WomenArts Theatre Funding News 92 – November, 2012

Playwright Festivals/Calls For Entry

Pregones Theater’s Asuncion Playwrights Project (The Bronx, NY) – Showcases the work of Latino and Latina playwrights exploring issues of difference and transformation at the limits of queer identity. Manuscripts must be full-length and unproduced. Submissions by women writers are encourage, as are scripts that challenge normative straight/gay binaries. Both Spanish and English language manuscripts welcome. Finalists commit to a public reading and open discussion. Winner receives $500 award and professionally cast workshop production at Pregones Theater. Complete application form (available on website) and submit with a 10-page sample of the work. No monologues or one-person shows. NOTE: Electronic submissions only. See website for application form and complete guidelines. NO FEE. Asuncion Playwrights Project, Pregones Theater, 571-575 Walton Ave., The Bronx, NY 10451, T: (718) 585-1202, info@pregones.org, www.pregones.org. Deadline: November 14, 2012

The Disreputables UNmute! Reading Series: Black and Blue (January-February, 2013, Washington, DC) – Seeking short plays, musicals, and monologues (1-20 minutes) one the themes of domestic violence for a festival of staged readings and community action aimed at raising the volume of stifled voices. Submit a single document in PDF (preferred) or MS Word format, containing the play, a brief synopsis, professional bio, and character breakdown via e-mail with subject line “B&B Submission: [title of piece]”. Scripts must include page numbers. Musicals must be accompanied by a recording either attached as an mp3 or mailed by post on a CD. Sheet music is acceptable, but a recording is highly recommended. One submission per playwright. The Disreputables, Attn: Submissions Dept., 405 Hume Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301, disreputables.theatre@gmail.com, www.disreputables.org/how-to-submit.html. Deadline: November 15, 2012

Universal Theatre 10-Minute Play Festival (January 17-20, 2013, Provincetown, MA) – Seeking 10-minute plays (10 pages maximum) with no more than 3 characters, and monologues (4 pages maximum) for production at the historic U.U. in Provincetown, MA. No more than 2 submissions per playwright. Submit script only; no bios or press releases. NOTE: Postal mail submissions only. NO FEE. Universal Theatre, PO Box 1818, Provincetown, MA 02657. Deadline: November 15, 2012

Bottle Tree Productions One Act Play Competition – Seeking one-act plays of 10 to 70 minutes, in any style or genre, that have not been previously produced professionally (amateur productions and workshops ok). First prize is $1,000; second is $250; third is $100. Top ten plays will be posted on website. Multiple submissions accepted. Hard copy submissions should be bound. FEE: $25 CDN. Bottle Tree Productions, 445 Southwood Dr., Kingston, Ontario K7M-5P8, T: (613) 384-8433, contest@bottletreeinc.com, www.bottletreeinc.com/script_contest.html. Deadline: November 30, 2012

Sundog Theatre Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry 2013 (February, 2013, Staten Island and Manhattan, NY) – Seeking original, short one-act plays about the Staten Island Ferries. Plays should be 10-25 minutes long and be set on the Staten Island Ferry. Plays must be unproduced and unpublished (include signed note confirming this). Plays should be contemporary, involve 2-3 characters and have minimal set requirements. Six authors will receive $100 each and be produced in a series of 8 performances. Send 2 hard copies of script, bound or stapled, with author name and contact information on title page only. Also include a brief synopsis, play history, 70-word bio and author resume. NOTE: No electronic submissions. NO FEE. Sundog Theatre Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry, Susan Fenley, Producer, PO Box 10183, Staten Island, NY 10301, ferry@sundogtheatre.org, www.sundogtheatre.org. Deadline: December 1, 2012

