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Newsletter V:3                                                                                                                    March 2015
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We are thrilled to announce that SVA School of Film & Animation is our first Academic Affiliate, a new level of association with the Coalition. We are so excited to have SVA join our other newest members: NYWICI (N.Y. Women in Communications), Associated Musicians of Greater New York Local 802 AFM, and affiliate member org, LA FPI (Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative). More organizations are coming aboard all the time! Please let us know if you are involved with an organization which might be interested in membership.

We hope you can join us for our yearly free SWAN Day Event, always on the last Saturday of March. They're always great screenings with talkbacks and networking, free to all, and many Coalition board members and organization reps will be in attendance--a great time to meet us and each other. If you're in another city, check out all the SWAN Day events happening worldwide on the WomenArts website, all through March.

All Coalition member org members get the "Member" rate for League of Professional Theatre Women's upcoming star-studded Awards Celebration and Big Mingle on March 16. Check out the link for more information. And don't forget the LPTW Online Auction.

If you have any problem reading  the flyers below, you can see them on our Online Blog.  More events are there and on our

Hope to see you soon,
Shellen Lubin and Avis Boone
Co-Presidents

SWAN Day - Free Screening & Reception
SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day

OBVIOUS CHILD
directed by Gillian Robespierre
March 28, 2pm
at SVA Theatre
Screening, Q&A, & Reception



 

Join the Women in Arts and Media Coalition, NYWIFT, SAG-AFTRA, 
School of Visual Arts (SVA) Film & Animation Department, and HerFlix 
for a screening, Q&A with the filmmaker, and reception 
in recognition of SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day, 
an annual event on the last Saturday of March that celebrates women artists.

2 p.m. on Saturday, March 28
at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street

Special thanks to Reeves Lehman and the School of Visual Arts for the venue
and SAG-AFTRA for providing the reception.

This event is FREE and FIRST COME FIRST SERVED.

LPTW Awards & Big Mingle
LPTW Awards Celebration & Big Mingle
 
Hosted by Kristine Nielsen

PROMO CODE: MEMBER
Member rate of $100 per ticket all inclusive for all Coalition org members.
Questions about ticketing?  E-mail lizzy@theatrewomen.org.

LPTW Auction
LPTW Online Auction

 


Make Your Bid to Support Women in Theatre!
Want to get a fabulous prize and help support women in theatre? Visit the 2015 LPTW Annual Auction online and bid on exciting items! All proceeds will go to the League of Professional Theatre Women to help further our mission of promoting visibility and creating opportunity for women in the arts.

The auction will run through Tuesday, March 17 with items ranging from Broadway tickets to Hugh Jackman recording your voicemail message! 

CLICK HERE TO BEGIN BIDDING!

2015 Collaboration Award


REQUEST FOR SUBMISSIONS


THE WOMEN IN THE ARTS AND MEDIA COALITION, INC. ANNOUNCES THE 2015 COLLABORATION AWARD:
WOMEN WORKING WITH WOMEN
The Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, Inc. will present the 2015 Collaboration Award recognizing Women Working with Women.

The $1,000 Collaboration Award and additional honorable mentions are designed to encourage professional women in the arts and media from different specializations to work collaboratively on the creation of a new artistic work.  As the aim of the award is to encourage women to work collaboratively with women of other disciplines, each collaborative team must be comprised of female members of different Coalition associations, unions, guilds and affiliates of The Coalition.  Eligible teams may submit any form of creative collaboration on a new work that had its first public performance within the last two years 2013-2015. A Public Performance can include, but is not limited to a staged reading, gallery show, screenings, concert series, etc.
Submissions will be judged on the basis of artistic excellence, diversity, and clarity.  All topics and subjects will be considered.  Special attention shall be given to those projects which reflect the goals of the Coalition:  to advance women's work and women's issues.
The team that has been selected and the honorable mentions will be invited to be recognized at an awards ceremony in New York in October 2015.  Women outside of New York may send a designee to speak about their project and accept the award.
Teams of two or more women working together on the creative project may apply for the 2015 Collaboration Award.  Applicants must be members in good standing of two different organizations and/or affiliates with The Coalition.  (See organizations below.)
The application is online at www.womenartsmediacoalition.org and can be saved and re-worked there until submitted to us. A pdf of the application may also be accessed there in order to work on a submission offline.

Deadline:  The deadline for the return of completed applications is midnight 11:59 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015.  Award winners will be announced by September, 2015.

Send all inquiries and questions to: collaborationaward@womenartsmediacoalition.org 


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#StageOpps #StageOppsMarch15

and WomenArts presents
 
#StageOpps
#StageOppsFeb15
Submission opportunities for women in theatre.


*Opportunities in red are for selected populations.
**Opportunities starred and in red are for women only.


February’s Special Opportunity


The Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF) Deadline Extension Plus Discount!
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The Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF) is currently gathering projects for its sixteenth season. The MITF is the third-largest theatre festival in New York City. It also has the biggest ratio of paid, professional staff to participants. It's a comfortable place to preview your work, whether you're new to producing or have commercial ambitions. (Last year 4 MITF alumni shows were playing Off-Broadway simultaneously!) And our Midtown location can't be beat for access to industry and general theatregoers!
There's no application fee. If your project is accepted, there's a participation fee of $600 ($999 for Equity showcases) for full-length plays and musicals. In exchange for your participation fee, the Festival offers a unique array of benefits unmatched by any other theatre festival in NYC:
• Twenty hours FREE rehearsal time, plus severely discounted additional time
• FREE showcase insurance
• FREE external storage (availability permitting)
• FREE marketing consultation, with E-mail followup
• No side letter with Equity, so no hidden costs
• COMPS for all festival participants to each others' shows
• Five production photos taken by our publicity staff


In addition to full-length plays and musicals, opportunities exist in our Commercial Division (for productions with commercial ambitions), the Short Subjects division (for shows of 60 minutes or less), the Short Play Lab (2 programs of 10-minute plays), Cabaret MITF (our well-received cabaret series), and the new Next Generation Program (an outreach to recruit, nurture, and showcase work by students from colleges and acting schools). Questions? Please visit our website www.midtownfestival.org for in-depth information about script submission and production guidelines. More questions? Reach out to us at midtownfestival@gmail.com.




Extended deadline for #StageOpps Readers: March 13, 2015
Once accepted, receive a **10% discount on the participation fee!


Email submissionoppscode@gmail.com for submission instructions to receive the extension and discount!


Project Submissions
13th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival (July 6-19, 2015; New York, NY) - All Out Arts is now accepting submissions for the 13th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival, New York City’s grassroots, multidisciplinary international festival of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer arts and culture.  A cornucopia of various forms of artistic expression, the festival will occur July 6-19 at The Wild Project in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Thanks to the generosity of New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and others, there are no submission fees for early applicants, and no performance fees are required. The Fresh Fruit Festival’s goal is to present the whole spectrum of LGBTQ lives as expressed through Performance Art, Dance, Theatre, Video, Film, Spoken Word, Graphic Arts, Music & various other forms of artistic expression. Submissions in all artistic disciplines & lengths are considered for presentation as long as they highlight or showcase a spectrum of the LGBTQ experience, and are finished, self-produced shows. The Festival provides AEA-approved performance venues & insurance, marketing & publicity assistance, ticketing services, professional theater staff (logistics manager; a light or sound technician; front of house), repertory lighting plot & sound system, networking events & more! Deadline: March 22, 2015 ($25 Late Fee)


Thespis Theatre Festival (New York, NY) - All Genres of shows are welcome. If your show has already had a run (in theaters or in other festivals) you can still participate, but only with a completely new cast and crew. Click here for how to submit: thespisnytheaterfestival.com. Festival runs from June 15 thru August 31, 2015. Non-Union and AEA shows accepted. No fees required to submit your play. This is a long festival (12 weeks) that allows all shows: Prime performance times, amazing awards, the opportunity for all festivals cast and crew members to attend every show in the festival for free, special professional guidance for playwrights staging their first show to help them make their performance a success, answers to all questions in a matter of hours and most often by the festival’s founders, and knowledgable staff, including a professional lighting and sound system to add color, depth and unexpected elements to each scene, a free tutorial on how to use the light/sound/projections system and expert technical guidance on how to paint the mood of your play. You’ll get a five-hour tech rehearsal just before your first performance instead of being rushed within a tech time that is merely double your show’s run time, free box office management/venue handling during performances, storage for your props and set pieces during the length of your run, free use of props and set pieces owned by the theater (an incredible collection- not just chairs and rehearsal blocks, but real furniture), saving you transportation time and money, and an extremely low participation fee. For more info, and to submit, visit http://thespisnytheaterfestival.com/thespis-theater-festival-venus-adonis/. Deadline June 1, 2015


Elevator Music 2: Performative or Installation Proposals Vintage Elevator Installation @ Gallery Aferro 2nd Floor (Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ) - Musicians, poets, artists and performers are invited to submit proposals for public presentation usage of a lovingly refurbished, decommissioned vintage elevator on permanent installation at Gallery Aferro. The elevator is 45” deep, 53” wide, 83.5” tall, and has been repainted with historically appropriate green color scheme inclusive of the original deco motifs in gold and yellow. There is lighting and a working scissor gate. All of the original brass controls have been restored. It has been appraised by an elevator expert as being a very early Otis model based on single digit model number, and dates from Newark’s era of ornate retail environments. The scale and siting of the elevator means that proposals could be for intimate audiences of as few as 1-3 people at a time, or for amplified performances shared with a larger audience via live-streaming, projections, or other means. Proposals may incorporate usage of our main gallery, located one floor down from the elevator site. The elevator space is dynamic, small, and intimate. It lends itself to innovative and experimental types of performance or presenting and we are open to any type of content within the space. All the submission fees from these proposals will be used exclusively to support Gallery Aferro’s Community Based Recording Studio as part of our expansion. Submit via email to: submit@aferro.org Subject line: “Last Name, First Name – Elevator” (Example: Smith, Jane – Elevator) * Please send submissions as attachments (i.e. .doc, .pdf, etc) Every submission\proposal must include: 1) CV\resume 2) Artist Statement 3) Brief statement about the specific work you propose to be part of the publication. 4) Work Samples: up to10 – 1 MB jpegs or mpegs or clearly labeled youtube or vimeo links 5) $10 USD fee per submission, via paypal here. If you truly cannot afford this fee please contact Evonne Davis for a waiver at edavis@aferro.org. We do not believe in artist gouging and ask for this small donation only as part of our overall, diversified activities to support our nonprofit programs. We offer a discount of $5 to members of the Visual Arts Center of NJ, Center For Contemporary Art, Bedminster, and Arts Guild of NJ. Please clearly indicate which organization you belong to in your materials. To pay using the discount, please use this link here. Please include the title, medium, size, edition, price, or any other relevant information for each piece. Do not refer us to your website without ALL the other required material. Deadline: March 15, 2015 @ 5pm EST
Solo Show Performance Proposals (Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ) - Artists who would like to have a solo exhibition during Spring 2016 are invited to submit bodies of work for consideration. Artist’s who have never had a solo show before are especially encouraged to apply. Selected artists will receive a solo exhibition in Gallery Aferro’s main gallery, a 2,147 sq ft space with street-view windows and high ceilings. Artists working in any media worldwide are eligible to apply. Please consider how your proposal will utilize the entire space, including the street-view platform, which is 10×30 feet. The exhibition includes a humble stipend, opening and closing reception promoted and hosted by Gallery Aferro, and a printing of 5000 post cards for the show. Proposal fees help support artist stipends. Applicants are encouraged to stop by the gallery during gallery hours to look at the space. Feel free to email us with questions or other information you may need from us. If the art requires any technology or special hardware, please let us know what you will provide and\or what you want the gallery to provide. Whatever technology you can provide will greatly help. How To Submit: Submit via email to: submit@aferro.org. Subject line: “Last Name, First Name – Solo” (Example: Smith, Jane – Solo) * Please send submissions as attachments (i.e. .doc, .pdf, etc). Every submission\proposal must include: 1) A CV\resume 2) Artist Statement 3) Brief statement about the specific work you propose to show with us. 4) Work Samples: Up to 10 – 1 MB jpegs or mpegs or clearly labeled youtube/vimeo links 5) $10 USD fee per submission, via paypal here. If you truly cannot afford this fee please contact Evonne Davis for a waiver at edavis@aferro.org. We do not believe in artist gouging and ask for this small donation only as part of our overall, diversified activities to support our nonprofit programs. We offer a discount of $5 to members of the Visual Arts Center of NJ, Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, and The Arts Guild of New Jersey. Please clearly indicate which organization you belong to in your materials. To pay using the discount, please use this link here. Please include the title, medium, size, edition, price, or any other relevant information for each piece. Do not refer us to your website without ALL the other required material. Deadline: March 15, 2015 @ 5pm EST
Script Submissions
Playfest – Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays at Orlando Shakespeare Theater (Orlando, FL) – Seeking new full-length plays that speak to the human condition in our fascinating and complicated contemporary world. They are interested in plays exploring important, challenging, and crucial social issues that affect our lives today; comedies and dramas welcome. Plays with 6 actors or fewer preferred, and they are interested in one-person shows. 7 new works will be presented as readings, and one or more may go on to be developed in a workshop or full production. Playwrights receive a stipend, travel and housing expenses. Plays must not have received more than 2 professional AEA productions, must not have received a Broadway or Off-Broadway production or an Orlando production in current form, and must not be published. Submit cover letter, bio, one-page synopsis, ten pages of dialogue from the play, character breakdown, and author name and contact info on the cover letter. Do not submit full script unless requested. NOTE: No electronic submissions. NO FEE. Mark Routhier, Associate Director of New Play Development, PlayFest – The Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, 812 East Rollins St., Ste. 100, Orlando, FL 32803,http://www.orlandoshakes.org/plays-events/playfest/submit.html. Deadline: March 2, 2015


Neil Simon Festival New Play Contest (Cedar City, UT) – Seeking full-length (80-120 minutes) character-driven American comedies. Musicals accepted; plays should not be overtly political. Plays must be original and may not have been professionally produced. Up to 3 scripts will be selected for a staged reading during the festival, and may be considered for full production in a future season. Winning playwrights will be invited to be part of the staged reading process; a stipend to offset lodging and travel costs will be offered. Submit online, through website. FEE: $25 (no critique); $55 (with critique). Neil Simon Festival, New Play Contest, PO Box 83, Cedar City, UT 84721, newplays@simonfest.org, http://www.simonfest.org/new-play-contest.html. Deadline: March 15, 2015


Gulfport Community Players Script Submissions (Gulfport, FL) - The Gulfport Community Players (Gulfport, Florida) are seeking original one-act plays. Plays selected will be performed during the 15th Annual Summer One-Acts Festival being held July 9-19, 2015. Playwrights are encouraged to submit family-friendly, 5-20 minute plays. Plays should be submitted between February 1 and March 15, 2015. The Players prefer light-hearted comedies and light drama. Scripts must be simple to stage and produce. To enter the competition, send two non-returnable hard copies of the script to: Gulfport Community Players, 1619 49th Street S, Gulfport, FL 33707. Online submissions WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. The play reading committee will select between 8 and 10 plays. Playwrights will be notified by the end of April. For additional information and submission guidelines, please visitwww.GulfportCommunityPlayers.org/one-act-play-contest. For answers to specific questions, please email gulfportplayers@yahoo.com. Deadline: March 15, 2015


**Echo Theatre’s Big Shout Out** (Dallas, TX) – An International New Play Contest Giving Voice to Women Playwrights – Women playwrights writing in English are invited to submit one play. Scripts that demand to be performed in a theatrical environment are favoured. There are no limits on cast size or subject matter. For more info: www.echotheatre.org. Deadline: March 15, 2015


The 3rd Annual Collective 10 Minute Play Fest (New York, NY) - The Collective NY seeks submissions for the third annual Collective:10. Original 10-minute plays will be selected to premiere in a fully produced Fall run at a prominent Manhattan venue and published in The Collective:10 Play Anthology Vol. 3. Plays should engage truthful and behavior-driven storytelling. For more information on The Collective's mission visit: www.thecollective-ny.org. The Collective:10, with its inaugural production in October 2013 followed by the second annual production in 2014, had sold out runs at The McGinn Cazale Theatre and Teatro Círculo theater, respectively and included guest directors such as Elizabeth Kemp, Jacqueline Knapp, Ellen Burstyn, Susan Aston, Greg Naughton, Cassandra Freeman and Eddie Kaye Thomas. Both volumes of the anthology launched with capacity events at the renowned Drama Book Shop in New York City and continue to be bestsellers at the store. The anthologies are also sold worldwide on Amazon. TO REGISTER:  There is a $10 registration fee per submission. Simply go to the registration page, complete the form and make your payment. (If you plan to submit more than one play, you must register each play separately, and receive an unique order number.) An order confirmation email will be sent to you with details for submitting your play. Visit http://www.thecollective-ny.org/3rd-annual-collective10/ to apply. Deadline: March 17, 2015


Sky Blue Theatre International Playwriting Competition (Cambridge, England) – Seeking original plays with a running time between 10-30 minutes from playwrights of all nationalities. Plays must be written in English. Plays must be submitted using a pseudonym. Submit script as a word document by e-mail attachment with title of play in subject line; include a synopsis of no more than 50 words and an entry form (available on website). FEE: £15. Email: anne@skybluetheatre.com, and visit http://skybluetheatre.com/newplays.php to apply. Deadline: March 30, 2015


Theatre Conspiracy Annual Play Contest (Ft. Meyers, FL) - Theatre Conspiracy 10091 McGregor Blvd., Ft. Myers, FL 33919. $700 plus full production. Entry Fee waived for Dramatists Guild members! E-mail: tcnewplaycontest@gmail.com. Complete submission guidelines are available at www.theatreconspiracy.org.
Deadline: March 30, 2015.


McKinney Repertory Theatre New Play Competition (2014-2015 Season, McKinney, TX) – Seeking original, full-length, unproduced and unpublished scripts for eventual full production. No adaptations, translations, musicals, or children’s plays. Plays with casts of eight or fewer preferred. One submission per playwright. NOTE: Electronic submissions only; must be in PDF format and include an entry form (available on website). NO FEE. Email info@McKinneyRep.org, visit http://www.mckinneyrep.org. Deadline: March 31, 2015


The Puzzle Theatre Festival (New York, NY) - The Puzzle Theatre Festival is in its Fifth year and is currently seeking 10-minute plays!  Selected plays will receive staged readings or full productions during the festival week of Monday, June 15 - Sunday, June 21, 2015. Each piece will be assigned a director and cast with professional actors in the NYC area. We look forward to reading your work! If you are interested in submitting your 10-minute play for The Puzzle, download the application located at www.marblechurch.org under the “Connect” tab, which will lead you to The Puzzle page. 1. Mail the application with your 10-minute play to: The Puzzle Theatre Festival, Marble Collegiate Church, 1 West 29th Street, New York, NY  10001. 2. Limit one play per playwright. Deadline: March 31, 2015.


The Arts & Letters Prizes Competition - For each of the four major genres (Seeking original, unpublished one-act plays in English for the Drama Prize), we offer the winner a $1,000 prize. Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Nonfiction winners are published in our Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 issue. The prize-winning one-act play is produced at the Georgia College campus (usually in March.) Our prizes are made possible through the following generous endowments: Dr. Barry Darugar, and Bahram and Fari Atefat. The entry fee is $20. Visit http://artsandletters.gcsu.edu/submit/annual-prize-contest/ to submit online. Deadline: March 31, 2015
No Holds Bard Playwright Competition (Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia) - North Shore Players is accepting submissions from Atlantic Canadian playwrights of Shakespeare-related scripts for its No Holds Bard Playwriting Competition. Scripts must be unproduced and unpublished. For more info: www.theatrens.ca/no-holds-bard-playwright-competition. Deadline: March 31, 2015
Theatre Southwest Festival of Originals (Houston, TX) – Seeking 20-minutes plays in any genre or style on any subject. 5 plays will be chosen and given full productions with 5 different directors and casts. Entries must be unpublished and have more than one character. Selected playwrights will each receive $100. Submit script with numbered pages and full contact information, character breakdown, and one-paragraph summary. Note: Plays must be submitted through the mail. Theatre Southwest, 8944 Clarkcrest, Houston, TX 77063, Attn: Festival Submissions, http://www.theatresouthwest.org/foorules.html. Deadline: April 1, 2015
The Wildfire National Playwriting Competition (Calgary, Alberta)  – The Major Matt Mason Collective in association with Sage Theatre is looking for playwrights 30 years of age or under to submit fresh, young scripts that embrace risk, grit and evocation. The winning script(s) selected by our jury will receive a cash prize and a one week development workshop culminating in a performance at the IGNITE! Festival in Calgary, Alberta (as well as full or partial reimbursement for travel). For more info: http://mmmtheatrecollective.com/wildfire. Deadline: April 12, 2015 @ 11:59pm
Pittsburgh New Works Festival (Pittsburgh, PA) – The Pittsburgh New Works Festival (PNWF) is now accepting one-act plays that have never before been produced. Twelve one-act plays will be selected to be performed as mainstage productions for the festival’s 25th season, which begins in September; an additional six will be selected for staged readings, to be performed the last two Sundays of August. Each of the 12 playwrights whose plays are selected for mainstage production will receive a $50 honorarium. The playwright who receives the most votes for Outstanding Contribution by a Playwright in the balloting for the Donna Awards will receive $500, to be awarded at the Gala in October.  All playwrights will receive brief comments from at least two readers.  For more information, please contact us at info@pittsburghnewworks.org or call 412-944-2NEW (2639). Visit http://www.pittsburghnewworks.org/play-submission/ to submit. Deadline: April 5, 2015
Fusion’s THE SEVEN (Albuquerque, NM) - THE SEVEN, Fusion’s 10th annual short works festival, is one of the nation's premiere short works festivals.  It features seven fully produced world-premieres, utilizing seven different directors and a professional ensemble cast.  The scripts are read by a jury of theatre professionals (blindly, without any identification of the playwright) and the seven highest scoring scripts will be produced.  The overall Jury Award-winner will receive transportation to and lodging at the festival.  Scripts must be based on the theme:  "UNFINISHED BUSINESS".  All theatrical genres are acceptable (drama, comedy, musical, monologues, etc.). For more complete guidelines, and to apply, visit http://fusionabq.instantencore.com/web/page.aspx?title=The+Seven. Deadline: April 8, 2015 postmarked for snail mail, April 12, 2015 for digital submissions


West Coast Players One Act Festival (Clearwater, FL) – Seeking one-act plays under 15 minutes in any style or genre. Plays must be original, require minimal set, props, and costumes, 6 characters or less, and must not have been recently performed in the Clearwater area. Submit single copy of script, typed in standard format. Playwrights may submit up to three plays. NOTE: Only electronic submissions. FEE: $5. Questions to 2015oneactproducer@gmail.com, visit http://wp.wcplayers.org/one-acts-festival-2015/ to submit. Deadline: April 11, 2015


Luna Stage Theatre Company – Seeking script submissions from writers who are currently represented by a theatrical agent, hold an MFA in Playwriting, or are currently enrolled in an MFA Playwriting program.  Those who do not meet this criteria may also submit scripts only if it is accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the Artistic Director or Literary Manager of an Equity theatre.  You can also apply if your permanent residence is in the state of New Jersey.  No email submissions!  NO FEE.  All Submissions mailed to:  Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ 07052  Email inquiries about submissions: submissions@lunastage.org, http://lunastage.org/submit-your-script.php.Deadline: April 15, 2015


Weathervane Playhouse Fifth Annual 8x10 TheatreFest (Akron, OH) - Weathervane Playhouse in Akron, OH is seeking Ten Minute Plays for inclusion in its Fifth Annual TheatreFest on July 10, 11, 12, 2015. Each of the eight Finalists will receive a full production of his/her play(s), complimentary tickets to the Festival, and is guaranteed a cash award of at least $50. The top three, as voted by the audience, will receive: First Place: $350 Second Place: $250 Third Place: $150. There is a $10 administrative fee per playwright. Playwrights may submit two entries for this fee. 1. Maximum running time is ten minutes and no one-person plays, musicals, or children’s plays 2. Play must include the use of the hand mirror 3. Previously unproduced/performed 4. No more than three characters 5. The submitting author is the sole owner of the copyright of the script. For more submission details visit http://www.weathervaneplayhouse.com/8x10TheatreFest. Deadline: May 15, 2015 @ 5pm


The Relentless Award (NYC) - The Relentless Award, established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman and his pursuit of truth in the theater, is the largest annual cash prize in American theater awarded to a playwright in recognition of a new play. What we are looking for: Plays that are challenging, Plays that exhibit fearlessness, Plays that are not mainstream, Plays that exude passion, Plays that are relentlessly truthful The American Playwriting Foundation encourages submissions by first time playwrights, women and playwrights of color. The author of the Relentless Award-winning play will receive $45,000. The winning playwright will have the option to have the winning play published by the Dramatists Play Service. The winning playwright will have a week-long residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm, an artist residency program housed on a working organic farm in Brewster, New York. The author can elect to have a director, a dramaturg and actors join him or her while in residence on the farm. The selected play will have a national roll-out through the Ed Vassallo Relentless Reading Series, established to help bring to life and develop the winning play by presenting a series of staged readings at some of the top theaters across the United States. When the winning play is selected, three runners-up will also be named. For guidelines and to submit, visit http://www.americanplaywritingfoundation.org/the-relentless-award.html. Deadline: July 10, 2015


Berkshire Theatre Group (Pittsfield, MA) - Berkshire Theatre Group accepts submissions of plays, musicals, translations, and adaptations. All submissions are considered for productions at BTG and for development opportunities. Playwrights must submit their work either through established agents or by first sending a letter of inquiry, accompanied by a brief synopsis, cast breakdown, a ten-page dialogue sample, and a résumé. These materials will be reviewed and BTG will contact playwrights regarding its interest in reading a full manuscript. Berkshire Theatre Group will not read unsolicited manuscripts. Visit http://www.berkshiretheatregroup.org/about/employment/script-submissions for guidelines and to apply. Rolling Admissions


Thespian Production (New York, NY) – Seeking 10-15 minute plays in any genre with simple sets and a maximum of 4 characters. Submit script with title page containing full author contact information, a synopsis, setting, and character breakdown. They are also seeking one-act and full-length Gospel plays. NOTE: Electronic submissions only. NO FEE. Thespian Production, submissions@thespianproduction.com, www.thespianproduction.com Next Deadline: Ongoing


Saving Endangered Species International Playwriting Prize (International) - SES Prize is seeking 10-minute plays about endangered species. Chose one or more species as listed from CITES, the World Wildlife Fund, or other organizations that list endangered species. 8-10 plays will be chosen for a Staged Reading at a California theatre, with an award of $100usd. The audiences’ “ticket” will be a donation to a specified non-profit Wildlife Conservancy. Plays may be comedic, dramatic or for young audiences (performed by adult actors). No adaptations or musicals. Max. 4 actors. Plays must be in English, or have been translated into English. Previously produced plays are accepted, published plays are not. NO ENTRY FEE. Applications now open


The Script Co. Open Submissions - Our catalogue of scripts opens doors for young writers eager to see their work realized; for experienced writers who have years of works filed away forgotten but still just as powerful; This catalogue is where anyone can submit their work. As a composite of writers with a multiplicity of viewpoints, richness of experience, and hopeful perspectives on life, The Script Co actively promotes YOU, the writer. The Script Co. then connects your works with theaters all around the world. Yes, globally! For those who wish to submit scripts: All scripts should be original works or adaptations whose original source material is currently in public domain. We accept submissions in all categories and are seeking both seasoned professionals and new playwrights. This includes musicals, non-musicals, skits, one acts, dramas, comedy, etc. Scripts will be thoroughly reviewed on a case by case basis to ensure quality control and that they meet the criteria set forth in the following:  family friendly content with clearly defined and developed plot, character arcs, voice, stage direction and attention to the limits/creative expressions of staging a theatrical production. All script submissions are the property of each specific writer and will not be used or disseminated in part or in full without the author’s express consent and upon the signing of a distribution agreement. If your script is not admitted into our script catalogue at this time, it will not prevent you from making changes and re-submitting for consideration. As a common courtesy, please make sure that your scripts are fully edited before submission.  Excessive spelling and grammar errors may result in your work being summarily dismissed from consideration. Visit http://www.thescriptco.com/submit-script/ to submit. Applications now open.


**Lady Plays Podcast** (NYC and everywhere!) - Lady Plays Podcast, a monthly podcast dramatizing new plays by women, is accepting submissions for future podcast episodes. Each episode will consist of a "staged" reading of the play and an optional interview with the playwright. Plays that will easily translate to a "radio" medium and that feature 5 characters or less will take priority at first as the podcast logistics get settled. Plays of all length and style will be considered, writers may submit more than one script. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, and can be emailed to ladyplayspodcast@gmail.com. Rolling submissions.


Applause Theatre & Cinema Books Seeking Monologues and Ten Minute Plays - Applause Theatre & Cinema Books is looking for material for the following three books, edited by Lawrence Harbison: One on One: Contemporary Monologues for Kids Ages 7-15, Duo! The Best Scenes for Kids Ages 7-15, and 25 10-Minute Plays for Kids. 1. Monologues/scenes from plays (which don’t necessarily have to have been produced) but will consider material written for these books 2. Monologues should be two to three minutes long and scenes should be three to five minutes long 3. For the ten minute play book, the characters should be in the same age range as the monologue/scene books 4. For the monologues, include a descriptive blurb containing name/age of character, to whom he/she is speaking and the dramatic context and for scenes, include a descriptive blurb containing name/ages of characters and the dramatic context. Monologues/scenes/10-minute plays may be sent to Lawrence Harbison at LHarbison1@nyc.rr.com. Deadline: April 1, 2015.


