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Blue Ink Award for Playwriting 

The nationally-renowned Blue Ink Award was created in 2010 to support new work. Since inception, we've named 12 Award winners 112 finalists, and 171 semi-finalists. Nearly $10,000 in cash and prizes was distributed to playwrights in 2022. Previous winners include Mardee Bennett's The Reapers on Woodbrook Avenue (2022), Yussef El Guindi's Refugee Rhapsody (2021), Andrea Stolowitz' Recent Unsettling Events (2020), Benjamin Benne's ALMA (2019), Inda Craig-Galván's Welcome to Matteson! (2018), Idris Goodwin's Hype Man (2017), Nathan Alan Davis's The Wind and the Breeze (2016), and Jamie Pachino's Other Than Honorable (2015). Each year, American Blues Theater accepts worldwide submissions of original, unpublished full-length plays. The winning play will be selected by Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside and the theater's award-winning Ensemble.The playwright receives a monetary prize of $2,500. Cash prizes are awarded to finalists and semi-finalists too. All proceeds of the administrative fee are distributed for playwrights' cash prizes.

o When/Where: Chicago, IL 

o Deadline: August 31 

o Application Fee: 55

o Eligibility: This contest is restricted to plays written predominantly in English. Worldwide submissions are accepted.

  • Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays written in English. Adaptations are accepted with proof of rights held unless source text is in public

  • domain. Translations, musicals, and children's plays are not accepted.

  • Playwrights may submit only one (1) manuscript per year.

  • Plays that have been professionally produced or published are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production will be considered.

  • Plays may not be under option or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.

  • American Blues Theater reserves the Right-of-First-Refusal to produce the world

  • premiere of the winning manuscript for one (1) year beginning on date of the public announcement of the winner.

  • Plays must be submitted digitally as a PDF or Word Document via the submissio form at AmericanBluesTheater.com. Fees may also be submitted digitally.

  • If you choose to pay by check, send the $5 administrative fee to: American Blues Theater, 4809 N Ravenswood Ave, Suite 221, Chicago, IL 60640.

  • Questions should be sent to ElyseD@AmericanBluesTheater.com.

o Categories: Plays 

o Contact: blueink@americanbluestheater.com

o Submission Information 

The Richard Rodgers Awards 2023 

The Richard Rodgers Awards were created and endowed by Richard Rodgers in 1978 for the development of the musical theater. These awards subsidize full productions, studio productions, and staged readings by nonprofit theaters in New York City of works by composers and writers who are not already established in this field. The winners are selected by a jury of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The Richard Rodgers Awards are the only awards for which the Academy accepts applications.

o When/Where: New York, NY 

o Deadline: November 11 

o Application Fee: No Fee 

o Eligibility: The name(s) of the author(s) must not appear on any of the items submitted, with the exception of the application form. Include only the title of the work on the script and plot summary. Please be sure author names are not included in music file metadata.

  • Entry must include:Script with lyrics, in PDF format.

  • Half-page synopsis of the action and a list of characters, in PDF format.

  • A separate track sheet (PDF) of recorded songs with page numbers indicating where they appear in the script and specifying the total number of minutes recorded.

  • At least 45 minutes of music, including a minimum of eight songs. Orchestrations are not necessary; piano and vocals are sufficient. Songs must be numbered in sequence (e.g. 01 Song Title.mp3) and each song's lyrics clearly typed into the script where it appears. Tracks must be uploaded in the order they appear in the script.

  • Application form signed by all collaborators (see below). Applicants submitting work that has already been produced must give full information concerning these productions, including programs. A work is not eligible if one of the collaborators is deceased.

  • If applicable, a statement of intent declaring how the applicants would use the award if their musical is a winner. If the piece is already attached to producers or a theater, even if tentative, these associations must be declared here.

  • If the submitted work (or a portion thereof) is an adaptation of material which is not in the public domain, candidates must submit licenses, permissions, or authorizations necessary to permit the work to be produced in conformity with applicable copyright laws. The music must be original.

  • Applicants will be notified of the jury's decision by March 2023.

o Categories: Musicals

o Contact: 212-368-5900

o Submission Information 

Henley Rose Playwright Competition 

The Henley Rose Playwright Competition for Women was founded by Yellow Rose Productions, with permission of Beth Henley, to encourage and recognize the new works of female playwrights. The Henley Rose Playwright Competition for Women aims to give voice to the stories of this generation and to bring into the spotlight important works that have been crafted. The Henley Rose Playwright Competition for Women seeks to honor both the writings of Pulitzer Prize winner Beth Henley and those of winners of the Henley Rose Award. Submissions are welcome from July 1st until August 31st and will be read by a committee of writers, theatre artists, and producers. A small group of finalists will be announced in May 2023. The First, Second, and Third Place winners will also be announced by the end of May 2023 and will receive the Henley Rose Award. In addition, submission fees will go toward creating a cash prize for the winners of the Henley Rose Award.

o When/Where: Knoxville, TN 

o Deadline: August 31

o Application Fee: $22 submission fee will be waived for current members of the Dramatists Guild. Please include a scan or photocopy of your current membership card with your script for verification.

o Eligibility: Submissions must be completed, full-length plays. No one-acts or ten-minute plays, please.

  • Submissions must be the original work of the submitting female-identifying playwright.

  • Submissions may not have been previously produced or fully staged.

  • Submissions are due by August 31st, 2022 and must include all of the submission materials to qualify.

  • One script may be submitted per applicant.

o Categories: New Works, Drama, Theatre 

o Contact: henleyrosecompetition@gmail.com.

o Submission Information 

Peach Theatre & Film International Film Festival 

The PEACH Theatre and Film Intl. Festival is a unique and rare experience that merge two beautiful genres of arts and entertainment. Both theatre and film. Featuring one full day of live theatre on stage and two days of short films on the big screen, showcasing 30 short films and 6 plays, in one of the world's most famous cities, internationally known for being the home of entertainment. Los Angeles, California. Our mission is to select films and plays based on content, quality, and merit. It is also our volition to honor the creatives selected, with integrity and respect for their hard work, discipline and sacrifice to get their productions completed and ready for display. As playwrights, filmmakers and entertainment professionals ourselves, we understand what it takes, and for that reason, we salute you! Become a part of history with us.

o When/Where: November 14-16 

o Deadline: August 30 (Late Deadline) 

o Application Fee: $35

o Eligibility: Our disclaimer, at The PEACH Theatre & Film Intl. Festival, exempts our organizers from liability because of loss, damage, theft, or injury to body or property of attendees even when that damage may be the result of some negligence. The event disclaimer states that attendance, and participation are deemed at your own risk and that anyone attending or taking part in the event must use good judgment, obey all laws and take reasonable care to avoid any injury to their person or property. By submitting to The PEACH Theatre & Film Intl. Festival, you agree to these terms.

  • Submission Fee includes consideration for all categories.

