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The Old Lady Project: Call For Scripts 

The Old Lady Project is an initiative to encourage the development of plays and musicals that feature significant roles for women over 50. Plays will be submitted to a national panel of directors and producers and two staged readings will occur in Evanston per year. A directory of works will be featured on the Old Lady Project webpage to facilitate connections between theatre companies, directors and producers. Scripts of any length accepted. Scripts selected will be given a staged reading at our expense, author will waive rights fee for initial staging. Author retains all rights.   Organization name: The City of Evanston Community Arts Program

o When/Where: Evanston, IL 

o Deadline: January 23rd 

o Application Fee: No Fee 

o Eligibility: Anyone! 

o Categories: Full-Length Plays 

o Contact: For more information, call 847-448-8263 or email aallyn@cityofevanston.org 

o Submission Information 

International Human Rights Art Festival Short Play Festival 2023 

New York City's International Human Rights Art Festival (IHRAF.ORG) and The Tank Theater issue a call for proposals for a ten-minute play festival on Wednesday evening, January 11, 2023 as part of the International Human Rights Art Festival's Winterfest, January 11-13 at the Tank, 312 W. 36th Street, NYC.The Festival will take place in the 98-seat main stage. We are looking for self-produced pieces which are built around a social concern. We are especially interested in work exhibiting the values of beauty, sincerity, vulnerability, engagement and celebrating diversity; work inspired by the open-heart of the artist, and not their anger, disgust or disapproval. Selected plays will receive a tech rehearsal during the day on January 11, full tech support, PR and marketing as part of the festival and a prime spot in this year's event There is no fee to apply, and a production stipend of $50 per selected play will be paid.

o When/Where: New York, NY 

o Deadline: December 1

o Application Fee: No Fee 

o Eligibility: Please send a description of the work, links, resume and any other information which might be of help in our decision to hello@ihraf.org. Deadline is December 1, 2022. Final decisions will be made by December 15, 2022.

o Categories: Short Plays 

o Contact: hello@ihraf.org

o Submission Information 

Fifth Annual 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.  The winner will receive $2,000 to help with cost-of-living expenses. The winning musical will receive development assistance in the 2023 New Works Development Program of Amas Musical Theatre, culminating in an Amas Lab production with New York theatre professionals. Amas, which is administering the award, was the development home for several of Mr. Weinberger's musicals, and which produced the World Premiere of Wanda's World and the New York Premiere of Tea for Three. With the many setbacks in the theatre industry over the past three years, we are grateful to be afforded this opportunity to continue making theatre and creating an impact in our community. Both our 2020 and 2021 winners, Cheeyang Ng and Eric Sorrels, and Gabe Caruso and Sangwoo Lee received development workshops of their musicals Māyā and Settle Down this year. We are excited to begin work with our 2022 winners Charlie Roman and Will Wegner on their piece Onward & Upward, and welcome a new wave of inspiring voices to our musical theatre family. Submissions open Monday September 19, 2022 and will close on Friday, December 2, 2022. 

o When/Where: New York, NY 

o Deadline: December 2

o Application Fee: No Fee 

o Eligibility: Be a full-length show (at least 80 minutes)

  • Have no more than seven actors (actors may play multiple roles, if so please include a suggested breakdown of role distribution)

  • 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.

o Categories: New Musicals 

o Contact: amas@amasmusical.org

o Submission Information 

Philly Cycle Commissions

Over the next two years InterAct will commission three plays to be written about and with Philadelphia communities that are under-represented on local (and national) stages. The first of the three Philly Cycle commissions will focus on the city's community of African American Muslims, which numbers around 200,000. InterAct Theatre Company is seeking U.S.-based playwrights who would be interested in immersing themselves in deep and ongoing conversations with this diverse community and ultimately crafting a singular story that centers this community. Selected playwrights will receive a $15,000 commission, support for extensive play development both in and apart from the relevant community (including travel & local housing for playwrights based outside Philadelphia), and a guaranteed production (ideally in InterAct's 2024-25 season)

o When/Where: Philadelphia, PA

o Deadline: November 11

o Application Fee: No Fee 

o Eligibility: Submissions will be evaluated in a two-phased process, within the context of conversations already underway with leaders in the Philadelphia African American Muslim community.