3rd Annual New Works Competition (Playhouse on the Square, Memphia, TN) - Playhouse on the Square, now in its 45th Season, is accepting scripts for the 3rd AnnualNewWorks@TheWorks Competition. A panel of local directors, actors, and designers will review all submitted scripts and select six to receive staged readings during the 2015-16 season. After the six readings have been presented, Playhouse on the Square will select two that will receive full productions during the 2016-17 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. There is a $15 submission fee. Members of the Dramatists Guild need only pay $10. Only check and money order will be accepted. 1. The submission must be written in the English language, must be an original, full-length play or musical that is unpublished 2. The submission must begin with a title page that includes the work's name and the playwright's name, address, telephone number, and email. This should also include a character list and scene breakdown if applicable. NOTE* If submitting a musical please include a score and demo 3. Submissions that have been previously produced or published will not be accepted 4. The manuscript must be easy to read. It must be typed in no less that 12-point type and page numbered 5. The cast for the play or musical must be limited to no more than ten 6. The script may have more than one author. Also, the playwright(s) may include a brief biography, but it is not necessary. Each playwright is limited to one submission per year. There will be no revisions accepted once a script has been submitted. Revised plays that have been previously submitted to the competition may be submitted again. Please send the manuscript to Playhouse on the Square, New Works Competition, 66 S. Cooper, Memphis, TN 38104. For questions, contact Director of New Works Jordan Nichols at jordan@playhouseonthesquare.org. For more submission details visit www.playhouseonthesquare.org. Deadline: May 30, 2015.


**Canadian Women in the Literary Arts Call for Essays** - Seeking any topic pertaining to the literary arts, by Canadian female writers of any genre. Accepted essays will be published on the CWILA website and receive a $150 honorarium. Submissions should include a bio (50 words) and either the complete essay or a short description (250 words) of the proposed work, all in PDF format. Visit www.cwila.com/wordpress/call–for–essays for more information. Submission is ongoing.  


Onstage
The Shakespeare Theatre Company Acting Fellows (Washington, DC) - Seeking actors interested in working a fellowship with The Shakespeare Theatre Company (2012 Regional Theatre Tony Award Winner), performing in their full 2015-16 Season. Artistic director states: "Acting Fellows compose the non-Equity ensemble for most or all of the mainstage plays (at both the Lansburgh Theatre and Sidney Harman Hall), serve as understudies, and receive training in text, voice, speech, Alexander Technique, and stage combat. Acting fellows also have the opportunity to accrue EMC points. Acting fellows are selected from yearly auditions in New York and Washington, D.C. (as well as its partnership with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival). The Acting Fellowship is geared toward early-career actors with at least a bachelor's degree or similar training in theater." 2015-2016 season includes: "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (Ethan McSweeny, dir.); "Salome" (Yael Farber, dir.); "Kiss Me, Kate" (Alan Paul, dir.); "The Critic and The Real Inspector Hound" (Michael Kahn, dir.); "Othello" (Ron Daniels, dir.); "1984" (Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, dirs.); and "The Taming of the Shrew" (Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, dir.). 2015-16 Season runs in Washington, D.C. Pays: $150/wk. stipend plus rent-free, fully-furnished housing. end headshot and resume to STC Acting Fellowships, 516 8th St. SE, Washington, D.C. 20003 by Apr. 1. For more information, visit www.ShakespeareTheatre.org. Deadline: April 1, 2015


“Stars and Strikes,” A Musical Revue (NYC & Cooperstown, NY) - Casting "Stars and Strikes," a musical revue. "Stars & Strikes" is a new musical comedy revue that will debut at the Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame. This fun filled and inspiring ode to America’s greatest sport will feature baseball themed songs and sketches celebrating America’s favorite pastime. It may even feature a guest appearance or two by some of baseball’s elite. Show is 80 minutes in length including one intermission. Rehearsals begin on or about June 1 in NYC; tech begins on or about June 27 in Cooperstown, NY; performances begin on or around July 4 in Cooperstown, NY. Note: There may be a break between NYC rehearsals and the start of rehearsals in Cooperstown.
 Pays $400/wk. (rehearsals) and $650/wk. (performances) for up to 18 shows per week. Additional shows prorated. $40/day per diem provided in Cooperstown, NY. Transportation or transportation allowance to and from Cooperstown will be provided. Local Housing in Cooperstown, NY will be provided. The chaperone for the child actor will be provided hoteling with the child, transportation to/from Cooperstown, $40 per diem for him/herself and a salary of $450 per week.Prepare 16 bars of a contemporary musical theatre and/or pop ballad that shows range, plus 16 bars of an up-tempo song that shows personality. Note: Especially seeking performers of diverse ethnicities for all roles. To sign up for the open call visit https://joydewingcasting.doodle.com/zi3g82wux8tpsayq. No unofficial list will be accepted. If you are unable to sign up for a time slot online, we will see alternates (time permitting). Walk in to sign up with the monitor on the alternate list day of. Auditions will be held March 5, 2015 in NYC.


Backstage
Irish Repertory Theatre Technical Director (Full Time) (Sub) (Off Broadway) - DATES: April 4th, 2015 – July 7th, 2015. PAY: Commensurate with experience. The Irish Repertory Theatre is looking for a highly self-motivated individual with a well-rounded skill set. Some minimum requirements are: Basic to intermediate carpentry and electrical skills. Basic knowledge of ETC expression series consoles is preferred.
Valid driver’s license. Basic backstage working experience. JOB DESCRIPTION: Work with the staff Technical Director, Producing Director and General Manager in coordinating all aspects of the technical process for our upcoming production of BELLE OF BELFAST. See listing at Offstage Jobs (http://offstagejobs.com/jobdetail.php) for more information. IF INTERESTED PLEASE SEND COVER LETTER, RESUME AND REFERENCES ASAP TO: Joshua J. Allen, Technical Director, Irish Repertory Theatre, josh@irishrep.org. Now Seeking.


The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Scenic Charge Artist - The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is seeking applicants for the position of Scenic Charge Artist for our upcoming 2015 season. Applicants must have an extensive knowledge of scenic painting techniques and surface treatments including carving, texturing, ageing, and distressing. Scenic Charge is responsible for all paint and scenic treatments, supervising additional staff of professionals and interns, maintaining the safety, order, and cleanliness of all paint areas, and instructing stage management and running crew in the proper care and maintenance of finished surfaces. Must be willing to work some nights and evenings. Future design opportunities for qualified candidates. Ideal candidate is a self-motivated, safety conscious, team player with at least 2 years relevant professional experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Qualified candidates should submit cover letter, resume, portfolio and 3 references on-line at www.shakespearenj.org/AboutUs/work.html. Please address your cover letter to Steven Beckel, Director of Production and Facilities. No phone calls, please. EOE. Now seeking.


Reel Jobs NYC (NYC) - Reel Jobs List is a free job listing, which is limited to job opportunities in the film, television and theatre industries. It is published by the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting each Monday.  It can be downloaded in PDF format or picked up at our offices at 1697 Broadway in New York City between 9am and 5pm weekdays.  In the case of a public holiday falling on a Monday, the listing will be available on Tuesday. The Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting (MOFTB) accepts job listings by email only, which must be submitted using this email form.  The weekly deadline for filing new announcements is Thursday at 12/noon for the following week's Reel Jobs NYC.  Your free listing will run for one week.  If you would like the listing to run longer, please re-submit your listing for each week that you would like it to run.  The MOFTB is not responsible for changes in listings not reported to us.  The MOFTB reserves the right to edit and/or modify submitted listings, and has final approval for all listings. PDF format here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/film/html/jobs_training/reel_jobs_list.shtml.

Lecture and/or Workshop Proposals: Open Submission (Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ) - Do you know how to do something and want to share your knowledge with an engaged community? Do you know something you can lecture about that is educational and exciting? Gallery Aferro is looking to add education programs to accommodate all types of learning and educational engagement for all ages. If you would like to host a workshop at the gallery please submit a proposal to us! The content of the workshops can be varied. The target audience can be anyone. We believe in lifelong learning and sharing ideas. The workshop can simply be an educational lecture or a complicated, interactive, hands on project that concludes with the participants creating some kind of object. Or it can be anything in between. We are interested in working with motivated people that want to share knowledge and skills and we’re so excited to be expanding the types of learning that are available to our public. How To Submit: Submit via email to: submit@aferro.org. Subject line: “Last Name, First Name – Workshop” (Example: Smith, Jane – Workshop) * Please send submissions as attachments (i.e. .doc, .pdf, etc). Every submission\proposal must include: 1) A CV\resume of Teacher and/or Organizer 2) Statement About Topic of Workshop 3) Statement About Target Audience and a Rough Agenda of the Class 4) Work/curriculum Samples: Up to 10 low res images with title info, word docs, excel spreadsheets. Any information pertinent to the educational program. 5) $10 USD fee per submission, via paypal here. If you truly cannot afford this fee please contact Evonne Davis for a waiver at edavis@aferro.org. We do not believe in artist gouging and ask for this small donation only as part of our overall, diversified activities to support our nonprofit programs. We offer a discount of $5 to members of the Visual Arts Center of NJ, Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster,  and The Arts Guild of NJ. Please clearly indicate which organization you belong to in your materials. To pay using the discount, please use this link here. Deadline: March 15, 2015 @ 5pm
Curatorial Proposals: Main Gallery –or- ACTIVATE: Market Street (Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ) - http://www.aferro.org & http://www.activatemarketstreet.org. The Main Gallery at Gallery Aferro is a large space that gives exhibitors access to an engaged and diverse community. Part of building community is collaborating with motivated cultural contributors. We like working with people that have vision and our space lends itself to the realization of that vision. The artwork on display should be as engaging, exciting, and diverse as the community. ACTIVATE: Market Street exhibition spaces are large and can be seen 24/7 by the public walking down Market Street. This gives a special opportunity to exhibit bright and eye catching work. Applicants are encouraged to stop by the gallery during gallery hours to look at the space. Feel free to email us with questions or other information you may need from us. Proposals may be for exhibitions that have been mounted previously/will travel, but please keep in mind that content seen recently in the Newark, NJ area does not offer our audience new experiences. We expect a hands-on approach at the gallery. The curator is expected to be in NYC/NJ area to make arrangements with the artists prior to the installation week. The curator is expected to be at the gallery throughout the full week of installation and the curator and artists involved in the exhibition are responsible for installation of the artwork. The curator should communicate to all artists when invited to participate that they are responsible for delivering their work to the gallery, installing and de-installing their work. How To Submit: Curators should submit the listed items below via email to: submit@aferro.org. Subject line: “Last Name, First Name – Curator” (Example: Smith, Jane – Curator) * Please send submissions as attachments (i.e. .doc, .pdf, etc). 1) A curatorial statement with a description of the proposed exhibition and an explanation of your idea. Please clearly state whether you are referencing the ACTIVATE: Market Street window spaces or an exhibition in the Main Gallery at 73 Market Street. Minimum length 400 words, maximum 1500 words. 2) Work samples, short narrative biographies, and if available, website links, for each proposed artist. Up to 10 – 1 MB jpegs or mpegs or clearly labeled youtube/vimeo links. If new work will be created for the exhibition, send images of their past work. (Please include the title, medium, size, edition, price, or any other relevant information for each piece) 3) Curator’s CV/resume. Examples of past curated shows including images and press if reviewed. Curator’s statement about these past exhibitions and curatorial philosophy/approach in general. 4) There is a $10 USD fee per submission, via paypal on here. If you truly cannot afford this fee please contact Evonne Davis for a waiver at edavis@aferro.org. We do not believe in artist gouging and ask for this small donation only as part of our overall, diversified activities to support our nonprofit programs. We offer a discount of $5 to members of the Visual Arts Center of NJ, Center For Contemporary Art, Bedminster, and Arts Guild of NJ. Please clearly indicate which organization you belong to in your materials. To pay using the discount, please use this link here. Do not refer us to your website without ALL the other required material. We will review the listed material first, without it we will not visit your site. Details about equipment that Gallery Aferro is able to provide will be discussed after the initial proposal has been reviewed and accepted. It will be the artist’s responsibility to install and maintain any equipment that belongs to the artist. Deadline: March 15, 2015 @ 5pm
Reviewers Wanted - *Pressing Matters Publishing,*  manager of two online review sites, is looking for reviewers and article writers for immediate openings. *Positions paid* (compensation ranges from travel expenses covered to a small stipend per review - depending on the client) plus comp tickets to all productions. Send CV to Natasha Dawsen, editor, at natasha.pressingmatters@gmail.com.
Call for Papers: Feminism & Curatorial Strategy (October 21-24, 2015, Southeast College Art Conference, Pittsburgh, PA) - https://secac.memberclicks.net/conference. Feminism & Curatorial Strategy: Feminist art research has been investigating art history theory and recorded significant women and other marginalized artists since the 1970s. Feminist activists continue to recognize the underrepresentation of artists who are women and minorities in collections, art sales and exhibitions in museums and gallery representation nationwide. As the statistics continue to wane for women and minorities in the arts, feminism is re-emerging as a key critical strategy in art practice, theory and curating. This discussion seeks to address how institutions small and large choose to or resist integrating feminism into their curatorial/exhibition strategies directly through mission statements and collection plans, or less overtly through organization, display and interpretation. This panel calls on scholars working across historical, modern and contemporary art exhibition curatorial strategies who are informed by a feminist perspective. We are looking to identify ways curators are using feminism to inform their methodology whether in the installation, promotion, and/or didactics of exhibitions in large institutions and smaller galleries; and how this is developing feminist and art history discourse in the twenty-first century. Session chair: Sally Deskins, West Virginia University. Contact: sbdeskins@mix.wvu.edu. Deadline: April 20, 2015


Funding
TCG’s On the Road & In the Lab & On the Stage Global Connections Grants - Global Connections supports geographically unrestricted travel to foster international collaborations between US-based artists and their colleagues around the world. The program offers funding in three different categories: On the Road travel grants of up to $5,000 each, In the Lab project development grants of $10,000 each and On the Stage touring grants between $10,000 and $15,000 each. To apply, visit http://www.tcg.org/grants/global_connections/globalcon_guidelines.cfm. Choose the correct Online Application Form based on applicant type (individual Theatre Professional or Organization) and the Global Connections Initiative. Deadline March 11, 2015 at noon EST


Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation ArtsCONNECT Program – Provides support for non-profit and government consortia to present high quality live performing arts shows to audiences in the mid-Atlantic region. Presenting consortia must include at least three presenting organizations from at least two mid-Atlantic states (Delaware, Washington, D.C., Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). ArtsCONNECT projects must involve professional touring artists in theater, dance, opera, music, jazz, and folk/traditional arts that have been touring for at least two years. Artists must reside out-of-state for a majority of presenters within each consortium. Projects must take place between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. NOTE: Must submit application through website., Contact: Michelle Grove, Program Officer, Performing Arts, michelle@midatlanticarts.org, http://www.midatlanticarts.org/funding/pat_presentation/arts_connect/guidelines.html. Deadline: March 13, 2015


**Asian Women Giving Circle Arts and Activism Grants** – Funds Asian American women-led projects that use the tools of culture, arts and education to raise awareness and catalyze action around critical issues that impact Asian American communities with grants of up to $15,000. Eligible projects will build community and create social justice through programs that combine the arts with activism and highlight and promote women in central leadership and management roles. Projects should identify and address injustice within established social systems, institutions or the broader community, and inspire community members to become active social change agents. Applicants must work within the 5 boroughs of New York City and have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status or a fiscal sponsor with such status. See website for complete guidelines and application, email with questions: hali@asianwomengivingcircle.org, www.asianwomengivingcircle.org. Deadline: March 13, 2015, 5:00 pm EST


Princess Grace Awards – Identifies and assists emerging artists in theatre, playwriting, dance, and choreography. Theatre awards take the form of scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships at non-profit schools and theatres. Playwriting award includes a residency at New Dramatists, Inc. and the opportunity for the winning play to be licensed and published by Samuel French, Inc. Dance performance awards take the form of scholarships and fellowships. Choreography awards take the form of fellowships for collaborations with non-profit dance companies. See website for complete guidelines and to apply. Diana Kemppainen, Program Manager, Princess Grace Foundation-USA, grants@pgfusa.org, http://www.pgfusa.org. Deadline: March 31, 2015 (theatre and playwriting); April 30, 2015 (dance and choreography)


Arts Midwest Touring Fund/Performing Arts Fund Grants (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016) – Supports the inter-state touring of professional performing artists specializing in the fine arts of dance, theatre, music, youth and family entertainment, and other performing arts forms appropriate throughout Arts Midwest’s nine-state region. Grants range between $500-$4,000 and will cover 20% of the artist or ensemble’s contracted fee. Includes public performances and in-depth educational activities that reach audiences that lack access to the performing arts. Open to presenting organizations with government or 501(c)(3) status in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Engagements must feature a professional performing artist from outside the applicant’s state, and must include at least one performance that is open and promoted to the general public, at least one in-depth educational activity, and must reach an underserved audience. NOTE: Application is now completely online. Email: performingartsfund@artsmidwest.org, website: http://www.artsmidwest.org/programs/paf/apply. Deadline: March 25, 2015


McKnight Theater Artist Fellowships at the Playwrights’ Center – Grants of $25,000 to theatre artists other than playwrights whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit and potential and whose primary residence is in the state of Minnesota. Selection is based on a commitment to theater arts, evidence of professional achievements, and a sustained level of excellence in the applicant’s work. It is important to declare your intent to apply and inform the Playwrights’ Center where and when your performances take place so that panelists may have ample opportunity to view your work in a live setting. See website for complete guidelines and application. McKnight Theater Artist Fellowships, Amanda Robbins-Butcher, Artistic Programs Administrator, amandar@pwcenter.org, http://www.pwcenter.org/fellows_fellowship.php. Deadline: April 16, 2015


Residencies
Djerassi Resident Artists Program (4-5 week sessions, mid-March-mid-November, Woodside, CA) – Residencies, including living space, studio space, and all meals, for national and international visual artists, composers, choreographers, performance and media artists, and writers. Artists at all stages of their careers, from emerging to established, are encouraged to apply. Collaborative artists must send individual applications and fees, including a separate page describing the collaborative proposal. Artists in residence will share their work in progress during an annual open house. FEE: $45. Visit http://www.djerassi.org/residencies.html for guidelines and to apply. Deadline: March 15, 2015


Byrdcliffe Arts Colony/Woodstock Guild (May-September, 2015, Woodstock, NY) – Residencies of an average of 4 weeks for writers, visual artists, and composers. Residency provides housing and studio. Artist responsible for food, travel, materials, and residency fee ($600/month). Writers under the age of 35 who need financial assistance may apply for a $100 scholarship from the Patterson Fund (see website for more information). Additional fellowships for artists of all ages available based on financial need. FEE: $40. Byrdcliffe Colony/ Woodstock Guild, 34 Tinker St., Woodstock, NY 12498, T: (845) 679-2079, FAX: (845) 679-4529,franne@woodstockguild.org, http://www.woodstockguild.org. Deadline: March 15, 2015


ARTErra Residencias (Tondela, Portugal) – Residency that encourages cross-disciplinary artistic creation in a small rural village in Portugal. Artists may stay from 3 days to 6 months; average stay is 6-8 weeks. Artist responsible for travel, residency fee (budgeted on a case by case basis according to the artist’s needs), and meals (residency provides some fruit, vegetables, eggs and jam from the property; artists have access to fully equipped kitchen); residency provides room, work space, and some materials and tools according to the artists’ needs. NO FEE. ARTErra Residencias, R. Nossa Senhora do Crasto, nº380 Lobão da Bei, Tondela, Portugal 3460-207,arterra.geral@gmail.com, http://www.arterra.weebly.com. Deadline: Ongoing

Hawthornden Castle (Midlothian, Scotland) – International 1-month retreats for creative writers of all types from anywhere in the world to work without disturbance. Residency provides individual room/study in shared house and meals. Artist responsible for travel. Applicants must be published writers. Contact them for application instructions. NO FEE. Hawthornden Castle, Lasswade, Midlothian, EH18 1EG Scotland, United Kingdom, T: +44 131 4402180, FAX: +44 131 440 1989, http://www.transartists.org/air/hawthornden-castle.  Deadline: Ongoing


Ragdale Foundation (June-December, 2014, Lake Forest, IL) – Residencies of either 18 or 25 for visual artists, musicians, writers, dancers, media artists, and choreographers. Organization provides housing, meals, and studio space; artist responsible for residency fee ($35/day), deposit ($100/two weeks), travel and materials. FEE: $40. Ragdale Foundation, 1260 N. Green Bay Rd., Lake Forest, IL 60045, T: (847) 234-1063, FAX: (847) 234-1063,info@ragdale.org, www.ragdale.org. Deadline: May 15, 2015 for 2016 Residencies


Jack Kerouac Writer in Residence Project (Orlando, FL) – Provides four residencies a year to writers of any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world. Each residency consists of approximately a three-month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums. Utilities and a food stipend of $800 are included. NOTE: Electronic applications only. FEE: $25. Visit http://kerouacproject.org or http://www.kerouacproject.org/submissions/ to apply. Deadline: March 31, 2015


Chicago Dramatists Resident Playwright Program (Chicago, IL) – Highly selective program offered to playwrights whose body of work, and theatrical experience have the potential to positively impact the American theatre repertory. Open to emerging or established Chicago-area playwrights (within 100 miles of the Chicago city limits) who wish to develop their skills, plays and careers through Chicago Dramatists’ programs. Open to playwrights with demonstrated artistic and professional accomplishments, including at least some of the following: productions, workshops and readings at professional theatres, film and television productions, and professional playwriting awards, grants, fellowships, and residencies. NO FEE. Visit http://www.chicagodramatists.org/apply-for-residency to apply and for guidelines. Deadline: April 1, 2015


Bogliasco Foundation (Bogliasco, Italy) – Residencies of an average of 32 days for qualified persons engaged in advanced creative work or scholarly research in archaeology, architecture, classics, dance, film/video, history, landscape architecture, literature, music, philosophy, theatre, and visual arts. Residency provides housing, meals, and studios; artist responsible for travel, materials, and any additional living expenses. $30 APPLICATION FEE. Visit http://www.bfny.org/en/apply/requirements to apply. Deadline: April 15, 2015

Banff Literary Arts Self Directed Writing Residency (Banff, Alberta) - The Banff Literary Arts Self Directed Writing Residency is a retreat for writers looking for focus and inspiration. Writers in all genres are invited to apply. Applications are evaluated through an adjudicated process. Minimum residency length is three days. Participants are housed in single rooms which also serve as their private workspaces. For more information: www.banffcentre.ca/programs. Submission is ongoing.

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Submission opportunities for women in film/video.


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February’s Featured Opportunity
WORKERS UNITE FILM FESTIVAL DEADLINE EXTENSION AND DISCOUNT


The Workers Unite Film Festival is a celebration of global labor solidarity in New York City. Films can be submitted in various categories for the festival which will be in May. The film festival is open to both professional filmmakers, students and workers who are focused developing films about the plight of working people. The Festival aims to showcase student and professional films from the United States and around the world which publicize and highlight the struggles, successes and daily lives of all workers in their efforts to unite and organize for better living conditions and social justice. They are seeking Narrative Features, Narrative Shorts, Documentary Features, Documentary Shorts, Films from the frontlines, and screenplays for their Working Lives Screenplay competition. For more information, visit http://www.workersunitefilmfestival.org/ and click on “Submissions Open.” You can submit via Without A Box, Film Freeway, or directly to their PO Box: PO Box 1525, Radio City Station, New York NY 10101-1525, USA. Email info@workersunitefilmfestival.org with any questions.


Deadline for #ScreenOpps readers ONLY: April 1, 2015
Discount: $35 fee to submit ($65 regular)


Email submissionoppscode@gmail.com for submission instructions to receive the extension and discount!


Festivals
Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival (October 22-25, 2015, New York, NY) – The longest-running showcase for international documentaries in the United States, encompassing a broad spectrum of work, from indigenous community media to experimental nonfiction. A selection from the festival will travel to museums, universities, and theaters around the US and abroad after the festival. Submissions must be in English or have English subtitles or voice-over narration. Production must have been completed within the last 3 years (exceptions made for films not yet screened in the US). Seeking documentaries that tackle diverse and challenging subjects and represent a range of issues and perspectives in the following categories: Documentary, Animation (non-fiction), Experimental Non-Fiction, and New Media Non-Fiction. FEE: $10-$35. Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival, Central Park West @ 79th St., New York, NY 10024, T: (212) 769-5305, FAX: (212) 769-5329, meadfest@amnh.org, http://www.amnh.org/mead. Submissions open March 3, 2015


Outfest: The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (July 09-19, 2015, Los Angeles, CA) – Aims to “protect our past, showcase our present and nurture our future by fostering gender, sexuality and LGBTQ culture and its transformative social impact on the world.” Seeking LGBTQ films in the following categories: Narrative Feature (minimum 50 minutes), Narrative Short (maximum 50 minutes), Documentary Feature (minimum 50 minutes), Documentary Short (maximum 50 minutes), Experimental Feature (minimum 50 minutes), and Experimental Short (maximum 50 minutes). FEE: $0-$20. Outfest, outfest@outfest.org, http://www.outfest.org. Deadline: March 9, 2015 (regular), March 16, 2014 (late), March 24, 2014 (extended, via withoutabox.com)


San Francisco Black Film Festival (June 18-21, 2015, San Francisco, CA) – Aims to celebrate African American Cinema and the African Cultural Diaspora by showcasing a diverse collection of films from emerging and established filmmakers that reinforce positive images and dispel negative stereotypes, while providing local, national and international filmmakers a forum for their work to be viewed and discussed. Seeking entries in the following categories: Documentary, Short, Feature, Animation, Student (made by a college student or younger; submit copy of current student ID with submission), Youth 5-12 (for a young audience, grades 5-12), African (films shot in Africa), Music Video, Lesbian/Gay, HIV/AIDS (films of any length about the effect of HIV/AIDS on community, family, etc.). FEE: $40-45. San Francisco Black Film Festival, PO Box 15490, San Francisco, CA 94115, T: (415) 400-4602, sfbff@sfbff.org, http://www.sfbff.org. Deadline: February 15, 2014 (early), April 15, 2014 (regular), May 1, 2015 (late)


**Bluestocking Film Series** (Spring, 2015, Portland, ME) – Seeking short films (30 minutes or shorter) that pass the Bechdel Test for Women in Movies (film must include 2 or more female characters with names who talk to each other about something other than a man). FEE: $20-45. Bluestocking Film Series, Gitgo Productions, 161 Fort Rd., South Portland, Maine 04106, http://www.bluestockingfilms.com/submit-your-film/. Deadline: March 31, 2015 (regular), May 1, 2015 (late), May 22, 2015 (extended, via withoutabox.com)


Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (October 8-18, 2015, Seattle, WA) – Seeks to strengthen, connect, and reflect diverse communities through queer film and media. Seeking entries by, for, and about LGBT people in the following categories: Narrative Feature, Documentary Features (longer than 40 minutes), and Short (under 40 minutes). FEE: $0-$20. Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, 1122 E. Pike St., #1313, Seattle, WA 98122, T: (206) 323-4274, FAX: (206) 323-4275, info@threedollarbillcinema.org, http://www.threedollarbillcinema.org/programs/SLGFF. Deadline: March 2, 2015 (early), June 1, 2015 (regular), June 22, 2015 (late)


Palm Springs International ShortFest (June 16-22, 2015, Palm Springs, CA) - Now seeking submissions. Visit http://www.psfilmfest.org/participate/submission/ for guidelines and to submit. Films are invited to screen on a “rolling” basis, so there is no set frame time in which you could hear back from the festival. For questions regarding film submissions, please contact the festival office: 1 (760) 322-2930. Deadline: March 9, 2015 (Regular), April 1, 2015 (Late)


Encounters 21st Short Film & Animation Festival (September 15-20, 2015, Bristol, UK) - Encounters Festival is the UK’s leading short film and animation festival. The festival discovers, supports and develops new talent in filmmaking, providing a platform and meeting place for emerging and established filmmakers from around the world. Encounters Festival presents one of the world’s leading International Competitions for short film and animation, and is also a gateway to the world’s most prestigious awards: The Oscars®, BAFTAs, European Film Awards and Cartoon d’Or. • Submissions are open to short films from every genre including animation, documentary, drama, experimental or artist film.• Films must have been completed after 1st January 2014.• Films must be no longer than 30 minutes including credits.• Encounters Festival does not require any premiere status.• If the original language of dialogue in the film is not English, the preview and screening copy must be subtitled in English.• All films must be available in 35mm print, DCP or Pro-Res file for screening at the festival. Visit http://encounters-festival.org.uk/call-to-submit/ to submit. Deadline: March 31, 2015 (for films completed in 2014), June 5, 2015 (for films completed in 2015)


