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NEWvember New Play Festival presents:
Call for 30-120 Minute Plays for New Play Festival
Inaugurated in 2011 as a co-production of Tangent Theatre Tivoli and AboutFACE Ireland, NEWvember is a festival of rehearsed readings of new plays that takes place over four days at the Carpenter Shop Theatre in the historic village of Tivoli in upstate New York. In our two festivals so far, we have been delighted to present rehearsed readings of new work by playwrights including John Cariani, Michael DeVito, Fengar Gael, Josepha Gutelius, Meghan Kennedy, James McLindon, Aleks Merilo, Dan O'Neil, Craig Pospisil, Jennifer Skura and Rachel White. We are now pleased to invite submissions of new plays for this year's NEWvember festival.
CRITERIA FOR SUBMISSIONS
submitted plays should be previously unproduced (we will consider plays that have had readings before but are still in development)
plays should not have previously been submitted to the NEWvember Festival
plays should have a cast size of 2-8
plays should have a running time of 30-120 minutes
we will only accept one submission per writer
we ask that the writers of the chosen plays attend the reading of their play towards its further development and to be present for a post-reading Q&A with the audience. We will provide $50 towards travel for those traveling more than 50 miles (the equivalent of a return Amtrak trip from NYC to Rhinecliff) as well as local accommodation in Tivoli
there is no fee for submissions
while we are open to all styles and subjects, our companies do have a preference for narrative and character driven stories
PROCESS OF SUBMISSION:
Please submit your play at www.NEWvemberfestival.com/submit
via our online application form
you will be asked to include
your play as a PDF, without your name, email or other identifying marks (to aid our blind reading process)
the title page, listing the name of author, separately
a 3-line synopsis of the play
a bio of the writer
closing date for submissions is Sunday June 30th 2013 (12 midnight EST).
Please note that these criteria will be applied strictly and any submissions made after the closing date or not following the submission criteria will not be considered. The six invited plays will be announced in October.
CASTING: Please note - the chosen plays will be read by an ensemble of actors, each performing roles in multiple plays in the festival. While we will endeavor to provide the best match of cast for each play that is read, in terms of characters' listed ages/ethnicities, we also need to form an ensemble to best cover the entire range of the festival's program. We appreciate our playwrights' understanding of our ensemble-based casting.
This opportunity was posted on: 2013-05-22
RealDeal Theatre presents:
Popcorn Saturday Short Plays About the Movies (UK writers ONLY)
Looking ofr 10 to 15 minute plays inspired by the movies! From Bollywood to Hollywood, UFA to Elstree, silent film to stereoscopic, anything goes, as long as movies and cinema are integral to the story and plot!
RealDeal Theatre will choose the scripts and give each script a professional director.
Script-in-hand semi-staged performances will take place at 6:30 pm on Saturday, 29 June 2013 at Westminster Reference Library, 5 St. Martin's Street, London, WC2H 7HP, in London's West End.
To submit a script for Popcorn Saturday, please read the rules below and send your script to email@example.com
Madlab Theatre presents:
Madlab 2014 Theatre Season Submissions
That’s right! For years we have accepted submissions for short, one-act plays for our annual festival of new plays THEATRE ROULETTE. Now, we realize something has been missing. We...yearn for more. To help fill the empty void in our collective souls, we need...something longer. We need lots of them, so please, go ahead! Send us your full length plays. Long one-acts, two-acts, three-acts if you think you have what it takes! We can take it, and...well...we want it. These will be considered for our regular theatre season (not for THEATRE ROULETTE, I repeat...not for THEATRE ROULETTE). Bring it on, playwrights. We want you! We need some length.
To maximize your chance of selection, please read all the guidelines carefully before submitting.
All submissions should be send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please put “MADLAB 2014 SEASON” in the subject line. If you do not have email, please call 614.221.5418 to set up different arrangements.
Submissions must arrive no later than.
We will begin accepting submissions as of November 2nd, 2012.
Though we are up for anything, ideally, scripts should be long one-acts (70-90 minutes) or two-act plays (100-120 minutes). If you have something else longer, please feel free to send it on.
