#StageOpps #StageOppsMay23



Vanguard Arts Fund  

Vanguard Arts Fund applications are now open for Olney Theatre Center's 2023-24 season. The Vanguard Arts Fund provides development support to diverse teams of artists interested in creating works - especially works that cross artistic disciplines - in a collaborative environment. From the seed of an idea for a new play, to a concept for a classic adaptation, to a first draft or first song of a musical, we provide intensive workshop time at various stages of the development process. We commit to these artistic teams in hopes of producing their work at Olney Theatre Center in a future season. The Vanguard Arts Fund was launched in 2017 with a $350,000 endowment gift from the Eugene B. Casey Foundation; the Fund's success in developing shows we've gone on to produce prompted the Foundation to add $1 million to the endowment in 2022. What kind of projects are we looking for? While OTC will consider text-based work that springs from the mind of a singular playwright, successful proposals for new work will more likely bring together more than one generative artist in an interdisciplinary fashion to explore new or classic stories. So, a director and videographer working on an off-beat immersive experience, or workshopping a new musical, or a number of designers or actors coming together with a playwright to devise something, or a playwright and director working jointly to create something, or a composer working with a bunch of musicians and a choreographer on an idea all are examples of exciting proposals. Directors, actors, playwrights, designers, stage managers - we want to hear from anyone with a great idea and a great plan to pursue their artistic visions. We are committed to ensuring the majority of projects we fund are led by BIPOC generative artists, and intend to support at least one BIPOC-created musical each year.

o Deadline: May 12 

o Application Fee: None

o Eligibility: Please send the following information as a single pdf to hallie@olneytheatre.org. We are accepting applications until May 12, 2023, and announcements will be made in June. Please include the following in your application: 

  • Project point of contact information (pronouns, email, phone number, city/state)

  • In 1-2 pages: About the Project

  • Point of View

  • At what stage of development is this project currently, and what is the project's development history? 

  • In up to 1 page: What are your goals for a Vanguard Arts Fund workshop? How will this workshop support the development of this project?

  • How much time do you think you need to explore this project? 

  • The names and bios of the artists/collaborators involved in this project

  • Number of performers or other types of artists needed for a workshop (if known)

  • Any supporting materials (script drafts, song recordings, synopsis, orchestration, etc.)

o Contact:  hallie@olneytheatre.org

o Categories: Plays, Musicals 

o Submission Information 

Theatre Arlington  

Theatre Arlington is looking for a wide range of play selections that represent our entire community. Underrepresented voices and BIPOC authors are strongly encouraged to submit their works.

o Deadline: May 23 

o Application Fee: None

o Eligibility: Standard play formatting. Cast size 6 or less actors. 1 or 2 acts – approximately 90 minutes in length totalExtremely graphic material will not be considered Playwrights May Send A Paper Copy Of Their Script To:Steven D. Morris

Theatre Arlington 305 West Main Street Arlington, Texas, 7601 (must be postmarked by May 23, 2023) Or Email printable PDF to: stevendmorris@theatrearlington.org

o Contact:  stevendmorris@theatrearlington.org

o Categories: One Acts 

o Submission Information 

Village Playwrights Seek 10-Minute Plays for Pride 2023 

The Village Playwrights announce a call for submissions for PRIDE 2023 for the June Pride 10 minute play contest. Staged readings of 10 minute plays to celebrate Pride Month on Monday, June 12, 2023 from 7 to 9 pm. Inquiries can be made at villageplaywrights@gmail.com

o Deadline: May 17

o Application Fee: None

o Eligibility: Plays must be under 10 minutes (no more than 10 pages in standard format.) You must produce the reading of your own play including casting and a minimum of 2 hours rehearsal.

