Cool stuff: Podcasts from the Dramatists Guild of America

If you’re in need of a little writing inspiration or guidance, the Dramatists Guild of America has a wonderful collection of talks available from a range of exciting theatremakers, including Lanford Wilson, Neil Simon, Edward Albee, Stephen Sondheim, Paula Vogel, and a host of other prominent (though mostly American!) writers.

You can check them out here:

http://www.dramatistsguild.com/eventseducation/intheroom.aspx#.UkYJOiS617-

Enjoy!

Opportunities Weekly Roundup: 27 September 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).

The Royal Court accepting applications for playwriting groups – Deadline: 27 September 2013

Southend Playwriting Festival accepting submissions for 2014 season – Deadline: 30 September 2013

From Page to Stage seeking new musicals for production – Deadline: 30 September 2013

HighTide 2015 accepting submissions via IdeasTap – Deadline: 30 September 2013 at 5pm

Skylight Theatre seeking short plays for ‘Fright Night’ – Deadline: 30 September 2013

Stephen Joseph Theatre (Scarborough) accepting submissions – Deadline: 30 September 2013

Castillo Theatre Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest (NYC) – Deadline: 1 October 2013

Hampstead Theatre submissions cut-off – Deadline: 1 October 2013

Call out for submissions for Quarterhouse Theatre Scratch Nights – Deadline 2 October 2013 at 12 noon

Call for submissions: Camden People’s Theatre Festival of Feminism – Deadline: 7 October 2013

Little Pieces of Gold seeking short plays – Deadline: 10 October 2013

Almost Random Theatre seeking short plays (entry fee) – Deadline: 10 October 2013

‘Wellbeing’ Playwriting Competition from Almost Random Theatre seeking 20 min plays (fee required) – Deadline: 10 October 2013

International Student Playwriting Competition (age 16-25, open to non-students) – Deadline: 11 October 2013

Skylight Theatre seeking short plays for ‘Wrapped Up’ – Deadline: 14 October 2013

Tiny Plays London seeking submissions – Deadline: 15 October 2013

Write/Cycle puts out call for 10 minute responses to ‘Frankenstein’ – Deadline: 16 October 2013

Lost Theatre accepting submissions of 5 minute plays – Deadline: 20 October 2013

Script This seeking 10 minute excerpts for rehearsed reading at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre – Deadline: 21 October 2013

Drunken Nights II  – Call for proposals – Deadline: 21 October 2013

The Space seeking playwrights for writing programme – Deadline: 28 October 2013

‘Pitch Perfect’ £12,000 Musical Theatre Prize – Deadline:  31 October 2013

Adrian Pagan Award seeking script entries from *non-playwright* theatre professionals – Deadline: 31 October 2013

SHIFT Productions looking for new writers – Deadline: 31 October 2013

Fullerton College (USA) accepting submissions for Playwright’s Festival – Deadline: 4 November 2013

Almost Random Theatre seeking short plays (entry fee) – Deadline: 10 November 2013

‘Retreats’ Playwriting Competition from Almost Random Theatre seeking 10 min plays (fee required) – Deadline: 10 November 2013

White Rabbit seeking short stories on theme of ‘Birthday’ – Deadline: 15 November 2013

The Ronald Duncan Prize 2013 – Deadline: 30 November 2013

10th Women Playwrights International Conference accepting submissions (women writers only) – Deadline: 1 December 2013

Trinity College London International Playwriting Competition accepting entries of one-act plays for young people (Fee required) – Deadline: 13 December 2013

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

Open Arts Cafe Call for Submissions – Deadline: None posted

Castillo Theatre Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest (NYC)

The Castillo Theatre (NYC) sponsors the Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest and reading series annually. In its seventh year, the political play contest is intended to encourage the writing of scripts for the stage that engage the political/social/cultural questions affecting the world today and/or historical events and issues that impact on our heritage.

While Castillo recognizes that in the broadest sense, all theatre is political, the contest is seeking politically progressive plays that: look at social and/or economic problems and challenges; explore possibilities of social transformation; and, reflect the concerns and interests of communities or which explore the importance of community. The contest also welcomes scripts that experiment with form and seek new ways of seeing and experiencing theatrical performance.

