Theatre Funding Opportunities Archive: February 2014


Capital Stage Company Playwright’s Revolution (Sacramento, CA) – Seeking bold, innovative new works that inspire thought and dialogue. They are particularly interested in the female voice. Plays must be full-length in any genre: comedy, drama, musical, etc. Translations, collections of one-acts, children’s plays and any play that has received a full-scale, professional production prior to submission are not eligible. Cast must be 8 actors or fewer. One submission per playwright. Northern California playwrights encouraged to submit. Submit a two-page maximum abstract of the play including title, character breakdown, brief story synopsis and playwright bio or resume. Also include 10 pages of consecutive sample dialogue. If submitting a musical, please include a CD of selections from the score. Literary agents may submit full scripts of their client’s work. four plays will be selected for inclusion in a series of staged readings to be held in July 2013. Playwrights included in these readings will be awarded $250. One or more of these plays may be considered for further development at Capital Stage for an eventual full world premiere production. NO FEE. Playwright’s Revolution, Capital Stage Company, 2215 J St., Sacramento, CA 95816, literarymanager@capstage.org March 1, 2014

Theatre Oxford 10 Minute Play Contest – Winner receives the L.W. Thomas Award of $1,000 and production of winning 10-minute play. Plays must be original and unproduced and may not exceed 10 pages. Plays should have 2-4 characters and minimal set and costume requirements. Submit 2 copies of play, optional cover letter, title page with author name and full contact information (do not put name and contact info anywhere else on script), and character breakdown. Staple or paper clip script; no binders or folders. Multiple submissions accepted; each submission requires an entry fee. FEE: $10. Theatre Oxford – 10 Minute Play Contest, PO Box 1394, Oxford, MS 38655, February 15, 2014

Little Black Dress Ink Call for 10-Minute Plays: This year’s theme is “Planting the Seed”. NO FEE. Deadline: February 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

Pend Oreille Players (July 11-12, 2014, Newport, WA) – Seeking original one-act plays (25 minutes) for production. Plays must not have been previously published or produced and must have 3-5 characters, no more and no less, and simple technical requirements. Plays should be suitable for a multi-generational audience. Include 3 copies of each script with all pages numbered and no author identification on the scripts or title page; a separate title page with author identification; and an introductory letter that includes playwright name, address, phone, email address, and a short bio. Multiple submissions OK. FEE: $5. One Act Play Festival, c/o Pend Oreille Playhouse Community Theatre, 240 N. Union Ave., Newport, WA 99156,, February 15, 2015

HRC Showcase Theatre Playwriting Contest (2014-2015 Season, Hudson, NY) – Seeking full-length plays (90 minutes maximum) with no more than six actors. Winner receives $500 cash prize and staged reading as the last play of the season; four runners up will receive $100 each and an Equity staged reading during the 2013-2014 season. Playwrights are expected to attend the readings of their plays in Hudson. NOTE: Hard copy submissions only, single-sided; submit name, contact information, and biography separately. Let them know where you heard about the contest. FEE: $10. HRC Showcase Theatre, PO Box 940, Hudson, NY 12534, March 1, 2014

DC Black Theatre Festival (Washington, DC) – Seeking works in any genre, including plays which incorporate movement, dance, and music. Playwrights of all skill levels encouraged to submit. 100% of ticket sales go directly to performing group, facilitator, and/or playwright. Cash award and trophy given to winners of one-act plays. Seeking plays in the following categories: One-Act Plays (20 minutes maximum), Full-Length Plays (90 minutes maximum), New Works Reading Series (90 minutes maximum), and Workshops (80 minutes maximum). Submit complete script with numbered pages and title page with playwright name and contact info, bio, and short synopsis. NOTE: Submit online, via website. FEE: $0-$25. DC Black Theatre Festival, March 1, 2014

Game Play Festival at the Brick (July, 2014, Brooklyn, NY) – Features cutting-edge works that lie at the intersection of video gaming and performance. Seeking submissions from artists including, but not limited to playwrights, game designers, performance artists, musicians, media and visual artists, and entertainers of all stripes. Fill out form on website, and e-mail supporting materials. NO FEE. Game Play Festival at the Brick Theater,, March 1, 2014