Society for Visual Anthropology SVA Ethnographic Film Festival (November 18-22, 2015, Chicago, IL) – Ethnographic media is defined broadly as works created as the result of ethnographic fieldwork or those which use, are informed by, or illustrate the principles of anthropological theory or methods. Festival gives independent filmmakers as well as distributors broad access to a market of several thousand anthropologists and educators. Seeking ethnographic videos and films in the following categories: Ultra-Short (under 5 minutes; cell-phone and you-tube style videos permitted and encouraged; up to 3 ultra-shorts may be submitted with one entry fee), Short (30 minutes or under), Feature (30-120 minutes), and Interactive Media and Audio/Photo Essay (interactive media includes websites, interactive CD-ROMs / DVD-ROMs / Blu-Ray disks, hyperlinked documents, active or annotated media, etc.; audio and photo essays includes audio-only essays, still photographs, photo and audio essays, soundscapes, and other media). FEE: $10-$70. Society for Visual Anthropology SVA Ethnographic Film Festival, Attn: Dr. Harjant S. Gill, Anthropology, Towson University, 8000 York Rd., Towson, MD 21252, T: (410) 704-5166, svafilmfestival@gmail.com, http://societyforvisualanthropology.org/. Deadline: March 15, 2015 (early), April 15, 2015 (regular), May 15, 2015 (late)


**St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival** (October 20-24, 2015, St., John’s, NL, Canada) – Aims to support and encourage women filmmakers and increase the exposure of their works. Seeking films written, produced, and/or directed by women in the following categories: Drama (including Comedy), Documentary, Animation, and Experimental. FEE: $10-$50 CAD. St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, PO Box 984, Station C, St. John’s, NL A1C 5M3, Canada, T: (709) 689-0296, info@womensfilmfestival.com, http://www.womensfilmfestival.com. Deadline: March 13, 2015 (early), April 10, 2015 (regular), May 15, 2015 (late), May 22, 2015 (extended, via withoutabox.com)


San Diego Asian Film Festival (November 5-14, 2015, San Diego, CA) – Seeks to showcase the diverse Pan Asian experience through the media arts. Seeking work by Asian and non-Asian artists that explores the Pan Asian experience in the following categories: Short Animation, Short Documentary, Feature Documentary, Narrative Short, and Narrative Feature. FEE: $25-$60. San Diego Asian Film Festival, 2508 Historic Decatur Rd., Ste. 140, San Diego, CA 92106, T: (619) 400-5911, FAX: (619) 342-2695, info@sdaff.org, http://www.pac-arts.org/. Deadline: March 30, 2015 (early), May 25, 2015 (regular), June 8, 2015 (late), June 15, 2015 (extended, via withoutabox.com - Feature Films), June 17, 2015 (extended, via withoutabox.com - Short Films)


Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (November 12-22, 2014, Philadelphia, PA) – Seeking films by, starring, and/or about Asian Americans in the following categories: Short (under 40 minutes), Narrative Feature (40 minutes or over), and Documentary Feature (40 minutes or over). FEE: $15-$40. Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, Attn: Rob Buscher, 1010 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19107, T: (203) 449-6140, rob@phillyasianfilmfest.org, www.phillyasianfilmfest.org. Deadline: April 15, 2015 (early), June 1, 2015 (regular), July 5, 2015 (late)


Open City Documentary Festival (London, UK) - Open City Documentary Festival creates an open space in London to nurture and champion the art of creative documentary and non-fiction filmmakers. The festival takes place over six days in venues across London and the programme offers a chance to see the best in contemporary, international documentary as well as filmmaker Q&As, industry panels, workshops, live music, networking and parties. 5th edition of Open City Docs Fest will take place on 16-21 June 2015. OCDF accepts documentary films of all lengths and subject matter, originating from anywhere in the world. For 2015 edition, all entries must be completed after 1 January 2014. All film entries must be in English or contain English subtitles. Only completed entries (Entry Form, Preview Screener, Payment) will be processed and considered for screening.
 Visit http://www.opencitydocsfest.com/submissions to apply and for more information. Deadline: March 2nd, 2015 (late)


AFI DOCS Documentary Festival (June 18-22, 2014, Silver Spring, MD) – Honors the creativity and passion of independent, non-fiction filmmakers and the power of the moving image to alter our perspective and expand our world-view. Seeking Feature (41 minutes or longer) and Short (40 minutes or shorter) documentaries that demonstrate a bold commitment to subject matter, excellence in cinematic craft, and innovation in storytelling. FEE: $30-$70. Silverdocs, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20910, T: (301) 495-6720, FAX: (301) 495-6798, info@silverdocs.com, http://www.SILVERDOCS.com. Deadline: March 2, 2015 (late)


Seattle International Film Festival (May 14-June 7, 2015, Seattle, WA) – Bringing people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world at the largest film festival in the U.S. Seeking entries in the following categories: Feature (31 minutes or longer), Short (30 minutes or shorter), Documentary Feature (31 minutes or longer), Documentary Short (under 30 minutes), FutureWave (made by youth age 18 or younger at time of submission; under 10 minutes; submit proof of age with submission). FEE: $15-$115. Seattle International Film Festival, 305 Harrison St., Seattle, WA 98109, T: (206) 464-5830, FAX: (206) 264-7919, info@siff.net, http://www.siff.net. Deadline: March 2, 2015 (extended, via withoutabox.com)


Eureka Springs Indie Film Fest (Eureka Springs, AK) - The Eureka Springs Indie Film Fest promotes and encourages independent filmmakers of all ages. We’re looking for independent films that inspire, enlighten and entertain. We have a special focus on women in film, young filmmakers, and digital productions (particularly shorts) shot on mobile devices. Primary categories: Documentary, Cause-related documentary, art film, drama, animation, comedy. Shorts (5-40minutes) and feature length (40-120+minutes). We have special awards for Young Filmmakers, Innovative Women in Film, and Shot on Mobile. Eureka Springs has been a popular film location for years, but we've never had a film fest. The 2014 Indie Film Fest is the first, and it was a great success. The three day film fest has evolved into screenings, workshops, 'first looks', and lots of networking opportunities. This year, the festival expands regionally and state-wide. Visit http://www.esfilmfest.org/ for more info and for application guidelines. Deadline: March 10, 2015 (late)


**Bentonville Film Festival** (Los Angeles, CA) - Festival Dates May 5th through May 9th 2015. The BFF is a one of a kind annual event, co-founded and chaired by Geena Davis, which will champion women and diversity in all aspects of film making. With engaged film industry leadership and major corporate sponsors, the Festival is positioned to deliver commercially viable solutions and initiatives to positively support film making and distribution in support of our mission. The mission of the Festival is to be a positive and proactive influence in filmmaking to ensure that the American entertainment industry represent the national audience and the growing diversity of the population of the United States. As a research based and action oriented organization, the Festival’s main objective is to provide a platform to significantly increase the commercial value of content produced with our mission in mind. The inaugural Festival will be held in Bentonville, Arkansas in May 2015 and continue with a calendar of national events to support its mission. The Festival will seek to provide ongoing turnkey mass distribution opportunities for women and minority owned production companies and independent content creators. To submit, visit http://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/submissions/. Deadline: March 15, 2015 (late)


TIFF Next Wave Jump Cuts Young Filmmakers Showcase (Toronto, Ontario) - TIFF Next Wave Jump Cuts Young Filmmakers Showcase is open to young filmmakers in grades 9 – 12. All submissions must be accompanied by a completed TIFF Next Wave Jump Cuts Young Filmmakers Showcase submission form, which must be signed/approved by a responsible parent or guardian. Submission forms (online and PDF) are available on the official TIFF Next Wave Film Festival website (http://tiff.net/festivals/nextwave15/jumpcuts15) and by email request (jumpcuts@tiff.net). Entrants must be residents of Ontario. Individual and group or school projects will be considered. (Adult participation is limited to a supervisory or actor role). Films must have been completed after January 1, 2014. Films submitted to TIFF Next Wave Jump Cuts Young Filmmakers Showcase must be original and not be copied from others. We encourage you to use original music, and not to include in your film any copyrighted film or television clips, or shots of branded products or company logos. If your film is selected as a finalist, and contains music, clips or brands that do not belong to you, TIFF Next Wave Film Festival may require you to obtain consent to use the music, clips or brands as a condition of screening your film. All of the minors appearing in your film must have the consent of their parent or guardian to participate and appear. If your film is selected as a finalist, TIFF Next Wave Film Festival may require a responsible adult to sign a document confirming, among other things, that your film is original (or that you have obtained any consents necessary to use the work of others) and that all minors appearing in the film have the consent of their parent or guardian to participate and appear. Films which depict graphic or gratuitous violence, verbal abuse or content that attacks or demeans a group based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, and sexual orientation/gender identity are not acceptable for Jump Cuts and will not be considered for competition. Deadline: March 20, 2015
Slamdance Film Festival (Park City, UT) - The Slamdance Film Festival is dedicated to new filmmakers. We accept films in every genre, on any topic from every country around the world. The festival program is selected from 100% blind submissions and we do not disqualify any films based on premiere status or date of completion. Our mission is to bring attention to the most talented emerging filmmakers, showcasing their work in the media frenzy of festival week in Park City, Utah. This year, filmmakers may submit through Withoutabox or our Alternative Submission Form. Visit http://showcase.slamdance.com/Film-Submissions to apply. Fee: $40-$110. Deadline: July 24, 2015 (Early), September 4, 2015 (Regular), October 8, 2015 (late), October 15, 2015 (Final WOB)
The 52nd New York Film Festival (September 26 - October 12, 2015, NYC, NY) - The New York Film Festival was founded in 1962 and is produced by the Film Society of Lincoln Center which aims to demonstrate the development of international film art and contemporary trends in content, form, and style. The festival is highly competitive with an average of 30 feature films in the Main Slate which are chosen by a Selection Committee of five programmers. A comprehensive short film program is selected by the Short Film Committee. There are no categories and no prizes awarded at NYFF. The Avant-Garde section of NYFF premieres non-narrative, experimental film and video. Work of any length is considered. To apply: http://www.filmlinc.com/nyff2014/pages/nyff52-submissions. Deadline: March 23, 2015 (Early), May 3, 2015 (Regular), June 1, 2015 (late)


The Chicago International Social Change Film Festival (September 25-27, 2015, Chicago, IL) - The Chicago International Social Change Film Festival aims to encourage and support the work of independent filmmakers from all around the world. The filmmaker is able to promote their product as a valuable contribution to the understanding of social change. In other words, the independent film is a tool toward better world understanding of the issues facing society today and how to change them. Accepting submissions for Short Length Films, Feature Length Films and Micro-Films (under 3 minutes). Fee: $25-50. Visit http://www.chicagosocialchange.org/ for more information and to apply.  Deadline: April 1, 2015 (WAB Extended), May 1, 2015 (WAB Deadline 2), June 1, 2015 (WAB Deadline 3)


Hawaii International Film Festival (November 12-22, 2015, Honolulu, HI) - The HIFF 2015 festival will take place at the Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Theaters in Honolulu on Oahu. As the vanguard forum of international cinematic achievement in the Asia-Pacific region, Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) endeavors to recognize new and emerging talent, promote career development and original collaborations through innovative education programs, and facilitate dynamic cultural exchange through the cinema arts. Each year in preparation for the event, HIFF programmers view some 1,000 films and choose an average of 150 features, documentaries and film shorts. Among them are world premieres, North American premieres, U.S. premieres, experimental films, animation and digital works representing social and ethnic issues, and first features by new directors. HIFF also conducts seminars, workshops, special award presentation receptions with top Asian, Pacific and North American filmmakers participating. To submit and for more information, visit http://www.hiff.org/industry/. For inquiries, phone: (808) 792-1577 x7 or email: program@hiff.org or minette@hiff.org. Deadline: May 1, 2015 (Regular), June 1, 2015 (Late), June 5, 2015 (WAB Extended)
Onscreen
Loving Logan - Oceane Photography Productions: Laura Oceane, writer/producer. Casting, "Loving Logan" - A short film about finding love and losing it without ever really "having it." Brie is a vulnerable girl, always fighting her feelings for Logan and trying to move on from a love that never belonged to her. This film will be for reel purposes and will be submitted to film festivals. Rehearses summer 2015, TBD. Filming TBD in Los Angeles. Selected Cast/Crew will be required to promote this short film in the marketing and fund-raising process. IMDB Credit, Copy, pays 100/day, all meals provided. SAG-AFTRA short film contract pending. Non-union actors will be made SAG-Eligible. In your cover photo, please state your availability and include any outside links that showcase your talent. (Can be professional website, IMDB, reel links, etc...) Prefer actors with a social media following. Seeking men and women, ages 19-40, of various ethnicities/race for a variety of roles. Submit via Backstage at http://www.backstage.com/casting/loving-logan-62353/. Submissions Open Now.


Quiet as Kept - A Sharp Productions: Danielle Porter, Producer. Seeking submissions from the Long Beach, CA area. Quiet As Kept is about a woman who has been estranged from her family for 10 years and is forced to go home to face the secrets of her family's past. Production dates are March 20th - 29th with rehearsals scheduled for early March. Producers plan to apply for SAG New Media Contract. Seeking three woman, various roles ages 15-60, various races. Apply via backstage at http://www.backstage.com/casting/quiet-as-kept-61833/. Submissions Open Now.


Offscreen
Untitled Short Film Seeking Crew - Amathis Productions, Mathilde Dehaye, writer-prod.Casting CREW MEMBERS for an untitled short film based on the original play "Snow White and The Beast," winner of the annual Strasberg Works Writing Contest 2014. The film is to be used as a vehicle for the feature film to be shot next winter. Shoots May 2015 in NYC. Pays TBD. Producers plan to apply for a SAG-AFTRA agreement. In your cover letter, write a little bit more about yourself. Note your availability and contact information. To be considered, include links to any relevant work. If considered, producers will get in touch with you to discuss the project further. Apply via http://www.backstage.com/casting/untitled-short-film-62083/.


Reel Jobs NYC (NYC) - Reel Jobs List is a free job listing, which is limited to job opportunities in the film, television and theatre industries. It is published by the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting each Monday.  It can be downloaded in PDF format or picked up at our offices at 1697 Broadway in New York City between 9am and 5pm weekdays.  In the case of a public holiday falling on a Monday, the listing will be available on Tuesday. The Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting (MOFTB) accepts job listings by email only, which must be submitted using this email form.  The weekly deadline for filing new announcements is Thursday at 12/noon for the following week's Reel Jobs NYC.  Your free listing will run for one week.  If you would like the listing to run longer, please re-submit your listing for each week that you would like it to run.  The MOFTB is not responsible for changes in listings not reported to us.  The MOFTB reserves the right to edit and/or modify submitted listings, and has final approval for all listings. PDF format here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/film/html/jobs_training/reel_jobs_list.shtml.


Funding
California Arts Council Artists in Schools Program – Provides funding for residency activities that emphasize long-term, in-depth interaction between professional artists and a group of students, during school or after-school programs. Arts organizations of all disciplines are eligible to apply. Residencies should enable students to understand specific art forms and to develop their creativity; projects must include hands-on participation. Each residency must be locally designed and developed in partnership between an arts organization and school(s). All residencies require matching funds (either by the arts organization or jointly by the arts organization and school). For complete guidelines and application procedures, see website. Contact: Wayne Cook, California Arts Council, Artists in Schools Program, 1300 I St., Ste. 930, Sacramento, CA 95814, T: (916) 322-6344, shelly.gilbride@arts.ca.gov, http://www.cac.ca.gov/programs/ais.php. Deadline: March 20, 2015


Vision Maker Media Public Media Content Fund – Supports video projects with significant Native involvement – particularly projects that profile Native American leaders, activists, and artists – and helps bring the projects to national broadcast on public television. Projects in any phase of production are eligible. Awards for research and development range from $5,000-$20,000; awards for production or completion can be up to $100,000, and new media awards range from $5,000-$20,000. Vision Maker Media does not fully fund programs; applicants must seek additional funding from other sources. See website for complete guidelines and application instructions. Vision Maker Media, 1800 N. 33 St., Lincoln, NE 68503, Contact: Georgiana Lee, glee@netad.uni.edu, http://nativetelecom.org/2014_public_media_content_fund. Deadline: March 18, 2015


Cinestory Fellowship and Awards – Seeking up-and-coming screenwriters for developmental mentorship program. Prizes include cash award, free tuition, room and board at the Cinestory Writers Retreat, 12-month fellowship with 2 Hollywood professionals, and other prizes for first place; cash, mentorship, and other prizes for second and third place. Submit original feature-length screenplay (85-130 pages) in any genre. Your name and contact information must not appear on the title page or in the file. See website for complete guidelines and application instructions. FEE: $35-$80. Cinestory, PO Box 661962, Los Angeles, CA 90066, T: (323) 900-0502, info@cinestory.org, www.cinestory.org. Deadline: February 15, 2015 (late), March 5, 2015 (extended, via withoutabox.com)


Hearst Foundation Grants for Cultural Projects – Supports programs that enrich the lives of young people by engaging them in cultural activities, primarily through arts-in-education programs. Grants are awarded to major institutions and community organizations in the arts and sciences that address the lack of arts programming in pre-K through 12th grade curricula by providing comprehensive, on-site and/or outreach education activities. Considers requests from organizations with operating budgets under $1 million. Submit a brief cover letter, one-page executive summary, and a five-page proposal narrative and attachments. See website for complete guidelines and application procedure. NOTE: Applications by postal mail only. Organizations East of the Mississippi River should send requests to: The Hearst Foundations, 300 West 57th St., 26th Fl, New York, New York 10019-3741, T: (212) 586-5404, FAX: (212) 586-1917; Organizations West of the Mississippi River should send requests to: The Hearst Foundations, 90 New Montgomery St., Ste. 1212, San Francisco, CA 94105, T: (415) 908-4500, FAX: (415) 348-0887, http://www.hearstfdn.org/. Deadline: Ongoing


Princess Grace Awards – Identifies and assists emerging artists in theatre, playwriting, dance, and choreography. Theatre awards take the form of scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships at non-profit schools and theatres. Playwriting award includes a residency at New Dramatists, Inc. and the opportunity for the winning play to be licensed and published by Samuel French, Inc. Dance performance awards take the form of scholarships and fellowships. Choreography awards take the form of fellowships for collaborations with non-profit dance companies. See website for complete guidelines and to apply. Diana Kemppainen, Program Manager, Princess Grace Foundation-USA, grants@pgfusa.org, http://www.pgfusa.org. Deadline: June 1, 2015 (Film)


Residencies
HBOAccess Writing Fellowship (Los Angeles, CA) - HBO has announced the launch of the HBOAccess Writing Fellowship which will begin accepting applications on March 4, 2015. The program will give emerging writers from diverse backgrounds an opportunity to attend a week of master classes held at the HBO campus in Santa Monica, California focusing on character and story development, pitching ideas and projects, securing an agent, and networking. Each participant will then enter into an 8-month writing phase where he/she will be paired with an HBO development executive and guided through the script development process. At the conclusion of the program, HBO will hold a reception and staged reading for industry professionals where the writers will be introduced to the entertainment industry. The HBOAccess Writing Fellowship is open to diverse and female writers 21 and older who must be able to work in the US. Prior to the application, the writer must NOT have been staffed on a network or cable series in excess of 13 episodes and/or had more than one feature film or more than two plays produced. All submissions must be made through the online portal, Without A Box, and will require a resume, a writing sample, a completed release form and a personal essay in 500 words or less explaining how his/her background has influenced his/her storytelling. For more information on eligibility, visit https://www.withoutabox.com/03film/03t_fin/03t_fin_fest_01over.php?festival_id=13830. Listing found here: http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/hbo-seeks-diverse-emerging-writers-for-hboaccess-writing-fellowship-20150225. Applications Open March 4, 2015 and will close as soon as they reach 1,000 entries.
Jack Kerouac Writer in Residence Project (Orlando, FL) – Provides four residencies a year to writers of any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world. Each residency consists of approximately a three-month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums. Utilities and a food stipend of $800 are included. NOTE: Electronic applications only. FEE: $25. Visit http://kerouacproject.org or http://www.kerouacproject.org/submissions/ to apply. Deadline: March 31, 2015
ARTErra Residencias (Tondela, Portugal) – Residency that encourages cross-disciplinary artistic creation in a small rural village in Portugal. Artists may stay from 3 days to 6 months; average stay is 6-8 weeks. Artist responsible for travel, residency fee (budgeted on a case by case basis according to the artist’s needs), and meals (residency provides some fruit, vegetables, eggs and jam from the property; artists have access to fully equipped kitchen); residency provides room, work space, and some materials and tools according to the artists’ needs. NO FEE. ARTErra Residencias, R. Nossa Senhora do Crasto, nº380 Lobão da Bei, Tondela, Portugal 3460-207, arterra.geral@gmail.com, www.arterra.weebly.com. Deadline: Ongoing

Bogliasco Foundation (Bogliasco, Italy) – Residencies of an average of 32 days for qualified persons engaged in advanced creative work or scholarly research in archaeology, architecture, classics, dance, film/video, history, landscape architecture, literature, music, philosophy, theatre, and visual arts. Residency provides housing, meals, and studios; artist responsible for travel, materials, and any additional living expenses. $30 APPLICATION FEE. Visit http://www.bfny.org/en/apply/requirements to apply. Deadline: April 15, 2015

Djerassi Resident Artists Program (4-5 week sessions, mid-March-mid-November, Woodside, CA) – Residencies, including living space, studio space, and all meals, for national and international visual artists, composers, choreographers, performance and media artists, and writers. Artists at all stages of their careers, from emerging to established, are encouraged to apply. Collaborative artists must send individual applications and fees, including a separate page describing the collaborative proposal. Artists in residence will share their work in progress during an annual open house. FEE: $45. Visit http://www.djerassi.org/residencies.html for guidelines and to apply. Deadline: March 15, 2015

Byrdcliffe Arts Colony/Woodstock Guild (May-September, 2015, Woodstock, NY) – Residencies of an average of 4 weeks for writers, visual artists, and composers. Residency provides housing and studio. Artist responsible for food, travel, materials, and residency fee ($600/month). Writers under the age of 35 who need financial assistance may apply for a $100 scholarship from the Patterson Fund (see website for more information). Additional fellowships for artists of all ages available based on financial need. FEE: $40. Byrdcliffe Colony/ Woodstock Guild, 34 Tinker St., Woodstock, NY 12498, T: (845) 679-2079, FAX: (845) 679-4529,franne@woodstockguild.org, http://www.woodstockguild.org. Deadline: March 15, 2015

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WomenArts: SWAN Inspirations from Bulgaria & San Francisco


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Inspiring Idea from Bulgaria:
Create a Group Painting for SWAN Day
Dear Women in the Arts & Media Coalit,

For the past four years Dessi Dimova and the other women of SWAN Festival Bulgaria have found wonderfully creative ways to bring the spirit of Support Women Artists Now Day to their country. Their past SWAN events have included a variety of exhibits, performances, and workshops, including a class where people learned how to make swan designs with the steamed milk in their cappucinos!

If you are looking for a fun SWAN project for visual artists, the Bulgarian women created a great model last year. For SWAN Day 2014 they recruited 8 women artists to create a group painting in the middle of the upscale Bulgaria Mall in Sofia. They decided to create a larger-than-life woman's face that would reflect the theme of diversity.

The final piece (which you can see in more detail on their Facebook page) is created of twelve canvases which are each one foot square. Each artist painted or used collage techniques to create one or two squares, and the composite woman's face has a wonderful variety of textures and racial/ethnic characteristics. The prominent multi-colored eyes suggest the power of women working together and looking hopefully towards the future.

You could do a SWAN group painting anywhere, but it was an inspired touch for the Bulgarian women to create this giant Amazon face in the midst of a busy shopping mall so that the shoppers could have a direct connection with women artists and a woman-centered work. As an added bonus, young women in classic swan ballet costumes passed out refreshments to the shoppers and gave them information about SWAN Day.
At the end of the day, the painters posed with their squares while showing their solidarity with women artists around the world by doing the official SWAN Salute (one hand up to look like a swan's head).   You can see a larger version of the picture below on their Facebook page. Mirella Karadjova has also posted a 12-minute video on YouTube showing the creation of the piece.

Artists from SWAN Festival Bulgaria 2014
Bulgarian women artists show their work at SWAN Day 2014

Asian American Women Create "A Place of Her Own"  
Over the past six months fine artist Cynthia Tom and Trinity Ordona, Ph.D., of City College of San Francisco's Healing for Change Center, have collaborated with the Asian American Women Artists Association and the Asian Women's Shelter to offer A Place of Her Own, a unique arts & healing program for Asian-Pacific American women in social services.

As their program syllabus explains, almost all of the family support and social services in the Asian-Pacific American community are provided by Asian-Pacific American women.  These women service providers are at serious risk of burn-out because of the silencing and submissive cultural behaviors that are “expected” of Asian-Pacific American women.  It is culturally taboo for Asian-Pacific American women to seek help for depression.

Cynthia Tom and Trinity Ordona have designed A Place of Her Own to help women build personal strength and clarity from the inside out by combining meditation techniques with creative art modalities that relieve stress and heal burnout. The participants study the chakras and meditation techniques, participate in discussions, do written exercises, and are asked to create art works in response to the questions “If you had a place of your own, what would it be? What kind of space would fully express your imagination and values?

The exercises help the participants clarify their own aspirations and address individual, family and cultural patterns of dysfunction in a supportive environment. No arts background is required since the art works are usually created from found objects, and skilled artists are on hand to guide any participants who need assistance.  The long term goal of this project is to generate a sense of community and creative space for women to reconnect with themselves, reverse patterns of trauma and make their hopes and dreams visible.
Painting Created At SWAN Festival Bulgaria 2014 
SWAN Day Bulgaria Painting
The painting above consists of 12 squares painted by 8 Bulgarian women artists.

To see a larger image,  click here. To watch a video about the piece, click here.

A Place of Her Own

The art of the Fall 2014 participants in A Place of Her Own (described in the left column) will be shown in an Open House on Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 6 - 9 p.m. at 1890 Bryant Street, 302 Gallery in San Francisco. There will also be a talk by the artists on Saturday, March 21 from 1 - 4 p.m. at the same location. There is a suggested donation of $10 - $25 at the door for both events, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Since 2009, 60 women have participated in A Place of Her Own workshops and their art has been featured in thought-provoking exhibitions at the de Young Museum, Driftwood Salon Gallery and SOMarts Cultural Center. To see samples of the works created for these exhibits, please visit the links for past exhibitions on AAWAA's page about A Place of Her Own.

Art from A Place of Her Own
Everyone Is Invited to Celebrate SWAN Day!
Support Women Artists Now Day/SWAN Day is a grassroots "do it yourself" holiday, and everyone is invited to join us in honoring women's creativity. The official date for the 8th International SWAN Day is Saturday, March 28, 2015, but please feel free to celebrate it any time during March or April that is convenient for you. The spirit of SWAN events is far more important than the exact dates.

There are no fees or application forms required to participate in SWAN Day. If you decide to create a SWAN event or if you are doing any event in March or April featuring women artists, we invite you to create a free listing on our official SWAN Calendar.  

We will be featuring SWAN events in the WomenArts Blog and  newsletters during March and April 2015.  If you want us to write about you, creating a listing in the SWAN Calendar is the best way to let us know about your event.

Did You Get Your Free #StageOpps & #ScreenOpps Newsletters?
Women in Arts and Media Coalition in collaboration with WomenArts and the League of Professional Theatre Women is publishing free newsletters for theatre and film/video artists listing submission opportunities, grants, auditions, residencies and more.  Click the links below or follow the #StageOpps and #ScreenOpps tags on Twitter.  There are links at the bottom of each funding newsletter which will let you sign up to receive them by email.

Theatre Artists - You can see the current issue of #StageOpps (formerly the Theatre Funding News) by clicking here.

Film/Video Artists - You can see the current issue of #ScreenOpps (formerly the Film/Video Funding News) by clicking here.

To Submit a Listing - To submit a listing for the #StageOpps or #ScreenOpps newsletters, please visit the Women in Arts and Media Coalition's Submit a Listing Page


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How to Post Your Event on the SWAN Calendar


Please visit Posting Your SWAN Event to see the posting instructions online.
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How to Post Your Event on the
Support Women Artists Now Calendar 
Dear Women in the Arts & Media Coalit,

March is Support Women Artists Now/SWAN Month, and we hope you will join in the celebration by posting an event on our SWAN Calendar.  
You are welcome to post any kind of arts or educational event that features women artists, including online events.  The idea is to show the world the full power and diversity of women's creativity.

Please Note:  It should be easy to upload your information.  If you can't load your information after a couple of tries, please contact us. The problems are often simple things that we can solve for you. 
Posting Your Event - A Step By Step Guide
1) Go to the SWAN Calendar on our website. You will  always be able to find the calendar from the large button on the center of our home page, or from the SWAN Day drop-down menu at the top of every page at WomenArts.org.
2) Click on the "Post Events" link at the top right of the SWAN Day Calendar page.  This will take you to the online instructions for posting an event.
3) Create Your WomenArts Account - You will need to log into our system in order to post or edit your event.  Click on the "create your account" link in the third paragraph of the instructions. The program will take you to a page where you can create your user name and password.  Please note that your user name and password must both be at least 8 characters long and they can only contain letters and numbers.  They are not case sensitive.
4) Click on the "Add New Event" link - Once you have created your account, you will be taken to a page where you can select a link in the menu at the top of the page that says "Add New Event." This will take you to the page where you can enter your event information.
5) Fill in the event information form that you will see after you click Add New Event.
6) Fill in the spam-checking "ReCaptcha" box at the bottom of the form.  This box will ask you to fill in two words to verify that you are a human and not a spam robot.  If you do not see this box, try using a different browser to fill in the form.  If you still don't see the ReCaptcha box, please contact us for assistance.

