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Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 12 May 2017

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Our weekly Friday round-up of opportunities listed on the blog that haven’t yet reached their closing date (listed in order of closing date).  Opportunities are grouped into four sections: 1) Pick of the Week & featured posts; 2) Opportunities with Deadlines; 3) Workshops and Events; 4) Ongoing opportunities (No deadline).

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**Last few places remaining**Coming up with London Playwright’s Blog: LPW Workshops: Rough to Ready (Re-drafting with Kimberley Andrews)

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Submissions open for The Director’s Club showcase ‘Nothing to Declare’ 

From the Archive of our Advice Column, Pursued By A Bear:  “I’m struggling to finish my first play, should I just give up?”

Opportunities with deadlines:

The Writers Club open for applications for July 2017 sessions (£75 a term) – no specified deadline

Ugly Duck offering cheap rehearsal space in Docklands – next few months for Edinburgh Fringe

Play Submissions Helper – Deadline: Various throughout May

ArtsEd drama school call out for scripts for Original Screenplay Project – Deadline: Friday 12 May 2017

Actors Temple Studio seeks new writers for workshop – Deadline: Monday 15 May 2017

BBC Writersroom COMEDY Script Room 2017 open for submissions – Deadline: 15 May 2017

British Council seeks migrant writers for ‘Imagine 2037’ festival -Deadline: 18 May 2017

Mad Apple Collective seeks plays based on The Locked Room –  – Deadline: 19 May 2017

Comedians Theatre Company call for duologues for Edinburgh slot Deadline: 26 May 2017

Player-Playwrights seek 15-minute plays on ‘them and us’ theme – Deadline Monday 29 May 2017

Little Fish Theatre seeks shorts for Pick of the Vine competition ($50 payment/production) – Deadline: 31 May 2017

Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation seek LGBT historically inspired work ($500-3,000 prize) Deadline: 31 May 31, 2017

Pint-Sized Plays sought for pub performance in Tenby Festival Week – Deadline: 31 May 2017

Nick Darke Award 2017 (£2000 prize) – Deadline: 31 May 2017

BBC Northern Ireland seeking comedy shorts with a Halloween theme (opens end of May)

Papatango Resident Playwright 2017 (£2000 seed commission) – Deadline:  1 June 2017 (submissions open on 22 May 2017)

2017 Bruntwood Prize open for submissions (cash prize + development) – Deadline:  5 June 2017 at 6pm

Kali war play season for South Asia women writers  – Deadline: Monday 5 June 2017 at 5pm

Threadbare Theatre’s playwriting competition seeking a play set in a pub – Deadline: 16 June 2017

US New Works of Merit seeks scripts of social significance ($25 fee, $300 prize/professional reading) – Deadline 30 June 30, 2017

Alleyway Theatre seeks musicals/plays in memory of Maxim Mazumda for New York premiere – Deadline: 1 July 2017

Full Circle Radio Theatre launch new online playwriting festival for 2017– Deadline: 30 June 2017

Dionysian magazine accepting shorts from female-identifying playwrights – Deadline 1 July 2017

Verity Bargate Award 2017 – Deadline: 5 July 2017 at 12pm

Leytonstone Itch seeks 5-10 minute play for summer festival (£50 prize) – Deadline: None specified but the performance takes place on 15 July 2017

Sterts Theatre One Act Play Writing Competition 2017 (entry £7, prize £40) – Deadline: 31 July 2017

London Short Film Festival open for 2018 submissions (entry fee $6.50- $38) – Deadline: 21 April-21 August 2017

Soundwork call out for 15 minute monologues (Production and placement on website) – Deadline: 31 August 2017

Events and workshops:

Verity Bargate Award workshops – London workshops from 15 April-15 June 2017. Others around the country from Tue 18 April

Free writing workshop with Papatango winner Dawn King – Saturday 13 May 2017 and 27 May.

