Saturday, December 29, 2012

Call for plays by women (2/1 Deadline)

Festival Looking for Talented Female Playwrights (Manhattan)

The Venus Festival is a new theater festival designed solely for women playwrights and directors.
We're accepting scripts between 40 and 50 minutes long until February 1st.
Check out rules & previous festival winners at
All submissions are accepted electronically.
  • Location: Manhattan
  • it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
  • Compensation: $2500 to winning play

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

AAPEX 2013

The African American Playwrights' Exchange kicks off 2013 with a new partnership. In September, I signed on as the Managing Director/Dramaturge for The Spiral Theatre Studio in NYC. One treasure that I bring to the table is a catalog of brilliant, unproduced scripts by the writers of the AAPEX network. 

The Spiral Theatre Studio will start our first year with a new play reading series. 

On Thursday, March 14 (date subject to change) we will inaugurate the AAPEX/Spiral relationship with a special reading of THE CARELESSNESS OF LOVE by Michael Dinwiddie at The Players Club in New York City. 

For those of you who do not know him, Dr. Dinwiddie is a professor at NYU's Galatin School and was recently elected President of The BlackTheatre Network. Without folks like Michael, who put aside their own artistic endeavors to teach, mentor and serve our community, progress would not be made. We can all thank him by supporting his work as a playwright and especially his stunning play about the amazing Grimké clan. If the Grimkés are unknown to you, google Archibald Grimké and his playwright daughter, Angelina Weld Grimké, whose radical play RACHEL rattled the NAACP back in the day. 

Read all about it in Dr. Henry Miller's swell book, THEORIZING BLACK THEATRE

In the field of historical revisionism, theatre is the greatest tool we have. I'm sure you'll agree after you have heard Dr. Dinwiddie's play. 

So please save the date! And if you can, also plan to join us at our New Year's kick off, with a reading of Coni Koepfinger's metaphysical conundrum GARRETT THE BLUE GIRAFFE on Thursday, January 3rd - also at The Players Club. Reservations required, so contact me if you can attend.

Merry Christmas, 

Monday, December 24, 2012

Call for Plays

Announcing the Urban Stages Emerging Playwright Award! 

Established in 1986, Urban Stages' Emerging Playwright Award has been presented to the best of new, innovative playwrights whose works speak to the whole of our society. Urban Stages' ongoing mission is to develop and produce new, exciting multicultural works that are issue-oriented. A cash prize of $500 (in lieu of royalties) will be awarded to the winner. There will also be a staged production of the play in New York City. Submissions are open to playwrights in the United States and received throughout the year. Full-length plays preferred. For more details, visit

Friday, December 21, 2012

Call for Plays

The No Frills Theater Company is currently seeking play scripts for its annual New Play Development Workshop. Playwrights are encouraged to submit their work. One play will be selected for a 1-2 week workshop culminating in a staged reading of the play. The workshop will take place in June, 2013 at the Carriage House Theater in Sheridan, WY. Our mission is to take plays from the page to the stage. Previous workshops have resulted in professional productions in union theaters. No musicals please. Please submit play scripts to DannyLee Hodnett by January 15, 2013. There is no cost to submit your play. If your play is selected for further development, travel and lodging will be provided.
Petronia Paley

Greetings! The time for celebration is here. As you reflect and plan for 2013, ITA wishes you a prosperous and creative New Year. I want to thank all who supported I the Actor Showcase 2012. It was a great success. And thanks to all ITAers for their commitment to their craft and ITA! 

New classes begin January 28th: Advanced Monologue and Scene Study, Beginning, and I Solo

For more information, check our website

 Petronia Paley 
 I the Actor

Save 10% New classes begin January, 28th 2013. If you refer a friend who enrolls, you can get another 10% discount. Email code: ITA13   
Offer Expires: January 14, 2013

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Call for Plays

2013 Atlanta Black Theatre Festival 
Call for Submissions 

We are now accepting submissions for 2013 Atlanta Black Theatre Festival... 40 Plays in 4 Days. Please visit our website at for more details.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Call for Plays

Call for submissions: 2nd Annual New Work Playwriting Festival 
at Framingham State University 
This year's theme: Peace and Conflict 

Framingham State University and Theater906 are proud to announce a call for submissions for our 2nd annual New Works Festival to take place April 1st and 2nd of 2013. We are seeking innovative and exciting short works that explore the universal binary of peace and conflict. 

Submission Requirements: 
- All submissions must be received no later than December 31st, 2012 
- A completed submission form must accompany all submissions. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. 
- Scripts and supporting materials must be submitted digitally in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format 
- We cannot accept scripts that have been previously published or performed for a royalty. Previous readings or workshops are allowed. 
- Submitted scripts should have a running time between 5-45 minutes. 

