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Playwrights’ Corner
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Wrote a play? Want someone to read it? Check out these playwriting submission opportunities with upcoming deadlines!

Rising Circle Theater Collective

Deadline: January 12, 2018

Now in its ninth year, Rising Circle Theater is currently accepting submissions for INKtank, a 12-week play development lab for playwrights of color. Four selected playwrights will focus on an intensive rewrite of a new play. Public staged readings of the INKtank plays will be presented at PlayRISE, a festival of new works. MORE INFO

The Hart New Play Initiative

Deadline: January 19, 2018

The Hart NPI is a new play development program that selects four scripts from open submissions. These four plays receive readings at 59E59 Theaters. Two of those then receive full productions at Grove Theater Center in Burbank. And one of those returns to NYC to receive its Off-Broadway Premiere as part of the subscription series at 59E59 Theaters. MORE INFO

Ars Nova Ant Fest

Deadline: January 21, 2018

Every June, Ars Nova opens our doors to the next wave of pioneering, hybrid theater-makers. We’re on the prowl for artists with diverse viewpoints and impressive skills, who see the future of live entertainment and want the chance to try out their ideas on stage. As an artist-driven festival, ANT Fest brings together an eclectic network of creators who feed our artistic community all year long. MORE INFO

Fresh Fruit Festival

Deadline: January 29, 2018

The 16th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival of LGBTQ Arts will be held July 9th through 22nd at The WILD Project and other Manhattan venues. The CREATIVITY is yours; the OVERHEAD is ours. And thanks to the generosity of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Council there are no required application fees or participation fees, and all productions receive a box office share! MORE INFO

NACL Deep Space Performance Residency

Deadline: January 31, 2018

NACL Theatre is proud to offer Deep Space, a performance residency program for artists and groups who make devised, original, or ensemble performance. NACL will support artists who need extended time in the theatre for projects in an advanced staged of development, to incorporate production elements, execute technical rehearsals, and/or refine artistic choices. MORE INFO

BAU at Camargo Arts Residency Award

Deadline: January 31, 2018

The BAU Institute residency welcomes multicultural and multidisciplinary artists, including playwrights who have had at least one-production, and who have been working independently for over ten years, to its 2018 summer residency, hosted by the Camargo Foundation and located in the Mediterranean village of Cassis, France. MORE INFO

FailSafe Festival

Deadline: February 16, 2018

FailSafe Festival is a five-day festival of live performance, taking place in the Times Square/Hell's Kitchen area of New York City. FailSafe Festival provides a space for artists to push beyond what they consider "safe" to present, giving them an opportunity to present work that may not have a home elsewhere. MORE INFO