o Contact:  villageplaywrights@gmail.com

o Categories: 10 Minute Plays

o Submission Information 

Flight Forward Festival 

Playhouse Creatures Theatre (PCTC) is seeking 10-minute play submissions for its "Fight Forward Festival. " Let's face it, there's a lot wrong in the world right now. But, there is still a lot worth fighting for.  As part of a community, a society, this planet, we need to stay ever vigilant and fight for what really matters to us. We have the responsibility to fight for those who can't fight for themselves; to raise our voices when others are silenced.  We need to fight forward toward a better, safer, more inclusive future.  What keeps you up at night? What needs to change NOW? Your play should have themes of social justice, reproductive rights, equality, Gun control, LGBTQIA's+ rights, war, inept politics/ political systems, the environment... sadly we could go on and on. The plays must be 10 minutes, but the genre and theme are up to you. Bring your passion! We want to hear from you. Five plays will be selected and the winners will each be awarded $100, prize, as well as a  June,  rehearsed public presentation; a three-day virtual presentation.

o Deadline: May 15 

o Application Fee: None

o Eligibility: 10 minutes, No Fee 

o Contact:  Send  submissions to PCTCFights@gmail.com by  May 15th, 2023

o Categories: 10 Minute Plays 

Wisconsin Shakespeare Festival at Pablo Center One-Act New Plays Workshop

As an integral part of this new festival, Pablo Center is proud to introduce Improbable Fiction: A New Works series. Playwrights from across the region and country are invited to submit one-act plays in one of three categories: "Young Voices" (for writers ages 16-24), "Diverse Persp ectives (for writers who identify as BIPOC), or "Shakes-pired" (for works inspired by or an homage to Shakespeare and his plays). Through a blind adjudication process, the festival will select three playwrights to showcase their talent and creative writing through the workshop and provide a stipend of $1,500 for each script selected.

o Deadline: May 1

o Application Fee: None

o Eligibility: Please include a synopsis of your play in 50-100 words.

  • Plays should run no fewer than 15 minutes, or more than 45 minutes in length.

  • Plays must be typed in standard play format.

  •  Plays must not have been previously produced or published.

  • Plays shall be full complete works, not a scene or act from a larger work or work-in-progress.

  • The playwright's name should not appear anywhere in the script.

  • Include two title pages: One title page should contain a) the name of your play, and b) your name, address, phone number, and email address. The second title page should include only the title of your play, as this will be a blind read.

  • Production criteria include scripts able to be produced with open staging and minimal design/technical support for a 400-seat black box theater. Scripts not fitting this criteria may be considered, but may be given a staged reading versus a full production.

  • Playwrights retain full rights to all works submitted. However, WSF shall be named as "first produced"

  • Selected plays will have a production mounted in late July 2023 at Pablo Center at the Confluence's Wisconsin Shakespeare Festival with one public performance each.

  • Playwrights are encouraged to attend rehearsals either via Zoom or in-person and collaborate with the director – the purpose is to both help the playwright to fine tune the script and the director to collaborate on a new script.

  • Playwrights are requested to attend the performance of their work, either in person or via zoom and participate in a post-show discussion.

o Contact:  Send Manuscripts to: Department of Theatre & Dance | Texas State University 601 University Drive San Marcos, Texas 78666 ATTN: Black and Latino Playwrights Celebration

o Categories: Short Plays 

o Submission Information

Advance Theatre Festival 

Over two weeks, the Advance Theatre Festival showcases dramatic readings of five new plays written and directed by female identifying and gender non- conforming IBPOC playwrights and directors, and a workshop presentation. If you are a playwright and your play is chosen to participate in the Advance Theatre Festival, Ruby Slippers Theatre in partnership with The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts will cover the costs of all rehearsals prior to the day of the reading, your technical rehearsal, promotion, theatrical venue, and all artists' fees. If you are a director who wishes to participate, send us your resume and cover letter for consideration.

o Deadline: May 15

o Application Fee: None

o Eligibility: please send your play synopsis, brief bio, and a maximum ten page script excerpt to info@rubyslippers.ca by May 15, 2023. One submission per person please. Successful candidates will be notified by June 30, 2023. The 2023/24 Advance Theatre Festival will take place in February of 2024, dates TBA. This is a curated process. Priority will be given to inclusivity; all cultural backgrounds, orientations, identities, abilities, and ages.