The competition will be juried by a panel of nationally recognized educators, writers, directors and theater makers. Decisions will be made during January 2013, and winners will be notified no later than February 15, 2013. Winners will be given a staged reading of their piece as part of the 2nd annual New Works Festival on April 1-2, 2013, as well as an award plaque to commemorate the occasion. 

This festival is part of the FSU Arts and Ideas series dedicated to bringing lectures, performances, exhibitions, and films on campus. This year’s theme, Peace and Conflict, offers a big-picture examination of the shared causes of conflict. Several of the events are aimed at making participants better-informed historians of the recent past. Others will show the audience how to theorize “peace,” not as the simple absence of war, but as an active doing in the world. The series highlights activism. Scriptwriting is surely a form of activism. 

To request a submission form or for any questions, please email Dr. Sarah Cole at We look forward to reading your script!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Call for plays


MultiStages, a multicultural, multidisciplinary NYC theatre company founded in 1997 is seeking high quality full-length new works for its seventh New Works Contest. MultiStages produces new theatre in collaboration with artists working in dance, music (including opera), visual arts, puppetry, poetry, multimedia, et al. The submitted script must be multidisciplinary, multicultural, and respect non-traditional casting. This is a BLIND contest, do not include your name on every page. Include BLIND title page (no personal info) as well as title page with contact info. All productions are subject to development by MultiStages in collaboration with the playwright. Guidelines and Additional Info can be found on our website. 

Deadline: Postmark 12/31/12 

Submission Fee: $15.00 (checks must be made out to MultiStages), and sent to: Lorca Peress, MultiStages Artistic Director, 344 W. 87th Street, NY, NY 10024 

Email Submissions: please email script, resume, and anything else you would like us to know about you to: Attn: Lorca Peress, Artistic Director. 

Mailed Submissions: please send script, resume to Lorca Peress, MultiStages Artistic Director, 344 W. 87th Street, NY, NY 10024 

Founded in 1997, the Mission of MultiStages is to develop multicultural and multidisciplinary new works through collaborations between playwrights and artists (within and outside the theatre arena) that celebrate a fusion of art forms rarely found in today’s theatre. By supporting these cross-collaborations, new works are created that enrich, explore, and reinvent the world.

Red Harlem Readers

Thursday, December 13, 2012

eta spotlights "Women Writers, Women Directors" for 2013 season (Chicago)

“Wine in the Wilderness” and “Florence” 
two one acts by Alice Childress 
Open 2013 Season January 10

(CHICAGO) 12/12/12 -- Women are in the spotlight when eta presents ‘Women Writers, Women Directors’ in its ongoing series exploring the blues in theater. Featuring three shows by three distinguished female writers, selected and directed by three female directors of note, the series kicks off the New Year Thursday, January 10, 2013 with two one acts by Alice Childress, directed by Mignon McPherson Stewart. The first African American female playwright to receive a professional production in New York, novelist, activist, actress and playwright Alice Childress’ contributions to the canon of African American drama is significant and profound. 

All shows are performed at eta Square, 7558 S. South Chicago Avenue. Show times are 8 pm Fri & Sat; 3 pm Sundays. General admission is $30 with student, senior and group rates. For tickets and information, call 773-752-3955 or visit

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain." -- unknown-- 

Barbara Kensey Kensey 
Kensey Communications 
5212 S. Dorchester Ave. 
Chicago, IL 60615 
(773)288-8776 tel (773)556-3250 mobile

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

CURTAIN CALL exhibit covers 100-years of the performing arts in Music City (Nashville)

No doubt about it - one of Nashville's greatest treasure's is our brilliant pubic library - especially the stunning Main Library on Church Street, whose architecture resonates with the same classical power that we see in The Parthenon and the Schermerhorn Symphony Hall. For attendees at a recent Nashville conference of The American Societyfor Theatre Research, the library - and the current exhibition reflecting on Nashville's theatre and performing arts history - were on the short list of not to be missed places to visit in downtown Nasvhille.

CURTAIN CALL is a beautifully curated exhibit covering over 100 years of the performing arts in Music City which lines the walls of the Special Collections gallery on the second floor of the Main Library. Curated by Special Collections staff member Beth Odles, the exhibit draws on materials in the library archives - materials which have been donated over the years by Nashvillians whose passions for the performing arts and the city's history are now passed down to us ( and serve as an important example of why it behooves the current generation to see that materials from the history that WE are making today find their way into the archives.)

