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Lesley University (Cambridge | MA)

Low-Residency Creative Writing MFA in Stage & Screen at Lesley University

Write in the heart of writing...Get your Low-Residency Creative Writing MFA in Stage & Screen at Lesley University.  Lesley University is accepting applications for their 2022 Spring semester (residency in January 2022).  Deadline is November 15, 2021.  
Fee: 
No fee to apply
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights.
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
11 / 15 / 2021

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Really Spicy Opera (Minneapolis | MN)

Aria Institute: Soprano Edition

"From May 14-June 2, 2021, Really Spicy Opera will offer the sixth installment of its Aria Institute for Composers and Librettists online. The sole charge is a $100 reservation deposit and recording fee, which reserves your slot and pays for recordings of your pieces in the final showcase. The Aria Institute provides opportunities for librettists (or aspiring librettists) and composers to work with professional performers in a workshop environment to explore writing opera. Each Friday, participants receive instruction in writing and refining opera arias, rotating through different teams, with a new aria due each Sunday. Each draft aria will be reviewed by and receive private feedback from our panel, with an interval for revisions. The following Friday, the revised arias are performed, with further feedback. Participants vote on which pieces will be showcased in a livestreamed online recital. Recordings for all showcase pieces will be made available to the participants.
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No application fee; $100 per accepted script
Restrictions: 
Must have high-speed Internet access and a web camera. U.S. Citizens/permanent residents, International (non-U.S.) playwrights
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
5 / 10 / 2021

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The Lark (New York | NY)

Communications Manager

The COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER’S primary focus is to amplify -- locally, nationally and globally -- The Lark’s mission, programs and outreach efforts through a skillfully planned and executed public relations and marketing strategy. Working directly with Lark writers, staff and the leadership team, the CM supports the vision of The Lark and affiliated artists and communicates that to the broader community. The CM develops relationships with key journalists across the media platforms; develops captivating narratives and pitches for a wide array of programs and plays; creates innovative ways to build community around artists and their plays; and raises The Lark’s institutional profile. The CM is responsible for all aspects of marketing, which includes creating programs, posters, press releases, brochures, newsletters, website and social media. In all endeavors, the Communications Manager works towards the Lark’s mission and vision, and ensures that their work aligns with The Lark’s values of equity, access and inclusion. The CM works to help make The Lark a nurturing environment where artists can fulfill their artistic potential and feel welcome, valued and wholly supported.
Fee: 
No Fee
Restrictions: 
US Citizens/Able to Work in US
Submission Method: 
Email
Deadline: 
6 / 11 / 2021

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Empowering Playwrights one Pixel at a Time: How Online Resources Can Fuel Your Playwriting Interests

What if you want to write a play? Where to start? And what if you have a few plays? What to do with them? And what if you want to learn more skills as a writer? Where to go next? If you’re here, you probably already have some ideas. But member to member, I’ll offer some tips and tricks, in what has become a daily habit: Read, Write, Send and Find. Let’s go!

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Exploring Character Through Environment

Environment dictates more than we give it credit for in our writing. Give environment its due and follow your impulses to explore all facets of your character. Hopefully, the result will be characters that feel molded from the earth they grew up in. In this article, readers are taken through a three-part exercise to explore how environment dictates character and character dictates environment. 

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The Playwright & Biography

Arguably, some of the most successful American plays are gripped by biography. So, how do we shape elements of biography into dramatic works?

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