o Contact:  info@rubyslippers.ca 

o Categories: Short Plays 

o Submission Information

Veterans Repertory Theater (VetRep) seeks 10-minute plays from veterans

Veterans Repertory Theater (VetRep) is launching a 10-minute play competition for playwrights who meet one of the following criteria:

  o Deadline: July 30 

o Application Fee: No Fee 

o Eligibility:  Must be a completed play, ten (10) minutes or less in length; Any genre/any subject matter; does not have to be related to veteran's service 

  • Must not be a musical, screenplay, children's play, adaptation, translation, or fan fiction play 

  • Must be the entrant's own original work and cannot be co-authored

  • Must be typed in the English language 

  • Must not have been previously produced or published. (Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production are permitted).

  • Must not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission

  • Must not violate the intellectual property rights of any third party 

  • Playwrights may submit more than one play Winners and finalists will be notified via email no later than December 31, 2023.

  •  (Note: We will make every effort to have results back to submitters ASAP, however, in order to ensure fair treatment of each submission and to plan for any contingencies which may arise, we are providing a worst-case scenario for our timeline).

  • There is no participation or submission fee. There is no guarantee that winners' or finalists' work will be produced by VetRep.

o Categories: 10 minute plays 

o Contact: info@vetrep.org

o Submission Information 

New York Theater Festival Fall/Winter Fest 

WELCOME TO THE BIGGEST AND MOST PRESTIGIOUS PLAYWRIGHT/MUSICAL We strongly believe that self producing a play or a musical can offer a very important tool for the growth of every playwright's work. Once a playwright sees their work onstage, it provides an opportunity for the playwright to improve or modify their story. It's also a great opportunity to invite people from the industry to see your production. People are more likely to go see a show than to read an unsolicited script, as some industry people receive on average thousands of submissions per month, and they understand that the journey for a show to be successful often goes through several productions Our team is completely dedicated to help get your work seen. We are always with you to help, from the first moment of your tech rehearsal to the closing of your last show. You will never be left alone during the process. We will help you to choose some of the 85 set/furniture props we offer to dress your stage for your run, and give you a complete crash course on how to use the audio/light/video system, which are intentionally very user friendly.After we show you how to use the tools we provide and how to utilize the space, you will be able to rehearse your tech rehearsal with whatever plan works best for you and your production. A team member will be present to provide prime responses to every inquiry, as well as a telephone # you can call anytime during relevant hours throughout the run of your show. In 11 years and 19 seasons we have successfully hosted 1,200 plays and 300 musicals and rewarded with cash prizes over 300 artists who participated in our Festival. Yours could be the next production onstage!

o When/Where: New York, NY 

o Deadline: TBD 

o Application Fee: No Fee 

o Eligibility: All genres/submissions accepted from playwright that live no further than 30 miles from Manhattan and provided they are between 5 and 90 minutes long. Productions must run with a complete cast and crew from NYC or 30 miles radios. Equity productions are welcome to participate. PLAYS AND MUSICALS SUBMITTED MUST BE UNPRODUCED, OR PRODUCED BEFORE 2017, IN WHICH CASE CAN ONLY PARTICIPATE WITH A COMPLETELY NEW CAST AND CREW

o Categories: Full-Length Plays, Musicals 

o Submission Information 

Constellation Stage & Screen

The Woodward/Newman Award is an exclusive honor offered by Constellation Stage & Screen, 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 Constellation's Mainstage season. Please note that there are significant changes to our submission and selection process from previous years. In order to make the Woodward/Newman Award accessible to all, we have eliminated submission fees as well as the contest format. The Woodward/Newman Award will continue to be awarded to an unpublished new play once per year and come with a $3,000 cash prize and a full production. Submissions will be accepted and reviewed by our literary team on an ongoing basis, and will be considered for the award as well as for all 8 production slots in our season. So a play that is not selected for the Woodward/Newman slot in our season, may still be considered and selected for production. This will allow us to now accept open submissions for all types of plays (including TYA shows). Plays submitted prior to September 1 will be considered for the 2023-24 season, while plays submitted beyond that date will be considered for the 2024-25 Season. All submissions will be kept on file for 2 years after submission.

o When/Where: Bloomington, IN 

o Deadline: September 1

o Application Fee: $10 Administrative Fee 

o Eligibility: We are currently accepting submissions for the 2024-25 Woodward/Newman Award. The award recipient and finalists will be announced by May 15, 2024. The winner will be awarded $3,000 and a full production (including housing/transportation).

