THEATER - OCTOBER 2017

RED DRAGONFLY NEW WRITING COMPETITION

Red Dragonfly Productions

INFO: Red Dragonfly Productions in association with Grist To The Mill are running a New Writing Festival and are looking for new and emerging writers from British East Asian, South Asian and South East Asian communities who are interested in contributing and sharing their contemporary and traditional stories.

They are not only looking for established writers but potential writers of any ability or experience, their in house dramaturge, Ross Ericson, will support you throughout your script development.

After they have reviewed submissions, they will be inviting up to ten successful applicants to a free one day workshop – travel will be provided* – and from that workshop three applicants will be selected to have their plays produced and performed in our festival. (*depending on applicants’ bases.)

If you want to be considered in the first instance please submit your story/idea. They will only accept submissions by email to submissions@gristtheatre.co.uk

Successful participants will be invited to the workshop by the 16th October 2016 that will take place by the end of that month, at a place and time yet to be confirmed. The performances are scheduled to take place in February of 2017. Red Dragonfly New Writing Festival is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. 

PRIZE: £1000 fee paid to each writer whose play is performed at the festival.  

DEADLINE: October 1, 2017

reddragonflyproductions.co.uk/#!upcoming/c1z71

 

2050 FELLOWSHIP

New York Theatre Workshop

INFO: New York Theatre Workshop is seeking submissions from playwrights for its 2050 Fellowship, which is named in celebration of the U.S. Census Bureau’s projection that by the year 2050, there will be no single racial or ethnic majority in the United States.

This projection provokes thoughts at New York Theatre Workshop about the transformations that will take place in the American landscape – technologically, environmentally, demographically and artistically. They are a catalyst for broader questions about our moral and artistic future.

How do we define diversity? Whose stories aren’t being told? What lies ahead for our world?

In response to these questions, NYTW’s expanded 2050 Artistic Fellowship program exists to support the diversity of voices and aesthetics that will make up this new minority majority.

DEADLINE: October 17, 2016, at 5pm EST

nytw.org/artist-workshop/2050-fellowships/

 

THE CULTURAL DIASPORA AFRICAN-AMERICAN & AFRICAN PLAYWRIGHTS CREATIVE RESIDENCY

The Carmargo Foundation

INFO: The Camargo Foundation, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jerome Foundation, is excited to announce a four-week residency program for mid-career/established African-American and African playwrights.

Four participants from the United States and four from the African continent, all of whom are interested in the intersection and interaction, whether historic or contemporary, between the United States and Africa, will be hosted at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France.

In recognition of the various ways in which theatre is created, an expanded version of "playwrights" will be used for this program. Please see page 6 for further explanation.

The program is designed to offer participants time and space to:

• Research, experiment & create: applicants may apply either with a specific project or a specific area of inquiry on which they would like to work during the residency. An area of inquiry should be specific and represent exploration and investigation in the resident’s field. The Camargo Foundation welcomes both open-ended exploration, or more focused works and long-term research projects;

• Exchange & network: during the residency, discussions are held regularly to foster exchanges between the selected artists. In addition, the Camargo Foundation’s staff provides formal and informal links with local professionals to develop possible creative collaborations between the selected artists and the region of the Marseille-Provence area. The selected artists will also attend performances with other cultural organizations and artists in the MarseilleProvence area.

DURATION: The program will take place from May 28 to June 25, 2018.

STIPEND:  Each of the eight participants will receive plane fare, local transport to and from the home airport and Camargo, and both a stipend of $1,000 US and an honorarium of $1,000 US (making a total of $2,000 US per playwright/text creator) to participate.

ACCOMODATION: Each artist will be provided a furnished apartment. The apartments are intended as the workspace for writing and electronic media. Additional workspace at Camargo may also be available, such as the library, or the painting studio and rehearsal space with a piano. Residents are expected to prepare their own meals.

ACCOMPANYING FAMILY MEMBERS:  Spouses/adult partners and dependent minor children may accompany fellows for short stays or for the duration of the residency. Accompanying children must be at least six years old upon arrival and enrolled in and attending school or organized activities outside the Camargo Foundation campus, during the week.

DEADLINE: October 19, 2017

camargofoundation.org/fileadmin/user_upload/guidelines/The_Cultural_Diaspora_Guidelines_2018.pdf

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Classical Theatre of Harlem

INFO: Playwrights submit 10-12 pages of a new work in the early stages of development. Actors are cast on the spot and perform a cold reading, followed by a moderated audience feedback session. In addition to serving the development of new work, these readings give audiences a sneak peek into how new plays are created.

Submit your work to Ms. Shawn René Graham, Literary Director at readings@cthnyc.org. No phone calls please. 

  • Plays/Excerpts may not have been previously produced. 
  • Playwrights may submit up to fifteen (15) pages only. 
  • Plays must be submitted as a PDF or as a Word document. 
  • Playwrights will not receive comments on plays once submitted. 
  • critical topics that are at the heart of society.

DEADLINE: Open

cthnyc.org/reading-series/#1491626607486-8bf15b08-ad7e

THEATER - SEPTEMBER 2017

RADCLIFFE INSTITUTE FELLOWSHIPS

Harvard University

 INFO: The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program is a scholarly community where individuals pursue advanced work across a wide range of academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts (including Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction/Biography/ Autobiography/Memoir, Nonfiction/Current Issues, Playwriting or Screenwriting, and other topics). 

To be considered for a fellowship in fiction or nonfiction, applicants must have any of the following: one or more published books, contract for the publication of a book-length manuscript, or at least three shorter works (longer than newspaper articles) published. Evidence of publication in print format within the last five years is highly desirable; Web site publications are not acceptable as the only form of previously published work. Applicants should note that reviewers take into account evidence of a distinctive, original voice, richness or dimensionality of text, and coherence in the project plan. Professionals interested in writing about their work experiences should apply in the category of nonfiction. Recommendations from editors and/or agents are not acceptable.

STIPEND: Up to $77,500 for one year with additional funds for project expenses. Some support for relocation expenses is provided where relevant. They work with fellows with families who have particular issues connected to relocating to smooth the transition. If so directed, Radcliffe will pay the stipend to the fellow’s home institution. Please note that they can only pay stipends to home institutions if they are US based. Fellows receive office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources of Harvard University during the fellowship year, which extends from early September 2018 through May 31, 2019.

Fellows are expected to be free of their regular commitments so they may devote themselves full time to the work outlined in their proposal. Since this is a residential fellowship, they expect fellows to reside in the Boston area during that period and to have their primary office at the Institute so that they can participate fully in the life of the community.

Applicants will be notified by e-mail in March of the results.

DEADLINE: September 14, 2017

radcliffe.harvard.edu/fellowship-program/how-apply

 

THE BALL GRANT

The Playwriting Collective

INFO: The Ball Grant is expressly designed for a writer who identifies as living in or emerging from a lower economic status.

AWARD: $1,00

DEADLINE: September 14, 2017

theplaywritingcollective.com/the-ball-grant

 

MACDOWELL COLONY RESIDENCY

INFO: The MacDowell Colony provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees.

The Colony accepts applications from artists working in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts. The sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence, which the Colony defines in a pluralistic and inclusive way. MacDowell encourages applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics, and welcomes artists engaging in the broadest spectrum of artistic practice and investigating an unlimited array of inquiries and concerns. To that end, emerging as well as established artists are invited to apply.  

DEADLINE: September 15, 2017

macdowellcolony.org/apply-appguidelines.html

 

RED DRAGONFLY NEW WRITING COMPETITION

Red Dragonfly Productions

INFO: Red Dragonfly Productions in association with Grist To The Mill are running a New Writing Festival and are looking for new and emerging writers from British East Asian, South Asian and South East Asian communities who are interested in contributing and sharing their contemporary and traditional stories.

They are not only looking for established writers but potential writers of any ability or experience, their in house dramaturge, Ross Ericson, will support you throughout your script development.

After they have reviewed submissions, they will be inviting up to ten successful applicants to a free one day workshop – travel will be provided* – and from that workshop three applicants will be selected to have their plays produced and performed in our festival. (*depending on applicants’ bases.)

If you want to be considered in the first instance please submit your story/idea. They will only accept submissions by email to submissions@gristtheatre.co.uk

Successful participants will be invited to the workshop by the 16th October 2016 that will take place by the end of that month, at a place and time yet to be confirmed. The performances are scheduled to take place in February of 2017. Red Dragonfly New Writing Festival is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. 

PRIZE: £1000 fee paid to each writer whose play is performed at the festival.  

DEADLINE: October 1, 2017

reddragonflyproductions.co.uk/#!upcoming/c1z71

 

THE CULTURAL DIASPORA AFRICAN-AMERICAN & AFRICAN PLAYWRIGHTS CREATIVE RESIDENCY

The Carmargo Foundation

INFO: The Camargo Foundation, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jerome Foundation, is excited to announce a four-week residency program for mid-career/established African-American and African playwrights.

Four participants from the United States and four from the African continent, all of whom are interested in the intersection and interaction, whether historic or contemporary, between the United States and Africa, will be hosted at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France.

In recognition of the various ways in which theatre is created, an expanded version of "playwrights" will be used for this program. Please see page 6 for further explanation.

The program is designed to offer participants time and space to:

• Research, experiment & create: applicants may apply either with a specific project or a specific area of inquiry on which they would like to work during the residency. An area of inquiry should be specific and represent exploration and investigation in the resident’s field. The Camargo Foundation welcomes both open-ended exploration, or more focused works and long-term research projects;

• Exchange & network: during the residency, discussions are held regularly to foster exchanges between the selected artists. In addition, the Camargo Foundation’s staff provides formal and informal links with local professionals to develop possible creative collaborations between the selected artists and the region of the Marseille-Provence area. The selected artists will also attend performances with other cultural organizations and artists in the MarseilleProvence area.

DURATION: The program will take place from May 28 to June 25, 2018.

STIPEND:  Each of the eight participants will receive plane fare, local transport to and from the home airport and Camargo, and both a stipend of $1,000 US and an honorarium of $1,000 US (making a total of $2,000 US per playwright/text creator) to participate.

ACCOMODATION: Each artist will be provided a furnished apartment. The apartments are intended as the workspace for writing and electronic media. Additional workspace at Camargo may also be available, such as the library, or the painting studio and rehearsal space with a piano. Residents are expected to prepare their own meals.

ACCOMPANYING FAMILY MEMBERS:  Spouses/adult partners and dependent minor children may accompany fellows for short stays or for the duration of the residency. Accompanying children must be at least six years old upon arrival and enrolled in and attending school or organized activities outside the Camargo Foundation campus, during the week.

DEADLINE: October 19, 2017

camargofoundation.org/fileadmin/user_upload/guidelines/The_Cultural_Diaspora_Guidelines_2018.pdf

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Classical Theatre of Harlem

INFO: Playwrights submit 10-12 pages of a new work in the early stages of development. Actors are cast on the spot and perform a cold reading, followed by a moderated audience feedback session. In addition to serving the development of new work, these readings give audiences a sneak peek into how new plays are created.

Submit your work to Ms. Shawn René Graham, Literary Director at readings@cthnyc.org. No phone calls please. 

  • Plays/Excerpts may not have been previously produced. 
  • Playwrights may submit up to fifteen (15) pages only. 
  • Plays must be submitted as a PDF or as a Word document. 
  • Playwrights will not receive comments on plays once submitted. 
  • critical topics that are at the heart of society.

DEADLINE: Open

cthnyc.org/reading-series/#1491626607486-8bf15b08-ad7e

THEATER - AUGUST 2017

DAVID CHARLES HORN PRIZE

The Yale Drama Series

INFO: The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2018 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series' current judge, Ayad Akhtar.

