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



OKC Theatre

INFO: The Oklahoma City Theatre Company annual Native American New Play Festival is at the heart of their regular season offerings. They invite Native American, Alaska Native, Hawaiian, First Nations and Indigenous Mexico playwrights to submit full-length scripts (60 pages or more) written for the stage from an Indigenous perspective. All themes and topics are welcomed. Plays may focus on historical or present-day issues. They are especially interested in plays that center on an Oklahoma tribe and tribal history within the state.

Full length plays are evaluated by a panel comprised of Native American theatre artists and invested community members. The panel will select 2-3 plays for a staged reading during the festival based on originality, theatricality, and execution. Finalist will receive a staged reading with actors and a director during the festival weekend events.  An audience talk back will follow the readings. A fully realized production will be awarded to one of the staged reading finalists and showcased as the featured production the following festival year during the Oklahoma City Theatre Company’s regular season.

DEADLINE: February 15, 2018



Lotus Lee Foundation

INFO: Welcome to the 1st year of our New Work Initiative Playwright Award! 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 is why they’re interested in new works from artists like you.

They have an open submission where you can submit your new work at no cost to you. A 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 Judges
  • 2nd Place Certificate

3rd Place Winner:

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

2 Honorable Mentions: 

  • Honorable Mention Certificate
  • Professional Advice on your Play from 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/passort help
  • Paid round-trip for creative team and cast
  • Paid transport of production elements

DEADLINE: February 18th, 2018



Pan Asian Repertory

INFO: The Pan Asian Repertory is accepting submissions for their 2018 NuWorks 1-week performance. Performing June 12-18, 2018 in Studio Theater at Theatre Row. NuWorks presents a wide range of new work from emerging artists who dare to explore different genres and techniques.


  • News works (solo or duo show preferred) that is fully rehearsed and READY to perform as only one rehearsal in May/June.
  • Work can be any style (comedy, drama, cabaret, musical, dance, experimental, etc.) at 15-45 minutes in length.         
  • Work previously not presented in New York City is preferred.
  • Shows should be low tech (no projections), high quality in content, and provide own props and costumes.
  • We are looking for a diversity of voices, does not have to reflect contemporary Asian American themes.
  • Pan Asian will provide artist stipend, rehearsal, theatre space, and marketing/PR.

Please submit a one-page resume (of each collaborator), title, synopsis and developmental history, script, and list of tech needs. Please submit the materials in PDF format to

If you have any questions, email

DEADLINE: February 21, 2018