  • Theatre Submissions that are longer than the 1 hour required length can be submitted "as is" Yet, if selected the theatre piece must be reformatted to 1 hour (in length) to showcase in the festival. (NO EXCEPTIONS). 

o Submission Information

Theatre Viscera  

WE ARE ACCEPTING PLAY SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2023 SEASON OF THEATRE VISCERA AND THE THEATRE VISCERA PODCAST. PLEASE READ THROUGH THE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES THOROUGHLY AS SUBMISSIONS THAT DO NOT ADHERE TO THEM WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. We accept plays written by queer (LGBTQIA+) playwrights, about queer characters, for queer performers. We have a preference for plays about/by transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming folx.

o When/Where: Portland, OR 

o Deadline: August 15

o Application Fee: None

o Eligibility: You may send us full length plays, one acts, or collections of ten minutes. Total submissions must be at least 30 minutes long when read.We are considering plays for full production, but have more slots available for plays to be read on the podcast, if your play is an audio play please specify that. We are not accepting musicals at this time.

o Categories: New Works, Drama, Theatre 

o Contact: theatreviscera@gmail.com

o Submission Information 

The Woodward/Newman Drama Award 

The Woodward/Newman Award is an exclusive honor offered by Bloomington Playwrights Project, started through the support of Joanne Woodward, Newman's Own Foundation, and the Newman family, celebrating Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward's tremendous history of work on stage and screen. It presents the best unpublished play of the year with a cash prize of $3,000 and a full production as part of BPP's Mainstage season, along with travel reimbursement. Submissions for the 2022-23 competition  must be submitted by Dec 1, 2021.

o When/Where: Bloomington, IN 

o Deadline: December 1

o Application Fee: $10 Administrative Fee 

o Eligibility: We are currently accepting submissions for the 2022-23 Woodward/Newman Award. The winner and finalists will be announced by June 2022. The winner will be awarded $3,000 and a full production.

  • "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 (independently published is acceptable).

  • Each submission should be sent to BPP via email. Send your email to literarymanager@newplays.org

  • Your email should include the following: 

    • Tell us your name, phone number, and the name of your Play

    • Tell us how you are satisfying the $10 administrative fee 

      • Agent submitted scripts require no fee.

      • If via Dramatist Guild membership, attach a copy of your DG card to the email

      • If you have paid via Paypal on our website, indicate your confirmation number and the email address used.

      • Paypal is preferred, but if you can't pay on-line, you may send a check or Money Order, (must be from a US bank). Tell us the check or Money Order number. Make it payable to "BPP" and mail to BPP, 107 W 9th ST, Bloomington, IN 47404

    • Attach a SINGLE PDF file containing your script with the following information included in the following order: 

      • Title page with author name

      • Synopsis (1 page or less). Please list the genre at the top (comedy, drama, etc.)

      • 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.

o Categories: New Works, Drama, Theatre 

o Address: 107 West 9th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404

o Contact: literarymanager@newplays.org

o Submission Information 

Nylon Fusion Theatre Company

Nylon Fusion Theatre Company is currently accepting submissions of new works for future projects. RETROSPECT: The Worst of Times 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 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!

o Deadline: TBD

o Application Fee: Free

o Eligibility: To be considered This Round's On Us please submit/email the following: A cover letter, brief synopsis, resume and full script to nylonsubmissions@gmail.com 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.

o Categories: Short Plays 

o Contact: nylonsubmissions@gmail.com

o Submission Information 

Commission for NEW PLAY featuring Master of Fine Arts students at Big 10 University

The Michigan State University Department of Theatre seeks to commission a playwright to write a new full-length play, scheduled for a fully-realized production in Spring 2024. The play will feature the work of current Master of Fine Arts Acting and Design students. We are seeking a new play with at least eight great roles that highlight the diversity of our MFA Actors. Meet them here: https://theatre.msu.edu/commission/ We imagine a collaborative process where the playwright and MFAs discuss themes, issues, and stories that collectively interest them. We seek an early-career or graduate student playwright (preferred, but not essential) interested in writing a play specifically for this group to culminate in public performances. As part of our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts, we encourage applications from playwrights from the Global Majority*. The chosen playwright will receive a $4000 fee to create a new play and participate in all the above-listed events over a year and a half. Funding will also be allocated for travel and housing for on-site developmental workshops and rehearsals.  

o Deadline: TBD

o Application Fee: Free

o Eligibility: To apply, please upload the following items here by August 15, 2022.  

  • A completed full-length play.  

  • A statement related to your work and themes within it related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • An artist's statement: One to two-page statement of your artistic mission, which introduces you, your process, and your body of work to us. Please also state what interests you about this project. 

  • A resume

o Categories: Plays 

o Submission Information 

Chameleon Theatre

Chameleon Theatre Company is a Philadelphia-based company producing theatre from a woman's perspective, especially plays dealing with issues such as gender, sexuality, feminism, ageism and violence. We tell stories from underrepresented social and political perspectives and about lesser-known female historical figures whose achievements deserve a wider audience. Chameleon performs new work and Philadelphia premieres and pursues production opportunities nationally and internationally.

o Deadline: Ongoing 

o Application Fee: None

o Eligibility:  Chameleon welcomes new work by women. Please read our mission statement. If your play fits our mission please submit your bio, a synopsis, character list and the first 10 pages of the script to Lee Kiszonas here.

o Contact: hngdwmn@yahoo.com

o Categories: Short Plays, Full Length Plays 

o Submission Information

3GT Innovators Series 

3Girls Theatre seeks submissions for the Innovators Series on a year-round rolling basis. We are looking for women playwrights and/or women-led theater companies with experimental projects in early stages of development. The 3GT Innovators Series supports theater makers as they develop their work, providing development and production resources. 3GT also offers platforms for sharing their work with different communities, including Innovators Happy Hours at Google Community Space, which combine in-development "scratch" performances with a party atmosphere and networking opportunities for trailblazing peers from across San Francisco.

o When/Where: San Francisco, CA 

o Deadline: Rolling

o Application Fee: Free

o Eligibility: Identify as a woman theater artist OR be a women-led theater company (women must feature prominently in leadership roles, though not necessarily exclusively)

- Live and work in the San Francisco Bay Area

- Create performances that challenge formal convention and push thematic boundaries

- Commit to one 30min "scratch" performance at Google Community Space

- Commit to attending the Happy Hour scratch performances of other Innovators (no more than 4/year)

o Categories: (New Works, dance, theatre, improv, comedy

o Address: 034 Kearny St San Francisco  CA 94133

o Contact: zach@3girlstheatre.org

o Submission Information 

Stay True Theatre Company

Stay True Theatre Company is a small theatre company based in New York City, founded in Summer 2019 in honor of World Pride by Andrew Victor Myers and Morgan Bartholick, following a one-off production benefitting Gay Men's Health Crisis. In 2020, Anne Karyna Bakan joined the administrative staff as the company's new Associate Artistic Director. Together, Andrew and Anne strive to produce and support work that embodies the vast medley of identities and groups that comprise the entire LGBTQIA+ community. At Stay True Theatre Company, we pride ourselves on creating, producing, and performing pieces of theatre by, for, and with the LGBTQIA+ community. We believe in staying true to who we are, and expressing identity through the arts opens the doors to understanding, acceptance and community.     

