Artist Cultivation Project

Black Revolutionary Theatre Workshop 

INFO: BRTW exists to investigate, interrogate, and change the status quo as it marginalizes Black people worldwide. With economic, social, educational, healthcare, housing, and political injustice facing our community, BRTW aims to tackle the issues that impact us while becoming a beacon for Black opportunity within the arts. 

BRTW is focusing on expansion over the next year. We'd like to develop a database of passionate emerging to mid-career artists who feel as strongly as we do about representing people of color's stories and experiences, using the arts as a tool of social change, and shaking up the theatre industry! If you're interested in potentially working with us, this is the best way to get on our radar.

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INFO: The Kerouac Project provides four residencies a year to writers of any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world. In the past we have accepted writers with no formal writing education alongside those with MFA’s and impressive résumés. You will be judged on the quality of the writing sample you submit. Each residency consists of approximately a three month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums. Utilities and a food stipend of $1,000 are included. As writer-in-residence, all you are required to do is live in the Kerouac House during your residency, work on your writing project, and participate in two events—a Welcome Potluck dinner for you, and a Final Reading of your work at the Kerouac House at the end of your residency. Should you desire them, the Kerouac Project can also offer opportunities for you to participate in other readings, lead workshops, and interact in other ways with the vibrant Central Florida literary community.

Residency Slots

Fall 2019: September 1 through November 21, 2019
Winter 2019–2020: December 1, 2019, through February 20, 2020
Spring 2020: March 1 through May 22, 2020
Summer 2020: June 1 through August 21, 2020

At the time you submit your application you will be asked which residency time slot(s) you prefer or are available for. Or you can just indicate ‘any’ if you have no specific time slot preference.

The Application Process:

You will be required to select a category into which your submission fits. The categories are: Poetry, Play, Screenplay, Fiction/Short Story, and Nonfiction. Your writing sample must match the category. So, for example, if you are applying in the fiction category, your writing sample must only be a fiction sample. You cannot include some fiction and some poems you may have written. You are allowed one submission per category. This means you can submit to more than one category if you wish to do so. However, each submission is separate and you must complete the whole application process again for each submission.  

We require a standard format for all prose submissions, fiction and nonfiction. The format is:

  • 10 pages in length.

  • 1-inch page margins.

  • 1.5 line spacing.

  • Text must be in a 12-point serif font, (preferably Times New Roman as its compact structure allows you the maximum number of words per page). 

Those submitting poetry, a play, or screenplay, may continue to follow the genre conventions in their submissions, though your writing sample must also be limited to 10-pages in length.


DEADLINE: March 10, 2019



Live & In Color 

INFO: Live & In Color is looking for playwrights, composers, and lyricists of color interested in developing their new musical or play. The work must be able to be performed with a multiethnic cast. 

The winning musical submission will have a two-week workshop this fall at The Bingham Camp in Salem, Connecticut culminating in a staged presentation to an invited audience. 

The winning play submission will have a one-week development period this fall at The Bingham Camp in Salem, Connecticut culminating in a reading for an invited audience. 

The musical must be able to be performed with no more than 8 actors. 

All submissions should include:

·       Single page synopsis

·       Single page character breakdown

·       Demo of score (2-3 songs)

·       Sample of dialogue (5-10 pages)

·       Brief production/development history (properties with prior full productions not accepted.)

The play must be able to be performed with no more than 5 actors. 

All submissions should include:

·       Single page synopsis

·       Single page character breakdown

·       Script sample (10-20 pages)

·       Brief production/development history (properties with prior full productions not accepted.)

DEADLINE: March 15, 2019



New York Theatre Workshop

INFO: NYTW is proud to announce the 2019/20 Season 2050 Administrative Fellowship program—a sister program to our successful 2050 Artistic Fellowship, which supports emerging playwrights and directors. Replacing our current internship program, the new fellowship represents one of several NYTW initiatives to address the economic barriers that may prevent talented individuals from pursuing careers in the theatre. 

For 20 years, NYTW has honed an inclusive fellowship program for emerging theatre makers with a multiplicity of perspectives. These fellowships have taken many forms, supporting playwrights, directors, designers and administrators.

