Theatre Funding Archive: January 2014


**Leah Ryan’s Fund for Emerging Women Writers** – Aims to encourage brilliant and unrecognized women playwrights with a cash prize and a New York City showcase of the winning work. Submissions must be full-length works for theatre, but the form is open to one-acts, two-acts (or more), monologues, adaptations, and any other “wild or deceptively tame” form. Winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize as well as a staged reading of her play in New York City. A stipend of up to $700 may be provided for travel and accommodation. Submit up to 10 pages excerpted from a fully-developed completed script (finalists will be asked to submit complete script), a cover letter of no more than one page describing yourself and your work (including full contact information), a resume, and at least one letter of support from someone who knows you and your work well. Download application form from website. NOTE: E-mail applications only, in PDF format. See website for complete submission guidelines. NO FEE. Leah Ryan’s FEWW, PO Box 287, Amherst, MA 01004-0287, leahryansfeww@gmail.com Deadline: January 13, 2014, 5pm EST

Jacksonville State University Southern Playwrights Competition – Seeks to identify and encourage the best of Southern playwriting. First-prize winner receives $1,000 and a full production by the Jacksonville State University Department of Drama. Playwrights must be native to or residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, or West Virginia, and plays must deal with the Southern experience. Entries must be original, full-length plays that have not had previous Equity productions. No musicals or adaptations. One submission per playwright. Submit via postal mail, with an official entry form (download from website) and a SASE. NOTE: No electronic or fax submissions. NO FEE. Jacksonville State University Southern Playwrights Competition, Sarah Moersch, Department of English, Jacksonville State University, 700 Pelham Rd. North, Jacksonville, Alabama 36265-1602, T: (256) 782-5414,,, Deadline: January 15, 2014

Heartland Theatre Company 10-Minute Play Festival: Foul Plays (It’s for the birds) (June, 2014, Bloomington, IL) – Seeking new, unproduced 10-minutes plays with 2-4 characters that are inspired by the birds.  Not literal birds, but use them for your inspiration.  Please shy away from parodies on Isben, Hitchcock, Chekhov, etc. No musicals or children’s plays. Do not put author’s name on script. NOTE: Submit through website entry form, which requires that you upload your play in MSWord format. NO FEE. Heartland Theatre Company, PO Box 1833, Bloomington, IL 61702-1833, T: (309) 452-8709, February 1, 2014

The Valley Players Vermont Playwrights Award – Seeking original, unproduced, full-length plays by residents of Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine. Winning playwright receives $1,000. No musicals. Plays may not have won an award or prize in any other contest. Submit 2 bound copies of script with title pages containing author name and contact information. Do not include author’s name on script. Download entry form from website and submit with script.NO FEE. Vermont Playwrights Award, The Valley Players, PO Box 441, Waitsfield, VT 05673, T: (802) 6767,, www.valleyplayers.comDeadline: February 1, 2014

West Boca Theatre Company International Jewish Playwriting Contest (Spring, 2013, Boca Raton, FL) – Seeking short plays (8-20 minutes) that explore an aspect of Jewish life or culture from modern or historic times. No musicals. Cast must not exceed 6. First place winner receives $500; second place $300; third place $200. Submit 3 copies, each with a cover page containing play title and full author contact information. Script should not contain author’s name. FEE: NO FEE. West Boca Theatre Company, Play Competition, c/o Myrna Loman, 9801 Donna Klein Blvd., Boca Raton, FL 33428, T: (561) 558-2118, myrnal@levisjcc.org January 28, 2014



NOTE: For more ongoing opportunities, visit our Theatre Funding Archive.

Thespian Production (New York, NY) – Seeking 10-15 minute plays in any genre with simple sets and a maximum of 4 characters. Submit script with title page containing full author contact information, a synopsis, setting, and character breakdown. They are also seeking one-act and full-length Gospel plays. NOTE: Electronic submissions only. NO FEE. Thespian Production,, Next Deadline: Ongoing.

