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NY WinterFest 2021

Now calling all playwrights: Here’s a chance to have your play live on a New York City Stage! Submit your work to the Winterfest 2021 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. Total cash prizes up to $7,000. 

  • 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: NYwinterfest@gmail.com

Submission Information


The Woodward/Newman Drama Award

The Woodward/Newman Drama Award is an exclusive honor offered by Bloomington Playwrights Project, remembering the many great dramas Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman performed in together.
It presents the best unpublished full-length drama of the year with a cash prize of $3,000 and a full production as part of the BPP’s Mainstage season, along with travel reimbursement. Submissions for the 2021-22 competition must be submitted by Dec 1, 2020.

  • Deadline: December 1st, 2020

  • Application Fee: $10 Administrative Fee

  • Eligibility:
    “Full-length” plays should have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes).
    Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission.
    Each submission should be sent to BPP via email.
    Your email should include the following: Tell us you are submitting to the Woodward Newman Drama Competition, your name, phone number, the name of your play, and how you are paying the $10 administrative fee
    Attach a PDF file containing your script with the following information included in the following order: Title page with author name, synopsis (1 page or less), character list/breakdown, production history for the play—include readings and productions, a brief bio of the playwright, full script, submissions that fail to include all requested information in the order listed will be disqualified from the contest, plays submitted in previous years will be accepted, two separate submissions per playwright per annual competition are allowed as long as each submission has all the required materials.

  • Categories: New Works, Drama, Theatre

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

  • 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


Middle/High School Plays by BIPOC Playwrights

Theatrefolk Inc. is seeking one-act Middle School & High School play submissions by BIPOC playwrights for immediate publication. Our mission is to represent student voices and to let students know they are not alone. It has been made clear where we have succeeded and where we have failed in this pursuit. We want to do better. It’s crucial that students know there are playwrights out there speaking directly to them and for them.

  • Deadline: Ongoing

  • Application Fee: Free

  • Eligibility: Plays must be contemporary, feature characters that are of Middle School and High School age, and have simple staging requirements. Although not required, plays that can be performed online or in a social distancing scenario will receive more productions.

  • Categories: New Works, Drama, Comedy, Theatre

  • Contact: submissions@theatrefolk.com

  • Submission Information 


Fire Escape Plays

The New Jersey Repertory Company is soliciting 30-45 minute plays or musicals that are newly written and previously unproduced, and that can be staged on a multilevel fire escape. Playwrights should keep in mind that cast size is limited to 1-3 actors and performers will be on separate levels with separate entrances and there will be no physical contact. Audiences will sit in their cars as in a drive-in movie or in safely distanced and designated spaces with portable seats. 

  • Deadline: Ongoing

  • Application Fee: Free

  • Eligibility: Performers will be on separate levels with separate entrances onto the fire escape and no physical contact. All submissions must comply with this.

  • Categories: New Works, Plays, Musicals

  • Contact: njrep@njrep.org

  • Submission Information


Project Y Theatre Company

Project Y is now accepting plays, scenes, and monologues that are written with the context of the scene being a Zoom (or Skype) call. Plays can be two characters, or more. Context is key -- there must be a realistic need for this to be a Zoom call: teenagers talking late at night, a couple separated by borders, classmates trying to Zoom for a class project, lovers making plans to elope, etc.

This effort is sponsored by Project Y Theatre Company, NYC. All submitted plays will be considered for professional production with Project Y in NYC. In addition, the Project Y Co-Artistic directors are theater professors at Carnegie Mellon University and Middlebury College, respectively, and are in search of material to use with their classes. All plays chosen for production will receive a stipend for their work.

We are in the midst of an unprecedented temporary departure from the traditions of theatre as we know it, so let's make some new work for this new world.

  • Deadline: Ongoing

  • Application Fee: Free

  • Eligibility: All submissions will be eligible for professional production with Project Y Theatre Company NYC. 

