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Do you have a play? These places want to read it!


Nothing Without a Company
Deadline: March 27, 2017

Nothing Without a Company is seeking submissions of new plays for its 2018-19 Season. The company is looking for work that has environment specifically in mind. The use of non-traditional staging should be clear from script itself, meaning the play can take place in limited locations, whether that is in a garage, a park, a firehouse, an art gallery, or a bar, or be otherwise  adaptable to non-theater spaces. NWAC's aim is to continue providing unexpected immersive experiences to Chicago audiences.

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Bingham Camp Theatre Retreat
Deadline, March 29, 2017

BCTR is looking for composers and lyricists of color interested in having their new musical developed this year as part of its third season. The new musical must be able to be performed with a multiethnic cast and require no more than eight actors. The winning submission will have a workshop this fall as part of BCTR’s third season at the Bingham Camp in Salem, Connecticut under the artistic direction of Devanand Janki.

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Athena Project: Plays In Progress Series
Deadline: April 15, 2017

Athena Project–located in Denver, Colorado–is proud to announce the call for submissions for its Plays In Progress Series (PIP Series). This Series will take place in Denver over the course of approximately March-April 2018, as part of a larger arts festival celebrating the voices of female artists. Three to four new plays will be selected based on an anonymous submission process and given a dramaturg, director, cast and workshop level production during the Festival. One play from the PIP Series 2018 will be awarded a full production in March of 2019 based on a combination of a panel of judges and audience vote.

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The Cutting Ball Theater: RISK IS THIS… New Experimental Plays Festival
Deadline: April 15, 2017

The Cutting ball Theater is seeking unproduced and unpublished full-length experimental plays to be presented in RISK IS THIS… in February 2018, part of Avant GardARAMA: Cutting ball's re-imagined signature festival of experimental works. Selected playwrights will collaborate closely with a director, actors, and designers over the course of a week-long developmental workshop, focusing on the playwright's generative process and the achievement of their vision for the play and conceptualizing the script's realization in full production. This week-long process will culminate in two public readings on Cutting Ball's main stage.

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The Lark: The Apothetae at Lark Playwriting Fellowship
Deadline: June 15, 2017

Submissions are now being accepted for the pilot round of the Apothetae at Lark Playwriting Fellowship! This brand new program includes a two-year residency for a Disabled Writer. The selected Fellow will work on multiple artistic projects through an individually-tailored program of Lark play development activities. The Fellowship includes a cash award of $40,000, plus a $5,000 Opportunity Fund for project-related expenses, and control over a $10,000 Production Enhancement Fund, to be allocated to a producing theater in support of a full production of one of the Fellow’s plays.

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