**Tactical Reads with the LAFPI at the Vagrancy** (Monthly reading series, Los Angeles, CA) – Aims to find amazing unproduced plays by Los Angeles female playwrights and pair them with amazing women directors, with the goal of a full production as a result. The project is supported by the Los Angeles Female Playwrights’ Initiative and presented by The Vagrancy. Playwrights are encouraged to look at the profiles of the Tactical Reads directors on the website to see if your play might be a good match for one of them. Send a short synopsis, production/reading history, and full-length play by e-mail. NO FEE. Tactical Reads,, Deadline: Ongoing


Association of Performing Arts Presenters Cultural Exchange Fund – This international travel subsidy program offers grants of up to $2,000 to assist professionals within the presenting field to build partnerships and collaborations. Current members of Arts Presenters eligible. Awards to presenting organizations, agents, managers, producers, individual artists, and groups of presenting professionals traveling to see the work of artists and companies or to develop and advance projects with foreign artists and their collaborators. Awards will also be given to professional artists who wish to travel abroad to conduct research for a project or presentation that promotes the aims of CEF. Awards will not be given to students, nor to artists who are performing in festivals or touring outside the U.S., nor to foreign artists traveling to the U.S. Applicant must provide evidence of a three-year presenting history with national level and/or international artists/companies. NOTE: Application must be completed online; see website for complete guidelines. Association of Performing Arts Presenters, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036, Laura Benson, Programs Manager, T: (202) 207-3852, FAX: (202) 833-1543, LBenson@ArtsPresenters.org Deadline: February 15, 2014

National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) Fund for the Arts – Grants from $1,000-$20,000 for U.S.-based Latino artists and arts organizations to assist in the development, creation, presentation, and sustainability of artistic excellence, as well as the opportunity to participate in activities that contribute to professional and organizational growth. They are particularly interested in supporting artists and organizations in their efforts to promote social justice and social change through the arts. Artists and ensembles in all disciplines are eligible; there are three levels of grants to which they may apply: Project Grant, Fellowship, and Master Artist Grant. See website for complete guidelines and application instructions. NOTE: Application must be submitted online. NALAC, 1208 Buena Vista, San Antonio, TX 78207, T: (210) 432-3982,, www.nalac.orgReceipt Deadline: February 6, 2014

Indian Arts Research Center Fellowships for Native and First Nations Artists (Santa Fe, NM) – Four different fellowships to support Native American and First Nations artists at the Indian Arts Research Center at the School of Advanced Research. Each fellowship includes a $3,000 monthly stipend, housing, studio space, supplies allowance, and travel reimbursement to and from SAR.

Ron and Susan Dubin Native Artist Fellowship (June 15-August 15 annually) – Supports traditional Native artistry.

Rollin and Mary Ella King Native Artist Fellowship (September 1-December 1 annually) – Dedicated to preserving the Southwest’s extensive artistic heritage. Applicants must be from a Native community in the Southwestern U.S. (AZ, CO, NM, UT) and work in the visual arts.

SAR Indigenous Writer-in-Residence Fellowship (January 3-February 21 annually) – Supports writers in any format.

**Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native Artist Fellowship for Women** (March 1-May 31 annually) – Encourages the creativity and growth of indigenous women artists working in any medium.

School for Advanced Research on the Human Experience, PO Box 2188, Santa Fe, NM 87504-2188, T: (505) 954-7205, FAX: (505) 954-7207,, January 15, 2014

**American Association of University Women Community Action Grants for Women and Girls** – Seed money of $2,000-$7,000 over one year to new projects promoting education and equity for women and girls. Two-year grants of $5,000-$10,000 are given for longer-term programs that address the particular needs of the community and develop girls’ sense of efficacy through leadership or advocacy opportunities.  Individual women, AAUW branches, AAUW state organizations, and local community-based nonprofit organizations are eligible. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Topic areas are unrestricted, but should include a clearly defined activity that promotes education and equity for women and girls. American Association of University Women, 1111 Sixteenth St. NW, Washington, DC 20036, T: (319) 337-1716 x60,, January 15, 2014