The contest is judged by a team of distinguished theatre artists. The winning script(s) will receive a reading at the Castillo Theatre in New York City during the theatre’s 2014 summer season.

What to submit:  The plays submitted to the Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest may be written in any style, set in any historical time, geographic or imaginary location, contain any number of characters and be of any length. The plays must be in English and cannot be musicals or adaptations. No scripts will be considered that have previously been submitted to this contest, have received a production or won other contests. Only one script per playwright per year will be accepted.

All scripts should be submitted in hard copy and must be accompanied by:

  • a statement of the political/social/cultural questions that the script engages (scripts with no accompanying statement will not be considered)
  • a brief synopsis
  • a character breakdown, including gender, age and ethnic requirements, if any
  • a 100-word biography of the playwright
  • a current email address for the playwright.

Please note:

  • Receipt of scripts will be acknowledged via email.
  • Scripts will not be returned.
  • Castillo does not give critical feedback to playwrights/contestants.
  • Contest winners are required to sign a letter of agreement, which will include, but not be limited to, granting the right for Castillo to produce one or more readings and/or a full production of the winning play.
  • Contest winners are responsible for travel expenses or any other expenses incurred as a result of participating in the development of the play with Castillo, or as a result of attending the reading and/or production.

All scripts must be postmarked by October 1, 2013. The winner(s) will be publicly announced at the Otto René Castillo Awards for Political Theatre in New York City in May of 2014.

How to apply:  Send all submissions to:

Castillo Theatre
543 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
Attn: Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest

Questions and inquiries should be addressed to Madelyn Chapman at 212-356-8485 or mchapman@allstars.org.

Deadline:  1 October 2013 (postmark date)

Source:  Play Submissions Helper

Open Arts Cafe Call for Submissions

Open Arts Café is accepting submissions for the Autumn Season.

Open Arts Café is a monthly themed arts evening giving artists from all mediums a chance to present new and original work at various stages of development. Open Arts Café was established in 2008 to give artists a chance to present their work in developmental and/or performance stage in a non-pressurised, dynamic and constructive atmosphere. The venue is near Marble Arch.

What to submit:  Music, theatre, film, puppetry, poetry, comedy, visual arts, dance, acrobatics… They are looking for work that is between 5 to 20 minutes (depending on the nature of the piece) relating loosely to the theme.

Upcoming themes include:

  • October 24th‘Darkness Falls’
  • November 28th ‘Secrets, Enigmas and Puzzles’

How to apply:  Contact Maya for more information at openartscafe@wls.org.uk

FB page www.facebook.com/openartscafe

Deadline:  None posted

Source:  Arts Council e-Newsletter

The Ronald Duncan Prize 2013

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The Certainty of Chance Theatre Company in association with the Ronald Duncan Literary Foundation are delighted to present the Ronald Duncan Prize 2013.

The Ronald Duncan playwriting competition is for new and up and coming writers. For the last two years the competition has been run by Encore drama and has produced two fantastic shows “Joe’s War” and “Rasputin’s Mother”.

The theme of this year’s contest is protest. The writer Ronald Duncan was a pacifist and advocate of peaceful protest which included successfully facing a Conscientious Objection tribunal in 1944. To celebrate his commitment to this cause, this year’s Ronald Duncan prize will showcase the best new play that tackles the subject of protest. This could be a peaceful protest, a violent protest or set against the backdrop of a historical protest, the choice is entirely up to you. What they want to hear is an original and interesting voice from a new or up and coming playwright.

The prize will go to the best small cast script that the panel feel addresses this topic.

Terms and Conditions:

  1. The scripts should feature “Protest” in some way. This can be thematic, a plot element or a character attribute.
  2. All plays should be full length scripts of a minimum of an hour in length (approx. 60 pages)
  3. Plays should be written for no more than four actors. There may be more than four characters but actors will be playing multiple roles.
  4. Entries should contain the following
    1. A 3-4 page extract of your script
    2. A full synopsis of the play
    3. Character breakdowns
    4. A short biography of yourself (max. 200 words)
  5. All entries must be double spaced.
  6. A maximum of three entries may be submitted by a single writer.
  7. Entries must be submitted to Certaintyofchance@live.co.uk.
  8. The closing date for submissions is November 30th 2013. No entries will be accepted after that time.

