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Nashville Repertory Theatre

Ingram New Works Application

The Ingram New Works Project was launched by Nashville Repertory Theatre in 2009 thanks to the generous support of Martha Ingram. With the mission to support the creation of new works for the theatre, Nashville Rep created a project that includes the New Works Lab. The Ingram New Works Lab is intended to be an artistic home for early career playwrights to share and develop new work, hone craft, receive support, and springboard themselves into the next phase of their writing career. Nashville Rep seeks committed playwrights for residency in the 2017-2018 Ingram New Works Lab. Submission deadline is July 24, 2017.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
All playwrights who accept a residency must commit to be available for all lab, playwrights week, rehearsal and festival dates: October 20-21, 2017; November 17-18, 2017; December 15-16, 2017; January 13-19, 2018; February 16-17, 2018; March 16-17, 2018; April TBA; May 9-19, 2018
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
7 / 24 / 2017

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Lakes Area Radio Theatre (Alexandria | MN)

Radio Play Scripts Wanted

Lakes Area Radio Theatre accepts original radio plays in any genre. Your script must be G-rated and in a radio play format (no stage directions, visual cues or lighting directions). Plays can be 29-31 minutes in length. Script lengths are in the range of 5000 +/- words. We will accept scripts for single shows. We will accept scripts that would run for 2 installments. We will accept a series of shorter plays which fill 30 minutes.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights
Submission Method: 
Email

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Camino Real Playhouse (San Juan Capistrano | CA)

ShowOff! 2018

This is a 10-minute playwriting festival. The $10.00 fees are used exclusively for honorariums to the top three plays. We do like to have one or two quality dramas along with a selection of comedies, so consider touching our hearts as well as our funny bones. We are not able to produce musicals in this venue, and the audience is principally adults, so plays for children are not appropriate, but as a community theatre we want to appeal to the largest possible audience, so plays with an excessive amount of @!%#!X* words or graphic violence need to have an incredible compelling message because shock value, although allowed, doesn't rank a winning vote with most audiences.
Fee: 
$10
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights
Submission Method: 
Hard copy
Deadline: 
10 / 15 / 2017

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You are not a brand

I recently spoke to a group of MFA playwriting students looking for direction as they leave school and start to build careers in the theater. The question arose: should I brand myself?

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Playwright's Best Advantage: Pointers for Preparing for Workshop

New play workshops are fun, exciting, often surprising, sometimes overwhelming.  At their best, they can be a turning point on a play’s journey toward production. 

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Mental Block & Broken Tackle

Playwriting is hard work. It takes commitment and courage for a writer to put their words in performers’ mouths in an effort to create that unified living matrix we call a play. The job of the playwright is complicated by the collaborative nature of the theater, the vagaries of play development, and by production demands. Consequently, the challenge of creating a work on the page that eventually lives and breathes successfully on the stage can be perplexing, sometimes even paralyzing. You can get stuck.

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