o When/Where: New York City

o Deadline: Rolling

o Application Fee: Free

o Eligibility: We are always accepting submissions for new work written by LGBTQIA+ playwrights. Send a PDF of your play, musical, devised manual or other written work. 

o Categories: New Works, theatre, imusica, comedy

o Contact: staytruetheatrecompany@gmail.com

o Submission Information 

The Pit

The People's Improv Theatre takes open submissions year round for theatre, stand-up, sketch comedy, performance art, dance, improv troupes etc. 

o When/Where: New York City

o Deadline: Rolling

o Application Fee: Free

o Eligibility: Must be between 45-75 min

o Categories: New Works, dance, theatre, improv, comedy

o Address: 123 E 24th st, New York, NY 10010

o Contact: info@thepit-nyc.com

o Submission Information 

NY Winterfest 

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. 

o Deadline: Ongoing

o Application Fee: Free

o 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.

o Categories: Short Plays, Full Length, One Act

o Contact: NYwinterfest@gmail.com

o Submission Information 

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.

o Deadline: Ongoing

o Application Fee: Free

o 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.

o Categories: New Plays 

o Contact: info@freshwatertheatre.com

o Submission Information 



Girls Theatre Company (3GT) seeks lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer (LBTQ), nonbinary (NB), and assigned-female-at-birth (AFAB) playwrights and solo performers for LezWritesBTQ's 2022-2023 Season. Applications are open now through August 5th, 2022.The mission of LezWritesBTQ is to amplify and support the development of LBTQ/NB/AFAB playwrights and solo performers, prioritizing: BIPOC, elders, young people, immigrants, and people with disabilities within our queer and trans communities. LezWritesBTQ is committed to supporting writers with professional dramaturgical script development and production opportunities.The program offers a distinctive and rare opportunity for script development and professional support at a level rarely available to emerging LBTQ/NB/AFAB writers:

o Deadline: August 5

o Application Fee: None 

o Eligibility: Each writer works one-on-one with a dramaturg to develop their script and artistic voice.

  • Each writer works with a director and cast to stage a reading of the script for a public audience.

  • After the reading, the writer is reunited with their dramaturg to revise the script, in addition to receiving additional performance opportunities with 3GT throughout the year.

  • Everyone, including writers, receives a stipend for their work.

  • You must identify as LBTQ/NB/AFAB, live in the Bay Area, and be at least 18 years of age to apply.

  • Submissions must NOT exceed 75 minutes in length (~70 pages or less), but may be an excerpt from a longer play or solo show. Only one submission per writer.

  • Each selected playwright and solo performer is required to fully participate in the development workshop process an attend in the LezWritesBTQ Cohort performance in the summer of 2023.

o Categories: Plays 

o Contact: tina@3girlstheatre.org

o Submission Information 

Native Voices: Short Plays Festival 2023

They're fierce. They're funny. Their frybread! Our communities shape us - our identities, our values, our taste in food. And, in our Native communities, the list of those who rear us extends far beyond that westernized "nuclear family." This year, Native Voices invites you to tell a story inspired by an Auntie (or, many Aunties…let's be honest)! Don't Mess with Auntie. We know it, we live by it, and goodness, do we have stories about it! Native Voices' 2023 Short Play Festival is calling all Auntie stories. Laugh, cry, and learn your lessons as we assemble at the Autry for our 13th Annual Short Play Festival. Please keep your plays under 10 minutes. (Or you'll have Auntie to answer to!!)

o Deadline: August 23

o Application Fee: None 

o Eligibility: Plays selected to participate in the 13th Annual Short Play Festival will also be entered to win the Thomas Studi Gadugi Audience Prize of $500 and the Von Marie Atchley Excellence in Playwriting Award of $1,000. Scripts longer than 15 pages or read aloud at longer than 10 minutes will not be accepted. Fresh, surprising perspectives are welcome! 

o Categories: Short Plays 

o Address: 3269 Casitas Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90039

o Contact: ShoutOut@EchoTheatre.org

o Submission Information 

The Autry: Native Voices Script Submissions 

Native Voices is accepting submissions of full-length plays (60+ pages) by American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations playwrights addressing all themes and topics. 2023 Playwrights Retreat and 29th Festival of New Plays The Retreat and Festival bring artists to Los Angeles to work on a selected number of plays through a rigorous directorial and dramaturgical commitment for 8–10 days in June. The Retreat culminates in public staged readings of the plays at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles. Selected playwrights receive artistic support as well as an honorarium; out-of-town artists receive roundtrip airfare plus lodging in Southern California.                  

o Deadline: August 22  

o Application Fee: None 

o Eligibility: Please do not send treatments or outlines. Previously produced plays should be submitted under the 2023 General Submission for Production Consideration. Playwrights are encouraged to make multiple submissions (up to three per event), but selection will be limited to only one play per playwright, per event.

o Categories: Full Length Plays, New Works, Musicals

o Contact: nvliterary@theautry.org

o Submission Information 

Music Theatre of CT (MTC)

Golden Thread Productions, founded in 1996, is the first American theatre company devoted to the Middle East. We produce passionate and provocative plays from or about the Middle East that celebrate the multiplicity of its perspectives and identities. We are a developmental catalyst and vibrant artistic home to artists at various stages of their career. We bring the Middle East to the American stage, creating treasured cultural experiences for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

o Deadline: August 31

o Application Fee: None

o Eligibility: There is a $15 entry fee for the competition, which must be paid along with the submitted script. Any script submitted without the entry fee will not be considered. A second entry fee must be submitted for a second script. (see #10 below)

  • 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 submission must be written in the English Language.

  • The submission cannot be a musical, translation, or children's play.

  • The submission must be a minimum of 60 pages and a maximum of 90 pages.

  • The manuscript must be easy to read with the pages numbered.

  • The submission must begin with a title page that includes the work's name and the playwright's name, address, telephone number, and email. There should also include a character list and scene breakdown if applicable.

  • The cast for the play must be limited to no more than 6 actors.

  • The script may have more than one author. Also, the playwright(s) may include a brief biography, but it is not necessary.

  • Playwrights are paid a stipend if their play is chosen.

  • If a playwright's play is chosen then they are required to attend the reading and partake in a talkback. Travel will not be covered.

  • Each playwright is limited to two different submissions per year. There will be no revision 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 five plays selected for readings will be announced on our website.

  • Please submit your payment at www.musictheatreofct.com/newplays and email your submission to auditions@musictheatreofct.com with the subject line "New Voices 2022 Play Submission".