AWARD: $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center's Claire Tow Theater. The prize and publication are contingent on the playwright's agreeing to the terms of the publishing agreement.

SUBMISSION FEE: $0

DEADLINE: August 15, 2017

dchornfoundation.org/competition-rules

 

BLUE INK PLAYWRITING AWARD

American Blues Theatre

INFO: American Blues Theatre is seeking submissions for its 2018 Blue Ink Playwriting Award. The winning play will be selected by Producing Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside and the Ensemble.  

PRIZE: The playwright receives a monetary prize of $1,000 and a developmental workshop or staged reading at American Blues Theater in Chicago. Cash prizes are awarded for runners up, finalists, and semi-finalists too.

DEADLINE: August 31, 2017

americanbluestheater.com/blue-ink-submission-guidelines/

 

FALL 2017 AWARDS

Sustainable Arts Foundation

INFO: Sustainable Arts Foundation – a non-profit foundation supporting artists and writers with families – is committed to offering half of its awards to applicants of color.

Writers may apply in one of the following categories:

  • Fiction
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Long Form Journalism
  • Playwriting
  • Picture Books
  • Early and Middle Grade Fiction
  • Young Adult Fiction
  • Graphic Novel

AWARDS:

  • Sustainable Arts Foundation Award: $6,000
  • Sustainable Arts Foundation Promise Award: $2,000

DEADLINE: August 31, 2017

apply.sustainableartsfoundation.org/

 

2018-19 EMERGING WRITERS GROUP

Public Theater

INFO: The Emerging Writers Group is currently accepting applications. Playwrights participating in the Emerging Writers group will:

  • Participate in a biweekly writers group led by The Public’s New Work Department
  • Receive at least one reading at The Public in the Emerging Writers Group Spotlight Series Reading Series
  • Participate in master classes led by established playwrights
  • Observe rehearsals for productions at The Public
  • Receive an additional stipend for theater tickets to productions at other theaters
  • Receive complimentary tickets to Public Theater shows, invited dress rehearsals and other special events
  • Receive artistic support and professional development guidance from the literary department and artistic staff

AWARD: $7,500 stipend

DEADLINE: August 31, 2017

publictheater.org/Programs--Events/Emerging-Writers-Group/Apply-EWG/

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Classical Theatre of Harlem

INFO: Playwrights submit 10-12 pages of a new work in the early stages of development. Actors are cast on the spot and perform a cold reading, followed by a moderated audience feedback session. In addition to serving the development of new work, these readings give audiences a sneak peek into how new plays are created.

Submit your work to Ms. Shawn René Graham, Literary Director at readings@cthnyc.org. No phone calls please. 

  • Plays/Excerpts may not have been previously produced. 
  • Playwrights may submit up to fifteen (15) pages only. 
  • Plays must be submitted as a PDF or as a Word document. 
  • Playwrights will not receive comments on plays once submitted. 
  • critical topics that are at the heart of society.

DEADLINE: Open

cthnyc.org/reading-series/#1491626607486-8bf15b08-ad7e

THEATER - JULY 2017

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Classical Theatre of Harlem

INFO: Playwrights submit 10-12 pages of a new work in the early stages of development. Actors are cast on the spot and perform a cold reading, followed by a moderated audience feedback session. In addition to serving the development of new work, these readings give audiences a sneak peek into how new plays are created.

Submit your work to Ms. Shawn René Graham, Literary Director at readings@cthnyc.org. No phone calls please. 

  • Plays/Excerpts may not have been previously produced. 
  • Playwrights may submit up to fifteen (15) pages only. 
  • Plays must be submitted as a PDF or as a Word document. 
  • Playwrights will not receive comments on plays once submitted. 
  • critical topics that are at the heart of society.

DEADLINE: Open

cthnyc.org/reading-series/#1491626607486-8bf15b08-ad7e

 

DAVID CHARLES HORN PRIZE

The Yale Drama Series

INFO: The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2018 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series' current judge, Ayad Akhtar.

AWARD: $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center's Claire Tow Theater. The prize and publication are contingent on the playwright's agreeing to the terms of the publishing agreement.

SUBMISSION FEE: $0

DEADLINE: August 15, 2017

dchornfoundation.org/competition-rules

THEATER - JUNE 2017

There are no opportunities at this time. Please check again soon.

THEATER - MAY 2017

I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHT RESIDENCY

National Black Theatre 

INFO: The annual I AM SOUL - Playwright Residency program recognizes Black playwrights whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit and excellence in the theatrical field. Alongside NBT’s Theatre Arts Director, the selected playwright will develop a new play during the eighteen (18) month residency. The program provides the playwright with a stipend, administrative and dramaturgical support, in-house readings, and one 29-hour workshop. This process culminates with a Workshop Production in NBT’s following season. 

With I AM SOUL, NBT seeks to deepen the artistic relationship between Black theatrical institutions and Black playwrights in order to re-establish Black theatrical institutions as the foremost supporters and producers of new works created by Black playwrights.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Deadline: May 1, 2017
  • Finalists Notified: June 10, 2017
  • Recipient Notified: July 13, 2017
  • Residency: September 1, 2017 – March 31, 2019

bit.ly/1VcfizW

 

REORIENT FESTIVAL OF SHORT PLAYS 2017

Golden Thread Productions 

INFO: Golden Thread Productions, the country’s first theatre company focused on the Middle East, is seeking short plays for the ReOrient Festival of Short Plays 2017. The ReOrient Festival showcases the diversity of voices and aesthetics from the Middle East and its worldwide diaspora in a curated festival of short plays produced biennially in San Francisco.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • Playwrights of Middle Eastern heritage writing about any topic
  • Playwrights of all backgrounds writing about the Middle East
  • The plays must be in English.

DEADLINE: May 1, 2017

goldenthread.org/about/opportunities/reorient-2017-submission/

 

THE RELENTLESS AWARD

The American Playwright Foundation

INFO: The Relentless Award, established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman and his pursuit of truth in the theater, is the largest annual cash prize in American theater awarded to a playwright in recognition of a new play.

Submissions by first-time playwrights, women and playwrights are encouraged.

PRIZE:

  • $45,000
  • The option to have the winning play published by the Dramatists Play Service
  • A week-long residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm, an artist residency program housed on a working organic farm in Brewster, New York. The author can elect to have a director, a dramaturg and actors join him or her while in residence on the farm
  • The selected play will also have a national roll-out through the Ed Vassallo Relentless Reading Series, established to help bring to life and develop the winning play by presenting a series of staged readings at some of the top theaters across the United States

 Three runners-up will also be named.

DEADLINE: 11:59pm EST on May 15, 2017

americanplaywritingfoundation.org/the-relentless-award.html

THEATER - APRIL 2017

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Fade to Black Play Festival

INFO: Fade to Black Play Festival seeks original, not previously produced, unpublished work written by an African American playwright. Directors and Actors based in Houston, Texas are encouraged to participate.  Only three (3) scripts submissions are allowed per playwright.

AWARD: One grand prize winner will be chosen by audience vote and awarded a cash prize. 

SUBMISSION FEE: $0

DEADLINE: April 1, 2017

fadetoblackfest.com/ 

 

DRAMATISTS GUILD FELLOWS PROGRAM

The Dramatists Guild of America

INFO: The Dramatists Guild of America, the only organization devoted solely to the interests of artists writing for the theater, is now accepting applications for its Fellows Program. This year, they will select five playwrights for a nine-month program that includes group sessions with theater professional, one-on-one mentoring, and an opportunity to become interns or observers with dramatists involved in professional productions.

DEADLINE: April 7, 2017

http://fellows.dgfund.org/

 

I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHT RESIDENCY

National Black Theatre 

INFO: The annual I AM SOUL - Playwright Residency program recognizes Black playwrights whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit and excellence in the theatrical field. Alongside NBT’s Theatre Arts Director, the selected playwright will develop a new play during the eighteen (18) month residency. The program provides the playwright with a stipend, administrative and dramaturgical support, in-house readings, and one 29-hour workshop. This process culminates with a Workshop Production in NBT’s following season. 

With I AM SOUL, NBT seeks to deepen the artistic relationship between Black theatrical institutions and Black playwrights in order to re-establish Black theatrical institutions as the foremost supporters and producers of new works created by Black playwrights.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Deadline: May 1, 2017
  • Finalists Notified: June 10, 2017
  • Recipient Notified: July 13, 2017
  • Residency: September 1, 2017 – March 31, 2019

bit.ly/1VcfizW

 

ReORIENT FESTIVAL OF SHORT PLAYS 2017

Golden Thread Productions 

INFO: Golden Thread Productions, the country’s first theatre company focused on the Middle East, is seeking short plays for the ReOrient Festival of Short Plays 2017. The ReOrient Festival showcases the diversity of voices and aesthetics from the Middle East and its worldwide diaspora in a curated festival of short plays produced biennially in San Francisco.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • Playwrights of Middle Eastern heritage writing about any topic
  • Playwrights of all backgrounds writing about the Middle East
  • The plays must be in English.

DEADLINE: May 1, 2017

goldenthread.org/about/opportunities/reorient-2017-submission/

 

THE RELENTLESS AWARD

The American Playwright Foundation

INFO: The Relentless Award, established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman and his pursuit of truth in the theater, is the largest annual cash prize in American theater awarded to a playwright in recognition of a new play.

Submissions by first-time playwrights, women and playwrights are encouraged.

PRIZE:

  • $45,000
  • The option to have the winning play published by the Dramatists Play Service
  • A week-long residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm, an artist residency program housed on a working organic farm in Brewster, New York. The author can elect to have a director, a dramaturg and actors join him or her while in residence on the farm
  • The selected play will also have a national roll-out through the Ed Vassallo Relentless Reading Series, established to help bring to life and develop the winning play by presenting a series of staged readings at some of the top theaters across the United States

 Three runners-up will also be named.

DEADLINE: 11:59pm EST on May 15, 2017

americanplaywritingfoundation.org/the-relentless-award.html

 

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EMERGING PLAYWRIGHT AWARD

Urban Stage

INFO: Urban Stage’s mission is to champion new works by artists of diverse cultural backgrounds and to make these works available to all. They select 1-3 plays annually to go on to their workshopping phase. Their workshops are meant to prepare a play for our Off-Broadway stage. From the workshops, they select 1-2 plays for full productions, complete with a playwright’s contract and compensation (separate from the award). 

AWARD: $500 (coupled with press coverage) is given to playwrights who show excellence and dedication throughout this process – from development to the stage.

Submit plays to: 
Urban Stages
555 Eighth Avenue, RM 1800
New York, N.Y. 10018

DEADLINE: No deadline. Year-round submissions accepted.

urbanstages.org/submissions/

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Mixed Blood Theatre

INFO: Mixed Blood welcomes submissions of contemporary plays that pursue and realize the company’s mission and aesthetic. Mixed Blood uses theatre to address pluralism, usually manifest in race, culture, language, disability, gender, nationality, affectional orientation, and political worldview. Predictably unpredictable, the theatre particularly invites polyglot plays, scripts from the global stage, and work that advances the art form. We prefer e-submissions.

If you think you play might be a good fit, please send a query letter, your bio or resume, a brief synopsis, and a 10-page sample of your play to the Mixed Blood Literary Manager. literary@mixedblood.com

http://www.mixedblood.com/workwith

THEATER - MARCH 2017

KENNETH BRANAGH AWARD FOR NEW DRAMA WRITING

Windsor Fringe

INFO: Amateur playwrights worldwide are invited to submit unpublished one-act plays in English for the Kenneth Branagh Award. Three winning scripts will be selected for performances during the Windsor Fringe Festival in October 2017.

