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Simons Center for Geometry and Physics (Stony Brook | NY)

Science Playwriting Competition

Calling all talented playwrights with an interest in the sciences, and talented scientists with an interest in the theatre to compose a ten-minute play with a substantial science component. This contest is open to the general public.
Fee: 
No Fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
4 / 1 / 2017

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Opportunity
Simons Center for Geometry and Physics (Stony Brook | NY)

Science Playwriting Competition

Calling all talented playwrights with an interest in the sciences, and talented scientists with an interest in the theatre to compose a ten-minute play with a substantial science component. This contest is open to the general public.
Fee: 
No Fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
4 / 1 / 2017

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Opportunity
20% Theatre Company Twin Cities (Minneapolis | MN)

20% Theatre Company Twin Cities accepting ongoing submissions

20% Theatre Company Twin Cities is accepting full-length plays, with priority given to staging brand new work by female and transgender/gender non-conforming playwrights. 20% Theatre is currently only considering scripts set in the present day, and is prioritizing plays that focus on LGBTQ experience.
Fee: 
No Fee
Restrictions: 
Prioritizing new work by female and transgender/gender non-conforming playwrights
Submission Method: 
Email

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Tips for writing character descriptions

After a play’s title, character descriptions are the first thing a reader encounters, yet many playwrights don’t give them much time, attention, or thought. Character descriptions are an entryway into the unique world of your play. Taking a moment to consider the specific manner in which you want to welcome the reader into this world is important.

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Making the most of your play development workshop

I love writing workshops. They can be thrilling, but can also be stressful. Over the years I’ve adopted a kind of workshop strategy in order to decrease stress and increase thrill. 

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Inspiration from artifacts: writing plays for the future inspired by the past

For the last few years most of my playwriting inspiration has come from historical artifacts. After writing two plays based on personal experiences, it has been great fun to look to the wily past for characters, language and structure.

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