PLAYWRIGHT FESTIVALS/CALL FOR ENTRIES
InterAct Theatre Company 20/20 New Play Commissions – Two types of awards: Development Awards (ranging from $500-$1000), through which InterAct commits funds toward the further development of a play, including dramaturgical consultation, private and public readings and workshops. Development Awards are given to works already in progress, but not yet production ready. New Play Commissions (ranging from $5000-$10,000) – in which a new and wholly or substantially unwritten play is commissioned and similarly aided in its development by InterAct. Submit a statement of interest with a description of the proposed project, including why the issues and themes of the project will be significant to society over the next twenty years, and what your goals would be should you be granted the opportunity to work with InterAct on the project’s development. For Development Award applicants, you may additionally discuss the status of the current work and its development history. Statements of interest should not exceed 2 pages. Also submit a current playwriting CV and one copy of a previously completed full-length script. Full-length plays only; no musicals or bills of related one-acts. NOTE: All parts of the application must be submitted as PDF’s to firstname.lastname@example.org. NO FEE. Interact Theatre, 2030 Sansom St., Philadelphia, PA 19103, T: (215) 568-8077, Contact: Kittson O’Neill, Artistic Associate, email@example.com, http://interacttheatre.org/new-plays/submit-for-commissions/. Deadline: May 16, 2014
Maieutic Theatre Works (MTWorks) National Newborn Festival (January, 2015, New York, NY) – Seeking original, full-length (90 minutes or longer) plays and musicals by U.S. playwrights that take place in a region outside of New York City. MTWorks encourages scripts with large casts, different ethnicities, and diverse backgrounds, as well as plays that boldly take risks in theme and structure. Playwright receives one full reading of their work in a festival environment with talk-back or survey about play with cast and audience members; assigned professional director/musical director and cast to work on the play; the possibility of work being selected to receive full staged production in MTWorks’ upcoming season; and other benefits. Submit full script in Word or PDF format, a half-page synopsis, and one mp3 that best represents your score (if submitting a musical) in one e-mail with title of the play and your name in the subject line. FEE: $0-$10. David Stallings, Artistic Director, Maieutic Theatre Works, 348 West 118th St., #41, New York, NY 10026, T: (646) 421-2897,firstname.lastname@example.org, http://mtworks.org/submissions.html. Deadline: May 31, 2014 (early), July 1, 2014 (late)
St. Croix Festival Theater New Doors One-Act Playwriting Contest (August 13, 2014, St. Croix Falls, WI) – Seeking one-act plays between 15-30 minutes with no more than 6 characters. Playwrights must have originated from, or have ties to, Wisconsin and Minisota. No musicals or monologues. Plays must be original and unproduced. One submission per playwright. Several plays will be given staged readings, and prizes will be awarded: $100 for first place, $50 for second place; $25 for third place, with possible production in the future. Submit script with no identifying information, accompanied by a cover letter with playwright name and full contact information, as well as a brief summary. Submit via e-mail or postal mail.FEE: $10. St. Croix Festival Theatre, Attn: Ed Moersfelder, PO Box 801, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024,email@example.com, http://www.festivaltheatre.org/one-act-play-writing-contest.html. Deadline: May 31, 2014
Thespis Theatre Festival (June 15-August 31, 2014, Washington Heights, NY) – Seeking all plays from the New York and New Jersey area. To submit your play, you must include in your application: A 100 word synopsis of your play, the complete script, your contact information and the contact information of someone else from the production, your bio. Thespis Theatre Festival, Cabrini Repertory Theater, 701 Fort Washington Ave, Washington Heights, NYC 10040. firstname.lastname@example.org, http://thespisnytheaterfestival.com/thespis-theater-festival-venus-adonis/. Deadline: June 1, 2014