You may submit multiple scripts.
Script submissions WILL NOT be returned to the applicant; MadLab will destroy all evidence of your creative instincts upon a funeral pyre at an undisclosed location in order to protect both the innocent and the guilty. Ashes will NOT be returned to you unless you purchase a commemorative urn from MadLab at the bargain basement price of $999.95.
Due to our environmentally conscious president, you must email your script to us. If emailing is absolutely impossible for you, please call us at 614.221.5418 so we can make alternate arrangements.
Please send your script attached as a Microsoft Word document or PDF format. Scripts should be emailed email@example.com. Please put “MADLAB 2014 SEASON” in the subject line. If “MADLAB 2014 SEASON” is not in your subject line, your submission may not be received. All submissions will receive a reply email to ensure that your submission was received.
MadLab pays a royalty of $200 + 10% of our box office for any playwright that is gracious enough to allow us to produce his/her work. We know this will not be anywhere near worth the time and effort you put into writing your play, but we are happy that every little bit helps.
If you’ve made it through all of this, congratulations. At least you’ve got the potential patience to deal with the travails of theatrical production. If you have any questions, please email them to Managing Director Andy Batt at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your interest. Good luck with your submission, and regardless of the outcome here, be sure to keep writing and producing new works.
This opportunity was posted on: 2013-05-21
The Pulp Stage presents:
The Pocket Pulp Project
Just by being read out loud, are there scripts that could transform nearly any casual space-- like a bar or a coffee house-- into a chamber of Story Delight?We at The Pulp Stage would like to collect as many "pulp plays for bars and cafes" as we can get our hands on and begin test-driving them in late spring of this year. Since this Pocket Pulp genre is new and unproven, we can't say for sure what the best guidelines are.
Here are some starting guesses:
-70 minutes or under
-Could be described as an action, fantasy or suspense piece
-Though not necessarily limited to 4 characters, the piece requires no more than 4 actors.
-Contains little to no physical actions OR it has tastefully-placed interludes of narration to cover those actions.
-The changes in setting and circumstance are very easy to track just through the dialogue
-Establishes high stakes from the get-go or an atmosphere of danger/outrageousness from the get-go.
-While it doesn't have to be a comedy, humor does tend to be a good check-in with the audience's focus.
-Extra points for scripts with more roles for women!
If you don't ahve anyting that fits the above, feel free to refer friends to us and send suggestions of existing published works that could help give us inspiration. Examples: Though they're not pulp, Sure Thing by David Ives and Love Letters by A.R. Gurney are perfect for the Reading format. Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman just about fits the bill, with the exception of running time. What else if out there?
Please write artistic director Matt Haynes with your thoughts and work:
If your submission is accepted, the project will start casual and probably pay only about $10 per public reading of the play; this is laboratory time. Still, if the piece were to succeed, you've got a tested and approved piece of very user friendly - and thus marketable - playwriting.This opportunity was posted on: 2013-05-21
The Howard B. & Ruth F. Brin Jewish Arts Endowment Fund presents:
Proposals Accepted for Jewish Arts Endowment
The Howard B. and Ruth F. Brin Jewish Arts Endowment Fund serves to encourage artistic creativity within a Jewish context by aiding individual artists or organizations in creating works with a Jewish theme.
Guidelines / Application:
-Applications by individual artists or organizations within the Minnesota artistic and Jewish communities are emphasized.
-The arts are broadly defined.
-Submit a clear narrative description of the project including its artistic merit.
-Provide information that demonstrates the applicant can carry-out the proposed project; explain previous experience in creating, producing or sponsoring other artistic work. Brief examples of previous works (such as CDs of music, DVDs of performance excerpts, copies of visual material or examples of writing) are not required but are encouraged.
-Describe the project’s time frame.
-A detailed budget must also be submitted.
-Explain how residents of Minnesota and/or the Upper Midwest will benefit from the work and show how the work will be made available to these communities.
-The Fund does not accept proposals from student artists.
