The RSC is once again inviting amateur companies to submit a proposal for a Shakespeare, or Shakespeare-themed, show in your own venue or outdoor site for their Open Stages project. (Note: While this opportunity is not open to professionals, this may present an opportunity for a writer to partner with an amateur company to present a Shakespeare-themed piece.)
What it is: From 2013-2016, the RSC is looking for 100 amateur companies across the UK to produce a Shakespeare or Shakespeare-themed production in their own venue, hired hall or outdoor site. Working with professional partner theatres, this new phase of the RSC Open Stages project will focus on learning, with each amateur company receiving training, director mentoring, feedback and support.
Eligibility: RSC Open Stages is open to any amateur or community group to take part in. ‘Amateur’ and ‘community’ group is defined for the purposes of this project as a group run by volunteers, and whose participants are volunteers. It does not include commercial youth theatres, youth theatre franchises, professional led/run community groups or professional led/run youth theatres, or school groups. If the group is led or run by someone who is paid to do so you are not eligible to take part.
How to apply: See their Application FAQ for full details. They encourage applications to come from Directors of the amateur groups.
Deadline: 15 August 2013
Source: Nick Hern Books e-Newsletter
***Not sure how relevant this opportunity will be to our readership of playwrights, but perhaps one to pass along to a friend…***
The Adrian Pagan Playwright Award is specifically for theatre professionals who do not describe themselves as playwrights (actors, directors, designers, stage managers, producers, ushers) to showcase their writing talent. The King’s Head Theatre is launching the award to recognise such theatre professionals and their writing, with the winner being selected by a panel of industry judges and produced by the King’s Head Theatre.
What to submit: There are four simple criteria:
- The play is to have a maximum of 6 actors
- The play is full length, at least 1 hour in duration
- You have not had a play produced professionally
- You are not a playwright but work in ANY ROLE full-time as a theatre professional
How to apply: To enter please email your script and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. In your cover letter please demonstrate how you meet the criteria of the Adrian Pagan Playwright Award. Full details can be found on their website.
Deadline: 31 October 2013
Canadian company Alumnae Theatre is accepting entries of one-act plays for its New Ideas Festival 2014.
New Ideas is a juried, 3-week festival which focuses on script development, and offers playwrights dramaturgical support, free rehearsal space, publicity, and sold-out houses. Playwrights are encouraged to participate in the whole production process, from choosing a director and cast to attending rehearsals and revising their work as it comes off the page. The Festival runs from March 12-30, 2014, with a different lineup each week.
What to submit: An unproduced play of forty minutes or less in length. Preference will be given to plays that feature strong roles for women.
Writers are also required to submit a character list, synopsis, and short bio. Submissions are read “blind”, so be sure to follow their formatting guidelines. Full details can be found on their website.
Entry fee: $10 Canadian.
Deadline: 5 September 2013
Submissions are now invited for the Royal National Theatre Foundation Playwright Award. This Award succeeds the Meyer-Whitworth Award and is intended to help further the careers of playwrights, resident in the British Isles and Republic of Ireland, who are not yet established. The Royal National Theatre Foundation Playwright Award will be managed by Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland.
How to apply: Nominations must be made by directors of professional theatre companies. Multiple nominations by one professional theatre company are accepted. Full details and an application pack can be found on their website.
Main application criteria:
- Plays nominated must be in the English language and have been produced professionally in the UK for the first time between 1st December 2010 and 30th November 2012.
- Candidates will have had no more than two of their plays professionally produced, including the play submitted, before the end of the nominating period above.
- Nominations are accepted for original stage plays only.
- No play that has previously been submitted for the Meyer Whitworth Award is eligible.
What you get: The winning playwright will receive an award of £10,000; two additional cash awards of up to £1,000 may be awarded to other exceptional candidates.
Deadline: 6 September 2013
The egg theatre seeks writers and theatre-makers for the Leverhulme Arts Scholarships, a new three-year writing and dramaturgy scheme.
The egg theatre has received funding from The Leverhulme Trust to develop a specialist Arts Scholarship programme over the next three years. Between 2013 and 2015 the egg theatre will offer 5 Arts Scholarships per annum to talented artists and theatre-makers, providing space and time for ideas to flourish as well as a strategy for developing skills in making work for young audiences.
The egg invites submissions from writers and/or theatre-makers of any description. Bursary funding will enable successful applicants to access some of the best children’s theatre in the World, receive bespoke training from expert practitioners, and be supported and mentored to develop innovative new work for a young audience (including funded writing, research and development time).
How to apply: For more details about the scheme please follow this link, and download the application pack. Please note, when submitting your application, please either email to email@example.com or post to Lindsay Baker, The egg, Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath BA1 1ET.
Deadline: 2 September 2013
As reported in The Stage, C4 will be assuming sponsorship for the Pearson Playwright Scheme. The scheme offers bursaries to writers to support a one-year attachment with a theatre, during which time they develop a full-length play. The scheme has previously supported a number of prominent writers including Lucy Prebble, Tanika Gupta, and Richard Bean.
Nominations of writers are solicited from the Artistic Directors of UK theatres – so unfortunately you can’t apply on your own – but great news this scheme will be continuing with high-profile support.
You can read full details here.
Source: The Stage
The Global Age Project is Aurora Theatre Company’s annual new writing festival. The festival takes place at the Aurora Theatre, California and seeks to explore the 21st century and beyond. They are looking for plays that directly respond to our complicated present and our possible futures. Plays do not have to be directly about science or technology but plays set in a historical time period (prior to the year 2000) will not be considered.
- There is an entry fee of $20.
- Plays shorter than 45 minutes/ pages will not be considered.
- Plays that have already received a professional production are not eligible.
- They will only accept one submission per writer.
How to apply: Applications can be made via the Aurora Theatre’s website where there is an application form to fill in (including a short synopsis of your play and biography) and they will ask you to upload a copy of your script.
Deadline: 31 July 2013
Source: Soho Theatre Writers’ Newsletter