Theatre Funding Opportunities Archive: March, 2014


McKinney Repertory Theatre New Play Competition (2014-2015 Season, McKinney, TX) – Seeking original, full-length, unproduced and unpublished scripts for eventual full production. No adaptations, translations, musicals, or children’s plays. Plays with casts of eight or fewer preferred. One submission per playwright. NOTE: Electronic submissions only; must be in PDF format and include an entry form (available on website). NO FEE. MRT, 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney, TX 75069, Attn: New Play Committee,, Deadline: March 31, 2014

**Francesca Primus Prize** – $10,000 award honoring outstanding contributions to the American theater by an emerging female theater artist who has not yet achieved national prominence. The prize is usually given to a playwright, but the committee also considers other significant female theater artists, such as directors or artistic directors. Applicants may self-nominate or may be nominated by another individual or organization. Applicant must have had a fully staged, professional production of her script within the calendar year 2012. For other artists, there must also be some significant achievement in the calendar year. But in either case, the committee will also consider a body of work going back several years. A submission must be in the form of a portfolio of no more than 20 single-sided pages. It should include a letter recommending the candidate, a synopsis of her body of work, and supporting materials sufficient to familiarize the committee with her achievements, possibly including reviews and/or a statement of the artist’s philosophy. In addition (beyond those 20 pages), playwrights should also submit the produced playscript. If more than one play was produced in 2013, only one may be submitted, but excerpts from or reviews of others might be part of the portfolio. Send six copies of an applicant’s entire portfolio, along with entry fee, to the address below. FEE: $25. Francesca Primus Prize, ATCA, c/o Barry Gaines, 12809 Northern Sky NE, Albuquerque NM 87111-8089, T: (505) 856-2101,, Deadline: March 15, 2014

The Arts and Letters Prizes Competition – Seeking original, unpublished one-act plays in English. Winner receives publication and a $1,000 prize. All submissions will be considered for publication. Submit script, along with a cover sheet with full contact information and the title of the work. Author’s name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript, only in the cover letter. Send a no. 10 SASE if you wish to receive an announcement of winners. Authors may submit more than one manuscript, but each must include the entry fee. FEE: $15 ($17 for Online). Arts and Letters Prizes, Campus Box 89, Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, GA 31061, Deadline: March 18, 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,, Deadline: March 15, 2014

Sky Blue Theatre International Playwriting Competition (2014, Cambridge, England) – Seeking original plays with a running time between 10-30 minutes from playwrights of all nationalities. Plays must be written in English. Plays must be submitted using a pseudonym. Submit script as a word document by e-mail attachment with title of play in subject line; include a synopsis of no more than 50 words and an entry form (available on website). FEE: £15. Sky Blue Theatre Company, 14 Hayfield Ave., Sawston, Cambridge, CB22 3JZ, England,,, Deadline: March 30, 2014

West Coast Players One Act Festival (June 11-13 & 18-20, 2013, Clearwater, FL) – Seeking one-act plays under 15 minutes in any style or genre. Plays must be original, require minimal set, props, and costumes, 6 characters or less, and must not have been recently performed in the Clearwater area. Submit single copy of script, typed in standard format, by regular post. Playwrights may submit up to three plays. NOTE: Only electronic submissions. FEE: $5. West Coast Players, Attention: One-Act Play Producer, PO Box 5022, Clearwater, FL 33758-5022,,, Receipt Deadline: April 12, 2014

Theatre Southwest Festival of Originals (July 18-August 2, 2013, Houston, TX) – Seeking 20-minutes plays in any genre or style on any subject. 5 plays will be chosen and given full productions with 5 different directors and casts. Entries must be unpublished and have more than one character. Selected playwrights will each receive $100. Submit script with numbered pages and full contact information, character breakdown, and one-paragraph summary. Note: Plays must be submitted through the mail. Theatre Southwest, 8944 Clarkcrest, Houston, TX 77063, Attn: Festival Submissions, Deadline: March 15, 2014

