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The American Harmony Prize
Curtain Call, Inc., Fairfield County, Connecticut’s premiere community-based theatre, announces the establishment of what the organization hopes will become an annual award to celebrate diversity in the musical theater:

The goal of the American Harmony Prize is to showcase new works of musical theater that explore our country’s many ethnic, religious and gender identifications. To do so, the prize will be awarded each year to the writers of a new musical that delves into a different specific segment of American society.

The inaugural American Harmony Prize (the funding of which was made possible by the Puffin Foundation) will showcase a new musical that dramatizes an aspect of the experience of Black Americans. In addition to a cash award of $250.00, a condensed version of the winning musical (approximately one hour in length) will be performed as a part of Curtain Call’s series of new musicals in concert. The concert reading will take place at the Ethel and Sidney Kweskin Theater in Stamford, Connecticut, in February of 2008.

Musical theater writers interested in having their work considered for the American Harmony Prize should submit a plot synopsis of no more than 800 words (or roughly two pages), the first 10 pages of the libretto (with all dialogue, lyrics and stage directions included), a cd that demonstrates as much of the musical’s score as has been recorded to date (it needn’t be of studio quality) and one sample of the sheet music for a song from the show’s piano / vocal score. A “short list” of applicants will be contacted after the first round of judging and asked to submit a full libretto and additional samples of the piano / vocal score for the final consideration. There is no submission / reading fee. Applicants that wish to have their materials returned should include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

In order to qualify for consideration, a musical cannot have been professionally produced (Equity Dinner, LORT, Production, Special Production, SPT, Stock, etc…) or published, but it may have been performed in readings, concerts, workshops and non-professional productions.

Submissions will be accepted via mail from Monday, August 6, 2007 until Saturday, September 22, 2007. Submissions postmarked after Saturday, September 22, 2007, will not be eligible for consideration. We are not able to receive electronic submissions at this time.

Submissions should be mailed to: Curtain Call, Inc., 1349 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT 06905, Att. American Harmony Prize.

Short-listed applicants will be asked to submit additional materials after Monday, October 1, 2007. Additional materials postmarked after Saturday, October 13, 2007, will no longer be eligible for final consideration.

The winner of the American Harmony Prize 2008 will be announced Friday, December 12, 2007, on the theater’s website:

American Music Theatre                                                               ( 717) 397-7700
P.O. Box 10757                                                                     ( 717) 397-7850 fax
Lancaster, PA 17605
RE: New Musicals
American Music Theatre, a 1,600-seat, state-of-the-art theater located in Lancaster, PA, is actively seeking original full-length musicals to produce in upcoming seasons. American Music Theatre’s resident company of performers consists of 15-25 members, including 8 musicians. All musicals must have the following components:  

(1) Popular/familiar music
(2) Original, compelling and memorable story/thread
(3) Family-friendly humor

Musicals of Particular interest include:
A “baby boomer” show with themes limited to the 1960’s and established music applied to story line.
A “patriotic/American” show with established music applied to story line.
A biographical/historical show dedicated to Rock N Roll or Country Music, or a particular artist within respective genres.

Process for submission:
1. Successful writers will submit resume with contact information and a 1-2 page proposal/synopsis outlining basic story and musical elements.
2. Select writers will be contacted to submit a 6-12 page treatment for development consideration. The treatment will read like a short story, detailing the storyline, characters and musical selections.

*Please note that writers and directors/choreographers are distinctive opportunities Deadline for submissions: September 15, 2006.

The ART Deadlines List
WEB Site:
The ART Deadlines List is a monthly newsletter (e-mail & paper versions) providing information about juried exhibitions/competitions in numerous art mediums (including theatre).

A.S.C.A.P.                                                                                   (212) 621-6234
One Lincoln Plaza, 7th Floor                                                    (212) 724-9064 fax
New York, NY 10023
RE: The A.S.C.A.P./DISNEY Musical Theatre Workshop (Jan./Feb. 2001)
Held in Los Angeles (and New York), composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz oversees this intensive presentation/critique of new musicals and revues.  SEE COMPLETE RULES on their web site.  Submission deadline is December 15, 2000.