Bruntwood Prize 2017’s free online workshop programme –  20 and 24 May 2017

National Theatre: How to Begin Playwriting course with Andrew Muir (£400/£350 bursaries available) -Fridays 28 April – 14 July, 10.30am-12.30pm

Gate Theatre Workshop on the writer/director relationship (£10) –,13 May 2017 from 10 am-1pm

LPW Workshops: Rough to Ready (Re-drafting with Kimberley Andrews) Saturday 13 May, Saturday 27 May (10am-5pm)

Scriptwriting with Simon Vinnicombe  at YHA St Pancras, 79-81 Euston Road, £40,  Tuesday 16 May 2017, 10am-4pm

Bread and Roses Theatre Playwrights Circle meeting –  22 May from 7.30-9.30pm

Playwrights Toolbox with Paul Kalburgi at Bread and Roses   –   Friday 16 June 2017(10-6pm)

Three day playwriting workshop with Simon Stephens in Andalucia  15 – 19 October 2017

Writers’ Mutual writing group -currently taking place Wednesdays 11am- 1pm

Ongoing submissions:

Three opportunities with Alphabetti Theatre and rolling deadlines

Theatrefullstop in call out for bi-weekly podcast script submissions – Deadline: None posted.

Newsthump looking for spoof news writers – Deadline: ongoing

Arvon Grants available for writing courses – Deadline: none posted/ various

London Poet seeking film makers to collaborate with – Deadline: none

Edgemar Center for the Arts (Santa Monica) seeking new work for 2017 season – Deadline: none

Batty Mama seeking writers/ artists – Deadline: none posted

Rich Gifts Theatre seeking writers – Deadline: rolling

Paines Plough accepting ongoing submissions – Deadline: rolling

BBC Comedy Classroom – Comedy writing resources for young people –  Deadline: various

Online Masterclass with Aaron Sorkin on Screenwriting ($90) – Deadline: none posted

JW3 seeking submissions of pieces about Jewish culture – Deadline: rolling

BFI Postroom open to submissions of films and scripts from emerging filmmakers – Deadline: rolling

Opportunities to hear your play with Player Playwrights – Deadline: rolling

Online Playwriting Course with Live Theatre (£95-£495) – Deadline: rolling

Playwrights Circle at the Bread & Roses – Deadline: ongoing (monthly event)

The Institute of Other seeking creative practitioners – Deadline: none posted

White Hart Trust Studios seeking international and foreign language theatre – Deadline: none posted

Pokfulam Rd Productions looking for playwrights and creatives – Deadline: none posted

55 Kings Contemporary Theatre Productions looking for writers – Deadline: none posted

Plane Paper Theatre call out for plays – Deadline: none posted

Theatrelab seeking scripts to perform at ‘WordPlay’ at Bath Spa University – Deadline: none posted

Londonville Lit offering reading slots – Deadline: none posted

Madam Renards Mini Fringe Festival Swindon open for applications from writers and performers – Deadline: none posted (festival takes place in 2016)

Orange Tea Theatre accepting submissions – Deadline: rolling

Funding available for students at Glasgow University MLitt Playwriting & Dramaturgy – Deadline: none posted

Everything Theatre accepting plays for podcast readings – Deadline: none posted

The Cockpit Theatre seeking work for scratch nights – Deadline: none  posted but performances take place on the first Monday of the month.

Shred Productions open to submissions – Deadline: none (open submissions)

Poppy Seed – accepting submissions of 5 minute scripts for blog – Deadline: none posted

COG ARTSpace call out for playwrights! – Deadline: none posted

News:

RSC’s Next Generation programme will be released in May 2017.

The Stage announces inaugural Debut Awards for emerging theatrical talent – Deadline: 30 July 30, 2017

Free writing workshop with Papatango winner Dawn King

Dawn King, winner of the 2011 Papatango New Writing Prize for Foxfinder, which was one of The Independent’s Top 5 Plays of the Year,  is to provide a free playwriting workshop at Ovalhouse.

It will cover topics including writing exercises, dramaturgy, exploratory writing, story structure, dialogue, and redrafting.

Dates: Saturday 13 May 2017 and 27 May. The second session is led by Papatango

Cost: free

How to apply: tickets are strictly limited. Get them here

Deadline: none specified

Source:  word of mouth

Dionysian magazine accepting shorts from female-identifying playwrights

Submissions are open for issue 004 of The Dionysian magazine – a women in theatre issue.

