Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 30 June 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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London Writers’ Week

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: Hampstead Theatre launches Inspire: The next playwright programme (18-25)

Coming up with London Playwrights’ Blog:

LPB at London Writers’ Week: Making Your Own Work in the Digital Age: A Panel Discussion 

LPB at London Writers’ Week: Creative Inspiration 2.0: A Practical Workshop 

LPB at London Writers’ Week: Social Get-Together and Networking for Writers

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:

Les Enfants Terribles accepting applications for The Stepladder Award 2017 – Deadline: 27 June 2017

Theatrefullstop accepting submissions for carnival podcast – Deadline: 27 June 2017

Scotland On Demand seeking writers for digital broadcast – Deadline: 28 June 2017

Ismena Collective now auditioning young playwrights for exciting project – Deadline: 30 June 2017

Green Curtain Theatre accepting submissions for London Irish Play Festival 2017 – Deadline: 30 June 2017

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

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

New Wimbledon Theatre seeking new plays for Young Actors Company – Deadline: 30 June 2017

Theatre Royal Plymouth accepting applications for The Lab Company (18-30) – Deadline: 30 June 2017

Pint-Sized seeking 10-15 minute pieces (£75 payment for performance) – Deadline: 1 July 2017

Oxford Playhouse accepting submissions for Playhouse Playmaker attachment scheme– Deadline: 1 July 2017 at midnight

Lager Magazine (online) seeking submissions – Deadline: 1 July 2017

School For Poets seeking writers and educators (paid) – Deadline: 1 July 2017

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

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

Hampstead Theatre launches Inspire: The Next Playwright Programme (age 18-25, £200 bursary) – Deadline: 2 July 2017 at midnight

Play Labs at Graeae Theatre Company – Deadline: 2 July 2017

Community Theatre Group seeking creative writing workshop leader (paid, Yorkshire) – Deadline: 2 July 2017

The Salon Collective calls for playwrights to partner on ACE funding – Deadline: 2 July 2017

Poole Museum seeking writer in residence (paid) – Deadline: 3 July 2017

Reframed summer script call for short films, sketches and web series – Deadline: 4 July 2017

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

The BRIT School looking for a playwright to write graduate production – Deadline: 6 July 2017 at 5pm

Whitworth Young Contemporaries seeking artists/writers interested in South Asian Arts (paid) – Deadline: 7 July 2017

G64 Festival running ‘Truth or Dare Festival’ competitions for playwrights age 4-18 – Deadline: 10 July 2017

Dursley library and Create Gloucestershire seeking artists for Story Bus project (paid) – Deadline: 12 July 2017

Penguin Random House accepting submissions for WriteNow scheme – Deadline: 16 July 2017

Hijabi Monologues seeking true stories for performance at Bush Theatre (Muslim women writers) – Deadline: 17 July 2017 at 12 noon

Film London accepting applications for London Calling short film scheme – Deadline: 25 July 2017 at 12 noon

Second Sons seeking submissions for Play Time new writing night – Deadline: 26 July 2017 at midnight

Yellow Earth Theatre seeking new writing for Typhoon 2017 showcase (East Asian Writers) – Deadline: 28 July 2017

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

Play Submissions Helper: 38 Opportunities with July deadlines – Deadline: various throughout July

Yale Drama Series Competition 2018 – Deadline: 15 August 2017

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

Miscellany Theatre Productions seeking love stories for My Irish Love Song project – Deadline: August (exact date TBC)

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

Barnes Film Festival short film competition (under 25’s, entry £10) – Deadline: 1 September 2017

Red Dragonfly new playwriting competition 2017 open for submissions – Deadline: 1 October 2017

Congleton Players One-Act Plays Festival open for submissions (£150 prize) – Deadline: 30 November 2017

Ashland New Plays Festival (Oregon, $15  entry, $1500 prize) – Deadline: 31 December (or when they receive 400 submissions)

Events and workshops:

National Theatre: Tony Kushner on Angels in America – 30 June 2017

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

London Writers’ Week 2017 – starts 3 July 2017

LPB at London Writers’ Week: Making Your Own Work in the Digital Age: A Panel Discussion  -8 July 2017 3pm-4.30pm

LPB at London Writers’ Week: Creative Inspiration 2.0: A Practical Workshop  -8 July 2015 5pm – 7pm

LPB at London Writers’ Week: Social Get-Together and Networking for Writers -8 July 2017 7pm-9pm

The John Retallack Playwriting Course (Oxford, £2500) – Deadline: 31 July 2017

The Scenic Route presents ‘Creating Theatre, an Intensive Lab'(£195/£210 cost) – Starts 21 August 2017

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:

