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Fresh Fruit Festival

The 18th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival of LGBTQ Arts, held July 6 through 19 at The WILD Project and other Manhattan venues. 
  • Deadline: Monday, February 10th Late Submission Deadline: Tuesday, March 10th
  • Application Fee: Free ($35 late fee waved for submissions past Feb 10th)
  • Eligibility: See THIS page 
  • Categories:  Full length plays; One-Act Plays; Choreographed Dance pieces; Thematic new Solo Shows, comedic or Dramas; Musicals; Opera; Cabaret; Unimaginable . . . ? – Any kind of performance art featuring LGBTQ characters or themes.
  • Contact: Exec@Freshfruitfestival.com
TO SUBMIT: Include the Special Opps Code, which can be retrieved by emailing specialoppscode@gmail.com,


The People’s Improv Theatre takes open submissions year round for theatre, stand-up, sketch comedy, performance art, dance, improv troupes etc. 
  • When/Where: New York City
  • Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: Free
  • Eligibility: Must be between 45-75 min
  • Categories: New Works, dance, theatre, improv, comedy
  • Address: 123 e24th st, New York, NY 10010
  • Contact: info@thepit-nyc.com
Nylon Fusion Theatre Company
The Nylon Fusion Theatre Company is taking submissions for its This Round’s On Us: Retrospect short play festival, which will happen in three stages!
RETROSPECT: The Best of Times (March 2020)
We have some success stories in history of the world. Explore one of them. Was it a success at the time or only in retrospect? Were they good for all or only some? Take any angle you want, even speculating what it would mean if things were different.
RETROSPECT: The Worst of Times (July 2020)
We have some epic fails in our past. Explore one of them. Was this a failure to all or just some? Could it have been prevented?   Should it have been prevented? Take any angle you want, even speculating what it would mean if things were different.
PROSPECT: The Future (November 2020)
Every era has a “future” style. A future outlook based on the present. What does “future” look like now? What does it sound like? What does it feel like? We look at The Jetsons or Back To The Future and say “where is my flying car?” What do we expect now that we know that flying cars aren’t (yet?) a thing? Speculate. Have fun!
Nylon, born of a fusion of New York and London creativity, is a theatre company committed to giving voice and perspective to established and emerging artists. We develop and produce plays that explore political, social and cultural awareness.
  • Deadline: The Best of Times -- Due February 5th, 2020, The Worst of Times -- Due May 12th, 2020, The Future -- Due August 1st, 2020
  • Application Fee: FreeEligibility: To be considered This Round's On Us please submit/email the following: A cover letter, brief synopsis, resume and full script to the email address below. Please be specific as to which project you are submitting to. Write on the SUBJECT LINE For example: This Round’s On Us: The Worst Of Times, Jane Jones.
  • Categories:  Short Plays
  • Contact: nylonsubmissions@gmail.com 
Freshwater Theatre
Freshwater Theatre prides itself on constantly working with new artists, expanding our family. We’re always on the lookout for new scripts and new technical artists to work with.
  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Application Fee: Free
    Eligibility: While we certainly are interested in world premieres of new plays, we also are very interested in second and third productions of new works, as we believe this to be the key to finding the works that will propel theater into the future.
    We will only respond to playwright submissions for plays that come into serious consideration for future production. We cannot give any specific time frame on if/when a response will be given.
  • Categories: New Plays
  • Contact: info@freshwatertheatre.com
NY Summerfest 2020 
Now calling all playwrights: Here’s a chance to have your play live on a New York City Stage!  Submit your work to the Summerfest 2020 festival competition. Accepting plays and musicals of all genres between 5-90 minutes in length.  New York Theater Festival has been a haven for playwrights for 17 seasons—Read below to find out why!
  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Application Fee: Free
    Eligibility: Submissions Accepted from a 30-mile radius outside of Manhattan and only run if the entire cast and crew are from New York City. Plays are considered on a first-come first-served basis. The earlier you submit, the better your chances are of having your script invited to the festival.  Each applicant is fully responsible for all elements of their production, including directing, casting, stage-managing. We know exactly what you need to make your show a success and we welcome you into our community of playwrights and theater innovators
  • Categories: Short plays, full length,one act
  • Contact: NYsummerfest@gmail.com
Artists In Partnership 
Artists in Partnership is seeking original short plays for its Long Beach Short Play Festival. Our mission is to foster a partnership between the arts and our community at large in Long Beach, NY and the surrounding Long Island area. All plays must be 10-30 minutes long, and will be performed at the Magnolia Senior/Community Center in Long Island, NY. The festival is set to run from May 29-31, 2020. 