Pittsburgh New Works Festival (Fall, 2014, Pittsburgh, PA) – Seeking previously unproduced one-act plays. 12 plays will be selected to be performed as mainstage productions for the festival; an additional 6 will be chosen for staged readings. Each selected playwright receives a $50 honorarium; the playwright who receives the most votes receives $500. Each entry receives brief comments from three readers. Plays must be 40 minutes or shorter and have no more than 8 characters and simple production values. No musicals. One submission per playwright. Submit through website. FEE: $15. Play Selection Manager, Pittsburgh New Works Festival, Inc., PO Box 42419, Pittsburgh, PA 15203,, Deadline: April 5, 2015



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

La Petite Morgue (New York, NY) – Company devoted to live horror seeking scripts on an ongoing basis for their Fresh Blood Monthly Reading Series. Seeking suspenseful, scary shows that feature compelling characters; they especially like strong female characters, surprising endings, and plays with immersive or interactive elements. Submit a maximum of 30 pages by e-mail. NO FEE. La Petite Morgue, Fresh Blood Monthly Reading Series,,



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,, Deadline: March 12, 2014

California Arts Council Artists in Schools Program (October 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015) – Provides funding for residency activities that emphasize long-term, in-depth interaction between professional artists and a group of students, during school or after-school programs. Arts organizations of all disciplines are eligible to apply. Residencies should enable students to understand specific art forms and to develop their creativity; projects must include hands-on participation. Each residency must be locally designed and developed in partnership between an arts organization and school(s). All residencies require matching funds (either by the arts organization or jointly by the arts organization and school). For complete guidelines and application procedures, see website. Contact: Wayne Cook, California Arts Council, Artists in Schools Program, 1300 I St., Ste. 930, Sacramento, CA 95814, T: (916) 322-6344,, Deadline: March 21, 2014

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation ArtsCONNECT Program – Provides support for non-profit and government consortia to present high quality live performing arts shows to audiences in the mid-Atlantic region. Presenting consortia must include at least three presenting organizations from at least two mid-Atlantic states (Delaware, Washington, D.C., Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). ArtsCONNECT projects must involve professional touring artists in theater, dance, opera, music, jazz, and folk/traditional arts that have been touring for at least two years. Artists must reside out-of-state for a majority of presenters within each consortium. Projects must take place between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. NOTE: Must submit application through website. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, 201 N. Charles Street, Suite 401, Baltimore, MD 21201, Contact: Michelle Grove, Program Officer, Performing Arts, T: (410) 539-6656 x110, FAX: (410) 837-5517,, Deadline: March 14, 2014

**Asian Women Giving Circle Arts and Activism Grants** – Funds Asian American women-led projects that use the tools of culture, arts and education to raise awareness and catalyze action around critical issues that impact Asian American communities with grants of up to $15,000. Eligible projects will build community and create social justice through programs that combine the arts with activism and highlight and promote women in central leadership and management roles. Projects should identify and address injustice within established social systems, institutions or the broader community, and inspire community members to become active social change agents. Applicants must work within the 5 boroughs of New York City and have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status or a fiscal sponsor with such status. See website for complete guidelines and application. Asian Women Giving Circle, c/o Ms. Foundation for Women, 12 MetroTech Center, 26th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201,, Receipt Deadline: March 7, 2014, 5:00 pm EST

Native Arts New England – Grants up to $3,000 each to Native artists residing in the 6 New England states for projects that focus on art making and the involvement of and benefit to New England communities. Projects may address preservation of arts and cultural traditions, contemporary native arts and/or training and technical assistance. Open to Native artists demonstrating knowledge and experience in their art form and Native organizations committed to preserving and encouraging art and art making in their communities. Complete guidelines and application available on website. Dawn Spears, Native Arts Program Coordinator, New England Foundation for the Arts, 145 Tremont St., 7th Floor, Boston, MA 02111, T: (617) 951-0010 x525,,, Deadline: March 24, 2014

Princess Grace Awards – Identifies and assists emerging artists in theatre, playwriting, dance, and choreography. Theatre awards take the form of scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships at non-profit schools and theatres. Playwriting award includes a residency at New Dramatists, Inc. and the opportunity for the winning play to be licensed and published by Samuel French, Inc. Dance performance awards take the form of scholarships and fellowships. Choreography awards take the form of fellowships for collaborations with non-profit dance companies. See website for complete guidelines and application forms. Diana Kemppainen, Program Manager, Princess Grace Foundation-USA, 150 East 58th St., 25th Floor, New York, NY 10155, T: (212) 317, 1470, FAX: (212) 317-1473,, Deadline: March 31, 2014 (theatre and playwriting); April 30, 2014 (dance and choreography)