7) Click "Create Event" at the bottom of the event information page.  You're done!
Your event will be visible on the calendar as soon as you click "Create Event." If you make a mistake or want to add more information at a later date, you can always log in again, and click the link at the top of the page that says, "Edit Event".  You will be taken back to the form where you entered your event information.
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Swan Reading
SWAN Reading by
Mary Patterson

If you don't have time to organize a SWAN event of your own, but you would like to be a part of someone else's event, browse through the SWAN Calendar in the coming weeks and look for the events that have a red asterisk (*) on the bottom line of the description box. If the event has an asterisk, it means the organizers are looking for volunteers.

Some groups are looking for artists to participate and some are looking for ushers and other help on the day of their event. If you see an event that you would like to be a part of, please use the contact information in the event listing to contact the organizers.

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Uploading Photos - Please upload a photo if you have one.  Note that the photo must be a .jpg or .png file, and that it cannot be larger than 200 KB.  For the best-looking results, crop your photo to a square shape before you upload it.    

Try a Different Browser - If you can't upload your event, try using a different browser to see if that solves the problem.

Check Your Browser's Security Settings - Most people are able to use the SWAN Calendar and WomenArts Network without making any adjustments to their browsers. However, if your browser's security has been set for maximum protection, you may need to make an adjustment to "allow cookies" from WomenArts.org or add us to your list of "trusted sites."

In order to keep track of your entries in our system, our software needs to store a small text file (called a "cookie") on your computer.  If you try to create a SWAN event or a WomenArts Network profile and our system does not let you save your file, it probably means that your computer is not accepting our cookie file. You can usually find information about adjusting these settings by Googling "cookie settings" with the name of your browser (i.e.,  "Internet Explorer cookie settings").

Updating Your WomenArts Network Profile - You can use the same user name and password to create or update your WomenArts Network profile. Just go to the WomenArts Network section of our site, and click on the links at the top of the page that say "My Account" or "Create Profile" and our program will lead you to the form where you can enter your information.
Everyone Is Invited to Celebrate SWAN Day!
Support Women Artists Now Day/SWAN Day is a grassroots "do it yourself" holiday, and everyone is invited to join us in honoring women's creativity. If you need more information about ways to participate, check out our Get Ready for SWAN Day 2015 blog post>>

There are no fees or application forms required to participate in SWAN Day. If you decide to create a SWAN event or if you are doing any event in March or April featuring women artists, we invite you to create a free listing on our official SWAN Calendar.  

We will be featuring SWAN events in the WomenArts Blog and newsletters over the next three months.  If you want us to write about you, creating a listing in the SWAN Calendar is the best way to let us know about your event.


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WomenArts: Get Ready for SWAN Day 2015


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Get Ready for SWAN Day 2015! 
Dear Women in the Arts & Media Coalit,

The Eighth International Support Women Artists Now Day/SWAN Day will be celebrated around the world on Saturday, March 28 and throughout March and April.  This is a grassroots "do it yourself" holiday, and everyone is invited to join us in honoring women's creativity.

There are no fees or application forms required to participate in SWAN Day. If you decide to create a SWAN event or if you are doing any event in March or April featuring women artists, we invite you to create a free listing on our official SWAN Calendar

We will be featuring SWAN events in the WomenArts Blog and  newsletters over the next three months.  If you want us to write about you, creating a listing in the SWAN Calendar is the best way to let us know about your event.
Ways To Participate in SWAN Day
  • Organize Arts Events for SWAN Day -  There have been over 1,200 SWAN Day events in 24 countries in the past 7 years. Join the fun by organizing an event in your community!

    Your event can be a performance, exhibit, rally, parade, workshop, or any other activity that draws attention to women artists or raises money for women artists in your community.  To post your event on our website, please visit our SWAN Calendar and then click on the link labelled “Post Events” at the top right of the SWAN Calendar page.

    We have posted Publicity Tools and Fundraising Tools to help you organize your event, and you can download our official SWAN Day logo.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact us.
  • Host a SWAN Day Party – Gather friends at your house to talk about ways that you might help the women artists in your community.  Invite local artists to speak at the party or use the WomenArts Network to find artists that you would like to support.  If you want to find films written and directed by women to show at your party, you can check out our page of Websites with Helpful Information about Women in Film.
  • Donate to Your Favorite Women Artists – If you love seeing the work of a particular woman artist, send her a check on SWAN Day to help her make more art. If you are having a gathering, ask everyone to contribute some amount of money and then make a group decision about which women artists you want to support.
  • Introduce Students to Women Artists in the US & Elsewhere – If you are a teacher, tell your students about SWAN Day and introduce them to women artists! Use the WomenArts Network, our list of Directories of Women Artists, or other sources to find local women artists you could invite to your classes.
  • Start Wearing SWAN Shirts, Jewelry and Other Items -   Show your support by wearing shirts, jewelry and other items featuring swans.  When anyone asks you, tell them you are wearing swans because you want to see more art reflecting women’s perspectives.  These casual conversations are a great way to make people more aware of the discrimination faced by women artists. We have SWAN shirts, hats, and mugs available in the SWAN Store at: www.cafepress.com/womenarts.
"She's Beautiful When She's Angry"
Women Marching 1970
Women's March 1970
Photo: Diana Davies
Watch the Film's Trailer
WomenArts highly recommends She's Beautiful When She's Angry, a film by Mary Dore and Nancy Kennedy about the birth of the women's liberation movement in the late 1960s.

The film reminds us that in those early days of the National Organization of Women, ladies still wore hats and gloves, abortions were illegal, and lesbians were outcasts.

Through interviews with leading feminists of the period and archival footage, the film chronicles the wide-range of women's liberation activities in the late 1960s - feminists in academia, women’s rock bands and poetry, underground abortion services, lesbian activism, the first edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves, and a variety of other protest actions.

The film features interviews with Kate Millett, Fran Beal, Rita Mae Brown, Karla Jay, Susan Griffin, Alta,  Judith Arcana, members of the Boston Women's Health Collective, and many other feminists of the period.

The film opened in the San Francisco Bay Area this week. Please visit the film's website to find screenings near you or to watch the film's trailer.

Did You Get Your Free #StageOpps & #ScreenOpps Newsletters?
Women in Arts and Media Coalition in collaboration with WomenArts and the League of Professional Theatre Women is publishing free newsletters for theatre and film/video artists listing submission opportunities, grants, auditions, residencies and more.  Click the links below or follow the #StageOpps and #ScreenOpps tags on Twitter.  There are links at the bottom of each funding newsletter which will let you sign up to receive them by email.

Theatre Artists - You can see the current issue of #StageOpps (formerly the Theatre Funding News) by clicking here.

Film/Video Artists - You can see the current issue of #ScreenOpps (formerly the Film/Video Funding News) by clicking here.

To Submit a Listing - To submit a listing for the #StageOpps or #ScreenOpps newsletters, please visit the Women in Arts and Media Coalition's Submit a Listing Page

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#StageOpps #StageOppsFeb15

and WomenArts presents
 
#StageOpps
#StageOppsFeb15
Submission opportunities for women in theatre.
(previously known as Theatre Funding Newsletter)


*Opportunities in red are for selected populations.
**Opportunities starred and in red are for women only.


February’s Special Opportunity
**Women in the Arts & Media Coalition: Collaboration Award Committee Feedback**


If you apply by February 28, 2015, feedback from the committee will be offered to readers of the #StageOpps newsletter only. Please email specialoppscode@gmail.com to retrieve this month's #StageOpps code!


The launch date for the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition’s 2015 Collaboration Award recognizing Women Working with Women is February 2, 2015. The award is designed to encourage women in the arts and media from different specializations to work collaboratively on the creation of a new artistic work. The aim of the award is to encourage women to work collaboratively with women of other disciplines. Teams of two or more women from two or more Coalition member organizations working together on a creative project may apply for the 2015 Collaboration Award on The Coalition website at www.womenartsmediacoalition.org.


Deadline for Special Opp submissions is February 28 at 11:59 pm.
Final deadline for all submissions is 11:59pm Thursday April 30th.


Project Submissions
Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival (August 3-9, 2015; New York, NY) - Attention playwrights! The time has come to unpack your short plays and get them ready to submit to the 40th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival. We are now accepting submissions! Playwrights (not published with Samuel French Inc. or any other major theatrical publisher) are welcome to submit up to 3 plays, each running 10-30 minutes in length. There is a $10 submission fee per play. Application requires the sign off of you as producer, or your own separate producer, who will produce the play to participate in the festival. To apply and for further guidelines: http://oob.samuelfrench.com/. Deadline: February 14th, 2015, 11:59pm E.S.T.


13th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival (July 6-19, 2015; New York, NY) - All Out Arts is now accepting submissions for the 13th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival, New York City’s grassroots, multidisciplinary international festival of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer arts and culture.  A cornucopia of various forms of artistic expression, the festival will occur July 6-19 at The Wild Project in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Thanks to the generosity of New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and others, there are no submission fees for early applicants, and no performance fees are required. The Fresh Fruit Festival’s goal is to present the whole spectrum of LGBTQ lives as expressed through Performance Art, Dance, Theatre, Video, Film, Spoken Word, Graphic Arts, Music & various other forms of artistic expression. Submissions in all artistic disciplines & lengths are considered for presentation as long as they highlight or showcase a spectrum of the LGBTQ experience, and are finished, self-produced shows. The Festival provides AEA-approved performance venues & insurance, marketing & publicity assistance, ticketing services, professional theater staff (logistics manager; a light or sound technician; front of house), repertory lighting plot & sound system, networking events & more! Deadline: February 22, 2015 (No Fee), March 22, 2015 ($25 Late Fee)
Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s Spring One Act Play Festival (March 18 - April 11, 2015; New York, NY) Seeking fully produced one act plays (cast, directed and ready to perform) 7 minutes to 20 minutes in length for MRTʼs SPRING ONE ACT PLAY COMPETITION 2015 at Manhattan Rep, 303 W.42nd St. NYC. FIRST PRIZE for BEST PLAY: $1000 EACH PLAY WILL BE GIVEN A MINIMUM OF FOUR PERFORMANCES, (And an additional 3 performances if the play goes on to the FINALS - April 9, 10 and 11.) We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights.To submit your one act play production please email: The complete play,a synopsis of the play,the character breakdown,the running time of the play,the set and lighting requirements, the playʼs production history (if it has been produced before and where) your mailing address,and a creative team leader contact email address to:manhattanrep@yahoo.com by FRIDAY FEB 20, 2015 at Midnight. Please put “Spring One Act Competition” in the subject heading. We will contact you within a week as to your acceptance.Plays that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis.The earlier you submit the better chances you have of being accepted for we may end submissions before February 20, 2015,  if we fill up all available performance slots. There is no submission fee.  NON-EQUITY ONLY.Each play will be given a MINIMUM of FOUR performances, with 3 more performances if the play moves on to the finals. Once accepted, there will be a $150.00 participation fee. There will be NO additional security fees or Manhattan Repertory Theatre based production fees. Deadline: February 20, 2015
Thespis Theatre Festival (New York, NY) - All Genres of shows are welcome. If your show has already had a run (in theaters or in other festivals) you can still participate, but only with a completely new cast and crew. Click here for how to submit: thespisnytheaterfestival.com. Festival runs from June 15 thru August 31, 2015. Non-Union and AEA shows accepted. No fees required to submit your play. This is a long festival (12 weeks) that allows all shows: Prime performance times, amazing awards, the opportunity for all festivals cast and crew members to attend every show in the festival for free, special professional guidance for playwrights staging their first show to help them make their performance a success, answers to all questions in a matter of hours and most often by the festival’s founders, and knowledgable staff, including a professional lighting and sound system to add color, depth and unexpected elements to each scene, a free tutorial on how to use the light/sound/projections system and expert technical guidance on how to paint the mood of your play. You’ll get a five-hour tech rehearsal just before your first performance instead of being rushed within a tech time that is merely double your show’s run time, free box office management/venue handling during performances, storage for your props and set pieces during the length of your run, free use of props and set pieces owned by the theater (an incredible collection- not just chairs and rehearsal blocks, but real furniture), saving you transportation time and money, and an extremely low participation fee. For more info, and to submit, visit http://thespisnytheaterfestival.com/thespis-theater-festival-venus-adonis/. Deadline June 1, 2015
Script Submissions Duct Tape & A Dream Festival - Roots & Wings Theatrical is currently seeking script submissions and proposals for our eighth installment of Duct Tape & A Dream, our annual festival to present fully-staged workshop performances of new works by emerging artists. Submissions can be short or full length, movement & choreography pieces, mixed media, solo storytelling, music, or anything you dream up... even visual pieces we can hang in the lobby!  This is a workshop festival focused on developing the selected works and promoting collaboration between artists, so when applying please keep in mind minimally/easily constructed sets made for a festival setting. Our festival typically takes place in a 60-seat black box with a 36' x 22' foot performance area -- something to consider when submitting movement projects. Please send application and all submission materials to Literary Associate, Bradley Troll at bradley@rawtheatrical.org. Visit http://www.ducttapeandadream.org/submissions/ for more information. Deadline February 2, 2015 @ 5PM EST
The King's Head Theatre’s 2015 Adrian Pagan Award (London, UK) - This year the award is open to anyone who has not been professionally produced more than once. We are looking for a good story, well told, that communicates bold ideas, is relevant to our times, and engages in some way with the live nature of theatre. The winning writer’s script will be produced at the King’s Head Theatre. For details on how to submit, please download their Guidelines document and follow the instructions found within. Please also complete an Equal Opportunities Monitoring form (found on their website) and submit it with your script. Please note that we can only accept one script per writer. All queries should be directed to apaward@kingsheadtheatre.com International applicants are welcome, but should be aware that we are unable to cover any expenses incurred for travel and accommodation should an international applicant be the eventual winner. To apply: http://www.kingsheadtheatre.com/adrian-pagan.html. Deadline: February 2, 2015 @ 10AM G.M.T.
Adaptive Arts Theater Company Monologue Competition (New York, NY) - As part of our ongoing efforts to bring awareness to stories and voices missing from the stage, we are seeking pieces for our newest performance night entitled: I Don’t Belong Here: Theatrical Snapshots from Self-Proclaimed Outsiders. These “theatrical snapshots” are open to interpretation, we want to hear from you!  Send us a monologue, a story, a short scene, a song...anything that you think showcases the voice of an “outsider.” Please email your piece to Marielle Duke and Matilde Keizer at adaptivearts@gmail.com. We will notify playwrights by February 15th. Visit http://www.adaptiveartstheater.org/educational-programs.html for more information about Adaptive Arts. Deadline February 9, 2015


Tron Theatre’s The Progressive Playwright Series (Glasgow, Scotland) - The Progressive Playwright returns returns with readings of plays from up-and-coming playwrights.  Each evening, extracts from six plays will be read, with the night culminating in the audience voting for the play that they would like to hear an extended version of at the following event. This event has the theme of DESIRE, with scripts directed by Jordan Blackwood. The audience will also have a chance to hear a fuller version of December's wining script, Confession by Chris Donald alongside scripts from: Molly Ziegler - Getting it (Back), Daniel Cameron - The Anniversary, Jenni Cumming - Security, George Docherty - The Angel and The Manse. The themes for this rest of the season’s events are: PREJUDICE directed by Allie Butler (5 Mar, Submission deadline: 12 Feb), SURVIVAL directed by Lissa Lorenzo (23 Apr, Submission deadline: 2 Apr), BETRAYAL directed by Andy Arnold (28 May, Submission deadline: 7 May). For more information or script submissions, contact progressive@tron.co.uk. Visit http://www.tron.co.uk/event/the-progressive-playwright-46/ for more info. Deadline: February 12, 2015 for the first series
Durango Arts Center 10 Minute Play Festival (Durango, CO) - Every year Durango Arts Center Theatre hosts a three-part 10-Minute Play series with a contest from August through February where DAC accepts 10-Play submissions from playwrights–emerging and professional. A staged reading of the Top Five Finalists takes place in the spring followed by the plays debuting in a full production for the 10-Minute Play Festival in the fall.Only original plays, never before produced, are eligible. • Each play should require two to four characters and minimal props and costumes. • The play, exclusive of title and cast pages, may be no more than ten pages. Script submissions should include the following: • An optional cover letter • TWO COPIES OF THE PLAY • $10 entry fee (check addressed to Durango Arts Center). The top contest entries will be presented as staged readings at The Durango Arts Center in Durango, CO in May 2015. The Judges will select the top five entries and the winner of the Grand Prize Award ($500). Audience members will select their favorite 10-Minute Play for a People’s Choice Award of $100. The Grand Prize winning play and selected others will be performed at the Durango Arts Center as part of the 10-Minute Play Festival in Octoberl. Visit http://durangoarts.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/10MinuteContest_CallforEntries1.pdf to apply. Deadline: February 13, 2015
Theatre Oxford 10 Minute Play Contest – Winner receives the L.W. Thomas Award of $1,000 and production of winning 10-minute play. Plays must be original and unproduced and may not exceed 10 pages. Plays should have 2-4 characters and minimal set and costume requirements. Submit 2 copies of play, optional cover letter, title page with author name and full contact information (do not put name and contact info anywhere else on script), and character breakdown. Staple or paper clip script; no binders or folders. Multiple submissions accepted; each submission requires an entry fee. FEE: $10. Theatre Oxford – 10 Minute Play Contest, PO Box 1394, Oxford, MS 38655, http://www.10minuteplays.com/. Deadline: February 15, 2015
Caryl Crane Youth Theatre’s Ronald M. Ruble New Play Festival (Huron, OH) - Each year Caryl Crane Youth Theatre hosts a national playwriting festival, showcasing new plays and musicals suitable for young adults and children. A national search is currently looking for the best and most promising unproduced theatrical works relevant to youth today. The weekend long festival held at the beginning of May each year, consists of three to five staged readings of previously unseen theatrical works and will take place in the McBride Auditorium on the BGSU Firelands campus in Huron, Ohio. A winning work will be chosen through committee/audience/participant voting and the author(s) will receive a $500 cash prize as well as the option of a 3-week workshop of their production during the following CCYT season. There is no submission fee for all plays received before January 15, 2015.  A $10 reader’s fee must be included with all works submitted after January 15, 2014, to be eligible for the CCYT Ronald M. Ruble New Play Festival and the $500 award. Visit http://www.firelands.bgsu.edu/arts/caryl-crane-youth-theatre/involved.html for guidelines and to apply. Deadline: February 16, 2015
**Babes With Blades Script Development Submissions** (Chicago, IL) - The winning script will be produced as part of Babes With Blades’ 2016-17 Season, and the winning playwright will receive a $1000 cash prize. U.S. and International submissions accepted. Submission REQUIREMENTS – The author must observe and adhere to the submission requirements: 1. Only FULL LENGTH submissions will be accepted: 75 – 120 minutes (at least 60 pages) in length. DO NOT send incomplete submissions, excerpts or a synopsis. 2. The moment depicted in the inspirational image must be dramatized/incorporated in the play. 3. Both all-female and mixed-gender casts will be considered, but women must be in most/all of the primary roles and women must be featured in most/all of the combat. 4. All submissions must be new, original works, inspired by the topic of the contest. Previously written, workshopped, published or performed submissions will not be considered. Please do not insert the contest image into an existing script. Please Consider: 1. Fights are a big part of what we do, so their inclusion in scripts is important as long as they serve the story and the characters 2. We typically perform in black box theatres on limited budgets. Preference will be given to scripts that require fewer than 12 actors and uncomplicated/limited scenery. Less is more. 3. Please take a few moments to peruse our website to familiarize yourself with the mission and direction of our company, our acting ensemble, and our past shows. Electronic submissions only to Morgan Manasa: email to swordandpen@babeswithblades.org. For questions, email swordandpen@babeswithblades.org. Visit http://babeswithblades.org/?page_id=2707 to apply. Deadline: February 27, 2015
Giant Cherry Productions LGBT Playwriting Contest (London, UK) - Giant Cherry Productions are pleased to announce the launch of their new annual LGBT Playwriting Contest! The premise is simple: we are on the lookout for the next great gay play with LGBT characters, stories or themes. Three scripts will be selected as finalists and then performed as staged readings in London in Autumn 2015. Of these three finalists, one overall winner will be chosen and have their play produced by Giant Cherry Productions as a full theatrical production in Spring 2016. The three finalists will receive the following: 1) Promotion of themselves and their plays on the Giant Cherry Productions website and our social media channels as well as to our network of theatre professionals and industry contacts. 2) An invitation to attend castings for their play, attend table reads, workshops and rehearsals. 3) Having their play performed as a staged reading to an invited industry audience as part of a three night showcase in London in Autumn 2015. THE WINNER will receive all of the above as well as having their winning play produced by Giant Cherry Productions for a full theatrical run in London in Spring 2016. We are looking for plays that fit in with Giant Cherry's manifesto of staging exciting, compelling new LGBT works. They can make us laugh, make us cry, they can be controversial, they can push the envelope. We believe that LGBT theatre should be about taking risks, challenging audiences' perceptions and provoking their thoughts and imaginations. The three finalists will be announced on 31st March 2015. Visit http://www.giantcherryproductions.com/giant-cherries-writing-contest.html to apply. Deadline: February 28, 2015


Lunchbox Theatre’s Suncor Energy Stage One Festival (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) -  Each year, with the generous support of Suncor, Lunchbox Theatre is able to workshop scripts through the Suncor Energy Stage One Festival. All chosen playwrights receive dramaturgical support, a workshop with a professional director and actors and either a closed or public reading, depending on the stage development. Lunchbox Theatre is currently inviting playwrights to submit one-act plays for consideration. All plays must eventually run approximately 50 minutes. Submissions are not limited to comedies and musicals but content should be suitable for Lunchbox Theatre audiences – excessive use of foul language or nudity may limit the possibility of production. Anyone is allowed to apply. All applications should include: Playwright’s resume, History of any development the script has received thus far, Premise of the play, Plot outline for the basic structure of the play, Minimum of 15 pages of script for the piece being submitted. Please submit applications in hard copy form to: Suncor Energy Stage One Submissions, Lunchbox Theatre, 160 115 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0P5. If you have any questions, or for more information, please contact Artistic Producer, Mark Bellamy at mark.bellamy@lunchboxtheatre.com. Visit http://www.lunchboxtheatre.com/stage-one-submissions/ for more information. Deadline: February 28, 2015


Midland Community Theatre Mike McLaren Script Competition (Midland, TX) - Mike McLaren, a long-time MCT volunteer and Permian Basin celebrity, loved a good comedy—whether he was onstage or in the front row. To honor his memory, Mike’s theatre family created a script competition to encourage playwrights to create new comedy scripts suitable for production in community theatre. Since 1989, over 2000 plays have been entered. Authors have come from almost every state in the Union, and a dozen countries. Many Finalists have published their scripts or been produced by other theatres in the US and abroad! To submit a script to the competition: 1.  $10 entry fee. US funds, no cash. If script is emailed, payment must accompany the completed entry form by mail. 2.  If mailed, send a Word document or PDF file on a CD (each script on a separate CD). 3.  If emailed, send a Word document or PDF file to mclaren1@mctmidland.org. 4.  Pages must be numbered. 5.  Character listing 6.  Legible, completed entry form 7.  Submit before that looming deadline, which is the last day of February. If you become a finalist, you’ll need to agree to give us first production rights for your play. The agreement is easily downloaded here. It simply gives our play selection committee the option of producing one or more of the finalists if they find them suitable for the season. Up to four scripts may be entered but all requirements (including the entry fee) must be met for each script. Midland Community Theatre, ATTN: McLaren Competition, 2000 W Wadley, Midland, TX 79705. Parcel Post, Media Mail, First Class, or special mailing services are acceptable. No insufficient postage, non-MCT delivery, or COD entries accepted. Deadline: February 28, 2015


New American Theatre One Act Festival (Culver City, CA) - Award recipients receive a full production of the play in Los Angeles produced by The New American Theatre at the Odyssey Theatre. Performance of the piece will be under the supervision of Jack Stehlin, utilizing the talents of the acting company of the New American Theatre. All playwrights whose work makes it to the level of semi-finalist will be given first consideration for any full-length work they may have to be included in the New American Theatre Full-Length reading series, which takes place in January and February. Accepting one act plays which have not been previously produced in Los Angeles, CA (plays with simple staging requirement s are favored). Running time must be twenty-five minutes or less. You will receive e-mail confirmation of the submission of your work at the time of submission. Further notification will only be given to semifinalists. Please submit full script as an e-mail attachment. No contact information should be on the script itself. Body of the e-mail should include title of the work, author’s name, address and contact information. All submissions should go to the New American Theatre Literary Coordinator, Joe Bays at JoeBays55@earthlink.net. Please put ONE ACT PLAY SUBMISSION in the subject line. Snail mail submissions are also accepted. Please send your material to The New American Theatre. PO Box 586, Culver City, CA 90232, ATTN one-act competition. Visit http://www.newamericantheatre.com/playwrights.html for more info and to submit. Deadline: February 28, 2015


Rough Writers New Play Festival (Colorado Springs, CO) - The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center is proud to be producing our bi-annual Rough Writers New Play Festival in the spring of 2015. This two week-long festival will feature readings of new scripts submitted by playwrights worldwide. Playwrights whose work is included in the festival will have the opportunity to have readings of their scripts in front of an audience with a moderated talkback session immediately following. A panel of theatre professionals will adjudicate the submissions. In an effort to celebrate the FAC’s “Year of Georgia O’Keeffe”, we ask that this year’s submissions be related to the life and/or the work of Georgia O’Keeffe. The plays may utilize Georgia O’Keeffe as a character, use her art as a springboard for the story or, in a larger sense, explore the lives and art of groundbreaking women. The submissions may be full-length, one-act or 10-minute plays or musicals. Submissions must be in a state of development, and not have a history of productions. The Rough Writers New Play Festival will be held between June 4 and 14, 2015. Please send cover letter and copy of formatted script (along with Demo CD for musicals) to: Nathan Halvorson, Associate Director of Performing Arts c/o The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 West Dale St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903, or via email at: nhalvorson@csfineartscenter.org. Deadline: March 1, 2015


Capital Stage Company Playwright’s Revolution (Sacramento, CA) – Seeking bold, innovative new works that inspire thought and dialogue. They are particularly interested in the female voice. Plays must be full-length in any genre: comedy, drama, musical, etc. Translations, collections of one-acts, children’s plays and any play that has received a full-scale, professional production prior to submission are not eligible. Cast must be 8 actors or fewer. One submission per playwright. Northern California playwrights encouraged to submit. Submit a two-page maximum abstract of the play including title, character breakdown, brief story synopsis and playwright bio or resume. Also include 10 pages of consecutive sample dialogue. If submitting a musical, please include a CD of selections from the score. Literary agents may submit full scripts of their client’s work. four plays will be selected for inclusion in a series of staged readings to be held in July 2013. Playwrights included in these readings will be awarded $250. One or more of these plays may be considered for further development at Capital Stage for an eventual full world premiere production. NO FEE. Playwright’s Revolution, Capital Stage Company, 2215 J St., Sacramento, CA 95816, literarymanager@capstage.org, http://www.capstage.org/. Deadline: March 1, 2015


HRC Showcase Theatre Playwriting Contest (Hudson, NY) – Seeking full-length plays (90 minutes maximum) with no more than six actors. Winner receives $500 cash prize and staged reading as the last play of the season; four runners up will receive $100 each and an Equity staged reading during the 2013-2014 season. Playwrights are expected to attend the readings of their plays in Hudson. NOTE: Hard copy submissions only, single-sided; submit name, contact information, and biography separately. Let them know where you heard about the contest. FEE: $10. HRC Showcase Theatre, PO Box 940, Hudson, NY 12534, www.hrc-showcasetheatre.com/play_contest.html. Deadline: March 1, 2015


DC Black Theatre Festival (Washington, DC) – Seeking works in any genre, including plays which incorporate movement, dance, and music. Playwrights of all skill levels encouraged to submit. 100% of ticket sales go directly to performing group, facilitator, and/or playwright. Cash award and trophy given to winners of one-act plays. Seeking plays in the following categories: One-Act Plays (20 minutes maximum), Full-Length Plays (90 minutes maximum), New Works Reading Series (90 minutes maximum), and Workshops (80 minutes maximum). Submit complete script with numbered pages and title page with playwright name and contact info, bio, and short synopsis. NOTE: Submit online, via website. FEE: $0-$25. DC Black Theatre Festival, http://www.dcblacktheatrefestival.com/call_for_plays.htm. Deadline: March 1, 2015


Game Play Festival at the Brick (Brooklyn, NY) – Features cutting-edge works that lie at the intersection of video gaming and performance. Seeking submissions from artists including, but not limited to playwrights, game designers, performance artists, musicians, media and visual artists, and entertainers of all stripes. Fill out form on website, and e-mail supporting materials. NO FEE. Game Play Festival at the Brick Theater, gameplay@bricktheater.com, http://bricktheater.com/index.php?type=page&id=28. Deadline: March 1, 2015


