Theatre Funding Archive: September


Polarity Ensemble Theatre Dionysos Cup Festival of New Plays – NO FEE
Open to Chicago-area playwrights only. Seeking full-length plays for a festival of staged readings. Four selected playwrights will go through a six month development process, and staged readings will be followed by open discussions to provide playwrights with feedback. Playwrights will then have two months to revise their scripts for consideration for full production. One script per playwrights. Submit full hard copy of script with name and contact information on the title page, along with a synopsis. Also e-mail a copy of the script. Polarity Ensemble Theatre, 135 Asbury Ave., Evanston, IL 60202, Deadline: September 15, 2013

Theatre Three One-Act Festival (March 2014, Port Jefferson, NY) – NO FEE
Seeking plays of a maximum of 40 minutes that are unproduced and have a maximum cast size of 8 and minimal set requirements. No adaptations, musicals, or children’s plays. Multiple submissions OK. Submit one copy of script with a cover sheet containing author’s name and full contact information, SASE, cover letter, synopsis, and resume. Selected plays will be presented for 10 performances and playwrights will receive a small stipend. NOTE: No e-mail submissions. 17th Annual Festival of One-Act Plays, Attn: Jeffrey Sanzel, Artistic Director, Theatre Three, PO Box 512, Port Jefferson, NY 11777-0512, Deadline: September 30, 2013

Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre ScriptFest (Mars Hill, NC) – NO FEE
Seeking original, unpublished, unproduced full-length plays and musicals in English. No one-acts; no film or TV scripts, children’s plays, translations, or adaptations. Adaptations of novels and short stories are acceptable. No adaptations of movies and stage scripts. Only one submission per playwright. Submit 2 hard copies of script, 3-ring hole punched in a binder; do not include author’s name or other information in the scripts. Also include a synopsis page with synopsis, character breakdown, and any other notes. Provide one additional, separate title page with author’s name and full contact information, as well as a resume. If submitting a musical, include a score and/or a recording of at least 4 songs on cassette or CD. SART ScriptFest, PO Box 1720, Mars Hill, NC 28754-1720, T: (828) 689-1384,, Deadline: September 30, 2013

Long Beach Playhouse 24th Annual New Works Festival (Summer 2014, Long Beach, CA) – FEE: $10
Seeking unproduced, non-musical, full-length plays. Included in the application: signed and completed submission form, check for reading fee, copy of the script (in a three prong folder or similar, not held together with brads), brief synopsis of the play, character breakdown. Check made out to “Long Beach Playhouse”. Plays can be submitted to: Literary Comittee, Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 East Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA 90804, Deadline: September 30, 2013

Castillo Theatre Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest (2014, New York, NY) – NO FEE
Seeks to provide a stage for scripts that, due to their progressive/radical and/or experimental vantage point(s), would not otherwise be produced. Seeking politically progressive new scripts for the stage that engage the political/social/cultural questions impacting the world today. They also encourage scripts that experiment with form and seek new ways of seeing and experiencing theatrical performance. Plays may be in any style, set in any historic time and geographic location, and may contain any number of characters and be of any producible length. Plays must be in English. No musicals. Scripts may not have been previously produced or have won other contests. One submission per playwright. Winner(s) will receive a reading and/or full production at Castillo Theatre during the 2014 summer season. Along with script, submit a brief synopsis, character breakdown (including specific gender, age and ethnic requirements), set requirements, statement of the political/social/cultural questions the playwright is engaging with the script, playwright bio (100 words), and SASP for acknowledgment of receipt. NOTE: Hard copy submissions only. Castillo Theatre, 543 West 42nd St., New York, NY 10036, Attn: Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest, Contact: Madelyn Chapman, T: (212) 356-8485,, Receipt Deadline: October 1, 2013

Stony Point 10-Minute Play Festival (2014, Stony Point, NY) – NO FEE
Seeking submission by internet only. All US playwrights can apply however local playwrights preferred (New York, Rockland County, Westchester, New Jersey). Plays should follow these guidelines: Must adhere to the theme “what is wrong with society?”, Cast of no more than four (4) actors – the more diverse the better, minimum props, must be no longer than 10 minutes. When submitting your script via email: Subject Name (Your last name/Society’s Hangups), Body of the email (Your complete contact information, and a one line summary of your script). With any questions, please contact Marie-Elena Ortiz, Receipt Deadline: October 13, 2013, Midnight