  • Phase 1: InterAct artistic staff will evaluate all applications, advancing those that are best aligned with the guidelines, vision and/or spirit of The Philly Cycle. Producing Artistic Director, Seth Rozin, and Literary Manager, Charlotte T. Martin, will conduct (virtual or inperson) interviews with applicant playwrights.

  • Phase 2: InterAct will re-engage community partners and leaders in conversation about the final short list of candidates, and together make a final decision.

o Categories: New Plays

o Contact: boxoffice@interacttheatre.org

o Submission Information 

Whiskey Radio Hour 

We are currently taking writer and director submissions for Episode 24 of the Whiskey Radio Hour, which will be on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at Chief O'Neill's Pub and Restaurant.

o When/Where: New York, NY 

o Deadline: November 1 

o Application Fee: No Fee 

o Eligibility: Only complete scripts will be considered.

  • Your play should be around ten minutes long (so read your play out loud before you submit!)a

  • Your play can be in any genre you like, but try to engage the radio play format in some way.

  • Due to space constraints, up to four actors can perform in each radio play. Therefore, actors will play multiple roles if there are more than four characters in your piece.

  • Each writer can submit up to two radio plays per Radio Hour.

o Categories: Short Plays

o Contact: whiskeyradiohour@gmail.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 

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 

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 

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 


Carlos Annoni International Playwrighting Prize 

The Carlo Annoni International Playwriting Prize is now open for submission of short and full-length plays with topics concerning the LBGTQ+ community, including love, diversity and identity in a time of gender fluidity. We are willing to accept both full-length plays and short plays. We accept plays already represented. €1000 awarded to two best plays (one in English and one in Italian) and special jury mentions on multiple categories. The aware ceremony will take place in September 2023 in Milan.

o When/Where: Milan, IT 

o Deadline: April 30

o Application Fee: No Fee 

o Eligibility: Send your submission to info@premiocarloannoni.eu.

o Categories: Full-Length Plays 

o Submission Information 

What She Said Festival 

What She Said Festival is a celebration of new, short plays by woman-identifying playwrights. The Underground in Duluth, MN created the festival as an opportunity for women playwrights, directors and actors to have a focused space to express themselves and feature their stories through theater. SEEKING: Submissions for the 2023 What She Said Festival. This will be an evening of 5-8 short plays and monologues written by women playwrights celebrating women and what they have to say. Submit your work(s) any time between now and December 31, 2022.Selected Plays:Will receive 3 staged performances May 11-13th, 2023. Will be awarded a $100 prize. Will be allotted 2 tickets to any performance.

o Deadline: December 31 

o Application Fee: None

o Eligibility: Though there are no conditions set on structure, content, or genre, we're seeking works as part of a celebration of women and their voices. Additionally, as this is a festival with multiple plays, the technical elements will be kept simple and will be a consideration as we are selecting plays. Plays will be selected based on: Relevance to the spirit of the festival – Celebrating women and what they have to say

  • The playwright must be woman-identifying.

  • A playwright can submit multiple plays, but they must be submitted separately.

  • Each submission must be no more than 20 pages (excluding title page) at a font no smaller than 12pt.

  • Plays submitted must be unpublished.

  • We will only accept non-musical scripts.

  • Scripts can only be submitted electronically – whatshesaidfest@gmail.com

  • Submissions must be in PDF format

  • Title page must contain playwright contact information

  • You will receive confirmation that submissions have been received – no other contact will be made unless the script is selected for production.

