PlayGround-Chicago

Are you a Chicago-based early-career or aspiring professional playwright? Have you ever wanted to see your plays performed on stage by leading local professional actors? Do you respond well to deadlines? PlayGround is seeking applications for the inaugural PlayGround-Chicago Writers Pool. Only members of the Writers Pool are invited to submit for the Monday Night PlayGround short play staged reading series, from which each year’s Best of PlayGround are selected. PlayGround releases a prompt on a Friday morning and writers have just four-and-a-half days to write an original ten-minute play inspired by the prompt. Of the submitted scripts, …

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Refracted Theatre Company — RefrAction Lab

Refracted Theatre Company is now accepting applications for the 2022 inaugural RefrAction Lab, a compensated playwriting opportunity for emerging Chicago playwrights to create full-length plays through a “Refracted” lens. As a company new to the Chicago area, Refracted is looking to the talented Chicago playwriting community to help us develop a new program geared toward creating nuanced, innovative work. About RefrAction Lab:  RefrAction Lab is a playwriting lab for emerging Chicago playwrights interested in developing plays by way of a specific point of entry as the writer. We’re asking: how can a …

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Confluence Writers Project – An Opportunity for Playwrights in Missouri and Illinois

St. Louis Shakespeare Festival is looking for applications from Missouri and Illinois residents for their Confluence Writers Project. More info and application at https://stlshakes.org/confluence-writers-project/ The Festival will award three residencies to emerging playwrights who are residents of Missouri or Illinois for the third annual Confluence Writers Project. As part of the program, Cohort members will: • Participate in a weekend retreat near St. Louis, if deemed safe and desirable. • Meet monthly, either teleconference or in-person for daylong writing sessions, workshops, and mentorship activities. • Participate in a knowledge-sharing opportunity for students …

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Jackalope Playwrights Lab – Winter Session

This eight-week writing intensive is designed for a class of 8 writers interested in developing new, full-length plays through a workshop development process, and meets virtually on Saturdays 10:00am-2:00pm on Zoom. COST: $200 UPCOMING SESSIONS: WINTER 2021 SESSION will run from January 9th through February 27th, 2021. DEADLINE: Applications are due by 11:59 pm on December 28th, 2020. TO APPLY: Please send an artistic statement, resume, and 10-page writing sample to playwrightslab@jackalopetheatre.org TEACHING ARTIST BIO: Calamity West is a Chicago-based, award-winning playwright. Her plays have appeared at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Roundabout, The …

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Goodman Theatre Now Accepting Submissions for New BIPOC *Future Labs* Play Series

Calling all bold, imaginative new plays authored by artists of color for Future Labs—Goodman Theatre’s newest artistic program to develop works authored and directed by Black, Indigenous, Latinx, AAPI and other artists of color. Designed primarily for Chicago-based writers who have not had a play produced at the Goodman, Future Labs will feature up to nine workshops and presentations, slated to begin early 2021. The new program is curated by the Goodman’s Quenna L. Barrett (Associate Director of Education and Engagement), Jonathan L. Green (Literary and New Works Manager) and Ken-Matt Martin …

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Paramount School of the Arts Announces New TYA play commission for BIPOC writers

TYA TOURING PRODUCTION COMMISSION SUBMISSION Thanks to the support of the NEA’s Arts Work Grant Program, we are proud to announce the commission of a new play with music for young audiences that will tour greater-Aurora area schools. We will spend the winter and spring of 2021 developing the piece with a workshop reading with the hopes to tour the piece during the 2020-2021 school year. DEADLINE TO APPLY: JANUARY 5, 2021 For our inaugural commission, submissions for this award are open only to writers of color. Commissions: One proposal will be …

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The Miranda Family Foundation Voces Latinx National Playwriting Competition

DEADLINE: Monday, February 1, 2021 (Timestamped) More Info and to submit: aav@repertorio.org In subject line: Voces Latinx: Name of play In body of e mail: Name Address Cell phone 4-6 line Synopsis and how this accurately reflects and amplifies the community. The Latinx/Hispanic Community represents many nations and every corner of the United States. By the mid-21st Century, 1 in 3 people will identify as having raíces Latinx (Latin roots). We have journeys and histories that need to be heard and experienced on stage. The goals of The Miranda Family Foundation Voces …

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