Plays and Playwrights 2015

March 27, 2015

pp15_squareNYTE’s popular anthology series is back with Plays and Playwrights 2015.  The series began in 2000 and many of the books through 2011 are still available on  You can buy this newest digital-only version on Indie Theater Now for the very low price of $8.80.  Enjoy a cross section of contemporary plays from the 2013 — curated by Martin Denton. Comedy, drama, politics, sexuality, sci-fi, and more.  Learn more here.

NYU Forum on Site-Specific Performance

March 27, 2015

This item from Rachel Whorton

Steinhardt’s Program in Educational Theatre will host The Forum on Site-Specific Performance this spring. Allied professionals of all disciplines, emerging artists and community-engaged practitioners are invited to exchange perspectives and collectively envision the future of site-specific work. The event’s dynamic roster features workshops, interdisciplinary panels and innovative performances from creative teams and representatives of organizations such as: 3-Legged Dog, Accomplice, Community- Word Project, Kerrigan-Lowdermilk, Spellbound Theatre, Trusty Sidekick Theater Company, Third Rail Projects and more.

This 4-day event will interrogate art-making processes by and with established artists in the fields of music, visual art, theatre and dance.

For more information and to register for the conference, please go to:


Turn To Flesh Productions Reading Series

February 5, 2015

This item from Laura Pittenger

No fewer than three (3) and no more than (4) scripts will be chosen for the 2015 Reading Series. One script per month will receive a reading during the following months: June, July, August, & September. The final order of the season will be reviewed by the Artistic Director and Literary Manager in collaboration with playwright’s needs.

Each play will receive 9 hours of rehearsal over a 3-day period in NYC. Each play will receive one (1) staged reading before a limited audience. Each play will receive a director and a full cast selected by private audition. The Literary Manager will attend all rehearsals and be available for dramaturgical assistance if requested. Audience feedback will be collected in written form, and given to the playwright following the reading performance.

If selected for a reading, playwright must be available for 9 hours of in-person rehearsal and/or present for an exclusive reading event held in New York City. Regrettably, TURN TO FLESH PRODUCTIONS cannot provide housing or travel stipend for out-of-town playwrights. We can only consider submissions from playwrights outside the larger NYC area if playwrights can provide their own travel/housing and be present for rehearsal and/or the event.

A small honorarium will be awarded to each playwright who participates in the series.

Further information will be available if your submission is selected.

Submissions must be submitted electronically to Please address all correspondence re: the reading series to Laura Pittenger, Literary Manager.

Only scripts submitted between Feb. 1-28, 2015 will be considered for the 2015 Reading Series.

For complete information


Call for Submissions: SubletSeries@HERE Program

January 29, 2015

This item from HERE Arts Center

The SubletSeries@HERE Program, supports 250 guest independent artists and groups—such as New Georges, Vampire Cowboys, and ViBe Theater Experience (an educational arts group for underserved urban teen girls)—and their audiences each season.

This creative curated rental program has allowed many upstart companies and emerging artists to realize their full artistic vision on a small budget. The program provides subsidized performance and rehearsal space, technical assistance, and administrative support, including a fully staffed box office. SubletSeries@HERE artists can also access equipment that is not typically available in venues our size such as video projectors, wireless microphones, color scrollers—all for free or at subsidized rates. We accept applications from artists all over the world for the opportunity to show work.

For more information, and to fill out an online application, please visit the SubletSeries@HERE website at:

Fresh Ground Pepper’s Seventh Season of Supporting Emerging Art

January 29, 2015

This item is from Andrew Scoville

Submissions are officially open for another year of innovative programming supporting emerging art in New York City. The complete season will feature long term development programs as well as FGP’s signature, one-night artistic Challenges where artists of all mediums will create around a specific prompt.

FGP Challenge artists are provoked with original prompts to create bold new work. Selected artists will feature this work in one-night only performances in theaters across Brooklyn and Manhattan. In addition to Challenges, FGP will continue another year of long-term developmental support for emerging artists of all mediums through its PlayGround PlayGroup and BRB programs. The PlayGround PlayGroup will support ten writers with space for monthly meetings, two workshops, and a final reading series in December. Past PlayGround PlayGroup readings have been presented at The New Ohio, The Bushwick Starr, and Soho Rep Walker Space. Additionally, FGP’s annual retreat, BRB, will take up to twelve artists to Nazareth, Pennsylvania in August for a week-long session of project development at the beautiful Little Pond Artists Retreat.

All Fresh Ground Pepper events are curated by FGP Directors Andrew Neisler, Jaclyn Backhaus, Karina Martins, Jenny Beth Snyder, and Andrew Scoville in an open and completely free submission process. Individual artists and collaborative groups of all mediums are encouraged to apply. The FGP artist is one that is interested in experimenting with form and mixing disciplines to discover new ways of working.

For more submission information on this year’s Challenges, BRB, and PlayGround programs, please visit

Summer Festivals at the Brick — Submission Info

January 3, 2015

This item from The Brick

Fuckfest taking place during June 2015 in Brooklyn, New York! Fuckfest, quite simply, is a festival about sex.

A sextival, if you will.

Artists with unique, playful, and subversive approaches to sexuality are encouraged to apply. We are now accepting submissions from a variety of artists, including but not limited to: playwrights, burlesque performers, performance artists, musicians, media and visual artists, and entertainers of all stripes. As noted scholar and professor of sexology Dr. Marvin P. Gay, Jr. put it, “Let’s get it ahwnnn.”

To apply and for more information, click here.

Deadline: February 1, 2015

Notifications: March 1, 2015

Game Play 2015

The Brick is pleased to announce the fifth annual Game Play festival, taking place in July 2015 in Brooklyn, New York. This year’s festival will once again feature cutting-edge works that lie at the intersection of video gaming and performance. We are now accepting for consideration submissions from a variety of artists, including but not limited to: playwrights, game designers, performance artists, musicians, media and visual artists, entertainers of all stripes. To apply and for more information, click here.

Deadline: March 1, 2015

Notifications: March 30, 2015

Indie Artists on Indie Theater

December 22, 2014

There’s a new feature on — and we hope you will find it useful and enjoyable.

Indie Artists on Indie Theater gives our playwrights, actors, directors, stage managers, designers and more a platform  — a place to publish interviews, essays, thought pieces that directly inform the indie theater community.

The newest piece is an interview by playwright Penny Jackson with Jody Christopherson about her upcoming exhibit of photos of women playwrights at Dixon Place. And we have culled from our extensive archives many articles that we hope will be of interest to our readers:

  • Director Aimee Todoroff’s thoughts on directing Larry Loebell’s “La Tempestad”
  • Actor, playwright, educator Kevin R. Free discusses ways he has brought independent theater – and thinking – to students
  • Director Tony Lance on musicalizing Shakespeare
  • Playwright, director, educator Julia Lee Barclay-Morton on becoming a global theater artist

There’s much more and lots to come.  Check out Indie Artists on Indie Theater and let us know what you think.


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