The Griot Theater Festival (2014, New York, NY) – NO FEE
Seeking African American Playwrights from the New York/New Jersey Area. Plays must be between 40 and 50 minutes long. All plays must be unproduced works, this festival is for Non-Union/Non-Equity members only. Application must be complete with: A 100-200 word synopsis of the play, the complete script, your telephone number and home address and the telephone number of someone else in your production that they can contact, and your bio. Every play in the festival receives a three (3) performance run. The best six (6) plays of the festival will receive a fourth (4th) performance for final judgement on the Best Play $2,500 prize. There is also a $500 prize for Best Actor and Best Actress., Receipt Deadline: October 15, 2013


* Potluck Productions Kansas City Women’s Reading Series – NO FEE
Seeking short plays or monologues (10-20 minutes) by female playwrights that have not been previously published. Submissions must be in English. Script should not contain any author information; include a separate cover sheet with playwright name and full contact information. Scripts should be typed, double-spaced, page-numbered, and bound. Submit 2 copes of script, a brief synopsis, resume, cover letter, and 2 SASE envelopes or postcards. Special consideration will be given to emerging Kansas City area writers. NOTE: Postal mail submissions only. Potluck Productions, 7338 Belleview, Kansas City, MO 64114,

F.A.C.T. (Friends Always Creating Theatre) – NO FEE
Words & Wine Sunday Reading Series (New York, NY) – Sunday night reading series seeks 10-minute plays on any subject; local NY/NJ Area playwrights particularly encouraged. Each month, 6 plays are selected for readings; writers are encouraged to attend. No one-person plays or musicals. 3 or more characters preferred. Up to 3 submissions per playwright. NOTE: Electronic submissions only; in subject line, write “Words & Wine.” FACT, A.R.T./New York Studio, 520 8th Ave., 3rd Floor, New York, NY,,


The American Theatre Wing Jonathan Larson Grants – NO FEE
The Jonathan Larson Grants, established seventeen years ago with the resources of theJonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation and gifts from the Larson Family to honor the memory of Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize recipient Jonathan Larson, recognize and support emerging composers, lyricists and book writers. The grants will be celebrated at a reception featuring performances of the winning artists’ work in the spring. Artists seeking a Jonathan Larson Grant must submit an online application, along with the required attachments, in order for the review committee to evaluate the artist’s work. The application deadline for the 2014 grants is September 30th, 2013. To be considered for this grant, applications must be submitted online no later than midnight on September 30th. If you are unable to access the internet to submit an online application, please contact the ATW offices by September 23rd to make arrangements to submit a paper application. Deadline: September 30, 2013

Traditional Arts Development Program
Contracts of up to $1,500 to support consultancies, mentorships, and travel opportunities that foster a new level of growth for individual folk and traditional artists and organizations engaged in the field in California. Individuals and organizations may apply. Contact: Amy Lawrence, Operations Manager, T: (559) 237-9812,, Rolling (allow 30 days for application review)
See website for complete guidelines and application instructions. Alliance for California Traditional Arts, The Presidio, PO Box 29096, San Francisco, CA 94129, T: (415) 346-5200,

US Artists International Travel Grants
Funds American dance, music, and theatre ensembles and solo artists that have been invited to participate in international festivals outside the U.S. with grants from $1,000-$15,000 (most grants will not exceed $10,000). Open to dance, music, or theatre ensembles, including folk and traditional forms, that work at a professional level and have 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization status or have a fiscal sponsor with such status. A majority of members must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. Eligible festivals must be sponsored or organized primarily by a non-U.S. based organization; be international in scope with representation from at least two countries outside the host country, or have a U.S. theme with representation from at least three U.S. performing groups; reach a wide audience and be open and marketed to the general public; provide the applicant with a signed letter of invitation or signed contract to perform at the festival; and provide some support to the invited ensembles in the form of cash remuneration, paid travel-related expenses, or in-kind contributions. See website for complete application information. NOTE: No e-mail or fax submissions, but certification sheet must be sent by postal mail. Brigid Myers, Program Associate, US Artists International, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, 201 North Charles St., Ste. 401, Baltimore, MD 21201, T: (410) 539-6656 x113,,, Receipt Deadline: September 6, 2013 (for projects taking place between November 1, 2013 and October 31, 2014); December 6, 2013 (for projects taking place between March 1, 2014 and February 28, 2015); April 18, 2014 (for projects taking place between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015)