  • In order to qualify for this year's competition, the script must be submitted no earlier than June 15, 2022 and must be received no later than August 31, 2022.

o Categories: Full-Length Plays 

o Contact: auditions@musictheatreofct.com

o Submission Information 

Manhattan Repertory Theatre Play Production Program 

Self-Produce a production of your best play in New York City as live theatre comes back to life in this New Renaissance of Theatre. We will do all the work, from hiring a production team and staff, to casting, directing, building costumes, set design, lighting design, payroll and more. From 3 performances to 20 performances for one simple Production Fee. Pre-Pandemic, 2017 - 2019, we produced 60 plays in Midtown Manhattan for playwrights all over the world. Production time frames available: Late Autumn 2021, Winter/Spring 2022.Currently, as we move back into production in New York City, we are only accepting Full-Length plays and Musicals - 60 to 150 minutes. Production fees range from $12,000 to $50,000 depending on the "size" of your production, scenic elements, and the number of performances.                             

o Deadline: TBD

o Application Fee: None

o Eligibility: If you are serious about self-producing your play in New York City, please forward us: An email cover letter with information about you and your work. your play attached as a .pdf, an attached Synopsis of your play, with the approximate running time, and your set, lighting and costume requirements.

o Categories: Full Length Plays, New Plays

o Contact: manhattanrep@yahoo.com

o Submission Information 

The Echo Theater Company BIG SHOUT OUT New Play Contest for Women+ Playwrights

If  you are a playwright and self-identify as a woman+*, you are invited to enter one play or play-with-music** (45-minute one-acts to full-length scripts) to Echo Theatre's 3rd BIG SHOUT OUT International New Play Contest. The Contest Winner receives a $1000 Royalty and Echo will present the winning play either as a workshop production or a mainstage regional premiere*** in Echo Theatre's 24th Season, which runs during the 2022 calendar year. Finalist Honorees each receive a $150 Royalty from Echo to present the Finalist scripts one to two times in our 2022 Echo Reads Performance Reading Series.

o Deadline: August 15

o Application Fee: None 


  • Please submit your script, our submission form, and your bio via Email.

  • We are requesting Digital Submissions Only. No Paper copies accepted.

  • This is a Blind Reading Contest; please no scripts with your name on them. (This is so that we aren't judging influenced by anyone's reputation or a past relationship with a playwright.)

  • Our Contest Staff will log your entry and reply to you that we received it.

  • We ask that you please limit your submission to one play per playwright.

  • Scripts should be unpublished and past workshop productions are fine.

  • Scripts should be primarily written for English-language audiences. (Other languages may be in the script, as long as English is the primary language.)

  • Every submission will be read and assigned points for story/theme, form, language/dialogue, theatricality and aspects unique to itself.

  • Please submit full scripts; no synopses or treatments. Thanks.

  • All cast sizes are considered. Past Winners' cast sizes ranged from 2 to 13.

  • Fill out the 2021 Big Shout Out Submission Form. Email the submission form, your script and your bio to ShoutOut@EchoTheatre.org

o Categories: (musical, play, one-act, 10-minute, etc.)

o Address: 3269 Casitas Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90039

o Contact: ShoutOut@EchoTheatre.org

o Submission Information 

The Rep New Works Festival

Currently, we accept full-length play submissions for season consideration and our upcoming New Works Festival.

o Deadline: Ongoing 

o Application Fee: Free

o Eligibility: Please email plays to the Artistic team with the subject line: "Submission: TITLE OF PLAY."

In the body of the email, please include:

• A brief synopsis of the play

• The development history of the play

• A brief, personal bio

Submissions made under these guidelines may be sent to The Rep by email.

o Categories: (musical, play, one-act, 10-minute, etc.)

o Address: 130 Edgar Road St. Louis, Missouri 63119

o Contact: 314-968-7340 PLAYSUBMISSION@REPSTL.ORG 

o Submission Information 

Shubert Fendrich Memorial Playwriting Contest 

To encourage the development of quality theatrical materials for the educational, community and children's theatre markets, Pioneer Drama Service is proud to sponsor the annual Shubert Fendrich Memorial Playwriting Contest.

This is an ongoing contest, with a winner selected by June 1 each year from all eligible submissions received the previous year.  All eligible plays accepted for publication will be considered contest finalists, from which the winner will be selected.  The contest winner will receive a $1,000 royalty advance in addition to publication.

o Deadline: ASAP, ongoing, announced each June 1

o Application Fee: None

o Eligibility: You can start the submission process by contacting us here.

  • We will only consider manuscripts with a running time between 20 and 90 minutes.

  • Submissions must be family friendly in both subject and language. NO cursing. NO explicitly adult content.

  • We prefer casts that are either balanced or favoring females. The more gender neutral roles, the better.

  • We favor plays and musicals with ensemble casts, where more than just a few have a chance to shine.

  • Plays with elaborate set, costume or technical requirements are not appealing because of the limited resources of many of our customers. Pictures, sketches or descriptions of your vision are always helpful.

  • We recommend your submissions have had at least one production or reading, hopefully staged. We feel this fundamental field test is necessary before a play can be considered for publication since plays are created for the purpose of performance.

  • Manuscripts must be computer-printed in dark ink. We do not require specific formatting. However, your efforts to ensure your script is free of misspellings and typos will help the submissions editor.

  • We hope that Pioneer Drama is your first choice as a publisher, and we encourage you to submit to us exclusively. However, we do accept simultaneous submissions with the understanding that you will accept the first contract you're offered and not use the situation to seek multiple offers from which to choose. If you receive another offer, please notify us immediately so we may rescind your submission.

  • The following information must accompany your submission or query:

  • 100-200 word synopsis.

  • Cast list that indicates the number of female roles, the number of male roles and the number of roles that can be performed by either gender. We do not accept one-person shows.

  • Running time.

  • CD and/or score for musicals. We appreciate the opportunity to hear the music, if possible.

  • Set design(s). Please feel free to provide diagrams and/or pictures.

  • Proof of production or staged reading (i.e., review, program, etc.) A DVD of your performance is ideal, though not required.

  • Age of intended audience.

  • A self-addressed envelope of sufficient size with appropriate postage for the return of your materials. We will NOT return manuscripts or accompanying material if this is not included.

  • Cover letter and/or resume.

o Categories: family friendly

o Address: Pioneer Drama Service, Inc. Attn: Submissions Editor PO Box 4267

Englewood, CO 80155-4267

o Contact: https://www.pioneerdrama.com/ContactUs.asp?ID=6

o Submission Information 

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.

o Deadline: Ongoing 

o Application Fee: Free

o 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.

o Categories: New Works, Drama, Comedy, Theatre

o Contact: submissions@theatrefolk.com

o 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. 

o Deadline: Ongoing 

o Application Fee: Free

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

o Categories: New Works, Plays, Musicals

o Contact: njrep@njrep.org

o 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.

o Deadline: Ongoing 

o Application Fee: Free

o 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.

o Categories: New Plays 

o Contact: literary@panglossian.org

o Submission Information 

She ATL Summer Theater Festival

The inaugural She ATL Summer Theater Festival is produced by SheNYC Arts, and will accept 3-4 full-length plays and musicals by women-identifying writers who reside in Georgia. 