The Playwrights’ Center Many Voices Fellowships for Emerging Playwrights of Color (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015, Twin Cities, MN) – Two fellowships will be awarded, one to a Minnesota playwright, and one to either a Minnesota or national playwright. Each fellowship will provide a $10,000 stipend, an additional $2,500 for living expenses, and $1,500 in play development funds, as well as opportunities to build connections with theatre companies and leaders in the Twin Cities and nationwide. Applicants must not have had more than one play professionally produced at time of application, and must be artists of color who are at least 21 years old and citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. Recipients must maintain residency within Minnesota and within 75 miles of the Twin Cities during the grant year. See website for complete guidelines and application instructions. The Playwrights’ Center, 2301 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55406, T: (612) 332-7481,, Deadline: February 13, 2014

The French-American Fund for Contemporary Theater – Dedicated to fostering innovative artistic collaborations in the field of theatre and contributing to the dynamism of intercultural dialogue and exchange between France and the U.S. They are particularly interested in supporting theatre projects that explore aesthetic boundaries and reflect the cultural and aesthetic diversity of contemporary theatre. Priority will be given, but not limited, to French artists whose work has rarely or never been seen or developed in the U.S. In the U.S. – Supports American productions of French contemporary playwrights and residencies of French directors, and the presentation of multidisciplinary theatre (including objects, sound, physical, and visual theatre) in the U.S. In France – Supports French productions of American contemporary playwrights, residencies of American directors, and the presentation of multidisciplinary theatre (including objects, sound, physical, and visual theatre) in France. Amount requested must not exceed 50% of the total budget for the project or the amount of $25,000. Download application forms from website. The French-American Fund for Contemporary Theater, Nicole Birmann Bloom, Program Officer (Cultural Services of the French Embassy), 972 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10075, T: (212) 439-1444,, February 10, 2014


Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Performing Arts Presenters Initiative – Supports the presentation of touring performing artists at venues within 3 states/jurisdictions: Delaware, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Nonprofit organizations that meet the eligibility criteria are invited to apply for funding to help defray costs related to the presentation of touring performing artists in underserved communities. Organizations must: be based and chartered in Delaware, DC, or the Virgin Islands as a non-profit organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)3, 501(c)4, or 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code at least 1 year prior to application deadline; and be an arts or community-based organization, a college or university, or a government entity involved in presenting the performing arts. Producing organizations are not eligible. Proposed artists/ensembles must be located outside of the state/jurisdiction of the performance but based in the mid-Atlantic region (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA & WV), or from outside the United States. Proposals must demonstrate a commitment to presenting the performing arts and reaching underserved audiences (communities in which individuals lack access to the arts due to geography, economic conditions, ethnic background, disability, or age). Priority will be given to projects involving artists or performing arts genres with whom applicants have no prior presenting history or whose fees have been beyond applicant’s means. Support is available for programs taking place between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. Minimum grant request is $500; maximum request is $2,000. Applicants may apply for up to 50% of the artist’s fee plus travel and lodging expenses, marketing, and production cash costs for engagement of proposed artists. Organizations must match grant amount. NOTE: Applications must be completed online; see website for complete application guidelines and instructions for the different states/jurisdictions. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, 201 N. Charles St., Ste. 401, Baltimore, MD 21201, Deadline: February 21, 2014

California Council for the Humanities Community Stories Grants – Seeks to capture and share compelling stories from and about California’s diverse communities. Seeking submissions of proposals for story-based projects; this year, the focus is on the needs of veterans, those who support them, and what we consider our responsibilities towards those who risk their lives for our sakes. Applicants must have tax-exempt status or a California-based fiscal sponsor. Projects for this funding round must explore stories of significance to Californians; address the meaning of democracy; approach the subject matter from a humanities perspective; actively involve at least one humanities advisor in the planning and implementation of the project; provide opportunities for community engagement and involvement in project activities; include public programming elements; and result in work that will be accessible by the public and about which information can be shared through the CCH web site. Applicants may request up to $10,000 each. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an informational Webinar before applying. NOTE: Application must be submitted online, through website. See website for complete guidelines and application. California Council for the Humanities, 312 Sutter St., Ste. 601, San Francisco, CA 94108, Contact: Program Associate Tonya Jones T: (213) 346-3234,, or Senior Program Officer Felicia Kelley,, Deadline: February 17, 2014



