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

The Furnace Festival

Deadline: June 10, 2018

The Furnace Festival is a workshop forum for incendiary new plays, developed in residence at The Center at West Park. Participants are given one week in the Center’s 60 seat Balcony Theater, a small production stipend, and up to 20 additional hours of free rehearsal space to forge a new play in the fiery heat of New York in August, culminating in two workshop performances on Friday and Saturday nights. MORE INFO

The Dennis & Victoria Ross Foundation:
The Playwrights Program

Deadline: June 11, 2018

The Playwrights Program is an annual opportunity intended to help new and compelling full-length plays come to the attention of the greater public. Each year DVRF selects one previously unproduced play to receive an intensive development in New York City. This period is structured in dialogue with the playwright to best accommodate their needs and artistic goals for the piece. The program culminates in presentations to invited audiences featuring producers, directors, and other industry professionals. MORE INFO

The Civilians' R&D Group

Deadline: June 15, 2018

Are you a writer, composer, director, or performance maker in NYC with an investigative theater project you'd like to explore?  The Civilians' R&D Group is a creative community that meets biweekly for nine months, during which time each artist or team of artists develops a new piece of investigative theater. The creative process may include interviewing, community engagement, research, or other experimental methods of inquiry. The process will culminate in a public presentation of the works-in-development. MORE INFO

American Stage’s 21st Century Voices:
2019 New Play Festival

Deadline: June 15, 2018

American Stage's 21st Century Voices is an initiative dedicated to developing and presenting new works for the stage that speak to a contemporary audience in fresh and compelling ways. 21st Century Voices programming includes an annual staged reading festival, workshopping of new scripts, playwriting residencies and fully produced new plays receiving one of their first three professional productions at American Stage. MORE INFO

Fred Ebb Award

Deadline: June 29, 2018

The Fred Ebb Award recognizes excellence in musical theater songwriting by a lyricist/composer or songwriting team that has not yet achieved significant commercial success. The winner will be selected in November and will receive $60,000. The Foundation will also produce a one-night showcase of the winner’s work. MORE INFO

The Lanesboro Artist Residency Program

Deadline: June 29, 2018

The Lanesboro Artist Residency Program offers two or four week residencies to emerging artists driven to explore ways in which their work can be applied to the community and how Lanesboro’s rural community can inform their work. Located in Lanesboro, MN, the program is supported by the Jerome Foundation and aims to provide an immersive, meaningful experience for emerging artists from Minnesota and the five boroughs of New York City. MORE INFO

PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship

Deadline: July 1, 2018

PEN America’s $10,000 Writing for Justice Fellowship will commission six writers—emerging or established—to create written works of lasting merit that illuminate critical issues related to mass incarceration and catalyze public debate. MORE INFO

Phoenix Theatre Festival of New American Theatre

Deadline: July 1, 2018

$10 Submission Fee (Waived for members of the Dramatist Guild or Writers Guild) - Phoenix Theatre is accepting submissions for the 20th annual Festival of New American Theatre, formerly known as the Caleb Reese Festival of New Plays and Musicals. The Festival happens January 21 - February 10, 2019 and features rehearsed readings (with script in hand) of new, unproduced plays and musicals, as well as a Composer/Lyricist Cabaret. MORE INFO


Deadline: July 2, 2018

Mabou Mines' new performance initiative provides artistic mentorship, rehearsal space, and public performances in our new 99-seat theater to artists from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic communities, especially those from the outer-boroughs of NYC, who exhibit a commitment to experimentation and a collaborative creative process. SUITE/Space artists receive a $3,000 stipend. MORE INFO