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The Strides Collective (Philadelphia | PA)

Strides Collective 2023 Emerging Playwrights Program

The Strides Collective, a nonprofit queer theatre company in Philadelphia, is seeking emerging playwrights to participate in a 10-month virtual cohort through our 2023 Emerging Playwrights Program. Participants will read and give feedback on fellow cohort members’ work, have access to professional development resources, and work one-on-one with our Resident Dramaturg. The program culminates in a live, in-person reading of selections from the cohort’s work in Philadelphia.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights ages 18+, queer-identifying, and residing in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
2 / 26 / 2023

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Theatre Southwest (Houston | TX)

Theater Southwest's Festival of Originals

Theatre Southwest of Houston, Texas is now accepting entries from now until April 8, 2023 for the 26th Annual Theatre Southwest Festival of Originals! The TSW-FOO is FREE to enter and will once again be calling for short one act (20 minute) plays in any and all genres from all over the country and the world. Chosen writers will be awarded a cash prize. Scripts will be performed in July and August.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights
Submission Method: 
Hard copy
Deadline: 
4 / 8 / 2023

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Minnesota Shorts Play Festival

1-minute plays for MN Shorts Play Festival

A short play festival for scripts of 2 pages or less that center around the theme 'laundromat'
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to playwrights from the Midwest states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Missouri or Kansas. The theme is the laundromat, laundry room or laundry in general.
Submission Method: 
Email
Deadline: 
2 / 28 / 2023

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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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