  • Deadline: February 17, 2020
  • Application Fee: FreeEligibility: All submissions must be original and unpublished (but we are not requiring premieres). All production and publication rights will remain the property of the playwright. No royalties or other monetary compensations will be paid to anyone for these performances. Other than reviewing these plays for selection, no critical analysis or feedback will be provided. Playwrights must submit A PARTICIPATION FEE of $100.00 per accepted script to help defray some of the production expenses along with the Release Agreement by no later than March 23rd, 2020 (tickets sold by the playwright will earn reimbursement of the fee in whole or in part post-production). Playwrights will receive one (1) complimentary ticket to each performance.
  • Categories: Short Plays
  • Contact: lbshortplayfestsubmissions@gmail.com


Live & In Color
Live & In Color is looking for playwrights, composers, and lyricists of color and/or other underrepresented communities interested in developing their new musical or play. The work must be able to be performed with a multiethnic cast. The winning musical submission will have a two-week workshop this fall at The Bingham Camp in Salem, Connecticut culminating in a staged presentation to an invited audience. The winning play submission will have a one-week development period this fall at The Bingham Camp in Salem, Connecticut culminating in a reading for an invited audience.
When/Where: Sept 2020, Salem, CT
  • Deadline: Submissions due March 1st, 2020. Extension of March 7th for Coalition Readers
  • Application Fee: Free
  • Eligibility:
      • The musical must be able to be performed with no more than 8 actors, although preference will be given to smaller casts. 
    • PLAYS
      • The play must be able to be performed with no more than 5 actors. 
  • Categories: New Works, Plays, Musicals
  • Address: Dennis@theatreincolor.org
  • Contact: info@theatreincolor.org
Red Bull Theater
Red Bull Theater is seeking new work for the 10th Anniversary of its Short New Play Festival. Six short plays will be selected to be presented in staged readings alongside two plays by commissioned writers JEREMY O. HARRIS (Slave Play, Daddy) and THERESA REBECK (Bernhardt/Hamlet, Seminar) on Monday, July 20, 2020 in New York City.
  • Deadline: March 30th, 2020 at Noon: Deadline for All Submissions 
  • Application Fee: $10 Submission Fee
  • Eligibility: Each play must…
    • Be inspired by this year’s festival theme, Noël Coward’s classic comedy Private Lives.
    • Be relevant to Red Bull Theater’s mission of bringing new life to rarely seen classical plays.
    • Be no more than ten pages with 1 inch margins (excluding the title page and character list) in a font no smaller than 11pt. When read out loud the play should not exceed 10 minutes in length.
    • Be submitted electronically in PDF format only. Please use the exact title of the play as the name of the PDF file.
  • The play cannot…
    • Already be licensed through a professional licensing house.
    • Come from an author whose work has already been chosen for three prior festivals. 
  • Selected playwrights will receive…
    • A commissioning fee of $325.
    • A travel reimbursement of up to $400 to attend the festival rehearsal and performance on Monday, July 20 in New York City (receipts required).
    • Final script approval and will be consulted on choices for the shared ensemble cast that will be present for the reading.
    • Will have the optional opportunity to have their play published and licensed by Stage Rights as part of our Red Bull Shorts series.
  • Categories: Short Plays
  • Contact: https://www.redbulltheater.com/contact
Fresh Fruit Festival
The 18th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival of LGBTQ Arts, held July 6 through 19 at The WILD Project and other Manhattan venues.
  • Deadline: Monday, February 10th Late Submission Deadline: Tuesday, March 10th
  • Application Fee: Free ($35 late fee for submissions past Feb 10th- waved for coalition readers upon mentioning this listing) Eligibility: See THIS page 
  • Categories:  Full length plays; One-Act Plays; Choreographed Dance pieces; Thematic new Solo Shows, comedic or Dramas; Musicals; Opera; Cabaret; Unimaginable . . . ? – Any kind of performance art featuring LGBTQ characters or themes.
Contact: Exec@Freshfruitfestival.com
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
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
Jane Chambers Playwriting Competition
The Jane Chambers Playwriting Award recognizes new feminist plays and performance texts created by women and genderqueer writers for the stage that present a feminist perspective and contain significant opportunities for female performers. We welcome plays that experiment with form and/or that feature non-binary characters. This annual award is given in memory of lesbian playwright Jane Chambers who, through her plays A Late Snow, Last Summer at Bluefish Cove, My Blue Heaven, Kudzu, and The Quintessential Image, became a major feminist voice in American theatre.                              
  • Deadline: February 15th, 2020
  • Application Fee: None
  • Eligibility: Authors and nominators need not be ATHE members. Self-nominations are welcome. In order to be considered plays should have been written recently but do not need to have premiered. However, to qualify as “new” for this contest, any premiere or publication needs to have occurred no more than 18 months prior to the submission deadline. Playwrights may submit only one play per year.
