Theatre Funding Opportunities: December


Mead Theatre Lab (2014/2015 Season, Washington DC) – Intensive program for performing artists and independent theatre companies, musicians, dancers, choreographers, and filmmakers, as well as producers and arts organizations presenting performing arts in any genres, with an emphasis on work that explores provocative new ideas. They are especially interested in productions that offer new perspectives and presenting techniques. Over the course of the season the program provides fifteen weeks of theatre space, production management support, and mentoring. Apply through website. FEE: $30. Mead Theatre Lab, Jenny McConnell Frederick, Producer, T: (202) 315-1306, FAX: (202) 315-1303, Deadline: December 2, 2013

Luna Stage Theatre Company – Seeking script submissions from writers who are currently represented by a theatrical agent, hold an MFA in Playwriting, or are currently enrolled in an MFA Playwriting program.  Those who do not meet this criteria may also submit scripts only if it is accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the Artistic Director or Literary Manager of an Equity theatre.  You can also apply if your permanent residence is in the state of New Jersey.  No email submissions!  NO FEE.  All Submissions mailed to:  Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ 07052  Email inquiries about submissions: submissions@lunastage.org

Opened: September 15, 2013 Deadline: April 15, 2014

**Jewish Women’s Theatre Culture Klatch** (2014 Season, Los Angeles, CA) – Gathers women in homes to listen to new stories and share thoughts, while enjoying coffee and dessert! Seeking submissions of plays, monologues, poems, essays, stories, songs, etc. that have an element of Jewish resonance and feature women or a woman’s point of view. Works may be of any length, but short one-acts (10 minutes maximum) and monologues (7 minutes maximum) are preferred. Plays should be topical for the 21st century and have small casts. Previously produced or published work is welcome (include production and/or publication history). Submissions should address the season’s themes: January 12-27 – “Hold Me, Heal Me” – Kindness comforts us even in our most broken moments. This show about vulnerability and strength in the face of adversity calls up as many laughs as tears; March 16-31 – “Sex, Lies, and Virtual Relationship” – This startling, funny, thought-provoking show examines the connect and the disconnect of relationships in the age of the Internet; May 18-June 2 – “Unknown Stories of Biblical Proportions” – Stories from our sacred texts are reinterpreted for the modern age.  Any preconceptions are sure to be upended with this hilarious and provocative show of newly commissioned pieces. Submissions should be in Word, PDF, or Final Draft format; include cover letter with brief bio and history of the material (if applicable). NO FEE. Jewish Women’s Theatre, 521 Latimer Rd., Santa Monica, CA 90402,,  Deadline: November 1, 2013 (evening 1), December 1, 2013 (evening 2), January 15, 2014 (evening 3)

Theatre InpiraTO Festival (2014, Toronto, ON, Canada) – First prize is $500 CDN. Selected plays will be fully produced by Theatre InspiraTO. Three submission challenges: 1. Submit a 10-minute play in which the first line of dialogue is: “I see a rabbit.” 2. Submit a 10-minute play in which at least one of the characters in the play must leave their home in the next hour and never return. 3. Mentoring project: for Canadian playwrights only who want to fully explore the power of the 10-minute play. Submit a sample (no longer than 15 pages) from a play you have written; 12 playwrights will be selected to work with a dramaturge and a director to create and develop a new 10-minute play. See website for complete guidelines and application instructions. Submissions must be made online, through website. NO FEE. InspiraTO Festival, December 18, 2013

Metropolitan Playhouse East Village Chronicles Festival (April 2014, New York, NY) – Accepting submissions of new plays inspired by the life and history of New York’s Lower East Side. Plays should respond to The American Dream as it relates to life in the East Village of today or in eras past. Selected plays will be combined into two distinct evenings of short plays running on alternating nights over three weeks. Plays should be 30 minutes or shorter and require no more than 5 actors. Selected playwrights will receive an honorarium of $50. NOTE: Submit by e-mail or postal mail. NO FEE. Metropolitan Playhouse, 220 E. 4th St., New York, NY, Contact: Alex Roe, T: (212) 995-8410, EVC0@metropolitanplayhouse.org Deadline: December 27, 2013

The Mountain Playhouse International Comedy Playwriting Contest (2013 Season, Jennerstown, PA) – Seeking comedies that can be performed by 8 actors or fewer for a public reading, with a possibility of a full stage production, no re-submissions. Winner also receives $3,000. NOTE: Submit by postal mail; download the contest agreement form from address below and send it with script. NO FEE. The Mountain Playhouse International Comedy Playwriting Contest, 7690 Somerset Pike, PO Box 205, Jennerstown, PA 15547, Deadline: December 31, 2013