**Jewish Women’s Theatre Culture Klatch** (2012 Season, Los Angeles, CA) – Gathers women in homes to listen to new stories and share thoughts, while enjoying coffee and dessert! Seeking submissions of plays, monologues, poems, essays, stories, songs, etc. that have an element of Jewish resonance and feature women or a woman’s point of view. Works may be of any length, but short one-acts (10 minutes maximum) and monologues (7 minutes maximum) are preferred. Plays should be topical for the 21st century and have small casts. Previously produced or published work is welcome (include production and/or publication history). Submissions should address the season’s themes: January 28-30 – “The Art of Forgiveness” – Jewish women reveal their secrets to forgiving; March 18-21 – “God Plans, and Woman Laughs” – exploring the often surprising outcomes to our hopes, dreams and private wishes; May 20-23 – “Oh, Mother!” – Setting the record straight about Jewish mothers. Submissions should be in Word, PDF, or Final Draft format; include cover letter with brief bio and history of the material (if applicable). NO FEE. Jewish Women’s Theatre, 521 Latimer Rd., Santa Monica, CA 90402, info@jewishwomenstheatre.org, www.jewishwomenstheatre.org. Deadline: December 1, 2012 (evening 1), February 1, 2013 (evening 2), April 1, 2013 (evening 3)

Denton Community Theatre Method and Madness Festival (May 30-June 2, 2013, Denton, TX) – Seeking one-act plays (50 minutes or shorter) on the theme of imagination, the human condition, and/or mental health issues. Awards range from $2000 for first place to $200 for fifth place. Submit 2 paper copies of script, along with entry form (available on website), short synopsis, cast list, and technical requirements by postal mail. Multiple submissions accepted, but each entry must include fee. FEE: $25. Denton Community Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St., Denton, TX 76201, T: (940) 382-7014, thedctteam@campustheatre.com, www.dentoncommunitytheatre.com. Deadline: December 1, 2012

Drury University One-Act Playwriting Competition (Springfield, MO) – Seeking original, unpublished, unproduced one-act plays. First prize receives $300; two honorable mentions receive $150 each. Winners will be considered for production by Drury University. Preference will be given to small cast, one-set shows with running times of no less than 20 minutes and no more than 45 minutes. One submission per playwright. Submit typed, bound script by postal mail. NO FEE. Drury University One-Act Playwriting Competition, c/o Mick Sokol, Associate Professor of Theatre, 900 North Benton Ave., Springfield, MO 65802, T: (417) 873-6821, msokol@drury.edu. Deadline: December 1, 2012

Outworks (April 30-May 5, 2013, Baton Rouge, LA) – Festival of LGBTQ themed one-act plays produced by Louisiana State University Department of Theatre. Scripts must be LGBTQ themed one-act plays between 20-30 minutes long. Six winners will receive $150 each, three staged performances, and production videotape. Two submissions per playwright. Submit scripts in MS Word or PDF format by e-mail with “Outworks 2013” in the subject line. NOTE: Electronic submissions only. NO FEE. Nichole Ingalsbe and Macy Jones, Outworks Festival Curators, outworksfestival@gmail.com. Deadline: December 8, 2012

Phoenix Stage Company One-Act Festival (May, 2013, Naugatuck, CT) – Seeking one-act plays no longer than 30 minutes in any style or genre. No musicals or children’s plays. Scripts should have a maximum of 6 actors and will be performed in a black box with minimal tech requirements. Multiple submissions accepted. Submit one copy of the play script (bound or stapled) with title page containing author name and full contact information, along with cover letter, synopsis, and resume by postal or electronic mail. NO FEE. Phoenix Stage Company, Inc., One Act Festival, PO Box 344, Naugatuck, CT 06770, ed@phoenixstagecompany.org, www.phoenixstagecompany.org. Deadline: December 15, 2012

Bay One Acts Festival (BOA) (2013, San Francisco, CA) – Seeking adventurous and innovative original short plays (5-30 minutes) in all genres by San Francisco Bay Area residents (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Crux, Solano, and Sonoma counties). Two programs of chosen plays will be performed in rep. in 2013. They especially seek new work that pushes theatrical boundaries, experiments with form, or re-imagines the actor-audience relationship. Plays may have previous production history (note in submission letter) but preference is given to unproduced work. Multiple submissions accepted. Submit play script in MS Word or PDF format, with cover letter, by e-mail. NO FEE. Bay One Acts Festival, bayoneacts@gmail.com. Deadline: December 15, 2012