  • "Full-length" plays should have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes). TYA shows should have a complete running time of over 40 minutes.

  • Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission (independently published is acceptable).

  • Each play should be individually submitted at the following link: CONSTELLATION STAGE & SCREEN PLAY SUBMISSION.

  • You will be asked to submit your play as an attachment and all other information (bio, history, synopsis, character breakdown) will be entered into a form. Musical submissions may upload demos as an attachment or include a link to a shared folder.

  • Limit of 2 play submissions per year.

  • If you have any questions, please email literary@seeconstellation.org.

o Categories: New Works, Drama, Theatre 

o Address: 411 E 7th ST Bloomington, IN 47408

o Contact: literary@seeconstellation.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 

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 



Edwin Wong announces year three of The Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy Competition, the world's richest specifically for the writing of tragedy: at stake is $12,265 (CDN) in prize money, a workshop, and travel stipend.                                    

o Deadline: May 31

o Application Fee: $49

o Eligibility: The Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy Competition (henceforth 'the Competition') is open to one-act and multi-act plays, 90 – 120 minutes in length (not including intermission). Generally, a properly formatted play of this length will be 80 to 110 pages long. If your script is significantly outside these parameters, it is probably ineligible.

  • Playwrights may submit more than one script, but each script must be accompanied by a separate entry fee and entry form.

  • Entries must be received by the Competition no later than 9PM, May 31, 2021 Pacific Time (PDT).

  • The Competition is open to writers of any nationality BUT all entries must be written in English.

  • The script must be original. Adaptations of other works will not be accepted with two exceptions: 1) adaptation of works that are in the public domain will be accepted; for instance, a contemporary adaptation of a classic Greek tragedy; 2) adaptation of works to which the author holds sole copyright will be accepted; for instance, a short story written by the author.

  • Scripts that have been simultaneously entered in other playwriting competitions are eligible.

  • Musicals are eligible. Jurors will judge musicals on the basis of the libretto only. They will not have access to the music.

  • Scripts that have gone through a workshop or been given public reading ARE eligible.

  • Scripts that have been professionally produced at the time of submission are NOT eligible. Any public performance for which production members have been paid beyond a token honorarium will be considered a professional production.

  • Scripts which have been commissioned are NOT eligible.

o Categories: Full Length Plays, New Works, Musicals

o Contact: tragedycompetition@gmail.com

o Submission Information 

Diversionary: Seeking new, full-length LGBTQIA+ works

Diversionary is always seeking new, full-length LGBTQIA+ works for consideration. Please follow the guidelines below if you would like to submit your work. Because of the volume of submissions, those that do not follow the guidelines will not be considered.                             

o Deadline: None 

o Application Fee: None

o Eligibility: Please send all of the above items as a single document in pdf format to frankie@diversionary.org. For music, please send the items in mp3 format or include a link to be accessed. No physical submissions sent to the theatre will be considered.

  • a one-page synopsis, character breakdown, and playwright bio

  • a development/production history of the submitted work (including date written and any readings, workshops, and full stagings)

  • a ten-page sample of the work

  • three audio recordings of music, twelve minutes total, if it's a musical

o Categories: Full Length Plays, Musicals 

o Contact:  frankie@diversionary.org

o Submission Information 

The Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy Competition

Edwin Wong announces year three of The Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy Competition, the world's richest specifically for the writing of tragedy: at stake is $12,265 (CDN) in prize money, a workshop, and travel stipend.                                    

o Deadline: May 31

o Application Fee: $49

o Eligibility: The Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy Competition (henceforth 'the Competition') is open to one-act and multi-act plays, 90 – 120 minutes in length (not including intermission). Generally, a properly formatted play of this length will be 80 to 110 pages long. If your script is significantly outside these parameters, it is probably ineligible.

