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Open World Learning Community (St Paul | MN)

Seeking Zoom One-Acts for Middle School Performance

Open World Learning Community Middle School Theatre is searching for 30-minute one-acts from playwrights of color for a virtual Zoom-style production. Ideal submissions would be a series of vignettes that give multiple students the opportunity to learn acting, or an ensemble cast of 10-15. Scripts must be suitable for students age 11 to 14-years-old. Honorarium of $300 for the selected play. Permissions would include a PDF of a script to be shared with students, and the right to stream a live or recorded performance of the play for a set amount of time.
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No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to playwrights of color
Submission Method: 
Email
Deadline: 
11 / 6 / 2020

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Amas Musical Theatre (New York | NY)

Eric H. Weinberger Award for Emerging Librettists

The Eric H. Weinberger Award for Emerging Librettists is a juried cash and production grant given annually to support the early work and career of a deserving musical theatre librettist. The winner will receive $2,000 to help with cost-of-living expenses. The winning musical will receive development assistance in the 2021 New Works Development Program of Amas Musical Theatre, culminating in an Amas Lab production with New York theatre professionals.
Fee: 
No Fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights/librettists.
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
11 / 30 / 2020

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Ghostlight Ensemble (Chicago | IL)

Call for Short Scripts

Ghostlight Ensemble is seeking short scripts (a maximum of 15 minutes) that are geared toward young audiences. Priority will be placed on scripts that are culturally diverse and written by writers of color and/or LGBTQ writers. Selected plays will be produced in June 2021 as part of the second annual Make/Believe festival of theatre for children under our Nightlight banner and receive a prize of $25.
Fee: 
No Fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights, though playwrights in the Chicago area receive a priority.
Submission Method: 
Email
Deadline: 
12 / 31 / 2020

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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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