The Millay Colony

INFO: The Millay Colony is an artists residency program in Upstate New York. We welcome 6-7 visual artists, writers, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, and composers each month between April and November. We offer a number of flexible residency formats. all including a private bedroom and studio as well as all meals. We welcome artists of all ages, from all cultures and communities, and in all stages of their career. We offer ample time to work in a gorgeous atmosphere, organizing everything an artist needs for maximum productivity.

Our seven-acre Upstate New York campus, with its lovely meadows and forest, is adjacent to the former home and gardens of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay and the exquisite Harvey Mountain State Forest. Our residents and guests have access to trails for hiking and bicycles, as well as meadows for picnics (with wild blueberry, wild thyme and a delicious mix of plants and flowers), and creeks and streams for cooling off. In the Winter, residents may choose to go cross-country skiing. We are near the towns of Chatham, NY and Great Barrington, MA.

Our chef cooks healthy delicious dinners and also provides food for residents to cook their own day-time meals. We are happy to respond to food allergies and special diets. We have a barbecue for outdoor grilling and a fire pit for smores.

The Steepletop Barn has four bedrooms and four studios with meadow and mountain views. The Main Building was featured in the July ’98 issue of Architectural Record for its sleek look and commitment to universal access. This building contains two residency suites and studios as well as common areas open to all residents, including the kitchen, dining and living areas, and a laundry room. All are fully accessible. The Main House also has a darkroom, a Yamaha U1 upright piano, a large collection of art books, two lounges, a public telephone, and WiFi. In our adjacent offices, we have a fax machine, copier, computer and printer for residents’s use. 


DEADLINE: October 4, 2018


SPACE on Ryder Farm

INFO: The Working Farm, SPACE’s resident writers’ group, offers eight playwrights, composers, lyricists and/or librettists five fully-subsidized residency weeks on Ryder Farm during the course of the June-October season. While in residence, the artists each focus on developing a single new work and are strongly encouraged to structure their days and weeks to best suit the needs of their project.

The eight Working Farm writers are in residence together twice over the course of the season (May 28th-June 2nd and September 17th-22nd, 2019). The writers’ remaining residency weeks are scheduled during the following Creative Residency weeks:           

  • June 17th-22nd                 

  • June 24th-28th               

  • July 8th-July 13th

  • July 15th-July 20th           

  • July 22nd-27th                 

  • September 9th-14th

  • October 7th-12th                  

During their additional stays, Working Farm writers may invite a collaborator (e.g. a director, designer, dramaturg, actor) to join them on the farm, subject to availability.

During their time on the farm, The Working Farm writers are housed in Ryder Farm’s historic buildings, served three daily farm-fresh communal meals and provided with artistic and administrative resources. 

While at SPACE, the only requirements of The Working Farm are that they join in the three communal meals daily, give back 6 hours of their time-in-residence to Ryder Farm and participate in short, informal sharings of the work accomplished while in residence.

One of the highlights of The Working Farm is The Roving Dinner, which occurs during the group’s September residency week. During this celebration of The Working Farm writers, excerpts of the eight SPACE-developed works are paired with an eight-course farm-fresh meal and performed at eight historic locations around Ryder Farm. 

Following the five-week residency at Ryder Farm, Working Farm members are offered the opportunity to present a public reading of their SPACE-developed project through SPACE’s partnership with Playwrights Horizons. These readings customarily take place in the winter or early spring. 


  • Deadline: October 8, 2018

  • Semi-finalists notified: February 2019

  • Finalists interviewes: March 2019

  • Final decisions: Early April 2019


Queens Council On The Arts

INFO: The Artist Commissioning Program (ACP) awards Queens-based choreographers, playwrights, and composers $10,000 each towards the creation of a new, original work. This innovative program democratizes the traditional commissioning process, which has historically been reserved for a privileged few.  

Two things make ACP distinct from a typical arts award:

1) its aim to fill gaps in American culture

2) pair artists with a cohort of "art producers"

Art Producers select the artists in a panel and serve as a support structure for the cohort. Both Artists and Art Producers receive access to professional development programming and collaborative arts events throughout the year-long program. Read more about each role below.

DEADLINE: October 12, 2018

Call for Unproduced Latin@/x Plays

INFO: The 50 Playwrights Project (#50PP) is currently soliciting unproduced plays by Latin@/x playwrights for our third annual 50PP’s Best Unproduced Latin@/x Plays List. We are compiling a list of unproduced plays that theatre companies should be producing. Only plays that will be unproduced as of March 1, 2019 are eligible.

#50PP Script Guidelines:

  • The script is a work by a Latin@/x playwright.

  • The script is an original full-length work.

  • The script can be in English or Spanish.

  • The script cannot have been produced before March 1, 2019.

  • Playwrights can only submit one script. 

DEADLINE: October 14, 2018


New Play Reading Series at Penn State Abington

INFO: Penn State Abington is creating a new play reading series. They are looking for never-produced plays by local (PA/NJ/DE/NY) playwrights. Special consideration given to Philadelphia playwrights. Plays can be full length or one-acts. One play per playwright.

STIPEND: there will be a stipend paid to each playwright who’s play is produced in this reading series. We are currently working with the school to get an exact amount for playwrights. However, we know that there will be a single stipend and that, if you wish to attend the reading and/or rehearsals, you will need to cover your own transportation.

Selected playwrights are invited and encouraged to be part of the rehearsal process before each reading. 
Plays will be read by both professional actors and student actors from Penn State Abington. 

Plays about these issues/topics are sought:

  • Indigenous vs Colonial Culture

  • Mass Incarceration

  • Immigration

  • Sustainability

  • Opioid Addiction

  • Educational Equity

Please send a short synopsis and PDFs (only) of your play to:
Penn State Abington offers an affordable, accessible, and high-impact education resulting in the success of a diverse student body. It is committed to student success through innovative approaches to 21st century public higher education within a world-class research university. With nearly 4,000 students, Penn State Abington is a residential campus that offers baccalaureate degrees in 19 majors, undergraduate research, the Schreyer honors program, NCAA Division III athletics, and more.

DEADLINE: October 15, 2018