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

Playwrights' Week 2017 

Deadline: January 12th

Submit to The Lark! The Lark’s Open Access Program seeks to provide development opportunities for new and diverse voices for the theater by identifying and advancing promising plays that reveal unheard and vital perspectives.  This submissions program allows The Lark to serve a wide range of playwrights through an extensive multistage selection process with an emphasis on inclusion and advocacy.   

Our support criteria emphasizes ambitious, fresh, playful, engaging, energizing, provocative, powerful and theatrical work by writers with clear statements of purpose who are open to a collaborative development process.

Writers selected for Playwrights’ Week are provided with ten hours of rehearsal and a public staged reading, towards addressing self-defined developmental goals for their plays, as well as opportunities to engage with other Playwrights’ Week participants in a peer-based community of support and conversation.


The 2017 Encuentro de las Americas Festival

Deadline: December 1st at 5pm

The Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC) and the Latina/o Theatre Commons (LTC) are now accepting applications to the 2017 Encuentro de las Americas ("Encuentro 2017"): Celebrating Dynamic Contemporary Latinx and Latin American Theatre. The LATC and the LTC are seeking Latinx and Latin American companies from across the Americas (including Canada, the United States, territories of the USA, Latin America, and the Caribbean) to be in residence in Los Angeles during this three-week Encuentro. This international festival seeks to bring together Latinx and Latin American artists from across the hemisphere to share work, approaches, and methodologies with other theater makers in the pursuit of a common, multi-faceted understanding of the field at large. Ten productions will join the Latino Theater Company and run in repertory in five spaces at The Los Angeles Theatre Center, followed by live music, additional performances, and parties. Participating companies will also work together to create a new work for presentation and will participate in the 2017 LTC International Convening.


Premiere Stages Play Festival

Deadline: January 1st

Premiere Stages is committed to supporting emerging and regional playwrights by developing and producing new plays. Through our Play Festival script competition, Premiere Stages offers developmental opportunities to four playwrights. We provide playwrights with an encouraging and focused environment in which they can develop their work through discussions, rehearsals, sit-down readings, staged readings, and full Equity productions. 
Premiere Stages will accept submissions of unproduced new plays from playwrights affiliated with the greater metropolitan area (New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania). Four of the submitted plays will be selected for staged readings with Equity casts in March 2017 and awarded cash prizes. Following the March readings, the winner of Play Festival is selected for a full production during Premiere Stages' 2017 mainstage season.


East Village Chronicles

Deadline: January 6th

Metropolitan Playhouse, New York's OBIE Award-winning explorer of America's Theatrical Heritage, is currently accepting submissions for new plays inspired by the life and history of New York's Lower East Side. Submissions will be evaluated by Metropolitan's artistic staff, and we will produce up to 10 of the submitted plays in April 2017, as part of the 13th annual collection of East Village Chronicles. Playwrights of accepted plays receive an honorarium of $50.00.


BRIClab Residency

Deadline: January 17th

BRIClab is a commissioning and residency development program for Brooklyn and New York City-based artists to explore and expand the possibilities of their work in music, dance, theater and multi-disciplinary performance.  Free and open exploration and intentional commitment to process – with the support of the staff and resources that BRIC offers – are at the heart of the BRIClab program. Artists receive stipends and an intensive residency in BRIC’s Artist Studio with development time, opportunities for artistic mentoring, and work-in-process performances.