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The Bridge Initiative: Women in Arizona Theatre

New Play Contest

All winners and runners-up receive cash awards. Full-length winner also is awarded one-week, all expenses paid developmental workshop in Tempe, Arizona, culminating in a public reading at Bechdel Test Fest April 26-28 at Tempe Center for the Arts. If winner is not from Arizona, top-scoring Arizona script also receives a development process. 2-3 full-length runners-up AND 2-3 short winners receive readings at Bechdel Test Fest weekend. Top-scoring female-penned script will also receive a reading with InProximity Theatre Company in New York City (http://inproximitytheatre.org/)
Fee: 
Entry fee of $25 for full-length (over 30 pages) and $15 for short plays (under 30 pages) must be remitted via PayPal to bridgeinit@gmail.com. (If you require an invoice instead, please let us know and we can accommodate.)
Restrictions: 
The play must satisfy the Bechdel Test: at least one scene with two female characters who speak to each other about something other than a man. The play must not have been fully produced prior to this contest and there must not be any rights attached to the script. It is necessary that our winning writers be available and commit to the development process, beginning with a week-long residence in Arizona the week of April 21st, 2019, with a dedicated director, actors, and supportive artists. Cast limit of eight (8).
Submission Method: 
Email
Deadline: 
8 / 15 / 2018

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20% Theatre Company Twin Cities (Minneapolis | MN)

Q-Stage New Work Proposal

20% Theatre Company’s 2019 Q-STAGE: New Works Series seeks proposals from Minnesota-based, queer-identifying, early career artists in need of stage space and resources to further develop and share new work with each other and the community. Selected artists will receive a stipend of $1500, rehearsal space, mentorship, workshop & feedback opportunities with their cohort, production & design assistance, marketing, three public performances of their work, photo and video documentation, and much more!
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Q-STAGE defines “early career artist” as an artist who has not yet had the opportunity to present fully produced original work of their own creation of more than 30 minutes in length outside of an educational setting (i.e. college).
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
8 / 31 / 2018

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The Valley Players (Waitsfield | VT)

Vermont Playwrights Award Seeks Submissions

The Vermont Playwrights Award was established in 1982 by The Valley Players, a community theater group in Waitsfield, Vermont. The intent of the award is to promote the theater arts and to encourage and support the creation of original plays by residents of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. A cash prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the winning playwright.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all Vermont, Maine, or New Hampshire based playwrights.
Submission Method: 
Email
Online
Hard copy
Deadline: 
2 / 1 / 2019

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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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