Submissions are open to female-identifying playwrights only for this issue.

The Dionysian says it is “constantly looking for new and upcoming playwrights while also presenting established playwrights.

” Any content is fair-game, as we would like to present a range of styles and themes, whether it be two lines of dialogue or a stream of consciousness monologue.  We want to showcase your work.”

What to submit/How to apply:  

  • Send a completed short play ranging from 1-10 pages, as a PDF, along with a short bio (not to be published alongside the play), and a quick blurb about the piece to:
    submissions@dionysianmagazine.com
  • Please limit submissions to one per playwright
  • They can only accept plays we haven’t been sent before
  • Please remember Copyright and Performance Rights always remain with the writer and the publication is used only to highlight the playwright. That being said please ensure that you, the playwright, has full ownership of the material before submitting
  • More details at this link

Deadline: 1 July 2017

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook

 

Fright Shorts: BBC Northern Ireland seeking comedy shorts with a Halloween theme

BBC Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Screen plan to commission funny, shareable, comedy shorts for BBC iPlayer, and are looking for Northern Ireland talent to write them.

Fright Short follows on from Tight Shorts – the BBCNI comedy strand which started last year during Euro 2016.

This time BBCNI, Northern Ireland Screen and BBC Writersroom are looking for 5-minute comedy scripts with a Halloween theme.

A fast-paced, original funny story, told in a hilarious way with brilliant characters is what they’re after.

They say: “Scare the life out of us, share a funny tale about a failed fancy dress outfit or something grim that happened at a party. Whatever you like but the main thing is to make us laugh.

“The window for submissions from anyone in, or from Northern Ireland will open at the end of May, so get thinking and watch this space. ”

Deadline: 12 June 2017

Source: BBC Opportunities

British Council seeks migrant writers for ‘Imagine 2037’ festival

The British Council has announced a new opportunity open to artists who are migrants, based anywhere in the world.

It says: “To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the British Council’s Edinburgh Showcase, we invite practitioners to dream about the future with us in Imagine 2037, a festival of imaginary performances.

“We will commission six artists to write a short text describing an imaginary performance to take place on Arthur’s Seat, overlooking Edinburgh in 20 years’ time.

“Together, these texts will form an imaginary festival. We will publish them on beautiful cards, each with a bespoke illustration, and distribute them at events throughout the Edinburgh Showcase, which takes place on 21–26 August 2017 alongside the Edinburgh Festivals. We’ll also share them online.

“For artists, this is an opportunity to reach international theatre audiences and a chance to take part in a shared experience with other practitioners who you might otherwise be unable to work with. The imaginary performances are never intended to happen in real life, but to exist in our imaginations through the artists’ words.

“Why are we doing this? While we celebrate our birthday, we want to think about three things that are important to us: Edinburgh, artist mobility and the future.

“The founding principles of the Edinburgh Festivals are about providing a meeting point for people from different places to understand each other.

“With the projects that have been booked through the Edinburgh Showcase over the years, we’ve seen the value of artists exploring new cultures and new places. And as well as remembering the past 20 years, we want to look forwards.”

What to submit/How to apply: via this link

Deadline: 18 May 2017

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Last of Bruntwood Prize online workshops to help you get scripts ready for June deadline

The Bruntwood Prize – the biggest playwriting competition in the UK – has announced its 2017 live online workshop programme, which should help you get your scripts ready before the June deadline.

Bruntwood says: “We’re pleased to announce our 2017 live online workshop programme, and for the first time we will offer three international workshops in Australia, India and New York.

“These free workshops, led by prominent figures working internationally in theatre, are open to anyone and offer a chance for budding playwrights to develop their craft.”

Where are the workshops coming from? The five UK-based workshops will be hosted at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, who co-founded the Prize with the Bruntwood property group in 2005. The international partners will be Playwriting Australia at The Arts Exchange in Sydney, James Madison University in Delhi and the Public Theater in New York City.

How do I get to see them? The workshops will be live streamed at writeaplay.co.uk where there will also be a chance to interact via social media. All workshops will later be available as a free resource tool for anyone to access afterwards.

