Archive | December, 2011

2nd Annual Global Playwrighting Contest

12 Dec
Opportunity Info
This contest is for a groundbreaking new play that addresses the theme of `Presence/Absence’ (Whenever one is present somewhere, he/she is absent everywhere else. When does one’s absence become more significant that one’s presence?). The play should offer each director and cast in the various locations a unique opportunity to work on the development of a provocative and engaging text through the lenses of audiences around the world. This play should speak both on a personal and universal level. It should be ambitious and stretch the boundaries of what is theatrical. Though the characters can be few and the location specific, we are looking for big ideas and challenging questions. This is not only an opportunity to have a text exposed to different audiences, but a chance to engage in a cross-cultural exchange that fosters a collaboration with multiple directors around the world who will each have a personal vision of the play.

Submission Guidelines
The Submission Form is Required and Available Online. Please click here to download the form.
1. Playwright may only submit one full-length script.
2. The play submission must be in English (either original or translation).
3. The play must not have had a fully mounted production.
4. Electronic form (Word or PDF) copy of full script.
5. The playwright must fill out the online submission form that includes:
a. Name, address, phone number, email address and how you heard about the contest
b. Cover letter introducing yourself and explaining how your play addresses the mission of the contest. (500 word limit)
c. Bio (300 word limit)
d. Synopsis and Character Breakdown (300 word limit) Deadline
The deadline for submissions is Midnight EST on Friday 13 January 2012. Finalists will be notified by mid-March. The final round of selection will include an interview.
Electronic Script Submissions should be sent to: You will receive a confirmation of receipt.

Call for UJ SA short scripts

12 Dec
During 2012, UJ Arts and Culture will premier “SA Shorts” directed by Alby Michaels at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown.

Established, emerging and new playwrights are invited to submit previously unpublished and unproduced ten-minute plays for possible inclusion in the production. 

“I see SA Shorts as quickies for a microwave generation. It is also an opportunity for UJ Arts & Culture to start playing a leading role in the development of a new style of theatre,” says Michaels who recently pulled together the ground-breaking season of “Reading Gay”. 

“Following on the success and building on the format of Far Off Off-Broadway (FOOB) which was presented the UJ Drama Company earlier this year, “SA Shorts” will effectively be a collection of short plays performed by one company of actors,” he explains. 

Submissions must be made via e-mail to as a single Word document including a 50 word narrative biography of the playwright and contact details. Playwrights may submit a maximum of 2 entries. All genres, except musicals and children’s plays, will be accepted. Characters must be able to be played convincingly by younger actors as the production will be performed with a corps of UJ student performers. Technical and staging requirements must be simple. The deadline for entries is 31 January 2011. Please note that only successful playwrights will be contacted.