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.
Application Fee: Free
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.
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.
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.
Seeking Submissions for Corruption Inc. – A Monologue Festival Competition & Short Film
CORRUPTION INC. is a powerful two-fold project encompassing an exciting and exclusive livestream monologue festival competition and culminating in a critically important theatrical short film featuring a series of chosen monologues which will be produced and showcased on various digital platforms and submitted to film festivals across the country.
This project was conceived based on the need to open the conversation to encompass all points of view regarding the current state of society, and the emotional & mental impact it has on us as a whole. We hope that this project will help us listen to each other, enlighten, and ultimately come together.
Living in America has a unique set of challenges. Living in America during the last 12 months has been even more of a challenge.
Although the Media and freedom of the press was formed and protected under the Bill of Rights in an effort to inform American citizens of activities and events with accuracy and impartiality, promote transparency in government and politics and expose corruption in business and government practices, some would suggest it has become a perversion of itself and almost omnipotent in its power to affect perception and general constructions of truth.
The Media – whether Magazines, Newspapers, Internet, Television, Radio, or Social Media Platforms – is one of the most influential factors shaping the opinions and viewpoints of what people believe life and culture to be.
Every day the media tells us who we are, who we should be, who we're not, what we should think, and how we should feel. As a result, many of us take on narratives and identify with them as if they are our own. Though, many of these narratives do not truly belong to us, the majority of people will go along with the media's conditioning out of fear, oblivion, exhaustion and/or a host of other reasons.
However, there are a growing mass of individuals who bravely go the other way, who ask questions, who challenge the status quo, who refuse to blindly accept the stories they've been told to live. The monologues requested are about these outliers.
We are looking for bold playwrights & writers who will
confidently write about today’s controversial topics.
Each monologue should have all of the elements of great storytelling, and be original.
The piece should be no longer than 8 minutes, and be written in the first person narrative.
We want to take the audience on an emotional journey with ebbs and flows from the character's first person perspective as they tackle challenging topics such as the one's listed below.
1. Do government restrictions/lockdowns impact the constitutional rights of the people? What about small business owners?
2. Can mask and vaccine mandates be a violation of someone's right to govern their own body? Do citizens lose those rights during a crisis? If so, is this ethical?
3. Has the media become an antagonist by only permitting a one-sided, limited narrative that purposely shapes the information we consume and serves to divide?
4. Has the Media purposely created exaggerations and false delusions about individuals or events to sway a particular audience or group of people? Should they be held accountable?
5. Has the Media contributed to the loss of culture, tradition and history in the country? Is that important? Do Americans truly care whether the media is reporting the truth or not? How do you know if the media is reporting the truth or not?
6. Has the media participated in the conditioning African-Americans and minorities throughout their lives to feel inferior? Has Media narrative formulated depictions that stigmatize various groups of people? Has that helped to divide us? Could the very people who are in opposition be more similar than they realize?
7. Could social media be distracting people from critical thinking, individual thought and reaching their highest potential? Does social media disconnect us from each other and reality?
Is freedom of speech being compromised? When social media platforms remove posts and censor individuals, does it infringe upon a person's constitutional right to free speech? Are we in danger as a society of losing those rights? Have we become unable to decide what's best for us as a society so that it is necessary for someone else to decide for us?
We know what the official media narrative says about these topics.
How is your character's outlook different?
Does your character question or disagree with the way these issues are presented by the media?
How does your character feel about the media?
How has it impacted her/him?
Does he/she feel that there is unbiased, neutral reporting taking place in the present day?
Are regulations ethical? Why or not?
What are the psychological, physical, emotional, and mental effects of consuming media regularly?
How have the current events impacted your character’s relationships with family, friends, neighbors and/or fellow citizens?
Why do we care?
How is this relevant?
How can this story empower and/or enlighten others?
**NOTE: We are looking to hear various perspectives from people and characters of different generations, cultures, nationalities, genders, ethnicities, citizens of socialist & capitalist countries, the LGBTQ community and everyone in between. We would like to evoke conversations that make people think and come to their own conclusion of what "the truth" is.
MONOLOGUE FESTIVAL COMPETITION GUIDELINES:
This project is a livestream monologue festival, and competition, ultimately resulting in a theatrical short film featuring a series of monologues which will be produced and featured on various digital platforms and submitted to film festivals.
CORRUPTION INC. Livestream Festival Competition will premiere at The Nubox located at John DeSotelle Studio, Spring 2021. Dates TBA
Place "CORRUPTION INC. Submission" in the email subject. You will be notified if selected.
The monologue must be original and unpublished.
The deadline for submissions is March 1st, 2021.
The top 6 monologues will be featured in the short film, and receive a $100 cash prize.
CORRUPTION INC. Film release TBD. The project will be filmed on location in New York City, NY.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Application Fee: Free
Eligibility: All submissions will be eligible for professional production with Project Y Theatre Company NYC.
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.
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.
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).
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.
In celebration of Women's History Month, Unlimited Stages is debuting F-ing Funny Females: An all female comedy show consisting of songs, sketches, and stand-up written and performed by women on the first Friday of March. Because the show will be presented through Zoom, all of the performers are given the option to present their acts live or pre-recorded.
For those who are interested in performing, please submit your headshot, resume, and video reel. For those interested in submitting an original sketch for the show, please make sure that the estimated runtime is 5 minutes long.
All performers will receive an equal stipend pay of $50, and the show will be presented live through Zoom on March 5th.
The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is accepting applications for various production positions in preparation for the summer 2021 season: A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Odyssey. Shows will run in rep in the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre May through August, 2021.
There are openings for full-time seasonal supervisors, artisans, technicians, and run crew in production and costumes.
We are also accepting applications for theatrical stage technicians and costume shop technicians of all disciplines to fill a variety of shop positions and individual work calls as needed throughout the spring, summer, and fall.
School Professionals is recruiting substitute teachers, assistant teachers, tutors, and teacher aides available to work in any of the 5 boroughs. Assignments are expected to run through Winter and Spring 2021 in a mix of live and hybrid instruction. Small-group settings are the norm.
Our accomplished teachers are dedicated to helping all students learn and thrive in the classroom. As a School Professional, you will view and accept assignments online and through our mobile phone app. Once you accept a job with one of our clients, you will simply report and work the required hours, all with the support of a staffing company with 58 years’ experience behind you!
Your responsibilities as a substitute teacher will include carrying out the professional duties of a classroom teacher, adhering to school policies and School Professionals policies, possessing a positive attitude while working in a fast-paced environment, reporting for scheduled work reliably and punctually, and maintaining a clean, safe, and supportive classroom environment.
Applying to become a School Professionals teacher is easy! All you need to apply is:
Education: Bachelor's Degree
Experience: At least 3+ months experience in a teaching, coaching, childcare or analogous position with preschool-college
OR Any of the Following
a semester of student teaching
enrollment in or completion of a Master’s in Education
Steven Schwartzberg Grants for Mental Health & Wellness
Writers are the beating heart of theater, whom we rely upon to take us on journeys and inspire us to think. During these unprecedented times, DGF has created the Steven Schwartzberg Grants to provide financial support for mental health and wellness services for writers. To help connect writers to therapists, DGF has partnered with Advekit, an online therapist matching service, to expand access to mental health support that might be out of your reach.
Please complete the form to receive $1,000 toward therapy through Advekit, courtesy of DGF.
If you already have a therapist or are seeking mental wellness support other than Western talk therapy, DGF is working on ways to support you in your wellness.
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.
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.
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.
Application Fee: Free
Eligibility: Arts, culture, and humanities in greater Los Angeles region
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.
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.
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.