It’s come to my attention that there are a number of super rad playwriting opportunities for local Bay Area writers right now, and if you don’t know about them, you really should. Take a look:
San Francisco Theater Pub’s March Show – ON THE SPOT – deadline March 1, 2015
San Francisco Theater Pub is taking resumes from playwrights, directors, and actors for their March show, ON THE SPOT. I’ve never not had a blast at a SF Theater Pub show and so I highly recommend throwing your name in the mix. Here are the details from their website:
ON THE SPOT
A Night of Brand New Works by Emerging Playwrights!
Seven playwrights are put “on the spot” and given 24 hours to write a new ten minute play. They are assigned two-four actors, a director, and given a line of dialogue, a prop, and one set piece they must incorporate into their script. TheaterPub will produce these plays at PianoFight’s incredible new venue on March 23, 24, 30 & 31.
Are you a playwright looking to challenge yourself? Are you a director who is quick on your feet and full of ideas? Are you an actor who likes performing in bars? Then this show was MADE for you!
If you’re interested, please email Artistic Director Meg Trowbridge (email@example.com) with the following information by March 1st:
- Contact info
- Desired roles (playwriting, directing, or acting- or combination)
Confirmation you are available on the following days: Rehearsals: March 14, 15, 21, 22 (12pm-6pm), Performances: March 23, 24, 30 & 31 (6:30pm-10:00pm)
We’d love to see some new faces on stage or on the page, so if you have a friend you know who is looking to get involved with us, please forward them this post!
Those Women Productions – In Plain Sight: Stories you never knew you never knew – deadline March 8, 2015
Those Women Productions is looking for one-act plays from local writers for a production slated to open Labor Day weekend. Here are the details:
Those Women Productions is seeking one-act plays from local writers for In Plain Sight: Stories you never knew you never knew, a collection of original short plays to be given a full professional production at the Metal Shop Theater in Berkeley. The show will open Labor Day weekend 2015 and will run for 7-9 performances. We are looking for scripts that fit our mission to bring hidden truths of gender and power to the stage. Plays should offer new takes on old tales, reimagining a story from world mythology and/or classic literature. We are particularly interested in scripts that bring marginalized characters and storylines to the center of the action. All plays must stand on their own and have the potential to appeal to a broad audience, including those not familiar with your source material.
- Length: 10 – 30 minutes
- Cast: no more than 5.
- Deadline for submissions: March 8, 2015
- Scripts may be produced or unproduced. If previously produced, include production history in the body of your email.
- Send us no more than two scripts.
- Email ThoseWomenProductions@gmail.com with a blind copy of your script(s) attached as Word or PDF documents. Author’s name should not appear anywhere on the script but each page of the script should include the title of your play. Number your pages please!
- Include the title(s) of your play(s), the author’s name and your full contact information in the body of your email, and please affirm that you are a San Francisco Bay Area resident and would be available to attend some rehearsals and one or more performances of your play if it is selected. Rehearsals will be scheduled evenings and weekends during August and early September in Berkeley and/or Oakland.
- Questions? Email: ThoseWomenProductions@gmail.com
- Performance dates (tentative): September 4-20.
Selected scripts announced in mid-April. Stipend.
Directors for In Plain Sight will include Norman P. Johnson, Christine Keating, and TWP cofounder Elizabeth Vega. In addition to 2-4 scripts selected through the open call, the production will include two short plays by TWP cofounder Carol Lashof.
Feel free to contact us at ThoseWomenProductions@gmail.com if you have any questions, and thank you for sharing your work with us!
And of course…
Loud & Unladylike presented by DIVAfest – 2016 Festival – Deadline February 15, 2015
Loud and Unladylike, presented by DIVAfest, is taking submissions for new works for the 2016 festival from January 15-February 15, 2015. In addition to quality of submissions, we will be considering the appeal and interest of the subject, in order to create a more diverse and wide-ranging festival, bringing to life the neglected stories of real women who made history.
Loud and Unladylike is open to playwrights who identify as female, from the Bay Area (writers from other locations may be considered, but travel will be at their own expense).
Please send the following documents as attachments in one email, as separate .doc or .pdf files, to LoudandUnladylike@gmail.com. Submissions will undergo an objective blind reading. Therefore, do not include your name or identifying info on the proposal or writing sample. You are welcome to submit up to 3 proposals; please send each in a separate email.
Include the following:
- Resume/bio, with your contact info (email and phone number).
- 10-page sample of your best theatrical writing (ideally in a similar style to what you plan to use for your proposed script).
- Proposal, 1 page max: Name and description of the historical woman you want to write about, why you want to write about her, and a description of the play you plan to write.
Also let us know, in your email, if you would be interested in working with the festival in the future in another capacity. Participation in other capacities is not required for playwrights, but we take a special interest in writers who can make other contributions to the festival. We are always looking for people to help with:
- Serving as script-readers on the literary committee
- Assisting with box office
- Assisting with publicity
What we’re looking for in a successful submission:
- Writing quality, both in proposal and writing sample.
- Prior playwriting experience, particularly writing work on commission (not required).
- Your ability to follow directions! Being careful about details like file formatting and adherence to page limits helps us tremendously, and makes you look good.
- How interesting the play’s subject and script proposal are. We want to showcase diverse range of historical personages and writing styles.
What Loud & Unladylike is offering:
- Two staged readings of your play, with time between readings for rewrites. The 2016 Festival will run June 23-25th and July 7-9th in the Studio at the the EXIT Theatre. Assistance in finding a director and actors.
- Four meetings between September 2015 and June 2016 to share pages of the play and brainstorm with founders Claire Rice and Rachel Bublitz.
- There are two spots available for 2016, one spot has been claimed by Tonya Narvaez, the Production Manager for the 2015 festival.
- Publication of your script following the readings by the EXIT Press.
What happens after you hit ‘send’?
Submissions will be read by the Literary Manager and a committee of script readers between February 15 and April 15, 2015. From the committee evaluations and scores of the proposals, the Literary Manager will then select the top proposals from this process. These will then be read blind and ranked by L&U’s founding production team (Rachel Bublitz, Tracy Held Potter, and Claire Rice). After they are ranked, they will be unblinded and the final proposals will be chosen and playwrights will be contacted.
Thank you for your interest, and good luck!
Okay folks, three great places to submit your work, GET ON IT!