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

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

Second Sons seeking submissions for Play Time new writing night

The submissions window is now open for Play Time, a new writing night being held on Sunday 17th September.
“Second Sons Theatre Company are accepting submissions from UK-based writers who have bold and exciting pieces of theatre to offer. Following sold out runs at Theatre N16 and The Bunker, we are again looking for short plays, no longer than 12 minutes in length, with minimal technical requirements, for Play Time – a new writing night being held on Sunday 17th September 2017 at a central London fringe venue”.
“Second Sons is committed to producing innovative theatre. Got something a bit different? We want to read it. We look forward to reading your submissions!”
How to submit: Visit their website for more information on how to apply, or alternatively follow them on Twitter @secondsonstc.
Deadline: 26 July 2017 at midnight
Source: direct contact

Oxford Playhouse accepting submissions for Playhouse Playmaker attachment scheme

Playhouse Playmaker is a Writers Attachment Programme for new and emerging playwrights led by award-winning writer and director John Retallack.

Each year they select up to 6 writers who meet one Saturday a month, at Oxford Playhouse, between October and June. These sessions are used to work on writing techniques, with individual mentoring and feedback on scripts.

This programme is free but selective.

How to apply: application for 2017-2018 is now open – To apply for a place please send an example of your work, at least a 20 page extract or a full length play, to playmaker@oxfordplayhouse.com.  You do not need to have had your worked staged or published.

Deadline: Saturday 1 July 2017 at midnight 

Source: direct contact

The BRIT School looking for a playwright to write graduate production

The BRIT School are currently looking for a playwright for their graduate theatre company The Bridge to write their 2017/18 production.

The project: The Bridge Company is a training initiative run by the BRIT School’s Theatre department on a professional theatre model. Student’s work towards a qualification in arts management and the vehicle by which they develop these skills is through the production of a play written for them by a professional playwright and directed by a professional director. The project is supported with a grant from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.

The playwright will initially work with the company and the director 1 day a week to workshop the development of ideas. There will be 14 students on the course and the final piece will be 70 mins in length. The piece will have a run in London of up to 3 weeks.

What they are looking for:  a writer who has had experience of writing a piece in response to a workshop process and also has experience of working with young people or training actors.

Fee: Inline with ITC recommendations for a 70 minute play

Time frame: 

  • Sept 2017 – Jan 2018 Workshop/play development 1 day a week
  • Feb  – April 2018 Play development/rehearsal 1 day a week
  • May – July 2018 Intensive rehearsals and performances.

How to apply: Please apply with a cover letter, CV and a short sample of your writing to Simon Stephens, Director of Theatre at: sstephen@brit.croydon.sch.uk

Deadline: 6 July at 5pm

Source: Arts Jobs

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Hampstead Theatre launches Inspire: The next playwright programme (18-25)

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: Hampstead Theatre launches Inspire: The next playwright programme (18-25) 

Description: The Hampstead Theatre is launching Inspire: The Next Playwright Programme, an opportunity for playwrights to develop their craft under the mentorship of award-winning playwright Roy Williams. The programme is open to writers aged between 18-25 and it is completely free to enter.

What’s so great about it? Firstly, apologies if you’re over 25 but this week’s pick is such a great opportunity for our younger readers, we felt we had to highlight it! The Inspire scheme, run by the Hampstead Theatre begins in September 2017 and chosen playwrights will attend monthly group sessions with Roy Williams and visiting practitioners, as well as one-on-one meetings. Writers will also get the chance to submit drafts of their work for feedback and to hold a reading of their work the Hampstead. At the end of the scheme, all scripts will be considered for presentation in the Downstairs Studio so this a real chance to get your work out there on the London stage! If you want to apply, you’ll need to send in a sample of your work by 2 July. Writers will also receive a £200 bursary towards travel costs throughout the year.

Read the full details here.

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity.

Photo courtesy of Hampstead Theatre

Community Theatre Group seeking creative writing workshop leader (paid, Yorkshire)

Community Theatre Group are seeking an experienced writer to deliver 8 creative writing workshops in Belle Isle, Leeds, starting in September 2017.

Each workshop should be 2 hours long and will focus on supporting participants to develop a short play or piece of writing which will be performed on completion of the 8 session course in the GATE Community resource centre.

“Community Theatre Group were formed in 2016. We are a community group whose aim is to promote the arts, namely creative writing and drama, and to promote community cohesion in Belle Isle. Currently preparing a series of projects working with primary school aged children in the area we are looking for an experienced writer with a strong playwriting track record who will inspire participants and who will be interested in supporting future Community Theatre Group projects”.

