Association for Theatre in Higher Education

INFO: ATHE's Playwrights and Creative Teams Program (PACT) seeks new, previously unproduced short plays for its annual New Play Development Workshop at the ATHE Conference in BOSTON, MA, August 1-5, 2018. The 2018 ATHE Conference focuses on revolution, resistance, and protest, and the multiple ways these ideas – and the actions that spring from them.

They invite playwrights to submit plays ranging in length from 4-10 minutes (Scripts longer than ten pages– not including cover page - will not be accepted) There is no restriction on subject matter, style, or intended audience. They are particularly interested in scripts addressing themes of revolution of any type and/or explores the question of how might we create art that is aesthetically revolutionary and that activates audiences to make lasting social change? They welcome scripts representing a range of global perspectives of race, culture, language, disability, gender, nationality, and political worldview. A jury of readers will select six to eight scripts. Each playwright will be assigned a director, dramaturg, scenographer, and a group of actors; these creative teams collaborate on the scripts throughout the conference in a developmental process (participants may attend the rest of the conference). The workshop culminates in a public, script-in-hand reading of the plays in a SHOWCASE OF SCRIPTS on last day of the conference on Sunday, August 5th.

Each year they are committed to including a student playwright for one of the ten minute plays selected for the ATHE conference. If you are a student, please be sure to note that in your submission.

The New Play Development Workshop affords playwrights the opportunity to work on their scripts with artists experienced with original material from all over the country and to have their work presented at a major academic theatre conference. In past years, plays that have gone through this process have been published in a PACT Program anthology. These plays achieve a high rate of success in securing subsequent productions and publication.

DEADLINE: January 5, 2018 at 11:59 EST



Lotus Lee Foundation

INFO: Welcome to the 1st year of the New Work Initiative Playwright Award! And this submission program will be an annual event. The primary goal is to bring the best theatre from the United States to China and vice versa. And to foster and encourage new voices and share your stories.

 This open submission will remain open until January 2018 when our panel of esteemed judges will choose 5 works. They'll produce the best one in 2019 with a significant budget for a year-long tour in China with a potential remount in the States.


1st Place Winner: 

  • Lotus Lee Foundation Contract: Fully Produced Tour in China
  • 1st Place Certificate

2nd Place Winner:

  • Cash Price: $500
  • Professional Advice on your Play from our Judges
  • 2nd Place Certificate

3rd Place Winner:

  • Cash Price: $300
  • Professional Advice on your Play from our Judges
  • 3rd Place Certificate

2 Honorable Mentions: 

  • Honorable Mention Certificate
  • Professional Advice on your Play from our Judges

Fully Produced Tour in China (2019):

  • They will produce the full production in China
  • Casting help and hiring of creative team as needed
  • Housing/Transportation for team
  • VISA/passport help
  • Paid round-trip for creative team and cast
  • Paid transport of production elements

FEE: $0

DEADLINE: January 5, 2018



INFO: All women who consider themselves emerging playwrights (as distinct from fledgling or mid-career playwrights) are eligible to apply for the 2018 FEWW Prize. Playwrights from all over the world are encouraged to apply, but the play must be written in English. Eligibility does not require that a submitted work adhere to the traditional three-act structure. One-acts, two-acts (even four-, five-, six- acts), monologues, adaptations, and any other wild (or deceptively tame) format will be considered with equal seriousness. The only absolute requirement is that the submitted text be a completed full-length work for theater.

The winner will be chosen by a readers committee selected by the board members of Leah Ryan's FEWW, and will be presented her award as part of the 2018 Lily Awards, which honors the work of women in American theater. In addition, the winner will receive a cash prize of $2,500, a workshop at the Vassar Powerhouse Theater, and a reading of her play in New York City. A stipend of up to $700 for travel and accommodation will be provided by FEWW if necessary.

Finalists will be contacted in early March and will have one week within which to submit their full play.

DEADLINE: January 8, 2018



The Playwright Center

INFO: The Playwrights’ Center's Jerome Fellowships provide emerging American playwrights with funds and services to aid them in the development of their craft.

Fellows will receive an $18,000 stipend, plus an additional $2,000 in development support. Fellows spend a year-long residency in Minnesota, working in an individualized and hands-on way with the Playwrights’ Center artistic staff—some of the most experienced and connected theater professionals in the country.

Beyond the financial stipend, the value of fellowships is more than doubled with the year-long support the Playwrights’ Center adds through workshops with professional directors, dramaturgs, and actors—and through the connections the Center makes between playwrights and producers of new work. This holistic and customized combination of financial support, access to talent, and professional connections is career-changing for most playwrights.

Fellows commit to spending the 12-month fellowship period in Minnesota and actively participating in the Center's programs. Housing and travel are not provided.

Playwrights may not receive more than two Jerome Fellowships.

DEADLINE: January 11, 2018



Rising Circle Theater

INFO: INKtank is Rising Circle Theater Collective's play development intensive for playwrights of color. INKtank has a two-fold mission: providing emerging playwrights of color an artistic home, and creating the structure and support to refine, rewrite and reimagine a new play. After 12 weeks, the final drafts of the INKtank plays are presented at PlayRISE, a culminating play festival of new works.  

