Wednesday, November 30, 2011

2012 Global Playwriting Contest

The Internationalists is proud to announce our 2nd Annual Global Playwriting Contest.  The winner’s play will receive presentations in various locations around the world.  In 2011, John Freedman’s ‘Dancing, not Dead’ was presented in Berlin, Bucharest, Moscow, New York and the Hague, and translated from English into Russian, Romanian and Dutch.

2012 Contest Mission

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. If you have trouble with the link, email us for the form directly.  Click here for the Online Submission Form or visit our website.

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)


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 a telephone, video or in-person interview.


Submissions should be sent to:
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