New York City Venture Philanthropy Fund
Provides $6,000 grant and capacity-building to a New York City based arts organization with unique and innovative ideas that address the arts in New York City. They are especially interested in supporting fledgling organizations that have not yet received significant support from major funders. Organizations must have annual operating budgets of $500,000 or less and be a 501(c)3 non-profit. See website for complete guidelines and application forms. NOTE: Application must be submitted by e-mail. New York City Venture Philanthropy Fund,, Deadline: September 13, 2013

* Kentucky Foundation for Women Artist Enrichment Grant Program
Provides opportunities for feminist artists and arts organizations to enhance their abilities and skills to create art for progressive social change in Kentucky. Grants range from $1,000 – $7,500 (typical award is between $3,000 – $5,000). Applicants may request funds for a range of activities including: artistic development, artist residencies, the exploration of new areas or techniques, or to build a body of work. Open to individual artists and nonprofit arts organizations. Applicants must have resided in Kentucky at least one year prior to application. See website for complete guidelines and application forms. Rae Strobel, Grant Program and Community Building Coordinator, The Kentucky Foundation for Women, 332 West Broadway, Suite 1215, Louisville, KY 40202, T: (502) 562-0045, FAX: (502) 561-0420,, September 6, 2013

Dreihaus Foundation Grants
Chicago area opportunity. Grants of $3,000-$10,000 for small nonprofit theatre or dance companies that emphasize professional presentation rather than education or community outreach. Eligible dance and theatre companies must reside in Chicago metropolitan area, have produced at least one show in Chicago area, and have annual operating budget of less than $150,000. Peter Handler, Program Officer, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, 203 N. Wabash Avenue, Suite 1800, Chicago, IL 60601, T: (312) 641-5772,, Receipt Deadline: September 9, 2013

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Grants
Supports artists and organizations in Manhattan with three grant programs:
Creative Curricula – Grants of up to $5,000 to teaching artists and arts organizations for in-school partnerships. Applicants must be working in partnership with Manhattan public schools. Supports projects providing in-depth opportunities for students to create and experience the arts at any level K-12. Projects must be semester-long, in-classroom programs that focus either on sequential, skills-based arts study incorporating one or more art forms, or on integrated study of arts and non-arts subjects, collaboratively taught by classroom teacher(s) and teaching artist(s).
Fund for Creative Communities – Grants of up to $5,000 to artist community partnerships and nonprofit organizations. Supports projects and activities that enable Manhattan communities to engage with the arts. Projects that increase access to arts and cultural activities in communities with high need are encouraged. Open to nonprofit organizations, and to artists working in partnership with a community-based organization or a fiscal sponsor. Projects must include a public component.
Manhattan Community Arts Fund – Grants of up to $5,000 for individual artists and small nonprofit organizations. Supports artists and arts organizations that have little access to government funding sources, in the hopes that the grant will help recipients eventually leverage financial support from other sources.
See website for complete guidelines and application instructions for all three grants. Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, 125 Maiden Lane, Second Floor, New York, NY 10038, Contact: Prachi Patankar, Program Manager, Grants and Services, T: (212) 219-9401, ext. 117,, Receipt Deadline: September 17, 2013

New England Foundation for the Arts Native Arts Program
Supports Native American artists and organizations in New England and nationally with two types of funding:
National Native Artist Exchange – Supports teaching, learning, and collaborating in traditional and/or contemporary Native art forms through travel from one region to another in North America. American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian artists residing in any of the fifty United States may apply. The applicant must identify a collaborating artist and specific project as part of the exchange, which must be beneficial to both artists. Grants of up to $1,5000 will be awarded per exchange. Acceptable expenses include lodging, meals, economy-class travel, materials, and other direct costs of the artist exchange. Deadline: Rolling (requests must be received no later than 2 calendar months prior to departure date)

Kleban Award 
Given annually to both a librettist and a lyricist, each of whom receives $100,000, payable in 2 annual installments of $50,000. Applicants must EITHER have had work previously produced on a stage or in a workshop performance OR be or have been a member or associate of a professional musical workshop or theater group, i.e., ASCAP, BMI Theater Workshop, or the Dramatists Guild Musical Theater Development Program. Previous Kleban Award winners or individuals whose work has been performed on Broadway for a cumulative 2 years prior to date of application ineligible. See website for application and complete guidelines. Kleban Award Coordinator, c/o New Dramatists, 424 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036, T: (212) 757-6960 ext. 75, Deadline: September 15, 2013