o Deadline: December 15

o Application Fee: None

o Eligibility: You must have a show that is written by a woman-identifying writer or a team that is at least 50% women. It can be a play, musical, one woman show, or an adaptation of an old work. It must be full-length, or a series of short plays by the same author that will fill a full-length slot. At  least one of the authors must reside in the state of Georgia.

o Categories: Full length or series of short plays

o Contact: info@shenycarts.org

o 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).                                      

o Deadline: Ongoing

o Application Fee: None

o 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

o Categories: Full Length Plays, New Plays

o Contact: 212.421.1380

o Submission Information 

ONSTAGE Audition 

Cats - Equity Principal Video Auditions 

This is a workshop of the musical CATS reimagined within the context of the Ballroom Scene. The reimagination will take place at a Ball: a competition that, through multiple categories, invites an unapologetic celebration of the self. Please note that all characters in this production are human, not literal "cats". All ages are suggestions to capture the character's essence and their relationship to the scene. Gender identities mentioned in the character descriptions are to describe the characters; many roles may have flexibility with gender including throughout the show. Ballroom was created as something that is for everyone. Although not every character is listed as such, it is important to this creative team that people of the global majority (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) are represented across this cast.

o Auditions: PPlease prepare a brief cut of one or two pop/rock ballad song(s). If two songs, please keep them brief. If you do not have your own music or accompaniment, we invite you to use the following piano accompaniment of the song 'Memory' from the musical CATS. Please sing in an octave that best suits your voice.

o Pay: 815 weekly minimum

o Audition Information 

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


Program Manager, Counter Pulse 

CounterPulse provides space and resources for emerging artists and cultural innovators, serving as an incubator for the creation of socially relevant, community-based art and culture. CounterPulse acts as a catalyst for art and action; creating a forum for the open exchange of art and ideas, sparking transformation in our communities and our society. We work towards a world that celebrates diversity of race, class, cultural heritage, artistic expression, ability, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

o Salary: 32 hours salaried position; $50,000-$53,000 DOE annual salary

o Requirements: Passion for the arts and social justice

  • Experience with producing stage-based work

  • Experience with and knowledge of Bay Area performing arts

  • Extraordinary organizational ability; dedication to precision and attention to detail

  • Excellent time management skills; ability to work gracefully under pressure/deadline while

  • attending to multiple responsibilities and intricate details

  • Excellent communication skills with staff, artists, and a diverse public

  • Ability to work collaboratively, maintaining a sense of humor in unexpected situations

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Salesforce, Excel

o Submission Information

Assistant Technical Director, Hartford Stage 

Hartford Stage is hiring an Assistant Technical Director that will be responsible in fulfilling the scenic design visions for all productions in collaboration with the Technical Director. The ATD will be a hands on, solid draftsperson who enjoys creative problem solving, complex projects, and working alongside multiple production departments. They will be detail oriented, focusing on efficient construction and safe implementation of the designs. They will assist the technical director in planning, organizing, and scheduling the builds, work calls, and materials selections. They will be providing support, guidance, and direction to the shop staff through their expertise and knowledge of construction techniques.

o Salary: $53,500 - $55,500

o Requirements: Working collaboratively and inclusively, mindful that each brings their own unique style, thinking, culture, and talents to the team

  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills

  • Creative problem solving

  • Discipline, flexibility, and adaptability

  • Attention to detail and a commitment to the integrity of a scenic design

  • A full familiarity and proficiency with AutoCAD and standard construction techniques

  • Comprehensive understanding of stage rigging, theatrical machinery, and basic electronics

  • A valid driver's license and the ability to drive larger (non-CDL) vehicles

  • Experience with CNC, automation programing, or 3D drafting beneficial but not required.

o Submission Information

Lead Technician, 2nd Stage

The Second Stage Theater Production Management department is seeking a full time, seasonal Lead Technician for the Kiser Theater Off-Broadway. The Lead Technician serves as the representative from the Production office at the Kiser for all technical rehearsals and performances. The Lead Technician is a working member of the stage crew and is responsible for leading load-in and installation of scenery, props, and other stage elements, as well as hiring, supervising, and training additional crew members. The Lead Technician will oversee to scenery, automation, and rigging. Lead Technician may participate in other areas of production, working with appropriate department heads in props, electrics, sound, and video.

o Salary: Base Starting at $70,000

o Requirements: 3+ years of professional experience in theatrical installation, scenic construction, stage supervision in a theater environment 

  • Hands on leadership, creative problem solving and critical thinking required

  • Strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills 

  • Demonstrated skills of theatrical carpentry, welding, rigging, automation, knot-tying, soft goods, scenic props, basic scenic paints

  • Demonstrated skills to operate carpentry hand tools and power tools, ladders and lifts proficiently 

  • Working knowledge of theatrical rigging practices and chain motor rigging 

  • Complete understanding of backstage etiquette

  • A good working knowledge of technical theatre practices 

  • Capable of understanding and interpreting technical plans and paperwork 

  • Valid Drivers' license and clean DMV record 

  • The ability to climb ladders, reach above head, bend, kneel, stoop, push, pull, participate in team lifts, and repeatedly ascend and descend stairs is essential

  • Handle oneself in a professional & positive manner whilst working in close collaboration with designers, directors, artists and stage managers 

  • Work in a detail-oriented manner, be resourceful and flexible, and be able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously

  • Excellent work ethic and ability to work well in a team

  • Effectively problem solve and troubleshoot

o Submission Information

Production Manager, University of Washington 

The Production Manager works with the Executive Director, The School Administrator, faculty, and staff to manage the design and production processes for all SoD productions. This includes working with student and guest creative artists, a professional production staff, student production crews, and graduate student employees in production. The Production Manager plays a critical role in serving our educationally centered mission in a way that is sustainable with the operational resources of the School. The PM is a member of the SoD senior leadership team.

o Salary: $66,912 - $96,000 annual

o Requirements: Bachelor's degree and three years professional theater production experience OR equivalent education/experience.

  • Understanding of both professional and educational theater making processes; superior skills using Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel); advanced skills in using and creating spreadsheets and internet collaboration tools.

  • Ability to analyze and understand issues pertaining to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion + Access.

  • Ability to read a script and assess requirements in regards to staffing, budgeting and design.

  • Experience reading scaled drawings and drawing packages.

  • Knowledge of theatrical safety conventions and laws.

  • General knowledge of all theater crafts: scenic construction, rigging, automation, scenic painting, costume construction, wardrobe, wigs, lighting, sound, projections, and props.

  • Superior communication skills (English primarily).

  • Strong budgeting skills.

  • Ability to manage employee relations with a wide variety of staff with diverse backgrounds.

  • Ability to perform administrative work using a computer for extended periods of time; up to 8 hours a day.

  • Ability to transfer computer work to performance venues and monitor tech rehearsals (typically at a tech table while using a laptop) for extended periods of time, up to 12 hours a day.

  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds with assistance if required.

  • Highly developed organizational skills and the ability to keep multiple projects moving forward simultaneously.