Who’s involved? Workshop leaders will include; the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Suzan-Lori Parks; associate artist of Third Angel and the Royal Exchange, Chris Thorpe; agent and dramaturg, Mel Kenyon; and previous Bruntwood Prize winner and 2017 judge, Phil Porter.

MAY PROGRAMME

SUZAN-LORI PARKS | Watch Me Work

20 May, 7pm-9pm GMT 

MEL KENYON | Re-Drafting & Taking Notes
24 May, 6pm-8pm

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Submissions open for The Director’s Cut Club showcase: Nothing to Declare

Submissions are now open for The Director’s Cut Club showcase: Nothing to Declare on 11 June at Southwark Playhouse. They are asking writers to respond to a detailed brief outlined on their website.

What to submit/How to apply: 

Deadline for submissions: Friday 19 May 2017 at 6pm

Source: @bbcwritersroom

 

Actors Temple Studio seeks new writers for Playwright/Playread workshop

The Actors Temple Studio is calling new writers for its next Playwright/ Playread Workshop on Sunday 4 June 2017.

They say it is “an opportunity to develop and workshop your writing at our Studio in Warren Street.

“Chosen writers will have a section of their script rehearsed for approximately 2 hours with our trained actors.

“There will then be a staged reading in front of an invited audience, with a Q&A session, critical feedback & networking.

“We select 2-3 playwrights to work with per session.”

What to submit/How to apply: 

1. A covering letter explaining why you would like to be part of the event, what you would like to focus on specifically during the workshop and what you hope to gain from the overall experience.

2. 10 – 15 pages of your script. This should be the scene or scene/s that you wish to be read at our Playwright/PlayRead Event.

3. A short summary about your play (One paragraph maximum).

4. A brief biography of you as a playwright (One paragraph maximum).

5. A clear cast list (our preference is for plays that require a maximum of 6 actors – this can include doubling of characters where appropriate)

6. Email mark@actorstemple.co.uk

The  artistic director will be present to look out for new work eligible for The Actors Temple Create Project. Further details can be found here.

Deadline: Monday 15 May 2017

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook

Opportunities Weekly Round-Up: 5 May 2017

Want to help support LPB without spending any extra cash? Check out our ‘Gifts & Gear’ series and do your Amazon shopping via our links!

Our weekly Friday round-up of opportunities listed on the blog that haven’t yet reached their closing date (listed in order of closing date).  Opportunities are grouped into four sections: 1) Pick of the Week & featured posts; 2) Opportunities with Deadlines; 3) Workshops and Events; 4) Ongoing opportunities (No deadline).

Want to be sure you never miss an opportunity?  Sign up for our email list to get the weekly roundup direct to your inbox!

**Last few places remaining**Coming up with London Playwright’s Blog: LPW Workshops: Rough to Ready (Re-drafting with Kimberley Andrews)

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: Opportunities – Actor Awareness seeks scratch night shorts on race, religion, culture (paid opportunity)

From the Archive of our Advice Column, Pursued By A Bear:  Am I too old to become a playwright?

Opportunities with deadlines:

The Writers Club open for applications for July 2017 sessions (£75 a term) – no specified deadline

Ugly Duck offering cheap rehearsal space in Docklands – next few months for Edinburgh Fringe

Play Submissions Helper – Deadline: Various throughout May

Class Dismissed Sketch Writing Initiative with CCBC and BBC Writersroom – Deadline: 5 May 2017

Bigger Fish Theatre trawls for 10-20 minute plays for performance – Deadline: Sunday 7 May 2017

Call out for comedy shorts inspired by Anita and Me (£300 prize) Deadline: 7 May 2017

Sky Blue Theatre: British Theatre Challenge for Schools – Deadline: 7 May 2017

Small But Mighty Productions call for submissions [LGBTQIA-welcoming] – Deadline: 8 May  2017

Little Pieces of Gold seeks 10 minute plays for Southwark Playhouse  – Deadline: 8 May 2017 at midnight

Itch and scratch seeks submissions for audio plays project – Deadline: 8 May 2017