Maine Theater Fund at the Maine Community Foundation
Distributes at least $50,000 per year, generally as grants in the $2,500 – $5,000 range, although larger awards may be considered to support both professional and community theatres in production and presentation of live theater in Maine. Goal is to strengthen and sustain theatre performance throughout the state. Local, regional, and statewide nonprofit theatres in Maine may apply for programmatic, capacity-building, operating, and capital support. Pam Cleghorn, Maine Theater Fund, Maine Community Foundation, 245 Main Street, Ellsworth, ME 04605, T: (877) 700-6800 ext. 2205,, Deadline: September 15, 2013

Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure
Seeks to fuel the energy of the San Francisco Bay Area visual arts community by providing direct support to projects that contribute to their communities and provide frameworks of support for artists to create and continue their work. Grants of up to $3,500 to support the work of unincorporated groups of artists or individual artists, burgeoning art venues and gathering spaces, publications, collectives, and events, to promote the making and presenting of work in a committed but informal way. Projects can include an exhibition or exhibition series, a public art project, a one-time event or performance, the ongoing work of a venue or collective, the publication of writing directly related to the visual arts, an online project or publication, an artist residency, a series of screenings, and more. The resulting project should be accessible and presented to the public. They encourage projects that present the work of more than one artist; if applying as a group, it can be long-standing or created specifically for this project. New, risk-taking forms and practices are encouraged. Lead applicant must live in San Francisco or Alameda counties. See website for complete guidelines and application forms. NOTE: 501(c)(3) organizations are NOT eligible. No electronic submissions. Alternative Exposure, Southern Exposure, 3030 20th St., San Francisco, CA 94110, Contact: Jeanne Gerrity, T: (415) 863-2141,,,, Receipt Deadline: September 19, 2013

SIA Foundation Grants
Funding for tax-exempt organizations working in Indiana. Proposals may request $1,000-$10,000 for a capital project (i.e., investing in facilities, equipment, or real estate). Arts and culture is one of the eligible organization categories. Shannon Walker, SIA Foundation, Inc., PO Box 6479, Lafayette, IN 47903, T: (765) 449-6565, FAX: (765) 449-6952,, Deadline: September 30, 2013

Theatre Communications Group Global Connections International Grant Program
Encourages reciprocity and cultural exchange throughout the world by supporting unrestricted travel and projects of professionals working in all aspects of theatre. Recipients may use the funds to pursue theatre-based activities abroad or to host international colleagues within the U.S. Two initiatives:
On The Road – Travel grants of up to $5,000 to foster new relationships with international colleagues that will inspire each other’s work and aesthetics by creating opportunities for cultural exchange. Open to a broad range of theatre professionals from artists to administrators to those in production areas.
In The Lab – Project development grants of $10,000 to further preexisting international collaborations by supporting residencies that either advance the research and development of a theatre piece or explore elements leading up to a full production. Projects do not need to result in a final mainstage production.
See website for complete guidelines and application in both categories. Theatre Communications Group, 520 Eighth Ave., 24th Floor, New York, NY 10018-4156, T: (212) 609-5900, FAX: (212) 609-5901, Contact: Mohammad Shatara, Artistic Programs Associate,, Deadline: October 1, 2013

The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Fellowship for Creative and Performing Artists and Writers
Visiting fellowship for historical research by creative and performing artists, writers, filmmakers, playwrights, journalists, and others producing imaginative, non-formulaic works dealing with pre-20th century American history. Recipients receive 4-week period of uninterrupted research, reading, and collegial discussion at the AAS, a national research library and learned society of American history and culture, located in Worcester, MA; $1,350/$1,850 stipend (on campus/off campus housing). Period of residence may occur any time during 2013 calendar year. Applicants encouraged to rent rooms and prepare meals in AAS’s historic mansion across the street from the AAS library. See website for full application guidelines and procedures. James David Moran, Director of Outreach, Creative and Performing Artists and Writers Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society, 185 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609-1634, T: (508) 471-2131,, Receipt Deadline: October 5, 2013

National Humanities Center Residential Fellowships
Private, nonprofit, North Carolina-based center will provide 40 residential fellowships of up to $60,000 plus travel (including for dependents) for advanced study in the humanities from September 2013-May 2014. Scholars of any age and from any nation encouraged, but must hold doctorate or equivalent and have record of publication. In addition to scholars from all fields of humanities, the NHC accepts individuals, including from the arts, who are engaged in humanistic projects. Most of the fellowships are unrestricted, but several are designated for particular areas of research, such as environmental studies and history; English literature; art history; French history, literature, or culture; Asian Studies; and theology. NOTE: There is also a fellowship for a young woman in philosophy; contact organization for more information. Fellowship Program, National Humanities Center, 7 Alexander Drive, PO Box 12256, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2256, T: (919) 549-0661,, Deadline: October 1, 2013