Weathervane Playhouse 8×10 TheatreFest (July 11-13, 2014, Akron, OH) – Seeking previously unproduced 10-minute plays with a maximum cast size of 3 (no characters under the age of 16) and simple sets. Each play must include “The Ornate Box”, details on the website. No musicals. Playwrights must be U.S. citizens and must be at least 18 years old. Two entries per fee. All submitted plays must include a microphone as a set prop (the microphone can be used to represent anything, but there is a specific microphone the company will use: a Shure 55SW with a total height of eight inches that is non-working). Finalists will receive full productions of their play and two tickets to the festival. Winners will receive cash prizes up to $350. Submit by e-mail, with play as a Word or PDF attachment, along with a title page including author name and contact information, play title, short (2-3-sentence) description, and a bio (as a separate document). FEE: $10. Weathervane Playhouse, ATTN: 8×10 TheatreFest, 1301 Weathervane Lane, Akron, Ohio 44313-5186, Contact: Eileen Moushey, 8×10 TheatreFest Coordinator, T: (330) 678-3893, email@example.com, www.weathervaneplayhouse.com. Receipt Deadline: May 16, 2014, 5pm
Baltimore Playwrights Festival (2014, Baltimore, MD) – Seeking plays local to the Maryland/District of Columbia area – Currently or Previously worked in or loved in the area. All plays must be sent anonymously, all types of plays will be considered including musicals. One acts should not exceed 1 hour (50-60 pages), and full-length plays are to not exceed 2 and a half hours (150 pages). Submission packet to include: submission form, fee, CD if submitting a musical or a show that requires music, residency document (explaining how you are meed the BPF local playwrights requirement). The script must be anonymously sent with: title page, synopsis (no more that half of a page), character listings (including gender, age range, and any other defining necessary characteristics), setting (place and time), script (with page numbers). FEE: $10. Baltimore Playwrights Festival, PO Box 38122, Baltimore, MD. 21231, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.baltplayfest.org/submit,. Receipt Deadline: May 31, 2014
Aurand Harris Memorial Playwriting Award – Sponsored by The New England Theatre Conference, awards two prizes – $1,000 for first prize and $500 for second prize – for the best new full-length plays for young audiences. Winning scripts will also receive a staged readings. Scripts must not have been professionally produced or published; workshop productions or staged readings are acceptable. No musicals. Submit one typed, bound copy of the play, along with a separate title page with playwright contact information; a brief synopsis, cast list, and character breakdown; a statement that the play has not been previously published or professionally produced, and is not and will not be under option for publication or professional production prior to November 1, 2013. NOTE: Playwrights may only submit one script to one NETC contest per year. FEE: $10 (waived for NETC members). The New England Theatre Conference, Inc., Aurand Harris Playwriting Award, 215 Knob Hill Drive, Hamden, CT 06518-2431, (617) 851-8535, email@example.com, http://www.netconline.org/aurand-harris-award.php. Deadline: May 1, 2014
ONGOING FESTIVALS/CALL FOR ENTRIES
Urban Stages Emerging Playwright Award (New York, NY) – Seeking full-length plays on any topic, but particularly plays that are innovative and touch on social issues. Plays must require 7 actors or fewer. Submit script, author bio, character breakdown, and a brief description or synopsis of the play, along with a SASE for response. Submitted plays must not have been produced in New York City. NOTE: Postal mail submissions only. NO FEE. Urban Stages, 555 Eighth Ave., RM 1800, New York, NY 10018.http://urbanstages.org/submissions/.
Jacob Krueger Studio Screenwriting Residency (Year-round, New York, NY) – Supports talented screenwriters and playwrights who believe that great writing comes from the soul of the creator. Year-long residency provides free training in screenwriting, with access to Jacob Krueger Studio’s entire curriculum of writing classes, including master classes and ProLab workshops, and culminates in a paid junior professor position mentoring beginner screenwriters and playwrights. Open to any graduates of a Masters or PhD program in Dramatic Writing, Screenwriting, or Playwriting, or writers with comparable professional experience. Residents will be paid around $35,000 for 20 hours a week of teaching work. See website for complete guidelines and application. NO FEE. Jacob Krueger Studio Screenwriting Residency, 285 N. 6th St., 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11211, T: (917) 464-3594, Contact: Jess Hinds, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.writeyourscreenplay.com/residency/.
