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Playwrights’ Corner
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Check out these playwriting submission opportunities with upcoming deadlines!


Deadline: January 15, 2017

Random Access Theatre Company is accepting scripts for consideration for their 2017-2018 reading series RAWR (Random Access Workshop Readings). RAWR develops new theatrical work from emerging New York City-based writers in a three-stage process over six months. Random Access Theatre will provide direction, space, actors, and mentorship through a series of progressively larger events beginning with a small table read, continuing with an invited audience read and finally a larger public staged reading. After the staged reading, Random Access Theatre Company may consider producing the work as a part of the following mainstage season.


U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Exchange Fellowships

Deadline: February 1, 2017

The Japan U.S. Friendship Commission offers leading contemporary and traditional artists from the United States the opportunity to spend three to five months in Japan through the U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program.  Artists go as seekers, as cultural visionaries, and as living liaisons to the traditional and contemporary cultural life of Japan.  They also go as connectors who share knowledge and bring back knowledge. Their interaction with the Japanese public and the outlook they bring home provide exceptional opportunities to promote cultural understanding between the United States and Japan.


SPACE on Ryder Farm

Deadline: February 7, 2017

The Working Farm, SPACE’s resident playwrights group, offers eight playwrights five fully-subsidized residency weeks on Ryder Farm during the course of the season. While in residence, playwrights each focus on developing a single new work and are strongly encouraged to structure their days and weeks to best suit the needs of their project. During their time on the farm, The Working Farm playwrights are housed in in Ryder Farm’s historic buildings, served three daily farm-fresh communal meals, and provided artistic and administrative resources. While at SPACE, the only requirements of Working Farm playwrights are that they share their work-in-progress at the culmination of their residency and join in the three communal meals daily.


Leah Ryan's Fund for Emerging Women Writers 

Deadline: January 9, 2017

All women who consider themselves emerging playwrights are eligible to apply for the 2017 FEWW Prize. Playwrights from all over the world are encouraged to apply, but the play must be written in English. The winner will be chosen by a committee selected by the board members of Leah Ryan's FEWW, and will be presented her award as part of the 2017 Lilly Awards. The winner will also receive a cash award of $2,500 as well as a staged reading of her play hosted by FEWW at a theater in New York City.


Playwrights' Week 2017 

Deadline: January 12, 2017

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.