AWARD: One of the three scripts will be chosen for the £500 prize, judged on the writing only.

DEADLINE: March 5, 2017

bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunities/Windsor-Fringe-Kenneth-Branagh-Award

  

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: SUMMER WORKSHOPS

VONA / Voices

INFO: Applications for the summer workshop are currently being accepted. VONA/Voices is open to all adult writers-of-color at any level of experience. There are no degree, publication or documentation requirements to apply.

The application has a series of questions about your commitment to your writing and your enthusiasm for a community of writers-of-color. These responses are weighed heavily in your application.

The application asks you to choose one workshop. They encourage you to have a second choice.

Please know that they keep the workshops to ten participants; therefore, providing a second choice of workshop increases your possibilities of attendance.

WRITING SAMPLES:

  • Poetry submissions: 5 - 10 poems (not to exceed 20 pages)
  • Prose Submissions: sample of one piece or combination of pieces to equal no more than 4000 words in genre
  • Playwriting: up to 20 pages of script written for stage performance
  • Residency: up to 4000 words in a non-fiction, novel or short fiction or 5-10 poems (not to exceed 20 pages)

FEES: 

  • Application: $25
  • Tuition: $900
  • Room & Board: (optional, but recommended) $750
  • Limited number of partial tuition scholarships available

DEADLINE: March 15, 2017

vonacommunity.org/community/index.php/apply.html

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: MUSICALS

Bingham Camp Theatre Retreat

INFO: BCTR is looking for composers and lyricists of color interested in having their new musical developed this year as part of its third season. The new musical must be able to be performed with a multiethnic cast and require no more than eight actors.

The winning submission will have a staged reading this fall as part of BCTR’s third season at the Bingham Camp in Salem, Connecticut under the artistic direction of Devanand Janki. This year's developmental retreat will be Sept. 10 - Sept. 23rd, 2017. 

DEADLINE: March 29th, 2017

us11.campaign-archive1.com/?u=cc773a28b53f03d7925a27d42&id=c60f092761

 

NEXT ACT! PLAY SUBMISSIONS

Capital Repertory Theater

INFO: Submissions are now being accepted for Capital Repertory Theatre’s Sixth Annual NEXT ACT! NEW PLAY SUMMIT!

Next Act! is an expansion of Capital Repertory Theatre’s commitment to the development of new work. At the same time, the weekend long summit is designed to complement the Upper Hudson Valley’s rich diverse populations. The summits directly reflect the theatre’s mission, “to create meaningful theatre generated from an authentic link to the community.”  Next Act! New Play Summit 6 takes place October 20 - 23, 2017 and will feature readings of four never-before produced plays, with additional special events throughout the weekend.

Multi-cultural and ethnically diverse pieces encouraged.

Comedy and Drama welcome!

DEADLINE: March 31, 2017

capitalrep.org/next-act-new-play-summit/next-act-play-submissons

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Fade to Black Play Festival

INFO: Fade to Black Play Festival seeks original, not previously produced, unpublished work written by an African American playwright. Directors and Actors based in Houston, Texas are encouraged to participate.  Only three (3) scripts submissions are allowed per playwright.

AWARD: One grand prize winner will be chosen by audience vote and awarded a cash prize. 

SUBMISSION FEE: $0

DEADLINE: April 1, 2017

fadetoblackfest.com/ 

 

EMERGING PLAYWRIGHT AWARD

Urban Stage

INFO: Urban Stage’s mission is to champion new works by artists of diverse cultural backgrounds and to make these works available to all. They select 1-3 plays annually to go on to their workshopping phase. Their workshops are meant to prepare a play for our Off-Broadway stage. From the workshops, they select 1-2 plays for full productions, complete with a playwright’s contract and compensation (separate from the award). 

AWARD: $500 (coupled with press coverage) is given to playwrights who show excellence and dedication throughout this process – from development to the stage.

Submit plays to: 
Urban Stages
555 Eighth Avenue, RM 1800
New York, N.Y. 10018

DEADLINE: No deadline. Year-round submissions accepted.

urbanstages.org/submissions/

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Mixed Blood Theatre

INFO: Mixed Blood welcomes submissions of contemporary plays that pursue and realize the company’s mission and aesthetic. Mixed Blood uses theatre to address pluralism, usually manifest in race, culture, language, disability, gender, nationality, affectional orientation, and political worldview. Predictably unpredictable, the theatre particularly invites polyglot plays, scripts from the global stage, and work that advances the art form. We prefer e-submissions.

If you think you play might be a good fit, please send a query letter, your bio or resume, a brief synopsis, and a 10-page sample of your play to the Mixed Blood Literary Manager. literary@mixedblood.com

http://www.mixedblood.com/workwith

THEATER - FEBRUARY 2017

CALL FOR SUBMISSION: DESDE EL PUENTE-ANNUAL ONE ACT PLAY FESTIVAL

Raices Theatre Company

INFO: Calling all Latinx Playwrights for submitting works to Desde El Puente, the 2nd annual production of Raíces Theatre Company’s one act play festival. Desde El Puente honors the memory of Rafael Pérez, a leader in Western New York’s Latino community, and recognizes the bridge that needs to be crossed for Latino works to be celebrated by the wider world. Ten plays will be chosen for a 3 weekend run starting May 26th, 2017 and closing June 11th, 2017 in Buffalo, NY.

Playwrights may submit a maximum of 2 one act plays, each no longer than 10 minutes. If you find yourselves with more than 10 pages on hand, please read it aloud and time it. All plays must have a cast no larger than 6 characters and minimal set requirements as there is no time for elaborate set changes. All plays must deal with subject matter that relates to the Latino culture. If selected your play will be cast, produced and directed by Raíces Theatre Company. All selected plays will run every night.

DEADLINE:  February 1, 2017

raicestheatrecompany.com/desde-el-puente-annual-one-act-play-festival/

 

NATIVE AMERICAN NEW PLAY FESTIVAL

OKC Theatre 

INFO: The Oklahoma City Theatre Company’s 8th annual Native American New Play Festival invites Native American, Alaska Native, Hawaiian, First Nations, and Indigenous Mexico playwrights to submit full-length scripts written from an indigenous perspective. All themes and topics are welcomed. Plays may focus on historical or present-day issues. We are especially interested in plays that center on an Oklahoma tribe and tribal history within the state.

Full length plays will be read and evaluated by a panel comprised of Native American theatre artists, Oklahoma City Theatre Company artistic staff and invested community members. The panel will select 2-3 plays for a staged reading during the festival based on originality, theatricality, and execution. Finalist will receive a staged reading with actors and a director during the first weekend festival on April 8, 2017.  An audience discussion will follow the readings. A full production will be awarded to one of the finalists from the readings and showcased as the featured production for the following festival year, 2018.

 DEADLINE: February 15, 2017

okctc.org/?page_id=1264

THEATER - JANUARY 2017

PLAYWRITING CONTESTS

Kumu Kahua Theatre

INFO:  Each year, Kumu Kahua Theatre conducts a playwriting contest with three categories:

  • The Hawai‘i Prize ($600) is open to residents and non-residents of Hawai‘i. The play must be set in Hawai‘i or deal with some aspect of the Hawai‘i experience.  Some examples of appropriate topics might be:  pre-colonial life in the islands; relation between indigenous and colonizer; the coming of whalers; missionaries and merchants; the history of ethnic immigration and adaptation to Hawai‘i; the development of enter-ethnic relationships; labor history; the territorial era; militarization; the move toward statehood; tourism and development; contemporary immigration and diaspora; women’s rights; the experiences of Hawai‘i’s people outside of Hawai‘i.  Restricted to full-length plays (minimum 50 pages of standard form).
  • The Pacific/Rim Prize ($450) is open to residents and non-residents of Hawai‘i. The play must be set in or deal with the Pacific Islands, the Pacific Rim, or the Pacific/Asian American experience.  Restricted to full-length plays (minimum 50 pages of standard form).
  • The Resident Prize ($250) is open to the residents of Hawai‘i. At the time of submission, the plays may be on any topic, and of any length.

Winning playwrights receive cash prizes and are regularly offered the opportunity to see their scripts included in a future Kumu Kahua season.

 DEADLINE: January 4, 2017

 kumukahua.org/contests-writing/

 

MCKNIGHT FELLOWSHIPS IN PLAYWRITING

Playwrights’ Center

INFO: The McKnight Fellowships in Playwriting recognize playwrights whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit and excellence in the field, and whose primary residence is in the state of Minnesota.  

AWARD:

  • A $25,000 stipend
  • $2,500 to support a play development workshop and other professional expenses
  • $1,400 in travel funds

DEADLINE: January 5, 2017

pwcenter.org/PROGRAMS/MCKNIGHT-FELLOWSHIPS-IN-PLAYWRITING

  

INKTANK

Rising Circle Theater Collective

INFOINKtank is Rising Circle Theater Collective's play development intensive for playwrights of color. INKtank has a two-fold mission of providing emerging playwrights of color an artistic home and support system while assisting them in the creation of a more developed draft of a full-length script. The final drafts of the INKtank plays will be presented at PlayRISE, a culminating festival event where the selected works receive a public reading.   

The INKtank Lab seeks to select 3-4 writers of color who are invested in the revision process of their own work as well of their peers in an artistic community environment with a shared intention of honest feedback and rigorous pursuit of excellence. The lab cycle will be facilitated by INKtank alums, Raquel Almazan (La Esperanza, or The Hopefulness) and Monet Hurst-Mendoza (Lilia, Veil'd). INKtank is a collaborative process where Rising Circle will provide structure and resources, while playwrights create what happens week-to-week based on the needs of each writer. 

DEADLINEJanuary 6, 2017

risingcircle.submittable.com/submit/72050/inktank-2017-cycle-8

  

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: PLAYWRIGHTS’ WEEK

The Lark

INFO: The Lark’s Open Access Program seeks to provide development opportunities for new and diverse voices for the theater by identifying and advancing promising plays that reveal unheard and vital perspectives.  This submissions program allows The Lark to serve a wide range of playwrights through an extensive multistage selection process with an emphasis on inclusion and advocacy.    

All playwrights will receive consideration without regard to demographics, professional experience, geographic location or history with the organization.

DEADLINE: January 12, 2017

larktheatre.org/get-involved/submit-play/

 

CORE WRITER PROGRAM

The Playwrights’ Center

INFO: The Playwrights’ Center invites committed professional playwrights to apply for the Core Writer program. Created in recognition of the particular needs of emerging and established writers, the program offers significant resources intended to further a playwright's career and is available to writers nationally.

The Core Writer program gives 25-30 of the most exciting playwrights from across the country the time and tools to develop new work for the stage. All Core Writers receive play development workshops at the Center, in collaboration with prominent directors, actors, dramaturgs, and designers. Selected work by Core Writers makes up our formal season of public readings: the PlayLabs Festival and the Ruth Easton New Play Series. Core Writers are also promoted by the Center and provided opportunities through an extensive network of colleges and universities, cultural institutions, and producing theaters.

Each term is three years; Core Writers may re-apply for additional terms.

DEADLINEJanuary 19, 2017

pwcenter.org/programs/core-writer-program 

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSION: “CONVERSATIONS IN AMERICA: UNDER THE GUN”

Women in the Arts and Media Coalition

INFO: The Women In the Arts and Media Coalition is sending out a call for submissions for our new series: Conversations In America. This first artistic conversation is called "Under the Gun."

The series will be a creative evening of works that attempt to reach beyond emotions and find ways to discuss critical issues in America. This first conversation is about the gun violence problem in the United States. Yelling and screaming have not changed a thing, so what might?

