Theatre Funding Opportunities Archives: June 2014


Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theatre – $50,000 award to a composer/lyricist or composer/lyricist team wishing to create work for the musical theatre who has not yet achieved significant commercial success. Winner will receive a one-night showcase of their work. Submit a CD of up to 4 songs from one or more musical theatre pieces, with typed lyrics and a description of the dramatic context for each song, along with a completed application form (available on website). Submit by postal mail. NO FEE. Fred Ebb Award, Roundabout Theatre, 231 West 39th St., Ste. 1200, New York, NY 10018, Deadline: June 30, 2014

Horse and Cart Playoffs Summer Playwriting Competition (Denver, CO) – Seeking playwrights to participate in a festival generating new material based on weekly writing prompts. Performances showcasing the material will be produced live every Thursday in August, with weekly eliminations, leading to the announcement of a winner. Winner receives $500 cash prize and the opportunity to develop a full-length play for production with Horse and Cart. Interested playwrights should submit 5-10 pages of unpublished, unproduced work that highlights your abilities as a playwright in an e-mail with the subject line “Play-offs Submission.” NO FEE. Horse and Cart,, Deadline: June 30, 2014

**Athena Project** (March 20-April 5, 2015, Denver, CO) – Seeking submissions from Female playwrights for its Plays In Progress Series. Four new plays will be selected based on a blind submission process and given a dramaturg, director, designers, cast and workshop presentation during the festival. One play from the 2015 PIP Series will win a full production to be produced in March of 2016 festival, based on a combination of audience vote and board input. Only one submission per playwright, and no previously produced scripts. NO FEE. Athena Project, Literary Manager, Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski,, Deadline: July 31, 2014

North Park Playwright Festival (October, 2014, San Diego, CA) – Seeking new short plays (15 minutes or shorter) that are easily staged, have casts of 4 or fewer, and have minimal set requirements. Plays should be complete (no excerpts from longer works) and preferably unproduced. Festival directors will choose plays. Any themes and subjects are welcome; the only regulation is no nudity. Include a title page with complete contact information, a character summary, and the script in proper format. Only one submission per playwright. NOTE: No e-mail submissions. NO FEE. North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe, 2031 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104, Attn. Summer Golden, Artistic Director, Deadline: June 30, 2014

Maieutic Theatre Works (MTWorks) National Newborn Festival (January, 2015, New York, NY) – Seeking original, full-length (90 minutes or longer) plays and musicals by U.S. playwrights that take place in a region outside of New York City. MTWorks encourages scripts with large casts, different ethnicities, and diverse backgrounds, as well as plays that boldly take risks in theme and structure. Playwright receives one full reading of their work in a festival environment with talk-back or survey about play with cast and audience members; assigned professional director/musical director and cast to work on the play; the possibility of work being selected to receive full staged production in MTWorks’ upcoming season; and other benefits. Submit full script in Word or PDF format, a half-page synopsis, and one mp3 that best represents your score (if submitting a musical) in one e-mail with title of the play and your name in the subject line. FEE: $0-$10. David Stallings, Artistic Director, Maieutic Theatre Works, 348 West 118th St., #41, New York, NY 10026, T: (646) 421-2897,, Deadline: July 1, 2014 (late)

Thespis Theatre Festival (June 15-August 31, 2014, Washington Heights, NY) – Seeking all plays from the New York and New Jersey area. To submit your play, you must include in your application: A 100 word synopsis of your play, the complete script, your contact information and the contact information of someone else from the production, your bio. Thespis Theatre Festival, Cabrini Repertory Theater, 701 Fort Washington Ave, Washington Heights, NYC 10040., Deadline: June 1, 2014

NEWvember New Play Festival (November, 2014, Tivoli, NY) – Seeking new plays that are unproduced and have a run time of 30-120 minutes and a cast size of 2-8. One submission per writer. Chosen playwrights are asked to attend the reading of their play and be present for a Q and A following; accommodation and $50 will be provided for playwrights traveling more than 50 miles. Submit online, via website. Include your play as a PDF, with no identifying information, a separate title page with author name, a 3-line synopsis, and an author bio. NO FEE. NEWvember New Play Festival, June 30, 2014

Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition at Alleyway Theatre (2015 Season, Buffalo, NY) – Seeking unproduced original new plays and musicals in the following categories: Full-length (90 minutes or longer; no more than 10 performers) and One-Act (20 minutes or shorter; no more than 6 performers). Winning full-length play or musical will receive its premiere production at Alleyway Theatre and a $400 prize. Winning one-act will receive its premiere production in the annual Buffalo Quickies one-act celebration and a $100 prize. Submit by postal mail. FEE: $25. Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition, Literary Manager, Alleyway Theatre, 1 Curtain Up Alley, Buffalo, NY 14202-1911, T: (716) 852-2600,, Deadline: July 1, 2014

Panndora Productions Panndora’s Box Festival of New Works (Fall, 2014, Long Beach, CA) – Seeking new full-length or long one-act plays for staged readings. Each playwright will receive a critique from a professional theatre critic as well as written audience comments. Five additional plays receive an honorable mention. Up to two submissions per playwright. Submit script via e-mail or postal mail. FEE: $10. Panndora Productions, Sonja Berggren, PO Box 30733, Long Beach, CA 90853,, Deadline: July 1, 2014

Three Leaches Theatre New Play Competition (November 1, 2014, Denver, CO) – Seeking short plays (10 minutes or shorter) in any style or genre. Two winners will be chosen for production, and winning playwrights will each receive a $50 prize and 2 free tickets to see their show. Electronic submissions only; pay submission fee through the donation page on their website. FEE: $5. The Three Leaches Theatre New Play Competition,, Deadline: July 4, 2014



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



Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants – Supports and assists artists at various stages in their careers with grants of $2,000-$10,000 to encourage creative development and career building opportunities. Open to artists in all disciplines who reside in Minnesota. For full guidelines and application, see website. Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants, Park Square Court, Ste. 200, 400 Sibley St., Saint Paul, MN, Kathee Foran, Program Officer, T: (651) 215-1626,, Deadline: June 13, 2014 (literary arts), July 11, 2011 (performance arts), August 1, 2014 (visual and media arts)

Artist Trust Arts Innovator Award – Unrestricted award of $25,000 to 2 Washington State generative artists in any discipline who are originating new work, experimenting with new ideas, taking risks and pushing the boundaries in their respective fields. The award recognizes artists who demonstrate innovation in their art practice. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older by application date, have a minimum of 5 years in professional art practice, and be a resident of Washington State at time of application and when the award is granted. Students ineligible. A letter of recommendation is required. See website for complete guidelines and application instructions. Artist Trust Arts Innovator Award, 1835 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122, T: (206) 467-8734, FAX: (206) 467-9633,, Deadline: June 23, 2014

**Zion’s Bank Smart Women Grants** – Grants up to $3,000 to female residents of Utah or Idaho to support “the efforts of everyday heroines who strengthen women, children, and their communities.” Grants are awarded in 5 categories, including arts and culture. Submit application form (available on website), mission statement (how your application relates to the mission of the program), statement of purpose (clearly describe the focus, goals, and general direction of work or project, including artistic objectives), detailed description of project (including an explanation of how the grant will advance development of your work), proposed use of grant funds, plan for measuring performance and results, financial data and need (including list of other sources of funding), and supporting documents and work samples. See website for application form and complete guidelines. Smart Women Grants, Zion’s Bank – Women’s Financial Group, One South Main, 11th Floor, Salt Lake City, Utah 84133, T: (801) 844-7996,, Deadline: July 7, 2014

American Institute of Indian Studies Senior Performing and Creative Arts Fellowships – Provides funding to accomplished American practitioners of the arts to travel to India to enhance their skills, develop their capabilities to teach or perform in the U.S., enhance American involvement with India’s artistic traditions, or strengthen their ties with peers in India. Fellowships are usually 4 months, but proposals for periods up to 9 months will be considered. See website for complete guidelines and application packet. FEE: $25. American Institute of Indian Studies, 1130 East 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637, T: (773) 702-8638,, Deadline: July 1, 2014

