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  • The Theatre of Others is seeking submissions of 20-30 minute plays for its second annual Audio New Play Festival, which will be produced in September and October 2022. This year’s prompt is “FIFTY YEARS FROM NOW.” You may interpret the prompt broadly - your play exploring whatever themes it generates for you. Plays will be released on a weekly basis via The Theatre of Others Podcast, which can be found on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, and all your favorite podcast platforms. If your play is chosen, you will be responsible for your own rehearsals and production. The Theatre of Others...
  • Plays and Pizza is a short play series developed by Rose Desena to bring writers and actors together. We meet monthly at We need a new location Plays and Pizza is a short play series developed by Rose Desena to bring writers and actors together. We meet monthly.
  • New York, NY
    About 365… This international playwriting project involves over 300 playwrights who have signed on to write one or more one-acts about extraordinary women in both past and present history. The project’s ambitious yet focused goal is to write women back into the social consciousness as well as empower and promote female playwrights around the world. What seemed like an unattainable goal became a reality when Jess Eisenberg decided that she couldn’t do a project this size alone. She brought on her dear friend, Gina Scanlon, and together they began to write. After some small scale calls for...
  • The Other Side of Silence (TOSOS) is New York City’s oldest and longest producing LGBTQ+ theater company. We are dedicated to an honest and open exploration of the life experiences and cultural sensibilities of the LGBTQ+ community and to preserving and promoting our literary past in a determined effort to keep our theatrical heritage alive. The Robert Chesley / Jane Chambers Playwrights Project is an ongoing, intermittent forum for playwrights to have their work presented to an invited audience. No staging. No Q and A. Just an opportunity for playwrights to be heard. The series honors...
  • New York, NY
    Doric Wilson was a radical, pioneering, innovative, and unflinching playwright and New York theater artist. He was one of the original playwrights of the Caffe Cino, the author of many extraordinary plays, and the creator and artistic director of TOSOS (The Other Side of Silence), New York City’s oldest professional LGBTQ theater. The Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award is given to a playwright of any age, whose writing and commitment to independent theater honors the innovation, uncompromising vision, heart, and spirit that represented Doric Wilson (1939-2011) and his work. In...
  • New York, NY
    Calling all transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming musical theatre writers and performers! A creative team led by transgender writer/composer Preston Max Allen has announced a Pride Month concert evening celebrating trans voices in musical theatre, featuring new music written and performed by TGNC artists with appearances by Broadway allies. This free virtual event, which will announce a June streaming date shortly, aims to support and give visibility to trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming artists in the theatre community, as well as provide education and resources for...
  • New York, NY
    To produce events & projects that people want to see and press wants to talk about. Entertain the audience. To champion & elevate the misfit, castoff, underdog and downtrodden artist. To courageously show the world that the line between “GOOD” and “BAD” is imagined.
  • The New York Innovative Theatre Foundation is a not-for-profit organization recognizing the great work of New York City's Off-Off-Broadway/Independent theatre artists, honoring its artistic heritage, and providing a meeting ground for this extensive and richly varied community. The organization, co-directed by Cat Parker, Akia Squitieri and Jazmyn Arroyo, advocates for OOB/Indie theatre and recognizes the unique and essential role it plays in contributing to NYC, American and global theatrical cultures. They believe that publicly recognizing excellence in this sector will expand audience...
  • Egg & Spoon’s Incubation Series provides developmental support for three BIPoC writers’ full-length plays over the summer of 2021. This expands previous Egg & Spoon programming by facilitating fifteen-hour workshops for playwrights. This program reflects our passion for developing new plays, and our commitment to building a more equitable and vibrant future for the American theatre.
  • New York, NY
    Create Theater’s New Works Festival features seven productions - six new musicals and one new play, from writers across the country who have developed their work in-house through CreateTheater's resident writer company, The Expert's Theater Company (ETC). CreateTheater's ETC members are given writing groups and workshops, musical theater writing classes, producer seminars featuring NYC industry experts, producer coaching, and online reading spaces with feedback from company members and NYC industry. The ETC model online is inspired by Ellen Stewart's (La MaMa ETC) example of providing a low-...
  • Est. 1994. The Lark Play Development Center is a laboratory for new voices and new ideas. We provide playwrights and their collaborators with resources to develop their work in a supportive yet rigorous environment and encouraging artists to define their own goals and creative processes in pursuit of a unique vision
  • Synecdoche Works supports and promotes art education, creation, performance, and/or exhibitions by underrepresented or underserved individuals. By providing funding to playwrights, actors, authors, and musicians, the organization aims to reduce barriers to these individuals’ ability to grow and practice their art. Synecdoche Works is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Donations to Synecdoche Works may be tax deductible.