Dramatists Guild Fellows Program – Designed to augment the training of emerging American dramatists and enhance the sense of community amongst them. Designed for theatre writers who have completed a graduate program and are no more than five years out, or who have comparable experience in organized writers’ workshops or other pertinent experience. 9-month program includes group sessions with theatre professionals, and, where possible, one-on-one mentoring, and opportunities to become interns or observers with dramatists involved in professional productions. The program encourages playwrights, composers and lyricists to apply. This year, they would like to select 5 playwriting fellows and five musical theatre fellows. Musical theatre fellows should apply as creative teams where possible and applicable; those who write both music and lyrics would apply alone as a “self-contained” writer. In addition to creative workshops with other fellows, each fellow will have an internship/observership opportunity with a Guild member to observe pre-production, rehearsals or previews for an upcoming production, if possible. Fellows will also receive a small stipend. Applicants are expected to reside in New York for the duration of the fellowship. NOTE: Electronic submissions only; see website for complete guidelines and instructions. Dramatists Guild Fellowship Program, email@example.com, http://www.dramatistsguild.com/eventseducation/application.aspx. Receipt Deadline: May 5, 2014
Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants – Supports and assists artists at various stages in their careers with grants of $2,000-$10,000 to encourage creative development and career building opportunities. Open to artists in all disciplines who reside in Minnesota. For full guidelines and application, see website. Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants, Park Square Court, Ste. 200, 400 Sibley St., Saint Paul, MN, Kathee Foran, Program Officer, T: (651) 215-1626, Kathee.Foran@arts.state.mn.us, http://www.arts.state.mn.us/grants/artist-initiative.htm/. Deadline: June 13, 2014 (literary arts), July 11, 2011 (performance arts), August 1, 2014 (visual and media arts)
Vermont Arts Council Project Grants – Grants of $500-$2,000 to support art activities that enhance the quality of life for Vermont’s citizens, attract visitors, and help stimulate local economies. They particularly encourage projects that address the needs of underserved populations, include and compensate Vermont artist, and, where appropriate, work in collaboration with other organizations including school, community organizations, etc. Funded activities must take place between September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014. A 1:1 match of the grant is required. Open to Vermont-registered nonprofit organizations. NOTE: Apply online, through website. Vermont Arts Council Project Grants, 136 State St., Montpelier, VT 05633-6001, Contact: Ben Doyle, Artist and Community Services Program Manager, T: (802) 828-5425, http://www.vermontartscouncil.org/Grants/ProjectGrantGuidelines/tabid/243/Default.aspx. Deadline: May 22, 2014
**Leeway Transformation Award** – $15,000 unrestricted award for women and trans artists living in the Delaware Valley who create art and social change and have done so for the past five years or more. Open to artists working in any art form who respectfully engage communities and audiences in creating a vision of a more just world, raising consciousness, and challenging oppression and mainstream culture. Applicants must have lived for the past two or more years in Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia Counties, with the intention of remaining in the Delaware Valley throughout the award year (ending December 31, 2014); applicants must demonstrate financial need and a commitment to making art for social change. Artists may apply collaboratively if they meet the basic eligibility requirements, but each co-applicant must submit a separate artist information form. For full guidelines and application forms, contact the Foundation. Leeway Foundation, The Philadelphia Building, 1315 Walnut St., Suite 832, Philadelphia, PA 19107, T: (215) 545-4078, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.leeway.org. Receipt Deadline: May 15, 2014
Ragdale Foundation (September-December, 2014, Lake Forest, IL) – 2-4 week residencies for film and media artists as well as writers (screenwriters, playwrights, etc.). Program provides housing, all meals, and studio space. Residents are responsible for travel, materials, residency fee ($35 per day), and deposit ($100 for each 2-week period). Fellowships available. See website for application. FEE: $40. Ragdale Foundation, 1260 N. Green Bay Rd., Lake Forest, IL 600445, T: (847) 234-1063, FAX: (847) 234-1063, email@example.com,www.ragdale.org. Deadline: May 15, 2014
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (Year-round, Amherst, VA) – Residencies for playwrights, screenwriters, performance artists, and video artists. Average stay is 4 weeks. Residents receive housing, all meals, and studios. Residents responsible for travel, materials, suggested contribution ($30 per day), and deposit ($50). Occasional full funding available. See website for application. FEE: $30. Virginia Center for the Arts, 154, San Angelo Dr., Amherst, VA 24521, T: (434) 946-7236, FAX: (434) 946-7239, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.vcca.com.Deadline: May 15, 2014