Alliance for California Traditional Arts Living Cultures Grants Program – Funds nonprofit organizations to support exemplary projects in traditional arts in California with grants of up to $7,500 (most grants are $5,000 or under). Projects may include public presentations (community-based concerts, festivals, exhibitions), workshops and gatherings, equipment and materials purchases, youth-focused learning projects in the folk and traditional arts, documentation of traditional arts, media publications, and more. First-time applicants encouraged; Spanish language assistance is also available. See website for complete guidelines and application. Contact: Lily Kharrazi, Living Cultures Grants Program Manager, T: (415) 346-5200,, Deadline: June 2, 2014

Fleishhacker Foundation Small Arts Grants for Bay Area Arts Organizations – Grants of up to $10,000 in support of programs in a range of disciplines, including dance, film and media arts, interdisciplinary arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. Grants may be used for artists’ fees, production costs, exhibition/installation costs, and projects that advance the organization’s overall artistic development. Open to organizations with annual budgets between $100,000 and $750,000 that are based in and offer programming in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Download application from website and submit via postal mail. Fleishhacker Foundation, PO Box 29918, San Francisco, CA 94129-0918, T: (415) 561-5350, Deadline: July 15, 2014

South Arts Southern Fast Track Touring Grants – Provides smaller presenting organizations in South Arts’ nine-state region (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee) with fee support to present performing artists and writers from outside the presenter’s state. Grants will be awarded for theater, music, opera, musical theater, literary, and dance projects that contain both a public performance or reading and an educational component. Only nonprofit and governmental presenting organizations in South Arts’ nine-state region are eligible to apply. Applicant organizations must have operating budgets of $150,000 or less (for the last completed fiscal year), and projects must take place between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015. The maximum request is 50 percent of the artist fee, up to $2,500. The minimum grant request is $500. Applications must be submitted online at least sixty days prior to the project start date. See website for complete guidelines and application. South Arts Southern Fast Track Touring Grants, 1800 Peachtree St., Ste. 808, Atlanta, GA 30309, Contact: Nikki Estes, T: (404) 874-7244 x16, Deadline: Rolling; submit at least 60 days prior to project start date



Headlands Center for the Arts Residency (4-10-week residencies, 2015, Fort Barry, Marin Headlands, CA) – Open to artists working in all media (visual, literary, performance, film and video, audio, music, digital media, and interdisciplinary art), with the goal of providing a supportive working environment for experimentation, reflection, and growth. All residencies are fully sponsored, and some stipends of $500 per month are available (artists may apply for stipend when applying for residency; availability of stipends depends on funding and sponsorship secured each year). Offers both live-in and live-out residencies. Live-in artists are provided with a studio, shared housing, and 5 meals a week. Live-out artists are provided with a studio and dinner twice a week. See website for complete guidelines and application. NOTE: Online applications (through website) strongly encouraged. FEE: $35. Headlands Center for the Arts, 944 Fort Barry, Sausalito, CA 94965, T: (415) 331-2787 ext. 24,, Deadline: June 6, 2014

Vermont Studio Center (Year-round, Johnson, VT) – Residencies of an average of 2-12 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 residency fee ($3,950/month; $2050/two weeks; 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,, Deadline: June 15, 2013

Caldera Artist Residency (January-March, 2015, Sisters, OR) – Residences of between 2-4 weeks (average) open to playwrights, actors, and directors, as well as all other types of writers and performers. Caldera provides housing and studio; artist must pay for travel, food, and materials. Artists who stay longer than 2 weeks are encouraged to engage in outreach activities, such as workshops, with the local community. Submit Application form (available on website), one-page project description, resume or CV, two letters of reference, and work sample (see website for sample guidelines). NOTE: Applications accepted online (see website) or by postal mail. FEE: $35. Caldera, Artists in Residence Program, 31500 Blue Lake Dr., Sisters, OR 97759, Elizabeth Quinn, Artist In Residence Manager, T: (503) 937-7594, FAX: (503) 937-8594,, Deadline: June 15, 2014

Exploring the Metropolis Residency for Composers (Fall, 2014, New York, NY) – Provides New York-based composers with use of consistent, suitable composition and rehearsal space for a three-month period. Each composer will receive a stipend of $1,000. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and a resident of New York City as of the application deadline. Open to composers and composer/performers working in any genre. Students ineligible. See website for complete guidelines and application. NOTE: Application form and resume must be submitted by e-mail; work samples must be submitted by postal mail. NO FEE. Exploring the Metropolis, Con Edison Musicians’ Residency: Composition Program, 61 W. 23rd St. 4thFloor, New York, NY 10010-4246, T: (212) 886-2503,, Receipt Deadline: June 30, 2014

