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Know Theatre (Binghamton | NY)

2018 Playwrights and Artists Festival

Each year KNOW Theatre takes three works of art and ask writers to write a play inspired by the artwork. It is our annual mixed media event that draws inquisitive art and theatre lovers to KNOW. After a blind reading, submissions are whittled down to six plays, two for each artwork. Play length needs to be between 15-20 minutes.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights. Playwrights must be able to attend one of two weekend performances in November 2018 if selected.
Submission Method: 
Email
Deadline: 
6 / 21 / 2018

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LSU School of Theatre (Baton Rouge | LA)

SciArts Festival of New Plays about Science

LSU School of Theatre and LSU College of Science are inviting submissions for consideration for the inaugural season of our reading series exploring the intersection of art and science. Up to three selected scripts will receive readings at LSU and a $1000.00 SciArts at LSU Playwriting Prize. All plays must have science as a central component.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all U.S. based playwrights.
Submission Method: 
Email
Deadline: 
12 / 31 / 2018

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Three Cat Productions (Chicago | IL)

Chicago New Work Festival & Next Draft Series

Three Cat Productions seeks original voices in any style or genre for both the Chicago New Work Festival and the Next Draft series. You may be selected for one but not both in a calendar year. Invited playwrights are paired with a director for a week-long workshop, with a staged reading on Saturday. The New Work Festival takes place Jan. 7 to Feb. 2, 2019, at the Berger Park Coach House Theater. Next Draft Series readings are held on the third Monday of the month once the New Work Festival concludes. Selected playwrights are paired with a director and cast for one rehearsal and a staged reading, offering the playwright the opportunity to hear their play and observe the choices actors make based on the current draft.
Fee: 
$15
Restrictions: 
Must be based in Chicagoland. Must be able to attend an orientation, rehearsals and readings.
Deadline: 
9 / 1 / 2018

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Things to know when writing a grant to develop your play

Like most artists, I seek grant funding to support my creative work. There are multiple factors that determine whethera project receives funding. Here are the things that I consider when I’m writing a grant proposal or letter of inquiry.

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Let your play sing: top 6 tips for musical theater bookwriting

This article is for those dramatists who are thinking of exploring music in their work. Here are six simple observations I have made, based on my recent experiences. I hope they will jazz your musical theater writing heart!

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So you want to write for an ensemble

Ensemble theater, also called devised theatre or collaborative theatre, refers to work that is made by a group of people, together, often through improvisations or experiments. I’ve found that the more you know about what you’re getting yourself into, the more successful (and enjoyable) your collaboration will probably be. Here’s a quick guide to some of the nitty gritty things to think about.

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