Aberdeen Performing Arts seeking submissions for scratch night – Deadline: 8 May 2017

ArtsEd drama school call out for scripts for Original Screenplay Project – Deadline: Friday 12 May 2017

BBC Writersroom COMEDY Script Room 2017 open for submissions – Deadline: 15 May 2017

Mad Apple Collective seeks plays based on The Locked Room –  – Deadline: 19 May 2017

Comedians Theatre Company call for duologues for Edinburgh slot Deadline: 26 May 2017

Player-Playwrights seek 15-minute plays on ‘them and us’ theme – Deadline Monday 29 May 2017

Little Fish Theatre seeks shorts for Pick of the Vine competition ($50 payment/production) – Deadline: 31 May 2017

Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation seek LGBT historically inspired work ($500-3,000 prize) Deadline: 31 May 31, 2017

Pint-Sized Plays sought for pub performance in Tenby Festival Week – Deadline: 31 May 2017

Nick Darke Award 2017 (£2000 prize) – Deadline: 31 May 2017

Papatango Resident Playwright 2017 (£2000 seed commission) – Deadline:  1 June 2017 (submissions open on 22 May 2017)

2017 Bruntwood Prize open for submissions (cash prize + development) – Deadline:  5 June 2017 at 6pm

Kali war play season for South Asia women writers  – Deadline: Monday 5 June 2017 at 5pm

Threadbare Theatre’s playwriting competition seeking a play set in a pub – Deadline: 16 June 2017

US New Works of Merit seeks scripts of social significance ($25 fee, $300 prize/professional reading) – Deadline 30 June 30, 2017

Alleyway Theatre seeks musicals/plays in memory of Maxim Mazumda for New York premiere – Deadline: 1 July 2017

Full Circle Radio Theatre launch new online playwriting festival for 2017– Deadline: 30 June 2017

Verity Bargate Award 2017 – Deadline: 5 July 2017 at 12pm

Leytonstone Itch seeks 5-10 minute play for summer festival (£50 prize) – Deadline: None specified but the performance takes place on 15 July 2017

Sterts Theatre One Act Play Writing Competition 2017 (entry £7, prize £40) – Deadline: 31 July 2017

London Short Film Festival open for 2018 submissions (entry fee $6.50- $38) – Deadline: 21 April-21 August 2017

Soundwork call out for 15 minute monologues (Production and placement on website) – Deadline: 31 August 2017

Events and workshops:

Verity Bargate Award workshops – London workshops from 15 April-15 June 2017. Others around the country from Tue 18 April

Bruntwood Prize 2017’s free online workshop programme – From 1 March-24 May 2017

National Theatre: How to Begin Playwriting course with Andrew Muir (£400/£350 bursaries available) -Fridays 28 April – 14 July, 10.30am-12.30pm

UEA offers online introduction to screenwriting course (£0-49) from 8 May 2017

Free online screenwriting course with Future Learn/ Uni of East Anglia – Starts 8 May 2017

Jennifer Farmer’s Playwriting course  at the Bishopsgate Institute from Monday 08 May-Monday 19 June

Free tickets to book launch/showcase of Student Guide to Writing competition winners– Bush Theatre on 9 May 2017 at 2pm.

Gate Theatre Workshop on the writer/director relationship (£10) –,13 May 2017 from 10 am-1pm

LPW Workshops: Rough to Ready (Re-drafting with Kimberley Andrews) Saturday 13 May, Saturday 27 May (10am-5pm)

Scriptwriting with Simon Vinnicombe  at YHA St Pancras, 79-81 Euston Road, £40,  Tuesday 16 May 2017, 10am-4pm

Bread and Roses Theatre Playwrights Circle meeting –  22 May from 7.30-9.30pm

Playwrights Toolbox with Paul Kalburgi at Bread and Roses   –   Friday 16 June 2017(10-6pm)

Three day playwriting workshop with Simon Stephens in Andalucia  15 – 19 October 2017

Writers’ Mutual writing group -currently taking place Wednesdays 11am- 1pm

Ongoing submissions:

Three opportunities with Alphabetti Theatre and rolling deadlines

Theatrefullstop in call out for bi-weekly podcast script submissions – Deadline: None posted.