-The deadline for the grant proposal is Monday, July 22, 2013. Proposals are accepted only in hard copy format, not email.
Submit proposal to:
Community Impact Department
Minneapolis Jewish Federation
13100 Wayzata Blvd., Suite 200
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Terms of Grant:
Typical awards have been between $500 and $3,000.
Grant Awardees must include acknowledgement of support from the Howard B. & Ruth F. Brin Jewish Arts Endowment Fund in all publicity, programs, catalogues or written material and interviews about this project. The Minneapolis Jewish Federation will provide a PDF file for recipient’s use with logo which states: This project was made possible with support from the Howard B. & Ruth F. Brin Jewish Arts Endowment Fund, a designated fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation.
At the conclusion of the project the grant recipient must submit a narrative evaluation to the Foundation. Attach any kind of publicity that was received if applicable. Also, if there was an audience or viewers, please include an estimate of the number who saw or participated in the project together with any response to it.
The Fund is a designated fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation. The Fund’s committee is comprised of relatives of Howard B. and Ruth F. Brin, art experts with Jewish experience together with a staff member of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation.
To Learn More:
Log onto www.jewishminneapolis.org highlight Resources, click on Grants and scroll down to Howard B. & Ruth F. Brin Jewish Arts Endowment Grants. You can also contact the Community Impact Department of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation at 952-417-2354 or email CommunityImpact@mplsfed.org.
Grant Proposals are due on Monday, July 22, 2013.
Winning projects will be announced by September 4, 2013.This opportunity was posted on: 2013-05-20
Warner Theatre presents:
The Warner International Playwrights' Festival
The Warner International Playwrights Festivaseeks one-act plays for its festival at historic the Warner Theatre in Torrington, Connecticut. Built by Warner Brothers Studios and opened in 1931, the Warner Theatre has been described “Connecticut’s Most Beautiful Theatre”.
- We invite playwrights to submit plays via electronic script submissions, in standard Samuel French playwriting format - 12 point font, character name centered or 3.5 inches from left margin, 1” margin all around. Plays should be emailed to: email@example.com
- Submitted plays should be one-act plays of no less than 12 and no more than 40 pages long, not including your cover page.
- Submissions will be limited to the first 200 scripts received.
- Scripts will be accepted internationally but must be written in English.
- Previously produced scripts are accepted.
- There is no submission fee.
- Please remove all playwright identification from the script including name, mailing address and telephone/fax/e-mail.
- In the body of the email include:
- Please do not send a synopsis or playwright resume.
- Only one submission per playwright will be accepted. Scripts will not be returned.
- If your play is selected, you will be notified, via email, of the readers’ selection on/about August 1.
- Selected scripts will receive minimal-set (table, 4 chairs, 2 cubes), minimal-tech production (lights up, lights down, 2 sound cues). Please be sure your play will adhere to these parameters.
- Selected playwrights are invited to attend the festival by their own means. Accommodation recommendations are available.
- To be considered for the Warner International Playwrights Festival scripts must be RECEIVED by 11:50pmEastern Standard Time on June 20; late entries will not be read.
- For additional information, contact Charlene Donaghy firstname.lastname@example.org
Papatango Theatre Company presents:
Papatango New Writing Prize (UK Writers ONLY)
Since opening in 2009, the Papatango New Writing Prize has enjoyed enormous success, with winning writers Dawn King, Dominic Mitchell, Jacqueline McCarrick and Louise Monaghan receiving huge acclaim for their work and winning many subsequent awards. The Papatango New Writing Prize guarantees its winner a full four week production on the professional London stage, with a playtext published by Nick Hern Books. We received over 700 submissions for the 2012 Prize and anticipate an even stronger field this year. The Papatango New Writing Prize 2013 will be open for submissions from 11th March - midnight, 31st May 2013.
Papatango are not prescriptive in the plays we consider for the New Writing Prize, asking only that they have never before been professionally performed, although musicals, adaptations and children's plays are not eligible.
