SUBMISSIONS
ARE OPEN

The OTF MAIN STAGE

Submissions close Dec 16, 2022, 11:59 pm

SEEKING

The OBSIDIAN THEATRE FESTIVAL is seeking new, short and full length plays by emerging Black playwrights for its upcoming theatre festival: June 22-25, 2023. 

 

As part of the four day festival, four (4) select plays will be staged, rehearsed, produced, performed, and filmed. Pieces will be presented for live theatre audiences, as well as filmed stage productions.  

 

DUE DATE

December 16, 2022 (applications accepted on a rolling basis)

 

SUBMISSION DETAILS

Please submit a play no shorter than 30 minutes. 

A sample of 10-pages as well as the current, complete script are required to submit..

Video Submissions will not be accepted.

 

*Applications are limited to no more than 150 play submissions.

LOCATION

Selected pieces will be produced for live audiences in Detroit and filmed for streaming across the country.

COMPENSATION

Selected playwrights will be paid a stipend of $350.00 USD

 

Selected content will be staged, rehearsed, produced, filmed, and made available for viewing as part of a four-day festival, June 22 - 25, 2022. Pieces will be presented for live theatre audiences and as filmed stage productions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The OTF Musical Theatre Showcase

Submissions close Dec 16, 2022, 11:59 pm

SEEKING

The OBSIDIAN THEATRE FESTIVAL is seeking new, musical theatre pieces by emerging Black playwrights, composers, and librettists for its upcoming theatre festival: June 22-25, 2023. 

 

As part of the four day festival, two (2) select musicals  will be staged, rehearsed, produced, performed, and filmed. Pieces will be presented for live theatre audiences, as well as filmed stage productions.

DUE DATE

December 16, 2022 (applications accepted on a rolling basis)

 

SUBMISSION DETAILS

For consideration, please submit the following:

  • Musicals between 30-60 minutes  in length (operettas, musical comedy, book musicals, experimental theatre, etc.).

  • Audio recordings 2-5 minutes in length.

  • Musical documentation of two pieces (sheet music, lead sheets, chord charts).

*Applications are limited to 25 Sumissions

**Due to the nature of this festival and the location of the staged readings, at this time, pieces that require heavy choreography will not be a good fit.

***We understand and acknowledge that the quality of your work is not determined by your access to resources and effort to create a space that centers artists of all backgrounds. While we are requesting certain submission details (recordings, documentation, etc.) your piece will not be judged on the quality of these assets, but rather the strength of your work.

 

LOCATION

The selected pieces will be presented as staged readings, book-in-hand, and with both live and virtual audiences. The live readings will be located in Detroit.

COMPENSATION

Selected musical theatre teams will be paid a flat stipend of $350.00USD

Selected content will be presented live and filmed. It will be made available for viewing as part of a four-day festival, June 22 - 25, 2022. Pieces will be presented for live theatre audiences, and as filmed stage productions.

FAQ

Question: Do you have to live in Detroit to participate/submit your play?

Answer: No

Question: What if my play has already had a reading or what if it has been produced somewhere else? Can I still submit it?

Answer: While we encourage new work we also support the developmental process.  If your piece is in development, has had a reading, or been produced at smaller theatres then send it along. 

Question: What if I don't have sheet music or a high-quality recording?

Answer: We understand and acknowledge that the quality of your work is not determined by your access to resources and effort to create a space that centers artists of all backgrounds. While we are requesting certain submission details (recordings, documentation, etc.) your piece will not be judged on the quality of these assets, but rather the strength of your work.

Question: Can I submit more than one play?

Answer: Yes, however, no more than two submissions per playwright will be permitted. Playwright’s submitting more than two works will be removed from the committee process.

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