  • Submission Deadline: December 31st at 11:59pm.

o Categories: New Plays 

o Submission Information 

Women's Playwright Series 

WHAT IS THE WOMEN PLAYWRIGHTS SERIES? Plays presented in the developmental WPS program are finalists in the Susan Glaspell Award Competition, and are under consideration for full production in a subsequent season at the Centenary Stage Company, the professional theatre in residence on the campus of Centenary University. Due to COVID-19, this opportunity may be delayed. Playwrights selected for the workshop process will receive a $200 honorarium. Additional funds for travel and housing is available for one playwright each season. "CSC audiences have embraced this series. Theatre is all about collaboration. As part of this series, the playwright has the opportunity to get feedback from the audience during their development process."

o Deadline: November 11 

o Application Fee: None

o Eligibility: Full length plays only

  • No prior AEA production

  • Seven character maximum

  • Cover letter attached

  • One letter of recommendation

o Categories: New Plays 

o Submission Information 

Biai's Monologue Competition  

It is our hope that by connecting Black playwrights (wherever they are located) with stories from Black Appalachian communities, we can:Create monologues that can be developed into full-length plays Create work that explores the Black Appalachian experience, both past and present Establish and cultivate relationships with Black playwrights and other Black theatre artists Give audiences accessibility to new perspectives on life in Appalachia

o Deadline: December 1

o Application Fee: None

o Eligibility: Monologue Submission Guidelines

  • Playwright must be Black.

  • Monologues must be set in Appalachia. (See link below for list of qualifying states/counties as defined by the Appalachian Regional Commission)

  • https://www.arc.gov/appalachian_region/CountiesinAppalachia.asp

  • Monologues must be 5-7 minutes in length (190 words = 1 minute).

  • Monologues must be unpublished and not have had a professional production.

  • Monologues must be written using prompts below.

  • Monologues must be submitted electronically.

o Categories: Monologues  

o Submission Information 

The Braid 

The LGBTQI+ community is filled with Jewish people and their unique experiences. Are you a member or an ally with a story to tell? Share an important moment that explores the beauty of the queer community through the power of love, the heartache of loss and the journey of finding one's place in the world. 

o Deadline: December 31 

o Application Fee: None

o Eligibility: Stories are no longer than 1500 words

  • Appear on stage in front of a live audience, Live on Zoom or Livestreamed

  • Performed by Professional Actor(s)

  • Selected stories receive payment and royalties

o Categories: New Plays 

o Submission Information 

SheARTS Script Submissions For the 2023 Festivals

Script submissions for the 2022 Festivals in LA and NYC are now open! Send us your full-length plays and musicals for consideration. Script submissions for the SheATL Festival in Atlanta will open in September/October 2021! Join our mailing list and follow us on social media be the first to find out about those opportunities. Note that we only accept script submissions during our 2-month submission window. If you would like to be considered for our summer festivals, you must submit your work during that time period. Read on below for more details on what you'll need to submit and for the application link.                        

o Deadline: November 15

o Application Fee: None

o Eligibility: What You Will Need To Submit

  • The full script to your show, in PDF form. It must be at least 75% finished. If the rest is not finished, you need to provide a "treatment" (a detailed outline of the scenes that remain to be written, in order) along with the script. Bear in mind that you will have to send us completed script if you're selected as a finalist.

  •  A completed application form with some basic information (see below for FAQs).

  • If your show is a musical, recordings of at least 3 full songs from the show, in mp3 or m4a form. The more you have, the better! A simple recording with just you and your piano is fine, though obviously you want to make your music sound the best it can. Please do not submit Finale or Sibelius files (or any other automated vocals).

