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The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, established in 1978, is given annually to recognize women who have written works of outstanding quality for the English-speaking theatre. The Prize currently distributes several awards ranging from $1000 to $35,000 annually.

Action: Deadline to submit a play is September 15 (North America) or September 20 (UK). Visit the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize website for more information.

The USArtists International Program, supported through the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, awards professional artists in the fields of dance, music and theatre who have been invited to perform at international festivals and engagements. Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization or have a U.S. based fiscal sponsor.

Action: The first round of deadlines is September 6. Visit the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s website for more details.

The MAP Fund provides project-specific funding to playwrights, choreographers, directors, composers and performers experimenting in any performance tradition or discipline across the country. Projects must contain a live performance element and must not have premiered anywhere in the world before September 1, 2012.

An online letter of inquiry is required before submitting a full application and must be completed by a 501(c)(3) organization or fiscally sponsored project with two years of professional experience. 

Action: Deadline to submit a Letter of Inquiry is October 3. Visit The MAP Fund’s website for more details.

2012 hotINK Festival at the Lark Play Development Center Now Accepting Submissions

August 9, 2011 Artistic Opportunities

The 2012 hotINK Festival will present work by 8-10 playwrights from outside the United States in readings at the Lark, March 22-26, 2012. Each play will be presented once, following approximately six to eight hours of rehearsal with outstanding New York director and actors. In addition, special events are planned for visiting playwrights. Readings are [...]

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Riverside Theatre Conducts Open Call for Original Monologues

August 4, 2011 Artistic Opportunities

Playwrights are invited to submit monologues for Riverside Theatre’s (located in Iowa City, IA) Walking the Wire—a celebration of original work featuring monologues of ten minutes or less by both established and up-and-coming playwrights. The focus for this season’s monologues is “this will never work.” Action: Deadline to apply is September 15. Visit Riverside Theatre’s [...]

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Native Voices Annual Call for Scripts

August 3, 2011 Artistic Opportunities

Native Voices, a theatre company dedicated to the development and production of new works for the stage by Native American and First Nations playwrights, is now accepting submissions of scripts for three upcoming events; their First Annual Short Play Festival, the 2012 Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays and the 2012 First Look Series. [...]

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Seeking New Ideas: The Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge

August 1, 2011 Artistic Opportunities

The Knight Foundation and NEA are seeking ideas from individuals and organizations for the development of new, sustainable models for the field of arts journalism. The Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge is specifically focused on eight communities: Akron, Ohio; Charlotte, North Carolina; Detroit, Michigan; Macon, Georgia; Miami, Florida; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; St. Paul, Minnesota; and San [...]

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American Theatre Wing Now Accepting Applications for the 2012 Jonathan Larson Grants

July 21, 2011 Artistic Opportunities

The American Theatre Wing has announced that applications are now being accepted for the 2012 Jonathan Larson Grants. The grants, given annually to honor emerging composers, lyricists and book writers, help to continue Tony Award-winning composer Jonathan Larson’s dream of infusing musical theatre with a contemporary, joyful, urban vitality. All applications must include book, music, and [...]

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Clubbed Thumb is Now Accepting Proposals for the 2011-2012 Biennial Commission

July 21, 2011 Artistic Opportunities

The Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission was created to encourage the writing of plays that consider the relationships between truth, power, history and personal responsibility. The winner will receive a $15,000 award which will support the development of the commission as it grows to a full text, through readings, staged workshops and other needs for the [...]

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The Public Theater is Accepting Applications for its Emerging Writers Group

July 20, 2011 Artistic Opportunities

The fourth cycle of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group, from January 2012 through December 2013, is targeted towards playwrights in the earliest stages of their careers. Through this program, The Public Theater creates an artistic home for a diverse and exceptionally talented group of up-and-coming playwrights. The ten playwrights selected will receive a $6,000 [...]

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