Playfest – Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays at Orlando Shakespeare Theater (Orlando, FL) – Seeking new full-length plays that speak to the human condition in our fascinating and complicated contemporary world. They are interested in plays exploring important, challenging, and crucial social issues that affect our lives today; comedies and dramas welcome. Plays with 6 actors or fewer preferred, and they are interested in one-person shows. 7 new works will be presented as readings, and one or more may go on to be developed in a workshop or full production. Playwrights receive a stipend, travel and housing expenses. Plays must not have received more than 2 professional AEA productions, must not have received a Broadway or Off-Broadway production or an Orlando production in current form, and must not be published. Submit cover letter, bio, one-page synopsis, ten pages of dialogue from the play, character breakdown, and author name and contact info on the cover letter. Do not submit full script unless requested. NOTE: No electronic submissions. NO FEE. Mark Routhier, Associate Director of New Play Development, PlayFest – The Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, 812 East Rollins St., Ste. 100, Orlando, FL 32803,http://www.orlandoshakes.org/plays-events/playfest/submit.html. Deadline: March 2, 2015
HRC Showcase Theatre (Hudson, NY) - Each submitted play should be previously unpublished, run no more than 90 minutes (excluding intermission), require no more than six actors, and be suitable for presentation as a staged reading by Equity actors. No musicals or children’s plays will be considered. The 2013-2014 HRC season runs from September, 2015 to June, 2016. Several of the previous prize winners "BILLY AND RAY" and "HELLMAN VS McCarthy" have recently gone on to be produced off-broadway in New York. Judges will select the winner of the W. Keith Hedrick award ($500), which will be presented as the final staged reading of the season. Several of the previous prize winners "BILLY AND RAY" and "HELLMAN VS McCarthy" have recently gone on to be produced off-broadway in New York. The authors of the four runners-up also selected for readings will each be awarded $100. If you are interested in receiving the guidelines request them via an email athrcshowcaseplaycontest@gmail.com. Or visit http://www.hrc-showcasetheatre.com/play_contest.html for more information. Deadline: March 15, 2015
Neil Simon Festival New Play Contest (Cedar City, UT) – Seeking full-length (80-120 minutes) character-driven American comedies. Musicals accepted; plays should not be overtly political. Plays must be original and may not have been professionally produced. Up to 3 scripts will be selected for a staged reading during the festival, and may be considered for full production in a future season. Winning playwrights will be invited to be part of the staged reading process; a stipend to offset lodging and travel costs will be offered. Submit online, through website. FEE: $25 (no critique); $55 (with critique). Neil Simon Festival, New Play Contest, PO Box 83, Cedar City, UT 84721, newplays@simonfest.org, http://www.simonfest.org/new-play-contest.html. Deadline: March 15, 2015


Gulfport Community Players Script Submissions (Gulfport, FL) - The Gulfport Community Players (Gulfport, Florida) are seeking original one-act plays. Plays selected will be performed during the 15th Annual Summer One-Acts Festival being held July 9-19, 2015. Playwrights are encouraged to submit family-friendly, 5-20 minute plays. Plays should be submitted between February 1 and March 15, 2015. The Players prefer light-hearted comedies and light drama. Scripts must be simple to stage and produce. To enter the competition, send two non-returnable hard copies of the script to: Gulfport Community Players, 1619 49th Street S, Gulfport, FL 33707. Online submissions WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. The play reading committee will select between 8 and 10 plays. Playwrights will be notified by the end of April. For additional information and submission guidelines, please visitwww.GulfportCommunityPlayers.org/one-act-play-contest. For answers to specific questions, please email gulfportplayers@yahoo.com. Deadline: March 15, 2015


The 3rd Annual Collective 10 Minute Play Fest (New York, NY) - The Collective NY seeks submissions for the third annual Collective:10. Original 10-minute plays will be selected to premiere in a fully produced Fall run at a prominent Manhattan venue and published in The Collective:10 Play Anthology Vol. 3. Plays should engage truthful and behavior-driven storytelling. For more information on The Collective's mission visit: www.thecollective-ny.org. The Collective:10, with its inaugural production in October 2013 followed by the second annual production in 2014, had sold out runs at The McGinn Cazale Theatre and Teatro Círculo theater, respectively and included guest directors such as Elizabeth Kemp, Jacqueline Knapp, Ellen Burstyn, Susan Aston, Greg Naughton, Cassandra Freeman and Eddie Kaye Thomas. Both volumes of the anthology launched with capacity events at the renowned Drama Book Shop in New York City and continue to be bestsellers at the store. The anthologies are also sold worldwide on Amazon. TO REGISTER:  There is a $10 registration fee per submission. Simply go to the registration page, complete the form and make your payment. (If you plan to submit more than one play, you must register each play separately, and receive an unique order number.) An order confirmation email will be sent to you with details for submitting your play. Visit http://www.thecollective-ny.org/3rd-annual-collective10/ to apply. Deadline: March 17, 2015


Fusion’s THE SEVEN (Albuquerque, NM) - THE SEVEN, Fusion’s 10th annual short works festival, is one of the nation's premiere short works festivals.  It features seven fully produced world-premieres, utilizing seven different directors and a professional ensemble cast.  The scripts are read by a jury of theatre professionals (blindly, without any identification of the playwright) and the seven highest scoring scripts will be produced.  The overall Jury Award-winner will receive transportation to and lodging at the festival.  Scripts must be based on the theme:  "UNFINISHED BUSINESS".  All theatrical genres are acceptable (drama, comedy, musical, monologues, etc.). For more complete guidelines, and to apply, visit http://fusionabq.instantencore.com/web/page.aspx?title=The+Seven. Deadline: April 8, 2015 postmarked for snail mail, April 12, 2015 for digital submissions


Luna Stage Theatre Company – Seeking script submissions from writers who are currently represented by a theatrical agent, hold an MFA in Playwriting, or are currently enrolled in an MFA Playwriting program.  Those who do not meet this criteria may also submit scripts only if it is accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the Artistic Director or Literary Manager of an Equity theatre.  You can also apply if your permanent residence is in the state of New Jersey.  No email submissions!  NO FEE.  All Submissions mailed to:  Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ 07052  Email inquiries about submissions: submissions@lunastage.org, http://lunastage.org/submit-your-script.php.Deadline: April 15, 2015


The Relentless Award (NYC) - The Relentless Award, established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman and his pursuit of truth in the theater, is the largest annual cash prize in American theater awarded to a playwright in recognition of a new play. What we are looking for: Plays that are challenging, Plays that exhibit fearlessness, Plays that are not mainstream, Plays that exude passion, Plays that are relentlessly truthful The American Playwriting Foundation encourages submissions by first time playwrights, women and playwrights of color. The author of the Relentless Award-winning play will receive $45,000. The winning playwright will have the option to have the winning play published by the Dramatists Play Service. The winning playwright will have a week-long residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm, an artist residency program housed on a working organic farm in Brewster, New York. The author can elect to have a director, a dramaturg and actors join him or her while in residence on the farm. The selected play will have a national roll-out through the Ed Vassallo Relentless Reading Series, established to help bring to life and develop the winning play by presenting a series of staged readings at some of the top theaters across the United States. When the winning play is selected, three runners-up will also be named. For guidelines and to submit, visit http://www.americanplaywritingfoundation.org/the-relentless-award.html. Deadline: July 10, 2015


Berkshire Theatre Group (Pittsfield, MA) - Berkshire Theatre Group accepts submissions of plays, musicals, translations, and adaptations. All submissions are considered for productions at BTG and for development opportunities. Playwrights must submit their work either through established agents or by first sending a letter of inquiry, accompanied by a brief synopsis, cast breakdown, a ten-page dialogue sample, and a résumé. These materials will be reviewed and BTG will contact playwrights regarding its interest in reading a full manuscript. Berkshire Theatre Group will not read unsolicited manuscripts. Visit http://www.berkshiretheatregroup.org/about/employment/script-submissions for guidelines and to apply. Rolling Admissions


Thespian Production (New York, NY) – Seeking 10-15 minute plays in any genre with simple sets and a maximum of 4 characters. Submit script with title page containing full author contact information, a synopsis, setting, and character breakdown. They are also seeking one-act and full-length Gospel plays. NOTE: Electronic submissions only. NO FEE. Thespian Production, submissions@thespianproduction.com, www.thespianproduction.com Next Deadline: Ongoing


Saving Endangered Species International Playwriting Prize (International) - SES Prize is seeking 10-minute plays about endangered species. Chose one or more species as listed from CITES, the World Wildlife Fund, or other organizations that list endangered species. 8-10 plays will be chosen for a Staged Reading at a California theatre, with an award of $100usd. The audiences’ “ticket” will be a donation to a specified non-profit Wildlife Conservancy. Plays may be comedic, dramatic or for young audiences (performed by adult actors). No adaptations or musicals. Max. 4 actors. Plays must be in English, or have been translated into English. Previously produced plays are accepted, published plays are not. NO ENTRY FEE. Applications now open


The Script Co. Open Submissions - Our catalogue of scripts opens doors for young writers eager to see their work realized; for experienced writers who have years of works filed away forgotten but still just as powerful; This catalogue is where anyone can submit their work. As a composite of writers with a multiplicity of viewpoints, richness of experience, and hopeful perspectives on life, The Script Co actively promotes YOU, the writer. The Script Co. then connects your works with theaters all around the world. Yes, globally! For those who wish to submit scripts: All scripts should be original works or adaptations whose original source material is currently in public domain. We accept submissions in all categories and are seeking both seasoned professionals and new playwrights. This includes musicals, non-musicals, skits, one acts, dramas, comedy, etc. Scripts will be thoroughly reviewed on a case by case basis to ensure quality control and that they meet the criteria set forth in the following:  family friendly content with clearly defined and developed plot, character arcs, voice, stage direction and attention to the limits/creative expressions of staging a theatrical production. All script submissions are the property of each specific writer and will not be used or disseminated in part or in full without the author’s express consent and upon the signing of a distribution agreement. If your script is not admitted into our script catalogue at this time, it will not prevent you from making changes and re-submitting for consideration. As a common courtesy, please make sure that your scripts are fully edited before submission.  Excessive spelling and grammar errors may result in your work being summarily dismissed from consideration. Visit http://www.thescriptco.com/submit-script/ to submit. Applications now open.


**Lady Plays Podcast** (NYC and everywhere!) - Lady Plays Podcast, a monthly podcast dramatizing new plays by women, is accepting submissions for future podcast episodes. Each episode will consist of a "staged" reading of the play and an optional interview with the playwright. Plays that will easily translate to a "radio" medium and that feature 5 characters or less will take priority at first as the podcast logistics get settled. Plays of all length and style will be considered, writers may submit more than one script. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, and can be emailed to ladyplayspodcast@gmail.com. Rolling submissions.


Onstage
Shakespeare & Company 2015 Season (Lenox, MA) - Casting the Shakespeare & Company 2015 season. Season includes: Shakespeare's "Comedy of Errors" (Rehearsal begins June 2; runs July 3-Aug. 23; in rep with "Red Velvet"); "Red Velvet" (Lolita Chakrabarti, writer. Rehearsal begins July 7; runs Aug. 7-Sept. 13 in rep with "Comedy of Errors"); "The Unexpected Man" (Yasmina Reza, writer. Rehearsals begin June 23; runs July 17-Sept. 5); and "Cry Havoc" (Stephan Wolfert, writer. Rehearsals begin Aug. 25; runs Aug. 28-29). Rick Dildine, artistic dir.-exec. dir.; Ariel Bock, assoc. prod.-casting assoc.; Stephen Ball, general mgr. Season rehearses and performs in Lenox, MA. Pays $618/wk. Equity LORT Non-Rep Contract. Seeking Equity Actors: extensive voice and physical practice as well as familiarity with Shakespeare & Company text methods preferred. The right performer in the role is more important than traditional gender and all roles are acceptable for non-traditional casting unless otherwise specified; we seek and strongly encourage participation by performers of all races and ethnicities. Musicianship, especially with period instruments, is a big plus in any role; accents or related abilities important for some roles as indicated. EPA Rules are in effect. A monitor will be provided.Prepare a short monologue from any Shakespeare play & have a contrasting, contemporary monologue of your choice prepared if requested. Bring a picture and resume, stapled together. Note: All roles will be understudied. Callbacks will be announced and scheduled at auditions. Apply via Backstage at http://www.backstage.com/casting/shakespeare-company-2015-season-nyc-58820/.  Auditions: February 13 in NYC


**The Girls of Summer** (St. Luke’s Theatre, NYC & Marian Anderson Auditorium, Cheyney, PA) - Performs: 1 show in New York City March 19th & 1 show in Cheyney PA March 25. STORY LINE: Set in 1945, the coach of an All-Negro female baseball team is found dead as she was preparing a group of African-American females for an exhibition game against the Caucasian girls team Rockford Peaches. Racism, deceit, betrayal are brought to light as this powerful drama unveils. This is a revival of Layon Gray's powerful 2006 NAACP Award winning play. There is a lot of physical moving in the play. Baseball/softball experience is a plus.  There will be a very intense 3 week rehearsal process. Seeking: COACH HICKS, Lead/ Female/ African American, late 40's to early 50's, Must be able to command the stage with her presence. Great speaking voice. Comfortable with stage fight combat, must be in physical shape. A powerful role. Disciplined. Think Lou Gossett in An Officer and a Gentleman. BETTY: Lead / Female / African American, East Indian, Multi-Ethnic, Native American, Pacific Islander / Puerto Rican / 18 - 25 years; Betty is Creole - biracial, African American - very shy, timid, can’t play ball as good as the rest of the girls, but tries very hard. MUST have southern accent. CHARLEY: Lead / Female / African American / 21 - 30 years; Charley is opposite Betty, Strong willed, fast base runner. Split personalities, evil at times. Flirty. MUST have a southern accent. Apply via Actors Access at http://www.actorsaccess.com/projects/?view=breakdowns&breakdown=437879&region=2  Auditions: February 4 in NYC


Backstage
Stage Manager (Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD) - Olney Theatre Center is currently seeking a Stage Management intern for our production of CAROUSEL. After a bank robbery gone wrong, carousel barker Billy Bigelow is given a second chance to make things right for the love-of-his-life Julie Jordan and the child he never got to meet. Featuring some of the form’s best-loved songs: “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over,” and “If I Loved You.” Time Magazine calls this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic tale of love and redemption the “greatest musical of the twentieth century.” The SM intern will serve as an assistant stage manager for the production, assisting Production Stage Manager and OTC Artistic Associate, Josiane M. Lemieux on stage management of CAROUSEL (directed by OTC Artistic Director, Jason Loewith). Dates: March 9 to May 10, 2015 (with possible extension to May 24, 2015). Perks:
EMC points: 9-11 (depending on extension), On-campus housing (shared room), $125 weekly stipend. If interested, please send resume, cover letter and three professional references to apprenticeships@olneytheatre.org. Deadline: February 16, 2015


Scenic Designer & Lighting Designer (2 positions) (Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Meredith, NH) - The Winnipesaukee Playhouse is looking for talented, New England based Scenic Designer, and a Lighting Designer, for our upcoming production of Business Of Murder, by Richard Harris in April 2015. We are located in The Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Tech would begin Monday 6th April - show opens April 9th. Applicants should send resume and portfolio for attention of Artistic Director, Neil Pankhurst at Neil@WinniPlayhouse.org. Applications now open.


Master Electrician (Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis, Davis CA) - The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, University of California Davis, a leading arts organization with a vibrant, forward-thinking presenting program, a high level of academic activity and engagement, and the stewardship of two roadhouses on the beautiful campus of UC Davis, is accepting applications for the position of Master Electrician. Qualified applicants will have experience in technical theatre production, primarily in the areas of stage lighting and theatre electrical and control systems, with a minimum of apprentice-level experience in video projection; and experience acting as a master electrician for live performances and events in a roadhouse situation. Preferred qualifications include an ETCP Entertainment Electrician Certification as offered by PLASA. The incumbent will work an irregular schedule in support of The Mondavi Center’s busy schedule, including evenings, weekends, and holidays, and must be able to work overtime. This is a 100% full-time position that is eligible for the University of California’s benefits package. Pay is $21.37 - $25.68/hour biweekly. To view the full position description and submit an on-line application, visit https://www.employment.ucdavis.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=69923. Reference requisition #03013586. The University of California, Davis is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Final Filing Date is February 15, 2015


Camp Baco and Chenawah Summer Positions (Minerva, NY) - Seeking to fill two summer camp musical theater staff positions for Camps Baco and Chenawah: one director/choreographer position and one supervisor/dance captain. Both candidates will be responsible for a five-week season, collaborating on three musicals with kids 8-17. Both candidates must be over 21, high-energy self-starters, and upbeat team players who genuinely enjoy working with children. Contract runs June 25-Aug. 3. Both camps are situated on a mountain lake in Adirondack Park, NY, four and a half hrs. from NYC. Both positions pay $5,000 for the season. Meals, travel, housing, and laundry service provided. Program director states: "Considerable time off/frequent buses to Lake George, 45 mins away, provided." Seeking submissions nationwide/worldwide. Send resumes to: BACO, c/o 165 W. 66th St., #21D, New York, NY 10023, or email toMBSDirect@aol.com. In your cover letter, note whether you'd be available to meet for an interview Feb. 23-Mar. 14 in NYC. Skype interviews may be possible in certain cases. Visit http://www.backstage.com/casting/summer-camp-theater-season-staff-58637/ for more info. Respond by February 20, 2015.
Funding
First Acts: New Plays in Development - Are you a playwright developing a new performance piece and in need of financial and technical resources? Read more for an exciting opportunity from Kupferberg Center for the Arts in Queens NYC. The “First Acts: New Plays in Development” series supports theater artists who are in the early stages of developing new performance pieces. “First Acts,” which is a project of the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at the exceptionally diverse Queens College, aims to amplify the voices of playwrights who are writing from minority or immigrant perspectives, in other words, voices that are not often heard in mainstream theater. By offering financial as well as technical resources for new play development, this program helps playwrights work through the question “what does my play need now?” “First Acts” supports the Queens College campus and community by providing relevant artistic programming and allowing for inter-disciplinary conversations and interactions on a wide range of topics. It also offers its audiences the rare opportunity to connect directly with art makers, and to be active participants in their processes. All performances are free and open to the public. Funding is made possible through the generosity of the Natalie Bailey and Herbert J. Kirshner Foundation. Awards range from $1000 to $2500, depending on the scope of the project. The award is given directly to the grantee, and can be used at the grantee’s discretion for such expenses as actor, playwright and director stipends, extra rehearsal space, props, costumes pieces, etc. A detailed projected budget should accompany the application. In addition, the grantee will receive in-kind support from the Kupferberg Center for the Performing Arts: Use of Colden Auditorium. Generally, “First Acts” performances are offered with the audience seated onstage (approximately 125 seats.) Grantees will be given two rehearsals in the space, along with one performance. Opportunities for further performances in other Flushing spaces can be arranged. Access to technical staff for minimal lighting and sound cues if needed (25-30 cues.) Promotion via Kupferberg Center for the Arts. Printing and distribution of fliers and programs. Access to highly diverse Queens College campus community. TO APPLY: Please send the following to Sophia McGee at sophia.mcgee@qc.cuny.edu: A one paged description of the proposed project, a synopsis of your piece, a proposed budget and your first and second choice of dates. For more information, visit http://kupferbergcenter.org/events/first-acts-opportunity-for-playwrights/#.VM2DGGTF9A8. Deadline: February 4, 2015
National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) Fund for the Arts – Grants from $1,000-$20,000 for U.S.-based Latino artists and arts organizations to assist in the development, creation, presentation, and sustainability of artistic excellence, as well as the opportunity to participate in activities that contribute to professional and organizational growth. They are particularly interested in supporting artists and organizations in their efforts to promote social justice and social change through the arts. Artists and ensembles in all disciplines are eligible; there are three levels of grants to which they may apply: Project Grant, Fellowship, and Master Artist Grant. See website for complete guidelines and application instructions. NOTE: Application must be submitted online. NALAC, 1208 Buena Vista, San Antonio, TX 78207, T: (210) 432-3982, info@nalac.org, www.nalac.org, http://www.nalac.org/programs/nalac-grants/nalac-fund-for-the-arts-nfa. Receipt Deadline: February 19, 2015


The Playwrights’ Center Many Voices Fellowships for Emerging Playwrights of Color (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015, Twin Cities, MN) – Two fellowships will be awarded, one to a Minnesota playwright, and one to either a Minnesota or national playwright. Each fellowship will provide a $10,000 stipend, an additional $2,500 for living expenses, and $1,500 in play development funds, as well as opportunities to build connections with theatre companies and leaders in the Twin Cities and nationwide. Applicants must not have had more than one play professionally produced at time of application, and must be artists of color who are at least 21 years old and citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. Recipients must maintain residency within Minnesota and within 75 miles of the Twin Cities during the grant year. See website for complete guidelines and application instructions. The Playwrights’ Center, 2301 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55406, T: (612) 332-7481, submissions@pwcenter.org, www.pwcenter.org, https://pwcenter.org/programs/many-voices-fellowships. Receipt Deadline: February 5, 2015


The French-American Fund for Contemporary Theater – Dedicated to fostering innovative artistic collaborations in the field of theatre and contributing to the dynamism of intercultural dialogue and exchange between France and the U.S. They are particularly interested in supporting theatre projects that explore aesthetic boundaries and reflect the cultural and aesthetic diversity of contemporary theatre. Priority will be given, but not limited, to French artists whose work has rarely or never been seen or developed in the U.S. In the U.S. – Supports American productions of French contemporary playwrights and residencies of French directors, and the presentation of multidisciplinary theatre (including objects, sound, physical, and visual theatre) in the U.S. In France – Supports French productions of American contemporary playwrights, residencies of American directors, and the presentation of multidisciplinary theatre (including objects, sound, physical, and visual theatre) in France. Amount requested must not exceed 50% of the total budget for the project or the amount of $25,000. Download application forms from website. The French-American Fund for Contemporary Theater, Nicole Birmann Bloom, Program Officer (Cultural Services of the French Embassy), 972 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10075, T: (212) 439-1444, nicole.birmann@diplomatie.gouv.fr, http://www.facecouncil.org/contemporarytheater/index.html. Deadline: February 17, 2015


Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Performing Arts Presenters Initiative – Supports the presentation of touring performing artists at venues within 3 states/jurisdictions: Delaware, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Nonprofit organizations that meet the eligibility criteria are invited to apply for funding to help defray costs related to the presentation of touring performing artists in underserved communities. Organizations must: be based and chartered in Delaware, DC, or the Virgin Islands as a non-profit organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)3, 501(c)4, or 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code at least 1 year prior to application deadline; and be an arts or community-based organization, a college or university, or a government entity involved in presenting the performing arts. Producing organizations are not eligible. Proposed artists/ensembles must be located outside of the state/jurisdiction of the performance but based in the mid-Atlantic region (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA & WV), or from outside the United States. Proposals must demonstrate a commitment to presenting the performing arts and reaching underserved audiences (communities in which individuals lack access to the arts due to geography, economic conditions, ethnic background, disability, or age). Priority will be given to projects involving artists or performing arts genres with whom applicants have no prior presenting history or whose fees have been beyond applicant’s means. Support is available for programs taking place between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. Minimum grant request is $500; maximum request is $2,000. Applicants may apply for up to 50% of the artist’s fee plus travel and lodging expenses, marketing, and production cash costs for engagement of proposed artists. Organizations must match grant amount. NOTE: Applications must be completed online; see website for complete application guidelines and instructions for the different states/jurisdictions. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, 201 N. Charles St., Ste. 401, Baltimore, MD 21201, http://www.midatlanticarts.org/funding/pat_presentation/spi/guidelines.html. Receipt Deadline: February 20, 2015


California Council for the Humanities Community Stories Grants – Seeks to capture and share compelling stories from and about California’s diverse communities. Seeking submissions of proposals for story-based projects; this year, the focus is on the needs of veterans, those who support them, and what we consider our responsibilities towards those who risk their lives for our sakes. Applicants must have tax-exempt status or a California-based fiscal sponsor. Projects for this funding round must explore stories of significance to Californians; address the meaning of democracy; approach the subject matter from a humanities perspective; actively involve at least one humanities advisor in the planning and implementation of the project; provide opportunities for community engagement and involvement in project activities; include public programming elements; and result in work that will be accessible by the public and about which information can be shared through the CCH web site. Applicants may request up to $10,000 each. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an informational Webinar before applying. NOTE: Application must be submitted online, through website. See website for complete guidelines and application. California Council for the Humanities, 312 Sutter St., Ste. 601, San Francisco, CA 94108, Contact: Program Associate Tonya Jones T: (213) 346-3234, tjones@calhum.org, or Senior Program Officer Felicia Kelley, fkelley@calgum.org, http://www.calhum.org/grants/community-stories-grant. Receipt Deadline: February 2, 2015


Residencies
Blue Mountain Residencies (Blue Mountain Lake, NY) - Traditional Residencies are open to creative and non-fiction writers, activists, and artists of all disciplines—including composers, filmmakers, and visual artists who do not require exceptional facilities. Each session is four weeks long and includes up to fifteen residents. Other than transportation and the $25 application fee, there is no cost. Guest quarters are simple and comfortable. Writers are lodged in individual bedroom/studies in the Main House or the Grey Cottage. Visual artists and composers work in nearby studios. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided. To apply, and for more information, visit http://www.bluemountaincenter.org/dates-and-guidelines/. Deadline: February 1, 2015 (midnight PST)


Japan-United Stated Friendship Commission Creative Artists Program (Various Cities, Japan) - The Japan U.S. Friendship Commission offers up to five leading contemporary and traditional artists from the United States an opportunity to spend three to five months in Japan in 2016 through the U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program. Cultural understanding is at the heart of this program. Artists participate as seekers, as cultural visionaries, and as living liaisons to the traditional and contemporary cultural life of Japan. They also serve as connectors who share knowledge and bring back knowledge. Their interaction with the Japanese public and the outlook they bring home provide exceptional opportunities to promote cultural understanding between the United States and Japan. Artists should have compelling reasons for wanting to work in Japan, and they should do preliminary research to identify contacts there. The Commission encourages artists to consider collaboration with Japanese colleagues, as appropriate for the artistic field. Artists are free to interact with artists anywhere in the country. While many artists chose to remain in Tokyo, others have undertaken their residencies in Kyoto or other cities, and still others have worked in rural settings or have visited a number of sites relevant to their work. Upon their arrival in Tokyo, artists will be predominantly on their own during the three to five month residency period; however, International House of Japan provides in-depth orientation materials, expert advice and professional contacts, as well as some logistical support during the residency period. The Japan U.S. Friendship Commission sponsors this program with administrative assistance from the National Endowment for the Arts. For further guidelines and application requirements, visit http://www.jusfc.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Guidelines-and-Criteria-2015.pdf. Deadline: February 2, 2015 for cover sheet application form, February 28, 2015 for further materials


Kenyon Playwrighting Conference (Kenyon, OH) - Immerse yourself in the craft of playwriting surrounded by some of the most exciting early-stage play development in the U.S. and U.K. You will write every day, hear your work read in the evenings, and interact with the creative teams from powerhouse companies and three commissioned playwrights in residence. Please submit a paragraph (no more than 250 words) about why you are applying to this workshop and what you hope to take away from it. Additionally, please submit a sample scene of no more than 5 pages. If you are planning to workshop a particular play at the conference, your sample must be from that play. Please also submit a biography (no more than 250 words). After you have been accepted, if you plan to workshop a particular play, we ask that you submit the play to us by May 15 so your instructor can read it before the conference. Instructions for submitting your play will accompany your acceptance message. For more details on submitting, please visit http://www.kenyoninstitute.org/programs/playwrights-conference/ or watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlJccRBI3U0. Applications accepted starting November 1, 2014

ARTErra Residencias (Tondela, Portugal) – Residency that encourages cross-disciplinary artistic creation in a small rural village in Portugal. Artists may stay from 3 days to 6 months; average stay is 6-8 weeks. Artist responsible for travel, residency fee (budgeted on a case by case basis according to the artist’s needs), and meals (residency provides some fruit, vegetables, eggs and jam from the property; artists have access to fully equipped kitchen); residency provides room, work space, and some materials and tools according to the artists’ needs. NO FEE. ARTErra Residencias, R. Nossa Senhora do Crasto, nº380 Lobão da Bei, Tondela, Portugal 3460-207,arterra.geral@gmail.com, http://www.arterra.weebly.com. Deadline: Ongoing

Hawthornden Castle (Midlothian, Scotland) – International 1-month retreats for creative writers of all types from anywhere in the world to work without disturbance. Residency provides individual room/study in shared house and meals. Artist responsible for travel. Applicants must be published writers. Contact them for application instructions. NO FEE. Hawthornden Castle, Lasswade, Midlothian, EH18 1EG Scotland, United Kingdom, T: +44 131 4402180, FAX: +44 131 440 1989, http://www.transartists.org/air/hawthornden-castle.  Deadline: Ongoing


HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP) 2015 (NYC, NY) - HERE has been one of New York’s most prolific producing organizations since 1993, and today, stands at the forefront of the city’s presenters of daring new hybrid art. We have a long history of supporting unique and innovative artists, ensuring them the opportunity to develop and perform original work as well as assist them in enhancing their skill in all areas of artistic work. Through the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP), artists are able to develop their work in a peer-based program designed to nurture new and unique work. Our community of mid-career resident artists meet monthly, show works-in-progress, develop workshop productions, and mount full-scale productions. HERE is currently accepting applications to HARP which commissions and develops new hybrid works over a 1- to 3-year period. For more information regarding the HERE Artist Residency Program and how to apply, please visit: http://here.org/programs/harp/. Deadline: February 3, 2015.