We look favourably on plays that say something about the contemporary world or the way we live now, and which have a distinct theatrical language that makes them beautiful and unforgettable on stage. We are not in general keen on plays about people trying to put on a play, plays drawn from literary biographies, or plays which are heavily rooted in documented historical events.
One of the great delights of the Papatango New Writing Prize judging process is going through the range and imaginative diversity of the scripts we receive. We hope your play will be among them this year.
To submit a script for the Papatango New Writing Prize 2013, please read the following submissions guidelines, before mailing your play to email@example.com. Please remember anonymity is a key requirement of entering and the only contact details you should include on the front of your script are two phone numbers which will still be active in August 2013. Good luck.
Papatango New Writing Prize 2013 – Submission Guidelines
The Papatango New Writing Prize 2013 will be open for submissions from 11th March - midnight, 31st May 2013.
The competition is open to anyone resident in the United Kingdom only.
There is no age limit.
The play must have a playing time of at least ninety minutes.
We can only accept one entry per person.
All entries should include page numbers on every page.
The deadline for entry is midnight on Friday, 31 May 2013. Any entries received after this time will not be read, and no extension is possible.
We are only able to accept entries submitted by email in Word or PDF format. Entries must be entirely complete and in one document only.
All entries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any entry made to the Finborough Theatre will be disqualified.
SCRIPTS MUST NOT INCLUDE THE AUTHOR'S NAME (OR ANY PSEUDONYM), ADDRESS OR EMAIL ANYWHERE IN THE DOCUMENT. All scripts must include a phone number only on the front page of the script. (Please make sure that any phone number you give is one that you will still have August when the winner is announced. You may include more than one phone number if you wish). As anonymity is a key requirement of the process, any scripts that break this rule will be automatically disqualified.
The play must be an original, unperformed and unproduced piece of work. It cannot have received a professional production in any form, anywhere in the world, apart from an absolute maximum of three rehearsed/staged readings or workshops only. Amateur productions do not apply. Any scripts that have been professionally produced or published will be automatically disqualified.
Translations, children's plays, adaptations, music theatre, television, film or radio scripts are not eligible for the competition.
We recommend reading the literary policy of the Finborough Theatre (on the 'Literary' page of the Finborough Theatre website).
The entrant must exclusively own and control all copyright and all other related rights to the submitted script. It must be available for production and unattached to any other organisation or individual.
The winner is automatically under exclusive option to Papatango for a period of eighteen months after the announcement of the awards, and will receive 10% royalties of the gross box office from its first production at the Finborough Theatre in November 2013. The terms for any subsequent production mounted by Papatango will be negotiable.
We regret that no correspondence can be entered into regarding any part of the judging process.
Only the winning play and plays longlisted will be contacted, once the winner has been decided; if an entrant has not heard from Papatango by 1 August 2013 they should consider their entry unsuccessful.
This opportunity was posted on: 2013-05-22
Playhouse on the Square presents:
1st Annual "New Works @ the Works" Competition
PLAYHOUSE ON THE SQUARE: 1st Annual “New Works @ the Works” Competition
Playhouse on the Square, now in its 43nd Season, is accepting scripts for the 1st Annual “New Works @ the Works” Competition. A panel of local directors, actors, and designers will review all submitted scripts and select six to receive staged readings during the 2013-14 season. After the six readings have been presented, Playhouse on the Square will select two that will receive full productions during the 2014-15 season. These two new works will receive world premieres at Playhouse’s third performance space, TheatreWorks.
Along with these fully mounted productions, the two winning works will each be awarded a prize of $500. The playwright(s) of each play will also be flown to Memphis to take part in the rehearsals and development of the new work.
There is a $10 entry fee for the competition, which must be paid along with the submitted script. Only check and money order will be accepted. Any script submitted without the entry fee will not be considered.
The following outlines the guidelines and rules for the 2012-13 competition:
1. The submission must be written in the English Language.
2. The submission must be an original, full-length play or musical that is unpublished. One-act plays and children plays will not be accepted.