They are asking their members, to write, paint, sculpt, photograph, film, make music, and/or dance to a better understanding of this volatile subject where entrenched and automatic responses have become knee jerk reactions on both sides of the conversation. 

They will host a gala evening to display, discuss, enlighten and begin to mutually develop a way to dialogue the many sides of this issue that affects all of us daily.  They are seeking to construct an understanding and develop movement on this issue through our art.  How can we talk away the fear - on both sides of the discussion - and find a place of understanding that supports all of our rights? We all acknowledge that this is an uncomfortable talk to have.  How do we start the conversation without shutting each other down?  

They are looking for: Short plays and Monologues, Short Films, Music, Poetry, Dance Pieces, Paintings, Photographs, Performance Art, and written and performed pieces with a running time of 10 minutes or less. A female-identified member of one of our their or affiliate member organizations must submit and be the primary engine of the project submitted, but it may have any additional collaborators, female or male, members and non-members.

DEADLINE: January 22, 2017 at 11:59pm

campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1101390916306&ca=6e48eb9f-2200-4408-8f93-2bec8163d5c6

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSION: DESDE EL PUENTE-ANNUAL ONE ACT PLAY FESTIVAL

Raices Theatre Company

INFO: Calling all Latinx Playwrights for submitting works to Desde El Puente, the 2nd annual production of Raíces Theatre Company’s one act play festival. Desde El Puente honors the memory of Rafael Pérez, a leader in Western New York’s Latino community, and recognizes the bridge that needs to be crossed for Latino works to be celebrated by the wider world. Ten plays will be chosen for a 3 weekend run starting May 26th, 2017 and closing June 11th, 2017 in Buffalo, NY.

Playwrights may submit a maximum of 2 one act plays, each no longer than 10 minutes. If you find yourselves with more than 10 pages on hand, please read it aloud and time it. All plays must have a cast no larger than 6 characters and minimal set requirements as there is no time for elaborate set changes. All plays must deal with subject matter that relates to the Latino culture. If selected your play will be cast, produced and directed by Raíces Theatre Company. All selected plays will run every night.

DEADLINEFebruary 1, 2017

raicestheatrecompany.com/desde-el-puente-annual-one-act-play-festival/

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THEATER - DECEMBER 2016

CALL FOR SUBMISSION: CONTEMPORARY LATIN@ PLAYS WRITTEN IN SPANISH

50 Playwrights Project 

INFO: 50 Playwrights Project is inviting previously unpublished contributions for an anthology of Contemporary US Latin@ Plays written in Spanish. This volume seeks to fill the gaps in published resources about US Latin@ plays written and performed in Spanish. US Latin@ theatre in English has received considerable publications in the past decades and is now part of the academic and performance archive. Yet, US theatre written in Spanish remains undervalued despite the fact that there is a large and vibrant corpus of work being produced across the country. Given the lack of published dramatic works in Spanish, the scope of investigations thus far has been limited, as well.

This volume intends to continue the dialogue about these writers and launch US Latin@ dramatic literature written in Spanish into the larger conversation of Latin American and US Latin@ literature and cultural studies. We invite plays that have been written in Spanish by Latin@ authors who are writing/working in the U.S.

DEADLINE: December 1, 2016

50playwrights.org/resources/submissions/call-for-submissions-contemporary-us-latin-plays-written-in-spanish/

 

MANY VOICES FELLOWSHIPS

The Playwrights’ Center

INFOMany Voices Fellowships are awarded annually to two artists of color with previous playwriting experience and/or training. One fellowship is awarded to a Minnesota playwright, and one fellowship is awarded to either a Minnesota or national playwright.

The Many Voices Fellowship was created in 1994 in partnership with the Jerome Foundation in order to create a home for early-career playwrights of color who would provide the American theater scene with diverse voices and aesthetics. Since that time, the Many Voices program has provided over 140 fellowships for more than 100 emerging playwrights of color, offering class instruction, play development workshops, and mentoring opportunities.

AWARD:

  • A $10,000 stipend
  • An additional $2,500 for living expenses
  • $1,500 in ply development funds
  • Assistance building connections with theater leaders and companies in the Twin Cities and nationwide

DEADLINEDecember 1, 2016 

pwcenter.org/programs/many-voices-fellowships

 

MANY VOICES MENTORSHIPS

The Playwrights’ Center

INFO: Many Voices Mentorships are awarded annually to two Minnesota-based beginning playwrights of color. Mentorships focus on the nuts and bolts of playwriting through a curated package of writing and development services intended to aid the participant toward the completion of a play script. 

AWARD: Mentorships provide a $2,000 stipend as well as free access to over $1,500 in services designed to introduce beginning playwrights to the craft of playwriting. These services include a staged reading with professional actors, two six-week classes taught by leading playwriting professionals, an array of one-night seminars, a One-on-One with a Dramaturg session, and a two-year Playwrights' Center membership. Mentorship recipients attend quarterly meetings with Many Voices Program Coordinator Christina Ham as well as scheduled consultations with other Playwrights' Center artistic staff. 

DEADLINEDecember 1, 2016

pwcenter.org/programs/many-voices-mentorships

 

MCKNIGHT NATIONAL RESIDENCY AND COMMISSION

Playwrights’ Center 

INFO: Supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation, this program aids in the commissioning and development of new works from nationally recognized playwrights.  

Benefits include:

  • A $14,000 commission
  • At least two U.S. round-trip airline tickets
  • Housing during the residency period
  • Up to $5,750 in workshop funds to support the development of the play
  • A public reading of the commissioned play

 DEADLINE: December 8, 2016 

https://pwcenter.org/programs/mcknight-national-residency-and-commission

 

MULTISTAGES 2017 NEW WORKS CONTEST

INFO: MultiStages, a multicultural, multidisciplinary theatre company located in New York City, is seeking original, unproduced, high quality full-length plays by established and emerging writers for its eighth New Works contest. 

MultiStages produces non-traditional multicultural, multidisciplinary theatre works that incorporate a fusion of art forms rarely found in today’s theatre. These fusions include collaborations with artists working in dance, music composition (including opera), visual arts, puppetry, poetry, multimedia, et al. If your play includes music, you may choose to submit with a composer. All submitted scripts must be multidisciplinary and multicultural, and respect non-traditional casting choices. All productions are subject to development by MultiStages in collaboration with the playwright. 

PRIZE:

  • The contest winner will receive a workshop staged reading with professional actors or a full-staged production at a reputable theatre in New York City under an AEA approved code. 
  • The finalists will receive a staged reading with professional actors in the New Works festival.

SUBMISSION FEE: $0
DEADLINE: December 31, 2016

multistages.org/2016/01/2015-new-works-contest/

 

NATIONAL LATINO PLAYWRITING AWARD

Arizona Theatre Company

INFO: Submissions for the 2017 National Latino Playwriting Award are now open. Latino playwrights residing in the United States, its territories or Mexico are encouraged to submit scripts for the award. Each script will be read and evaluated by a culturally diverse panel of theatre artists; finalists will be judged by ATC artistic staff.

Scripts may be in English, English and Spanish, or solely in Spanish. (Spanish-language and bilingual scripts must be accompanied by an English translation.)

Plays must be unpublished and professionally unproduced at the time of submission.

Full-length and one-act plays (minimum length: 50 pages) on any subject will be accepted.

DEADLINE: December 31, 2016

arizonatheatre.org/national-latino-plawriting-award/

 

PLAYWRITING CONTESTS

Kumu Kahua Theatre

INFO:  Each year, Kumu Kahua Theatre conducts a playwriting contest with three categories:

  • The Hawai‘i Prize ($600) is open to residents and non-residents of Hawai‘i. The play must be set in Hawai‘i or deal with some aspect of the Hawai‘i experience.  Some examples of appropriate topics might be:  pre-colonial life in the islands; relation between indigenous and colonizer; the coming of whalers; missionaries and merchants; the history of ethnic immigration and adaptation to Hawai‘i; the development of enter-ethnic relationships; labor history; the territorial era; militarization; the move toward statehood; tourism and development; contemporary immigration and diaspora; women’s rights; the experiences of Hawai‘i’s people outside of Hawai‘i.  Restricted to full-length plays (minimum 50 pages of standard form).
  • The Pacific/Rim Prize ($450) is open to residents and non-residents of Hawai‘i. The play must be set in or deal with the Pacific Islands, the Pacific Rim, or the Pacific/Asian American experience.  Restricted to full-length plays (minimum 50 pages of standard form).
  • The Resident Prize ($250) is open to the residents of Hawai‘i. At the time of submission, the plays may be on any topic, and of any length.

Winning playwrights receive cash prizes and are regularly offered the opportunity to see their scripts included in a future Kumu Kahua season.

 DEADLINE: January 4, 2017

 kumukahua.org/contests-writing/

 

MCKNIGHT FELLOWSHIPS IN PLAYWRITING

Playwrights’ Center

INFO: The McKnight Fellowships in Playwriting recognize playwrights whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit and excellence in the field, and whose primary residence is in the state of Minnesota.  

AWARD:

  • A $25,000 stipend
  • $2,500 to support a play development workshop and other professional expenses
  • $1,400 in travel funds

DEADLINE: January 5, 2017

pwcenter.org/PROGRAMS/MCKNIGHT-FELLOWSHIPS-IN-PLAYWRITING

  

INKTANK

Rising Circle Theater Collective

INFO: INKtank is Rising Circle Theater Collective's play development intensive for playwrights of color. INKtank has a two-fold mission of providing emerging playwrights of color an artistic home and support system while assisting them in the creation of a more developed draft of a full-length script. The final drafts of the INKtank plays will be presented at PlayRISE, a culminating festival event where the selected works receive a public reading.   

The INKtank Lab seeks to select 3-4 writers of color who are invested in the revision process of their own work as well of their peers in an artistic community environment with a shared intention of honest feedback and rigorous pursuit of excellence. The lab cycle will be facilitated by INKtank alums, Raquel Almazan (La Esperanza, or The Hopefulness) and Monet Hurst-Mendoza (Lilia, Veil'd). INKtank is a collaborative process where Rising Circle will provide structure and resources, while playwrights create what happens week-to-week based on the needs of each writer. 

DEADLINE: January 6, 2017

risingcircle.submittable.com/submit/72050/inktank-2017-cycle-8

THEATER - NOVEMBER 2016

 INDIAN LANGUAGE LITERATURE FEATURE
Asymptote Journal

INFO: Asymptote is seeking submissions for its first Special Feature on Indian language literature. They seek previously unpublished English translations of Indian language work by contemporary writers who are disenfranchised and underrepresented by the hegemonies within Indian society.

The goal for this Special Feature is to honor the social and political agency of Indian language literature, and create a space for the ideas and literary talent of those writers that have been historically marginalized by India’s patriarchal, caste-based narrative. They are looking for works translated into English from any Indian language, on any topic, by any writer who resists or is excluded from this narrative due to caste, gender, sexuality, religion, or geography.  

They welcome up to 15 pages of single-spaced poetry and double-spaced prose (fiction and nonfiction), and up to 20 pages of drama (one-act or excerpted). Although it is impossible for one special feature to fully represent the astonishing breadth of Indian languages, cultures, politics, and landscapes, they hope in this small way to celebrate the diversity and dissent within Indian writing. 

DEADLINE: November 1, 2016  

asymptotejournal.com/submit/

 

2016-17 ONE ACT PLAY CONTEST

Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival

INFO: Plays must not have been previously produced, published, performed, or patronized in any way, including in a formal staged reading. Workshopped readings are accepted provided that the audience was limited to participants of that workshop.