Vermont Studio Center (Year-round, Johnson, VT) – Residencies of an average of 4-12 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 travel and residency fee ($3,950/month; 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,info@vermontstudiocenter.org, www.vermontstudiocenter.org. Deadline: February 15, 2015

Ragdale Foundation (June-December, 2014, Lake Forest, IL) – Residencies of either 18 or 25 for visual artists, musicians, writers, dancers, media artists, and choreographers. Organization provides housing, meals, and studio space; artist responsible for residency fee ($35/day), deposit ($100/two weeks), travel and materials. FEE: $40. Ragdale Foundation, 1260 N. Green Bay Rd., Lake Forest, IL 60045, T: (847) 234-1063, FAX: (847) 234-1063,info@ragdale.org, www.ragdale.org. Deadline: May 15, 2015 for 2016 Residencies

Hemera Foundation’s The Tending Space Fellowship Program - The Tending Space Fellowship Program for Artists was developed with the view that art has the capacity to infuse the experience of everyday life with awareness. The aim of the program is to nurture the creative practice of seeing things as they are, to cultivate that awareness, and to live and create from this insight. Toward that purpose, we support artists with opportunities for both contemplation and creation. Qualified applicants will be artists who are rigorously committed to their art form and who have a demonstrable interest in contemplative practice. The 2015 Tending Space fellowship program is open to visual and performing artists and writers. Visit http://www.hemerafoundation.org/for-artists/ for program overview and to apply. Deadline: February 15, 2015

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Submission opportunities for women in film/video.
(previously known as Film/Video Funding Newsletter)


*Opportunities in red are for selected populations.
**Opportunities starred and in red are for women only.


February’s Featured Opportunity


**Women in the Arts & Media Coalition: Collaboration Award Committee Feedback**


If you apply by February 28, 2015, feedback from the committee will be offered to readers of the #ScreenOpps newsletter only. Please email specialoppscode@gmail.com to retrieve this month's #ScreenOpps code!


The launch date for the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition’s 2015 Collaboration Award recognizing Women Working with Women is February 2, 2015. The award is designed to encourage women in the arts and media from different specializations to work collaboratively on the creation of a new artistic work. The aim of the award is to encourage women to work collaboratively with women of other disciplines. Teams of two or more women from two or more Coalition member organizations working together on a creative project may apply for the 2015 Collaboration Award on The Coalition website at www.womenartsmediacoalition.org.


Deadline for Special Opp submissions is February 28 at 11:59 pm.
Final deadline for all submissions is 11:59pm Thursday April 30th.


Festivals
Boston LGBT Film Festival (April 2-12, 2015, Cambridge, MA) – The largest, longest running LGBT media event in New England seeks films about topics of interest to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community in the following categories: Documentary Feature, Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Short, and Experimental. FEE: $0-$35. Boston LGBT Film Festival, 955 Massachusetts Ave. #361, Cambridge, MA 02139, T: (617) 233-1190, Programming@bostonlgbtfilmfest.net, http://www.bostonlgbtfilmfest.org. Deadline: February 2, 2015 (late), February 15, 2015 (extended, via withoutabox.com


Open City Documentary Festival (London, UK) - Open City Documentary Festival creates an open space in London to nurture and champion the art of creative documentary and non-fiction filmmakers. The festival takes place over six days in venues across London and the programme offers a chance to see the best in contemporary, international documentary as well as filmmaker Q&As, industry panels, workshops, live music, networking and parties. 5th edition of Open City Docs Fest will take place on 16-21 June 2015. OCDF accepts documentary films of all lengths and subject matter, originating from anywhere in the world. For 2015 edition, all entries must be completed after 1 January 2014. All film entries must be in English or contain English subtitles. Only completed entries (Entry Form, Preview Screener, Payment) will be processed and considered for screening.
 Visit http://www.opencitydocsfest.com/submissions to apply and for more information. Deadline: February 2, 2015 (regular), March 2nd, 2015 (late)


Edinburgh International Film Festival (Edinburgh, Scotland) - Born alongside Edinburgh's International Festival in 1947, EIFF was one of the world's first international film festivals, and helped to define the type of event that has since become so pivotal to film culture in nations all over the world. EIFF has developed into a crucial business hub for the UK and international film industry, a key attraction for Edinburgh, and one of the world's best-loved audience festivals. With an emphasis upon new talent, discovery and innovation, EIFF's vibrant programme of films and events combines a commitment to audience edification and pleasure with a strong ongoing stake in the development the UK and Scottish film industries.EIFF seeks to represent the most innovative and adventurous developments in world cinema, to bring worthy filmmakers to local and worldwide attention, and to provide a forum for appreciative and informed discussion of their work. EIFF is especially interested in films by emerging filmmakers whose work manifests stylistic boldness, strength of form, and the ambition to use the medium in a way that resists cliché.
All submitted films should be UK premieres (Please Note: this rule does not apply to Short Animation Submissions) All submitted films must be no more than 12 months old by June 2015. EIFF consider a short film as 30 minutes or less and a feature film as over 30 minutes. Please note we can not accept your film if it is online OR if it has had a television broadcast within the UK. For more information and to apply, visit http://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/. Regular fee - £30.00, Late fee - £35.00. Deadline: February 4, 2015 (regular), February 18, 2015 (late)


On the Reel Film Festival (Douglasville, GA) - The 2015 On the Reel Film Festival celebrates amateur filmmakers' creative talent in writing, directing, and production of short films. Film submissions, are currently being accepted for the following categories: comedy, drama, documentary, animation, and action/suspense. Films will be screened and winners selected by a panel of industry professionals. Selected films will be announced at a red carpet movie premier on Friday, April, 24th. Additional information, festival rules, and submission forms are available online at www.onthereelfilmfestival.com. Each film category is divided into four age groups: youth (ages 6 to 13), teen (ages 14 to 18), and adult filmmakers 21 and up; film length varies by age group. All films must be submitted on DVD or via Drop Box in addition to a media poster that represents the film (to be used by our marketing team). $25.00 per entry. Deadline: February 13, 2015


Kimera International Film Festival (Termoli, Italy) - The Festival started as a short movies competition in May 2003. Its first name was The Night Of The Living Shorts. Every year tha name was slightly changed (the day, dawn and land) as an homage to G.A. Romero's movies.From 2006 is open to feature films too. There are 2 main section and competitions: Feature and Shorts. The sections are splitted in Fantastic Features and Generalist Features; Animation, Fiction and Social Committed Shorts. Also there is a local section for shorts. There are 2 audience awards (one in preselections and one in the final evening) and a lot of prizes from a selected international jury. No entry fee. Visit http://www.kimeracine.it/ for more information and to apply. Deadline: February 15, 2015


New York Indian Film Festival (New York, NY) - NYIFF is a once-a-year opportunity to experience 5 days of the rich and diverse film cultures of the Indian subcontinent through a mix of premiere film screenings, discussions, industry panels, red carpet galas, special events, nightly networking parties and an award ceremony. The festival started in 2001, and is now in it's 14th year. New York Indian Film Festival (formerly known as MIAAC) is North America's largest and most prestigious film festival - Featuring cinema from the Indian Subcontinent, and South Asian diaspora. The Festival is attended by over 10,000 film lovers and has attracted unprecedented media attention. NYIFF has premiered Slumdog Millionaire, The Namesake, Monsoon Wedding, Water, Bride & Prejudice, Yeh Sali Zindagi, Gulaal, Well Done Abba, Raavanan, Noukadubi, Shor, Japanese Wife, Tahaan, and a host of other fabulous feature films, documentaries, shorts and children's films from the Indian subcontinent. Our Selection Committee, Award Jury and Advisory Board include illustrious names from the entertainment industry - Shabana Azmi, Mira Nair, Deepa Mehta, Javed Akhtar, Shyam Benegal, Mani Ratnam, Sabrina Dhawan, Sooni Taraporwala, Madhur Jaffrey, (late) Ismail Merchant, Vishal Bhardwaj, Salman Rushdie and many more veteran and recent luminaries. Visit http://www.iaac.us/nyiff2014/ for more info and to apply. Deadline: February 10, 2015 (late), February 15, 2015 (regular)


Workers Unite Film Festival (May 2015, New York, NY) – Celebrating Global Labor Solidarity. Seeking films that highlight the struggles, successes, and daily lives of workers in their efforts to unite and organize for better living conditions and social justice. Seeking entries in the following categories: Feature Narrative, Narrative Short (under 50 minutes), Documentary Feature (over 60 minutes), Documentary Short (under 50 minutes), Films from the Front Lines (3-30 minutes; dealing with current labor struggles either in the U.S. or globally), and Working Lives Screenplay Competition. FEE: $20-$65. Workers Unite Film Festival, PO Box 1525, Radio City Station, New York, NY 10101-1525, T: (646) 455-2225, FAX: (646) 328-4559, info@workersunitefilmfestival.org, http://www.workersunitefilmfestival.org/. Deadline: February 10, 2015 (regular), March 5, 2015 (late), March 25, 2015 (extended, via withoutabox.com)


Navi Mumbai International Film Festival (Navi Mumbai, India) - The first ever film festival of Navi Mumbai, NMIFF(Navi Mumbai International Film Festival) is founded with the idea to showcase the talent & creativity of filmmakers under the sky of this beautiful city. Navi Mumbai, formerly known as New Bombay, has lived for a long time in the shadows of her neighbour city, Mumbai – THE HOME OF BOLLYWOOD. With the inaugural NMIFF in 2014, film-makers now have a reputable film festival that will give a global exposure to their creativity and innovative ideas while film-goers have a repository of fine movies of different taste & calibers from across the globe, to enjoy. Entries at NMIFF are open to all International, national, and regional films of different tastes & calibers from across the globe.Year of production of the film should not be before 2011. Subtitles: Films can be with dialogs, silent or without dialogs. Films submitted in languages other than English must be presented with English subtitles. Short films cannot be longer than 30 minutes. Feature films cannot shorter than 60 minutes. Participants can send multiple entries. However, please submit a separate submission form and entry fee for each film. By submitting movie to NMIFF, filmmaker/producer takes the whole responsibility of copyright issues of music, script and other creative and technical aspects of film. Festival programmers shall determine selections and award winners at their sole discretion. Decision of the NMIFF festival authorities regarding all matters not expressly provided for in these rules and regulations or which require interpretation of the clauses mentioned above shall be final and can not be challenged. Visit http://www.nmiff.in/ to apply. Deadline: February 15, 2015


Christian Youth Film Festival (Bakersfield, CA) - Short movies expressing the Christian faith made entirely by junior high, senior high, and college age youth groups competing for cash and trophies and screened at a spectacular gala awards event. Founded in 1994, this festival is the only one of its kind for young Christians. $100 entry fee. For more information and to apply, visit http://www.christianyouthfilmfestival.org/content/2013-rules-and-guidelines. Deadline: February 16, 2015


Frameline: The San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival (June 18-28, 2015, San Francisco, CA) – Aims to strengthen the diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and further its visibility by supporting and promoting a broad array of cultural representations and artistic expression in film, video, and other media arts. Entries by women and people of color strongly encouraged. Seeking diverse works by, about, and of interest to the LGBT community in the following categories: Narrative Feature (40 minutes or longer), Documentary Feature (40 minutes or longer), and Short (under 40 minutes). FEE: $0-$55. San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, c/o Frameline, 145 Ninth St., Ste. 300, San Francisco, CA 94103-2636, T: (415) 703-8650, FAX: (415) 861-1404, programming@frameline.org, http://www.frameline.org. Deadline: February 17, 2015 (late)


Inside Out LGBT Film Festival: Toronto (Toronto, Canada) - For more than two decades, Inside Out has brought Toronto's LGBT community together in celebration of the best queer film from Canada and around the world. Through our annual Festivals in Toronto and Ottawa, our filmmaker initiatives, our youth engagement and our year-round events and screenings, Inside Out is engaged every day in challenging attitudes and changing lives. Visit http://www.insideout.ca/initiatives/toronto for more info and to apply. Deadline: February 20, 2015 (late)


Las Vegas First Annual Black Film Festival (Las Vegas, NV) - If you are an African American who has Written, Produced, Directed or is in the Lead Role in a Film, we welcome you to submit, compete and celebrate with us. Share your talents at the FIRST Annual Las Vegas Black Film Festival. Submit your Film, Enter one of our Competitions, or Attend one of our interactive seminars. Plan your exciting week in the Entertainment Capital of the World, Fabulous Las Vegas, and partake in the great seminars, panels, viewings and celebrations at our Film Festival (LVBFF). We offer educational opportunities, as well as entertaining events! Don't Miss the First Annual 'Las Vegas Black Film Festival.’ Visit http://www.lasvegasblackfilmfestival.com/#!submit-your-film/cfw1 for more info and to apply. Deadline February 23, 2015


Earth Port Film Festival (Newburyport, MA) - The 2015 Earth Port Film Festival will open on November 14 for submission of short environmental films on the theme of creating, discovering, inspiring, catalyzing or documenting environmental action. The festival, now in its fourth year, will be held at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, Massachusetts on April 12, 2015. Film submissions will be accepted from filmmakers of all ages. Winning films and other selected entries will be screened at the festival. Please see details on our website: www.earthportfilm.org. Fees vary regarding submission deadline $10-35. Deadline: February 13, 2015 (late), February 27, 2015 (WAB)


Indie Boots (Chicago, IL) - Is currently accepting short film submissions for the fourth annual festival. Selected films will be screened this spring in Chicago at Indie Boots Film Festival, where an audience award will be presented, following a filmmaker Q & A. Email info@IndieBoots.org for iquiries, visit http://www.indieboots.org/submissions.html to apply. Deadline: February 15, 2015 (late).


American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at Cannes (May 2015, Cannes, France) – Supports upcoming filmmakers by showcasing their films at the American Pavilion during the Cannes Film Festival while providing an opportunity for filmmakers to connect with the Cannes Film Festival, Marketplace attendees and to a global audience. Seeking entries by emerging and student filmmakers (current undergraduate and graduate school students and emerging filmmakers up to three years post graduation) in the following categories: Short Film, Short Student Film, Short Documentary, and Short Student Documentary. FEE: $35-$85. American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at Cannes, 9336 W. Washington Blvd., Building C, Ste. 106, Culver City, CA 90232, T: (310) 202-3370, showcase@ampav.com, http://www.ampav.com/index.php/student-programs/cannes-emerging-filmmaker-showcase/
Deadline: February 27, 2015 (late)


**Female Eye Film Festival** (June 2015, Woodbridge, ON, Canada) – An annual competitive international independant women directors film festival. Seeking entries in the following categories: Drama (Shorts: Maximum 40 minutes, Features: Minimum 40 minutes), Comedy (Shorts: Maximum 40 minutes, Features: Minimum 40 minutes), Documentary (Shorts: Maximum 40 minutes, Features: Minimum 40 minutes), Experimental (Shorts: Maximum 40 minutes, Features: Minimum 40 minutes), Animation (Shorts: Maximum 40 minutes, Features: Minimum 40 minutes), Canadian Feature (Minimum 40 minutes), Foreign Film (Minimum 40 minutes), Late NIGHT [horror, suspense, thriller] (any length). FEE: $20-$100. Female Eye Film Festival, 50 Wallace St., Woodbridge, ON L4L 2P3, Canada, Phone: (905) 264-7731, femaleeyefilmfestival@gmail.com, http://www.femaleeyefilmfestival.com/. Deadline: February 28, 2015 (extended, via withoutabox.com)


**Bentonville Film Festival** (Los Angeles, CA) - Festival Dates May 5th through May 9th 2015. The BFF is a one of a kind annual event, co-founded and chaired by Geena Davis, which will champion women and diversity in all aspects of film making. With engaged film industry leadership and major corporate sponsors, the Festival is positioned to deliver commercially viable solutions and initiatives to positively support film making and distribution in support of our mission. The mission of the Festival is to be a positive and proactive influence in filmmaking to ensure that the American entertainment industry represent the national audience and the growing diversity of the population of the United States. As a research based and action oriented organization, the Festival’s main objective is to provide a platform to significantly increase the commercial value of content produced with our mission in mind. The inaugural Festival will be held in Bentonville, Arkansas in May 2015 and continue with a calendar of national events to support its mission. The Festival will seek to provide ongoing turnkey mass distribution opportunities for women and minority owned production companies and independent content creators. To submit, visit http://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/submissions/. Deadline: February 28, 2015 (regular), March 15, 2015 (late)
Eureka Springs Indie Film Fest (Eureka Springs, AK) - The Eureka Springs Indie Film Fest promotes and encourages independent filmmakers of all ages. We’re looking for independent films that inspire, enlighten and entertain. We have a special focus on women in film, young filmmakers, and digital productions (particularly shorts) shot on mobile devices. Primary categories: Documentary, Cause-related documentary, art film, drama, animation, comedy. Shorts (5-40minutes) and feature length (40-120+minutes). We have special awards for Young Filmmakers, Innovative Women in Film, and Shot on Mobile. Eureka Springs has been a popular film location for years, but we've never had a film fest. The 2014 Indie Film Fest is the first, and it was a great success. The three day film fest has evolved into screenings, workshops, 'first looks', and lots of networking opportunities. This year, the festival expands regionally and state-wide. Visit http://www.esfilmfest.org/ for more info and for application guidelines. Deadline: February 28, 2015 (regular), March 10, 2015 (late)


AFI DOCS Documentary Festival (June 18-22, 2014, Silver Spring, MD) – Honors the creativity and passion of independent, non-fiction filmmakers and the power of the moving image to alter our perspective and expand our world-view. Seeking Feature (41 minutes or longer) and Short (40 minutes or shorter) documentaries that demonstrate a bold commitment to subject matter, excellence in cinematic craft, and innovation in storytelling. FEE: $30-$70. Silverdocs, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20910, T: (301) 495-6720, FAX: (301) 495-6798, info@silverdocs.com, http://www.SILVERDOCS.com. Deadline: March 2, 2015 (late)


Seattle International Film Festival (May 14-June 7, 2015, Seattle, WA) – Bringing people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world at the largest film festival in the U.S. Seeking entries in the following categories: Feature (31 minutes or longer), Short (30 minutes or shorter), Documentary Feature (31 minutes or longer), Documentary Short (under 30 minutes), FutureWave (made by youth age 18 or younger at time of submission; under 10 minutes; submit proof of age with submission). FEE: $15-$115. Seattle International Film Festival, 305 Harrison St., Seattle, WA 98109, T: (206) 464-5830, FAX: (206) 264-7919, info@siff.net, http://www.siff.net. Deadline: March 2, 2015 (extended, via withoutabox.com)


Onscreen
**Untitled Phelan and Rater SAG-AFTRA Pilot Project seeks Transgender Woman** - Executive Producers: Joan Rater, Tony Phelan, Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman, Writers: Joan Rater and Tony Phelan, seeking transgender performers for an upcoming pilot. Shooting will start approximately early March 2015. Role: 32-36 years old, Cameron is an associate at the firm. Sharp, hard-working, perceptive and forthright, Cameron is working on a difficult case, representing a man who shoved a woman to her death in the subway. Cameron must prove insanity, no easy task, because so many people have preconceived ideas about the high profile case.  Sometimes insecure but highly capable, Cameron wants to prove to Isaiah that she is just "as good as Sadie."  Cameron was born male but is now female...SERIES REGULAR (10). STORY LINE:  Klein & Associates is the go-to criminal defense firm in New York.  With legal lion ISAIAH at the helm, supported by SADIE and some of the top defense attorneys in the country, the legal team tackles some of the most difficult and high-profile criminal cases in New York.  Fueled by the passion to do the right thing, to stand by the accused so that he or she will not have to stand alone, the team of attorneys at Klein & Associates embodies the true spirit of our legal system at its best. Submit via Actors Access at http://actorsaccess.com/projects/?view=breakdowns&breakdown=438109&region=2. Applications now open.


The Nearest Human Being - Marco Coppola, Producer/Director. Casting the leading role "JASMINE" for the romantic dramedy "The Nearest Human Being", a story about the end of Devin and Jasmine’s relationship. The events are portrayed in a disordered succession of scenes, alternating comedic, intense and absurd moments - the way real life usually is. Principal Photography is from April 22nd to May 6th. Extensive rehearsal period TBD, starting end of March. Jasmine: (Lead) Jasmine is 23 year old and has just graduated in Biology. The plan was to be a scientist, but she ends up lending her pretty face to fashion magazines and babysitting a little girl. Her parents are divorced; her dad lives with a new partner and Jasmine's step brother. She hates being in NYC where she has to fight for everything, from finding a space to live to keeping her social relationships stable. She is trying to understand her place in the world. She just broke up with Devin, who was a guide and a shelter from being a threat to herself. Their separation creates a visceral trauma that leads her to anger and rebellion. Apply via Backstage at http://www.backstage.com/casting/the-nearest-human-being-58876/. Auditions held February 10, 2015
Offscreen
Directors for Didier Entertainment Music Videos (NYC) - Vladimir Sabajo, prod. Seeking a director to shoot music videos and photos for Didier Entertainment. Shoots in NYC. Seeking submissions nationwide/worldwide. Submit reel for consideration. For more info, visit www.didierentertainment.com. Apply via Backstage at http://www.backstage.com/casting/didier-entertainment-music-video-58670/. Applications now open.


Reel Jobs NYC (NYC) - Reel Jobs List is a free job listing, which is limited to job opportunities in the film, television and theatre industries. It is published by the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting each Monday.  It can be downloaded in PDF format or picked up at our offices at 1697 Broadway in New York City between 9am and 5pm weekdays.  In the case of a public holiday falling on a Monday, the listing will be available on Tuesday. The Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting (MOFTB) accepts job listings by email only, which must be submitted using this email form.  The weekly deadline for filing new announcements is Thursday at 12/noon for the following week's Reel Jobs NYC.  Your free listing will run for one week.  If you would like the listing to run longer, please resubmit your listing for each week that you would like it to run.  The MOFTB is not responsible for changes in listings not reported to us.  The MOFTB reserves the right to edit and/or modify submitted listings, and has final approval for all listings. PDF format here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/film/html/jobs_training/reel_jobs_list.shtml.


Funding
Catapult Film Fund - Catapult Film Fund provides development funding to documentary filmmakerswho have a compelling story to tell, have secured access to their story and are ready to shoot and edit a piece for production fundraising purposes. Our mission is to enable filmmakers to develop their film projects to the next level at a moment where funding is hard to find. We support powerful stories, and moving storytelling, across a broad spectrum of issues and perspectives. Catapult Film Fund development grants range from $5000 to $20,000. Catapult accepts applicants who can arrange to have a US 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor. Applicants may submit only one project per funding cycle. For more information and to apply, visit http://catapultfilmfund.org/how-to-apply/. Deadline: February 16, 2015
Cinestory Fellowship and Awards – Seeking up-and-coming screenwriters for developmental mentorship program. Prizes include cash award, free tuition, room and board at the Cinestory Writers Retreat, 12-month fellowship with 2 Hollywood professionals, and other prizes for first place; cash, mentorship, and other prizes for second and third place. Submit original feature-length screenplay (85-130 pages) in any genre. Your name and contact information must not appear on the title page or in the file. See website for complete guidelines and application instructions. FEE: $35-$80. Cinestory, PO Box 661962, Los Angeles, CA 90066, T: (323) 900-0502, info@cinestory.org, www.cinestory.org. Deadline: February 15, 2015 (late), March 5, 2015 (extended, via withoutabox.com)


Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund - As mainstream media moves away from in-depth coverage of domestic and global social issues, documentaries have become an important and much needed tool to draw attention to these contemporary international conflicts. At the same time, the craft of the documentary is expanding in exciting directions, merging diverse points of view with new technologies and responding to the immediacy of the Internet. The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund will provide funding to 4-10 feature-length documentaries that highlight and humanize issues of social importance from around the world. Funded films will be driven by thoughtful and in-depth storytelling, bolstered by a compelling visual approach. Films will be selected from an open call for submissions. Weight will be given to projects that best fulfill the mission of the program (as shown in the submitted work and the strength of proposal) and to those where granting amounts will have significant impact. Selection will be done by Tribeca Film Institute staff and a final selection committee comprised of notable talents in the field. There is no entry fee for projects submitted to the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund. To submit: https://tribecafilminstitute.org/pages/gucci_tribeca_documentary_rules. NO FEE TO SUBMIT. Deadline: February 5, 2015


Hearst Foundation Grants for Cultural Projects – Supports programs that enrich the lives of young people by engaging them in cultural activities, primarily through arts-in-education programs. Grants are awarded to major institutions and community organizations in the arts and sciences that address the lack of arts programming in pre-K through 12th grade curricula by providing comprehensive, on-site and/or outreach education activities. Considers requests from organizations with operating budgets under $1 million. Submit a brief cover letter, one-page executive summary, and a five-page proposal narrative and attachments. See website for complete guidelines and application procedure. NOTE: Applications by postal mail only. Organizations East of the Mississippi River should send requests to: The Hearst Foundations, 300 West 57th St., 26th Fl, New York, New York 10019-3741, T: (212) 586-5404, FAX: (212) 586-1917; Organizations West of the Mississippi River should send requests to: The Hearst Foundations, 90 New Montgomery St., Ste. 1212, San Francisco, CA 94105, T: (415) 908-4500, FAX: (415) 348-0887, http://www.hearstfdn.org/. Deadline: Ongoing


Residencies
Blue Mountain Residencies (Blue Mountain Lake, NY) - Traditional Residencies are open to creative and non-fiction writers, activists, and artists of all disciplines—including composers, filmmakers, and visual artists who do not require exceptional facilities. Each session is four weeks long and includes up to fifteen residents. Other than transportation and the $25 application fee, there is no cost. Guest quarters are simple and comfortable. Writers are lodged in individual bedroom/studies in the Main House or the Grey Cottage. Visual artists and composers work in nearby studios. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided. To apply, and for more information, visit http://www.bluemountaincenter.org/dates-and-guidelines/. Deadline: February 1, 2015 (midnight PST)


ARTErra Residencias (Tondela, Portugal) – Residency that encourages cross-disciplinary artistic creation in a small rural village in Portugal. Artists may stay from 3 days to 6 months; average stay is 6-8 weeks. Artist responsible for travel, residency fee (budgeted on a case by case basis according to the artist’s needs), and meals (residency provides some fruit, vegetables, eggs and jam from the property; artists have access to fully equipped kitchen); residency provides room, work space, and some materials and tools according to the artists’ needs. NO FEE. ARTErra Residencias, R. Nossa Senhora do Crasto, nº380 Lobão da Bei, Tondela, Portugal 3460-207, arterra.geral@gmail.com, www.arterra.weebly.com. Deadline: Ongoing


San Francisco Film Society FilmHouse Residencies at Pier 27 (San Francisco, CA) – 6-month residencies designed to bring together under one roof an eclectic mix of San Francisco filmmakers in various stages of production for mutual encouragement and support. Applicants must be SFFS members at the Filmmaker Pro level or above; be at least 18 years old; be actively engaged in a film, video, television or other moving-image project in any genre and in any stage of production—from screenwriting to strategizing the project’s exhibition, distribution and outreach plan. The filmmaker or project must have a significant connection to San Francisco; either the filmmaker is a San Francisco resident, or the project is shooting in San Francisco or involves San Francisco in a meaningful way at one or more stages of production. Projects must be noncommercial and represent an imaginative contribution to the moving image art form. Priority will be given to projects that demonstrate viable financial support and promise a high likelihood of being brought to completion. Priority will also be given to San Francisco residents. Only one SFFS FilmHouse residency per project; not open to full-time students. FEE: $45. FilmHouse Residencies, San Francisco Film Society, 39 Mesa St., Ste. 110, The Presidio, San Francisco, CA 94129, Contact: Amanda Todd, Filmhouse Manager, T: 415-561-5029, atodd@sffs.org,
http://www.sffs.org/filmmaker360/filmhouse/how-to-apply#.VFEaaIt4rvc.

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WomenArts: In Spite of Oscar Snubs, Some Women Make Big Bucks


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In Spite of Oscar Snubs, Some Women Make Big Bucks 


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has snubbed women directors and writers once again with this year's Oscar nominations. No women were nominated in the Best Director, Best Original Screenplay or Best Adapted Screenplay categories.

Artists of color were also overlooked. None of the 20 nominees in the Best Actor/Actress or Best Supporting Actor/Actress categories were artists of color.  Selma was nominated for Best Picture, but its director, Ava DuVernay, was not nominated for Best Director.

But do women really need the Oscars to succeed? Since we noticed that none of the Best Picture nominees were blockbuster hits, WomenArts decided to take a look at the ten top-grossing films of 2014 to see if women were doing better at the box office than at the Oscars.

Although none of the top ten films was directed by a woman, we discovered that four of them had women on their screen-writing teams: Guardians of the Galaxy (Nicole Perlman and one man - number 2), The Hobbitt: Battle of Five Armies (Philippa Boyens, Fran Walsh and two men - number 5),  Maleficent (Linda Woolverton - number 7), and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Amanda Silver and 2 men - number 10).  Although the top-grossing film, The Hunger Games - Mockingjay Part I, had male screenwriters, it is based on a novel by Suzanne Collins. So actually - five of the ten top-grossing films had women writers involved.

Is It Better to Have an Oscar or a Blockbuster?

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 has made over $333 million in U.S. sales so far.  Obviously the income for blockbusters is shared among a lot of artists and investors, but when there is so much income, all the key players do well.