  • Categories: Full Length Plays
  • Contact: jenscottmob@gmail.com
Players Theatre Collaborative
The Players Theatre Committee is now accepting full-length plays for the final season event, Playwrights Take the Stage: Open Door.
This year we are offering dramaturgical feedback to the top play in the areas you want. AND, just announced - Peter Hagan, current President of Dramatists Play Services and retired Abrams Artists Literally Agent will be giving personalized feedback on the top three chosen plays.
One of the final three will be produced as a reading at the Players on June 26th
  • Deadline: February 6, 2020
  • Application Fee: Free
  • Eligibility: Submissions are open to both Players members and non-members. Plays must be 45 to 90 minutes in length, and no longer than 95 pages. All works must have two to actors, and cannot be solo pieces, children's shows, or musicals. Two copies of the script (Word or PDF) must be submitted electronically to the email address provided below. One copy must have the author’s name and contact information, and one copy without. Plays must not have been produced at The Players or under an Equity Showcase contract for NYC in the past 12 months or 29 Hour Reading Contract in the past 6 months. 
  • Categories: New Plays
  • Contact: theplayersnyc.playsubmissions@gmail.com
Rhino Theatre Group
Rhino Theatre Group is currently seeking new, ground-breaking and boundary-pushing one-act plays for inclusion in our 5th Annual One-Act Jamboree, which has become a favorite of our Rhino Theatre audiences.
We are based in Pompton Lakes, NJ.                                     
  • Deadline: March 6th, 2020
  • Application Fee: $20 Reading Fee
  • Eligibility: Our one-act jamboree is open to writers of all ages, stages, and locations around the world! We are ESPECIALLY seeking new one-act plays that one might consider ground-breaking or boundary-pushing  and that invite audiences to think deeper or feel more deeply about issues and topics in the play. We also encourage female and minority playwrights to submit their plays for consideration. However, our readings are blind, meaning the members of our panel are not made aware of the age, race, gender, nationality, and/or religion of the playwright during the reading and selection process of plays.
  • Categories: One Act
  • Contact: joann@rhinotheatre.com


New Victory Labworks Seeking Singer/Dancer/Actors
New Victory LabWorks is seeking applications from New York City-based artists and companies interested in creating new work for family audiences in the areas of theater, dance, music, circus, puppetry arts and other performing arts.
For artists of all disciplines who desire an experience tailored to their specific needs and individual creative processes, New Victory LabWorks offers selected artists a stipend and dedicated rehearsal space in the New 42nd Street Studios. LabWorks Artists also have the option of holding Invited Rehearsals for industry professionals, fellow artists and New Victory Member families of the proposed target age group. Facilitated by New Victory staff, these experiences provide the invaluable feedback of peers and target audiences alike.
Applications will be accepted until February 15th, 2020 at 5pm.
Almost Famous - NYC ECC/Female Finger
Fever Dog LLC will be holding auditions for female singers for their show Almost Famous. Auditions will be held on February 13th, 2020 at 2pm, located on the 16th floor of Ripley-Grier Studios, 520 8th Avenue New York, NY 10018.
Please prepare 16-32 bars of a pop rock song that shows off range and soulfulness. Something from the ‘70s would be great but it doesn’t have to be. Please bring sheet music for our pianist. In addition, actors should bring their full book.
New York Shakespeare Festival Holding EPA For Richard II
The New York Shakespeare Festival will be holding an EPA on February 13, 2020 for its production of Richard II. Audition times will be from 10am-6pm, at TWStudios: Chelsea, 151 W 26th St Fl 6 New York, NY 10001. The EPA will be attended by the Public Theater Casting Office (Jordan Thaler, Heidi Griffiths, Kate Murray, Chalin Tulyathan, and/or Danica Rodriguez).
  • Production Dates:  First Rehearsal -- 4/13/20, First Performance -- 5/19/20, Opening TBD, Closing -- 6/21/20
  • Union:Equity
  • Pay:$969 a week
Stages St. Louis 2020 - NYC ECC/Female Singers
Casting in NYC for its production of Stages St. Louis 2020. Seeking female performers who can both sing and dance extremely well. Expected in attendance: Michael Hamilton, Gayle Seay and Holly Buczek. Auditions will be held on February 14, 2020, at 10am. The location will be on the 12th floor of Pearl Studios NYC, 500 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018.
Please prepare 16 bars of a musical theatre song that shows us who you are. Have your book in case another selection is asked for. Please no pop/ rock or contemporary songs.
  • Production Dates:  May 2020-August 2020
  • Union: ECC
  • Pay: $576 a week
For more Onstage opportunities, visit Backstage.com; ActorsAccess.com; and Playbill.com.


Artistic Director at Nashville Repertory Theatre
Nashville Repertory Theatre is now inviting qualified candidates to submit applications for the role of Artistic Director (AD). 