Because We Care (Minnesota Performing Arts Allliance Responding To AIDS)
c/o Steven Katz                                                                            (651) 487-2360
63 Lawson Avenue West
St. Paul, MN 55117
Dear Friend in the fight against AIDS :WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT WITH YOUR CDs OR DEMOS AND BOOKING INFO FOR OUR AIDS PERFORMING ARTS REFERANCE AND RESOURCE LIBRARY. Can you could donate your collection of CD recordings you have done or demo. You can also donate other recordings of cabaret or musicals you know longer want to our reference and resource library. Your donation will help us plan benefits and
theatrical events. And also give a chance for people with AIDS to hear new performers. 

Beverly Hills Theatre Guild                                                             (310) 273-3033
2815 North Beachwood Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068-1923
RE: Julie Harris Playwright Competition

The Blank Theatre Company                                                       (323) 662-7734
c/o 2nd Stage Theatre                                                            (323) 661-3903 fax
6500 Santa Monica Blvd.                                                 (310) 289-2999 tickets
Los Angeles, CA 90038                                              (323) 462-9707 2nd Stage
MAIL TO: 1301 Lucile Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90026 USA
RE: 9th Annual Young Playwrights Festival 
Currently accepting submissions, this nationwide competition produces the work of between 8 and 12 teenage playwrights each year.  The winning plays will be presented by professional actors and directors in Los Angeles, June 2001.  Submission deadline is April 1, 2001.

The Breckenridge Music Institute
P.O. Box 1254
Breckenridge, CO 80424
E-MAIL: or
RE: Masterclass 2000, Musical Theatre Week
Presented by the Breckenridge Music Institute as part of the 2000 Breckenridge Music Festival, the Musical Theater Week is a week-long program of instruction utilizing a masterclass format for advanced singers who seek to refine their musical theater singing under the guidance of performing artist-teachers. The program is geared to both the classically trained singer and the theatrically trained actor/singer.  Audition information and schedules listed on our web site.

Broadway On Sunset                                                                    (818) 508-9270
10800 Hesby Street                                                               (818) 508-1806 fax
North Hollywood, CA 91601
RE: “First Look” Competition
The winning musical for the 2000 competition , “Wide Eyes”, was produced in a concert reading at part of the Second Annual West Coast Musical Theatre conference this September in LA, CA.  In addition, songs from selected finalists were selected for performance in a cabaret style revue the first evening of the conference (directed by “Forever Plaids” Stuart Ross).

For 2001, send script, tape, and $10 reading fee to “First Look” Competition at above address.  Musicals previously developed in Broadway on Sunset workshops or professionally produced will not be considered.  SEE COMPLETE RULES on their web site.

Cardiff International Festival of Musical Theatre
Market Chambers
5/7 St Mary Street
United Kingdom
The Global Search for New Musicals is managed and run by the Cardiff International Festival of Musical Theatre, The Global Search is run entirely from the Festival’s London office. The closing date for submissions is 31st August 2004 For all Voice of Musical Theatre enquiries please contact Caitlin Campbell on 029 2032 3779 or e-mail her at

The Cast Theatre                                                                           (323) 462-0265
ATTN: Mary Willard
804 N. El Centro Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90038
RE: “New Voices” Competition
The Cast Theatre is seeking one act plays for its “New Voices” competition. One comedy and one drama will be chosen.  Deadline is Sept. 1, 2000.  Gala staged reading with guest stars, for an industry audience on Oct. 26. Entry fee is $20. Two prizes of $100.00 each.  Send your one acts to: Mary Willard, c/o the cast Theatre 804 N. El Centro, Hollywood, CA 90038.