Ross Alternative Works (RAW) Theatre Project Winter Raw Festival (April, 2013, Ross, CA) – Seeking one-act plays with a running time of 15-40 minutes that have not yet received a full production. Scripts that have been workshopped and/or had readings are not only accepted, but are preferred. See website for complete submission guidelines. NOTE: Submit via e-mail. NO FEE. Ross Valley Players, PO Box 437, Ross, CA 94957, T: (415) 454-4715, raw@rossvalleyplayers.com, www.rossvalleyplayers.com/raw. Deadline: December 15, 2012

Queer Shorts at StageQ (June 7-15, 2013, Madison, WI) – Seeking short plays (5-15 minutes) with LGBTQ content for festival of short plays. Include full script, one-paragraph plot synopsis, character breakdown, set requirements, and musical requirements (if submitting a musical). 3 submissions per playwright. NOTE: Electronic submissions strongly preferred. NO FEE. Queer Shorts, c/o StageQ, 113 E. Mifflin St., Madison, WI 53703, QueerShorts@stageq.com, www.stageq.com. Deadline: December 15, 2012

Ongoing Festivals/Calls For Entry

NOTE: There are no new ongoing opportunities this month. For more ongoing opportunities, visit our Ongoing Calls For Plays page.

Funding Opportunities

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, http://www.apap365.org/KNOWLEDGE/GrantPrograms/Pages/cef.aspx. Receipt Deadline: November 16, 2012, 5pm

Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellowship (July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014) – Provides emerging American playwrights with funds and services to aid them in the development of their craft. Fellows spend a year’s residency in Minnesota receiving Center opportunities including readings and workshops with professional directors, dramaturgs, and actors. Four $16,000 fellowships will be awarded; fellows will receive $1,500 in development support. To apply, create a single PDF document containing the following elements, arranged in the specified sequence: cover sheet with name, work sample title, phone number(s), e-mail address, and mailing address, along with the following statement: “I hereby certify that the information contained in this application is true and correct to the best of my knowledge;” one full-length play script with your name and play title on cover page (no co-written submissions; musical scripts may be submitted by book writer only; script should be a complete draft, preferably of your most recent work); a one-page playwriting resume (listing all readings, productions, awards, commissions, etc.) and/or autobiographical narrative; a one-page description of artistic goals for the fellowship year. Name the PDF file with your last name, and e-mail to address below. You must also submit a reference form (download from website) filled out by two people who are familiar with your work.  The Playwrights’ Center, 2301 Franklin Ave. East, Minneapolis, MN 55406-1099, T: (612) 332-7481, info@pwcenter.org, http://www.pwcenter.org/fellows_jerome.php. Receipt Deadline: November 29, 2012

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre Creators’ Reserve Grants – Given through the Ontario Arts Council, supports the variety of needs and approaches individual creators of collectives may have in creating original work, including theatre creators who are working on new play texts and performance creation-based models. Projects at all stages of development are eligible. Grants will enable creators to begin initial research on a new project, create a solid first draft of a new play, further refine a current draft of a new play, or, if the project is collectively devised, find some time in a rehearsal hall. They are particularly interested in artists who are queer, youth, women, transgendered, and culturally diverse. Submit concise one-page project description that includes the goals and objectives for the project as well as its history, a brief half-page statement describing how the project contributes to the artist’s growth, writing sample (if applicable; 10 pages maximum), CV or resume for project leader(s), and a budget detailing how funds will be allocated. See website for complete guidelines and application form. Theatre Creators Reserve Application, c/o Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St., Toronto, M4Y 1B4, Canada, Contact: Pat Bradley, Theatre Officer, Ontario Arts Council, T: (416) 969-7433, pbradley@arts.on.ca, or Lucy Gouveia, Program Assistant, (416) 969-7432, lgouveia@arts.on.ca, http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/OAC-Creators-Reserve-Call-for-Submissions-2012.pdf. Deadline: November 29, 2012, 5pm