The 2050 Fellowship is named in celebration of the U.S. Census Bureau’s projection that by the year 2050, there will be no single racial or ethnic majority in the United States. This projection provokes thoughts at New York Theatre Workshop about the transformations that will take place in the American landscape – technologically, environmentally, demographically and artistically. They are a catalyst for broader questions about our moral and artistic future.

We’re seeking enthusiastic candidates who are underrepresented in theatre administration. We encourage applicants with a unique perspective inclusive of race, color, religion, familial status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age and physical ability to apply. We are committed to diversity in all areas of our work, on and off stage. NYTW is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE), and all qualified applications will receive consideration. 

The second fellowship program will run from July 2019 through June 2020.

The 2050 Administrative Fellowship Program is made possible with funds from the Theater Subdistrict Council, LDC, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, American Express Philanthropy, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

As a 2050 Administrative Fellow, you will:

  •  Commit to a year-long paid part-time fellowship in one field of interest including Artistic Workshop, Casting, Community Engagement, Development, Education, Executive, Finance & Operations, Literary, Marketing, Producing and Production (Production Management, Technical Direction or Costume Shop Management).

  •  Work directly with the department head and their team in the respective area of focus.

  •  Attend a three-day intensive seminar where you will be introduced to the field of arts administration, meet industry professionals, and begin to develop your fellowship goals and plans. 

  • Take on significant responsibilities in your department, including day-to-day tasks and long-term collaborative and individual projects. 

  • Participate in monthly seminar meetings to discuss your work, share ideas and receive specialized career-development training.

  • Participate in brown bag lunches with members of the NYTW staff and invited guests and attend industry networking and social events.

  • Present your work and experiences to staff and members of the NYTW extended community at an end-of-the-season fellows’ symposium.

DEADLINE: March 15, 2019 (by 5pm EST)


Sewanee Writers’ Conference

INFO: We are now accepting applications to the 2019 Sewanee Writers’ Conference! The Conference dates are July 16-28. Faculty will give readings and provide instruction and criticism through workshops and craft lectures, as well as meet individually with participants to discuss their manuscripts. The Conference will offer five fiction workshops, four poetry workshops, a playwriting workshop, and a supplemental poetry translation workshop. An admirable lineup of visiting editors, publishers, and agents will also attend.

This year’s faculty includes fiction writers Jeffery Renard Allen, Tony Earley, Adrianne Harun, Randall Kenan, Michael Knight, Bobbie Ann Mason, Jill McCorkle, Tim O’Brien, Christine Schutt, and Steve Yarbrough; and poets B.H. Fairchild, Robert Hass, Mark Jarman, Maurice Manning, Marilyn Nelson, Mary Jo Salter, A.E. Stallings, and Sidney Wade. Naomi Iizuka and Dan O’Brien will lead the playwriting workshop. Charles Martin, A.E. Stallings, and N.S. Thompson will offer a supplemental poetry translation workshop, and Charles Martin, Alice McDermott, and Wyatt Prunty will read from their work. 

The Conference is held on the campus of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Thanks to the generosity of the Walter E. Dakin Memorial Fund, supported by the estate of Tennessee Williams, contributors receive assistance covering two-thirds of the actual cost to attend. Additional funding is awarded to fellows and scholars.


DEADLINE: March 20, 2019


New Play Submissions

Pistarckle Theater, Inc.

INFO: The focus of The Pistarckle Theater, Inc. New Works initiative is two fold; 1) To develop new dramatic works of any genre or content by Playwrights that live in or have lived in The United States Virgin Islands and/or 2) To develop new works with themes, characters and issues that are related to or that highlight United States Virgin Islands and/or Caribbean history, culture, values, obstacles, accomplishments, etc. Submissions that do not fit into either category 1 or 2 will not be reviewed. Playwrights may submit multiple entries for consideration. The work being submitted for consideration must have never had full production. The work being submitted must either be new with no previous public exposure or have had only a staged reading with no production value. Plays that have had staged readings and are of interest to the committee will receive additional inquiry about the public presentation history. After review of this synopsis form, if the committee is interested in your play, you will be provided contact information and instructions for submission of the full work or an excerpt. Thank you and we look forward to reading your work!