University of Chicago                                                                    (312) 702-7005
Court Theatre
5706 South University
Chicago, IL 60637
RE: Charles H. Sergel Drama Prize

The Colonial Players, Inc.                                                              (301) 956-3397
104 Stewart Drive
Edgewater, MD 21037
RE: Biennial Promising Playwright Award

The Princess Grace Foundation                                                     (212) 317-1470
The Princess Grace Foundation, named for the late Princess of Monaco and the former Grace Kelly,  is dedicated to identifying and assisting young talent in theater, dance and film through grants in the form of scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships.   Awarded on an annual basis, the first grant recipients were named in 1984. Since then, it has become increasingly clear how vital a role the Foundation plays in encouraging new generations of artists.

Jacksonville University                                                  (904) 744-3950, ext. 3374
Division of Arts, Theatre Arts and Dance
2800 University Blvd., North
Jacksonville, FL 32211
RE: Annual Playwriting Contest

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts                     (202) 416-8024
2700 F Street, N.W.                                                                     (202) 416-8205
Washington, DC 20566
RE: The Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays
The Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays is seeking grant proposals from American professional non-profit theatres for its 2000 awards. Any such theatre may apply for financial support for one new play to hold its world premiere between Nov. 1, 2000, and Dec. 31, 2001.  The deadline for submissions is May 5, 2000.  The Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays provides grants in three ways; Production Grants are awarded to theaters to underwrite specific or extraordinary expenses (relating to Creative, Actor and  Production Support),  Playwright Grantsare awarded to the winning playwright in conjunction with production support for the theater as described above (this award is in the amount of $10,000.  Each year one of these playwrights will also be chosen as the recipient of the Charlotte Woolard Award. Although no additional monetary grant accompanies this award, the title distinguishes the playwright as a promising new voice in American theater), and The Roger L. Stevens Award is a separate incentive grant in the amount of $2,500, given from time to time to a playwright whom the Artistic Advisory Committee believes has shown exceptional promise, even though the play did not win a production/playwright grant in that particular year.  All submission packages must be received in our office by Friday, May 5, 2000.

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts
ATTN: Mr. Joe Butterworth, Registrar
LAMDA, Tower House
226 Cromwell Road
London SW5 0SR, England,
RE: LAMDA, Laura Pels Foundation
The school will award a $5,000 stipend to a deserving student, courtesy of the Laura Pels Foundation.  For an application for the Pels Foundation Stipend, write or e-mail the above address, and visit their web site for additional information.

New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest
“This contest does not accepting musicals, but some of you also write non-musicals, so this posting is for you.” ELIGIBLE SCRIPTS: Original full-length (no longer than 2 hours) and one-act stage plays including children’s plays. Please note: scripts having received a workshop, staged reading, or non-professional production are also eligible. Plays submitted must be the original work of the author and meet mission statement criteria (see above). 

Moving Arts’                                                                                 (323) 665-8961
c/o The Los Angeles Theatre Center (Studio 5C)
514 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
RE: Moving Arts One-Act Competition
Moving Arts is now accepting One-Act Plays for its Annual Moving Arts Premiere One-Act Competititon. The Guidelines are:  Moving Arts seeks one-act plays with no prior L.A. production for its “Premiere One-Act Festival.”  First prize is $200 plus a full production with a 4-8 week run.  Second and third prizes get program mention and possible production. We have a history of roducing first-time playwrights (and seasoned professionals) and getting them reviewed. Regulations: single set, cast limit of eight, no prior production in Los Angeles area.   All playwrights are eligible except Moving Arts company members.  Deadline: February 29, 2000 postmark.  Notification: July.  Your chances: Seven judges give between two and seven readings to 200-300 entries (projected); one winner is chosen, and 6-8 plays are chosen for production, including the winner.  We have a blind submission policy.  Therefore, the playwright’s name should appear only on the cover letter and no where on the script.  Send script, SASE, and $8 reading fee per script (made out to Moving Arts) to: Rebecca Rasmussen, Moving Arts, 514 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013.  There is no limit to the number of scripts that may be submitted as long as a reading fee is provided for each entry.  No Fed-Ex, UPS, or Certified Mail deliveries please.  Sorry, we are unable to accept e-mail submissions at this time.

