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

The Cairo International Festival for Contemporary & Experimental Theatre

​Deadline: February 15th

​The Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theatre (CIFCET) invites applications for its upcoming 24th edition to be held in Cairo, Egypt September 2017. As a noncompetitive festival organized annually by the Ministry of Culture of the Arab Republic of Egypt, CIFCET's mission is to create a forum for communication and dialogue among diverse populations and communities by means of the various forms of theater and performance. It aims to introduce the latest developments in the international theater scene to Egyptian and Arab audiences, while also serving as a platform for local and regional theater productions for the benefit of specialists and interested festivals from all over the world. Accepted performances will be presented for two consecutive nights. Additional performances may be organized outside Cairo at the discretion of the festival and by prior arrangement with the visiting troupe. The festival will cover all accommodation and local transportation expenses for up to 15 individuals per delegation. All other expenses, inclusive of flight tickets and shipment of equipment, are the sole responsibility of the visiting delegation.


Native American New Play Festival

Oklahoma City Theatre Company

Deadline: February 15th

The Oklahoma City Theatre Company’s 8th annual Native American New Play Festival invites Native American, Alaska Native, Hawaiian, First Nations, and Indigenous Mexico playwrights to submit full-length scripts written from an indigenous perspective. All themes and topics are welcomed. Plays may focus on historical or present-day issues. We are especially interested in plays that center on an Oklahoma tribe and tribal history within the state. Plays will be read and evaluated by a panel comprised of Native American theatre artists, Oklahoma City Theatre Company artistic staff, and invested community members. Finalists will receive a staged reading with actors and a director, and a full production will be awarded to one of the finalists and showcased as the featured production for the following festival year, 2018.


Rhinebeck Writers Retreat

Deadline: February 17th

The Rhinebeck Writers Retreat serves a crucial role for writers, in the long developmental process for their musicals. We give a writing team a weeklong residency in a private home just outside of Rhinebeck, where they live together for one week and do nothing but write their new musical. We ask for no money from Rhinebeck writers, take no share of future royalties, give each writer a stipend, and cover all costs of the retreat.


Proscenium Theatre Journal

Deadline: February 24th

Proscenium is now accepting submissions for the sixth issue of Proscenium Journal and the third annual Proscenium Live Festival of New Work. Proscenium accepts plays of any length and any style and, unless otherwise noted, all plays will be considered for both Proscenium Live and Proscenium JournalProscenium is the first free literary journal dedicated to publishing plays. Proscenium publications are free of charge and readily accessible online, allowing playwrights to share their work with a large, web-based audience. Proscenium publications are also now available in print.


Playwrights' Revolution

Capital Stage

Deadline: February 28th

​As Sacramento’s leader of bold, thought-provoking theatre, Capital Stage created the PLAYWRIGHTS’ REVOLUTION. This series of staged readings seeks to identify and develop exciting new plays and playwrights. These new works are brought to theatrical life through a series of staged readings performed by professional actors in Capital Stage’s intimate theatre. Capital Stage invites audiences to take part in the new play development process by attending readings and participating in post-reading discussion.