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Purple Crayon Players

2022 PLAYground Festival of Fresh Works

PLAYground is a three-week play development process which culminates in a weekend long festival of staged readings, workshops, and post-show discussions of three new plays for young audiences. PLAYground fosters the development of each script through partnerships between professional TYA playwrights and Northwestern undergraduate directors and actors, whether it is the work’s first reading or its final workshop before publication or production. SELECTED PLAYWRIGHTS RECEIVE: At least 15 hours of script analysis and workshopping by student cast and director before your arrival, Regular contact with your director regarding rehearsals, tailored to meet development goals, Assistance funding your trip to Evanston, IL, for the festival weekend 2 days of in-person conversation, workshopping, and events with directors, actors, and others in the Purple Crayon, Northwestern, and TYA communities during the festival weekend, Staged reading of your script, Facilitated post-show discussion with audiences, and Post-festival feedback from audiences, student directors, and cast members.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
11 / 5 / 2021

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The Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival (Cape Girardeau | MO)

The 2022 Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival

The Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival honors new American plays that provide dynamic performance opportunities for college-aged actors. The festival endeavors both to recognize playwrights for their outstanding work and to provide a resource for universities across the country to identify dynamic plays with robust roles for college-aged actors for production at their institutions. The festival features both a full-length and short play division. The 2022 Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival will be held on the beautiful River Campus Arts Center at the Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University from June 13-18, 2022.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights.
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
11 / 15 / 2021

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American Academy of Arts and Letters (New York | NY)

The Richard Rodgers Award 2022

Administered by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, these awards, created and endowed by Richard Rodgers in 1978 for the development of the musical theater, subsidize full productions, studio productions, and staged readings by nonprofit theaters in New York City of works by composers and writers who are not already established in this field. The winners arc selected by a jury of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Must be a resident of the US.
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
10 / 29 / 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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