Founded in 1985, Nashville Repertory Theatre is currently celebrating its 35th anniversary season. Its mission is to entertain and inspire by creating exceptional theatre that explores the diversity of human experience. The company produces a wide range of repertoire, including classic and contemporary titles, musicals, non-musicals, and plays with music during its five-show mainstage season. In addition, Nashville Rep is home to the Ingram New Works Project, a nationally recognized new play development program now in its 11th year. During the 19/20 season, the organization launched a series of youth programs under the umbrella title of the Nashville Rep Conservatory, offering summer camps, masterclasses, a young writers’ program, and musical productions.
  • Position Type: Full Time, Permanent
  • Eligibility:  
  • A minimum of five years’ experience in a strategic arts leadership and management role.
  • A significant directing resume, including professional productions, musical and non-musical, of similar size to those of Nashville Repertory Theatre.
  • A demonstrated ability to translate artistic needs and values into strategies and plans.
  • Exceptional relationship management and team building skills. 
  • Significant knowledge of the non-profit professional arts sector, which may be demonstrated through a combination of experience and education. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Please send a cover letter, personal artistic statement, resume, and any supporting materials to NashRepADsearch@gmail.com. Please discuss what makes you uniquely suited to the role and include salary requirements. Supporting materials may include production photos, reviews, etc. Initial interviews are expected to begin in the Spring of 2020. 
Full-Time Musical Theater Faculty, Berklee College
Boston Conservatory at Berklee Theater Division is seeking a full-time Musical Theater faculty member to teach studio-based performance classes in both the B.F.A. and M.F.A. Musical Theater programs. Areas of expertise may include 21st century/contemporary musical theater, redefining race in the Broadway musical, song interpretation and acting integration, pop/rock, audition technique, and the deconstruction of race and gender in the musical theater canon.
  • Position Type: Full Time, Permanent
  • Eligibility: Dedication to redefining the American musical regarding authenticity of racial, gender, ethnic, and sexual identity. Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in musical theater, theater, directing, acting, or equivalent. Masters or terminal degree preferred. Minimum 5 years professional performance or directing in the theater field (Broadway, New York, or LORT regional theater experience a plus). At least 2 years of teaching experience in higher education setting. Comprehensive knowledge of theater repertoire and performance history, and specific knowledgeof various training styles preferred. Experience designing and developing curriculum preferred.
Scenic and Lighting Designer at The Erie Playhouse
The Erie Playhouse is seeking a full-time Scenic and Lighting Designer for its newly renovated 400 seat theatre. 
We provide quality programming for people of all ages, with 8 Mainstage, 3 Youtheatre and a variety of Special Events per year in our historic facility in Erie, Pennsylvania. Salary is $36,000 a year, with a full benefits package.
  • Position Type: Full Time, Permanent 
  • Eligibility:  Applicants should possess at least a BFA or BA in Scenic and/or Lighting Design or equivalent experience and have experience working in a theatrical Scenic shop.  Applicants must possess a mastery of scenic design skills, experience in scenic painting, basic knowledge of carpentry and crafts, extensive knowledge of lighting design and ability to work with intelligent lighting equipment.  Experience in a supervisory position would be a plus. The candidate must also have an interest in teaching and mentoring students who have an interest in Scenic arts. Candidate must have demonstrated proficiency in all areas of scenic and lighting design.
Costume Shop Supervisor
Brierpatch Productions is looking to hire a Costume Shop Supervisor for its upcoming season.
The season usually consists of a 7-8 week repertory season, with 1 to 3 shows per week. The shows are split by week between two Costume Designers. The shows presented can be either short plays/one acts or full plays. The pace of the season is rigorous. Essentially every day the designers are busy with design meetings, shopping, fittings, tech and turnaround. It is the Supervisor’s responsibility to support both designers with fittings, build, and prep for tech. The costume department consists of a full shop: 2 costume designers, a shop supervisor, a shop assistant, a wardrobe supervisor, a wardrobe assistant, and a production assistant. There is a full stock of costumes and a fair weekly budget to build, rent or buy costumes and supplies.
Duration will be from February 24, 2020 - May 22, 2020.
  • Position Type: Full Time, Temporary
  • Eligibility: We are looking for a person who is creative, quick thinking and moving, self-motivated, organized, and efficient. They must have excellent time management skills in addition to patterning and stitching skills. Tailoring abilities a bonus. 
Director of Production and Facilities
The award-winning Flea Theater seeks a highly motivated Director of Production and Facilities with excellent organizational, communication, logistical and technical skills to join our small entrepreneurial Off-Off Broadway organization.  The Flea is a downtown beacon for creative artists of every discipline, and for adventurous audiences seeking bold and inventive work. We are also home to The Bats, a resident company of artists, now with over 120 members who work and perform in all of our theaters.  