  • Playwrights may submit more than one script, but each script must be accompanied by a separate entry fee and entry form.

  • Entries must be received by the Competition no later than 9PM, May 31, 2021 Pacific Time (PDT).

  • The Competition is open to writers of any nationality BUT all entries must be written in English.

  • The script must be original. Adaptations of other works will not be accepted with two exceptions: 1) adaptation of works that are in the public domain will be accepted; for instance, a contemporary adaptation of a classic Greek tragedy; 2) adaptation of works to which the author holds sole copyright will be accepted; for instance, a short story written by the author.

  • Scripts that have been simultaneously entered in other playwriting competitions are eligible.

  • Musicals are eligible. Jurors will judge musicals on the basis of the libretto only. They will not have access to the music.

  • Scripts that have gone through a workshop or been given public reading ARE eligible.

  • Scripts that have been professionally produced at the time of submission are NOT eligible. Any public performance for which production members have been paid beyond a token honorarium will be considered a professional production.

  • Scripts which have been commissioned are NOT eligible.

o Categories: Full Length Plays, New Works, Musicals

o Contact: tragedycompetition@gmail.com

o Submission Information 

What They Say Theatre Festival 

This year will mark WHAT THEY SAY's first annual theater festival highlighting trans and gender non-conforming stories and voices! Hooray!

o Deadline: June 1

o Application Fee: None

o Eligibility: We are looking for very short (under 10 mins), ten minute, and one-act plays

  • Plays should be by a GNC/non-binary/Trans* writer; by an LGBT+ writer about the LGBT+ experience; or from any writer about gendered experience/identity specifically (see below for more on content**)

  • If your play is over 20 pages, please identify a 10 page selection for us to read

  • Make sure your formatting is consistent throughout (unless that is part of the play)

  • Be sure to number your pages

o Categories: Plays 

o Submission Information

Murmation Theatre 

Murmuration Theatre Company is seeking plays that have a cast size between 2-11 for our 2023 & 2024 seasons Accepting work for consideration in the following categories: New Voices Showcase: Curated selection of 4-10 new plays (scripts 2 - 40 pages); fully staged and directed by our creative team. Mainstage Show: a one act or full length play (scripts 35 - 120 pages); fully staged and directed by our creative team. In development: Actor's Lab Performance Series: a monthly selection of scenes or short plays (any length), performed at workshop or staged reading level.Playwrights selected for our mainstage production will receive $30 per performance of their one-act or full length play; playwrights selected for our New Voices Showcase will receive $10 per performance of their short or one-act.

o When/Where: Brooklyn, New York 

o Deadline: None 

o Application Fee: None 

o Eligibility: Please submit PDF copies of scripts via the google form below, and feel free to reach out to murmurationtheatreco@gmail.com with any questions or concerns. Multiple submissions are allowed. Preference will be given to playwrights who are able to attend at least one performance of their work in the NYC area.

  • We will be accepting submissions on a rolling basis, and hope to be in touch with responses within 30 days of submission. Please feel free to reach out after that point if you have not received word from our team.

  • Solo Shows, Theatre for Young Audiences and Musicals will not be considered.

  • New writers as well as writers with voices that have historically been underrepresented in the theater industry (gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, ability status, etc.) are encouraged to apply.

o Categories: Full-Length Plays, One-Acts

o Contact:  murmurationtheatreco@gmail.com 

o Submission Information 

Sixth Annual Ivoryton Women Playwrights Festival

The Ivoryton Playhouse have announced its Sixth Annual Ivoryton Women Playwrights Festival. They are seeking submissions of one-act plays by women playwrights. The IWPF provides the 4 writers whose work is chosen, paid travel to Ivoryton and housing while here, 3 days of intensive workshops with a director and actors for play development and participation in a staged reading festival that will take place October 25-28, 2023. Writers will also receive a $500 stipend. Ten minute plays are acceptable, and all plays must run no more than one hour. The theatre will be accepting completed manuscripts by email only until June 1st, 2023.