  • Before You Submit Your Script: It's important to make sure your show is ready for a festival production. Our Festivals differ from city to city, so please read the pages for whichever Festival you plan to apply to — this page outlines exactly what it means to be a part of the Festival!

o Categories: Scenes, Monologues, Songs 

o Submission Information 

Eden Theater Company: The Playwright's Lab

Eden Theater Company allows for emerging playwrights to develop a new play with ETC artists. The playwright collaborates with Eden's Artistic collective to better hone the structure, characters and arcs in their playwriting. We hope that the work developed provides an empathetic vantage into different experiences, and states of spiritual being. We are calling for playwrights to submit an application to participate in our lab series, and are especially seeking New York City playwrights who feel their voice is marginalized, by their age, gender, race, ethnicity or beliefs. This year long collaboration will culminate in a staged development workshop of the playwright's work developed during the lab. We hope to cultivate a longer standing relationship between the playwright and Eden Theater Company.

o Deadline: December 15 

o Application Fee: None

o Eligibility: A cover letter with clear contact information (name, cell phone, and email)

  • A short bio and writing/theater resume, including any website, and/or social media tags

  •  A ten (10) page playwriting sample from a formatted full-length play with a summary/description of the full-length play. This sample should be in a pdf, and represent work that is the best reflection of your writing style and voice at this point in time, and/or would like to develop.

o Categories: Full Length Plays, New Plays

o Contact:  etcplaylab@gmail.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 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: Ongoing

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 

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 

Aladdin (Broadway) - Equity Video Submissions 

Equity actors for possible future replacement chorus parts in ALADDIN on Broadway. The audition process is open to actors of all races and ethnicities, gender identities and ages, as well as performers with disabilities.

o Deadline:  November 8

o Pay: $2323 Weekly Minimum 

o Audition Information 

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


Publicist, Steppenwolf Theatre 

An integral role on the Marketing and Communications team, the Publicist is responsible for managing the development and execution of Steppenwolf's publicity and communication initiatives. Through strategic communications, media relations and content curation, this role raises awareness of Steppenwolf as the nation's premier ensemble theatre, garnering press and social media coverage on a local, national, and international scale for the company's mission and work. Managing all external communications, this role generates both earned and contributed revenue, patron loyalty and civic pride through impactful placements. The position collaborates across all facets of the organization, board and ensemble to shape messaging under a unified brand, supported by streamlined internal communications. The Publicist reports to the Director of Marketing and Communications and works closely with the Executive Director. This role manages the PR and Communications Associate, Public Relations firm and collaborates with the Deputy Marketing Director and Creative Director on institutional and programmatic campaigns.

o Qualifications: Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Portfolio of successful campaigns with multiple placements

  • Creative thinking with an affinity for innovation and problem solving

  • Knowledge and experience in the world of theatre

  • Familiarity with the full spectrum of operations of a major regional theatre

  • Broadway experience is a plus

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and project management software (Asana, Basecamp…

o Compensation:  $68,000-$74,750

o Submission Information

Managing Director, Third Avenue Play Company  

Third Avenue PlayWorks (TAP) seeks a managing director to join the leadership team of the theatre based in beautiful Door County, WI. TAP has a history of producing intimate, thought-provoking plays and musicals. It is widely recognized as a leading voice, collaborator, and contributor within a vibrant community set in a beautiful natural environment. The person who fills this position will be able to build on this solid foundation while broadening the reach of the organization.The Managing Director will work in a co-leadership relationship with the Artistic Director, with both positions reporting to and working collaboratively with the Board.  Primary responsibilities of the Managing Director include the execution and further development of the strategic vision and goals to ensure long-term sustainability and growth. The Managing Director has direct oversight of all fundraising and development activities, budgeting, financial, culture, human resources, earned revenues, marketing and overall facilities management. Collaboration and communication will be key to the success of this role.

o Qualifications: A degree in arts administration or the equivalent in relevant experience and education

  • Experience with budget preparation, management, and financial best practices

  • Excellent communication, community building, analytical, and leadership skills

  • Strong knowledge of and a passion for fundraising, event planning and execution

