Castillo Theatre

INFO: The Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest is intended to encourage the writing of progressive plays that engage the political/social/cultural questions affecting the world today and/or historical events and issues that impact on our communities. 

The contest encourages scripts that experiment with form and seek new ways of seeing and new ways of experiencing theatrical performance.  Castillo welcomes scripts from all countries and cultures.

The plays submitted to the Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest may be written in any style, set in any historical time, geographic or imaginary location, contain any number of characters and be of any length. The plays must be in English and cannot be musicals or adaptations. No scripts will be considered that have previously been submitted to this contest, have received a production or won other contests. Only one script per playwright per year will be accepted.

The contest is judged by a team of distinguished theatre artists.

PRIZE: The winning script(s) will receive a reading at the Castillo Theatre in New York City during the theatre’s 2019 summer season.

DEADLINE: July 1, 2018



Mabou Mines

INFO: Mabou Mines' new performance initiative SUITE/Space provides artistic mentorship, rehearsal space, and public performances in our 99-seat theater to artists that reflect NYC’s rich cultural landscape and share Mabou Mines’ commitment to breaking new ground in form and content.

SUITE/Space is open to artists of color from historically underrepresented communities, especially those from the outer-boroughs of NYC, who exhibit a commitment to experimentation and a collaborative creative process. Multimedia, music, dance, theater, and cross-disciplinary projects are accepted.

Proposed projects should be either near production-ready or previously produced.

SUITE/Space Artists Will Receive:

  • A $ 3,000 stipend and a 50-50 box office split.
  • 30 hours of rehearsal space in Mabou Mines’ sunlit studio in the East Village.
  • Technical and administrative support.
  • Studio visits with the program’s artistic advisors.
  • 10 hours of technical rehearsal in the theater.
  • Three SUITE/Space performances in a festival-like setting at Mabou Mines.


DEADLINE: July 2, 2018

The 2019 SUITE/Space Program: September 2018 – January/February 2019.



Creede Repertory Theatre

INFO: One-third of CRT’s productions are new works, and every year CRT commissions a new show for its celebrated Young Audience Outreach Tour (YAOT). The goal of this program is to bring theatre to thousands of kids in rural and underserved communities throughout the Southwest while creating an exciting opportunity for emerging playwrights. 

Bilingual (English/Spanish) plays are preferred, but not required. With 35 years of successful productions we are looking for playwrights interested in working among a collaborative artistic team.

DEADLINE: July 2, 2018



Autry Museum of the American West

INFO: Short plays submitted will be considered for Native Voices’ 8th Annual Short Play Festival, to take place in November 2018 at the American Indian Arts Marketplace at the Autry in Los Angeles.

Whet your appetite for clever, funny, dramatic, and thoughtful 10-minute scripts – the theme of this year’s short play festival is FOOD. It brings us together as families, it can be both a commodity and a lack. Frybread… delicious, disastrous, or both?

FOOD… culture is delicious.

The theme of the 8th Annual Short Play Festival is FOOD. Native Voices invites playwrights to answer the question: what’s on the table in Native country? Like music or dance, food is a cultural expression. Food can be as simple as what’s served for dinner, as complicated as the legacy of frybread, or as devastating as water shortages and climate change on subsistence hunting and traditional ways of harvesting a living from the land. Plays can be fun-spirited or political, funny or dramatic. Scripts that are longer than 15 pages or read aloud at longer than 10 minutes will not be accepted. Fresh, surprising perspectives are welcome, and unique theatricality is a must.

Please note that we only accept submissions written for the stage or theatre by Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations artists.

DEADLINE: July 20, 2018



The Blank Theatre

INFO: We are now accepting submissions for the 27th season of The Living Room Series, our New Play Development program which embodies The Blank’s commitment to developing new work by both established and emerging writers. Submissions by women, playwrights of color, and other under-represented voices are strongly encouraged.  

The Living Room Series takes place on Monday evenings at the 2nd Stage Theater in Hollywood between Labor Day and Memorial Day. The Living Room Series offers a week-long collaborative rehearsal process for the playwright, director and actors to explore and refine the play before presenting it to an audience. The performances are minimally staged, with actors carrying scripts, and are a wonderful opportunity for the playwright to get a sense of the play’s full potential.

The Blank accepts plays for consideration for our Living Room Series (workshops of new plays) via Submittable. Submissions by women, playwrights of color, and other under-represented voices are strongly encouraged. The Blank is firmly committed to supporting gender parity and diversity. 

DEADLINE: July 21, 2018