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Capital Stage (Sacramento | CA)

Script Submissions for Playwrights' Revolution

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.
Fee: 
no fee.
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights.
Submission Method: 
Email
Hard copy
Deadline: 
2 / 28 / 2018

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Artists' Exchange (Cranston | RI)

Call for Submissions: One Act Play Festival

Since 2006, Artists’ Exchange has hosted the One Act Play Festival for the entertainment and enjoyment of the Cranston community. Short plays are submitted from local, regional, and national playwrights and then selected for performance by a panel of directors/actors. Casts feature community actors of all abilities ranging in sex, age, and experience levels. This year marks the 13th annual year and aims to showcase new works by emerging and established playwrights. Seeking original short plays (10-15 minutes in length). Comedic, absurd, dramatic, satirical, farcical, musical, etc. all welcome for review. Works for actors of all ages (children -- seniors) and abilities are strongly encouraged.
Fee: 
no fee.
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights.
Submission Method: 
Email
Hard copy
Deadline: 
4 / 14 / 2018

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Black Earth Institute | WI

Black Earth Institute seeking 6 new fellows for 2018-2021

The Black Earth Institute is a community of creative, committed artists and a grant resource. Established in 2005, BEI is dedicated to supporting art in re-forging the links between spirit, earth and society, for art and its makers create the space for changing minds and the world. With this in mind, BEI endeavors to bring together a group of artists who are activists, whether in their own fields or in general causes, to foment change. BEI seeks fellows from different genres, such as literary, dramatic and media artists; performance artists making a political statement; or journalists addressing the urgent social and environmental issues facing the planet.
Fee: 
no fee.
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights. Must be able to attend annual meeting from October 4th-October 7th.
Deadline: 
4 / 15 / 2018

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The What, Why, Who, and How of Community Driven Theater

Rather than starting with a story you want to write, start with a community of people you want to write about, then collaborate with them to discover the stories they have to tell.

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Adaptation: Strategies for securing rights to literary material

I’m a playwright, adapter and director. I was a comparative literature major in college and in my work onstage, literature—particularly fiction— is often a primary source of inspiration if not actual dramatic material. As an adapter, I often work on stories in the public domain. But I’ve also worked on adaptations of copyrighted material. Over the years, I’ve often been asked the best way to get rights to a published novel / story. The advice below pertains to living authors, though I’ve attached a note as well on dealing with estates. This is all from my limited perspective as one adapter, but I hope it can be of use to you.

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"I've Been Meaning to Write..." How to Avoid the Void!

You’ve been meaning to write, but can't get started. Here are some devices/practices I use when I’m trying to dodge or pull myself out of the dreaded void.

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