DEADLINE: March 30, 2019



Fade to Black


1.  You must be the sole African-American author of the submitted work.

2.  Playwright must publically and openly identify themselves as African-American, Black, or of the African diaspora.

3.  Previously published or produced work by the author or theatre/company is not allowed (See definitions below).

4.  Play must run no longer than 8-10 minutes long on stage. (Consider conducting an informal reading to ensure).

5.  Play should accommodate a “bare-stage” set requiring only a minimum of removable stage props and require basic lighting and sound cues.

6.  Play must not be a musical.

7.  Play must not be written for children or youth.

8.  Play must not contain characters that are under 17 years old.

9.  Play must not be a re-submission of previous Fade To Black play festival seasons.

10.   Play must not be considered a translation or adaptation.

11.   Play must not be a film. Screenplays will not be accepted.

12.   Play should be "stand-alone", a separate body of work that has not been extracted from a larger, previously written play.

13.   Author must be at least 18 years of age.

14.   Play must be submitted in a PDF format. 

"Produced” - Your play was marketed for production date(s) by either you (its playwright) or a theatre company and was performed before an audience who purchased tickets to see the event.

"Published" - Your play is an officially published work and commands royalties from the producing theater each time it is performed.

Staged readings (formal or informal) are not considered productions. If your play has only had public or private readings but has not been produced as a full-scale stage performance, you are permitted to submit the play.

PRIZE: $100


DEADLINE: April 1, 2019

Liberation Theatre Company Writing Residency Program 2019 - 2020 

INFO: Liberation Theatre Company (LTC) for our third year, is proud to announce Writing Residency Program 2019 – 2020 (supported by NYSCA and The Left Tilt Fund); furthers our commitment to the development of new Black playwrights for the American theatre.

The Writing Residency Program will select four early-career playwrights and provide them with dramaturgical and professional support over a ten-month period, during which time they will each be required to complete a new full-length play. 

Beginning in May 2019, selected playwrights will attend monthly group meetings to share and refine their works-in-progress in a collaborative, energized setting; meet individually with LTC’s Artistic Director and staff who will provide additional support for their artistic needs, concerns and process; and have the resources of a director and professional actors during a table reading as their play begins to take shape. 

Additionally, through connections with the larger New York City theatrical community, LTC will provide access to theatre tickets (when available) and seek to support, inspire, and assist playwrights in any way a small and dedicated company can. 

The Residency will conclude in February 2020 with public readings of each playwright’s finished play. Upon successful completion of the program, each playwright will receive an honorarium.  


To be considered for the Writing Residency Program all applicants must be a) residents of New York City at the time of participation (May 2019 – February 2020). b) Applicants must have written at least two full-length plays or three one-act plays. c) The applicant must not have received a production of any of their work that was more developed than a Showcase presentation under the Actors’ Equity Association production code.  

Application Submission Procedure

To be considered for the 2019 - 2020 Writing Residency Program, Liberation Theatre Company will only accept submissions via this online form. If you have questions about the program or the application process, please email:

The following materials must be uploaded and submitted in PDF or DOCX form. Make sure that all documents are properly labeled with your name. 

  1. Completed Online Application Form 

  2. Letter of Intent. This should be limited to 1,000 words and address all of the following points:

    • Your writing career thus far and where you feel you are in your creative and professional life.

    • Your career goals and how you will use the Residency to further those goals.

    • Briefly describe the play you will complete over the 10-month program. 

    • Why you feel ready for a rigorous residency such as this. 

    • Have you participated in a residency/fellowship before? If so, describe your experience.

    • Anything else you think may be relevant.

   3. A 10-page Work Sample that best represents you as a playwright
   4. The full script from which you selected your 10-page work sample
   5. Your playwriting resume (not a bio). Please include one personal or professional reference, with the person’s title or institutional affiliation, phone number and email address. (Referrer must be someone familiar with you and your work.)

DEADLINE: April 1, 2019