AWARD:

  • Grand Prize: $1,500; professional Staged Reading at the next Festival; a VIP All-Access Festival pass ($500 value), and publication in Bayou Magazine
  • Finalists: The top nine finalists will receive a panel pass ($75 value) to the Festival. Their names will be published on this site.

SUBMISSION FEE: $25

DEADLINE:  November 1, 2016  

tennesseewilliams.net/2015-16-one-act-play-contest

 

THEATRER LAB AT THE SUNDANCE INSTITUTE 

INFO: After a successful Lab in North Africa last season, the annual Theatre Lab returns to its traditional home in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah from July 14-31, 2017. Projects will be selected from both US and MENA (Middle East and North Africa) theatre artists. This is an innovation of their centerpiece Theatre Lab that directly champions the notion of community. They are now offering a single Lab that brings together artists from the United States and the MENA region. 

US & MENA Playwrights, Directors, Composers & Librettists are eligible to apply. 

DEADLINE: November 15, 2016

www.sundance.org/programs/theatre-program

  

JEROME FELLOWSHIPS

The Playwrights’ Center

INFO: The Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellowships are awarded annually, providing emerging American playwrights with funds and services to aid them in the development of their craft. 

AWARD: Four $18,000 fellowships will be awarded in 2017-18, in addition to $2,000 in development support. Fellows spend a year-long residency in Minnesota had have access to Center opportunities, including workshops with professional directors, dramaturgs, and actors.

DEADLINE: November 17, 2016

pwcenter.org/programs/jerome-fellowships

  

CALL FOR SUBMISSION: CONTEMPORARY LATIN@ PLAYS WRITTEN IN SPANISH

50 Playwrights Project 

INFO: 50 Playwrights Project is inviting previously unpublished contributions for an anthology of Contemporary US Latin@ Plays written in Spanish. This volume seeks to fill the gaps in published resources about US Latin@ plays written and performed in Spanish. US Latin@ theatre in English has received considerable publications in the past decades and is now part of the academic and performance archive. Yet, US theatre written in Spanish remains undervalued despite the fact that there is a large and vibrant corpus of work being produced across the country. Given the lack of published dramatic works in Spanish, the scope of investigations thus far has been limited, as well.

This volume intends to continue the dialogue about these writers and launch US Latin@ dramatic literature written in Spanish into the larger conversation of Latin American and US Latin@ literature and cultural studies. We invite plays that have been written in Spanish by Latin@ authors who are writing/working in the U.S.

DEADLINE: December 1, 2016

50playwrights.org/resources/submissions/call-for-submissions-contemporary-us-latin-plays-written-in-spanish/

 

MANY VOICES FELLOWSHIPS

The Playwrights’ Center

INFO: Many Voices Fellowships are awarded annually to two artists of color with previous playwriting experience and/or training. One fellowship is awarded to a Minnesota playwright, and one fellowship is awarded to either a Minnesota or national playwright.

The Many Voices Fellowship was created in 1994 in partnership with the Jerome Foundation in order to create a home for early-career playwrights of color who would provide the American theater scene with diverse voices and aesthetics. Since that time, the Many Voices program has provided over 140 fellowships for more than 100 emerging playwrights of color, offering class instruction, play development workshops, and mentoring opportunities.

AWARD:

  • A $10,000 stipend
  • An additional $2,500 for living expenses
  • $1,500 in ply development funds
  • Assistance building connections with theater leaders and companies in the Twin Cities and nationwide

DEADLINEDecember 1, 2016 

pwcenter.org/programs/many-voices-fellowships

 

MANY VOICES MENTORSHIPS

The Playwrights’ Center

INFO: Many Voices Mentorships are awarded annually to two Minnesota-based beginning playwrights of color. Mentorships focus on the nuts and bolts of playwriting through a curated package of writing and development services intended to aid the participant toward the completion of a play script. 

AWARD: Mentorships provide a $2,000 stipend as well as free access to over $1,500 in services designed to introduce beginning playwrights to the craft of playwriting. These services include a staged reading with professional actors, two six-week classes taught by leading playwriting professionals, an array of one-night seminars, a One-on-One with a Dramaturg session, and a two-year Playwrights' Center membership. Mentorship recipients attend quarterly meetings with Many Voices Program Coordinator Christina Ham as well as scheduled consultations with other Playwrights' Center artistic staff. 

DEADLINEDecember 1, 2016

pwcenter.org/programs/many-voices-mentorships

 

THEATER - OCTOBER 2016

RED DRAGONFLY NEW WRITING COMPETITION

Red Dragonfly Productions

INFORed Dragonfly Productions in association with Grist To The Mill are running a New Writing Festival and are looking for new and emerging writers from British East Asian, South Asian and South East Asian communities who are interested in contributing and sharing their contemporary and traditional stories.

They are not only looking for established writers but potential writers of any ability or experience, their in house dramaturge, Ross Ericson, will support you throughout your script development.

After they have reviewed submissions, they will be inviting up to ten successful applicants to a free one day workshop – travel will be provided* – and from that workshop three applicants will be selected to have their plays produced and performed in our festival. (*depending on applicants’ bases.)

If you want to be considered in the first instance please submit your story/idea. They will only accept submissions by email to submissions@gristtheatre.co.uk

Successful participants will be invited to the workshop by the 16th October 2016 that will take place by the end of that month, at a place and time yet to be confirmed. The performances are scheduled to take place in February of 2017. Red Dragonfly New Writing Festival is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. 

PRIZE: £1000 fee paid to each writer whose play is performed at the festival.  

DEADLINE: October 1, 2016 

reddragonflyproductions.co.uk/#!upcoming/c1z71

 

FOREIGN GOODS LAST FOREVER SCRIPT

Pokfulam RD Productions

INFO: Pokfulam RD Productions – based in the UK – is launching a regular new writing showcase that will feature extracts performed by a professional cast and production team from 6 work in progress / complete plays from new and established women writers of Chinese & South East Asian descent, arguably the first of its kind in the UK, it will take place at the critically-acclaimed home for new writing Theatre 503 on November 29 at 7:45pm.  

There are plans in the future for this showcase to be a regular strand. There is also opportunity for the plays to be published.

They want stories that in some way address your background in all aspects such as life, society, politics, family, heritage. Form is, however free. You want to submit your play about the 1997 Hong Kong handover set in space, or a thriller about a Chinese family who go on the run in Ireland? Go for it.

Writers must be female, and of Chinese, South East Asian descent (this includes British born abroad and mixed race). There is no min/max age range.

DEADLINE: October 10, 2016

pokfulamrdproductions.com/

 

2050 FELLOWSHIP

New York Theatre Workshop

INFO: New York Theatre Workshop is seeking submissions from playwrights for its 2050 Fellowship, which is named in celebration of the U.S. Census Bureau’s projection that by the year 2050, there will be no single racial or ethnic majority in the United States.

The 2050 Fellows are emerging artists who, with their unique voices, give perspective on the world in which we live; and who challenge us all to contend with this changing world.

 With the 2050 Fellowship, NYTW is re-affirming their responsibility to nurture artists who reflect this multiplicity of perspectives, challenge the dominant paradigm, and give voice to those whose experiences are not often heard. 

DEADLINE: October 17, 2016, at 5pm EST 

nytw.org/artist-workshop/2050-fellowships/

 

NATIVE VOICES CALL FOR SCRIPTS

Autry Museum of the American West

INFO: Native Voices is currently accepting submissions of full-length plays (60+ pages) by Native American writers for its 2017 Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays.

The retreat and festival brings artists to Los Angeles to work on 3–5 plays through a rigorous directorial and dramaturgical commitment for 8–10 days in May/June. The retreat culminates in public presentations of the plays at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles and La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego. Selected playwrights receive directorial and dramaturgical support as well as an honorarium; out-of-town artists receive roundtrip airfare plus lodging in Southern California.

Full-length plays (60+ pages) will be read and evaluated. A select number of playwrights will be invited to submit formal proposals detailing their developmental goals should their play be chosen for the short list. Scripts will then be sent to a committee of nationally recognized theatre artists for further evaluation. With their help, Native Voices selects up to five plays for the Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays. Playwrights will be notified in January 2017.

They only accept submissions written for the stage or theatre by Native American, Alaska Native, Hawaiian, and First Nations artists.

 DEADLINE: October 21, 2016

theautry.org/events/signature-programs/native-voices/annual-call-scripts

 

BLACKBOARD READING SERIES

Blackboard Plays

INFO: Blackboard Plays, which is devoted to the stories of Black Playwrights throughout the African Diaspora, is accepting short plays (30 minutes or less) concerning how HIV/AIDS affects the Black community.

Writers will be notified in November and final selections will be read on Monday, December 12, 2016, at 7:30pm.

DEADLINE: October 31, 2016

blackboardplays.com/submit/redvolution-submission/

  

 INDIAN LANGUAGE LITERATURE FEATURE
Asymptote Journal


INFO: Asymptote is seeking submissions for its first Special Feature on Indian language literature. They seek previously unpublished English translations of Indian language work by contemporary writers who are disenfranchised and underrepresented by the hegemonies within Indian society.

The goal for this Special Feature is to honor the social and political agency of Indian language literature, and create a space for the ideas and literary talent of those writers that have been historically marginalized by India’s patriarchal, caste-based narrative. They are looking for works translated into English from any Indian language, on any topic, by any writer who resists or is excluded from this narrative due to caste, gender, sexuality, religion, or geography.  

They welcome up to 15 pages of single-spaced poetry and double-spaced prose (fiction and nonfiction), and up to 20 pages of drama (one-act or excerpted). Although it is impossible for one special feature to fully represent the astonishing breadth of Indian languages, cultures, politics, and landscapes, they hope in this small way to celebrate the diversity and dissent within Indian writing. 

DEADLINE: November 1, 2016  

asymptotejournal.com/submit/

THEATER - SEPTEMBER 2016

FALL 2016 AWARDS

Sustainable Arts Foundation

INFO: Starting with their Fall 2016 Awards, Sustainable Arts Foundation – a non-profit foundation supporting artists and writers with families – is committed to offering half of its awards to applicants of color.

Writers may apply in one of the following categories:

  • Fiction
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Long Form Journalism
  • Playwriting
  • Picture Books
  • Early and Middle Grade Fiction
  • Young Adult Fiction
  • Graphic Novel 

AWARDS:

  • Sustainable Arts Foundation Award: $6,000
  • Sustainable Arts Foundation Promise Award: $2,000

DEADLINE: September 2, 2016, 8pm EST

apply.sustainableartsfoundation.org/

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Black and Brown Theater 

INFO: Black and Brown Theatre, a Detroit area theatre which seeks to create opportunities for theatre artists of color is currently seeking 10 minute plays and/or 10 minute excerpts from larger pieces for our inaugural showcase at the Charles H Wright Museum in Detroit. 

For this showcase, they are particularly interested in Black playwrights, Latinx playwrights, Arab American playwrights and Southeast Asian playwrights. 10 minute plays or 10 minute excerpts can be about any topic so long as it is possible for all of the roles to be cast with actors of color (Please note that the plays do not have to discuss race or ethnicity to be considered). Small casts (1-3 actors) preferred. They would also love one of the plays to be either bilingual (Spanish/English) or entirely in Spanish. 

Playwrights whose work is accepted will receive a small stipend for their piece. The showcase is a one-time performance on Sunday October 30, 2016 in Detroit. Playwrights are not required to attend performance or rehearsals. Playwrights may reside anywhere. 

Please send scripts as a PDF or Word Doc to
BlackandBrownTheatre@gmail.com. Scripts do not have to be world premieres. Please include your name and contact info (Phone number, email, and mailing address) on the script. Also, please include a synopsis and cast breakdown in the body of the email. No more than 3 submissions per playwright.