  • Ability to manage shifting and competing priorities, and discretion; flexibility in projects and schedule; attention to detail.

  • Ability to execute projects efficiently and according to schedule.

  • Ability to work independently and to maintain a positive work atmosphere.

  • Special Hours Requirements: Work schedule varies and includes frequent evening and weekend hours as well as many weeks in which more than 40 hours are required. This position responds to emergencies on nights and weekends as required.

o Submission Information

Milwaukee Repertory Theatre 

o Seeking: Chief Diversity Officer, Digital Content Manager, Education and Engagement Administrator, Major Gifts Officer, 

o Location: Milwaukee, WI 

o Website: https://www.milwaukeerep.com 

For more information: https://www.milwaukeerep.com/about/work-us/jobs/?fbclid=IwAR2lXyj99fIOhY8MmQ5n4XRveG1wEqPl2mL_9w7A1-WVpLoZhqwUDc-2Crc

Milwaukee Repertory Theater is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values and encourages a diverse workforce. We invite you to review jobs that are currently available. 

Full-time employee benefits include health, dental and voluntary vision and disability insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement plan; parking programs and complimentary tickets.

Application Instructions

Send your letter, resume and salary history (PDF or Word attachments only) to the email address listed in the job listing.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival 

o Seeking: Associate Technical Director, Lead Costumer, Sound Engineer, Managing Director, Production Manager, and more. 

o Location: Ashland, Oregon

o Website: https://www.osfashland.org

For more information: https://www.osfashland.org/work-with-us?fbclid=IwAR2cqx7fSs1YYwa2I86SMVxJjZ8ns4ba2RqsEr51mMKIVWdiIL7ByQ4Lv8U

Located in the beautiful Rogue Valley of southern Oregon, the Tony Award-Winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival presents a season of eleven plays in rotating repertory across three theatres between the months of February and October. Additionally, OSF offers extensive educational opportunities to students, teachers, and theatregoers of all ages during our performance season.

We offer employment and career opportunities in a wide range of positions (acting, other performing opportunities, scenery, costumes, lighting, marketing, finance, etc.). We encourage you to check our website regularly for openings.

Two River Theater

Two River Theater annually produces a theatrical season that includes American and world classics, new plays and musicals, programs for young people, and festivals of new work. Each year, we also offer 40+ events that reflect our diverse community of Red Bank, New Jersey. Two River celebrates and honors our core values of Artistic Excellence; Education and Community Engagement; Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; and Operational Excellence. Anyone who joins our team quickly becomes part of putting all of our initiatives into action day in and day out. Two River Theater is led by Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst.Two River Theater is dedicated to the goal of building an equitable and culturally diverse work environment and strongly encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups.

o Seeking: Associate Director of Marketing, Assistant Technical Director, Associate Director of Education, Education Programs Director, Director of Finance, General Manager 

o Location: Red Bank, NJ

o Website: https://tworivertheater.org/jobs/

The Kate Spade New York Foundation

o To honor Kate Spade's legacy of empowering and inspiring women and girls, the National Council for Behavioral Health is excited to provide complimentary Mental Health First Aid trainings to communities throughout the five boroughs of New York City and New Jersey and in partnership with organizations that specifically support these populations. 

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

The National Council for Behavioral Health shares Kate Spade New York Foundation's belief in "the power of women to transform their communities" through empowerment.  In support of this mission, we are offering through a competitive application process, select Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings, fully funded!  

o Location: New York, NY 

o Website

o Application information

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


NYC Women's Fund for Media, Music and Theatre 

The NYC Women's Fund for Media, Music and Theatre provides grants to encourage and support the creation of digital, film, music, television, and live or online theatre content that reflects the voices and perspectives of all who identify as women.The NYC Women's Fund for Media, Music and Theatre ("Women's Fund"), administered by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) in partnership with the City of New York Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), is part of a groundbreaking series of initiatives that address the underrepresentation of women in film, music, television and theatre. The Fund provides grants to encourage and support the creation of content that reflect the voices and perspectives of all who identify as women. The $2 million to be awarded in the fourth cycle brings the grand total of funding to $7.5 million, allocated to a total of 335 recipients (89 in Cycle 3, 94 in Cycle 2, and 63 in Cycle 1).

o Deadline: November 1

o Application Fee: Free

o Eligibility: In addition to being made by, for, or about all who identify as women, projects are eligible if they feature a prominent woman perspective; and/or include a woman-identified director and/or producer and/or writer/songwriter and/or engineer (for recordings) and/or woman-indentified protagonist(s) or lead musical role.

o Address: 538 9th Street, Suite 210 Oakland, CA 94607

o Contact: 415.391.1474

o Application Information 

LMCC Manhattan Arts Grant: Creative Engagement 

Creative Engagement is an arts funding program that provides seed grants to individual artists and nonprofit organizations for projects and activities that offer Manhattan communities diverse artistic experiences. Each year, the program supports over 150 arts projects in Manhattan, including concerts, performances, public art, exhibitions, screenings, festivals, workshops, readings and more. Through this grant program LMCC will award over $500,000 for projects serving communities from Inwood to the Battery taking place between January 1–December 31, 2023. The program funding provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs' Greater New York Arts Development Fund, and the New York State Council on the Arts' (NYSCA) Statewide Community Regrants (formerly the Decentralization program). 

o Deadline: September 13

o Application Fee: Free

o Eligibility: Applicants will be accepted for projects in any artistic discipline that meet the following requirements:Project must include a public component: an opportunity to access and engage with the arts that is promoted and available to the general public. In the case of workshops and participatory programs, participant recruitment must be open to the general public and reflected accordingly in outreach and promotional plans.

o The public component may be a single or series of in-person presentations, activities designed to be experienced solely online, or a combination of in- person presentations with complementary online engagements. Please see the Application Tips for project examples. 

o Projects intended to be experienced solely online must offer an opportunity for live/synchronous or active audience engagement. If you are considering applying with this type of project, please contact LMCC staff prior to the deadline for additional guidance.

  • ●  Public in-person activities of the project must be located in Manhattan. In the case of online programming, public activities must reach a Manhattan audience as demonstrated by the outreach and promotional plans.

  • ●  Project activities must take place between January 1 and December 31, 2023.

  • ●  Project budget must show a Creative Engagement request amount of no more than
    75% of the total project budget. Other planned income sources may include cash or in-kind contributions. Please see the Application Tips and Project Budget Template for guidance in accurately calculating this percentage and developing a working, balanced budget.

  • ●  All participating professional artists must be guaranteed a fee, indicated in the project budget. LMCC strongly encourages the use of funds toward artist fees and other project personnel.

  • ●  Applicants may not be a lead artist or key partner in more than one proposal to Creative Engagement.

  • ●  Applicants may only submit one (1) proposal requesting support for one (1) project from Creative Engagement, including those requesting both City and State funds.