**Turkey Land Cove Foundation** (September 15, 2014-January 31, 2015, Edgartown, MA) – “A personal retreat for motivated women to pursue their professional, educational and artistic goals,” the Foundation provides need-based grants to women in transition, offering time, space, peace and quiet to plan major life changes, finish a body of artistic work, or accomplish other goals for which such a retreat would be appropriate. Their goal is to provide this to women who would otherwise not be able to afford a retreat. Successful applicants should be motivated, and have clear, definable goals to pursue artistic, professional, or educational advancement and a plan to implement those goals. Open to women who are residents of New England or New York State. Apply online, through website.NO FEE. Turkey Land Cove Foundation, PO Box 11, Edgartown, MA 02539, T: (508) 627-4583,, June 1, 2014

Joshua Tree National Park Artists’ Residencies (Joshua Tree National Park, CA) – 2-6-week residencies during the months of March, April, October, or November of each year for visual, performing, and literary artists. Accommodations are a rustic and self-sufficient cabin that hosts one artist at a time. Artists responsible for travel, meals, and transportation. FEE: $35. Joshua Tree National Park Association, Attn: Artist-in-Residence Program, 74485 National Park Dr., Twentynine Palms, CA 92277, T: (760) 367-3012, Contact: Caryn Davidson, Park Liaison,, Deadline: June 1, 2014

Hawthornden Castle (Midlothian, Scotland) – International 1-month retreats for creative writers of all types from anywhere in the world to work without disturbance. Residency provides individual room/study in shared house and meals. Artist responsible for travel. Applicants must be published writers. Contact them for application instructions. NO FEE. Hawthornden Castle, Lasswade, Midlothian, EH18 1EG Scotland, United Kingdom, T: +44 131 4402180, FAX: +44 131 440 1989, Ongoing


Women in the Arts and Media Coalition Film/Video Funding Newsletter
Partnering with the LPTW, the Coalition has taken over the film, video and television funding opportunities newsletter. The purpose of the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition is to focus the power of our member organizations together and to use that combined strength to address issues of concern to women in the arts, media, and new media. We are committed to being the link between our member organizations as we collaborate to impact the various topics that affect women in our industry through advocacy, networking, and events.

WomenArts Funding Archive
WomenArts is a worldwide community of artists and allies that works for empowerment, opportunity, and visibility for women artists. WomenArts coordinates Support Women Artists Now Day (SWAN Day), an annual international holiday celebrating women’s creativity, and maintains a website with helpful information for women artists. WomenArts does not make cash grants, but the Funding Resources section of their website lists many funding opportunities.

New York Foundation for the Arts
NYFA continues to research and update information in NYFA Source, which continues to promote the mission of NYFA’s former Hotline to “empower artists by providing them with complete and accurate information about resources that will facilitate their artistic work.” Additionally, as part of NYFA Source’s ongoing development, UI will regularly produce analytical reports about the patterns of support represented in the database.

The Playwrights Center – $50/year
One of the nation’s most generous and well-respected theater organizations, the Playwrights’ Center focuses on both supporting playwrights and promoting new plays to production at theaters across the country. The Center has helped launch the careers of numerous nationally recognized artists, notably August Wilson, Lee Blessing, Suzan-Lori Parks, Jordan Harrison, Carlyle Brown, Craig Lucas, Jeffrey Hatcher, Melanie Marnich, and Kira Obolensky. Work developed through Center programs has been seen nationwide on such stages as the Yale Rep, Woolly Mammoth, Guthrie, Goodman, and many others.

The Official Playwrights of Facebook
A Facebook Group for playwrights with monthly updated submission listings and funding opportunities.
Kanjy is a community for writers. Kanjy fosters sharing, discovery and creation among screenwriters, playwrights and industry professionals. Opportunities highlights can be found here.

Theatre Communications Group
Theatre Communications Group is a national alliance of non-profit theatres that offers a range of online information services, publications and grants. They publish ArtSearch, a newsletter for theatre job-seekers that lists available positions all over the country, and American Theatre, a monthly magazine that provides news about the non-profit theatre world. They provide helpful resources about international theatre activities at:




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