An integral leader of the theater, the Director of Production and Facilities’ primary focus is to direct and administer all production elements, designs, schedules, personnel, and budgets for Flea productions and rentals and to supervise and oversee the day-to-day operations of running our new performance complex.  The Director of Production and Facilities supervises a staff of 2 full time technical directors and a part time costume shop and wardrobe manager, works hand in hand with the General Manager Associate and Company Manager and reports directly to the Producing Director
  • Position Type: Full Time, Permanent
  • Eligibility: The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 2+ years experience in technical theater/performing arts and/or facilities maintenance as well as a commitment to achieving high standards with limited resources.  We anticipate a candidate with strong personnel management skills as well as ability to plan and prioritize work effectively and to interact with artistic professionals at all career levels. Experience and contacts in out-sourcing contractors and professional labor is a must.  Finally, we hope the candidate will have a passion for contemporary theater. Salary is in the high $50s and includes health and dental benefits, which are paid 100% by The Flea. This position will require evening and weekends as needed.
  • Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter and 2 references to jobs@theflea.org as soon as possible.  The Flea is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity onstage and off.
Technical Director/Master Carpenter at Santa Cruz Shakespeare
The Santa Cruz Shakespeare company in California is looking to hire a Technical Director/Master Carpenter for 18 weeks: May 17, 2020-September 19, 2020. Salary will be up-to $14,000.
Housing will not be provided, though the company may assist in helping to find affordable housing.
Position Type: Temporary, Contract 
Eligibility:  General knowledge of numerous Technical Theatre Departments including Scenic Carpentry, Sound, Lighting, Power, Props and Wardrobe. Advanced practical knowledge or expertise in Scenic Carpentry preferred. Experience with overseeing and leading crews in completing production objectives, while working as a team member at the same time. CAD, Vectorworks or other digital drafting ability (preferred). 3 years of professional Theatrical or other Event Production preferred, with 3 Professional References.
Director, NYC Late Summer Festival Production 
Farcical sex-and-death comedy needs director for NYC late summer festival production. "Festival production" means skimpy set pieces, which means more creative pressure on you and our set/light designers. 
Playwright would like a table read in February for feedback and rewrites before the festival's March submission deadline. For a small additional fee, director will be able to direct that reading in February. Playwright and director will cast actors for that reading.
Festival runs in August. Job start and end dates on Playbill are approximate for auditions and rehearsals, with production date TBD. Production can be AEA-approved showcase.
  • Position Type: Contract, Salary TBD
  • Eligibility: The director will have experience working on new/evolving plays. Director will have good leads on a stage manager and designers, and will also actively and cheerfully promote the production on social media.
Technical Director - Playwrights Downtown
Playwrights Downtown includes Playwrights Horizons Theater School that operates in conjunction with NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and a space rental business. The Theater School trains nearly 200 undergraduate students each year in a four-year interdisciplinary program, and when not in use by the Theater School, the Rehearsal Studios rents rehearsal rooms and theater space to a broad cross-section of the not-for-profit arts community. 
We are looking for a Technical Director that will have a broad understanding of all aspects of technical theater including basic carpentry, lighting, sound, and projections, an ability to troubleshoot and maintain theatrical equipment, and a desire to work with undergraduate students in a mentoring capacity.
Salary and benefits include paid time off; medical, dental, vision, and life insurance; flexible spending plan; and 403b with employer match after one year of service. This is an exempt position.
  • Position Type: Full Time, Permanent 
  • Eligibility: Minimum 3-5 years of practical experience working in technical theater. Ability to read and produce technical drawings in VectorWorks. Ability to lift 50 lbs, climb ladders, and perform manual labor as needed. High professional standards with acute attention to details. Night and weekend hours required.


National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America.
The NEA is currently accepting grants from artists and organizations for the following year. 
  • Deadline: Grants for Individuals (March 11th, 2020), Grants for Organizations (February 13th, 2020)
  • Application Fee: Free
  • Eligibility: Independent Artists and Groups
  • Address: 
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Name Office/Program
  • 400 7th Street, SW
  • Washington, DC 20506-0001
  • Contact: 202-682-5400
NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA)
The NYC DCLA is dedicated to supporting and strengthening New York City's vibrant cultural life. Among our primary missions is to ensure adequate public funding for non-profit cultural organizations, both large and small, throughout the five boroughs.
They have many grants tailored to the needs of artists living and working in the city throughout the year.
  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Application Fee: Free
  • Eligibility: Independent Artists and Groups
  • Address:
    • New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
      31 Chambers Street
      New York, New York 10007
  • Contact: 212.513.9300
The Theater J Patty Abramson Jewish Play Prize
The Theater J Patty Abramson Jewish Play Prize will award $3,000 and a stage reading to a promising emerging woman, trans, or non-binary playwright in honor of a new play that celebrates, explores, and/or struggles with the complexities and nuances of the Jewish experience.