For those of us in the non-profit sector, it is hard to comprehend the sum of $333 million. It is more than twice as much as the annual budget of the National Endowment for the Arts (the government agency dedicated to supporting our country's artists), and it would be enough to run WomenArts for about 2,000 years.

Even within the film industry, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 has made more than twice as much in domestic sales as this year's highest Best Picture nominee, American Sniper ($128 million so far). It has made about six times more in domestic sales than last year's Best Picture winner, Twelve Years a Slave ($57 million).  It made 47 times as much as this year's lowest Best Picture nominee, Whiplash ($7 million).

When the international receipts for 2014 are added in, the order of the top-grossing films as of January 21, 2015 changes slightly, and three of the top four had women writers. (Note: The rankings change a little every day as some films continue to sell.) The male-written Transformers: Age of Extinction is number one with over $1 billion in receipts. But numbers 2, 3, and 4 are all films with women writers - The Hobbitt ($806 million), Guardians of the Galaxy ($772 million), and Maleficent ($757 million).

By comparison, the total domestic and international sales for Twelve Years a Slave are currently $188 million. Although it is far less than the blockbusters, that amount is still a very healthy return on a film that cost $20 million to make.  Transformers: Age of Extinction cost $210 million.

We also looked at the top five all-time highest grossing films world-wide.  The top three are by men - Avatar, Titanic, and Marvel's The Avengers. But Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (based on the novel by woman writer JK Rowling) is number four with revenues of $1.34 billion, and the animated film Frozen, which was both co-directed and co-written by Jennifer Lee, is number 5 with revenues of $1.27 billion.

Frozen is currently the top-grossing animated film of all time, and there are 8 Harry Potter films in the top 50 all-time top-grossing films world-wide.

Of course, a few blockbuster films manage to win Oscars as well. Titanic won Best Picture and ten other Oscars in 1998, and Frozen won for Best Animated Feature and Best Song last year. But the Harry Potter series, the most successful movie franchise of all time, has never won any Oscars and is arguably the most snubbed top-grossing movie franchise of all time.

Are Women Making Progress in Film?

For the past seventeen years, Professor Martha Lauzen of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University has published an annual survey of women's employment in the 250 films with the top domestic grosses.  In 2014, she found that women comprised 17% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 250 films. This is the same percentage of women working in these roles in 1998.

Women fared best as producers (23%), followed by executive producers (19%), editors (18%), writers (11%), directors (7%), and cinematographers (5%).  Women directors were down 2 percentage points from 1998.

Lauzen's statistics show that in terms of the number of women employed, women have not made any progress over the past 17 years, but it does seem like a few trail-blazers are starting to break into the upper income ranks.  That seems significant since the films at the top make so much more than the films further down the list.
Given the fact that so few women are given an opportunity to write, it is amazing that they are relatively well-represented in the top ten blockbuster films.  And even among the Oscar nominees, five of the eight films nominated for Best Picture have women on their producing teams. Selma has an African-American woman as director (Ava DuVernay), and The Theory of Everything is based on a memoir by Jane Wilde Hawking.

Hopefully these trail-blazing women at the top levels will pave the way for more women and more stories about women.  It is encouraging that films based on novels by J.K. Rowling and Suzanne Collins have been such huge box office hits, and the success of films with female protagonists, such as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, Frozen, and Maleficent, shows that there is definitely an audience for films with female characters at the center.

What Can We Do To Help?

According to a Los Angeles Times survey in 2012, the 6,028 Oscar voters are 94% white, 76% male, with an average age of 63.  Given that composition, it is not surprising that their recognition of the work of talented women and people of color is erratic at best. Although it is important to protest their snubs, it seems unlikely that they will change very much until their membership shifts.

But it is important to recognize that some films with women writers are making huge amounts of money without the benefit of Oscar nominations. In the money-driven film industry, women who can demonstrate their box office clout are the ones who will be able to make more films, and we can help them build that power.  We just need to buy tickets to their films and encourage all our friends to do the same.

So if you want to see more films by directors like Ava DuVernay, make it a point to see Selma and take some friends with you.  In the long run, our cumulative ticket purchases will give women artists the power they need to create the kind of films we want to see.
"Selma" Nominated for Best Picture 
Ava DuVernay
Ava DuVernay directed "Selma"
Although Selma was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, Ava DuVernay was not nominated for Best Director.  She joins a long list of women directors who have been snubbed by the Oscars.

Barbra Streisand was the first woman to win a Golden Globe for Best Director for Yentl (1983), but she was not even nominated for a Best Director Oscar. Her film The Prince of Tides (1991) was nominated for Best Picture, but again, she was not nominated for Best Director.

Only four women have been nominated for Best Director in the 87 year history of the Oscars - Lina Wertmüller for Seven Beauties (1976); Jane Campion for The Piano (1993); Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation (2003); and Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker (2009).  Bigelow is the only woman who has ever won.

Harry Potter Earns the Most Money But No Oscars 
J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling wrote the Harry Potter novels
J. K. Rowling completed the first Harry Potter novel while living as a single mother on welfare. The book was rejected by twelve publishers before it was picked up by Bloomsbury. Her editor advised her to get a day job since he did not think she could make a living from children's books.

The Potter books have gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards, and sold more than 400 million copies. They have become the best-selling book series in history, and been the basis for a series of films which has become the highest-grossing film series in history. Rowling had overall approval on the Harry Potter film scripts as well as maintaining creative control by serving as a producer on the final installment.

None of the Harry Potter films won any Oscars, but Rowling's wealth is currently estimated at $1 billion.

The Hunger Games Makes $333 Million
Suzanne Collins
Suzanne Collins wrote The Hunger Games novels
The top-grossing film for 2014 is The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 based on the novel by Suzanne Collins.  The film has made over $333 million dollars and has a female protagonist, but it has not been nominated for any Oscars. 

Everyone Is Invited to Celebrate SWAN Day!
Support Women Artists Now Day/SWAN Day is a grassroots "do it yourself" holiday, and everyone is invited to join us in honoring women's creativity. The official date for the 8th International SWAN Day is Saturday, March 28, 2015, but please feel free to celebrate it any time during March or April that is convenient for you. The spirit of SWAN events is far more important than the exact dates.

There are no fees or application forms required to participate in SWAN Day. If you decide to create a SWAN event or if you are doing any event in March or April featuring women artists, we invite you to create a free listing on our official SWAN Calendar.  

We will be featuring SWAN events in the WomenArts Blog and  newsletters during March and April 2015.  If you want us to write about you, creating a listing in the SWAN Calendar is the best way to let us know about your event.

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#StageOpps #StageOppsJan15

and WomenArts presents
 
#StageOpps
#StageOppsJan15
Submission opportunities for women in theatre.
(previously known as Theatre Funding Newsletter)


*Opportunities in red are for selected populations.
**Opportunities starred and in red are for women only.


January’s Special Opportunity


**WOMEN’S WORK PLAY LAB**
Opportunity for women PLAYWRIGHTS and DIRECTORS


The deadline for application submissions is being extended to January 12, 2015 for readers of the #StageOpps newsletter only. Please email specialoppscode@gmail.com to retrieve this month’s #StageOpps code!


Since its creation in 1994, NPTC Women’s Work Project has had the goal of not only helping to develop specific plays, but to support residents’ growth as accomplished and skilled playwrights—to give writers added tools in the practice of their craft and to strengthen their individual voices.  Our focus has always been on bringing scripts to production quality.


The WOMEN’S WORK LAB for short plays provides a supportive and nurturing environment to emerging and mid-career women playwrights.  Four to six members are selected each year, along with a similar number of directors. The LAB meets monthly (Sundays, 4-7pm) from February through July, allowing for time in between sessions for writers to continue to develop and revise their work in response to feedback.  Members are expected to bring work to each session beginning with the development of an original short play based upon an assigned theme. Playwrights receive monthly feedback on their play from the LAB’s group of dramaturgs and directors. Feedback is given in a unified manner so playwrights do not have conflicting advice about what to work on. The process creates a collaborative group from which members can draw inspiration and energy.  Scripts are then produced in our annual Women's Work Short Play Festival. Participants in the Short Play Lab may be invited to submit a proposal for a full-length work and continue working with the LAB in the spring.


Playwrights should apply by sending the following as email attachments, with the email Subject Line “Women’s Work Application,” followed by this month’s #StageOpps code, to contact@nptnyc.org:
  • a resume, including specific information on your training as a writer (i.e. degree program, workshops, etc.)
  • a 10-15 page writing sample
  • a personal statement explaining why you wish to be a part of the LAB, including goals for your own growth and development if selected
(Please note that ALL 3 items are required to be considered.)


Directors should apply by sending the following as email attachments, with the email Subject Line “WWP-Directors,” followed by this month’s #StageOpps code, to contact@nptnyc.org:
  • directing resume
  • contact information for three references
  • personal statement explaining why you wish to be a part of the LAB
  • website URL if applicable


DEADLINE FOR #STAGEOPPS READERS: January 12, 2015


Project Submissions
Atlanta Fringe Festival (June 3-7, 2015; Atlanta, GA) - The Atlanta Fringe Festival is dedicated to connecting adventurous artists with appreciative audiences for the betterment of the Atlanta arts community. We are looking for shows from any genre: cabaret, modern dance, comedy, drama, puppetry, circus, opera, improv, aerial, musicals, projection, etc. Shows must be 30-55 minutes long, no more, no less. There is a non-refundable $25 fee to apply, and if you are selected in our random lottery, there is a $250 production fee that goes toward paying for technicians and house managers to run your show. Your $250 application fee also gets you: 3 minutes to preview your show at the Opening Party on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, Four scheduled performances at the 2015 Atlanta Fringe Festival, June 3-7, 2015, 85% of your box office revenue, after applicable taxes, A venue that matches your venue requests as best as we are able, Professional technicians to set levels and cues and to run the boards for your show, Box office and front-of-house services, Listings in official schedules and festival catalog, Inclusion in press announcements sent to major media outlets, with potential inclusion in photo and interview requests from local media when applicable, Individual show page on AtlantaFringe.org, plus inclusion on all our social media outlets. To apply, visit http://atlantafringe.org/ or http://atlantafringe.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/AFF2015submission.pdf. Deadline: January 5, 2015 (postmark)


Midtown International Theatre Festival (July 13 - August 9, 2015; New York, NY) - We welcome any kind of stage play, musical or otherwise, new or classical, mainstream or specifically focused on an ethnic or cultural niche, even new interpretations of classical plays. We also encourage productions of all racial and sexual stripes, in all genres. The chief restrictions on submissions are the length of a show and how well it can be done with minimal scenery in a festival setting. Otherwise, three things make up a successful entry in the MITF: a good play, acompetent producer, and a marketing plan. It takes all three to field a successful Festival entry. For more info and instructions to submit, visit http://www.midtownfestival.org/. Deadline: January 26, 2015


Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival (August 3-9, 2015; New York, NY) - Attention playwrights! The time has come to unpack your short plays and get them ready to submit to the 40th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival. We are now accepting submissions! Playwrights (not published with Samuel French Inc. or any other major theatrical publisher) are welcome to submit up to 3 plays, each running 10-30 minutes in length. There is a $10 submission fee per play. Application requires the sign off of you as producer, or your own separate producer, who will produce the play to participate in the festival. To apply and for further guidelines: http://oob.samuelfrench.com/. Deadline: February 14th, 2015, 11:59pm E.S.T.
Planet Connections Theatre Festivity (June 15 - July 12, 2015; NYC, NY) - The Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, New York’s premiere socially conscious/eco-friendly, not-for-profit theatre festival, is currently accepting submissions for its 2015 season. The festivity accepts all topics and subject matters (not just environmental!) including but not limited to: new works, musicals, adaptations, one-acts, and solo shows. The deadline for all submissions is January 21st. The Festivity is designed to invoke the power of art in motivating philanthropy, community outreach and social change. Applications are accepted through e-mail and standard mail. For more information or application materials, please visit www.planetconnections.org or http://planetconnections.org/full-productions-2/. Fee: $25 before January 7; $40 by January 18. Deadline: January 18, 2015


Script Submissions
Forget Me Not Theatre Company 2016 New Work Production (Chicago, IL) - Forget Me Not Theatre Company’s New Work Series bridges the gap between a workshop and a world première. Our goal is to work alongside a playwright in the final stages of script development to challenge their concept of what the play can and should be in an effort to bring their world to life in the most vibrant way possible. To this end the playwright is invited into the rehearsal room for a two-week workshop designed to foster play, discovery, and iteration. Since the New Work Series requires the playwright to be in-residence for the two-week workshop they must be local to Chicago, IL OR be able to travel and provide their own lodging. For guidelines, and to apply, visit http://forgetmenottheatreco.com/event/. Deadline: January 20, 2015

Fusion’s THE SEVEN (Albuquerque, NM) - THE SEVEN, Fusion’s 10th annual short works festival, is one of the nation's premiere short works festivals.  It features seven fully produced world-premieres, utilizing seven different directors and a professional ensemble cast.  The scripts are read by a jury of theatre professionals (blindly, without any identification of the playwright) and the seven highest scoring scripts will be produced.  The overall Jury Award-winner will receive transportation to and lodging at the festival.  Scripts must be based on the theme:  "UNFINISHED BUSINESS".  All theatrical genres are acceptable (drama, comedy, musical, monologues, etc.). For more complete guidelines, and to apply, visit http://fusionabq.instantencore.com/web/page.aspx?title=The+Seven. Deadline: April 8, 2015 postmarked for snail mail, April 12, 2015 for digital submissions

Luna Stage Theatre Company – Seeking script submissions from writers who are currently represented by a theatrical agent, hold an MFA in Playwriting, or are currently enrolled in an MFA Playwriting program.  Those who do not meet this criteria may also submit scripts only if it is accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the Artistic Director or Literary Manager of an Equity theatre.  You can also apply if your permanent residence is in the state of New Jersey.  No email submissions!  NO FEE.  All Submissions mailed to:  Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ 07052  Email inquiries about submissions: submissions@lunastage.org, http://lunastage.org/submit-your-script.php.Deadline: April 15, 2015

Indie Boots (Chicago, IL) - Indie Boots is currently accepting short play submissions for the third annual festival featuring independent theatre with different perspectives on whose stories are worth telling, what\'s funny, and how the world works. All plays must use the word \"Ella\" in the title of the piece. Plays under 10 minutes, comedies, and plays featuring underrepresented characters (women, LGBTQ characters, etc) are especially encouraged. The finalists will be performed this spring in Chicago, IL as part of Indie Boots Theatre Festival 2015: The Ella Plays. An audience award (and cash!) will be presented to one play. Casts may be as large as 10 actors or as small as 2 actors (casts of 3-5 are encouraged). Writers may submit more than one script. To submit, please visit www.indieboots.org/playsubmissions.html. Deadline: January 15, 2015 (late)

Ashland New Plays Festival (October 21-25, 2015, Ashland, OR) – International playwright festival. Seeking full-length dramas or comedies (2 acts, total 90-120 minutes running time) that are previously unproduced. Cast is limited to 8 characters. No adaptations, translations, musicals, or children’s plays. Selected playwrights will participate in at least 2 rehearsals culminating in 2 public readings, a playwrighting workshop led by the host playwright, and scheduled social events. Playwrights receive lodging and $1000 stipend to help defray travel and other expenses. One submission per playwright. Submissions may be made online or by postal mail; see website for complete guidelines and application form. FEE: $15 online or $10 money order. Ashland New Plays Festival, PO Box 3314, Ashland, OR 97520, T: (541) 488-7995, submissions@AshlandNewPlays.org, www.AshlandNewPlays.org. Deadline: January 15, 2014

"2042: See Change" East West Players Playwriting Competition (Los Angeles, CA) - It is estimated that by 2042, people of color will make up a majority of the United States population. With this shift in demographics, the face of America will look and feel different. East West Players is seeking submissions of original full-length plays and musicals that explore this new reality and represent and reflect the future of the American landscape. Submissions accepted electronically only. Visit http://eastwestplayers.org/news/2042-see-change-playwriting-competition-2014/ for more information and to apply. Deadline: January 5, 2014

Premiere Stages Play Festival at Kean University (March, 2014, Union, NJ) – Seeking unproduced scripts from playwrights born or currently residing in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. Festival winner will be awarded $2,000 and a full Equity production in Premiere’s 2015 season. The runner-up will receive $750 and a 29-hour Staged Reading; two other writers will receive Staged Readings in March and a cash prize of $500. Scripts must be full-length, unproduced and unpublished, and have a cast size of no more than 8. No musicals. Agents may submit full scripts; playwrights should submit script sample and synopsis. See website for complete guidelines and submission instructions. NO FEE. Premiere Stages Play Festival at Kean University, 1000 Morris Ave., Union, NJ 07083, www.kean.edu/premierestages. Deadline: January 15, 2015
**Artemisia’s Fall Festival** (Fall 2015, Chicago) - Seeking plays that are full length and must be carried by a woman. We require a leading, female protagonist. Artemisia produces plays that empower women.  Due to the number of submissions we receive, submission is limited to ONE play per writer.  If you submit more than one play, your submissions will NOT be considered.  Full-length is defined by a playing time of 90 minutes or more. Published plays and one-acts DO NOT meet Artemisia’s guidelines and will NOT be accepted.  We are unable to accept snail mail submissions.  Please submit your play as a single file PDF attachment (no other format will be accepted) to submissionsartemisia@yahoo.com. $10 FEE. Deadline: January 15, 2015


Rough Writers New Play Festival (Colorado Springs, CO) - The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center is proud to be producing our bi-annual Rough Writers New Play Festival in the spring of 2015. This two week-long festival will feature readings of new scripts submitted by playwrights worldwide. Playwrights whose work is included in the festival will have the opportunity to have readings of their scripts in front of an audience with a moderated talkback session immediately following. A panel of theatre professionals will adjudicate the submissions. In an effort to celebrate the FAC’s “Year of Georgia O’Keeffe”, we ask that this year’s submissions be related to the life and/or the work of Georgia O’Keeffe. The plays may utilize Georgia O’Keeffe as a character, use her art as a springboard for the story or, in a larger sense, explore the lives and art of groundbreaking women. The submissions may be full-length, one-act or 10-minute plays or musicals. Submissions must be in a state of development, and not have a history of productions. The Rough Writers New Play Festival will be held between June 4 and 14, 2015. Please send cover letter and copy of formatted script (along with Demo CD for musicals) to: Nathan Halvorson, Associate Director of Performing Arts c/o The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 West Dale St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903, or via email at: nhalvorson@csfineartscenter.org. Deadline: March 1, 2015
HRC Showcase Theatre (Hudson, NY) - Each submitted play should be previously unpublished, run no more than 90 minutes (excluding intermission), require no more than six actors, and be suitable for presentation as a staged reading by Equity actors. No musicals or children’s plays will be considered. The 2013-2014 HRC season runs from September, 2015 to June, 2016. Several of the previous prize winners "BILLY AND RAY" and "HELLMAN VS McCarthy" have recently gone on to be produced off-broadway in New York. Judges will select the winner of the W. Keith Hedrick award ($500), which will be presented as the final staged reading of the season. Several of the previous prize winners "BILLY AND RAY" and "HELLMAN VS McCarthy" have recently gone on to be produced off-broadway in New York. The authors of the four runners-up also selected for readings will each be awarded $100. If you are interested in receiving the guidelines request them via an email athrcshowcaseplaycontest@gmail.com. Or visit http://www.hrc-showcasetheatre.com/play_contest.html for more information. Deadline: March 15, 2015

Berkshire Theatre Group (Pittsfield, MA) - Berkshire Theatre Group accepts submissions of plays, musicals, translations, and adaptations. All submissions are considered for productions at BTG and for development opportunities. Playwrights must submit their work either through established agents or by first sending a letter of inquiry, accompanied by a brief synopsis, cast breakdown, a ten-page dialogue sample, and a résumé. These materials will be reviewed and BTG will contact playwrights regarding its interest in reading a full manuscript. Berkshire Theatre Group will not read unsolicited manuscripts. Visit http://www.berkshiretheatregroup.org/about/employment/script-submissions for guidelines and to apply. Rolling Admissions


**Leah Ryan’s Fund for Emerging Women Writers** – Aims to encourage brilliant and unrecognized women playwrights with a cash prize and a New York City showcase of the winning work. Submissions must be full-length works for theatre, but the form is open to one-acts, two-acts (or more), monologues, adaptations, and any other “wild or deceptively tame” form. Winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize as well as a staged reading of her play in New York City. A stipend of up to $700 may be provided for travel and accommodation. Submit up to 10 pages excerpted from a fully-developed completed script (finalists will be asked to submit complete script), a cover letter of no more than one page describing yourself and your work (including full contact information), a resume, and at least one letter of support from someone who knows you and your work well. Download application form from website. NOTE: E-mail applications only, in PDF format. See website for complete submission guidelines. NO FEE. Leah Ryan’s FEWW, PO Box 287, Amherst, MA 01004-0287, leahryansfeww@gmail.com, http://www.leahryansfeww.com/. Receipt Deadline: January 12, 2015, 5pm EST


Jacksonville State University Southern Playwrights Competition – Seeks to identify and encourage the best of Southern playwriting. First-prize winner receives $1,000 and a full production by the Jacksonville State University Department of Drama. Playwrights must be native to or residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, or West Virginia, and plays must deal with the Southern experience. Entries must be original, full-length plays that have not had previous Equity productions. No musicals or adaptations. One submission per playwright. Submit via postal mail, with an official entry form (download from website) and a SASE. NOTE: No electronic or fax submissions. NO FEE. Jacksonville State University Southern Playwrights Competition, Sarah Moersch, Department of English, Jacksonville State University, 700 Pelham Rd. North, Jacksonville, Alabama 36265-1602, T: (256) 782-5414, smoersch@jsu.edu, swhitton@jsu.edu, http://www.jsu.edu/english/southpla.html. Receipt Deadline: January 15, 2015


Heartland Theatre Company 10-Minute Play Festival: Class Reunion (June, 2015, Bloomington, IL) – Seeking new, unproduced 10-minutes plays with 2-4 characters that are inspired by the class reunions. It’s all about the unexpected happening when your past rises up to smack you in the face, whether that happens at a raucous get-together ten years after the valedictorian fell off the stage when the Class of ’05 graduated, at a tea party celebrating the 25th reunion of Miss Lucy’s last Tapping Toddlers Class, or at the 50th reunion of the mysterious and dangerous Mortar & Pestle Club from Old Ivy. No musicals or children’s plays. Do not put author’s name on script. NOTE: Submit through website entry form, which requires that you upload your play in MSWord format. NO FEE. Heartland Theatre Company, PO Box 1833, Bloomington, IL 61702-1833, T: (309) 452-8709, http://www.heartlandtheatre.org/tenminuteform.htm. Deadline: February 1, 2015


The Valley Players Vermont Playwrights Award – Seeking original, unproduced, full-length plays by residents of Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine. Winning playwright receives $1,000. No musicals. Plays may not have won an award or prize in any other contest. Submit 2 bound copies of script with title pages containing author name and contact information. Do not include author’s name on script. Download entry form from website and submit with script.NO FEE. Vermont Playwrights Award, The Valley Players, PO Box 441, Waitsfield, VT 05673, T: (802) 6767, valleyplayer@madriver.com, www.valleyplayers.com. Deadline: February 1, 2015


Thespian Production (New York, NY) – Seeking 10-15 minute plays in any genre with simple sets and a maximum of 4 characters. Submit script with title page containing full author contact information, a synopsis, setting, and character breakdown. They are also seeking one-act and full-length Gospel plays. NOTE: Electronic submissions only. NO FEE. Thespian Production, submissions@thespianproduction.com, www.thespianproduction.com Next Deadline: Ongoing.


Theatre Trail Writers Competition (Arundel, West Sussex, UK) - The Arundel Festival Theatre Trail, conceived and presented by Drip Action Theatre Company, is now in its fifteenth year and is seeking writers to submit plays for next year’s Trail. It performs at the end of August, on each of the Festival’s eight days, eight short plays at eight different venues all over Arundel. The Trail is firmly established as one of the major components in the Festival and is a great showcase for both new and established writers, both from the UK and beyond. Plays should be between 30 and 40 minutes long, with practicable casting, props and effects. All entries should be submitted to: Drip Action Theatre Trail 2014, c/o SCGIS Ltd, 65a High Street, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9AJ. No Fee. One play only per entrant, in hard copy (not e-mail). Please enclose an SAE if you’d like your play returned. Our reading committee will select the plays that will be performed, with the best submitted script receiving the Joy Goun award of £250 at our Theatre Trail launch in May 2015.
Each successful playwright will receive a £150 writer’s fee. For further information call 01903 885250 or email info@dripaction.co.uk. Website: http://www.dripaction.co.uk/. Deadline: January 31, 2015


Premiere Stages Play Festival 2015 (Kean University, Union, NJ) - Premiere Stages will accept submissions of unproduced new plays from playwrights born or currently residing in the greater metropolitan area (New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania). There is no fee to enter. All plays submitted to the festival are evaluated by a professional panel of theatre producers, dramaturgs, playwrights, scholars and publishers. Four of the submitted plays will be selected for staged readings with Equity casts March 19- 22, 2015 and awarded cash prizes. Following the March readings, the winner of Play Festival is selected for a full production during Premiere Stages’ 2015 main stage season and awarded $2000; a second play will be selected for a 29-hour Staged Reading and be awarded $750, and the two other finalist writers will be awarded $500. At Premiere Stages, we pride ourselves on a uniquely accelerated process in which plays we find particularly promising are developed and fully produced within a year of submission. To apply and for further guidelines: http://www.kean.edu/premierestages/play.php. For any questions regarding the submission guidelines, please email premiere@kean.edu. Deadline: January 15, 2015


Bare Fiction Magazine Open Theatre Submissions - Play submissions are now open for our March 2015 issue. We want our readers to discover genre-defying boldness from exciting writers in poetry, fiction and plays, literary review, interviews and commentary. To that end, we need play texts that instantly grab our minds and take us on extraordinary literary journeys. If your work is competently written but doesn’t have the kind of depth that makes the readers work just that little bit harder, then it’s probably not for us. We want you to make peoples eyes open wider and their minds race with excitement as they feast on your words. We do accept simultaneous submissions, but please do ensure that you contact us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Likewise, if we are unable to accommodate your writing in our pages, we will let you know in plenty of time should you wish to submit elsewhere. If you have not heard from us within 90 days, please get in touch to enquire as to the status of your submission. We do not accept translations or work that has been previously published in print or online. Only original unpublished work submitted by the author will be considered. No submissions by publishers, presses or agents please. Ensure that your name does NOT appear on the uploaded documents. We operate a blind submission policy so that we can truly appraise your work on merit alone, with at least 2 or 3 different editors reviewing all submissions before passing comments to the editor. Uploaded file/s are electronically tagged so that we know who they’re from. For guidelines, visit http://www.barefictionmagazine.co.uk/submissions/. Deadline: January 11, 2015
**365 Women A Year 2015 Plays** - Please follow the directions carefully. If you have any questions, email 365womenayear@gmail.com ***Disclaimer, we already have a disproportionate amount of historical women who were writers and born in the 1800 & 1900s.*** ALL THE 2015 information is now on the web site: http://365womenayear.wordpress.com/2015-info/ (1) Step one: Go to the web site and make sure you are not picking a woman that we have already written about. Web site: http://365womenayear.wordpress.com. We are not yet accepting any repeats. Please note, historical women must have 100% existed. They may be living or dead. (2) Fill out a claim request form: https://docs.google.com/…/1z9wnXOpOAmIPhwwzS3ClBK4…/viewform (3) Start writing: Plays must be less then 60 pages. 10 characters or less. Simple props and set. Musicals are welcome. (We will divide the final products into sections: 10 pages and under, 11-20 pages, 20+, 30-60, Musicals, Plays can be in ANY language) (4) Fill out the google information form so we can get your bio and historical info on the web site: https://docs.google.com/…/1zKabKTafmo6KX-7q2-32yxQ…/viewform (5) Follow the directions below for submitting your plays. YOU MUST PUT 2015 in the subject line! If your piece is for 2015! (6) Follow the twitter handle: @365womenayear. SUBMITTING YOUR PLAYS: (Please follow the directions closely) Email Your Pieces: *A separate email for EACH play w/ play attached as a PDF *Subject line should be: Historical Woman/Playwright/Play Title/Length *Please put 2015 in the subject line if you are submitting for 2015 (2014 playwrights, no year necessary) *If your play includes many historical women, simply put MANY WOMEN/Playwright/Play Title/Length in the subject line and the list of women in the body of the email. *If it is a musical, please put that in the subject line as well. *In the body of the email: Include your bio *It is okay if they are not formatted in a certain way. Email your pieces to: 365womenayear@gmail.com Deadline for alternates January 15, 2015.


Onstage
**Yo Soy Latina!** (The Ware Center, Lancaster, PA) - Seeking two Latina actresses to portray Louisa and Alicia in this piece produced by Odd Girl in Entertainment, written by Linda Nieves-Powell. Interviews will be held January 24, 2015, with rehearsals from February 21- March 5, 2015. Performance is March 7th, 2014. Pays $300 stipend. Submit via Actors Access: http://www.actorsaccess.com/projects/?view=breakdowns&breakdown=434294&region=2.  