3. The submission must begin with a title page that includes the work’s name and the playwright’s name, address, telephone number, and email. There should also include a character list and scene breakdown if applicable. NOTE* If submitting a musical please include a score and demo.
4. Submissions that have been previously produced or published will not be accepted. A play that is scheduled for a professional production at the time of submission will also not be accepted.
5. The manuscript must be easy to read. It must be typed in no less that 12-point type and page numbered.
6. The cast for the play or musical must be limited to no more than 10.
7. The script may have more than one author. Also, the playwright(s) may include a brief biography, but it is not necessary.
8. Each playwright is limited to one submission per year. There will be no revisions accepted once a script has been submitted.
9. There will be no written or oral critique given on scripts submitted.
10. Please send the manuscript to Playhouse on the Square, New Works Competition, 66 S. Cooper, Memphis, TN 38104
11. In order to qualify for the 2013-2014 season, the script must be submitted no earlier than January 1, 2013 and must be post marked no later than May 30, 2013.
12. Please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for receipt of the manuscript to be acknowledged. Also include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for the play to be returned, should it not be selected for the competition. Any play without a self-addressed, stamped envelope will be recycled if not selected for the competition.
13. Do not send the only copy of a manuscript. All scripts will be handled with care, but Playhouse on the Square will not be responsible for any loss or damage to your manuscript.
For questions, contact Jordan Nichols, Director of New Works, at email@example.com.
About Playhouse on the Square
Playhouse on the Square is Memphis' only professional resident theatre. Now in its 43rd season, Playhouse on the Square remains committed to its mission to produce a challenging and diverse repertoire of theatrical work, to provide a nurturing artistic home where artists can practice their craft and share their talent, and to make all productions available through access, outreach, & education. For more information, visit www.playhouseonthesquare.org or call 901-725-0776.This opportunity was posted on: 2013-05-21
Capital Repertory Theater presents:
Next Act! New Play Summit 2: Call for Entries
Capital Repertory, Albany, NY Announces
Next Act! New Play Summit 2
Call for Entries
Submissions are now being accepted for Capital Repertory Theatre’s NEXT ACT! NEW PLAY SUMMIT 2!
Next Act! is an expansion of Capital Repertory Theatre’s commitment to the development of new work, and is designed to complement the Upper Hudson Valley’s recent and future growth explosion in the fields of research and technology. The summit will directly reflect the theatre’s mission, “to create meaningful theatre generated from an authentic link to the community.” Next Act! takes placeand will feature readings of two never-before produced plays, one musical and special events throughout the weekend.
Capital Rep is particularly interested in scripts that showcase world events as they impact the individual and society, highlighting the common threads that bind the American culture together in a world that is defined more and more by diversity. The theatre will give preference to character driven scripts that showcase technology’s impact on humanity.
Accepting plays and musicals.
Multi-cultural and ethnically diverse plays welcome.
Comedy and Drama welcome!
(Please do not submit plays about the theatre.)
Eligible plays can not have been previously produced, though previous readings are allowed. No more than 7 characters. (Please do not submit works in which actors play multiple roles, unless it is a device used to illuminate generations.)
Eligible musicals can not have been previously produced, though previous readings are allowed. No more than 6 characters. Accompaniment must be able to be provided by a pianist for the reading. Scripts that allow creative ways for execution in the intimate atmosphere of Capital Rep’s thrust stage are particularly welcome. (There is no limit on subject matter. Adaptations of literature welcome.)
Agent and non-agent submissions accepted.
Submission Deadline: END OF DAY –
HOW TO SUBMIT
Plays: Playwrights should submit a synopsis, character descriptions and the first 10 pages of their play with a photo/resume and bio.
Musicals: Playwrights should submit a synopsis, character descriptions, one sample scene and 3 songs (demo’s are acceptable). Music may be sent via CD or electronically. Playwrights should include a photo/resume and bio.
Email your submission to Margaret Hall, Assistant to the Artistic Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org with NEXT ACT SUBMISSION in the subject line.
A small stipend and limited travel available for playwrights selected.
Electronic submissions preferred.
