Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Internationalists Playwriting Contest

The Internationalists is excited to announce a new global playwriting contest. The winner’s play will receive public presentations in at least five locations around the world including New York, Berlin, Buchrest and Sydney.

Contest Mission

This contest is for a groundbreaking play that explores the theme of Boundaries. Though the characters can be few and the location specific, we are looking for big ideas and challenging questions. The Boundaries we wish to explore can be physical, emotional, psychological, cultural, political, spiritual or all of the above, as long as it is expressing an individual perspective on something humankind can intimately connect to. 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. It 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.

Submission Guidelines

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. The playwright must include in his/her submission:

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)

e. Electronic form (Word or PDF) copy of full script


The deadline for submissions is Midnight EST on Friday, February 11th.

Finalists will be notified by March 27th.

The final round of selection will include a telephone, video, or in-person interview.


Submissions should be sent to:

You will receive a confirmation of receipt.

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