  • Knowledge of theatre or arts marketing and public relations

  • Commitment to community outreach and engagement

o Compensation:  $55,000.00 Annually 

o Application Instructions: Please send cover letter and resume to the TAP Search Committee at search@thirdavenueplayworks.org

o Deadline: November 10 

o Submission Information

Associate Director of Development, The Play Company 

The Play Company (PlayCo), an Obie award winning, Off Broadway, not-for-profit theatre in New York City, seeks a charismatic and entrepreneurial fundraising professional to work at the forefront of our fundraising and resource development efforts. The Associate Director for Development (ADD) will join a close-knit, collaborative team at our organization to play a vital role in our strategic planning, capacity building, fundraising and community building. They will supervise a support staff member as well as external contractors such as event producers. PlayCo serves artists, audiences and community partners who bring a multitude of global and cultural perspectives to our work. We value and center artists and staff team members in our planning and decision-making, to ensure a living wage, humane and positive workplace, work/life balance and professional development opportunities for all. We are continuously and proactively addressing inequitable and exclusionary systems and practices within our own organization and within the theatre field. Growing our base of support is key to building our capacity to expand and sustain our values-centered and people-centered practices.

o Responsibilities: Reporting to the Executive Producer, the ADD will work hand in hand with PlayCo's leadership to create and implement annual development plans and long term strategies that build organizational capacity. They will lead all development efforts, with support from the Development Assistant and external contractors such as event producers.They will collaborate with the full PlayCo team to identify organizational goals and priorities, and contribute to achieving these from their resource development perspective. PlayCo's projected budget in the current fiscal year is approximately 1 million with individual giving representing $200,000, institutional giving representing $520,000, and benefit income representing $100,000. The ADD's day to day responsibilities will be weighted toward individual giving, including current donor relationships, research and cultivation of new donors, semi-annual fundraising campaigns, liasing with the PlayCo board, and special events. While PlayCo leadership will drive institutional giving, the ADD will play a role in creating overall strategy and will supervise institutional giving operations. Other team members, including leadership and the Development Assistant, will be responsible for completing tasks such as grant writing and preparation, maintaining the grants calendar, and prospect research. 

o Salary: $65,000.00

o Application Instructions: To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@playco.org

o Submission Information

Manhattan Repertory Theatre Play Production Program For Actos 

Isn't it time that you star in a play that will take your career to the next level? Stop wasting your time seeking work and get to work. Years ago, they labelled a self-produced play starring the actor who is producing it, a "vanity production." (There are even some dramatic organizations that still use this antiquated, ridiculous term.) At Manhattan Rep, we call it: SMART. You can wait to get that role, or you can self-produce the perfect vehicle tailor-made for you. We will build it for you, handle all the details of the production and direct you in the play of your dreams. You can star in any play you want, as long as the rights are available for production in New York City! Manhattan Rep has always been about self-production for the truth of the matter is, to create anything in life, you have to take responsibility for making it happen! We are currently booking productions for 2023. It's time to be smart. Take responsibility for getting your work out into the world. We will build your production, and, we will do it beautifully!

o Deadline: TBD

o Application Fee: None

o Eligibility: Please put "Play Production Program For Actors" in the subject heading of your email.

o Categories: Full Length Plays, New Plays

o Contact: manhattanrep@yahoo.com

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.


The Playwrights Center Many Voices Fellowship 

The Many Voices Fellowship is intended to support early career Black playwrights, playwrights of color, and/or Indigenous playwrights (what's this?) who demonstrate extraordinary potential, artistic vision, and a commitment to a professional development residency in Minnesota. Starting on July 1, 2023, the fellowship is expanding from a one-year residency to a two-year residency (July 1, 2023-June 30, 2025), and the salary will be increasing to $25,000/year, to enhance sustainability for each playwright.

o Deadline: December 1

o Application Fee: Free

o Eligibility:  Applicants must reside in, and have the legal right to work in, the United States during the fellowship term. Applicants may not have had more than two different works fully produced by professional theaters by the time of the application. Productions that open after December 1, 2022 do not count.

o Application Information 

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 

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

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


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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