Theatre Funding Opportunities Archive: April, 2014


West Coast Players One Act Festival (June 11-13 & 18-20, 2014, 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

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

Baltimore Playwrights Festival (2014, Baltimore, MD) – Seeking plays local to the Maryland/District of Columbia area – Currently or Previously worked in or loved in the area. All plays must be sent anonymously, all types of plays will be considered including musicals. One acts should not exceed 1 hour (50-60 pages), and full-length plays are to not exceed 2 and a half hours (150 pages). Submission packet to include: submission form, fee, CD if submitting a musical or a show that requires music, residency document (explaining how you are meed the BPF local playwrights requirement). The script must be anonymously sent with: title page, synopsis (no more that half of a page), character listings (including gender, age range, and any other defining necessary characteristics), setting (place and time), script (with page numbers). FEE: $10. Baltimore Playwrights Festival, PO Box 38122, Baltimore, MD. 21231,librarian@baltplayfest.org,. Receipt Deadline: May 31, 2014

Fusion Theatre Short Works Festival (June 5-15, 2014, Albuquerque, NM) – Seven plays will be chosen for full production by seven different directors and performed by an ensemble cast. One winning playwright will receive transportation and lodging for the festival. Scripts should be a maximum of 10 pages and inspired by the theme “Worlds Collide.” Do not include the phrase “Worlds Collide” in the play. Plays must be unproduced. Up to two scripts per playwright. Include an additional title page containing name and full contact information with manuscript. NOTE: E-mail submissions preferred; see website for instructions. FEE: $5 (waived for postal mail submissions). Fusion Theatre Company, Attn: The Seven Submissions, 700 1st St. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102, Deadline: April 11, 2014 (Postmark), April 14, 2014 (E-mail)

Center of the World Festival at Pine Mountain Club (August 15-17, 2014, Frazier Park, CA) – Seeking 10-minute plays with an Eco-Drama, Peace, Justice or other social issue theme. Winner will receive a $500 cash prize. No collaborations. Three submissions per playwright. NOTE: Postal mail submissions only. FEE: suggested donation of $10 (not required). The Center of the World Festival, PO Box 1929, Frazier Park, CA 93225-1929, Deadline: April 30, 2014

Chameleon Theatre Circle New Play Contest (September, 2014, Apple Valley, MN) – Seeking entries of original, unproduced works in all styles and genres. Winning plays will be showcased in a concert-format festival and be considered for a subsequent full production. Plays accepted in the following categories: 10-Minute (15 pages or under), One-Act (20-60 pages), Full-Length, Musical, and Theatre-For-Youth. Cash prizes will be awarded ranging from $25-$100. Submit 3 copies of each script, plus CD and/or score for musicals, along with entry form (available on website) by postal mail. NO FEE. Chameleon Theatre Circle, 14thAnnual New Play Contest, PO Box 240069, Apple Valley, MN 55124-0069,, Deadline: April 30, 2014

Aurand Harris Memorial Playwriting Award – Sponsored by The New England Theatre Conference, awards two prizes – $1,000 for first prize and $500 for second prize – for the best new full-length plays for young audiences. Winning scripts will also receive a staged readings. Scripts must not have been professionally produced or published; workshop productions or staged readings are acceptable. No musicals. Submit one typed, bound copy of the play, along with a separate title page with playwright contact information; a brief synopsis, cast list, and character breakdown; a statement that the play has not been previously published or professionally produced, and is not and will not be under option for publication or professional production prior to November 1, 2013. NOTE: Playwrights may only submit one script to one NETC contest per year. FEE: $10 (waived for NETC members). The New England Theatre Conference, Inc., Aurand Harris Playwriting Award, 215 Knob Hill Drive, Hamden, CT 06518-2431, (617) 851-8535, mail@netconline.org Deadline: May 1, 2014



