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Amas Musical Theatre (New York | NY)

Eric H. Weinberger Award for Emerging Librettists

The Eric H. Weinberger Award for Emerging Librettists is a juried cash and production grant given annually to support the early work and career of a deserving musical theatre librettist. It commemorates the life and work of playwright/librettist Eric H. Weinberger (1950-2017). The winner will receive $2,000 to help with cost-of-living expenses. The winning musical will receive development assistance in the 2020 New Works Development Program of Amas Musical Theatre, culminating in an Amas Lab production with New York theatre professionals. Only one submission per playwright/librettists will be accepted.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights; winner must be able to commit to living in NYC during development.
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
11 / 29 / 2019

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The Public Theater (New York | NY)

Emerging Writers Group Applications Now Open

The Emerging Writers Group is a component of The Public Writers Initiative, a long-term program that provides key support and resources for writers at every stage of their careers. Writers are selected bi-annually and receive a two-year fellowship at The Public which includes a stipend. Staged readings of works by Emerging Writers Group members are presented in the Spotlight Series at The Public. Applicants cannot have professional representation for playwriting. The Public Theater will select the strongest candidates based on the overall strength of the applicant’s play submission, artistic statement, and interview.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to playwrights who live within 90 minutes (via car or rail) of The Public Theater; applicants cannot be professionally represented.
Submission Method: 
Online
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Deadline: 
11 / 29 / 2019

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North Coast Repertory Theatre (Solana Beach | CA)

North Coast Rep Accepting Submissions

North Coast Rep Theatre accepts new play submissions all year. Currently they are not accepting one acts or plays with more than 8 characters. Submit a 10-page sample from the script.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights
Submission Method: 
Email
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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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How to write a play if you hate outlines, love mess, and also like money

Lately, I’ve become a firm believer that each play knows what it wants to be and that it will become that thing eventually; I’m just facilitating the process. Therefore, I’m working to accept that it’s okay to be messy. Like filling-notebooks-with-pages-and-pages-of-material-that-you-won’t-ever-explicitly-use-before-you-figure-out-what-it-is-you’re-actually-writing-about messy.

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Gathering Inspiration

I don’t have a set formula for how to start something new. I wish I did. In fact, I tend to agonize about it. Staring at a blank page or computer screen, worrying I’ll never have another idea again. I’ll text my writer friends – how did I ever do it? How to start?

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