Kitchen Dog Theatre New Works Festival (2014, Dallas, TX) – Seeking full-length plays (one hour or longer) on any topic or theme. One selected script will receive a fully staged production as part of the regular season (a 5-week run), and the playwright will receive paid travel to Dallas to work on the production, as well as a royalty stipend. Seven other scripts will be presented as staged readings at the festival. Plays should have between one and 5 actors. One script per playwright. Submit full script with cover letter. NOTE: Submit by postal mail only. NO FEE. Attn: Tina Parker, Co-Artistic Director, Kitchen Dog Theater, 3120 McKinney Ave., Ste. 100, Dallas, TX 75204, January 1, 2014

Yale Institute for Music Theatre (June 2-15, 2014, New Haven, CT) – Endeavors to bridge the gap between graduate school and the professional world for gifted, emerging composers and playwrights. Three works will be selected for workshop; composers and writers will be matched with directors, music directors, actors, and singers from New York and Yale to workshop the selected scripts/scores. The final week will culminate in public open rehearsals of each work. Writers receive a stipend of $1,000 plus travel and housing accommodations in New Haven. Open to composers, playwrights, lyricist, or librettists who are current graduate students, as well as those who have graduated from an accredited degree granting institution within the past 5 years, or are current Yale students. See website for complete guidelines. Yale Institute for Music Theatre, c/o Yale School of Drama, PO Box 208244, New Haven, CT 06520-8244, T: (203) 432-1591,, Deadline: January 7, 2014

Premiere Stages Play Festival at Kean University (March, 2014, Union, NJ) – Seeking unproduced scripts from playwrights born or currently residing in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. Festival winner will be awarded $2,000 and a full Equity production in Premiere’s 2014 season. The runner-up will receive $750 and a 29-hour Staged Reading; two other writers will receive Staged Readings in March and a cash prize of $500. Scripts must be full-length, unproduced and unpublished, and have a cast size of no more than 8. No musicals. Agents may submit full scripts; playwrights should submit script sample and synopsis. See website for complete guidelines and submission instructions. NO FEE. Premiere Stages Play Festival at Kean University, 1000 Morris Ave., Union, NJ 07083, January 15, 2014

Ashland New Plays Festival (October 19-27, 2014, Ashland, OR) – International playwright festival that will culminate in the reading of 4 new plays. Seeking full-length dramas or comedies (2 acts, total 90-120 minutes running time) that are previously unproduced. Cast is limited to 8 actors. No adaptations, translations, musicals, or children’s plays. Selected playwrights will participate in 12 hours of rehearsal culminating in 2 public readings. Performers and technicians are a mix from the community, semi-professional, and professional theatres in Ashland. Playwrights receive lodging and $500 stipend. One submission per playwright. Submissions may be made online or by postal mail; see website for complete guidelines and application form. FEE: $15. Ashland New Plays Festival, PO Box 3314, Ashland, OR 97520, T: (541) 488-7995,, December 15, 2013


NOTE: There are no new ongoing opportunities this month. For more ongoing opportunities, visit our Theatre Funding Archive.


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. 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. Brigid Myers, Program Assistant, International, US Artists International, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, 201 North Charles St., Ste. 401, Baltimore, MD 21201, T: (410) 539-6656 x113, brigid@midatlanticarts.org Deadline: 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)

San Francisco Foundation Arts and Culture Grants – Grants for projects that substantially benefit residents in at least one of the 5 Bay Area counties the foundation serves: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo. Eligible projects and organizations include those who: develop and present high quality and diverse artistic practices reflective of the myriad communities in the region; foster creativity, self-expression, cross-cultural exchange, and civic participation for children and young adults; increase opportunities for all to participate in diverse cultural and artistic experiences; engage in the arts to build communities. See website for complete guidelines and application instructions. The San Francisco Foundation, 225 Bush St., Ste. 500, San Francisco, CA 94104, T: (415) 733-8500,,www.sff.orgDeadline: January 24, 2014

McKnight Advancement Grants – Recognizes playwrights whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit and excellence in the field, and whose primary residence is in the state of Minnesota. Two grants of $25,000 each will be awarded with the intention of significantly advancing recipients’ playwriting development and their careers. Additional funds of $2,000 can be used to support a play development workshop and other professional expenses. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents, and must be a primary resident of Minnesota, and must maintain residency in Minnesota during the fellowship year. To be eligible, applicant must have a minimum of one work fully produced by a professional theatre at time of application. Submit application form (download from website), full-length play script, playwriting resume, two professional references, and artistic statement with career history and progression as a playwright, as well as your artistic goals. The Playwrights’ Center, 2301 East Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55406, T: (612) 332-7481, Deadline: January 9, 2014

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town Grants – Organizational grants from $25,000-$200,000 for creative placemaking projects that contribute to the livability of communities and place the arts at their core. Supports projects in which communities, together with their arts and design organizations and artists, seek to improve their quality of life, encourage greater creative activity, foster stronger community identity and a sense of place, and revitalize economic development. Projects must involve two primary partners: a nonprofit organization (arts or design) and a local government entity. Additional partners are encouraged. See website for complete guidelines and application instructions. NOTE: Application must be submitted online. NEA Our Town Grants, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20506,, January 13, 2014