  • ●  Applicants may also apply to the SU-CASA program, administered in Manhattan by LMCC and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), provided it is for a different project.

o Address: 125 Maiden Lane, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10038

o Contact: Flannery Winchester, Program Associate, Grants & Services 212-219-9401 ext. 119 or CreativeEngagement@LMCC.net

o Application Information  

LMCC Manhattan Arts Grant: Creative Learning

Creative Learning is a grant program designed to support and develop the capacity of Manhattan's teaching artists and small arts organizations to provide in-depth, community-based arts education and enrichment projects and programming to participants of all ages including youth, adults, and/or seniors. The program aims to support effective and innovative approaches to artist-led, age- and skills-appropriate instruction outside of the school setting, as well as education-based approaches to participatory arts projects. This program supports projects serving communities from Inwood to the Battery taking place between January 1 – December 31, 2023. The program funding provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs' Greater New York Arts Development Fund, and the New York State Council on the Arts' (NYSCA) Statewide Community Regrants (formerly the Decentralization program). 

o Deadline: September 13 5PM 

o Application Fee: Free

o Eligibility: Creative Learning supports sequential, skills-based arts study and participatory arts projects incorporating one or more art forms..

  • Project Requirements:

  • • Project activities may be dedicated to a discrete group of participants. Registration
    must be open and accessible for the target participants and reflected accordingly in outreach and participant recruitment plans.
    o Project activities may be a series of in-person workshops, distance learning activities offered solely through online or via other personal media, or a combination of in-person activities with complementary distance learning activities. Please see the Application Tips for project examples.
    o Projects designed for entirely remote instruction must offer opportunities for live/synchronous participation with the teaching artist. If you are considering applying with this type of project, please contact LMCC staff prior to the deadline for additional guidance.

    • Projects may, but are not required to, culminate in a public event or finished product such as an exhibit, performance, or presentation. LMCC encourages projects that feature opportunities for familial and community involvement.

    • Public in-person activities of the project must be located in Manhattan. In the case of distance learning projects, outreach and recruitment plans must demonstrate reach to Manhattan-based participants.

    • Project activities must take place between January 1 and December 31, 2023.

    • Project must hold at least three (3) sequential contact sessions between the same teaching artist and group of participants.

    • Project budget must show a Creative Learning request amount of no more than 75% of the total project budget. Other planned income sources may include cash or in-kind contributions. Please see the Application Tips and Project Budget Template for guidance in accurately calculating this percentage and developing a working, balanced budget.

    • All participating professional artists must be guaranteed a fee, indicated in the project budget. LMCC strongly encourages the use of funds toward artist fees and other project personnel.

    • Applicants may not be a lead artist or key partner in more than one proposal to Creative Learning.

    • Applicants may only submit one (1) proposal requesting support for one (1) project from Creative Learning, including those requesting both City and State funds.

    • Applicants may also apply to the SU-CASA program, administered in Manhattan by LMCC and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), provided it is for a different project.

o Address: 125 Maiden Lane, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10038

o Contact: Emerson Chang, Program Associate, Artist Services 212-219-9401 ext. 107 or CreativeLearning@LMCC.net

o Application Information  

LMCC Manhattan Arts Grant: UMEZ Arts Engagement

UMEZ Arts Engagement is a grant program designed to enhance the diversity and frequency of arts and cultural presentations in Upper Manhattan. The program provides direct support for these activities to Upper Manhattan's artists and nonprofit arts organizations under the guiding principle that support for artists of diverse disciplines, practices, cultural backgrounds, and career stages contributes to the vibrancy and sustainability of the communities in which they live and work. UMEZ Arts Engagement invites proposals from artists and arts organizations that are 1) based in Upper Manhattan and 2) presenting arts projects or programming serving Upper Manhattan between January 1–December 31, 2023. Program funding is provided by the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation (UMEZ). The UMEZ Arts Engagement program is administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC)

o Deadline: September 13 5PM 

o Application Fee: Free

o Eligibility: Applications will be accepted for projects in any artistic discipline that meet the following requirements: Project must include a public component: an opportunity to access and engage with the arts that is promoted and available to the general public.

  • The public component may be a single or series of in-person presentations, activities designed to be experienced solely online, or a combination of in- person presentations with complementary online engagements. Please see the Application Tips for project examples.

  • Projects intended to be experienced solely online must offer an opportunity for live/synchronous or active audience engagement. If you are considering applying with this type of project, please contact LMCC staff prior to the deadline for additional guidance.

  • Public in-person activities of the project must be located in Upper Manhattan, defined as north of 98th Street on the east side of Fifth Avenue; and north of 110th Street on the west side. In the case of online programming, public activities must reach an Upper Manhattan audience as demonstrated by the outreach and promotional plans.

  • Project activities must take place between January 1 and December 31, 2023.

  • Project budget must show a UMEZ Arts Engagement request amount of no more
    than 75% of the total project budget. Other planned income sources may include cash or in-kind contributions. Please see the Application Tips and Project Budget Template for guidance in accurately calculating this percentage and developing a working, balanced budget.

  • All participating professional artists must be guaranteed a fee, indicated in the project budget. UMEZ and LMCC strongly encourage the use of funds toward artist fees and other project personnel.

  • Applicants may not be a lead artist or key partner in more than one proposal to UMEZ Arts Engagement.

  • Applicants may also apply to LMCC's Creative Engagement program for the same or different project in the same fiscal year.

o Address: 125 Maiden Lane, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10038

o Contact: Lina Alfonso, Program Manager, Grants & Services 212-219-9401 ext. 129 or UMAE@LMCC.net

o Application Information  

NYFA City Artist Corps Grants 

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is pleased to partner with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), with support from the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), to launch City Artist Corps Grants. City Artist Corps Grants is part of City Artist Corps, a new $25 million recovery initiative designed to help artists who were both hard hit by the pandemic and who may have been left out of other local and federal funding opportunities. City Artist Corps Grants are intended to support NYC-based working artists who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The program will distribute one-time $5,000 grants to over 3000 artists to help sustain their practice and engage the public across New York City's five boroughs this summer beginning July. Artists working in any discipline are eligible to apply. City Artist Corps Grants applications and grant announcements will roll out over the summer in various cycles.  For all cycles, artists will be screened for eligibility and grant recipients will be selected by lottery. City Artist Corps Grants are administered in partnership with re-grant and arts service organizations to support outreach, provide technical assistance for prospective applicants, and inform the grantee selection process in service of the city's diverse cultural communities. Partners include: Asian American Arts Alliance, A.R.T./New York, Black Public Media, Brooklyn Arts Council, Bronx Council on the Arts, Bronx Documentary Center, Dance/NYC, Firelight Media, Flushing Town Hall, Indie Theater Fund, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), MakerSpace NYC, New Music USA, Poets & Writers, Queens Theatre, and Staten Island Arts.

o Deadline: November 12 

o Application Fee: None

o Eligibility: Applicants must be current residents of New York City (5 boroughs) and have maintained residency since January 2020.

  • Applicants must be artists with a demonstrated sustained, ongoing creative practice in any creative discipline 

  • Applicants must provide documentation of their creative practice from anytime in the past 2 years (2019 and/or 2020).

