New York Children’s Theater Festival 2015 Submissions Being Accepted

July 5, 2014

This item from Rodi Rosensweig Zimmerman

Submissions for the fourth annual New York Children’s Theater Festival will be accepted July 7, 2014 to August 18, 2014, it was announced today by Festival co-founders Michael Shawn Lewis, Chelsey Shannon and Renee Barnett. …

Submissions to The New York Children’s Theater Festival are free, and are adjudicated by an expert panel. The entire extensive process is anonymous.  In addition, in an effort to assist the artists in their development, the Festival principals will provide feedback to finalists who are not chosen…

The spring 2015 Festival will feature four winning submissions.  Musicals, plays, puppetry, event presentations, and any other live theatrical form of children’s entertainment are encouraged.  Work that has been previously produced may also be submitted for consideration.  There is no fee for the submission process.  All details at  All submissions will be read by a team of 30 industry professionals including artists, writers, producers and designers from leading national theaters, Broadway, and children’s television. The finalists will be adjudicated by a Festival Panel of ten top industry leaders including participating advisory board membersThe New York Children’s Theater Festival is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

An international search for plays written for teens to perform

July 3, 2014

This item from Milken Community Schools

Milken Community Schools is excited to announce the creation of a major international playwriting prize for plays written to be performed by teenagers.  The prize includes a cash award of $2,000, a script development process, and a full production of the play. A professional dramaturg will assist the playwright and provide readings as needed during the rewriting process. The winner will be promoted to theatres and high schools internationally.
Submission Policy

  • Professional playwrights and authors are especially encouraged to submit.
  • The plays must be unproduced and unpublished, have casts larger than 10, use a majority of female actors, and be between 30 and 90 minutes in length.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Other parameters can be found on the Milken Playwriting Prize webpage:

Prize announced: January, 2015
Development process:  through April, 2015
Production opens:  November, 2015

Submissions Wanted for NYC Icon Plays

June 25, 2014

This item from Bruce A! Kraemer

Ego Actus is looking for play submissions for The New York City Icon Plays: Love in an Irish Pub, which we will present at Quinn’s Bar and Grill, 356 West 44th St New York City. The evening will consist of five or six one-act plays. The show will be presented under the provisions of the Actors Equity Showcase Code.

Each New York City Icon Play will be 10 to 15 minute long, one-act, single location, dramas or comedies, in this case set in an Irish pub. There should be no more than three characters. Ideally one of them would be an employee of Quinn’s, perhaps a bartender, hostess or waiter. We will not consider material not set in a bar.

There is no set other than the arrangement of seating. The plays will be seen in the ambient lighting of the bar. We will not use a sound system. Ego Actus will provide the site, publicity and marketing, house management, and the programs. Our stage manager will work with all Icon Plays once we are in the space. We will need 50 word bios from all playwrights, directors and actors for the program.

Playwrights are welcome choose their own director. Ego Actus can recommend directors as necessary. No author may direct in his or her own play. No author or director may act in his or her own play. Equity actors may be cast, but all players are strictly limited to seven rehearsals before going into production at the bar. Ego Actus will pay Equity stipends.

Each of the Icon Plays will have individual one-hour technical rehearsals and a separate full dress rehearsal that includes all the plays in an evening.

The New York City Icon Plays will open November 6 and play twelve performances, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 3:00pm.

The director-author teams will be responsible for casting their own plays, providing rehearsal spaces and times beyond what Ego Actus is providing as noted above. They are also responsible for any costumes and props required by their play. We expect real productions, albeit on a small scale. Actors must be off book by tech rehearsal.

The playwright of each play will sign an agreement granting Ego Actus the right to produce their script. These rights will be limited to the month of the production. Ego Actus will not pay any royalty or commission for the use of the plays. Ego Actus is producing much of the show at our expense. The benefit to the playwright, director and cast is exposure of their work to the public and industry.

We will be making final decisions on which scripts to use in early September 2014. Send submissions to

Susan Bernfield Wins Lilly Award

June 4, 2014

Congratulations to Indie Theater Now playwright Susan Bernfield, who is one of this year’s winners of the Lilly Awards! Susan received this recognition for her contribution to the work of women in the American theatre.