Capital Rep is a professional LORT D theatre, established in Albany in 1981.This opportunity was posted on: 2013-05-21
Thespis Theater Festival presents:
Thespis Theater Festival (updated)
In order to submit a play please send the following via email:
1. A 200- to 300-word synopsis of the play
2. The complete script
3. Your telephone number and home address, plus the phone number of one other person in your production that we can contact
4. Your bio with age included
As soon as your play is accepted, you will be sent the festival guidelines.
All plays will be given a three-performance run at the theater.
After all plays have had their three-performance run, the best 6 plays will be selected by the Thespis jury as nominees for the $3,500 prize of Best Play. Those 6 shows will be given a fourth performance that will be advertised to the surrounding community, which is full of artists and theater-goers who are aware of Cabrini Repertory Theater. So if, after your three-performance run in Thespis, your play is selected as one of the 6 nominees, you are not only in the running for Best Play, but in addition to other audience members you’d like to invite, we will invite our supporters to your fourth performance.
Along with audience members from the theater’s neighborhood, three judges will also attend your fourth performance. This panel of outside judges will make the final decision about the winning play.
There will also be several nominations for best actor. In addition to the winning actress ($500 prize), there will be a third and second runner-up. These runner-ups will receive surprise prizes!
The winners are chosen buy a well know group of Judges that operate in the city of New York… This is the real deal.
Winners will be announced during a special prize ceremony at the end of the festival to which the cast and crew of all nominated productions will be invited.
There is no fee to submit your play to the Venus Festival.
Once you are accepted, there are two methods of participant payment and ways to make a profit at your show’s box office:
1. You can send in a $300 refundable check. The deposit will be returned as long as the production is able to bring a minimum of 39 audience members in total to all three performances assigned to each show; that means at least 13 people per performance = 39 audience members in total to all three performances assigned.
2. You can send in a $500 non-refundable check and receive 50% of every ticket sold for your play. Nominees for Best Play will be given a fourth performance and have even more of a chance to make a profit at their box office.
Plays from last year’s festival whose creators came from the Tri-state area brought an average of 70 audience members for their show’s run.
Again, there is no submission fee. Only those plays that are accepted will be required to send in participant payment.
General submission to Thespis is free-of-charge and submissions will be accepted until June 1st.
All plays will be filmed. At the end of the festival, or after your show’s run, you can purchase a copy of your show’s video for $75.
Please be aware that the festival is not directly involved with the filming of the plays. You must connect with the videographer on your own in order to purchase your show’s video.
Contact us at
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE THEATER HOSTING THESPIS NY IS INVOLVED IN SEVERAL HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS TO AID THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. THEREFORE, A SMALL NUMBER OF PEOPLE ARE ALLOWED TO SEE ANY OF THE SHOWS RUNNING IN THESPIS FOR FREE. THESE PEOPLE WILL BE A NICE ADDITION TO YOUR AUDIENCE.This opportunity was posted on: 2013-05-21
Horse & Cart presents:
The PlayOffs Summer Playwriting Competition
Horse & Cart is hosting its first playwriting competition and festival, The PlayOffs. A select group of writers will be put through a series of competitions to test their playwriting prowess in order to win a $500 cash prize, and you get to watch (and vote!) Featuring 5 weeks of live, hot-off-the-presses world premiere work, this is the best chance to see new plays come to life right before your eyes!
This opportunity was posted on: 2013-05-20
American Repertory Theater of WNY presents:
Young Playwrights' Festival
Submitted scripts should follow a standard script format
ART does not provide lodging or travel for out-of-region playwrights
There are no entry fees/There are no “Grand Prizes”
Please Include Self-Address Envelop if request return
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS
June 2nd, 2013(Acceptance Notification on June 10th)
SUBMIT WORK AND COVER LETTER TO
American Rep Theater of WNY
C/O Young Playwrights Festival
369 Cadman Drive
Williamsville NY 14221
To find out more information and to speak to a representative of American Repertory Theater of WNY, please call 716-634-1102 ( 9am to 4:30 pm)This opportunity was posted on: 2013-05-20