The Prize is dedicated to the memory of philanthropist and venture capitalist Patty Abramson. Plays must not have been produced, but a future professional production (outside of the DC metro region) may be scheduled. Eligible playwrights must not have had more than two productions at LORT or off-Broadway theaters (multiple productions of the same play will be counted) but may have been produced at other professional theaters. Submitted plays will be read by a committee of Theater J staff and collaborators. A winner will be announced in the fall of 2020.
  • Deadline: April 1, 2020
  • Application Fee: Free
  • Eligibility: For the purposes of this award, all plays must be works where Jewish identity, history, or culture plays a critical role. If a playwright has received two or fewer full productions of their plays at LORT or off-Broadway theaters, they are eligible for the Patty Abramson Jewish Play Prize ($3,000 and a stage reading at Theater J). Multiple productions of the same play will be counted toward the total number of productions in either award.off-Broadway theaters (or any productions on Broadway).
  • Address: 1529 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
  • Contact: 202.777.3210
SubletSeries@HERE Program
This creative curated rental program has allowed many upstart companies and emerging artists to realize their full artistic vision on a small budget. The program provides subsidized performance and rehearsal space, technical assistance, and administrative support, including a fully staffed box office. SubletSeries@HERE artists can also access equipment that is not typically available in venues our size such as video projectors, wireless microphones, color scrollers—all for free or at subsidized rates. We accept applications from artists all over the world for the opportunity to show work.
  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Application Fee: Free
  • Eligibility: Independent Artists and Groups
  • Address: HERE 145 Sixth Ave. New York, NY 10013
  • Contact: 212.647.0202
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


Musical Theatre Factory Makers: Cohort 2
Laboratory is an artist residency program for interactive artists in Spokane, Washington. It offers funded residencies of 1-3 months, with housing, studio space, and a small stipend of $200 every month for artists to make new interactive work, research things, or learn new skills. Artists must put together at least one piece suitable for showing in a public exhibition.
MTF MAKERS is an 18-month residency that supports six teams of groundbreaking musical theater artists in the creation of new work. Through this inclusive community, MAKERS gather together at regular meetings to share work and support each other through feedback, collaboration, and discourse. In addition to meetings, MAKERS are given mentorship, education, and advocacy, and priority access to MTF’s assembly line suite of activities — each team is offered two slots in our 4×15 series and a fully-supported AEA developmental residency, plus access to other opportunities to show work in front of an audience. MAKERS are additionally supported with an out-of-town retreat, high-quality digital content creation, monthly stipends, free studio space, and dramaturgical support from the MTF artistic staff and Beehive Dramaturgy Studio. MAKERS will also be invited to take part in and create MTF programming, including opportunities to host salons and teach workshops. 2 Makers teams (of women, non-binary and non-gender conforming folx) will be invited to attend the 5th Avenue’s First Draft Story Summit  for a chance to be commissioned by The 5th Avenue Theatre, and potentially other nationally renowned musical theatre development opportunities. 
  • Deadline:
    February 10 2020 Information Session with PAD Mei Ann @ Signature Theatre lobby 6:30-8pm
    February 13 2020 Application Period Opens
    February 16 2020 Information Session with PAD Mei Ann @ Facebook Live 12-1pm ET
    March 5 2020 at 11:59pm – Applications due
    June 13-14 2020 Finalist Interviews
  • Application Fee: Free
  • When: September 2020-February 2022
  • Eligibility: Open to all artists
  • Contact: info@mtf.nyc
2021 Sokoloff Arts Creative Fellowship Application
Sokoloff Arts is based in Town Stages a 10,000 sqft event venue in Tribeca creating a home for all of your occasions. Offering state-of-the-art technology, amenities, and accommodations—fully included in our pricing with no hidden fees—our team is here to make your dreams a reality and make you feel at home in our Town.
Since 2012, Sokoloff Arts has been dedicated to building accessible space and developing work.
Part residency, part incubator, and part home base, the Sokoloff Arts Creative Fellowship at Town Stages offers you the ultimate creative freedom to under our roof and beyond.
If you are elevating work in some intersection of arts, business, civics and social justice, the Sokoloff Arts Creative Fellowship can  provide space, perspective, and opportunity to support your process.
We foster an environment where all are welcome, systemic and institutional norms are challenged, and new pathways can flourish. We encourage those who feel silenced, marginalized, or otherwise “other-ed” to share their experience and encourage those with privilege to work to unpack and dismantle privilege - so all can remain invested in conversation and community.
  • Deadline: September 4th, 2020
  • Application Fee: None
  • When: 2021
  • Eligibility: Open to all artists
  • Contact: 212.634.7690
American Library In Paris Visiting Fellowship
The American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship was created in 2013 to nurture and sustain cross-cultural intellectual discourse. International applicants are encouraged–you need not be American to apply.