o When/Where: Ivoryton, CT 

o Deadline: June 1 

o Application Fee: None 

o Eligibility: Interested playwrights should email a completed manuscript, (for musicals include a script and links to music), with name and contact info. The Ivoryton Women Playwrights' Festival is also seeking resumes from directors (CT residents only), and those interested in being readers, both men and women. Play submissions, and resumes from directors and readers should be emailed to Jacqui Hubbard, Artistic Director jhubbard@ivorytonplayhouse.org.

o Categories: One-Act 

o Contact: jhubbard@ivorytonplayhouse.org 

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 

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 

Mrs. Doubtfire (Tour) - NYC Open Call/Dance Call for Female Roles (05.08.23)

Seeking Equity actors for roles in MRS. DOUBTFIRE (Tour) (See breakdown).

o Deadline: May 8

o Location: Actors' Equity New York Audition Center: 165 W 46th St 16th Fl New York, NY 10036

o Breakdown: Please come at the designated time, ready to dance in heels or sneakers. In case you are asked to stay and sing, please prepare a brief pop song or musical theatre pop song (i.e. DEAR EVAN HANSEN, MEAN GIRLS, or similar) showing range. Bring sheet music; a piano accompanist will be provided. For those who cannot attend in person, instructions on how to submit a self-tape can be found at: www.tinyurl.com/mrsdoubtfireaudition 

o Pay: Short Engagement Touring $958.00 weekly minimum (Cat. 2)

o Audition Information 

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


The Nancy Dean Award for Lesbian Playwrights 2023

The Nancy Dean award for Lesbian Playwrights is to honor a woman who was at the forefront of Lesbian, queer, gay, genderqueer, gender-nonconforming, trans, intersex and people of color movements. We honor her focus and writing on Lesbian relationships before the time of the Stonewall rebellion. Her writings were the precursor to social change. In that spirit of struggle and often hidden desire we encourage the submission of new plays that address the conflict of lesbian, queer or gay, trans and nonbinary women struggling to live and love their best lives. In these times of social definition and refinement the age-old conflict of acceptance and the right to live our true lives as we truly are is still our continuing fight which is refined and embolden by each new generation. We understand people have their own language for their gender and sexuality. We are open to submission from people who are lesbian, queer or gay, trans and nonbinary. As we are a small family foundation with an all-volunteer board, we must rely on nominations to identify potential recipients. We are asking professors, teachers, artistic directors, directors, literary managers, actors, writers, and others to nominate promising writers. As we want to be inclusive, we will allow people to self-nominate. 

o Deadline: June 1

o Application Fee: None

o Eligibility: Please send a letter(pdf) describing why your playwright should receive this award and a full-length play (pdf) to openmeadowsfdn@gmail.com. In your letter, please be as detailed as possible in up to 2 pages. Include the writer's resume and website or other social media links. The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2022. We will announce the recipients October 31, 2023. We have been granting three awards of $5000, $2500 and $1250. 

  • Writer is lesbian, queer or gay or nonbinary;

  • Writer has written at least one play;

  • Writer is writing plays about lesbians

  • Writer is committed to writing plays and furthering her/their career; 

  • Writer is interested in receiving the award.

o Categories: Full-Length Plays 

o Submission Information

Technical Director, Houston Grand Opera 

The Technical Director provides leadership and management of all stage operations. They are responsible for delivering the highest artistic standards within allocated resources, managing all staff, subcontractors, and resources to ensure the efficient and effective implementation of HGOs physical productions.

o Requirements:  Plan, manage and implement all technical aspects throughout the build, rehearsal and running of each HGO production

  • Evaluate and advise on technical and financial feasibility of current and future productions, ensuring that productions will work within the physical requirements of HGO venues and repertory situations
    Oversee technical aspects of new production builds, realizing scenic designs from bid process through delivery