DEADLINE: September 4, 2016

nycp.blogspot.com/2016/08/black-and-brown-theatre-currently.html 

 

BLACK AND LATINO PLAYWRIGHTS CONFERENCE

Texas State University

INFO: Texas State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance annually sponsors a Black and Latino Playwrights Conference that includes professional guest director and actors, auditions, 3-5 days of open rehearsals and in-class presentations by guest artists culminating in staged reading performances open to the campus and community.

From September 12-17, 2016, they will present a workshop and showcase featuring the work of student and professional Black and Latino playwrights, conducted by professional guest directors and artists. The mission of the Black and Latino Playwrights Conference is to study the craft, to future the artist, and celebrate the work.

OBJECTIVES:

  • Provide Texas State University students majoring in theatre with the opportunity to work with professionals for a hands-on, week-long lab that includes the collaborative process of "finding a play" in rehearsals, culminating with a public staged reading.
  • Showcase the work of Black and Latino playwrights from across the country.
  • Annually lend an ear to new voices and help writers, in collaboration with directors, actors and dramaturges, to shape their stories and hone their craft in an environment that allows the writer to explore and grow and learn fearlessly.
  • Share the play with the campus and community in a staged reading for audiences followed by a discussion and/or question and answer session.

To submit a play, please contact:

Eugene Lee
512-245-2147
el18@txstate.edu
or
The Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies
mcgs@txstate.edu

theatreanddance.txstate.edu/Productions/BLPC.html

 

MACDOWELL COLONY RESIDENCY

INFO: The MacDowell Colony provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees.
The Colony accepts applications from artists working in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts. The sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence, which the Colony defines in a pluralistic and inclusive way. MacDowell encourages applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics, and welcomes artists engaging in the broadest spectrum of artistic practice and investigating an unlimited array of inquiries and concerns. To that end, emerging as well as established artists are invited to apply.

DEADLINE: September 15, 2016

macdowellcolony.org/apply-appguidelines.html

  

RADCLIFFE INSTITUTE FELLOWSHIPS

Harvard University

INFO: The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program is a scholarly community where individuals pursue advanced work across a wide range of academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts (including Playwriting / Screenwriting).

Applicants in Playwriting / Screenwriting must have a significant body of independent work in the form. This will include, most typically, a play or screenplay produced or under option.

STIPEND: Up to $75,000 for one year with additional funds for project expenses. Some support for relocation expenses is provided where relevant. They work with fellows with families who have particular issues connected to relocating to smooth the transition. If so directed, Radcliffe will pay the stipend to the fellow’s home institution. Please note that they can only pay stipends to home institutions if they are US based. Fellows receive office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources of Harvard University during the fellowship year, which extends from early September 2017 through May 31, 2018.  

Fellows are expected to be free of their regular commitments so they may devote themselves full time to the work outlined in their proposal. Since this is a residential fellowship, they expect fellows to reside in the Boston area during that period and to have their primary office at the Institute so that they can participate fully in the life of the community.

Applicants will be notified by e-mail in March of the results. 

DEADLINE: September 15, 2016

radcliffe.harvard.edu/fellowship-program/how-apply

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Playwright First

INFO: Playwright First, an organization which recognizes, rewards  and advances playwrights of unusualpromise, is seeking submissions for its playwriting contest. 

AWARD:

  • $1,000 grant
  • Professional reading when feasible 
  • Listing of winning author and play title on their web site

DEADLINE: September 20, 2016

playwrights-first.com/how-to-submit.html

  

NEW PLAY INCUBATOR: IMMIGRATION

Living Room Theater

INFO: iving Room Theater is seeking playwrights to develop plays about immigration for its New Play Incubator this October/November.  Playwrights will be divided into 2 groups and meet 3 times. In the course of 3 weeks, the playwrights will create a 10 minute play related to immigration. Each group will culminate in a staged reading for the public. Actors and director will be provided for the reading. Playwrights may attend auditions and rehearsals if they like.

Playwrights must be able to attend all meetings of at least one group. Please do not submit if you cannot make all the meetings of at least one group. All meetings/rehearsals/readings will be held in Manhattan. Non-New York based playwrights may apply but must be able to travel to the meetings/reading. No travel stipend is provided.
 
Group A Meetings

  • 10/15/16 from 1-3pm
  • 10/22/16 from 1-3pm (First draft due)
  • 10/29/16 from 1-3pm
  • Staged reading on 11/13/16 at 3pm

Group B Meetings

  • 10/16/16 from 4-6pm
  • 10/23/16 from 1-3pm (First draft due)
  • 10/30/16 from 1-3pm
  • Staged reading on 11/17/16 at 8pm

SUBMISSION FEE: $0

DEADLINE: September 25, 2016

marcusyi.com/new-play-incubator.html

 

RED DRAGONFLY NEW WRITING COMPETITION

Red Dragonfly Productions

INFO: Red Dragonfly Productions in association with Grist To The Mill are running a New Writing Festival and are looking for new and emerging writers from British East Asian, South Asian and South East Asian communities who are interested in contributing and sharing their contemporary and traditional stories.

They are not only looking for established writers but potential writers of any ability or experience, their in house dramaturge, Ross Ericson, will support you throughout your script development.

After they have reviewed submissions, they will be inviting up to ten successful applicants to a free one day workshop – travel will be provided* – and from that workshop three applicants will be selected to have their plays produced and performed in our festival. (*depending on applicants’ bases.)

If you want to be considered in the first instance please submit your story/idea. They will only accept submissions by email to submissions@gristtheatre.co.uk

Successful participants will be invited to the workshop by the 16th October 2016 that will take place by the end of that month, at a place and time yet to be confirmed. The performances are scheduled to take place in February of 2017. Red Dragonfly New Writing Festival is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. 

PRIZE: £1000 fee paid to each writer whose play is performed at the festival.  

DEADLINE: October 1, 2016 

reddragonflyproductions.co.uk/#!upcoming/c1z71

THEATER - AUGUST 2016

CRITICAL MASS 2016

Belgrade Theatre

INFO: The Belgrade Theatre in Serbia has a strong commitment to representing the diversity of the city’s communities, and for the last few years has been working hard to build links with local BAME groups. The theatre’s work has focused on developing a writing program, Critical Mass, to develop writers from within the local community; and on running targeted projects, such as the Black Youth Theatre.

Critical Mass is a free 10-week playwriting program run at the Belgrade Theatre for writers aged 18+ from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. Previous participants have gone on to have their plays workshopped or performed as a rehearsed reading with professional actors. There are 20 places available, which will be allocated to the writers who submit the best work. The program will run from September to December 2016 on Tuesday evenings.

DEADLINE: August 1, 2016

belgrade.co.uk/take-part/critical-mass/

 

2017 PLAYWRITING COMPETITION

Yale Drama Series

INFO: The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2017 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series' current judge, distinguished playwright Nicholas Wright.

AWARD: The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at a London theater. The prize and publication are contingent on the playwright’s agreeing to the terms of the publishing agreement.

ENTRY FEE: $0

DEADLINE: August 15, 2016

yup.submittable.com/submit/20322

  

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: FALL PRODUCTION

Crossing Borders Repertory

INFO: Crossing Borders Repertory is accepts submissions one-act or 10-minute plays—comedy, parody, tragedy—that explore the theme of culture and class. 

DEADLINE: August 15, 2016

crossingbordersrepertory.com/submit/

 

BLUE INK PLAYWRITING AWARD

American Blues Theatre

INFO: American Blues Theatre is seeking submissions for its 2017 Blue Ink Playwriting Award. The winning play will be selected by Producing Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside and the Ensemble.  

PRIZE: The playwright receives a monetary prize of $1,000 and a developmental workshop or staged reading at American Blues Theater in Chicago. Cash prizes are awarded for runners up, finalists, and semi-finalists too.

DEADLINE: August 31, 2016

americanbluestheater.com/blue-ink-submission-guidelines/

 

SULTAN PADAMSEE AWARD FOR PLAYWRITING

Theatre Group

INFO: Theatre Group, based in India, is accepting submissions for the Sultan Padamsee Award for Playwriting. Applicants should be a person of Indian origin from any country.

Submissions should be between 75 – 120 mins in duration, in English, and must be unproduced, unperformed and original.

All entries should be accompanied by a synopsis, writer's biodata, photograph and contact details. Each submission should be sent in both hard and soft copies. The hard copy with all relevant details should be sent to:

Theatre Group,

c/o Ms Ayesha Sayami

5 Palm Court, 2nd Floor

152 Maharishi Karve Road

Mumbai 400020

A PDF with all relevant details should be sent to theatregroup@shunata.in


Winners will be announced at Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest in November, 2016 and selected scenes from the three successful plays will be read out at the awards ceremony.

DEADLINE: August 31, 2016

theunn.com/2016/06/sultan-padamsee-award-for-playwriting-2016/

 

FALL 2016 AWARDS

Sustainable Arts Foundation

INFO: Starting with their Fall 2016 Awards, Sustainable Arts Foundation – a non-profit foundation supporting artists and writers with families – is committed to offering half of its awards to applicants of color.

Writers may apply in one of the following categories:

  • Fiction
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Long Form Journalism
  • Playwriting
  • Picture Books
  • Early and Middle Grade Fiction
  • Young Adult Fiction
  • Graphic Novel 

AWARDS:

  • Sustainable Arts Foundation Award: $6,000
  • Sustainable Arts Foundation Promise Award: $2,000

DEADLINE: September 2, 2016, 8pm EST

apply.sustainableartsfoundation.org/

 

PLAY SUBMISSIONS

Antaeus Theatre Company

INFO: The Antaeus Theatre Company accepts full-length scripts that have been adapted from classical literature and/or new works with a keen sense of language and enduring themes that might be loosely termed "classical." The plays may come from a broad range of styles generally taking inspiration from the Classical tradition.

Selected scripts will be presented as a staged reading for the public and will be considered for possible future development and production. Staged readings are cast from their large ensemble of classically trained professional actors.


Allow at least six to eight months for the review process of scripts.

The Antaeus Theatre Company welcomes submissions from any professional playwrights, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

DEADLINE: Open

http://antaeus.org/antaeus-literary-committee/

 

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THEATER - JULY 2016

MARIO FRATTI-FRED NEWMAN POLITICAL PLAY CONTEST

Castillo Theatre

INFO: The Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest is intended to encourage the writing of progressive plays that engage the political/social/cultural questions affecting the world today and/or historical events and issues that impact on our communities. 

The contest encourages scripts that experiment with form and seek new ways of seeing and new ways of experiencing theatrical performance.  Castillo welcomes scripts from all countries and cultures.

The plays submitted to the Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest may be written in any style, set in any historical time, geographic or imaginary location, contain any number of characters and be of any length. The plays must be in English and cannot be musicals or adaptations. No scripts will be considered that have previously been submitted to this contest, have received a production or won other contests. Only one script per playwright per year will be accepted.

The contest is judged by a team of distinguished theatre artists.

PRIZE: The winning script(s) will receive a reading at the Castillo Theatre in New York City during the theatre’s 2017 summer season.

DEADLINE: July 1, 2016

castillo.org/playwriting-contest/

 

CALL FOR SCRIPT SUBMISSION

Theatre LILA

INFO: Theatre LILA, an Equity theatre company in Madison WI, is accepting submissions from playwrights for their upcoming original work entitled The BED: a Theatre LILA invention. They are seeking short scenes ranging from five minutes to maximum of thirty minutes.  They will not be accepting monologues.