Neil Simon Festival New Play Contest (July 9-August 9, 2014, Cedar City, UT) – Seeking full-length (80-120 minutes) character-driven American comedies. Musicals accepted; plays should not be overtly political. Plays must be original and may not have been professionally produced. Up to 3 scripts will be selected for a staged reading during the festival, and may be considered for full production in a future season. Winning playwrights will be invited to be part of the staged reading process; a stipend to offset lodging and travel costs will be offered. Submit online, through website. FEE: $25 (no critique); $55 (with critique). Neil Simon Festival, New Play Contest, PO Box 83, Cedar City, UT 84721,, March 15, 2014

Playfest – Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays at Orlando Shakespeare Theater (Fall, 2014, Orlando, FL) – Seeking new full-length plays that speak to the human condition in our fascinating and complicated contemporary world. They are interested in plays exploring important, challenging, and crucial social issues that affect our lives today; comedies and dramas welcome. Plays with 6 actors or fewer preferred, and they are interested in one-person shows. 7 new works will be presented as readings, and one or more may go on to be developed in a workshop or full production. Playwrights receive a stipend, travel and housing expenses. Plays must not have received more than 2 professional AEA productions, must not have received a Broadway or Off-Broadway production or an Orlando production in current form, and must not be published. Submit cover letter, bio, one-page synopsis, ten pages of dialogue from the play, character breakdown, and author name and contact info on the cover letter. Do not submit full script unless requested. NOTE: No electronic submissions. NO FEE. Mark Routhier, Associate Director of New Play Development, PlayFest – The Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, 812 East Rollins St., Ste. 100, Orlando, FL 32803, Deadline: March 1, 2014 


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

Shubert Fendrich Memorial Playwriting Contest – Encourages the development of quality theatrical material for educational and community theatres. Seeking scripts with a running time of 20-90 minutes with casts that are either balanced or favoring females. Winner receives $1,000 royalty advance and publication by Pioneer Drama Service. Submit application form (available on website), manuscript, recording of music (if applicable), and proof of production. NO FEE. Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., Attn: Submissions Editor, PO Box 4267, Englewood, CO 80155-4267,

Berkshire Theatre Group – Seeking scripts of any kind year-round for possible production at BTG.  Scripts must be send through established agents, or by first sending a letter of inquiry with a brief synopsis, cast breakdown, 10-page dialogue sample, and a resume. NO FEE. Berkshire Theatre Group, Script Submissions, 111 South St, Pittsfield, MA 01201,

La Jolla Playhouse – Seeking full-length scripts of any kind year-round through literary agents or 10-page samples from Southern California residents.  NO FEE.  La Jolla Playhouse, Attn: Literary Manager, PO Box 12039, La Jolla, CA 92039,

The Purple Rose Theatre – Seeking synopsis submissions only.  Hard Copy Submissions must include: a one page synopsis of the script, a character breakdown, 15-page dialogue sample, a self addressed and stamped envelope.  Electronic Submissions must include: a one page synopsis of the script, a character breakdown, 15-page dialogue sample.  NO FEE.  The Purple Rose Theatre, Attn: Michelle Mountain, Literary Manager, 137 Park St, Chelsea, MI 48118,,

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


Many Voices Fellowships – Given by the Jerome Foundation and The Playwrights’ Center, enriches the American theatre by offering playwriting fellowships to artists of color, with the intention of increasing cultural diversity in the contemporary theatre both locally and nationally. This year, one fellowship will be awarded to a Minnesota playwright, and one fellowship will be awarded to either a Minnesota or national playwright. Fellows will receive a $10,000 stipend, an additional $2,500 for living expenses, and $1,500 in play development funds. The fellowship will also focus on building connections with theatre leaders and companies in the Twin Cities and nationwide. Applicants may not have had more than one play professionally produced at time of application. Playwrights must reside in Minnesota within 75 miles of the Twin Cities during the grant year (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015). See website for complete guidelines and application instructions. Contact: Amanda Robbins-Butcher, Artistic Programs Administrator, The Playwrights’ Center, 2301 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55406, T: (612) 332-7481 x15, amandar@pwcenter.org February 13, 2014