Location: Belle Isle TMO, Aberfield Gate, Leeds, LS10 3QH

Type: Sessional

Salary: £20 per hour + expenses

Contact: Email CV and Cover Letter to Lynne Spirrett (lynne.spirrett@belleisletmo.co.uk

For informal discussions around the role please call 0113 3782190

Deadline: 2 July 2017

Source: Arts Jobs

Dursley library and Create Gloucestershire seeking artists for Story Bus project (paid)

Dursley Library is looking for an artist or artist group to propose a story intervention, performance, workshop or community engagement to be delivered using the Gloucestershire mobile library bus on three occasions between 23 – 28 October 2017.

The work will be part of a creative and immersive project testing the Share a Book mobile library in new and innovative ways.

The purpose of the story bus project is to shift perceptions of the library and playfully explore the idea of what a story can be for young people up to the age of 14yrs.

We are interested in proposals from artists working across all artforms, e.g. performers, live artists, sound artists, film makers, writers, creative technologists, visual artists, etc.

Proposals for the story bus project could take any of the following formats:

  1. Using the vehicle to tell stories in a community (performative format)
  2. Using the vehicle to make stories with the community (workshop format)
  3. Using the vehicle to collect stories (creative format where a work is made and a creative response shared later in the library)

Dursley Library has been exploring the following two themes during 2017

  1. Stories and new technology
  2. Permission to play

They are interested in proposals connected to these themes (but not exclusively). FFI go to: https://tinyurl.com/y8hjwczl. The selected artist or artist group will have access to the library bus and support of the Library creative catalyst Sarah Warden who is an experienced Creative Producer and library team.  Fee: £1300

Application: visit  https://tinyurl.com/y8hjwczl for more information. Please send a CV and a proposal for the Dursley Story bus project by to:Sarah@creategloucestershire.co.uk

Deadline: 12 July 2017

Source: Arts Jobs

Theatre Royal Plymouth accepting applications for The Lab Company (18-30)

The Lab Company aims to support the development of early career artists. They are looking for individuals who will be supported to form a theatre company and create a new performance piece in the Lab studio at the Theatre Royal Plymouth.

The project will provide:
• The chance to meet other artists, share ideas and start new collaborations
• Intensive training with the Theatre Royal Plymouth’s Staff Director
• Access to Theatre Royal Plymouth facilities
• Workshops with some of the best theatre companies in the country (Told by an Idiot, Frantic Assembly etc)
• Professional advice, signposting and mentoring by industry professionals
• A supported opportunity to create and show a new piece of theatre in a professional environment
• Employment opportunities at the Theatre Royal Plymouth
• Expenses for Lab Company workshop/rehearsal days

Who is it for?
Early Career Artists aged 18-30. This is ideal for recent graduates, those taking a gap year or those in part time employment.

Meet 2016’s Lab Company here and hear about some of their experiences on our Blog Pages.

Applications are welcomed from performers in the main, but there will also be a limited number of opportunities for those skills in dramaturgy, writing, directing, producing, theatre design and music. We are looking to form an ensemble company so all should be prepared to try everything.

When does it take place?
Sept 17-July 18, mostly Thursday mornings and all day Fridays during term time. There will also be 2 intensive weeks in the year.

How do I get involved?

Application forms are available on our website or contact jordan.guilfoy-richards@theatreroyal.com

Deadline: 30 June 2017 at 9am  (Auditions: 17th – 19th July)

Source: Liverpool Everyman Newsletter

Play Labs at Graeae Theatre Company

Graeae’s Play Labs offer a safe space and creative support for Deaf and disabled artists wishing to explore raw ideas and fresh stories for live performance. 

Play Labs are open to D/deaf and disabled writers, performers and theatre makers of all levels and experience, who have an idea or the seeds of a story that would benefit specifically from being unpicked and explored with a creative team in a rehearsal room setting.

The opportunity offers successful applicants:

  • One day’s R&D in Graeae’s accessible studio space
  • Support from Graeae in assembling a creative team
  • A budget of up to £700 to cover all artists’ fees, expenses, access costs and materials
  • Mentorship and creative advice leading up to and immediately following the Play Lab date, plus the support of a Graeae director  and/or dramaturg who will facilitate the Play Lab day


How to apply: find out more and apply on the Graeae Theatre Company website 

Deadline: 2 July 2017

Source: BBC Writersroom

Play Submissions Helper: 38 Opportunities with July deadlines

Play Submissions Helper has just published their monthly roundup of opportunities, featuring those with deadlines in July 2017.

As usual, we’ve already picked and posted the ones we’ve found most relevant (most of these are based in the US), but you can click through to peruse the whole list of playwriting opportunities.

Deadline: various throughout July

Source: Play Submissions Helper