Writers should know that the entire scene will be set around a large four poster bed. Submitted works must revolve around this set piece only plus props. The cast may not exceed 8 actors. They are a company dedicated to presenting plays that represent their community and are seeking a diverse collection of voices from all cultural backgrounds, races and ages.

All selected scripts will be combined to create the world premiere of The BED.
This collage-like production will be produced by Theatre LILA in March, 2017. 

AWARD: Writers will receive a small stipend, a pair of complimentary tickets to the production and acknowledgement in press, website and playbill materials.

DEADLINE: July 10, 2016

theatrelila.com/LilaNOW/_pages/LilaNow.htm#sub

 

2017 PLAWRITING COMPETITION

Yale Drama Series

INFO: The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2017 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series' current judge, distinguished playwright Nicholas Wright.

AWARD: The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at a London theater. The prize and publication are contingent on the playwright’s agreeing to the terms of the publishing agreement.

ENTRY FEE: $0

DEADLINE: August 15, 2016

yup.submittable.com/submit/20322

  

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: FALL PRODUCTION

Crossing Borders Repertory

INFO: Crossing Borders Repertory is accepts submissions one-act or 10-minute plays—comedy, parody, tragedy—that explore the theme of culture and class. 

DEADLINE: August 15, 2016

crossingbordersrepertory.com/submit/

 

SULTAN PADAMSEE AWARD FOR PLAYWRITING

Theatre Group

INFO: Theatre Group, based in India, is accepting submissions for the Sultan Padamsee Award for Playwriting. Applicants should be a person of Indian origin from any country.

Submissions should be between 75 – 120 mins in duration, in English, and must be unproduced, unperformed and original.

All entries should be accompanied by a synopsis, writer's biodata, photograph and contact details. Each submission should be sent in both hard and soft copies. The hard copy with all relevant details should be sent to:

Theatre Group,

c/o Ms Ayesha Sayami

5 Palm Court, 2nd Floor

152 Maharishi Karve Road

Mumbai 400020

A PDF with all relevant details should be sent to theatregroup@shunata.in


Winners will be announced at Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest in November, 2016 and selected scenes from the three successful plays will be read out at the awards ceremony.

DEADLINE: August 31, 2016

theunn.com/2016/06/sultan-padamsee-award-for-playwriting-2016/

 

PLAY SUBMISSIONS

Antaeus Theatre Company

INFO: The Antaeus Theatre Company accepts full-length scripts that have been adapted from classical literature and/or new works with a keen sense of language and enduring themes that might be loosely termed "classical." The plays may come from a broad range of styles generally taking inspiration from the Classical tradition.

Selected scripts will be presented as a staged reading for the public and will be considered for possible future development and production. Staged readings are cast from their large ensemble of classically trained professional actors.


Allow at least six to eight months for the review process of scripts.

The Antaeus Theatre Company welcomes submissions from any professional playwrights, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

DEADLINE: Open

http://antaeus.org/antaeus-literary-committee/

THEATER - JUNE 2016

 

2016 NEW MUSICAL DISCOVERY SERIES

Florida Theatrical Association

INFO: Aspiring writers from around the country are encouraged to submit their new works, which will be reviewed by a panel of theatre professionals, including renowned directors, writers, producers and performers. The panel will select two works that will each receive a staged reading. One final winner will receive a workshop presented of their piece featuring local directors and talent. The Discovery Series will also include talkbacks for students and audiences with the playwrights and directors.

DEADLINE: June 1, 2016 

http://floridatheatrical.org/new-musical-discovery-series

 

METLIFE NUESTRAS VOCES NATIONAL PLAYWRIGHT COMPETITION

Repertorio Español

INFO: Repertorio Español seeks original and full-length plays (minimum running time: 1 hr., 30 min). Playwrights may be Latino or of any other ethnic or racial background as long as the play’s subject matter and characters resonate with Latino audiences and accurately depict the Hispanic experience.  New and un-produced plays preferred. Plays that have had readings or a workshop production are acceptable. 

PRIZES:

  • Finalists will receive a staged reading at Repertorio to further develop the script.
  • Grand Prize Winner: $3,000 and a full production at Repertorio Español (must be available for Awards Ceremony)
  • 2nd Place: $2,000
  • 3rd Place: $1,000

DEADLINE: June 1, 2016

repertorio.nyc/#/nuestrasvoces-submit

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

MPAACT 

INFO: MPAACT (The Ma'at Production Association of Afrikan Centered Theatre) consistently produces a season of outstanding world premiere productions. They are seeking submissions of full-length original plays by African American and African Diaspora playwrights for its 2017-2018 season. 

Selected playwrights will be given development opportunities over the next year to prepare work for world premiere productions with their Chicago company. Female identified playwrights strongly encouraged to submit.  

DEADLINE: June 21, 2016 

mpaact.org/index.html

 

2017 CIMIENTOS PLAY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Instituto Arte Teatral Internacional, Inc.

 INFO: IATI’s mission is to perform and promote contemporary Latino heritage through full productions in theater, music and dance, as well as staged readings and workshops, serving as a bridge between artists and underserved communities in their New York home in the East Village on national and international tours. 

The 2017 Cimientos will consists of two main components:

  • PPP (Pal Playwrights Panel): Playwrights accepted to the program, IATI Theater’s artistic staff and other specially invited theater professionals will converge in workshop meetings to discuss the new works that make up the particular season. Every meeting will be dedicated to a single playwright in the program, the focus being in further advancing the text before it is presented in front of a live audience.
  • SRP (Staged Reading Presentation): Each playwright in the program will be given the opportunity to present his/her play in a directed, professionally acted staged reading.  Thus, the piece will be exposed to a receptive audience that further develops the featured script through a post-reading talkback. 

SUBMISSION FEE: $0

 DEADLINE: June 30, 2016

iatitheater.org/programs/play_development_program

  

MARIO FRATTI-FRED NEWMAN POLITICAL PLAY CONTEST

Castillo Theatre

INFO: The Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest is intended to encourage the writing of progressive plays that engage the political/social/cultural questions affecting the world today and/or historical events and issues that impact on our communities. 

The contest encourages scripts that experiment with form and seek new ways of seeing and new ways of experiencing theatrical performance.  Castillo welcomes scripts from all countries and cultures.

The plays submitted to the Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest may be written in any style, set in any historical time, geographic or imaginary location, contain any number of characters and be of any length. The plays must be in English and cannot be musicals or adaptations. No scripts will be considered that have previously been submitted to this contest, have received a production or won other contests. Only one script per playwright per year will be accepted.

The contest is judged by a team of distinguished theatre artists.

PRIZE: The winning script(s) will receive a reading at the Castillo Theatre in New York City during the theatre’s 2017 summer season.

DEADLINE: July 1, 2016

castillo.org/playwriting-contest/

THEATER - MAY 2016

2017 /18 CARTHORSE FELLOWSHIP

Buran Theater

INFOIn honor of its 10th anniversary in 2017 Buran Theater will support and produce theatre/performance-based artists through transformative 2-year process-based fellowships. Utilizing the Buran process developed over the past decade by the artistic director and associate artists, CartHorse Fellows will build, produce and present a new theatre work over two rigorous years of development with the support of the company’s resources and talent.

The fellowship will be an immersive experience for artists who are eager to develop their own process; delve deep into a completely new project; gain/build skills in self-production, marketing, development and administration; build a company/family of collaborators under the auspices of Buran Theatre’s creative and organizational capacity; and a means to expand Buran's mission and ethos to pioneering and under-represented artists.

Working closely with the artistic director and associate artists, the CartHorse Fellow will:

  • take on artistic role in producing Buran Theatre’s 2017 10th anniversary production;
  • partake in administrative, creative, developmental and production meetings and decisions for the 2017 season;
  • have access to Buran company resources (space, talent, funding, etc.);
  • receive commissioning fee for new work (at least $250 , but could be larger dependent on funding);
  • develop a new work throughout 2017/18;
  • receive two-week run of production in 2018 in NYC;
  • and potentially tour to Buran satellite system (Albuquerque/Los Angeles/Kansas City/Minneapolis).

DEADLINE: May 1, 2016

docs.google.com/forms/d/13mVn_hUxKmMkz9qlulqqDtCQl0zbFAXDTNm4vD0-b0c/viewform

 

CALL FOR ENTRIES: NEXT ACT! NEW PLAY SUMMIT

Capital Repertory Theater

INFO: Capital Repetory Theater seeks submissions for its fifth annual Next Act! New Play Summit designed to complement the Upper Hudson Valley’s rich diverse populations.

Entries must be full-length plays. Multi-cultural and ethnically diverse pieces are encouraged.

Next Act! New Play Summit will take place in Albany, NY from October 21-24, 2016 and will feature readings of four never-before produced plays, with additional special events throughout the weekend.

DEADLINE: May 1, 2016

capitalrep.org/next-act-new-play-summit/next-act-play-submissons

 

I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHT RESIDENCY

National Black Theatre 

INFO: The annual I AM SOUL - Playwright Residency program recognizes Black playwrights whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit and excellence in the theatrical field. Alongside NBT’s Theatre Arts Director, the selected playwright will develop a new play during the eighteen (18) month residency. The program provides the playwright with a stipend, administrative and dramaturgical support, in-house readings, and one 29-hour workshop. This process culminates with a Workshop Production in NBT’s following season. 

With I AM SOUL, NBT seeks to deepen the artistic relationship between Black theatrical institutions and Black playwrights in order to re-establish Black theatrical institutions as the foremost supporters and producers of new works created by Black playwrights.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Deadline: May 1, 2016
  • Finalists Notified: June 10, 2016
  • Recipient Notified: July 13, 2016
  • Residency: September 1, 2016 – March 31, 2018

bit.ly/1VcfizW

 

THE RELENTLESS AWARD

The American Playwright Foundation

INFO: The Relentless Award, established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman and his pursuit of truth in the theater, is the largest annual cash prize in American theater awarded to a playwright in recognition of a new play.

Submissions by first-time playwrights, women and playwrights are encouraged.

PRIZE:

  • $45,000
  • The option to have the winning play published by the Dramatists Play Service
  • A week-long residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm, an artist residency program housed on a working organic farm in Brewster, New York. The author can elect to have a director, a dramaturg and actors join him or her while in residence on the farm
  • The selected play will also have a national roll-out through the Ed Vassallo Relentless Reading Series, established to help bring to life and develop the winning play by presenting a series of staged readings at some of the top theaters across the United States

 Three runners-up will also be named.

DEADLINE: 11:59pm EST on May 2, 2016

americanplaywritingfoundation.org/the-relentless-award.html

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: RENEGADE 2016

Renegade Theatre Festival

INFO: The Renegade Theatre Festival, held in Lansing, Michigan, is seeking new plays for their annual festival held in August. Going into its 11th year, Renegade is a free, completely volunteer festival that gives theaters and independent producer/writer/directors an opportunity to present works that they might not normally staged.

They are now accepting plays in two separate categories. They will be accepting new, original works that meet the following guidelines:

New Plays #1:

  • Plays should be no longer than 90 minutes in length.
  • Have never been produced.
  • Can be any style/genre.

New Plays #2:

  • Plays written on the theme:  ___________ ruined my life.
  • Are not longer than 15 minutes in length.
  • Have a cast of no more than three characters.
  • Have never been produced.
  • Can be any style/genre.
  • Can be fully produced using minimal setting/props/costumes. 