  • Categories: New Works, Plays, Musicals

  • Contact: info@projectytheatre.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 discussions/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


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: 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, New Plays

  • Contact: 212.421.1380

  • Submission Information


A Columbus Christmas Carol 

Equity actors for roles in A Columbus Christmas Carol. Central Ohio actors are particularly encouraged to submit. All rehearsals will be conducted virtually, and performances will be pre-recorded and streamed.

Auditions: Online Submissions by Thursday, November 12, 2020 with Callbacks on Friday, November 13, 2020
Production Dates: First rehearsal: November 16, 2020 /Opening: December 16, 2020 / Closing: December 27, 2020
Pay: SPT 1 ($263/wk)

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




Scenic Painters for Future Consideration

Florida Studio Theatre, a professional LORT D theatre in Sarasota, FL is currently seeking experienced and innovative scenic painters for future consideration.

This position works with the Technical Director to create scenic painted elements for Productions on all 5 stages. This position is on an “as needed” contract. Pay rate varies depending on scale of project(s). For smaller projects beginning around $200, larger projects up to $2000, and rates may vary.

Type: As needed 

The ideal candidate has strong communication skills. In addition, the ability to organize and manage multiple projects/tasks simultaneously, to prioritize and take initiative, and to work independently and collaboratively is a must. Scenic painting experience a must. Please provide portfolio when applying. Must be flexible and available to work on nights and weekends.

Project Manager at Upstaging Inc.


Upstaging inc. is looking for a Technical Director/Project Manager that has experience in building sets, props, kiosks, trade show booths, pop displays and other exciting projects. The applicant will be working directly with clients and shop personnel executing building projects.

Type: Full Time, Permanent
Strong AutoCAD skills with ability to produce “working shop drawings.”

Experience in technical theater and large stage productions

Knowledge in set construction, rigging, carpentry, welding and scenic painting

Skills that could be helpful:

Ability to process and produce documents in Excel, Word and Photoshop/Illustrator

Quote clients and develop budgets

Knowledge working with a wide variety of materials including metals wood and plastics a plus

CNC Router programming

For more Onstage opportunities, visit OffStageJobs.com and Playbill.com.





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

  • Application Information 

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 Program
      145 Sixth Ave
      New York, NY 10013

  • Contact: 212.647.0202

  • 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

The Eric H. Weinberger Award for Emerging Librettists


The Eric H. Weinberger Award for Emerging Librettists is a juried cash and production grant given annually to support the early work and career of a deserving musical theatre librettist. It commemorates the life and work of playwright/librettist Eric H. Weinberger (1950-2017), who was a Drama Desk Award nominee for Best Book of a Musical (Wanda’s World), and the playwright/librettist of Class Mothers ’68, which earned Pricilla Lopez a Drama Desk Award nomination.

Deadline: November 29, 2019
Application Fee: Free
Eligibility: Be a full-length show (at least 80 minutes)
Have no more than seven actors  (actors may play multiple roles)
Be complete and ready for readings, workshops and/or productions
Have a demo that is an accurate representation of the music and style of the show (at least five songs)
Have full underlying rights clearance of any pre-existing material used in the script (music, source material, etc.)
Not have had a full production or be published in any way, even if with a different name.
Address: N/A
Contact: cambo@amasmusical.org




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

If you are in need of emergency funds due to the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, please check our COVID-19 pandemic shutdown resources page here.


If you are a longtime recipient of #StageOpps and #ScreenOpps, you know that they started as the Funding Newsletters, brought to you by WomenArts, who still support the ongoing production of these opportunities as well as our Funding Resources pages. WomenArts' founder and president, Martha Richards, will be receiving the 2020 Elsa Rael VintAge Award (for Advocacy for Women in the Arts & Media as They Age) from us on Zoom Saturday, November 14. If you would like to attend and/or support the Coalition's work in creating these Opps for you, now is the perfect time! Check out our VintAge page for more info.


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