Susan founded New Georges in 1992, and has produced 41 new plays (by Jenny Schwartz, Heidi Schreck, Eisa Davis, Lisa D’Amour, Sheila Callaghan, Diana Son and others) and 12 festivals of new and alternative work with the company. She is a co-founder of The Room, New Georges’ workspace for women theater artists, which has incubated thousands of new works; and the recipient of an OBIE Award for artistic achievement. She serves as President of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York) and on the boards of the League of Professional Theatre Women and The LIT Fund; and is also a playwright and solo performer whose work has been developed and presented at theaters around the country.

THE LILLY AWARDS were started in the spring of 2010 as a way to honor the work of women in the American Theater. The founders of The Lilly Awards, or The Lillys as we affectionately refer to them, are Julia Jordan, Marsha Norman and Theresa Rebeck. The awards are named for Lillian Hellman, a pioneering American playwright who famously said “You need to write like the devil and act like one when necessary.” The awards continue in the tradition of her spirit and annually honor the work of women in the American Theater.

Call For Short Plays

May 21, 2014

This item from Rob Sullivan, South Street Players

Call for original short plays by playwrights from tri-state area.

South Street Players ( is seeking short (20 minutes or less), original, one-act plays for its 4th Annual Tri-State Theatre Festival. The event will take place October 17-19, 2014 in Spring Lake, NJ.

The festival, which receives more than 200 plays annually, is committed to presenting the finest and most unique original one-acts written by local playwrights from New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The event also serves as an artistic fundraiser, with all proceeds going to SSP to help the group maintain its commitment to producing high-quality, extremely engaging theatre experiences for the 2014-15 season… and beyond.

Submission Rules and Process: 

Seeking original comedic and dramatic one-act plays from playwrights currently living in the Tri-State area only (NJ, NY and PA). Plays must be 20 pages or less.  Submissions of longer than 20 pages will be declined for consideration. Plays must be in standard playscript format. Playwrights may submit more than one play, but please be sure your name and email address is on the title page of each script. SSP is a family theatre – no excessive swearing, no nudity. No royalties or payment will be provided to playwrights should his or her play be chosen for the festival.

Plays will only be accepted via email: Deadline:  July 4, 2014, 11:59pm. For more information, please email Rob Sullivan, Festival Producer

Julia Lee Barclay-Morton becomes a novelist

April 25, 2014

Julia Lee Barclay-Morton is one of our longest running playwrights we have published.  NYTE Small Press first published Word To Your Mama in Plays and Playwrights 2001. That piece and several others are also available on Indie Theater Now. She is also a director and teacher.  And now is at work on her first novel. Here’s some info in her own words:

I have been researching and writing The Amazing True Imaginary Autobiography of Dick and Jani, for the past three years.  This book traces the lives of my grandmothers, both born in 1916 (before women had the right to vote), but who cut two very different paths through their lives.  Dick was on the surface a one-dimensional, frustrated housewife (who was anything but), whereas Jani rebelled loudly against the conventions of marriage and motherhood, yet never stopped trying to find love, even after she crashed out of her third marriage on her way to becoming a feminist teacher in the 1970s.

There’s lots more information on her process and background for this project on her blog.  Check it out.


Cino Nights II Now available on

April 4, 2014

CINO NIGHTSNYTE’s latest anthology of new plays is now available for purchase on  And there’s a small discount if you purchase now.

As with all our anthologies this book is chock full — there are 10 original scripts, all created to be performed at Jimmy’s #43 in  the East Village. They are perfect for college productions and at theater companies across the country and abroad.  Each play is accompanied by an author’s bio and complete contact information.  Many have interviews conducted by Zack Calhoon, too. There’s a fascinating Foreword by award-winning playwright John Guare and the Introduction to the book is written by Daniel Talbott, artistic director of Rising Phoenix Rep (they commissioned these plays). In addition there’s a neat short Preface by NYTE’s executive director, Martin Denton.

Read about the plays and the authors on our website NYTE Small Press.

And check back often for more news.



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