Arts Midwest Touring Fund/Performing Arts Fund Grants (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015) – Supports the inter-state touring of professional performing artists specializing in the fine arts of dance, theatre, music, youth and family entertainment, and other performing arts forms appropriate throughout Arts Midwest’s nine-state region. Grants range between $500-$4,000 and will cover 20% of the artist or ensemble’s contracted fee. Includes public performances and in-depth educational activities that reach audiences that lack access to the performing arts. Open to presenting organizations with government or 501(c)(3) status in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Engagements must feature a professional performing artist from outside the applicant’s state, and must include at least one performance that is open and promoted to the general public, at least one in-depth educational activity, and must reach an underserved audience. NOTE: Application is now completely online. Arts Midwest, 2908 Hennepin Ave, Ste. 200, Minneapolis, MN 55408, T: (612) 341-0755,, Receipt Deadline: April 16, 2014

McKnight Theater Artist Fellowships at the Playwrights’ Center – Grants of $25,000 to theatre artists other than playwrights whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit and potential and whose primary residence is in the state of Minnesota. Selection is based on a commitment to theater arts, evidence of professional achievements, and a sustained level of excellence in the applicant’s work. It is important to declare your intent to apply and inform the Playwrights’ Center where and when your performances take place so that panelists may have ample opportunity to view your work in a live setting. See website for complete guidelines and application. McKnight Theater Artist Fellowships, Amanda Robbins-Butcher, Artistic Programs Administrator,, Deadline: April 17, 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, Deadline: March 15, 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,, Deadline: March 15, 2014

360 Xochi Quetzal Artist Residency (May, 2014-January, 2015, Chapala, Mexico) – Located on the shores of the largest lake in Mexico (45 minutes from Guadalajara), residencies of one month open to visual artists, musicians, and writers of all types. Residency provides housing, studio, food stipend, and wi-fi. Artist responsible for transportation to Guadalajara. Apply online (see website for application instructions). FEE: $36. Contact: Deborah Kruger,, April 5, 2014

Jack Kerouac Writer in Residence Project (Orlando, FL) – Provides four residencies a year to writers of any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world. Each residency consists of approximately a three-month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums. Utilities and a food stipend of $800 are included. NOTE: Electronic applications only. FEE: $25. The Jack Kerouac Writer in Residence Project, PO Box 547477, Orlando, FL 32854-7477,, Deadline: March 31, 2014

Chicago Dramatists Resident Playwright Program (Chicago, IL) – Highly selective program offered to playwrights whose body of work, and theatrical experience have the potential to positively impact the American theatre repertory. Open to emerging or established Chicago-area playwrights (within 100 miles of the Chicago city limits) who wish to develop their skills, plays and careers through Chicago Dramatists’ programs. Open to playwrights with demonstrated artistic and professional accomplishments, including at least some of the following: productions, workshops and readings at professional theatres, film and television productions, and professional playwriting awards, grants, fellowships, and residencies. Complete application form (available on website) and submit with two plays of any type (at least one must be a full-length play), a brief resume or bio, a letter of intent describing what you hope to accomplish through the residency and how you came to be familiar with Chicago Dramatists, and a letter of recommendation from a theatre or literary professional, written specifically for this application. Submit via postal mail. NO FEE. Chicago Dramatists, Attn: Residency Applications, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642, Deadline: April 1, 2014

MacDowell Colony (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: Apply through website. FEE: $30. The Admissions Coordinator, The MacDowell Colony, 100 High St., Peterborough, NH 03458, T: (603) 924-3886 x113,, Receipt Deadline: April 15, 2014

Bogliasco Foundation (Winter-Spring, 2015, 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,, Deadline: April 15, 2014




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One Comment on “Theatre Funding Opportunities Archive: March, 2014”

  1. Maxine Kern
    March 25, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

    Most of these deadlines have past. I wonder why this is happening? Maxine

    Sent from my iPad


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