  • Applicants must apply with a creative public engagement activity that meets the above criteria. Applicants can apply with an activity that is yet to be confirmed (in terms of presentation date and location). 

  • Artists can only apply once in each Cycle and can only receive one (1) grant through the City Artist Corps Grants program. 

  • Applicants can be past recipients of any of NYFA's grant programs, including 2020/2021 COVID-19 Emergency Grants 

  • Applicants must be able to provide a W- 9 with a Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) or EIN (after selection).

  • Applicants must be 21 years or older on of before June 8, 2021

  • A family member, friend or a support person may apply on behalf of an artist who is unable to complete the application on their own. 

  • Applicants cannot be enrolled in a degree-seeking program

  • Applicants cannot be an employee of NYFA, the City of New York, or any partnering organization supporting the City Artist Corps Grants program. This includes board members of these organizations or an immediate family member to any of those listed.

  • All funded creative engagement activities must take place between July 10 and October 31, 2021

  • All grant recipients need to submit a final report by November 12, 2021

  • After reviewing applications for completeness and eligibility, qualifying applicants will be selected for funding via a lottery process. 

  • All eligible public engagement activities (with flexible activity dates) that are not selected in Cycle 1 will automatically be placed into the upcoming cycle lottery for selection. The applicant will not need to complete a new application form. 

  • Funded creative engagement activities and activity location, along with the applicant's name may be made public throughout the duration of the program, by NYFA or the City.

  • Funds will be distributed in 2 installments:  

    • Installment 1 $4,000 – on selection

    • Installment 2 $1,000 – on successful completion of the final report. 

  • All funded creative engagement activities must be visually documented with a minimum of 2 photographs taken during the activity, with documentation provided in the final report. 

o Contact: 212-366-6900 

o Application Information

Californian Humanities Project Grants 

Project Grants ($10,000 to $20,000) are awarded twice a year to large scale public humanities projects of up to two-years duration from the award date. Appropriate programming formats include but are not limited to virtual and in-person interpretive exhibits, community dialogue and discussion series, workshops and participatory activities, presentations and lectures, conversations and forums, and interactive and experiential activities. Eligibility is limited to California-based nonprofit organizations and non-federal public agencies. Note: Awards must be matched with an equivalent amount of cash or in-kind resources over the life of the project.

o Deadline: August 2nd 5pm PT

o Application Fee: Free

o Eligibility: California-based nonprofit organization or non-federal public agency is eligible to apply.

o Address: 538 9th Street, Suite 210 Oakland, CA 94607

o Contact: 415.391.1474

o Application Information 

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.


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.

o Deadline: Ongoing

o Application Fee: Free

o Eligibility: Independent Artists and Groups

o Address: New York City Department of Cultural Affairs 31 Chambers Street New York, New York 10007

o Contact: 212.513.9300

o 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.

o Deadline: Ongoing

o Application Fee: Free

o Eligibility: Independent Artists and Groups

o Address: HERE Program 145 Sixth Ave New York, NY 10013

o Contact: 212.647.0202

o 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.

o Deadline: Ongoing

o Application Fee: Free

o Eligibility: Arts, culture, and humanities in greater Los Angeles region

o Address: 2000 Avenue of the StarsSuite 1000S Los Angeles, CA 9006

o Contact: info@annenberg.org

o Application Information 

Artist Rescue Trust 

The next evolution of the Artist Rescue Trust program is a partnership with Grant for the Web. They have awarded us a grant allowing us to directly fund more artists and help them educate anyone about Web Monetization as an emerging and potential revenue stream. One that doesn't rely on advertising, pay walls, and bad data privacy practices. It's an innovative way forward to help build a healthier internet.

Web Monetization is a new and open technology that aims to provide a better way to access and financially reward  creators through streaming micropayments - aka tiny fractions of a penny - to instantly flow to artists and creators as people read, watch and listen to their work.

While we want to support artists now with immediate financial assistance, we also want to help support the future financial opportunities for all artists. So this is why we've built a learning component into our grant application process. We will also be releasing a series of Web Monetization tutorials that will dive deeper into how you can make it part of your online world.

o Deadline: Ongoing

o Eligibility: Be 18+

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident in the United States, District of Columbia, or U.S. Territories (e.g. citizen, green card holder, and/or permanent resident who can provide a W9 and SSN or ITIN).

  • Be a professional, actively practicing musician or artist whose primary source of income is made through live performances, tours, gallery openings, book tours/readings, or other bookings/events and not working on a regular salary basis for one employer.

  • Demonstrate a commitment to current and ongoing activity in their artistic discipline/s.

  • Show a demonstrated need for emergency relief to recover the immediate loss of income through cancellations and bookings due to COVID19.

  • Not be enrolled in unemployment benefits.

  • Not a full-time employee, board member, director, officer, or immediate family member of any of the coalition partners;

  • Not previously awarded a relief grant from this fund.

O Application Information


Radcliffe Fellowship 

Radcliffe fellows are exceptional scientists, writers, scholars, public intellectuals, practitioners, and artists whose work is making a difference in their professional fields and in the larger world. Based in Radcliffe Yard—a sanctuary in the heart of Harvard University—fellows join a uniquely interdisciplinary and creative community. A fellowship at Radcliffe is an opportunity to step away from usual routines and dive deeply into a project. With access to Harvard's unparalleled resources, Radcliffe fellows develop new tools and methods, challenge artistic and scholarly conventions, and illuminate our past and our present. Throughout the year, fellows convene regularly to share their work in progress. Coming from diverse disciplines and perspectives, they challenge each other's ideas and support each other's ambitions. Many say that it is the best year of their professional lives.

o Deadline: September 8

o Application Fee: Free

o Eligibility: We welcome applications from a broad range of fields and perspectives. The strength of our fellowship program is its diversity. Radcliffe supports engaged scholarship. We welcome applications from scholars, artists, and practitioners proposing innovative work that confronts pressing social and policy issues and seeking to engage audiences beyond academia.

o Application Information 

The Frank Moffett Mosier Fellowship for Works in Heightened Language 

Monetary award to playwright: $3000 for works with a running time of at least 40 minutes.Synecdoche Works may support further development of a submitted work at its discretion.

o Deadline: August 31

o Application Fee: Free

o Eligibility: Submissions must be in a heightened version of the English language in order to provide a meaningful challenge to the actors. This includes, but is not limited to, works using meter, verse, rhyming schemes, pidgins, creoles, and code-switching.

o 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.

o Deadline: Ongoing

o Application Fee: $25

o When: 2-8 weeks

o 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.

o Address: Artcroft Center for Arts and Humanities 2075 Johnson Rd. Carlisle, KY 40311

o Contact: artcroft@msn.com

O Application Information

Other Resources 

NOTE: For more resources, visit our pages of Resources - Funding, Submissions, and more.

NYFA SOURCE - The New York Foundation for the Arts maintains the most comprehensive national directory of awards, services and publications for artists in the NYFA Source section of their website.

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