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The Bechdel Group (New York | NY)

Fall 2019 Workshop Series: Seeking scripts in progress

We accept new plays and screenplays, scripts in development, partial scripts, drafts - anything in progress. Our readings are designed to provide an opportunity to further script development, so we're excited about work that is not yet 'complete'. Our aim is provide an informal, festive, safe space to hear your work and get feedback from actors, directors, dramaturgs, and theater lovers. We typically feature 20 - 35 pages (roughly a half hour) of a script. Your script must pass the Bechdel Test.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights. The organization cannot provide funding for travel to NYC.
Submission Method: 
Email
Deadline: 
5 / 31 / 2019

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Theatre Travels (Sydney | Australia)

Seeking One-Acts (30-90min), Plays with Music or Musicals.

We welcome emerging and professional writers to submit their scripts. Please note, we only accept final drafts that are ready for production.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights
Submission Method: 
Email
Deadline: 
3 / 30 / 2019

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Madlab Theatre (Columbus | OH)

Accepting full-length submissions

We are only accepting 500 submissions with a maximum of 2 plays per playwright. Plays should have a run time no shorter than 70 minutes and no longer than 2 hours 15 minutes. We are currently not accepting Children’s Theatre pieces, One Act Collections or Musicals. MadLab currently pays playwrights $200 up front and 10% of ticket sales payable after close of show.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights
Submission Method: 
Email
Deadline: 
5 / 13 / 2019

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How to engage with your audience beyond the stage

Have you ever heard someone saying, “I wish more [            ] kinds of people would go see more theater”?          

They do.         

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Order, Chaos, and the Playwright

Exploring order and chaos in real life isn’t easy. By allowing your characters to experience order and chaos, you will tie your play to a classic human dilemma.

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Carving Out Your Own Path

When I started writing, I was excited by artists who made theater through all kinds of processes - Jerzy Grotowski, Suzan-Lori Parks, John Cage, María Irene Fornés, Ralph Lemon, Meredith Monk. I loved their poetic relationships to language and sound, investigative approaches to structure, consideration of the body and audience and all the sensory elements of live experience. I never thought, “I want to be an experimental playwright." I thought, “I want to be a playwright.” Experimentation seemed inherent.

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