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The Echo Theater Company (Los Angeles | CA)

BIG SHOUT OUT New Play Contest for Women+ Playwrights

If you are a playwright and self-identify as a woman+*, you are invited to enter one play or play-with-music** (45-minute one-acts to full-length scripts) to Echo Theatre's 3rd BIG SHOUT OUT International New Play Contest. The Contest Winner receives a $1000 Royalty and Echo will present the winning play either as a workshop production or a mainstage regional premiere*** in Echo Theatre's 24th Season, which runs during the 2022 calendar year. Finalist Honorees each receive a $150 Royalty from Echo to present the Finalist scripts one to two times in our 2022 Echo Reads Performance Reading Series.
Fee: 
No Fee
Restrictions: 
Open to women+ playwrights.
Submission Method: 
Email
Deadline: 
8 / 15 / 2021

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Powerstories Theatre (Tampa | FL)

Voices of Women Theatre Festival

Powerstories Theatre is seeking plays written by women for the Inaugural Voices of Women Theatre Festival scheduled for October 6 – 17, 2021. Each artist will be responsible for casting, directing, and mounting the show. All productions ideally will be presented at Powerstories Theatre with an audience and live-streamed.
Fee: 
$20
Restrictions: 
Open to women artists.
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
7 / 15 / 2021

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Playhouse on Park (West Hartford | CT)

Playwrights on Park Reading Series

We are currently accepting submissions for Playwrights on Park! Five full-length plays will be selected for readings for the 2021/22 season.
Fee: 
No Fee
Restrictions: 
BIPOC and Womxn artists are strongly encouraged to submit. Playwrights MUST be able to come to West Hartford for the day of their reading.
Submission Method: 
Email
Deadline: 
6 / 15 / 2021

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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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