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Portland Stage (Portland | ME)

Little Festival of the Unexpected

In odd-numbered years Portland Stage seeks unproduced scripts to workshop in Spring of the following year. Plays will be workshopped with professional actors, directors, and dramaturgs. Play must be unproduced or workshopped by AEA actors. Plays must be full-length. Plays must require no more than Eight (8) actors to perform. Must travel to Maine for workshop (housing and travel provided).
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights
Submission Method: 
Email
Deadline: 
9 / 30 / 2023

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Theater for the New City (New York | NY)

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY’s Dream Up Festival 2022

In 2010, the inaugural Dream Up Festival offered 25 shows consisting of 23 World Premieres and 2 American Premieres. The festival had reviewers from NY Times, NY Press, Show business Weekly, the Advocate, NYTheatre.com and others.
Fee: 
$30 for Early Submissions/ $40 for General Submissions
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights
Submission Method: 
Email
Deadline: 
5 / 25 / 2022

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Edwin Wong

EDWIN WONG PRESENTS: THE RISK THEATRE MODERN TRAGEDY COMPETITION

Edwin Wong calls on playwrights worldwide to submit plays to the 4th annual 2022 Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy Competition, juried by an international panel of professionals, anonymous to each other and the public until the winners are announced.
Fee: 
$49
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
5 / 31 / 2022

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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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