Submitted work should not have had any significant development or a full production at another theatre. We're looking for truly NEW works here.
  • Categories: Full length plays and musicals
  • Contact: jsticklin@keegantheatre.com    
  • Submission Information

Urban Stages Emerging Playwright Award
Our $500 Emerging Playwright Award (coupled with press coverage) is given to playwrights who show excellence and dedication throughout this process – from development to the stage. Out of hundreds of submissions a year, we select 15-20 plays for readings. From these, we select 1-3 plays annually to go on to our workshopping phase. Our workshops are meant to prepare a play for our Off-Broadway stage. From our workshops, we select 1-2 plays for full productions, complete with a playwright’s contract and compensation (separate from the award).                                      

  • Deadline: Submissions are ongoing.
  • Application Fee: None
  • Eligibility: Plays may have been developed or produced elsewhere, but never produced in New York City. Plays from overseas and throughout the US are accepted and considered, but special attention will be given to playwrights who live in or near New York.
  • Categories: Full Length Plays
  • Contact: (212) 421-1380
  • Submission Information


Yale Repertory Theatre and Long Wharf Theatre 2018-2019 Seasons
  • Casting Equity actors and actor-singers for the Yale Repertory Theatre and Long Wharf Theatre 2018-2019 Seasons. Yale Repertory Theatre Season includes “Paradise Blue” (Dominique Morisseau, playwright; Awoye Timpo, dir. Rehearsals begin oct. 23; runs Nov. 21-Dec. 16), “Miller, Mississippi” (Boo Killebrew, playwright; Lee Sunday Evans, dir. Rehearsals begin Dec. 4; runs Jan. 9-Feb. 3, 2019), “Tiny Beautiful Things” (Nia Vardalos, playwright; Cheryl Strayed, adapted from the book by; Ken Rus Schmoll, dir. Rehearsals begin Jan. 15, 2019; runs Feb. 13-Mar. 10, 2019), “An Iliad” (Lisa Peterson & Denis O’Hare, playwrights. Rehearsals begin Feb. 19, 2019; runs Mar. 20-Apr. 14, 2019), and “A Doll’s House, Part 2” (Lucas Hnath, playwright. Rehearsals begin Apr. 2, 2019; runs May 1-26, 2019). Long Wharf Theatre Season includes “El Huracan” (World Premiere. Charise Castro Smith, playwright; Laurie Woolery, dir. Presented in Collaboration with The Sol Project. Rehearsals begin Aug. 20; runs Sept. 28-Oct. 20), “The Prisoner” (U.S. Premiere. Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne, text-stage dir.; Commissioned by C.I.C.T. - Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord; Co-commissioned by National Theatre, London; The Grotowski Institute; Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen; Yale Repertory Theatre; Theatre for a New Audience, New York. Runs Nov. 2-17), “Twelfth Night” (William Shakespeare, playwright; Carl Cofield, dir.; Rehearsals begin Feb. 4, 2019; runs Mar. 15-Apr. 6, 2019), and “Cadillac Crew” (World Premiere. Tori Sampson, playwright; Jesse Rasmussen, dir. Rehearsals begin Mar. 18, 2019; runs Apr. 26-May 18, 2019).
  • Auditions: May 2018
  • Production Dates: Seasons run in New Haven, CT
  • Pay: Pays $873 + $696/wk. Long Wharf: Equity LORT C + D Agreements. Pays $676-$1,300/wk. Yale Repertory: Equity LORT D Non-Rep/LORT C Non-Rep.
  • Audition Information

'God Sees B-yond the Surface'

  • Casting leading and supporting roles for the upcoming stage play "God Sees B-yond the Surface." Producer states "'God Sees B-yond the Surface' is a heart stirring play that's riveting and refreshing. The play reminds us of how much God loves us and sees beyond the masquerade. Through a families bitter brokenness, filled with deception that causes unimaginable pain and anguish, a praying and God-fearing mother, grandmother is determined not to allow her family to become another statistic. Regardless of where or who you are, this play reminds us that God sees the root of your brokenness and is willing to make you whole again. Although your life has been shattered into pieces, the Potter wants to put you Back together again. Regardless of the smiles worn and the perception given, this play reminds us that there is someone who truly knows and sees beyond the surface."
  • Auditions: May 3, 2018
  • Production Dates: Table read will be held May 14 in NJ; rehearsals begin May 21 and will be held Mon. & Thurs. nights from 7-9:30 p.m. at New Ark Cathedral, 27 Lincoln Park, Newark NJ; performs Aug. 11 in NJ. Note: All dates are subject to change pending casting. Review all dates and make sure you are available before submitting.
  • Pay: No travel reimbursement or per diems and no rehearsal pay. Compensation/honorarium will be discussed only at time of offer. "Serious & Kingdom minded individuals are required."
  • Audition Information

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


Looking for experience stagehands to assist the set up and strike of an event in the LAX area.

Sound Engineer
The Heritage Theatre Festival is accepting applications in the following departments for its 2018 Summer Season. 
  • Position Type: Part-Time
  • Eligibility: Requires experience mixing live shows with high channel count
  • Application Information

Props Artisan
Shakespeare and Company, located in Western Massachusetts, is looking for a Props Artisan to join our props shop staff. Our season features 8 shows on four different stages. Shakespeare and Company’s season features 8 shows on four different stages. 
  • Position Type: Contract
  • Eligibility: Ideal applicants will have knowledge of shop tools, paints, sewing, crafts and preferably some carpentry experience. All candidates should be able to lift up to 50 lbs, be comfortable working at heights, and ideally have a valid driver’s license. 
  • Application Information

Wardrobe Supervisor
Seeking wardrobe supervisor for Off-Broadway production of a new play called "Imperfect Love" at the Connelly Theater. 2-act show with one intermission. Cast of five actors. Costume designer is Gianni Quaranta.

