RSC Open Stages inviting applications from amateur companies

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

Adrian Pagan Award seeking script entries from *non-playwright* theatre professionals

***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:

  1. The play is to have a maximum of 6 actors
  2. The play is full length, at least 1 hour in duration
  3. You have not had a play produced professionally
  4. 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 apaward@kingsheadtheatre.com. 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

Source: @Playwriting_UK

 

Alumnae Theatre accepting applications for New Ideas Festival 2014 (entry fee)

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

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

The Royal National Theatre Foundation Playwright Award – call for submissions from Artistic Directors

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

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

The Egg Theatre – Leverhulme Arts Scholarships

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 lindsay.baker@theatreroyal.org.uk or post to Lindsay Baker, The egg, Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath BA1 1ET.

Deadline:  2 September 2013

News: C4 to run Pearson Playwright Scheme

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

Opportunities Weekly Roundup: 5 July 2013

Our weekly round-up of opportunities listed on the blog that haven’t yet reached their closing date (listed in order of closing date).

Almost Random Theatre accepting submissions for competition (entry fee) – Deadline: 7 July 2013

Heavy Weather Theatre accepting short play submissions – Deadline: 10 July 2013

Bush Theatre Open Submissions Window 17 June-12 July – Deadline: 12 July 2013

Riff Raff Productions seek submissions for new writing and art project – Deadline:  12 July 2013

The Liontamers Theatre Company seek submissions– Deadline: 14 July 2013

BBC Theatre Fellowship Scheme – Deadline: 22 July 2013

ARK Theatre seeking short plays for ‘Two by Two’ – Deadline: 31 July 2013

John Brabourne Awards (for disadvantaged writers) – Deadline: 31 July 2013

Aurora Theatre company seeks plays for The Global Age Project (entry fee) – Deadline: 31 July 2013

2013 Kudos/ Bush Initiative now accepting applications – Deadline: 1 August 2013

Alfred Fagon Award 2013 (writers of African or Carribbean heritage only) – Deadline: 8 August 2013

Yale Drama Series Competition 2013 – Deadline: 15 August 2013

Little Pieces of Gold seeking short plays for TRANSITIONS at the Park Theatre – Deadline: 15 August 2013

HighTide seeking writers for Escalator Plays Development Scheme – Deadline: 31 August 2013

BBC Community Theatre Scheme – Deadline: 16 September 2013

Tower WWI new play competition (entry fee) – Deadline: 27 September 2013

International Student Playscript Competition now open for submissions -Deadline: 11 October 2013

Almost Random Theatre accepting submissions for competition (entry fee)

Almost Random Theatre (ART) is a new company which started in Oxford in 2012. They are currently looking for an outstanding 30 minute play to be performed in Oxford in July 2013. There are no restrictions on subject matter but plays must require no more than 3 actors.

How to apply: There is a £10 admission fee which has to be made prior to entry via the ART website. You will then be sent a confirmation email which you can reply to with your play as an attachment.

Deadline: 7th July 2013

Source: Arts Council Job Board

Opportunities Weekly Roundup: 28 June 2013

Our weekly round-up of opportunities listed on the blog that haven’t yet reached their closing date (listed in order of closing date).

Verity Bargate Award 2013 – Deadline: 30 June 2013

Papatango seeking resident playwright – Deadline: 1 July 2013

By Jove! Theatre call for submissions for new writing event – Deadline: 1 July 2013

Old Vic New Voices seeking writers on attachment for Community Company – Deadline: 1 July 2013

2013 Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award – Deadline: 1 July 2013

Off Cut Roots seeking one acts of 30-45 minutes – Deadline: 1 July 2013

Tower Hamlets Council call for submissions for ‘A Season of Bangla Drama’ theatre festival – Deadline: 4 July 2013

Heavy Weather Theatre accepting short play submissions – Deadline: 10 July 2013

Bush Theatre Open Submissions Window 17 June-12 July – Deadline: 12 July 2013

Riff Raff Productions seek submissions for new writing and art project – Deadline:  12 July 2013

The Liontamers Theatre Company seek submissions– Deadline: 14 July 2013

BBC Theatre Fellowship Scheme – Deadline: 22 July 2013

ARK Theatre seeking short plays for ‘Two by Two’ – Deadline: 31 July 2013

John Brabourne Awards (for disadvantaged writers) – Deadline: 31 July 2013

Aurora Theatre company seeks plays for The Global Age Project (entry fee) – Deadline: 31 July 2013

2013 Kudos/ Bush Initiative now accepting applications – Deadline: 1 August 2013

Alfred Fagon Award 2013 (writers of African or Carribbean heritage only) – Deadline: 8 August 2013

Yale Drama Series Competition 2013 – Deadline: 15 August 2013

Little Pieces of Gold seeking short plays for TRANSITIONS at the Park Theatre – Deadline: 15 August 2013

HighTide seeking writers for Escalator Plays Development Scheme – Deadline: 31 August 2013

BBC Community Theatre Scheme – Deadline: 16 September 2013

Tower WWI new play competition (entry fee) – Deadline: 27 September 2013

International Student Playscript Competition now open for submissions -Deadline: 11 October 2013

Aurora Theatre company seeks plays for The Global Age Project (entry fee)

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.
Additional information:
  • 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

 

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