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Portland Stage (Portland | ME)

Little Festival of the Unexpected

In odd-numbered years Portland Stage seeks unproduced scripts to workshop in Spring of the following year. Plays will be workshopped with professional actors, directors, and dramaturgs. Play must be unproduced or workshopped by AEA actors. Plays must be full-length. Plays must require no more than Eight (8) actors to perform. Must travel to Maine for workshop (housing and travel provided).
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights
Submission Method: 
Email
Deadline: 
9 / 30 / 2023

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The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow (Eureka Springs | AR)

Real People Real Struggles Real Stories: Writing About Mental Illness

The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow is offering a fellowship to a writer working on a short or long work of non-fiction focusing on how they (the writer or another) have managed, and continue to manage, their mental illness. This personal story should offer not just insight and awareness, but most importantly, hope. It should share your dreams, and how you are adjusting and fine-tuning them. Stories focused on relationships, family life, travel, employment, civic contributions, passions, along with the barriers, fears, and stigmas faced, are encouraged.
Fee: 
$35
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
9 / 26 / 2022

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New Musicals Inc. (North Hollywood | CA)

New Musicals Inc. Seeking New Musical Submissions

New Musicals Inc. is committed to an ongoing search to find and nurture promising new musical theatre. If you’ve written a musical, and you would like some honest, constructive, detailed feedback on how to make your musical better, you can submit your musical to NMI for dramaturgical feedback at levels from evaluation to analysis to table reading.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
7 / 15 / 2022

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Empowering Playwrights one Pixel at a Time: How Online Resources Can Fuel Your Playwriting Interests

What if you want to write a play? Where to start? And what if you have a few plays? What to do with them? And what if you want to learn more skills as a writer? Where to go next? If you’re here, you probably already have some ideas. But member to member, I’ll offer some tips and tricks, in what has become a daily habit: Read, Write, Send and Find. Let’s go!

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Exploring Character Through Environment

Environment dictates more than we give it credit for in our writing. Give environment its due and follow your impulses to explore all facets of your character. Hopefully, the result will be characters that feel molded from the earth they grew up in. In this article, readers are taken through a three-part exercise to explore how environment dictates character and character dictates environment. 

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The Playwright & Biography

Arguably, some of the most successful American plays are gripped by biography. So, how do we shape elements of biography into dramatic works?

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