**Open Meadows Foundation Grants** – Funds projects that are led by and benefit women and girls, particularly those from vulnerable communities. Grants up to $2000 to projects that are designed and implemented by women and girls, reflect community diversity and build community power, promote racial, social, economic, and environmental justice, and that have limited financial access or are unlikely to receive funding from more traditional sources. Organizational budgets should not exceed $150,000; small and start-up organizations strongly encouraged to apply. NOTE: For questions about project eligibility, use e-mail. Open Meadows Foundation, PO Box 1363, Bronx, NY 10475, T: (718) 885-0969, openmeadows@igc.org February 15, 2014

NEA Shakespeare in American Communities: Shakespeare for a New Generation – Designed to provide high-quality, professional theatre productions of Shakespeare plays and related educational activities to underserved high schools and middle schools throughout the country. Open to professional U.S.-based theatre companies with 501(c)(3) status and a minimum of three years’ experience working with schools or school districts to provide performances of Shakespeare or classically-based repertoire for middle and/or high school students.  Standard grant award is $25,000; grants must be matched 1-1 with nonfederal funds. See website for complete guidelines and online application. Shakespeare for a New Generation, Arts Midwest, 2908 Hennepin Ave., Ste. 200, Minneapolis, MN 55408, Contact: Christy Dickinson, T: (612) 238-8019, shakespeare@artsmidwest.org

Deadline: March 12, 2014

Jerome Foundation Travel & Study Grant – Awarding grants of $1,500 – $5,000 to emerging creative artists from New York City and Minnesota to fund periods of travel for the purpose of study, exploration, and growth. Minnesota-based executive and program administrators working for nonprofit arts organizations also eligible to apply. Eligible artistic disciplines for 2014 are: music, theatre, and visual arts (including playwrights and creators of performance art). Program supports such activities as research leading to creation of new work, development of collaborations, participation in specific training programs, time for reflection and individualized study, investigating artistic work outside of Minnesota or New York City, and dialogue on aesthetic issues. Must have lived in NYC or MN for at least one year prior to application deadline. NOTE: Grant may not be used for touring, performances, screenings, readings, appearances, exhibition expenses, production of new work, or teaching. Travel and Study Grant Program, c/o Jerome Foundation, 400 Sibley St., Suite 125, St. Paul, MN 55101-1928, T: (651) 224-9431, 1 (800) 995-3766, FAX: (651) 224-3439, info@jeromefdn.orgwww.jeromefdn.orgDeadline: February 24, 2014

**The Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grants** – Grants for women and trans artists (including those identifying as transgender, transsexual, and/or genderqueer) who live in the Delaware Valley region of Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties who are involved in art for social change and have financial need. Seeks to recognize artists who are marginalized because of the nature of their art or their identity. Funds projects that promote social change by raising consciousness; creating a vision of a more just world; providing tools or strategies for organizing and movement-building; reclaiming traditional cultural practices as a form of resistance or community building; challenging racism, classism sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism, ableism, and other forms of oppression; and questioning mainstream culture and beliefs. Visit website for application forms and guidelines. The Leeway Foundation, The Philadelphia Building, 1315 Walnut St., Suite 832, Philadelphia, PA  19107, T: (215) 545-4078, FAX: (215) 545-4021, March 1, 2014

**Kentucky Foundation for Women Art Meets Activism Grant Program** – Supports feminist artists and organizations in actively engaging individuals and communities in the development, creation or implementation of art activities that are directly focused on progressive social change in Kentucky. Art Meets Activism applicants should demonstrate a commitment to community involvement and be able to illustrate that they have a concrete plan to accomplish social change. Applicants may request funds for a range of activities including: arts education programs focused on women or girls, community participation in the creation of new art forms, community-based projects involving new partnerships between artists and activists, and arts-based community projects with social change themes or content.Applicants must demonstrate high artistic quality in the work sample, and should be able to demonstrate their commitment to feminism and their understanding of the relationship between art and social change. Open to individual artists and arts organizations based in Kentucky. Applicants may apply from grants from $1,000-$7,5000; typical awards are between $3,000-$5,000. Kentucky Foundation for Women, 1215 Heyburn Building, 332 West Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202-2184, Phone: (502) 562-0045, Toll Free: (866) 654-7564, Fax: (502) 561-0420,, March 1, 2014

