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


Rough Draft Festival

Deadline: September 13, 2018

LaGuardia Performing Arts Center's Rough Draft Festival is a two week spring arts festival that celebrates artists/organizations and their work under development. The focus is to give the playwright/director an opportunity to view a play on its feet before the full production. Artists Receive up to 20 hours of rehearsal space before tech, a small development budget provided and up to three showings. MORE INFO

The New Harmony Project

Deadline: October 1, 2018

In May of each year, The New Harmony Project gathers together writers, actors, directors, dramaturgs, and students to spend two weeks developing new scripts. The Project's staff and volunteer readers from around the country review the submissions in the fall of each year, with a goal of selecting eight to ten writers to invite to participate. MORE INFO

Brave New Works 2019

Deadline: October 1, 2018

Three to four original, un-produced, full-length plays will be selected and given staged readings. Plays that reflect upon social justice and human rights, or that address current socio-political or environmental challenges will be given priority. BNWorks 2019 will be held in private living rooms in Ditmas Park Brooklyn. Chosen playwrights will receive a small stipend. MORE INFO

SPACE on Ryder Farm

Deadline: October 8, 2018

Applications for six different residencies at SPACE on Ryder Farm are now open. SPACE is a nonprofit residency program located on the grounds of a 223-year-old working organic farm in Putnam County, New York, just an hour north of New York City. SPACE’s mission is to create an environment singular in its ability to invigorate artists and innovators and their work, and to contribute to the sustainability and resourceful preservation of one of the oldest organic family farms on the East Coast. MORE INFO

Artist Commissioning Program

Deadline: October 12, 2018

The Artist Commissioning Program (ACP) awards Queens-based choreographers, playwrights, and composers $10,000 each towards the creation of a new, original work. This innovative program democratizes the traditional commissioning process, by aiming to fill gaps in American culture, and pairing artists with a cohort of "art producers" who select the artists in a panel and serve as a support structure for the cohort. Both Artists and Art Producers receive access to professional development programming and collaborative arts events throughout the year-long program. MORE INFO

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