Headlands Center for the Arts Residency (4-10-week residencies, 2015, Fort Barry, Marin Headlands, CA) – Open to artists working in all media (visual, literary, performance, film and video, audio, music, digital media, and interdisciplinary art), with the goal of providing a supportive working environment for experimentation, reflection, and growth. All residencies are fully sponsored, and some stipends of $500 per month are available (artists may apply for stipend when applying for residency; availability of stipends depends on funding and sponsorship secured each year). Offers both live-in and live-out residencies. Live-in artists are provided with a studio, shared housing, and 5 meals a week. Live-out artists are provided with a studio and dinner twice a week. See website for complete guidelines and application. NOTE: Online applications (through website) strongly encouraged. FEE: $35. Headlands Center for the Arts, 944 Fort Barry, Sausalito, CA 94965, T: (415) 331-2787 ext. 24,email@example.com, http://www.headlands.org/program/air/. Deadline: June 6, 2014
Vermont Studio Center (Year-round, Johnson, VT) – Residencies of an average of 2-12 weeks for serious, emerging, or mid-career visual artists and writers of all types from all over the world. Residency provides housing, meals, and studios; artist responsible for residency fee ($3,950/month; $2050/two weeks; fellowships available; see website). FEE: $25. Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl St., PO Box 613, Johnson, VT 05656, T: (802) 635-2727, FAX: (802) 635-2730, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.vermontstudiocenter.org. Deadline: June 15, 2013
Caldera Artist Residency (January-March, 2015, Sisters, OR) – Residences of between 2-4 weeks (average) open to playwrights, actors, and directors, as well as all other types of writers and performers. Caldera provides housing and studio; artist must pay for travel, food, and materials. Artists who stay longer than 2 weeks are encouraged to engage in outreach activities, such as workshops, with the local community. Submit Application form (available on website), one-page project description, resume or CV, two letters of reference, and work sample (see website for sample guidelines). NOTE: Applications accepted online (see website) or by postal mail. FEE: $35. Caldera, Artists in Residence Program, 31500 Blue Lake Dr., Sisters, OR 97759, Elizabeth Quinn, Artist In Residence Manager, T: (503) 937-7594, FAX: (503) 937-8594, email@example.com, www.calderaarts.org. Deadline: June 15, 2014
**Girls Write Now Call for Mentors** (September, 2014-June, 2015, New York, NY) – Seeking passionate writers, teachers, and leaders who have at least two years of professional writing experience and are dedicated to guiding the artistic, academic, and professional aspirations of young women. Girls Write Now pairs high school-aged girls with professional writers in weekly one-on-one mentoring sessions, monthly group workshops, and special events throughout the school year. Download and complete application from website and submit along with a resume and two writing samples (8 pages maximum). Girls Write Now, 247 West 37th St., Ste. 1800, New York, NY 10018, T: (212) 336-9330, firstname.lastname@example.org,http://www.girlswritenow.org/get-involved/be-a-mentor/. Deadline: June 1, 2014
SOURCES FOR ONGOING FUNDING INFORMATION
Partnering with the LPTW, the Coalition has taken over the film, video and television funding opportunities newsletter. The purpose of the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition is to focus the power of our member organizations together and to use that combined strength to address issues of concern to women in the arts, media, and new media. We are committed to being the link between our member organizations as we collaborate to impact the various topics that affect women in our industry through advocacy, networking, and events.
WomenArts is a worldwide community of artists and allies that works for empowerment, opportunity, and visibility for women artists. WomenArts coordinates Support Women Artists Now Day (SWAN Day), an annual international holiday celebrating women’s creativity, and maintains a website with helpful information for women artists. WomenArts does not make cash grants, but the Funding Resources section of their website lists many funding opportunities.
NYFA continues to research and update information in NYFA Source, which continues to promote the mission of NYFA’s former Hotline to “empower artists by providing them with complete and accurate information about resources that will facilitate their artistic work.” Additionally, as part of NYFA Source’s ongoing development, UI will regularly produce analytical reports about the patterns of support represented in the database.
One of the nation’s most generous and well-respected theater organizations, the Playwrights’ Center focuses on both supporting playwrights and promoting new plays to production at theaters across the country. The Center has helped launch the careers of numerous nationally recognized artists, notably August Wilson, Lee Blessing, Suzan-Lori Parks, Jordan Harrison, Carlyle Brown, Craig Lucas, Jeffrey Hatcher, Melanie Marnich, and Kira Obolensky. Work developed through Center programs has been seen nationwide on such stages as the Yale Rep, Woolly Mammoth, Guthrie, Goodman, and many others.
A Facebook Group for playwrights with monthly updated submission listings and funding opportunities.
Kanjy is a community for writers. Kanjy fosters sharing, discovery and creation among screenwriters, playwrights and industry professionals. Opportunities highlights can be found here
Theatre Communications Group is a national alliance of non-profit theatres that offers a range of online information services, publications and grants. They publish ArtSearch, a newsletter for theatre job-seekers that lists available positions all over the country, and American Theatre, a monthly magazine that provides news about the non-profit theatre world. They provide helpful resources about international theatre activities at: http://www.tcg.org/international/index.cfm