The National Alliance for Musical Theatre                                     (212) 265-5376
330 West 45th Street, Lobby B                                              (212) 582-8730 fax
New York, NY 10036-3854
RE: Festival of New Musicals
Theatre is currently accepting submissions for the 13th Annual Festival of New Musicals, which will be held in New York City on September 23-24, 2001. To submit a musical for consideration, please print and complete the application form and send all required materials to the Alliance office no later than January 29, 2001 (general submissions) or April 2, 2001 (submissions from NAMT members).

“New Works for a New World”
c/o Department of Theater
112 Fine Arts Circle
University of Massachusettes
Amherst, MA 01003-2620
RE: New Works for a New World
1999 Summer Play Lab at U-Mass selects 4 winning writers, each of whom receives $1500.00 and a 2 week residency plus a staged reading.

The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center
234 West 44th Street, Suite 901
New York, NY 10036
RE:  National Music Theater Conference/National Playwrights Conference

The Playwrights’ Center                                                                 (612) 332-7481
Jerome Fellowship
Minneapolis, MN
RE: Jerome Fellowship
The fellowships are awarded annually, providing emerging American playwrights with funds and services to aid them in the development of their craft.  the five $7,200 fellowships are underwritten by a grant from the Jerome Foundation.  Fellows spend a 12-month residency in Minnesota using the Center services, including readings and workshops with professional directors, dramaturgs, and actors.  Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States and may not have had more than two different works fully produced by professional theatres at the time of appliation.  The deadline to apply is September 15.

Polaris Summit
c/o Dr. David Herendeen
Oklahoma City University
2501 N. Blackwelder
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
E-MAIL: For more information, contact Debbie Musick
RE: Polaris Musical Theater Summit
Polaris will host a Musical Theater Summit on May 10-12, 2001. The weekend summit will convene Broadway’s creative giants, performers, and behind-the-scenes experts to explore the art, the craft, and the business of creating a musical in the 21st century.  Oklahoma City University is accepting unpublished and unproduced works.  Deadline: March 1, 2001. Members of the Oklahoma Opera and Musical Theater Company will perform a representative scene and two songs from each of four selected submissions.  Limit TWO submissions per author. Send bio, on-page synopsis, demo tabe/CD if available, $15 reading fee, typed and bound script (name, address, and phone number on title page), and SASE with appropriate postage for return of materials to address listed above.

Forest A. Roberts Theatre                                                             (906) 227-2553
Northern Michigan University
Marquette, MI 49855-5364
RE: Forest A. Roberts/Shiras Institue Playwriting Award

Richard Rodgers Awards                                                               (212) 368-5900
c/o American Academy of Arts and Letters
633 West 155th Street
New York, NY 10032-7599
RE: The Richard Rodgers Production Award/Development Grants

The Road Theatre Company                                                          (818) 785-6175
14141 Covello Boulevard, #9-D
Van Nuys, CA 91405
RE: New Play Premieres

Stanley Drama Award                                                                   (212) 390-3256
c/o Wagner College
Deaprtment of Humanities
631 Howard Ave. & Campus Rd.
Stanten Island, NY 10301
RE: Stanley Drama Awards

Steppenwolf Theatre Company                                                      (312) 335-1888
1650 North Halstead
Chicago, IL 60614
RE: New Plays Project

Mark Taper Forum                                                                       (213) 972-7373
135 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
RE: Mentor Playwright’s Program

The Ten-Minute Musicals Project
P. O. Box 461194
West Hollywood, CA 90046
Deadline for postmark is August 31, 2000.  Complete original stage musicals which play between 7 and 20 minutes, with a maximum cast size of 10.  Works which have been previously produced are acceptable, as are excerpts from full-length shows if they can stand on their own.

Theatre on the Ridge                                                                     (530) 877-5760
P. O. Box 13
Paradise, CA 95967
RE: New Play Contest

500 Guadalupe, Suite 39-G
Santa Fe, NM 87501
RE: Summer Project (March 15, 2000 deadline)
Full-length musicals for the Summer Project in Santa Fe.  Send a script & S.A.S.E. to above address.