  • Oversee the creation and maintenance of technical drawings, ground plans, sections, rigging plans, working closely with the ATDs, Lighting staff, design teams, and crew heads

  • Oversee load-in, set-up, technical rehearsals, performances, and strikes for all HGO productions, including installation of technical elements, hiring and scheduling of all labor crews, and creation of detailed logistics plans

  • Facilitate communication with other technical/production areas about cross departmental production elements

  • Establish and maintain accurate archival records of all shows

  • Work closely with the Director of Production to set a positive safety culture of and to ensure the safest possible working environment in all workspaces

  • Develop and implement safety policies and procedures

  • Develop Risk Assessment documentation for productions and processes

  • Manage and track technical budgets, controlling costs and ensuring efficient use of resources within agreed budgets
    Provide input on the creation of technical budgets, including but not limited to crew and staffing requirements and material and equipment needs
    Provide direction, performance management, and development for direct reports: Assistant Technical Directors, HGO Crew Heads and IATSE employees

  • Represent HGO in past, present, and future projects with designers and production teams, establishing a close and supportive working relationship
    Represent HGO in past, present, and future projects with co-producers, contractors and hiring companies as required

  • Working closely with other HGO departments, provide technical support as required for special projects and activities, including but not limited to special events, stage tours, Community & Learning programs and projects

  • Work collaboratively with the WCOC (Wortham Center Operating Company), Houston First, Houston Ballet, and other partners for all HGO technical matters

  • Participate in the planning, negotiation, and implementation phases of IATSE collective bargaining agreements
    Manage and maintain all HGO Production facilities and equipment: HGO warehouse maintenance, upkeep, inventory tracking, storage planning, Leeland costume and wig shop, facility maintenance and upkeep, HGO equipment and production department vehicles maintenance and upkeep

  • Oversee production cartage activities including overland and overseas shipping

  • Foster a culture of collaboration and cooperation with all HGO departments.

o Compensation:  Starting salary for candidates meeting minimum requirements is $100,000

o Submission Information

Costume Manager, American Repertory Theatre 

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University is a leading force in the American theater, producing groundbreaking work that is driven by risk-taking and passionate inquiry. A.R.T. was founded in 1980 by Robert Brustein, who served as Artistic Director until 2002, when he was succeeded by Robert Woodruff. Diane Paulus began her tenure as Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director in 2008 and co-leads the theater in partnership with Executive Director Kelvin Dinkins, Jr., who began his tenure in June 2022. 

o Start Date: ASAP 

o Requirements:  Directs all aspects of costuming for ART productions and advises on costuming needs for undergraduate performances. Promote an inclusive and safe work environment:

  • Foster a culture of community, equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism among staff and guest artists

  • Foster a culture of psychological and physical safety, and ensure safe work environment and practices are observed

  • Maintain and promote a safe work environment by following and enforcing all safety regulations, ensuring placement and maintenance of safety equipment, training employees on safety practices, reporting and managing records of incidents, staying current on safety issues and advising management and staff on related policy

  • Hire and supervise Costume Staff (Assistant Costume Shop Manager, Head Draper, Crafts Artisan, and additional staff as needed)

  • Foster the professional development of the team with annual performance reviews, periodic feedback, and training opportunities. Encourage use of paid-time off.  Staff appropriately for redundancy to ensure time can take be taken and promote a healthy work-life balance.

  • Collaborate with all costume and wardrobe departments (Costumes, Crafts, Wardrobe, Wigs, Hair & Makeup) to finalize the hiring and onboarding of overhire, and ensure compliance with the union (HUCTW) and Harvard employment policies

  • Regularly schedule opportunities for staff to participate in relevant industry and professional development trainings

  • Collaboration with Costume Designers and in partnership with the Wardrobe Manager, collaborate with Makeup/Hair/Wig Designers to accomplish their designs within budget (materials and labor) and timeline (including factoring in meetings, fittings, and construction time)

  • Collaboration with Stage Management and Costume Designer on costume plots, entrance/exit charts, the scheduling of fittings, and responding to costume notes in rehearsal and performance reports