The CURTAIN CALL exhibition first went up in 2003, but the current version has expanded on that original to include all aspects of entertainment, including music and cinema. In fact, as I learned from Beth, the Main branch of the library sits on the same block that once boasted Nashville's Vendome Theatre.

Materials in the exhibit range from the late 1800s through the 1950s, with a few more recent relics, including a First Night program and a flyer from my own 2003 production GHOSTS OF NASHVILLE. Among these treasures are materials from the Lula C. Naff scrapbooks - Ms. Naff ran the Ryman back in the day, when folks like Katherine Hepburn and Roy Rogers came to town - to sheet music collections from young ladies who studied music back in the 1800s to memorabilia from the founding of The Nashville Children's Theatre in 1935.

CURTAIN CALL will remain up until the end of the year and is something that Nashville's theatre community should not miss - and for those who have never been, an excellent opportunity to check out Special Collections, which includes such wonders as The Civil Rights Room and the Nashville Authors Special Collection. 

And while you're down there, pick up the forms which will allow you to add materials from your company or film and theatre projects to the archives. 

Come to Nashville and Go to the Theatre! 
Jaz Dorsey 
The Nashville Dramaturgy Project

Reginald Edmund's SOUTHBRIDGE to premiere at Chicago Dramatists

A world premiere production;
Directed by Russ Tutterow 
Previews begin January 24, 
Regular run February 1 - March 3
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 
at 8:00pm & Sundays at 3:00pm 

A white woman has been brutally killed and an angry mob is at the jailhouse door demanding the sheriff punish the accused murderer. The only way to untangle the truth is for the accused, a young black man called "Stranger" to relive the events that lead him to the hangman's tree in Athens, Ohio, in the year 1881. Based on a true story. 

Wendy Robie, Gene Cordon, Ashley Elizabeth Honore, 
Manny Buckley, Lance Newtown

Set Design - Michael Mroch 
Lighting Design - Jeff Pines
Original Music and Sound Design - Joseph Fosco
Makeup Design - Izumi Inaba
Costume Design - Samantha C. Jones
Props Design - Aimee Plant
Production Manager - Becky Mock
Stage Manager - Jenniffer Thusing
Technical Director - Jarrod Bainter
Assistant Director - Rebecca Willett
Dramaturg - Dana Lynn Formby

Begins Previews on January 24, 2013
Regular Ticket: $32
All Thursday performances are $15 for Students. 
Industry Group discounts available.
RESERVATIONS - ONLINE - 312-633-0630

For more information please visit: 

Chicago Dramatists 
1105 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647 
Chicago Avenue Blue Line Stop

Friday, December 7, 2012

Louis Johnson's COWARD at Monday's Blackboard Reading Series (NYC)

NEXT Blackboard 
Monday, December 10, 2012 

Louis Johnson 

Directed by 
Toccarra Cash 

Andover, Massachusetts. Fall, 2011. A boy commits suicide due to a bully's taunts. His surviving sibling becomes unraveled as she watches her parents go to war... With each other! Can mom and dad stop their bickering long enough to save what's left of their family? Or will everything they've worked for go spiraling down the loo? 

$10 Suggested Donation ~wine served~ 

To learn more, please click here.

Mary Pat Hector wins McDonald's 365 Black Award

Mary Pat Hector

Mary Pat Hector has been on the AAPEX radar since she was just a little kid. Now, as a teenager, she's receiving the McDonald's 365 Black Award for her work promoting teen anti-violence through the National Action Network where she serves as the National Youth Director-- which is way cool since she's being honored with the likes of Bishop TD Jakes and Chaka Khan among others. The awards celebrate "outstanding individuals who give back 365 days-a-year impressively and are deeply rooted in the community" To learn more about her, please click the first link above for her video interview. 

Red Harlem Readers

Monday, December 3, 2012

Peter Lawson Jones AAPEX Artist of the Year for 2012

Peter Lawson Jones

As we enter the last month of the year, 
AAPEX is pleased to recognize 
Peter Lawson Jones 
as our 
Artist of the Year for 2012

One of the first playwrights to join our network, Peter's play, THE FAMILY LINE, was the first script to receive an AAPEX reading, in Cincinnati in July 2007. At that time, Peter held the elected position of County Commissioner of Cuyahoga County, Ohio and also served on the Board of Directors for Cleveland's Karamu House, one of the oldest multi-cultural theatre companies in the country. 

Peter is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA and can currently be seen in "Alex Cross." He is married and the father of three children. 

After 22 years in elected offices, Peter has left the political arena to focus on his career as an actor. For his amazing story as well as his work as an actor, visit his website at