Audio/ Video Engineer
Indiana Repertory Theatre is currently accepting resumes for an Audio/Video Engineer. This is seasonal position with benefits, contract runs approximately late August through May. Indiana Rep is a mid-sized LORT (C and D stages) theatre, producing a wide variety of existing and new work for adults and children (currently 9 productions) located in downtown Indianapolis.

  • Position Type: Contract
  • Eligibility: Duties include operating sound and/or video for shows, dance concerts, and one-off events; assisting the Senior Engineer and the Resident Sound Designer; attending rehearsals and meetings as needed; maintenance, repair and upkeep of audio and video equipment. Skills required: Current working knowledge of large format sound systems, experience in professional theatre, multi-projector video systems, headset and 70v distributed systems, playback and editing software for audio and video, I.P. based A/V distribution, and Apple networking, proficiency with live mixing, recording and reinforcement. At the IRT, we believe that diverse ideas, backgrounds, cultures, and traditions enrich the quality of work we present on the stage. We are committed to all forms of diversity in all areas of our work. Please send letter and resume to irtsound@gmail.com and include the words “Audio/Video Engineer Search” in the subject line.
  • Application Information


The Relentless Award
The Relentless Award, established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffmanand 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.

  • Deadline: May 14, 2018
  • Application Fee: Free
  • Eligibility: Play must be unproduced. Authors must have either United States citizenship, possess a green card, or currently reside in the United States and have lived here for at least four years. Plays with a producer, producing organization, or theater attached for future production are not eligible. One-act plays, musicals and plays for children are not eligible. The author must be at least 21 years old.
  • Address: N/A
  • Contact: N/A 
  • Application Information

The Ingenious Grant for Plawriting
Town Hall Theater is offering a $1,000 prize for a new play with several interesting roles for young women. We want to give young actresses the opportunity to be the heroines or villainesses of a variety of stories. The winning play will receive a staged reading at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury, Vermont with the possibility of a full production in the Fall of 2018.
  • Deadline: June 1, 2018
  • Application Fee: Free
  • Eligibility: Plays should have at least a 50 minute run-time. Submissions may not have had a previous production. Previous staged readings are fine. One submission per playwright, please. International playwrights may apply, but we ask that the script be in English. 
  • Address: The Ingenious Grant
    P.O. Box 128
    Middlebury, VT 05753
  • Contact: office@townhalltheater.org  
  • Application Information

Annenberg Foundation
The Annenberg Foundation does most of their funding in the arts, culture, and humanities to organizations in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernadino, and Ventura. The Annenberg Foundation's arts and humanities grants are available to agencies that serve the greater Los Angeles region, typically with budgets over $5 million.
  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Application Fee: Free
  • Eligibility: Arts, culture, and humanities in greater Los Angeles region
  • Address: 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 1000S
    Los Angeles, CA 9006
  • Contact: info@annenberg.org  
  • Application Information

ARTErra is a private structure of incentive for artistic creation which aims to facilitate encounters between different artists and aesthetic disciplines. ARTERRA is strongly committed to offering the residents a cheerful and productive stay. Because of that, partnerships have been established with several partners such as the Municipality of Tondela and Lobão da Beira and many others crafters, schools and artists.
  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Application Fee: Free
  • When: 1 week- 6 months
  • Eligibility: Curriculum Vitae; and Bio, Portfolio, videos, photos , music; Description of the project to be undertaken at ARTERRA, including the project’s objectives, needs and expectations of residence ,work methodologies, and all the details necessary to understand the proposal
  • Address: N/A
  • Contact: arterra.geral@gmail.com 
  • Application Information
Green Olive Arts
Green Olive Arts is an international art studio and urban art residency in Tetouan, Morocco, specializing in connecting the creatives of the world with the culture, beauty and creatives of Morocco. Our mission is to resource creative individuals of both emerging and established artistic talent from around the world in seasons of inspiration, production, collaboration and cultural exchange here in Morocco.
  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Application Fee: Free
  • When: 1 week to 4 months
  • Eligibility: 8 studio spaces are available. Applications will be assessed and Residencies awarded by our local Selection Panel according to caliber of the artist's work and fit of the artist's residency proposal with the goals and capacity of Green Olive Arts. Approved applicants may expect a phone interview request before a final decision.
  • Address: B.P. 10001 Sidi Al Mandri, Tetouan, Tetouan 93000, Morocco
  • Contact: arthouse@greenolivearts.com
  • Application Information

Artcroft Center for Arts and Humanities
Residencies of an average of 2-8 weeks for visual artists, writers, actors, and performance artists. Residency provides housing, studio, and meals; artist responsible residency fee ($40/day), deposit (10% of residency fee), travel, materials, and local transportation.
  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Application Fee: $25
  • When: 2-8 weeks
  • Eligibility: Residencies are available to established and emerging visual and literary artists 18 years of age and older without regard for race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion.
  • Address: Artcroft Center for Arts and Humanities, 2075 Johnson Rd., Carlisle, KY 40311
  • Contact: artcroft@msn.com 
  • Application Information


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