The fellowship offers writers and researchers an opportunity to pursue a creative project in Paris for a month or longer while participating actively in the life of the American Library. Applicants should be working on a book project, fiction or non-fiction, or a feature-length documentary film, that contributes to cross-cultural discourse. We are not accepting poetry projects at this time.
Particular attention will be paid to an applicant’s ability to offer the Library community a variety of opportunities for exploring a topic. In addition to the stipend, the Library will connect the fellow to resources and people in Paris that could be helpful to his or her project. The fellowship is open to all nationalities, though the proposed project must be in English.
The fellowship is made possible through the generous support of the de Groot Foundation. There are two one-month fellowship periods a year in fall and spring, with dates to be specified later.
Fellowship award: a $5,000 stipend paid before start of fellowship period. The award, to be spent at the discretion of the Fellow, is designed to cover travel to Paris, accommodation, and expenses associated with the month in Paris.
  • Deadline: February 15th, 2020
  • Application Fee: $35
  • When: One month, in Spring or Fall 2020
  • Eligibility: Open to all artists
  • Contact: info@americanlibraryinparis.org
Vermont Studio Center
Founded by artists in 1984, the Vermont Studio Center is the largest international artists’ and writers’ residency program in the United States. Each month the Center hosts over 50 writers and artists from across the country and around the world.
The residencies take place on a historic 30-building campus along the Gihon River in Johnson, Vermont, and run for between 2 and 12 weeks.
  • Deadline: February 15th, June 15th, October 1st
  • Application Fee: $25
  • When: 4-8 weeks, depending on the artist's project
  • Eligibility: Open to all artists
  • Address: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, VT 05656, USA
  • Contact: info@vermontstudiocenter.org
Stockholm Writers Prize
This prize is designed to give emerging writers the time, space, and inspiration to focus on social-justice themed creative writing. We are especially interested in writers using the tools of fiction, poetry, and drama, to create change (large or small) in the world. Whether unpacking gender norms, critiquing human environmental impact, creating space for marginalized communities, or shining a light on societal injustice, we want to read your creative work!
The winner will receive a seven-day residency in Stockholm, Sweden, from the dates of May 21 to May 27, including attendance at The Stockholm Writers Festival of 2020 (May 22-24). They will also receive $1000 (USD) towards flights and travel costs, free tuition to the Stockholm Writers Festival, six nights accommodation in Stockholm, a 1-1 meeting with an agent, and individual feedback from our guest judge. This prize cannot be exchanged, and attendance at the festival is required. Keep in mind: Winners will need valid travel documents, for example passport/visa/EU identification. 
  • Deadline: February 15th, 2020
  • Application Fee: $25
  • When: May 21-27
  • Eligibility: This contest is open to English-language writers working in all formats (prose, poetry, drama) and all genres (Sci-Fi, Thriller, Romance, Literary, Mystery, Domestic Drama… etc.). Seriously. We want to see it all! If your writing is well-crafted and, somehow, tied to a social justice issue, then we are eager to read it! Writers can submit up to 1500 words of creative writing, either a short self-contained piece, or excerpted from a longer work. It is not necessary for the excerpt to be the beginning of the work.
  • Address: N/A
  • Contact: stowritersfestival@gmail.com
Bucheon City of Literature Residency
Located in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, the Bucheon City of Literature is inviting applications from writers, translators and cartoonists of comics and graphic novels connected to the UNESCO Cities of Literature to apply for its inaugural residency program. The successful applicants receive airfares, accommodation, a studio, a living allowance and a personal assistant. Residencies can last for between four and six weeks.
  • Deadline: February 28th, 2020
  • Application Fee: Free
  • When: July-August 2020
  • Eligibility: Open to all artists
  • Address: 107 Jangmal-ro, Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea 14596
  • Contact: jsy97@korea.kr
Ljubljana City of Literature Writer in the Park International Residency Program
Ljubljana City of Literature is offering two one-month residencies for writers at the newly restored Švicarija/Swisshouse Creative Centre. The residency is aimed at foreign published writers with a “palpable, factual relation with any of the other UNESCO Cities of Literature that has to be apparent and described as part of the application.” Applicants must have published at least one book.
  • Deadline: February 29th, 2020
  • Application Fee: Free
  • When: One month, May or November 2020
  • Eligibility: Open to all artists
  • Address: N/A
  • Contact: damjan@ljubljanacityofliterature.com.
Gröndal’s House UNESCO City of Literature Residency
Located in Reykjavík, Iceland, this 2020 residency is open to published children’s fiction writers from, or affiliated with, any of the other 38 Cities of Literature, writing in any genre.  The residency takes place in October and includes travel and accommodation..