DEADLINE: May 15, 2016
renegadetheatrefestival.org/now.html

 

THE WRITING FELLOWS PROGRAM

The Playwrights Realm

INFO: Four early-career playwrights will receive nine months of resources, workshops and feedback designed to help them reach their professional and artistic goals.  Over the course of the season, Fellows develop a single new play.  Monthly group meetings provide a collaborative, energizing setting for writers to share and refine their work. Individual meetings with the Realm’s Artistic Director and Literary Director support each writer’s specific artistic process. Fellows work with a director, design consultant, and actors over the course of two workshops to see their work come to life. Professional development resources are also an integral part of the program and are tailored to the individual group of Writing Fellows. Mentor opportunities, meet-and-greets, and professional workshops shed light on the often opaque business of theatre, and empower the Fellows to be active, informed participants in their own careers. The Writing Fellows season culminates in a public reading of each fellowship play as part of our INK’D Festival of New Plays.

PRIZE:

  • $3,000 Award
  • A monthly Writers Group
  • Internal workshop
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • A public reading in their INK'D Festival
  • Access to all their resources

PROGRAM CRITERIA:

  • Playwrights must be able to attend meetings and workshops in New York City on a twice-monthly basis from September 2016 through May 2017.
  • Playwrights should identify as early-career.
  • Those enrolled in an MFA program during the span of fellowship are not eligible.
  • Plays to be considered for the fellowship should be complete drafts (minimum 60 pages) at a stage of development that would benefit from a nine-month rewriting and workshop process.  Plays should have no commitments to other theaters that will limit their development with The Playwrights Realm.  
  • Plays going through another similar development process simultaneously, or that have had a production outside of an academic environment, are not eligible.
  • They are not looking for solo performance projects at this time.

DEADLINE: May 15, 2016

playwrightsrealm.org/fellow-app/

 

2016 PLAYWRITING COMPETITION

The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation 

INFO: The 2016 playwriting competition is open to full-length works (dramas, comedies, musicals, screenplays) only and must concern lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or genderqueer life and be based on, or directly inspired by, a historical person, culture, work of art, or event.

One entry per author, please. Scripts must be original and in English.

Email submissions to: jwillis@aabbfoundation.org

PRIZE:

  • First Prize – $3,000
  • Second Prize – $1,500
  • Honorable Mentions – $500

SUBMISSION FEE: $0

DEADLINE: May 31, 2016

aabbfoundation.org/comp-guidelines

 

2016 NEW MUSICAL DISCOVERY SERIES

Florida Theatrical Association

INFO: Aspiring writers from around the country are encouraged to submit their new works, which will be reviewed by a panel of theatre professionals, including renowned directors, writers, producers and performers. The panel will select two works that will each receive a staged reading. One final winner will receive a workshop presented of their piece featuring local directors and talent. The Discovery Series will also include talkbacks for students and audiences with the playwrights and directors.

DEADLINE: June 1, 2016 

http://floridatheatrical.org/new-musical-discovery-series

 

 

 

THEATER - APRIL 2016

NEW SCRIPT CALL FOR SUMMER SHORTS 2016

Playwrights’ Round Table

INFO: Playwrights’ Round Table is seeking up to seven new, original 10-minute plays for production and is particularly interested in plays by women and minorities.

There is no fee to submit a play; however, if selected, the playwright must become a member of Playwrights' Round Table for a minimum of one season. The baseline membership is free. 

DEADLINE: April 15, 2016 

theprt.com/shows/2016shorts.html

 

DRAMATISTS GUILD FELLOWS PROGRAM

The Dramatists Guild of America

INFO: The Dramatists Guild of America, the only organization devoted solely to the interests of artists writing for the theater, is now accepting applications for its Fellows Program. This year, they will select five playwrights for a nine-month program that includes group sessions with theater professional, one-on-one mentoring, and an opportunity to become interns or observers with dramatists involved in professional productions.

DEADLINE: April 29, 2016

http://fellows.dgfund.org/

 

2017 /18 CARTHORSE FELLOWSHIP

Buran Theater

INFO: In honor of its 10th anniversary in 2017 Buran Theater will support and produce theatre/performance-based artists through transformative 2-year process-based fellowships. Utilizing the Buran process developed over the past decade by the artistic director and associate artists, CartHorse Fellows will build, produce and present a new theatre work over two rigorous years of development with the support of the company’s resources and talent.

The fellowship will be an immersive experience for artists who are eager to develop their own process; delve deep into a completely new project; gain/build skills in self-production, marketing, development and administration; build a company/family of collaborators under the auspices of Buran Theatre’s creative and organizational capacity; and a means to expand Buran's mission and ethos to pioneering and under-represented artists.

Working closely with the artistic director and associate artists, the CartHorse Fellow will:

  • take on artistic role in producing Buran Theatre’s 2017 10th anniversary production;
  • partake in administrative, creative, developmental and production meetings and decisions for the 2017 season;
  • have access to Buran company resources (space, talent, funding, etc.);
  • receive commissioning fee for new work (at least $250 , but could be larger dependent on funding);
  • develop a new work throughout 2017/18;
  • receive two-week run of production in 2018 in NYC;
  • and potentially tour to Buran satellite system (Albuquerque/Los Angeles/Kansas City/Minneapolis).

DEADLINE: May 1, 2016

docs.google.com/forms/d/13mVn_hUxKmMkz9qlulqqDtCQl0zbFAXDTNm4vD0-b0c/viewform

 

CALL FOR ENTRIES: NEXT ACT! NEW PLAY SUMMIT

Capital Repertory Theater

INFO: Capital Repetory Theater seeks submissions for its fifth annual Next Act! New Play Summit designed to complement the Upper Hudson Valley’s rich diverse populations.

Entries must be full-length plays. Multi-cultural and ethnically diverse pieces are encouraged.

Next Act! New Play Summit will take place in Albany, NY from October 21-24, 2016 and will feature readings of four never-before produced plays, with additional special events throughout the weekend.

DEADLINE: May 1, 2016

capitalrep.org/next-act-new-play-summit/next-act-play-submissons

 

I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHT RESIDENCY

National Black Theatre 

INFO: The annual I AM SOUL - Playwright Residency program recognizes Black playwrights whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit and excellence in the theatrical field. Alongside NBT’s Theatre Arts Director, the selected playwright will develop a new play during the eighteen (18) month residency. The program provides the playwright with a stipend, administrative and dramaturgical support, in-house readings, and one 29-hour workshop. This process culminates with a Workshop Production in NBT’s following season. 

With I AM SOUL, NBT seeks to deepen the artistic relationship between Black theatrical institutions and Black playwrights in order to re-establish Black theatrical institutions as the foremost supporters and producers of new works created by Black playwrights.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Deadline: May 1, 2016
  • Finalists Notified: June 10, 2016
  • Recipient Notified: July 13, 2016
  • Residency: September 1, 2016 – March 31, 2018

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THE RELENTLESS AWARD

The American Playwright Foundation

INFO: The Relentless Award, established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman and his pursuit of truth in the theater, is the largest annual cash prize in American theater awarded to a playwright in recognition of a new play.

Submissions by first-time playwrights, women and playwrights are encouraged.

PRIZE:

  • $45,000
  • The option to have the winning play published by the Dramatists Play Service
  • A week-long residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm, an artist residency program housed on a working organic farm in Brewster, New York. The author can elect to have a director, a dramaturg and actors join him or her while in residence on the farm
  • The selected play will also have a national roll-out through the Ed Vassallo Relentless Reading Series, established to help bring to life and develop the winning play by presenting a series of staged readings at some of the top theaters across the United States

 Three runners-up will also be named.

DEADLINE: 11:59pm EST on May 2, 2016

americanplaywritingfoundation.org/the-relentless-award.html

THEATER - MARCH 2016

MACONDO WRITERS’ WORKSHOP

INFO: Founded by Sandra Cisneros in 1995, the Macondo Writers’ Workshop focuses on bringing together a community of poets, novelists, journalists, performance artists, and creative writers of all genres whose work is socially engaged,

The Workshop will take place from July 13-17, 2016 at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio, TX. They are seeking generous and compassionate professional writers who view their work and talents as part of a larger task of community-building and non-violent social change. This year, they will hold four workshops led by Allison Hedge Coke (poetry), Alex Espinoza (fiction), Gregg Barrios (playwriting), and Joe Jimenez (multi-genre young writers’ workshop).

To be eligible, applicants must have a strong record of publications (books, chapbooks, major literary magazines) and/or public readings/performances of original work, and a history of community involvement, consciousness raising via literary work and/or activism/outreach.

DEADLINE: March 1, 2016, at midnight

guadalupeculturalarts.org/macondo-workshop/

 

TULSA ARTIST FELLOWSHIP

INFO: The Tulsa Artist Fellowship, which seeks talented and diverse voices to support Tulsa’s expanding arts scene, has expanded its program this year to include writing (creative nonfiction, fiction, graphic novel, young-adult fiction, poetry, and play/screenwriting). Fellowships are merit-based, not project grants, and include a two-year term for writers. The program will begin on January 9, 2017.

AWARD: $20,000 stipend, and in most cases, free housing and studio work space.

DEADLINE: March 4, 2016

tulsaartistfellowship.org/index.html

 

DR. FLOYD GAFFNEY PLAYWRIGHTING COMPETITION

Wagner New Play Festival

INFO: The Dr. Floyd Gaffney Playwriting Competition, part of the Wagner New Play Festival, seeks submissions of scripts highlighting African American experience in contemporary or historical terms from all enrolled undergraduate students at UC San Diego’s Theatre and Dance Department.

AWARD: $1,000 to the winning undergraduate author, along with travel and lodging to participate in the play’s staged reading at the Wagner New Play Festival.

DEADLINE: March 11, 2016

theatre.ucsd.edu/playwritingcontest/  

 

PLAYWRIGHTS REVOLUTION 2016

Capital Stage

INFO: Capital Stage, based in Sacramento, CA, seeks submissions for Playwrights Revolution, a series of staged readings that seeks to identify and develop exciting new plays and playwrights. New works are brought to theatrical life through performances by professional actors in Capital Stage’s intimate theatre. Submissions must be full-length plays in any genre: comedy, drama, musical, etc. Translations, collections of one-acts, children’s plays and any play that has received a full-scale, professional production prior to submission are not eligible.

DEADLINE: March 31, 2016

capstage.org/play-a-part/script-submissions-for-playwrights-revolution/

 

2016-17 VAN LIER NEW VOICES FELLOWSHIP

The Lark

INFO: The Lark is accepting applications for the 2016-17 Van Lier New Voices Fellowship program, which supports playwrights of color under 30 who demonstrate financial need. During a year-long residency, Fellows will work on multiple artistic projects through an individually-tailored program of Lark play development programs, and form relationships with other theatermakers at various career stages from all parts of the world.

AWARD: $15,000, plus a $3,000 health insurance allowance, along with access to a wide range of Lark resources, including artistic program participation, financial literacy workshops, office and rehearsal space and staff support.

DEADLINE: April 1, 2016

larktheatre.org/get-involved/submit-play/ 

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Fade to Black Play Festival

INFO: Fade to Black Play Festival seeks original, not previously produced, unpublished work written by an African American playwright. Directors and Actors based in Houston, Texas are encouraged to participate.  Only three (3) scripts submissions are allowed per playwright.

AWARD: One grand prize winner will be chosen by audience vote and awarded a cash prize. 

SUBMISSION FEE: $0

DEADLINE: April 1, 2016

fadetoblackfest.com/

 

DRAMATISTS GUILD FELLOWS PROGRAM

The Dramatists Guild of America

INFO: The Dramatists Guild of America, the only organization devoted solely to the interests of artists writing for the theater, is now accepting applications for its Fellows Program. This year, they will select five playwrights for a nine-month program that includes group sessions with theater professional, one-on-one mentoring, and an opportunity to become interns or observers with dramatists involved in professional productions.

DEADLINE: April 29, 2016

http://fellows.dgfund.org/