Deadline:  30 November 2013

Source:  Arts Council e-Newsletter

White Rabbit seeking short stories on theme of ‘Birthday’

On 22nd November 2013, White Rabbit will be celebrating their 5th Birthday of anarcho live-lit cabaret Are You Sitting Comfortably? at Arts Admin (Toynbee Studios).  There’ll be birthday cake,cheese and pinapples on sticks, party hats and games, presents, and best of all a selection of new short stories written on the theme of BIRTHDAY.

How to apply:  If you’re a writer and would like to be part of this big silly joyous party, please submit a story of around 1000 words on the theme of BIRTHDAY to areyousittingcomfortably@live.com.

All writers have the opportunity to be published by White Rabbit partners Ether Books.

Deadline: 15 November 2013

Source:  Arts Council e-Newsletter

Drunken Nights II – Call for proposals

DRUNKEN NIGHTS is back – and looking for exciting artists to make work for pubs. This is your opportunity to receive development support, mentoring and a £1,000 commission.

Produced by Drunken Chorus, DRUNKEN NIGHTS is a series of events and development opportunities, supporting artists to create new performance work for pubs.  The project is now in it’s second year, and Drunken Chorus [www.drunkenchorus.co.uk] are seeking new contemporary performances and live art pieces from emerging and early career practitioners – created specifically for a pub setting.

How it works:

  • Work should initially be 10 minutes or under, low tech and in the early stages of development.
  • They will select up to 15 performances to be shown in 2 London pubs (The Bell in Tower Hamlets and The Oval Tavern in Croydon) in Nov/Dec 2013.
  • They will then select 3 of the most promising artists/companies, and  provide them with development support, rehearsal space, a production budget of £1,000, and mentoring sessions with David Rosenberg (Shunt, Ring, Motor Show), Karen Christopher (Goat Island) and Julian Maynard Smith (Station House Opera).
  • The three pieces of developed work will then be showcased as a triple bill in the 2  pubs in February 2014, with potential for further UK performances later in the year.
  • Drunken Nights is supported by Arts Council England, Rich Mix, Croydon Council / Club Soda, Matthew’s Yard, Studio Film School, Arts Admin, The Bell and The Oval Tavern.

What to submit:  Details of the full brief can be downloaded via their website.  Submissions should include:

  • A completed application form (available from the website)
  • Artist CV(s) / company biog
  • Up to 5 images of your work, attached to the email (total message size must be no more than 4MB)
  • Web links and online video links should be included within the attached form.

How to apply:

  • Proposals should be sent by email to: sheena@drunkenchorus.co.uk
  • Please also include name of artist or company in the filenames of all attachments.
  • Total email size should not exceed 4MB – ANY EMAILS EXCEEDING THIS SIZE WILL BE DELETED
  • Please include ‘PROPOSAL: DRUNKEN NIGHTS’ in the subject line

For any additional questions, please contact Sheena Holliday – sheena@drunkenchorus.co.uk.

Deadline: Monday 21 October 2013 at 5pm

Source:  Arts Council e-Newsletter

Call for submissions: Camden People’s Theatre Festival of Feminism

As part of ‘Calm Down, Dear’, Camden People’s Theatre now seeks to commission three new work-in-progress performances from emerging artists in the field of innovative theatre, inspired by the themes of our festival and in response to the phrase ‘everyday sexism’.

What they are looking for:

  • Artists or companies who are excited by the ‘Calm Down, Dear’ festival and motivated to take part
  • Artists whose practise is in line with CPT’s focus on innovative, unconventional theatre
  • New performances, of 20-30 minutes in duration, which can be presented together as part of a one-off event to conclude the festival

What you get:

  • £250 seed commission to develop a new idea towards one work-in-progress performance
  • 4 hrs technical support from CPT
  • Dramaturgical support
  • Maximum 2 days in CPT rehearsal room
  • Publicity and promotion on CPT’s website, e-flyer and social media
  • Discounted tickets to all events at’ Calm Down, Dear’ subject to availability

How to Apply:  Send a description of your proposed project (max 400 words) and basic information of who you are and what you do (max 400 words).

