For all the lamenting we do about the places that are NOT producing works by women playwrights, there are quite a number of venues dedicated to making sure female playwrights get their due. Here are a few places you can go to see wonderful new works by women, and for my fellow playwrights out there, places you can send your own brilliant scripts.
The Looking Glass Theatre Writer/Director Forum for Female Playwrights: A semi-annual festival in which emerging women playwrights and directors present their interpretations of new and classic short works, seeks new short plays (running time 15-35 minutes) by women. Their Spring Forum just wrapped up on June 26th, but they are accepting manuscripts for their Winter Forum, to take place in December 2012, until August 15.
Independent Actors Theatre Women’s Play Festival: Independent Actors Theatre of Columbia, MO, is seeking short plays (max. 10-12 minutes) by women playwrights for its fifth annual short Women’s Play Festival – “the plays are short, not the women.” Plays will be staged and produced by local women theatre directors and stage managers in March 2013. Manuscripts are due by September 1.
Women’s Theatre Festival of Memphis: A 3-day festival planned for August 2-4, 2012, in the Midtown Theatre District of Memphis, TN at The Circuit Playhouse, Playhouse on the Square and TheatreWorks. For three days, audiences are invited from all over the world to West Tennessee to enjoy quality theatrical performances written by women, directed by women and about women at the first annual Women’s Theatre Festival of Memphis.The Festival is designed to highlight and award the contributions of women in theatre arts and showcase theatrical productions.
The Arizona Women’s Theatre Company: Produces contemporary plays by women playwrights. The company is entering its 7th season and is committed to producing work that reveals women’s lives and documents women’s experiences. As a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation, AZWTC relies totally on volunteers and donations. The Pandora Festival is funded in part by the Scottsdale Cultural Council and Arizona Commission on the Arts. The most recent Pandora Festival finished in May, but AWTC will soon be preparing for next year’s festival.
In addition, check out the following link for even more playwriting opportunities for women: http://www.womenarts.org/fund/TheatreOngoingSubmissions.htm
That’s all for this week! Next week my husband and I are off to New York City for a week-long stage combat intensive with Art of Combat. I’ll be sure to blog about the experience…if I don’t die. 😉