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Shadows-on-the-Teche (New Iberia | LA)

Applications for Commission - Telling the Full History at the Shadows-on-the-Teche: Interpreting African American History and Culture Through a New Dramatic Work

The National Trust for Historic Preservation seeks to commission a playwright, to be selected by a jury, to create a new dramatic work (or works) that will be focused on African American experiences in the 19th and 20th centuries at The Shadows and in New Iberia, Louisiana. The work will be informed by archival documentation and other primary sources at The Shadows and in other institutions as appropriate. As a part of this project, the new work will be performed in New Iberia as a readers’ theater production, but it is also expected that the entire work, or vignettes from it, will be performed in other venues and that videos of portions of it will ultimately be used to augment tours at The Shadows. The chosen playwright will receive a stipend of $15,000, to be paid in three installments of $5,000 each at the beginning, mid-point, and conclusion of the project. In addition to the stipend, the grant will provide limited additional funds for travel and lodging to assist with research.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights
Submission Method: 
Email
Deadline: 
1 / 11 / 2019

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Lambda Literary (Los Angeles | CA)

2019 Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices

2019 Writers Retreat will be held August 4-11, 2019 on the campus of Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Applicants of the Retreat submit prose, poetry or theatrical manuscript pages that are evaluated for craft, creativity and originality. Twelve students per workshop are accepted into the competitive program where they spend the week working on their manuscripts, attending guest lectures led by publishing industry professionals, and participating in public readings in venues around Los Angeles. Mfoniso Udofia will be leading the Playwriting Workshop.
Fee: 
$25 to apply. If accepted, the financial obligation, which includes room and meals, is $1650. Ability to pay is in no way part of the decision-making process and robust scholarships are available.
Restrictions: 
Open to LGBTQ playwrights
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
2 / 1 / 2019

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Fresh Fruit Festival (New York | NY)

2019 Fresh Fruit Festival: Accepting Submissions

Accepting submissions of any kind of performance art featuring LGBTQ characters or themes. Held July 8 through 21 at The WILD Project and other Manhattan venues. YOU are the producer of your show, but there are no required application fees or participation fees, and all productions receive a box office share.
Fee: 
No fee before Jan 29; $35 before Feb 24. No fee if you are on NY Medicaid
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
1 / 29 / 2019
2 / 24 / 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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