  • Manage cross-seasonal costume budgets for supplies and shop maintenance

  • Collaborate and maintain open lines of communication

  • Keep Production Management up to date on Costume budget, expenses, and timeline tracking

  • Oversee the daily operation of the costume department, including facilitating conversation between costume sub-departments as projects move between areas, and communicating changes as they come up

  • Collaboration with other production departments on cross-departmental projects
    Attend production meetings, studio rehearsals, tech rehearsals, and previews as needed

  • Maintain offsite costume storage and document stock and saved shows. Rent or lend stock to student groups or outside organizations as possible

  • Represent Costume in building meetings as we design and build our new theatre

  • Strong knowledge and vocabulary of costume and craft construction methods and materials.

  • Willingness to continue research and grow personal knowledge in the area of makeup, hair, and wigs, particularly global majority styling and care resources. 

  • Ability to quickly and accurately budget and report the amount of time needed for costume and craft production, sourcing, and show running tasks

  • Empathy, listening skills, and a strong ability to read body language and other nonverbal clues are essential
    Conflict resolution skills - diffusing tension, navigating difficult conversations, mediating resolutions
    Ability to adapt and quickly communicate changes throughout the production process

  • Must be capable of overseeing multiple projects happening simultaneously via delegating and collaborating with Costume sub-department team members

  • Class D driver's license and comfort driving sprinter van preferred, but not a requirement

  • Ability to maintain and repair sewing machines preferred, but not a requirement

o Compensation:  $78,000

o Submission Information

Manhattan Repertory Theatre Play Production Program For Actors 

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 labeled 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: Associate Director of Marketing & Associate Producer: Literary & New Play Development

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: Assistant Sound Engineer, Director of Audience Experience, Marketing Operation, Coordinator, etc.. 

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.


3GT Brady Fellowship 

The Brady Fellowship is for emerging Bay Area women and AFAB writers who are: over 40 and/or BIPOC and/or LBTQ+. Each play is supported with dramaturgy and given a full staged reading in front of an audience. This is invaluable support for an emerging writer. This year's window for Brady Fellows opens April 1st and closes May 30th.  For questions about the application or program, email Literary Director Pamela Hollings

o Deadline: May 30 

o Application Fee: Free

o Eligibility: To be eligible to be a Brady Fellow, playwrights must be based in the SF Bay Area full-time, AND identify as a member of at least one of these communities:

  • A woman over 40 

  • Transgender

  • Lesbian, bisexual, or queer (assigned female at birth)

  • Black, Indigenous, or woman of color (BIWOC)

  • All Brady Fellows must have had less than 3 professional productions of their full-length work (readings, works-in-progress, or student showings do NOT count as professional productions).

o Application Information 

Audible Emerging Playwrights Fund 2023 

In 2017, Audible launched a theater initiative, intended to radically increase access to exceptional plays and performances. A core pillar of the initiative is the Emerging Playwrights Fund, a program that invests in and nurtures self-identifying emerging playwrights, some of our most inventive, delightful, and provocative storytellers. Through the Fund, Audible aims to connect extraordinary performers with remarkable original work, amplifying new voices and harnessing the power and potential of audio to reach millions of listeners. The Fund specifically supports the creation of original dramatic work, written with audio in mind, but theatrical in spirit. Audible is dedicated to commissioning, developing, and producing work that reflects the diversity of our members and our world. To accomplish this, Audible is committed to granting at least 50% of emerging playwright commissions to artists of color and women.

o Deadline: None

o Application Fee: Free

o Eligibility: Submissions will re-open in January 2023. To be considered as an applicant for a commission, please submit all of the following to AudibleTheater@audible.com:

1. One full-length script for an original or adapted play (in English language only) that represents your voice ("Script"). The Script can be in any genre and may include one-acts and solo pieces;

2. A short biography; and

3. A brief statement about why audio plays appeal to you.

4. If you have an idea for an original audio play, you are welcome to include a pitch or summary along with your statement (this is encouraged, but not required).

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 


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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