MacDowell Colony (Up to eight weeks between June 1 – September 30, 2014, Peterborough, New Hampshire) – 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. FEE: $30. The Admissions Coordinator, The MacDowell Colony, 100 High St., Peterborough, NH 03458, T: (603) 924-3886,, Deadline: January 15, 2014

Wildacres Retreat (2014, Little Switzerland, NC) – Residencies of an average of 1 week for visual artists and writers of all types. Residency provides housing and meals; artist responsible for travel and materials. NO FEE. Wildacres Retreat, PO Box 280, Little Switzerland, NC 28749, T: (828) 756-4573, FAX: (828) 756-4586,, www.wildacres.orgDeadline: January 15, 2014

Bogliasco Foundation (Fall-Winter, 2014, Bogliasco, Italy) – Residencies of an average of 32 days for qualified persons engaged in advanced creative work or scholarly research in archaeology, architecture, classics, dance, film/video, history, landscape architecture, literature, music, philosophy, theatre, and visual arts. Residency provides housing, meals, and studios; artist responsible for travel, materials, and any additional living expenses. NO FEE. Bogliasco Foundation, U.S. Office, 10 Rockefeller Plaza, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10020-1903, T: (212) 713-7628, FAX: (212) 489-0787,, January 15, 2014

Jentel Artist Residency (May 15-December 13, 2014, Banner, WY) – 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: $23. Jentel Artist Residency, 130 Lower Piney Creek Rd., Banner, WY 82832, T: (307) 737-2311, FAX: (307) 737-2305,, www.jentelarts.orgDeadline: January 15, 2014

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (June-September, 2014, Amherst, VA) – 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/day), and deposit ($50). Occasional full funding available. See website for application. FEE: $30. Virginia Center for the Arts, 154 San Angelo Dr., Amherst, VA 24521, T: (434) 946-7236, FAX: (434) 946-7239,, www.vcca.comDeadline:January 15, 2014

Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (May-July, 2014, Red Wing, MN) – Residencies of an average of 2-4 weeks for visual and performing artists, writers, and scholars of all kinds. Residency provides housing, meals, and studios; artist responsible for travel and materials. Special fellowships are available in July for emerging artists and writers from New York City or Minnesota; see website for details. NO FEE. Anderson Center at Tower View, PO Box 406, Red Wing, MN 55066, T: (651) 388-2009, FAX: (651) 388-5538,,www.andersoncenter.orgDeadline: February 1, 2014

Vermont Studio Center (Year-round, Johnson, VT) – Residencies of an average of 4-12 weeks for serious, emerging, or mid-career visual artists and writers of all types from all over the world. Residency provides housing, meals, and studios; artist responsible for travel and residency fee ($3,950/month; fellowships available; see website). FEE: $25. Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl St., PO Box 613, Johnson, VT 05656, T: (802) 635-2727, FAX: (802) 635-2730,, www.vermontstudiocenter.orgDeadline: February 15, 2014

Ragdale Foundation (June-December, 2014, Lake Forest, IL) – Residencies of an average of 2-4 weeks for visual artists, musicians, writers, dancers, media artists, and choreographers. Organization provides housing, meals, and studio space; artist responsible for residency fee ($35/day), deposit ($100/two weeks), travel and materials. FEE: $40. Ragdale Foundation, 1260 N. Green Bay Rd., Lake Forest, IL 60045, T: (847) 234-1063, FAX: (847) 234-1063,, www.ragdale.orgDeadline: January 15, 2014



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