Phaedra (Under Saint Marks, NYC) - This is a one night only benefit for The Ali Forney Center. AFC rescues LGBT kids from the dangers of the streets and places them into safe, homelike environments. AFC works hard to provide the necessary support for these adolescents to succeed and thrive. AEA AND NON-AEA MAY SUBMIT. Please prepare 1 monologue dramatic or comedic (whatever you do best) classical is preferred Shakespeare, Greek etc. Chekhov, however is also welcome (we are doing Uncle Vanya and Ivanov later in the season as well as The Tempest). Interviews will be helf January 10, 2014. Performance is May 3, 2015. To submit: http://www.actorsaccess.com/projects/?view=breakdowns&breakdown=434296&region=2


Backstage
Unified Professional Theatre Association Interviews (February 7, 2015, Memphis TN) - Interviews for industry professionals available to work with any number of the 49 companies currently registered as UPTA members. Interviews will occur on Saturday, February 7th only. Technical, administrative, and artistic positions will be posted at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown. Interviews will occur at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown with sign-up sheets on the companies’ hotel doors. Deadline: January 26, 2015.


Producing Artistic Director (Stonington Opera House, Maine) - Theater is alive on the beautiful coast of Maine, and in this 104th year of the Stonington Opera House we’re looking for the next generation of leadership! The position of Producing Artistic Director for Opera House Arts is now open for applications, and we welcome your submissions. Cover letter, résumé, salary requirements, and up to three letters of reference with contact information to: jobs@operahousearts.org. No phone inquiries but questions may be addressed to the same e-mail. Follow the link or see the attached for job description/prospectus: http://www.melissamaxwell.com/In_The_Know/Entries/2014/12/22_Opera_House_Seeking_Producing_Artistic_Director.html. Deadline: January 15, 2015


Artistic Director (The Flea Theater; New York City, NY) - The award-winning Flea Theater seeks an Artistic Director to lead the company in the 2015/16 season and to lead their inaugural seasons at their new three-theater performing arts complex in the 2016/17 season. The new Flea theater, just four blocks south of the original Flea, will not only present distinctive work produced by the new Artistic Director and Flea’s artists, but feature the best of Off-Off-Broadway in various disciplines – Theater, Performance, Music and Dance. The new Artistic Director will have an unusual opportunity to make a significant impact on New York’s cultural scene. The Flea is seeking a leader with commitment to and experience in the Off-Off-Broadway arena. With the mandate to “raise a joyful hell in a small space,” the Artistic Director should have a unique understanding and love for the particulars of Off-Off-Broadway production and a desire to raise every aspect to its highest potential. Experience and familiarity with the operation of a theater plant is also necessary. The Artistic Director of The Flea should have a vision large enough to populate its three performance spaces, and the experience and ingenuity to run all three concurrently. The Flea Artistic Director should have energy, vitality, charisma and the ability to inspire and support the work of the diverse group of artists working under the umbrella of The Flea. Please send resume to: Carol Ostrow, Producing Director, The Flea Theater, 41 White Street, New York, NY 10013, or carolo@theflea.org. Visit http://www.theflea.org/page.php?page_type=1&page_id=21.

Art Education Project Coordinator (NYC Public Schools, NY) - Directly supporting one Borough Arts Director and based out of a borough office, the Arts Education Project Coordinator will plan, organize, and administer activities and programs related to supporting schools, arts professional development, student and school-based programs, and engagement of local arts and cultural organizations. S/he will also be responsible for supporting internal and external communications and operations functions for his or her borough office. Performs related work. Please include a resume and cover letter in your application. To apply, visit https://nycdoe.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobinfo&id=23&jobid=214873&company_id=15651&version=2&source=ONLINE&JobOwner=1002410&level=levelid2&levelid2=&parent=&startflag=2. Deadline: January 7, 2015, 3pm EST
Wardrobe Supervisor (Vineyard Theatre, NYC) -  The Vineyard Theatre is seeking an experienced Wardrobe Supervisor, to head up a two-person wardrobe crew on a new Off-Broadway musical, BROOKLYNITE, by Michael Mayer and Peter Lerman. Directed by Michael Mayer, Costume Design by Andrea Lauer. Contract begins January 23rd, with Tech starting January 24th. Previews start January 30th, and Opening Night is February 25th. Show closes on March 22nd. The Vineyard Theatre is dedicated to new works with bold programming and supporting artists. Some of the previous productions at the Vineyard include: AVENUE Q (Tony Award); [title of show] (OBIE Award); Kander and Ebb's THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS (12 Tony Nominations); Nicky Silver's THE LYONS (Broadway run); Paula Vogel's HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE (Pulitzer Prize); among many other well received productions. In total, the Vineyard has been the recipient of 2 Pulitzer Prizes, 3 Tony Awards, numerous OBIE, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics, and New York Drama Critics Circle Awards. The Vineyard is also the proud recipient of special OBIE, Drama Desk, and Lucille Lortel awards for sustained excellence. $550 a week with a $150 tech bump for the first two weeks. Non-Union. Please send your resume to productionintern@vineyardtheatre.org and put your name and “Wardrobe Supervisor” in the subject line. For more information: http://playbill.com/jobs/job_detail/338436


Funding
Jubilation Foundation Grants - We grant to individuals and organizations who have an exceptional talent for helping young people feel fully alive through rhythm - as expressed in music and dance. We grant two-year fellowships to those who serve as a link to a world filled with more joy. You must reside in the United States to be eligible. Special consideration will be given to organizations in the Pacific Northwest committed to one or more of the following: on-going skill building, working with children under 18, involving experts working and playing with non-experts, working toward synchrony and inclusion, overcoming barriers related to race and class, building community, and etc. We grant $250-750 for additional strategies to promote our values and mission, for example: scholarships for teachers, articles written for the popular press on the significance of music and movement on children and adults, and etc. For more thorough guidelines and to apply, visit http://jubilationfoundation.org/grant.html#4. Deadline for Fellows nominations: January 15, 2015. Deadline for Organization applications: July 2015.  


San Francisco Foundation Arts and Culture Grants – Grants for projects that substantially benefit residents in at least one of the 5 Bay Area counties the foundation serves: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo. Eligible projects and organizations include those who: develop and present high quality and diverse artistic practices reflective of the myriad communities in the region; foster creativity, self-expression, cross-cultural exchange, and civic participation for children and young adults; increase opportunities for all to participate in diverse cultural and artistic experiences; engage in the arts to build communities. See website for complete guidelines and application instructions. The San Francisco Foundation, 225 Bush St., Ste. 500, San Francisco, CA 94104, T: (415) 733-8500, artsinfo@sff.org, www.sff.org. Deadline: January 21, 2015


National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) Fund for the Arts – Grants from $1,000-$20,000 for U.S.-based Latino artists and arts organizations to assist in the development, creation, presentation, and sustainability of artistic excellence, as well as the opportunity to participate in activities that contribute to professional and organizational growth. They are particularly interested in supporting artists and organizations in their efforts to promote social justice and social change through the arts. Artists and ensembles in all disciplines are eligible; there are three levels of grants to which they may apply: Project Grant, Fellowship, and Master Artist Grant. See website for complete guidelines and application instructions. NOTE: Application must be submitted online. NALAC, 1208 Buena Vista, San Antonio, TX 78207, T: (210) 432-3982, info@nalac.org, www.nalac.org, http://www.nalac.org/programs/nalac-grants/nalac-fund-for-the-arts-nfa. Receipt Deadline: February 19, 2015


Indian Arts Research Center Fellowships for Native and First Nations Artists (Santa Fe, NM) – Four different fellowships to support Native American and First Nations artists at the Indian Arts Research Center at the School of Advanced Research. Each fellowship includes a $3,000 monthly stipend, housing, studio space, supplies allowance, and travel reimbursement to and from SAR.
Ron and Susan Dubin Native Artist Fellowship (June 15-August 15 annually) – Supports traditional Native artistry.
Rollin and Mary Ella King Native Artist Fellowship (September 1-December 1 annually) Dedicated to preserving the Southwest’s extensive artistic heritage. Applicants must be from a Native community in the Southwestern U.S. (AZ, CO, NM, UT) and work in the visual arts.
**Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native Artist Fellowship for Women** (March 1-May 31 annually) – Encourages the creativity and growth of indigenous women artists working in any medium.
School for Advanced Research on the Human Experience, PO Box 2188, Santa Fe, NM 87504-2188, T: (505) 954-7205, FAX: (505) 954-7207, iarc@sarsf.org, http://sarweb.org/index.php?artists. Deadline: January 15, 2015
**American Association of University Women Community Action Grants for Women and Girls** - Seed money of $2,000-$7,000 over one year to new projects promoting education and equity for women and girls. Two-year grants of $5,000-$10,000 are given for longer-term programs that address the particular needs of the community and develop girls’ sense of efficacy through leadership or advocacy opportunities.  Individual women, AAUW branches, AAUW state organizations, and local community-based nonprofit organizations are eligible. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Topic areas are unrestricted, but should include a clearly defined activity that promotes education and equity for women and girls. American Association of University Women, 1111 Sixteenth St. NW, Washington, DC 20036, T: (319) 337-1716 x60, aauw@act.org, http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/educational-funding-and-awards/community-action-grants/community-action-grant-application/. Deadline: January 15, 2015


The Playwrights’ Center Many Voices Fellowships for Emerging Playwrights of Color (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015, Twin Cities, MN) – Two fellowships will be awarded, one to a Minnesota playwright, and one to either a Minnesota or national playwright. Each fellowship will provide a $10,000 stipend, an additional $2,500 for living expenses, and $1,500 in play development funds, as well as opportunities to build connections with theatre companies and leaders in the Twin Cities and nationwide. Applicants must not have had more than one play professionally produced at time of application, and must be artists of color who are at least 21 years old and citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. Recipients must maintain residency within Minnesota and within 75 miles of the Twin Cities during the grant year. See website for complete guidelines and application instructions. The Playwrights’ Center, 2301 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55406, T: (612) 332-7481, submissions@pwcenter.org, www.pwcenter.org, https://pwcenter.org/programs/many-voices-fellowships. Receipt Deadline: February 5, 2015


The French-American Fund for Contemporary Theater – Dedicated to fostering innovative artistic collaborations in the field of theatre and contributing to the dynamism of intercultural dialogue and exchange between France and the U.S. They are particularly interested in supporting theatre projects that explore aesthetic boundaries and reflect the cultural and aesthetic diversity of contemporary theatre. Priority will be given, but not limited, to French artists whose work has rarely or never been seen or developed in the U.S. In the U.S. – Supports American productions of French contemporary playwrights and residencies of French directors, and the presentation of multidisciplinary theatre (including objects, sound, physical, and visual theatre) in the U.S. In France – Supports French productions of American contemporary playwrights, residencies of American directors, and the presentation of multidisciplinary theatre (including objects, sound, physical, and visual theatre) in France. Amount requested must not exceed 50% of the total budget for the project or the amount of $25,000. Download application forms from website. The French-American Fund for Contemporary Theater, Nicole Birmann Bloom, Program Officer (Cultural Services of the French Embassy), 972 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10075, T: (212) 439-1444, nicole.birmann@diplomatie.gouv.fr, http://www.facecouncil.org/contemporarytheater/index.html. Deadline: February 17, 2015


Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Performing Arts Presenters Initiative – Supports the presentation of touring performing artists at venues within 3 states/jurisdictions: Delaware, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Nonprofit organizations that meet the eligibility criteria are invited to apply for funding to help defray costs related to the presentation of touring performing artists in underserved communities. Organizations must: be based and chartered in Delaware, DC, or the Virgin Islands as a non-profit organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)3, 501(c)4, or 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code at least 1 year prior to application deadline; and be an arts or community-based organization, a college or university, or a government entity involved in presenting the performing arts. Producing organizations are not eligible. Proposed artists/ensembles must be located outside of the state/jurisdiction of the performance but based in the mid-Atlantic region (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA & WV), or from outside the United States. Proposals must demonstrate a commitment to presenting the performing arts and reaching underserved audiences (communities in which individuals lack access to the arts due to geography, economic conditions, ethnic background, disability, or age). Priority will be given to projects involving artists or performing arts genres with whom applicants have no prior presenting history or whose fees have been beyond applicant’s means. Support is available for programs taking place between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. Minimum grant request is $500; maximum request is $2,000. Applicants may apply for up to 50% of the artist’s fee plus travel and lodging expenses, marketing, and production cash costs for engagement of proposed artists. Organizations must match grant amount. NOTE: Applications must be completed online; see website for complete application guidelines and instructions for the different states/jurisdictions. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, 201 N. Charles St., Ste. 401, Baltimore, MD 21201, http://www.midatlanticarts.org/funding/pat_presentation/spi/guidelines.html. Receipt Deadline: February 20, 2015


California Council for the Humanities Community Stories Grants – Seeks to capture and share compelling stories from and about California’s diverse communities. Seeking submissions of proposals for story-based projects; this year, the focus is on the needs of veterans, those who support them, and what we consider our responsibilities towards those who risk their lives for our sakes. Applicants must have tax-exempt status or a California-based fiscal sponsor. Projects for this funding round must explore stories of significance to Californians; address the meaning of democracy; approach the subject matter from a humanities perspective; actively involve at least one humanities advisor in the planning and implementation of the project; provide opportunities for community engagement and involvement in project activities; include public programming elements; and result in work that will be accessible by the public and about which information can be shared through the CCH web site. Applicants may request up to $10,000 each. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an informational Webinar before applying. NOTE: Application must be submitted online, through website. See website for complete guidelines and application. California Council for the Humanities, 312 Sutter St., Ste. 601, San Francisco, CA 94108, Contact: Program Associate Tonya Jones T: (213) 346-3234, tjones@calhum.org, or Senior Program Officer Felicia Kelley, fkelley@calgum.org, http://www.calhum.org/grants/community-stories-grant. Receipt Deadline: February 2, 2015


Residencies

Kenyon Playwrighting Conference (Kenyon, OH) - Immerse yourself in the craft of playwriting surrounded by some of the most exciting early-stage play development in the U.S. and U.K. You will write every day, hear your work read in the evenings, and interact with the creative teams from powerhouse companies and three commissioned playwrights in residence. Please submit a paragraph (no more than 250 words) about why you are applying to this workshop and what you hope to take away from it. Additionally, please submit a sample scene of no more than 5 pages. If you are planning to workshop a particular play at the conference, your sample must be from that play. Please also submit a biography (no more than 250 words). After you have been accepted, if you plan to workshop a particular play, we ask that you submit the play to us by May 15 so your instructor can read it before the conference. Instructions for submitting your play will accompany your acceptance message. For more details on submitting, please visit http://www.kenyoninstitute.org/programs/playwrights-conference/ or watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlJccRBI3U0. Applications accepted starting November 1, 2014

ARTErra Residencias (Tondela, Portugal) – Residency that encourages cross-disciplinary artistic creation in a small rural village in Portugal. Artists may stay from 3 days to 6 months; average stay is 6-8 weeks. Artist responsible for travel, residency fee (budgeted on a case by case basis according to the artist’s needs), and meals (residency provides some fruit, vegetables, eggs and jam from the property; artists have access to fully equipped kitchen); residency provides room, work space, and some materials and tools according to the artists’ needs. NO FEE. ARTErra Residencias, R. Nossa Senhora do Crasto, nº380 Lobão da Bei, Tondela, Portugal 3460-207,arterra.geral@gmail.com, http://www.arterra.weebly.com. Deadline: Ongoing

Hawthornden Castle (Midlothian, Scotland) – International 1-month retreats for creative writers of all types from anywhere in the world to work without disturbance. Residency provides individual room/study in shared house and meals. Artist responsible for travel. Applicants must be published writers. Contact them for application instructions. NO FEE. Hawthornden Castle, Lasswade, Midlothian, EH18 1EG Scotland, United Kingdom, T: +44 131 4402180, FAX: +44 131 440 1989, http://www.transartists.org/air/hawthornden-castle.  Deadline: Ongoing

2015 Yale Institute for Music Theatre (June 13-28, 2015, New Haven, CT) - Established in 2009, the YALE INSTITUTE FOR MUSIC THEATRE is a program of Yale’s Binger Center for New Theatre that bridges the gap between training and the professional world for emerging composers, book writers, and lyricists. The Institute seeks distinctive and original music theatre works to be developed in an intensive two-week summer lab at Yale School of Drama. The Institute matches the authors of the selected works with collaborators, including professional directors and music directors, as well as a company of actors and singers that includes professionals and current Yale students. The lab culminates with open rehearsal readings of each project, presented as part of New Haven’s International Festival of Arts & Ideas. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mark Brokaw, two original music theatre works will be selected for the 2015 Institute, which will take place June 13–28 in New Haven. Visit http://drama.yale.edu/YIMT/institute-home to apply. Deadline: January 7, 2015

Elsewhere Collaborative (April-November, 2014, Greensboro, NC) – Residencies between 2-6 weeks for creative artists working in all media. The collaborative is a three-floor former thrift store turned into a living museum. Residents constantly compose and re-imagine the environment through projects that respond to layers of objects, artworks, collections, architecture, histories, and concepts within the building. Residents enter into an evolving collaborative artwork, inhabit production spaces, and establish living sites throughout the museum, using the resources from the 58-year-old inventory. Residency provides housing, workspace, and materials; artist responsible for program fee ($500), travel, and participation in food co-operative ($50/week). See website for application and complete guidelines. NO FEE. Elsewhere Collaborative, 606 and 608 S. Elm St., Downtown Greensboro, NC 27406, http://www.goelsewhere.org/residencies/. Deadline: January 11, 2015

Santa Fe Art Institute (August – December, 2014, Santa Fe, NM) – Residencies of an average of 1-3 months for visual artists and writers. Residency provides housing and studio space. Artist responsible for travel, materials, and residency fee ($1,000/month). Financial aid packages available. FEE: $35. Katie Avery, Residency Director, Santa Fe Art Institute, 1600 St. Michael’s Dr., Santa Fe, NM  87505, (505) 424-5050, residencies@sfai.org, http://sfaiblog.org/residency/application/.Deadline: January 31, 2015

HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP) 2015 (NYC, NY) - HERE has been one of New York’s most prolific producing organizations since 1993, and today, stands at the forefront of the city’s presenters of daring new hybrid art. We have a long history of supporting unique and innovative artists, ensuring them the opportunity to develop and perform original work as well as assist them in enhancing their skill in all areas of artistic work. Through the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP), artists are able to develop their work in a peer-based program designed to nurture new and unique work. Our community of mid-career resident artists meet monthly, show works-in-progress, develop workshop productions, and mount full-scale productions. HERE is currently accepting applications to HARP which commissions and develops new hybrid works over a 1- to 3-year period. For more information regarding the HERE Artist Residency Program and how to apply, please visit: http://here.org/programs/harp/. Deadline: February 3, 2015.

MacDowell Colony (Up to eight weeks between June 1 – September 30, 2014, Peterborough, New Hampshire) – Residencies of up to eight weeks (average stay is five weeks) providing artists with time and space to create lasting works of the imagination. Artists in the disciplines of Architecture, Film/Video Arts, Interdisciplinary Arts, Literature, Music Composition, Theatre, and Visual Arts encouraged to apply. Artists collaborating on a project must submit individual application forms and appropriate work samples, but may submit a joint description of the work they intend to do at the Colony. In addition, you may submit an example of a collaborative work (either completed or a work in progress); specify workspace needs (i.e. separate studios). Submit application form (available on website), work sample, project description, and two references. Note: No e-mail applications. FEE: $30. The Admissions Coordinator, The MacDowell Colony, 100 High St., Peterborough, NH 03458, T: (603) 924-3886,admissions@macdowellcolony.org, www.macdowellcolony.org/apply.html. Receipt Deadline: January 15, 2015

Wildacres Retreat (2014, Little Switzerland, NC) – Residencies of an average of 1 week for visual artists and writers of all types. Residency provides housing and meals; artist responsible for travel and materials. NO FEE. Wildacres Retreat, PO Box 280, Little Switzerland, NC 28749, T: (828) 756-4573, FAX: (828) 756-4586, wildacres@wildacres.org, www.wildacres.org. Deadline: January 15, 2015

Bogliasco Foundation (Fall-Winter, 2014, Bogliasco, Italy) – Residencies of an average of 32 days for qualified persons engaged in advanced creative work or scholarly research in archaeology, architecture, classics, dance, film/video, history, landscape architecture, literature, music, philosophy, theatre, and visual arts. Residency provides housing, meals, and studios; artist responsible for travel, materials, and any additional living expenses. $30 FEE. Bogliasco Foundation, U.S. Office, 10 Rockefeller Plaza, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10020-1903, T: (212) 713-7628, FAX: (212) 489-0787, info@bfny.org, http://www.bfny.org/. Deadline: January 15, 2015

Jentel Artist Residency (May 15-December 13, 2014, Banner, WY) – Residencies of an average of one month for visual artists and writers, including playwrights and screenwriters, who are 25 and older and live in the U.S. (citizenship not required). Organization provides housing, studio facilities, and a $400 stipend toward the cost of food and travel. Artists are responsible for travel, materials, and deposit ($100). Outreach opportunities are available, though not required. FEE: $23. Jentel Artist Residency, 130 Lower Piney Creek Rd., Banner, WY 82832, T: (307) 737-2311, FAX: (307) 737-2305, jentel@jentelarts.org, www.jentelarts.org. Deadline: January 15, 2015

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (June-September, 2014, 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/day), and deposit ($50). Occasional full funding available. See website for application. FEE: $40. Virginia Center for the Arts, 154 San Angelo Dr., Amherst, VA 24521, T: (434) 946-7236, FAX: (434) 946-7239, vcca@vcca.com, www.vcca.com. Deadline:January 15, 2015

Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (May-July, 2014, Red Wing, MN) – Residencies of an average of 2-4 weeks for visual and performing artists, writers, and scholars of all kinds. Residency provides housing, meals, and studios; artist responsible for travel and materials. Special fellowships are available in July for emerging artists and writers from New York City or Minnesota; see website for details. NO FEE. Anderson Center at Tower View, PO Box 406, Red Wing, MN 55066, T: (651) 388-2009, FAX: (651) 388-5538, info@andersoncenter.org, www.andersoncenter.org. Deadline: February 1, 2015

Vermont Studio Center (Year-round, Johnson, VT) – Residencies of an average of 4-12 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 travel and residency fee ($3,950/month; 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,info@vermontstudiocenter.org, www.vermontstudiocenter.org. Deadline: February 15, 2015

Ragdale Foundation (June-December, 2014, Lake Forest, IL) – Residencies of either 18 or 25 for visual artists, musicians, writers, dancers, media artists, and choreographers. Organization provides housing, meals, and studio space; artist responsible for residency fee ($35/day), deposit ($100/two weeks), travel and materials. FEE: $40. Ragdale Foundation, 1260 N. Green Bay Rd., Lake Forest, IL 60045, T: (847) 234-1063, FAX: (847) 234-1063,info@ragdale.org, www.ragdale.org. Deadline: May 15, 2015 for 2016 Residencies

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Submission opportunities for women in film/video.
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January’s Featured Opportunity


Kitchens and Calhoun Productions


Kitchens and Calhoun Productions (www.kitchensandcalhoun.com) seek pop, rock, jazz, gospel or hip hop artists to compose instrumental incidental music for our interracial buddy comedy, The Struggle. About The Struggle: “Life is hard in these mean streets, but best friends Kitchens and Calhoun are taking on NYC one battle at a time. They've got big hearts, no dollars, and strong side eyes for all the shenanigans the Big Apple throws their way. All day, every day: The Struggle is Real.”


Kitchens and Calhoun also seek the following for The Struggle:
- a marketing & social media consultant
- sound editing assistance
- color correction assistance


Please send your website or social media and any relevant work samples to Kristen Adele Calhoun and Jessica Kitchens at kitchensandcalhoun@gmail.com.


TO SUBMIT: Include the Special Opps Code, which can be retrieved by emailing specialoppscode@gmail.com, and your area of interest in the subject line of your email.


About Kitchens and Calhoun: Kristen Adele Calhoun and Jessica Kitchens met while working on a regional theater production of Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris.  It was Rochester.  It was the dead of winter.  Polar Vortexes were slapping these two in the face every chance they got.  Kristen and Jessica knew they would not survive this brutal experience unless they created some dope art to warm their souls.  Write or die.  Thus began the creative process that led to The Struggle.
Writing The Struggle led to figuring out how to get the series made, which led to deciding that they would film it themselves, which led to investing in equipment and learning how to produce, shoot, star in, edit, and market a web series from scratch.  It has been the most incredible learning process and has exponentially increased the amount of creative power that Kristen and Jessica harness.
Welcome to Kitchens & Calhoun Productions.  We hope you dig it.


Festivals
Liverpool Lift-Off Film Festival (February/March 2015, Liverpool, UK) - Liverpool Lift-Off is part of the prestigious network of transatlantic based Lift-Off Film Festivals. It is the 1st event in the Lift-Off Season and the 1st Film Festival of the year based in the United Kingdom. Winners of the Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Amsterdam and London Film Festivals screen at Liverpool Lift-Off, along with new hopefuls from around the globe looking to join the ever expanding network of emerging industry professionals. Every single filmmaker who submits will receive from us exclusive submitter only content that aim to coach and guide all filmmakers on the continuous marketing of their work. Please allow liverpool@lift-off-festival.com to be accepted into your inbox! Accepting all films and scripts in any genre. Submissions are accepted on DVD, paper and secure-online screeners. Please label all work clearly with your name, contact information, exhibition format and running time. The festival cannot be held accountable for faulty or uncued preview DVD's. Visit https://filmfreeway.com/festival/LiverpoolLiftOffFilmFestival for more thorough guidelines. Deadline: January 9, 2015 (Film Freeway Late), January 30, 2015 (Extended)


**Through Women’s Eyes** (April 10-19, 2015, Great Falls, VA) – International festival featuring women directors, with a focus on international women’s issues, stories and lives. Seeking films directed by women in the following categories: Documentary, Feature, and Short. FEE: $40-$75. Through Women’s Eyes, 241 Bliss Lane, Great Falls, VA 22066, T: (703) 402-1428, tobrack@aol.com, http://www.throughwomenseyes.com, Deadline: January 5, 2015 (late), January 10, 2015 (extended, via withoutabox.com)


American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at Cannes (May 2015, Cannes, France) – Supports upcoming filmmakers by showcasing their films at the American Pavilion during the Cannes Film Festival while providing an opportunity for filmmakers to connect with the Cannes Film Festival, Marketplace attendees and to a global audience. Seeking entries by emerging and student filmmakers (current undergraduate and graduate school students and emerging filmmakers up to three years post graduation) in the following categories: Short Film, Short Student Film, Short Documentary, and Short Student Documentary. FEE: $35-$85. American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at Cannes, 9336 W. Washington Blvd., Building C, Ste. 106, Culver City, CA 90232, T: (310) 202-3370, showcase@ampav.com, http://www.ampav.com/index.php/student-programs/cannes-emerging-filmmaker-showcase/
Deadline: January 30, 2015 (regular), February 27, 2015 (late)


San Francisco Green Film Festival (May 28-June 3, 2015, San Francisco, CA) – Aims to present forward-thinking programs of films and discussions that inspire collaborative environmental action and advocacy. Seeking entries that bring critical and contemporary environmental issues to light in the following categories: Documentary Feature (over 45 minutes), Narrative Fiction Feature (over 45 minutes), Short (under 45 minutes), and Interactive/Multimedia.  FEE: $0-$55.  San Francisco Green Film Festival, Ninth Street Independent Film Center, 145 9th St., Ste. 220, San Francisco, CA 94103, T: (415) 742-1394, info@sfgreenfilmfest.org, http://sfgreenfilmfest.org. Deadline: January 9, 2015 (regular), January 16, 2015 (late)


AFI DOCS Documentary Festival (June 18-22, 2014, Silver Spring, MD) – Honors the creativity and passion of independent, non-fiction filmmakers and the power of the moving image to alter our perspective and expand our world-view. Seeking Feature (41 minutes or longer) and Short (40 minutes or shorter) documentaries that demonstrate a bold commitment to subject matter, excellence in cinematic craft, and innovation in storytelling. FEE: $30-$70. Silverdocs, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20910, T: (301) 495-6720, FAX: (301) 495-6798, info@silverdocs.com, http://www.SILVERDOCS.com. Deadline: January 30, 2015 (regular), March 2, 2015 (late)

Sarasota Film Festival (April 10-19, 2015, Sarasota, FL) - The SFF emphasizes the best in new cinema alongside exciting repertory work and with almost 50,000 attendees each year, we rank among the largest festivals in the southeastern United States. Our industry attendance is also impressive — recent guests include reps from IFC Films, Magnolia Pictures,, First Run Features, Fortissimo Films, Cinetic and Participant Media. What's more, SFF selections are heavily promoted by attending media outlets, which in the past have included USA Today, GQ Magazine, Vanity Fair, Variety, Indiewire, Filmmaker Magazine, The Huffington Post and Screen International. http://www.sarasotafilmfestival.com/2015-festival/submit-your-film. Deadline: January 9, 2015 (late)


Frameline: The San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival (June 18-28, 2015, San Francisco, CA) – Aims to strengthen the diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and further its visibility by supporting and promoting a broad array of cultural representations and artistic expression in film, video, and other media arts. Entries by women and people of color strongly encouraged. Seeking diverse works by, about, and of interest to the LGBT community in the following categories: Narrative Feature (40 minutes or longer), Documentary Feature (40 minutes or longer), and Short (under 40 minutes). FEE: $0-$55