NOTE: 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. Grants generally range from $1,000-$10,000, and do not exceed $15,000. See website for complete guidelines and application information. Brigid Zuknick, Program Assistant, International, US Artists International, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, 201 North Charles St., Ste. 401, Baltimore, MD 21201, T: (410) 539-6656,, Receipt Deadline: April 18, 2014 (for projects taking place between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015)

Target Arts, Culture, and Design in Schools Grants – Grants of $2,000 to schools and nonprofit organizations that bring arts and cultural experiences directly to K-12 students via in-school performances, artist-in-residency programs, workshops, etc. Programs must take place between September 2013 and August 2014. Applicant must be K-12 educational institution or 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. See website for complete guidelines and application instructions. Apply through website. Target Corporation, Arts, Culture, and Design in Schools Grants, Deadline: April 30, 2014

P73 Playwriting Fellowship – (January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015) Year-long support program for early-career playwrights. Page 73 serves as producer and advocate, providing support for career development, $10,000 toward the development of one or more new theatrical projects, and a cash stipend of $10,000. Candidates must be U.S. residents living in the U.S. at the time of the fellowship who have committed to playwriting as a professional goal. Applicants must have completed at least 2 full-length plays or at least 3 one-acts plays and have a new play in the very early stages of development, or an idea for a new play that would benefit from the resources provided by the fellowship. Candidates must not be enrolled in a degree/certificate program during the fellowship year, and must never have received a production of his or her work in New York City that was larger than an Actor’s Equity Showcase Code presentation. NOTE: Application must be submitted online, through website. Page Seventy-Three Productions, Inc., 138 South Oxford Street, Suite 4E, Brooklyn, New York 11217, T: (718) 398-2099,, Deadline: May 1, 2014

Dramatists Guild Fellows Program – Designed to augment the training of emerging American dramatists and enhance the sense of community amongst them. Designed for theatre writers who have completed a graduate program and are no more than five years out, or who have comparable experience in organized writers’ workshops or other pertinent experience. 9-month program includes group sessions with theatre professionals, and, where possible, one-on-one mentoring, and opportunities to become interns or observers with dramatists involved in professional productions. The program encourages playwrights, composers and lyricists to apply. This year, they would like to select 5 playwriting fellows and five musical theatre fellows. Musical theatre fellows should apply as creative teams where possible and applicable; those who write both music and lyrics would apply alone as a “self-contained” writer. In addition to creative workshops with other fellows, each fellow will have an internship/observership opportunity with a Guild member to observe pre-production, rehearsals or previews for an upcoming production, if possible. Fellows will also receive a small stipend. Applicants are expected to reside in New York for the duration of the fellowship. NOTE: Electronic submissions only; see website for complete guidelines and instructions. Dramatists Guild Fellowship Program,, Receipt Deadline: May 5, 2014

National Museum of the American Indian Indigenous Contemporary Arts Program / Artist Leadership – Supporting wide range of arts activities with goal of increasing knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of contemporary Native American arts. Awards of $6,000-$7,000 enable indigenous artists to research, document, network, and develop life skills to enhance artistic growth and strengthen career development. Two-part program includes visit to Washington, D.C., to conduct research and to receive professional training services, as well as an artist-facilitated community project to share knowledge learned from visit in one of two categories: youth public art or artist’s community workshop. Eligibility: Must be an indigenous artist of the Western Hemisphere who is recognized by the their community and can demonstrate significant artistic accomplishments; may work in any media (visual, media, performance arts, literature, etc.) Artist Leadership Program, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian, Cultural Resources Center, Museum Programs Department, 4220 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, MD 20746-2863, T: (301) 238-1544, FAX: (301) 238-3200, ALP@si.edu Receipt Deadline:May 5, 2014

