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Playwrights’ Corner
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Wrote a play? These people want to read it! Check out these playwriting submission opportunities with upcoming deadlines.

Playwrights' Week at The Lark

Deadline: March 30, 2018 (11:59pm EST)

Applications for Playwrights' Week 2018 are OPEN! Playwrights’ Week, The Lark’s Open Access Program, provides development opportunities for new and diverse voices for the theater by identifying and advancing promising plays that reveal unheard and vital perspectives. Our support criteria emphasizes ambitious, fresh, playful, engaging, energizing, provocative, powerful, and theatrical work by writers with clear artistic goals 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. MORE INFO

OKC Theatre Company's 2018 Native American New Play Festival

Deadline: February 15, 2018

Native American, Alaska Native, Hawaiian, First Nations, and Indigenous Mexico playwrights are invited to submit full-length scripts written for the stage from an Indigenous perspective. Plays are evaluated by a panel comprised of Native American theatre artists and invested community members. The panel will select two to three plays for a staged reading. A fully realized production will be awarded to one of the staged reading finalists, and showcased as the featured production the following festival year during the Oklahoma City Theatre Company’s regular season. MORE INFO

Rhinebeck Writers Retreat

Deadline: February 16, 2018 (6:00pm)

Rhinebeck Writers Retreat is hosting nine consecutive weeklong residencies between July 1 and September 2 in summer 2018 for nine musical theatre writing teams. Each team will live in a private home in the Hudson Valley near Rhinebeck, New York and do nothing but write their new musical. While you are here, all of our resources are devoted exclusively to you. There is only one musical theatre writing team in residence each week. MORE INFO

The Lotus Lee Foundation's New Work Initiative Playwright Award

Deadline: February 18, 2018

The primary goal of the New Work Initiative is to bring the best theater from the United States to China and vice versa, and to foster and encourage new voices and share stories. A panel of judges will choose five works, and The Lotus Lee Foundation will produce the one in 2019, with a significant budget for a year-long tour in China, with a potential remount in the States. MORE INFO

Headwaters New Play Festival

Deadline: February 18, 2018

Through the Headwaters New Play Festival, Creede Repertory Theatre aims to foster the development of new plays for CRT’s stages and beyond, and to unleash vibrant new work into the world of theater. Plays must never have had a professional production, and playwrights must be available to attend the workshop week of August 20th, 2018. Submissions close when 250 scripts are received or February 18, 2018, whichever comes first.  MORE INFO

Playwrights' Revolution

Deadline: February 28, 2018

Capital Stage's series of staged readings seeks to identify and develop exciting new plays and playwrights, and invites audiences to take part in the new play development process by attending readings and participating in post-reading discussion. Capital Stage is particularly interested in plays that fulfill our mission to bring bold, thought-provoking work to the region. MORE INFO


Paula Vogel's National UBU ROI Bake-Off

President's Day: February 19, 2018

Paula Vogel has challenged playwrights around the country to participate in a bake-off by creating short works based on Alfred Jarry's play Ubu Roi, to be performed simultaneously on President's Day. A bake-off is described by Paula as "a quickly written exercise on an assigned theme with assigned elements that folks do within a 48 hour period of time. It is a reaction to plays and works of art that are responding to another writer or artist, preferably centuries apart; the bake-off continues this conversation.  Usually, bake-offs have a group participating: when the 48 hour time period is up, the group gathers and reads the bake-offs." Sign up to participate! MORE INFO