Newsthump looking for spoof news writers – Deadline: ongoing

Arvon Grants available for writing courses – Deadline: none posted/ various

London Poet seeking film makers to collaborate with – Deadline: none

Edgemar Center for the Arts (Santa Monica) seeking new work for 2017 season – Deadline: none

Batty Mama seeking writers/ artists – Deadline: none posted

Rich Gifts Theatre seeking writers – Deadline: rolling

Paines Plough accepting ongoing submissions – Deadline: rolling

BBC Comedy Classroom – Comedy writing resources for young people –  Deadline: various

Online Masterclass with Aaron Sorkin on Screenwriting ($90) – Deadline: none posted

JW3 seeking submissions of pieces about Jewish culture – Deadline: rolling

BFI Postroom open to submissions of films and scripts from emerging filmmakers – Deadline: rolling

Opportunities to hear your play with Player Playwrights – Deadline: rolling

Online Playwriting Course with Live Theatre (£95-£495) – Deadline: rolling

Playwrights Circle at the Bread & Roses – Deadline: ongoing (monthly event)

The Institute of Other seeking creative practitioners – Deadline: none posted

White Hart Trust Studios seeking international and foreign language theatre – Deadline: none posted

Pokfulam Rd Productions looking for playwrights and creatives – Deadline: none posted

55 Kings Contemporary Theatre Productions looking for writers – Deadline: none posted

Plane Paper Theatre call out for plays – Deadline: none posted

Theatrelab seeking scripts to perform at ‘WordPlay’ at Bath Spa University – Deadline: none posted

Londonville Lit offering reading slots – Deadline: none posted

Madam Renards Mini Fringe Festival Swindon open for applications from writers and performers – Deadline: none posted (festival takes place in 2016)

Orange Tea Theatre accepting submissions – Deadline: rolling

Funding available for students at Glasgow University MLitt Playwriting & Dramaturgy – Deadline: none posted

Everything Theatre accepting plays for podcast readings – Deadline: none posted

The Cockpit Theatre seeking work for scratch nights – Deadline: none  posted but performances take place on the first Monday of the month.

Shred Productions open to submissions – Deadline: none (open submissions)

Poppy Seed – accepting submissions of 5 minute scripts for blog – Deadline: none posted

COG ARTSpace call out for playwrights! – Deadline: none posted

News:

RSC’s Next Generation programme will be released in May 2017.

The Stage announces inaugural Debut Awards for emerging theatrical talent – Deadline: 30 July 30, 2017

Alleyway Theatre seeks musicals/plays in memory of Maxim Mazumda for New York premiere

Alleyway Theatre, based in Buffalo, New York, has announced its annual international Maxim Mazumdar competition in memory of the Canadian playwright and actor.

The competition is open to anyone of any age or citizenship.

Alleyway Theatre seeks:

A full-Length: Play or musical not less than 90 minutes in length, any style, no more than 10 performers. Collections of one-acts are not eligible.

A one-Act: Play not more than 20 minutes in length, any style, no more than 6 performers.

What you get:

  • In addition to modest cash prizes in each category, the winning full-length will receive its premiere production at Alleyway Theatre in the following theatre season and the winning one-act will receive its premiere in the annual Buffalo Quickies Festival.

What to submit/How to apply:

  • Authors are limited to one submission per category per year
  • Although an entry may be of any style, preference will be given to scripts which are uniquely theatrical
  • Entries must not be previously produced (staged readings excepted) and must be withheld from production during the period of the competition
  • Entry fee of $25.00/US per playwright covers entry in one or both categories, money order or check made out to Alleyway Theatre, Inc. There is no entry form.
  • Musicals must be accompanied by audio tape or CD of the complete score.
  • Scripts must include character breakdowns, including doubling suggestions.
  • Entry materials will not be returned
  • See details here
  • Write to the literary manager, Alleyway Theatre, 1 Curtain Up Alley, Buffalo, NY 14202, or email newplays@alleyway.com

Deadline: 1 July 2017

Source: direct contact