The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences (February-April, 2014, Rabun Gap, GA) – FEE: $30
Residencies of an average of 2 weeks – 2 months for artists in all disciplines. Housing, studio, and 4 meals a week provided. Artist responsible for residency fee ($200/week), refundable cleaning deposit ($50), additional food, travel, and materials. Fellowships are available. Application available online. The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, PO Box 339, Rabun Gap, GA 30568, T: (706) 746-5718, FAX: (706) 746-9933,, Deadline: September 15, 2013

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (February-May, 2014, Amherst, VA) – FEE: $30
Residencies for playwrights, screenwriters, performance artists, and video artists. Average stay is 4 weeks. Residents receive housing, all meals, and studios. Residents responsible for travel, materials, suggested contribution ($30 per day), and deposit ($50). Occasional full funding available. See website for application. Virginia Center for the Arts, 154, San Angelo Dr., Amherst, VA 24521, T: (434) 946-7236, FAX: (434) 946-7239,, Deadline: September 15, 2013

Jentel Artist Residency (January 15 – May 13, 2014, Banner, WY) – FEE: $20
Residencies of an average of one month for visual artists and writers, including playwrights and screenwriters, who are 25 and older and live in the U.S. (citizenship not required). Organization provides housing, studio facilities, and a $400 stipend toward the cost of food and travel. Artists are responsible for travel, materials, and deposit ($100). Outreach opportunities are available, though not required. FEE: $20. Jentel Artist Residency, 130 Lower Piney Creek Rd., Banner, WY 82832, T: (307) 737-2311, FAX: (307) 737-2305,, Deadline: September 15, 2013

MacDowell Colony (Up to eight weeks between February 1 – May 31, 2014, Peterborough, New Hampshire) – FEE: $30
Residencies of up to eight weeks (average stay is five weeks) providing artists with time and space to create lasting works of the imagination. Artists in the disciplines of Architecture, Film/Video Arts, Interdisciplinary Arts, Literature, Music Composition, Theatre, and Visual Arts encouraged to apply. Artists collaborating on a project must submit individual application forms and appropriate work samples, but may submit a joint description of the work they intend to do at the Colony. In addition, you may submit an example of a collaborative work (either completed or a work in progress); specify workspace needs (i.e. separate studios). Submit application form (available on website), work sample, project description, and two references. Note: No e-mail applications. The Admissions Coordinator, The MacDowell Colony, 100 High St., Peterborough, NH 03458, T: (603) 924-3886,, Receipt Deadline: September 15, 2013

Vermont Studio Center (year-round, Johnson, VT)
2-12 week residencies for writers (including screenwriters and playwrights) and visual artists (excluding filmmakers). Organization provides housing, meals, and studios. Resident responsible for residency fee ($3,500 per month) and travel. Full and partial fellowships, as well as work-exchange fellowships, are available to offset residency costs; some fellowships include travel reimbursement and materials stipend. See website for application and information about fellowships. FEE: $25. Vermont Studio Center, PO Box 613, Johnson, VT 05656, T: (802) 635-2727, FAX: (802) 635-2730,, Deadline: October 1, 2013

The Millay Colony for the Arts (April-November, 2014, Austerlitz, NY) – FEE: $35
Residencies of an average of 1 month for visual artists, composers, and writers (including playwrights and screenwriters). Residency provides housing, food, and studio. Artist responsible for travel and materials. Application available online. Calliope Nicholas, Residency Director, Millay Colony for the Arts, 454 East Hill Rd., PO Box 3, Austerlitz, NY 12017, T: (518) 392-3103, FAX: (518) 392-4144,, Deadline: October 1, 2013

New York Mills Arts Retreat (January-June, 2014, New York Mills, MN) – NO FEE
Residencies of 2 to 6 weeks in rural Minnesota for artists working in all performance and visual media. Residency provides housing; artist responsible for meals and transportation. New York Mills Arts Retreat, PO Box 246, New York Mills, MN 56567, T: (218) 385-3339,, Deadline: October 1, 2013

Ucross Foundation Residency Program (February-June, 2014, Ucross, WY) – FEE: $40
Residencies of 2-8 weeks for visual artists, writers and composers. Residency provides housing, studio space, and all meals. Artists responsible for travel and materials. Ucross Foundation Residency Program, 30 Big Red Lane, Clearmont, WY 82835, T: (307) 737-2291, FAX: (307) 737-2322,, Deadline: October 1, 2013



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