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Grants to Strengthen Performing Arts – Supports projects that strengthen the national infrastructure of the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting, and/or theatre fields or improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in professional nonprofit dance, jazz, and theatre. Grants range from $60,000-$200,000 and cannot exceed 40% of a project’s total cost. National projects engage a broad national constituency, occur once (or periodically) rather than annually, and have the potential to significantly impact a field. Single organizations and consortia are eligible to apply. Application process begins with a letter of inquiry; see website for complete guidelines and instructions. Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, 650 Fifth Ave., 19th Floor, New York, NY 10019, T: (212) 974-7000, FAX: (212) 974-7590,–Strategies/National-Sector-Building/Fund-for-National-Projects/Deadline (LOI): February 28, 2014, 5pm EST

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

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

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



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

Djerassi Resident Artists Program (4-5 week sessions, mid-March-mid-November, Woodside, CA) – Residencies, including living space, studio space, and all meals, for national and international visual artists, composers, choreographers, performance and media artists, and writers. Artists at all stages of their careers, from emerging to established, are encouraged to apply. Collaborative artists must send individual applications and fees, including a separate page describing the collaborative proposal. Artists in residence will share their work in progress during an annual open house. Applications must include resume, work samples (for filmmakers, video artists, multimedia artists, and performing/theater artists, a DVD, video tape, or CD with samples should be submitted), brief descriptive paragraph about their work, SASE for notification and SASPostcard for receipt of application acknowledgment. NOTE: Applications must be submitted by regular mail; all supporting materials must be submitted with application form (available on website). FEE: $45. Admissions 2013, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, 2325 Bear Gulch Rd., Woodside, CA 94062-4405, March 15, 2014

Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts Residency (July-December, 2014, Nebraska City, NE) – Two, four, six, or eight-week residencies for visual artists, writers, composers, interdisciplinary artists, and arts and arts education scholars.  Some “transitional” residencies reserved for recent masters degree program graduates.  Residents receive free housing and a studio as well as a $100 per week stipend. FEE: $35.  See website for application form and requirements. NOTE: Applications must be submitted online. Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, 801 3rd Corso, Nebraska City, NE 68410, T: 402-874-9600,, http://www.khncenterforthearts.orgDeadline: March 1, 2014

Ucross Foundation Residency Program (August-December, 2014, Ucross, WY) – Residencies of an average of 4 weeks for visual artists, writers of all types, and musicians. Residency provides housing, food, studios, and some local transportation. Aritst responsible for refundable deposit ($50) and travel. Application available online. FEE: $40. Ucross Foundation Residency Program, 30 Big Red Lane, Clearmont, WY 82835, T: (307) 737-2291, FAX: (307) 737-2322,, www.ucrossfoundation.orgDeadline: March 1, 2014

Edward Albee Foundation/William Flanagan Memorial Creative Persons Center (May-October, 2014, Montauk, NY) – Residencies of either 4 or 6 weeks for visual artists, writers, and composers. Residency provides housing and studio; artist responsible for food, travel, and materials. NO FEE. Edward F. Albee Foundation, 14 Harrison St., New York, NY 10013, T: (212) 226-2020, FAX: (212) 226-5551,, March 1, 2014

Byrdcliffe Arts Colony/Woodstock Guild (May-September, 2014, Woodstock, NY) – Residencies of an average of 4 weeks for writers, visual artists, and composers. Residency provides housing and studio. Artist responsible for food, travel, materials, and residency fee ($600/month). Writers under the age of 35 who need financial assistance may apply for a $100 scholarship from the Patterson Fund (see website for more information). Additional fellowships for artists of all ages available based on financial need. FEE: $50. Byrdcliffe Colony/ Woodstock Guild, 34 Tinker St., Woodstock, NY 12498, T: (845) 679-2079, FAX: (845) 679-4529,, www.woodstockguild.orgDeadline: March 15, 2014




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