Theatre Communications Group and MetLife Foundation A-ha! Grants – Designed to enable TCG member theatres to try new approaches to solving artistic, managerial, production, and/or technological challenges. Seeks to support risk-taking, reflection, experimentation, and creative strategies with two types of grants: Think It – Grants up to $25,000 to give theatre professionals the times and space for research and development; and Do It – Grants up to $50,000 to support the implementation and testing of new ideas. Both categories are intended for any and all areas of a theatre’s operation. See website for complete guidelines and application instructions. MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program, TCG, 520 Eighth Ave., 24th Floor, New York, NY 10018-4156, T: (212) 609-5900 ext. 269,, Deadline: April 28, 2014

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

**Leeway Transformation Award** – $15,000 unrestricted award for women and trans artists living in the Delaware Valley who create art and social change and have done so for the past five years or more. Open to artists working in any art form who respectfully engage communities and audiences in creating a vision of a more just world, raising consciousness, and challenging oppression and mainstream culture. Applicants must have lived for the past two or more years in Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia Counties, with the intention of remaining in the Delaware Valley throughout the award year (ending December 31, 2014); applicants must demonstrate financial need and a commitment to making art for social change. Artists may apply collaboratively if they meet the basic eligibility requirements, but each co-applicant must submit a separate artist information form. For full guidelines and application forms, contact the Foundation. Leeway Foundation, The Philadelphia Building, 1315 Walnut St., Suite 832, Philadelphia, PA 19107, T: (215) 545-4078,, Receipt Deadline: May 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

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

The Catskill Center (July 1-September 30, 2014, Arkville, NY) – One-week residency program for visual artists, writers, poets, composers, performing artists, and environmental researchers who have an affinity for the natural world. The work produced should foster an appreciation of the environment through the aesthetics of art. An exhibition will be held biannually at the Catskill Center’s Erpf Gallery in Arkville. The exhibited works will be chosen from among all the pieces completed during the residencies or inspired by time in the cabin. The work may be traditional or experimental. All accepted artists must attend an orientation meeting at the cabin during the last week of May or the first week of June. Submit application form (available on website), current resume or CV, letter of intent, and work samples. FEE: $30. Contact: Trudy Sheldon, The Catskill Center, PO Box 504, Rt. 28, Arkville, NY 12406, T: (845) 586-2611,cccd@catskillcenter.org Deadline: April 11, 2014

Stage Left Theatre Residency (Fall, 2014 and Winter-Spring, 2015, Chicago, IL) – Gives playwrights an opportunity to develop a play with Stage Left Theatre, moving from the conceptual stage to a production-ready script. Playwrights will work closely with one of Stage Left’s ensemble directors and members of the literary team to design a process tailored for the particular needs of their project. Residency projects will also be eligible for a public workshop in LeapFest, their annual developmental festival of new work, in Summer, 2014. Full manuscripts will be considered, but you do not need a completed draft to apply. Send relevant materials (partial draft, written scenes, outlines, synopsis, etc.) to indicate the current shape of the project and your long-term goals. Submissions must fit Stage Left’s mission, which is to develop and produce plays that raise debate and challenge perspectives on political and social issues. Playwrights responsible for travel. Submit application form (available on website), current manuscript or draft, synopsis, resume, and any supporting materials that will help understand your idea. NO FEE. Playwright Residency, Stage Left Theatre, 3408 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL 60657,, Deadline: April 15, 2014

Sitka Center/Artist and Ecologist Residency Program (Fall 2013-Spring 2014, Otis, OR) – Residencies of up to 3 ½ months for visual artists, writers, naturalists, ecologists, environmental scientists, and musicians. Residency periods are either October-January or January-May. Residency provides living and studio space. Artist responsible for travel, food and materials. Artists encouraged to participate in community service activities. FEE: $15. Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, PO Box 65, Otis, OR 97368, T: (541) 994-5485,, Deadline: April 18, 2014

Creative Arts Residencies at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center (Bellagio, Italy) – 4-week residencies between March 10, 2015 to July 31, 2015. 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,, Deadline: May 1, 2014



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