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.

United Solo Accepts Submissions for 2015 Season

December 18, 2014

This item from Marcin Lipinski, Communications Representative

Solo shows from all over the world are invited to submit for 2015 United Solo Theatre Festival. The world’s largest solo theatre festival will take place at Theatre Row, located in the heart of New York’s legendary theatre district, between September 17 – November 22, 2015.

World premieres and already-produced shows are equally welcome to submit for the festival’s consideration. Submitted proposals may include storytelling, improv, dance, musical, puppetry, multimedia, stand-up, magic, tragedy, comedy, and other forms of solo performance.

Artists selected for the festival will benefit from a unique exposure opportunity, and will have a chance to win an award in various categories, such as Best Production, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Direction, or Best Script, among others. Previous award winners include Pedro Almodóvar, Gordon Clapp, Estelle Parsons, Austin Pendleton, Eric Roberts, and many more.

Selected shows will also be invited to a script publication at Indie Theater Now, where United Solo curates its own scripts collection. United Solo Europe, an overseas showcase, is also available only for artists who first participated in New York’s festival.

More information, as well as an online submission form can be found at

Related inquiries may be addressed to Marcin Lipinski at

A Plus for Digital Publishing

December 18, 2014

Playwrights may find the need to update their scripts — to make changes — to incorporate what they learned from new productions and more.  Print versions cannot  easily be altered BUT digital allows us to do just that.

Only yesterday Indie Theater Now updated several scripts to the newest version as requested by the playwright.  If you have one of these in your library, you will now be reading the updated version.  Your thoughts are always welcome.

Mike and Seth by Daniel Talbott  — two young men desperately try to make sense of themselves, each other, and their unknown future.

Donkey Punch by Micheline Auger — as the sexually adventurous Kareena explores her ability to be monogamous, she pushes her prudish best friend Sam to explore her sexuality.

The Mother Ship by Jonas Oppenheim — a space adventure to save all life on Earth—and a marriage.

What the Texas Board of Education Did on My Summer Vacation by Jonas Oppenheim  — a poor white girl with undiagnosed ADHD goes to war against her family, her school, her community, and her behavioral problems.

Thoroughly Stupid Things by Montserrat Mendez — sequel to Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”.

Any Day Now by Nat Cassidy — one Connecticut family learns that what they thought was buried may in fact devour them all.

Bridge to Baraka by Yvette Heyliger — Yvette X stakes her claim as a female dramatist coming of age artistically, racially and politically during the ongoing fight for parity for women.

Natural Novice by Siobhan O’Loughlin — She’s smart. She’s funny. She’s pretty. And she’s…hairy.

Pierce by Nat Cassidy — tragic and horrifying story of our most obscure president.

Another Day on Willow Street by Frank Anthony Polito — Two couples fight to learn the meaning of love, sacrifice, and living for today…before it’s too late.

Check out these new updated scripts and add your comments.





2015 Met Life Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition

December 10, 2014

This item from Allison Astor-Vargas, Repertorio Espanol



Time stamped Deadline:  Monday, June 1, 2015.  (Time stamped)

MISSION:  Since 2000 MetLife Foundation and Repertorio Español joined forces to establish The MetLife Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition! It has been our privilege to promote and develop original works that relate to Latino culture, history and life in the United States while at the same time reflecting the universality of the human condition and encourage bright new talent by providing this forum.

Winning play Produced in Spanish at Repertorio Español.

Finalists receive staged reading. 



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