The INKtank Lab is currently seeking 3-4 writers of color who are invested in the revision process of their own work and of their peers and the rigorous pursuit of their artistic goals.  The lab is facilitated by INKtank alums, Raquel Almazan (La Esperanza, or The Hopefulness) and Monet Hurst-Mendoza (Lilia, Veil'd) 

INKtank alumni have been produced or developed by, and have received awards from Clubbed Thumb, Women's Project Theater, The Public Theater, New Dramatists, The Playwright's Realm, New York Theater Workshop, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, The Dramatists Guild, and The Sundance Institute, Princess Grace Award, and the National Latino Playwriting Award. They have also been featured writers on Jane The Virgin and Parenthood. 

DEADLINE: January 12, 2018



INFO: The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico provides residency grants to people who specialize in the creative arts. The foundation accepts applications from and offers residency grants to painters, poets, sculptors, writers, playwrights, screenwriters, composers, photographers and filmmakers, of national and international origin.

The Foundation offers three months of rent-free and utility-paid housing to grantees. Our eleven guest houses, or casitas, are fully furnished and provide residents with a peaceful setting in which to pursue their creative endeavors.

The HWF also provides academic scholarships to graduating high school seniors pursuing degrees in the creative arts.

The Foundation offers three sessions a year: 
• Session 1 (mid January - mid April) 
• Session 2 (June - mid August) 
• Session 3 (early September - early December)

What is included in the residency?

The HWF grants rent-free and utility-paid housing on the foundation campus, providing artists with their own fully furnished home and a peaceful setting in which to pursue their creative endeavors. The HWF places no expectations or requirements on the artists in residence; It is the gift of time and space. In addition to the casitas, the HWF campus includes the Commons House w/ wi-fi, Library, The Main House, and laundry facilities. Residents are responsible for their own food and transportation, although the Foundation does provide bicycles for artists in residence. 

What artistic disciplines are eligible for a residency grant?

  • Visual artists: painters, illustrators, photographers, sculptors, filmmakers, ceramicists 
  • Literary artists: writers, poets, playwrights & screenwriters 
  • Music composers and songwriters

Literary artists must submit hard-copy work samples. Include a cover sheet containing your contact info and table of contents, but please omit names and contact info on the writing samples themselves

  • Writers: samples should not exceed 35 double-spaced pages 
  • Poets: a maximum of six poems. 
  • Playwrights: include one complete play. 
  • Screenwriters: include one complete screenplay. 


DEADLINE: January 18, 2018



The Playwright Center

INFO: The McKnight Fellowships in Playwriting recognize playwrights whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit and excellence in the field, and whose primary residence is in the state of Minnesota.

The fellowship includes:

  • A $25,000 stipend
  • $2,500 to support a play development workshop and other professional expenses
  • $1,400 in travel funds

Past recipients include: Carlyle Brown, Lisa D’Amour, Barbara Field, Keli Garrett, Jeffrey Hatcher, Christina Ham, Cory Hinkle, Carson Kreitzer, Melanie Marnich, Greg Moss, Kira Obolensky, and Dominic Orlando.

Applicants must have been continuous residents of Minnesota since July 1, 2017, and must maintain residency in Minnesota during the fellowship year.

Applicants must have a minimum of one work fully produced by a professional theater at the time of application.

DEADLINE: January 18, 2018



Japan-United States Friendship Commission

INFO: The Japan U.S. Friendship Commission offers leading contemporary and traditional artists from the United States the opportunity to spend three to five months in Japan through the U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program.  Artists go as seekers, as cultural visionaries, and as living liaisons to the traditional and contemporary cultural life of Japan.  They also go as connectors who share knowledge and bring back knowledge. Their interaction with the Japanese public and the outlook they bring home provide exceptional opportunities to promote cultural understanding between the United States and Japan.

Since 1978, the Japan-US Friendship Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) have worked  with the Agency for Cultural Affairs in Japan and the International House of Japan (I-House) to organize the United States-Japan Creative Artists’ Program. Each year five leading U.S.-based artists, representing all genres, are selected from the United States and are provided funding to spend three months in Japan.

This residency program allows the artists to research and experience both the traditional and contemporary artistic milieu of Japan. Artists are free to live anywhere in the country to pursue activities of greatest relevance to their creative process. While many artists chose to remain in Tokyo, others live in Kyoto or other cities, and still others work in rural settings or travel around the countryside. The International House of Japan provides in-depth orientation materials, expert advice and professional contacts, as well as logistical support during the residency period.

Primary Eligibility:

  • Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
  • Candidates must live and work professionally primarily in the United States.
  • Candidates must be professional creative artists (contemporary or traditional) working as: architects, choreographers, composers, creative writers, designers, media artists, playwrights, librettists, visual artists and solo theater artists who work with original material (including puppeteers, and performance artists). For additional eligibility requirements, please click here.

AWARD: A grant award of $20,000 for three months, and $28,000 for up to five months will be provided to each artist to cover housing, living and professional expenses.  Artists will be responsible for converting their U.S. Dollar award into Japanese Yen.  The Commission will also provide grantees up to $2,000 to cover the cost of their round-trip transportation to Japan.

DEADLINE: February 1, 2018 at 11:59 EST