Hearst Foundation Grants for Cultural Projects – Supports programs that enrich the lives of young people by engaging them in cultural activities, primarily through arts-in-education programs. Grants are awarded to major institutions and community organizations in the arts and sciences that address the lack of arts programming in pre-K through 12th grade curricula by providing comprehensive, on-site and/or outreach education activities. Considers requests from organizations with operating budgets under $1 million. Submit a brief cover letter, one-page executive summary, and a five-page proposal narrative and attachments. See website for complete guidelines and application procedure. NOTE: Applications by postal mail only. Organizations East of the Mississippi River should send requests to: The Hearst Foundations, 300 West 57th St., 26th Fl, New York, New York 10019-3741, T: (212) 586-5404, FAX: (212) 586-1917; Organizations West of the Mississippi River should send requests to: The Hearst Foundations, 90 New Montgomery St., Ste. 1212, San Francisco, CA 94105, T: (415) 908-4500, FAX: (415) 348-0887, Ongoing 


HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP) 2014
HERE has been one of New York’s most prolific producing organizations since 1993, and today, stands at the forefront of the city’s presenters of daring new hybrid art. We have a long history of supporting unique and innovative artists, ensuring them the opportunity to develop and perform original work as well as assist them in enhancing their skill in all areas of artistic work. Through the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP), artists are able to develop their work in a peer-based program designed to nurture new and unique work. Our community of mid-career resident artists meet monthly, show works-in-progress, develop workshop productions, and mount full-scale productions.
HERE is currently accepting applications to HARP which commissions and develops new hybrid works over a 1- to 3-year period. Deadline: January 3, 2014.
For more information regarding the HERE Artist Residency Program and how to apply, please visit:

Creative Arts Residencies at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center (August 19-November 27, 2014, Bellagio, Italy) – 4-week residencies between August and November, 2012. Open to composers, novelists, playwrights, poets, video/filmmakers and visual artists from around the globe, with the goal of bringing together people of diverse expertise and cultures in a thought-provoking creative environment. Spouses/life partners may accompany the resident, or may apply for a concurrent residency. The Center also offers collaborative residencies for two to four persons working on the same project. Residents will engage with each other over meals and informal presentations, and interact with the participants of international conferences hosted at the Center. Applicants must demonstrate a history of significant achievement in their discipline. Individuals from developing countries and young artists with significant accomplishments — exhibitions, publications, performances — are particularly encouraged to apply. Residency provides housing and studio/work space. Residents are responsible for travel, food, and materials. NOTE: Application must be completed online in English. Applicants from developing countries who have trouble accessing online forms may contact the office by phone or e-mail to discuss alternative ways to submit application. Hard copies of work samples should be sent to the program administrators in New York. NO FEE. Residency address: Bellagio Center, Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio (Lago di Como) 22021, Italy; Administrative address: Program Administrators, Institute of International Education (IIE), Bellagio Competition, 809 United Nations Plaza, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10017, T: (212) 984-5537,, December 3, 2013

Santa Fe Art Institute (August – December, 2014, Santa Fe, NM) – Residencies of an average of 1-3 months for visual artists and writers. Residency provides housing and studio space. Artist responsible for travel, materials, and residency fee ($1,000/month). Financial aid packages available. FEE: $35. Katie Avery, Residency Director, Santa Fe Art Institute, 1600 St. Michael’s Dr., Santa Fe, NM  87505, (505) 424-5050,, January 15, 2014

Yaddo (May-February, 2014, Saratoga Springs, NY) – Residencies of an average of 5 weeks for creative artists working at a professional level in their field. Residency provides housing, meals, studio, travel assistance and materials stipend; artist responsible for materials. FEE: $30. The Corporation of Yaddo, PO Box 395 – Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, T: (518) 584-0746, FAX: (518) 584-1312,, www.yaddo.orgDeadline: January 1, 2014

Elsewhere Collaborative (April-November, 2014, Greensboro, NC) – Residencies between 2-6 weeks for creative artists working in all media. The collaborative is a three-floor former thrift store turned into a living museum. Residents constantly compose and re-imagine the environment through projects that respond to layers of objects, artworks, collections, architecture, histories, and concepts within the building. Residents enter into an evolving collaborative artwork, inhabit production spaces, and establish living sites throughout the museum, using the resources from the 58-year-old inventory. Residency provides housing, workspace, and materials; artist responsible for program fee ($500), travel, and participation in food co-operative ($50/week). See website for application and complete guidelines. NO FEE. Elsewhere Collaborative, 606 and 608 S. Elm St., Downtown Greensboro, NC 27406, Deadline: January 10, 2014


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One Comment on “Theatre Funding Opportunities: December”

  1. December 19, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    Thanks so much for pulling all this information together – a great resource!

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