James Irvine Foundation Arts Grants – Seeks to promote engagement in the arts for all Californians with two new programs: Exploring Engagement Fund – Supports eligible California-based nonprofit arts organizations that have an annual operating budget of between $100,000 and $5 million. Exploring Engagement for Priority Regions Fund – Supports nonprofit arts organizations that are based in the San Joaquin Valley and Inland Empire and have annual operating budgets of between $100,000 and $5 million. Both funds are designed to help arts organizations experiment with new ways of engaging audiences and participants. Awards are intended as risk capital for organizations to engage low-income and/or ethnically diverse populations that have traditionally been underserved by arts nonprofits, utilize active participation in the arts (including participation afforded by new technology), and experiment with the use of non-traditional venues for arts experiences. Applicants can request up to 10 percent of their annual operating budget for each year of the proposed project. Funds cannot be used to support in-school, after-school, or out-of-school arts education programs for children and youth. Projects that target families may be appropriate. Application to both funds begins with submission of an Initial Application Form (through website); selected organizations will be invited to participate in the second phase by submitting a full proposal. See website for complete guidelines and application instructions. James Irvine Foundation Arts Grants, T: (800) 374-6851, artsfund@irvine.org, http://irvine.org/news-insights/entry/apply-for-an-arts-grant. Receipt Deadline: December 3, 2012 5pm

Shubert Foundation – Awarding unrestricted grants of $5,000-$275,000 to not-for-profit professional U.S. theatre companies for general operating support. The Foundation factors in artistic achievement, administrative strength, and fiscal stability in its evaluation. No grants to individuals; no funds for project support, audience development, direct subsidy of reduced-price admissions, conduit organizations, renovation projects, loans, or capital or endowment campaigns. No emailed queries or applications. Shubert Foundation, Attn: Applications, 234 W. 44th St., New York, NY 10036, T: (212) 944-3777, FAX: (212) 944-3767, www.shubertfoundation.org/grantprograms/theatre.asp. Receipt Deadline: December 3, 2012, 6pm 

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. See website for complete application information. Brigid Myers, Program Assistant, International, US Artists International, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, 201 North Charles St., Ste. 401, Baltimore, MD 21201, T: (410) 539-6656 x113, brigid@midatlanticarts.org, http://www.midatlanticarts.org/funding/pat_presentation/us_artists/index.html. Receipt Deadline: December 7, 2012 (for projects taking place between March 1, 2013 and February 28, 2014); April 19, 2013 (for projects taking place between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014)


NOTE: Visit our Residencies With Ongoing Deadlines page for more opportunities.

ArtFunkl Scribus 06 Residency for Writers or Digital Media Artists (January-February, 2013, Manchester, UK) – Aims to provide a quiet, self-contained place for writers or digital media artists to facilitate a period of concentrated production. Artists will be able to be part of the small community of ArtFunkl if desired, but also may remain solitary if they wish. Residency provides housing and studio space, as well as a digital projector if needed. Resident will have the opportunity to launch a piece of work or give a reading at an open studio event and to host events at the venue if they wish. Artist responsibility for studio/room fee (£109/week). NOTE: E-mail submissions only. See website for complete guidelines and application forms. NO FEE. ArtFunkl, info@artfunkl.com, http://www.artfunkl.com/residency/call-for-entries-scribus-06-residency-for-writers-or-digital-media-artists/. Receipt Deadline: November 12, 2012 6pm (UK time)

Creative Arts Residencies at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center (August-November, 2013, Bellagio, Italy) – 4-week residencies between August and November, 2012. 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, bellagio_res@iie.org, http://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/bellagio-center/residency-program/arts-literary-arts-residency/overview. Deadline: November 29, 2012

Gallery Aferro Studio Residency (February 20—August 20, 2013, Newark, NJ) – 6-month residency provides studio (approximately 600 sq. ft.) with 24-hour access, access to visiting curators and other gallery directors, a solo exhibition in the project space, and inclusion in an end-of-program catalogue highlighting residents’ work. Open to artists in any medium as well as collectives and collaborative projects. About 6 artists will be in residency at once, and they are expected to participate in forming a community with each other and the broader community. Program will be a mix of Newark and non-Newark residents. Artist responsible for fee ($250/month), and must use studio a minimum of 40 hours/month and contribute a minimum of 3 blog posts to the studio blog. NOTE: E-mail submissions only; see website for complete guidelines. NO FEE. Gallery Aferro, 73 Market St., Newark, NJ 07102, submit@aferro.org, www.aferro.org. Receipt Deadline: December 1, 2012 5pm

Other Resources

NOTE: There are no new other resources this month. Visit our Funding Resources pages for more resources.