Please send your application as a Word (.doc) file attachment to admin@cptheatre.co.uk with ‘Calm Down, Dear – commission’ in the subject line. Applications in other formats or those received after the deadline will not be considered.

They may meet shortlisted applicants the following Mon 14 & Tue 15 October.

Performances are scheduled to take place on Sunday 10 November.

Deadline: Monday 7 October at 10am.

Source:  Arts Council e-Newsletter

New pub theatre coming to Croydon

As reported in The Stage, a new 50-seat pub theatre will be opening next month above the Spread Eagle Pub in Croydon.

Old Joint Stock Theatre Company, which specialises in new writing and has previously built a following in its Birmingham base, will provide programming.  More details about their plans are discussed in the article – with any luck this will bring some good new opportunities for new writing to South London.

Source:  The Stage

Opportunities Weekly Roundup: 20 September 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).

The Scenic Route seeking submissions from musical theatre writers – Deadline: 20 September 2013

Indiana Jones and the Extra Chair: Spoken Word Workshops at Southbank Centre (age 18-25) – Deadline: 20 September 2013

Trainee Script Editor (BFI) – Deadline: 23 September 2013

The Royal Court accepting applications for playwriting groups – Deadline: 27 September 2013

Southend Playwriting Festival accepting submissions for 2014 season – Deadline: 30 September 2013

From Page to Stage seeking new musicals for production – Deadline: 30 September 2013

HighTide 2015 accepting submissions via IdeasTap – Deadline: 30 September 2013 at 5pm

Skylight Theatre seeking short plays for ‘Fright Night’ – Deadline: 30 September 2013

Stephen Joseph Theatre (Scarborough) accepting submissions – Deadline: 30 September 2013

Hampstead Theatre submissions cut-off – Deadline: 1 October 2013

Call out for submissions for Quarterhouse Theatre Scratch Nights – Deadline 2 October 2013 at 12 noon

Little Pieces of Gold seeking short plays – Deadline: 10 October 2013

Almost Random Theatre seeking short plays (entry fee) – Deadline: 10 October 2013

‘Wellbeing’ Playwriting Competition from Almost Random Theatre seeking 20 min plays (fee required) – Deadline: 10 October 2013

International Student Playwriting Competition (age 16-25, open to non-students) – Deadline: 11 October 2013

Skylight Theatre seeking short plays for ‘Wrapped Up’ – Deadline: 14 October 2013

Tiny Plays London seeking submissions – Deadline: 15 October 2013

Write/Cycle puts out call for 10 minute responses to ‘Frankenstein’ – Deadline: 16 October 2013

Lost Theatre accepting submissions of 5 minute plays – Deadline: 20 October 2013

Script This seeking 10 minute excerpts for rehearsed reading at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre – Deadline: 21 October 2013

The Space seeking playwrights for writing programme – Deadline: 28 October 2013

‘Pitch Perfect’ £12,000 Musical Theatre Prize – Deadline:  31 October 2013

Adrian Pagan Award seeking script entries from *non-playwright* theatre professionals – Deadline: 31 October 2013

SHIFT Productions looking for new writers – Deadline: 31 October 2013

Fullerton College (USA) accepting submissions for Playwright’s Festival – Deadline: 4 November 2013

Almost Random Theatre seeking short plays (entry fee) – Deadline: 10 November 2013

‘Retreats’ Playwriting Competition from Almost Random Theatre seeking 10 min plays (fee required) – Deadline: 10 November 2013

10th Women Playwrights International Conference accepting submissions (women writers only) – Deadline: 1 December 2013

Trinity College London International Playwriting Competition accepting entries of one-act plays for young people (Fee required) – Deadline: 13 September 2013

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

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