  • Deadline: March 1st, 2020
  • Application Fee: Free
  • When: October 2020
  • Eligibility:Writers from or with strong ties to any of the 38 other UNESCO Cities of Literature can apply. The applicant must have published at least one work of fiction for children or teenagers (poetry, prose, play or screenwriting). Writers of all ages, gender, nationalities and languages can apply as long as the affiliation with a UNESCO City of Literature is strong.
  • Address: Reykjavík City of literature UNESCO Reykjavik City hall, Tjarnargata 11, 101 Reykjavík
  • Contact: bokmenntaborgin@reykjavik.is
Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts
Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts offers year-round residencies of between two and eight weeks in Nebraska City. Open to writers, visual artists, and music composers worldwide, each resident receives accommodation, studio space, and a $100 per week stipend. Approximately 60 residencies are awarded per year.
There are two deadlines each year: March 1st for residencies taking place between July and December, and September 1st for residencies between January and June.
  • Deadline: March 1st for July and December 2020, September 1st for January and June 2021
  • Application Fee: Free
  • When: July and December 2020, January and June 2021
  • Eligibility: Open to all artists
  • Address: KHN Center for the Arts 801 Third Corso Nebraska City, NE 68410
  • Contact: 402.874.9600
 Mastheads Writers Residency
Mastheads Writers Residency offers five writers exclusive use of one of the Mastheads studios, a US$900 stipend, travel reimbursement, and a room in a communal house. In 202 the rustic, portable studios are installed in Arrowhead, Herman Melville’s former home in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
  • Deadline: February 29th, 2020
  • Application Fee: Free
  • When: July 2020
  • Eligibility: A Letter of Intent, a 10-Page Writing Sample, and a CV. Please note length and formatting requirements below.
  • Address: N/A
  • Contact: info@themastheads.org
Kalamalka Press Writer-in-Residence Program
Kalamalka Press Writer-in-Residence Program takes place at Caetani Cultural Centre in British Columbia, Canada, and is open to emerging and established writers in any genre. The residency includes four weeks of accommodation and studio space, with the possibility of extended stay, as well as an honorarium. Writers are responsible for their own transportation, food, and supplies. Residencies usually take place in October.
  • Deadline: March 2020
  • Application Fee: $50
  • When: October 1st-31st 2020
  • Eligibility: Open to all artists
  • Address: 7000 College Way Vernon, BC, V1B 2N5 
  • Contact: info@kalamalkapress.ca
PlySpace Residency Program
Plyspace is an artist-in-residence program in Muncie, Indiana, open to writers as well as visual artists, performers, designers and other creative individuals. Each resident is expected to work with a community collaborative partner and complete a community-based project while in residence. All residencies include living space, studio space, a $500 travel stipend and a $500 living stipend (additional support may be available for some residents).
  • Deadline: March 1st, 2020
  • Application Fee: $25 regular deadline, $40 late deadline
  • When: September-November 2020
  • Eligibility: Open to all artists
  • Address: 608 E Main Street Muncie, IN 47305
  • Contact: hello@plyspace.org
Laboratory (Spokane)
Laboratory is an artist residency program for interactive artists in Spokane, Washington. It offers funded residencies of 1-3 months, with housing, studio space, and a small stipend of $200 every month for artists to make new interactive work, research things, or learn new skills. Artists must put together at least one piece suitable for showing in a public exhibition.
  • Deadline: Applications for Summer residencies begin in March 2020
  • Application Fee: $5
  • When: Year round
  • Eligibility: Laboratory offers two tracks for all eligible applicants:
    • The Production Track. “This track is focused on making something cool, interesting, and aesthetically pleasing. That project you’ve always wanted to do, but never had the time? This is the track for that. In your application, we’ll basically want you to describe what you want to build. Include a preliminary idea of the technologies you want to use and an initial schedule and/or timeline for your projects implementation. Please build in 2 weeks of buffer into your schedule, that is your schedule should be 2 weeks shorter than your intended period of residency.”
    • The Research Track. “The research track is for people wanting to push forward the field of interactive art – this can mean lots of things, but overall, this is the track for you if you’re wanting to create new techniques, hack together new tools, or explore novel ways of interaction. Basically, if you’re looking to do anything that looks into ‘what is interaction’, ‘how can we make the world more interactive’, or ‘how do people react to interactive art’, we’d love to help you find some answers. For this track in particular it is important for us to have a clear understanding of your particular skill set. Your portfolio and and well documented examples of your previous work and/or progress is essential when applying for this track. We are especially interested in your previous research experience and any background research that pertains to your proposal. Depending on the nature of your work it may be useful to include a brief bibliography, works cited, and a list of the frameworks you intend to use.”
  • Contact: kryston@laboratoryspokane.com
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
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


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