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ESPA is New York’s fastest growing performing arts school with departments in acting, writing, musical theater and directing.   ESPA is grounded in the belief that collaboration – within ESPA, Primary Stages, and the greater community – is essential for artistic and career growth.  

Our teachers are among the best working artists in New York, and our student accomplishments include roles on and off Broadway, acceptance to Juilliard and countless other awards, productions and fellowships.

The Spring Semester begins February 13!

Acting courses include Scene Study: Adam Rapp/Lucy Thurber, Green Screen Technique, Dialects and more. Visit for a complete course list. 

Writing courses range from The First Draft and The Rewrite to Experimental Theater and The Libretto. And with our Online Writing courses, students now have the option to write from the comfort of their own home.  Visit for a complete course list. 


Directing courses offer a wide array of focuses within the profession, including Site-Specific Directing and Contemporary Stage Design For Directors & Writers.  Visit for a complete course list. 

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ESPA is open to all artists, in all stages of their careers.


BBC African Performance is an annual season of unique radio drama, which has now entered its fifth decade and has been designed to encourage new African writing.

In the past decade, African Performance has continued to reveal themes that reflect the concerns of the continent.

The plight of child soldiers, mob justice, people trafficking and prostitution, football fanaticism, internet dating and science fiction – these are just a few of the themes that have emerged from our competition in recent years.

If you feel that you can authentically touch the lives of Africans with your writing – why not submit your script for a radio play.

Please read the rules and follow the steps on how to enter below.

How to enter African Performance 2011

The play must be 30 minutes long when read aloud and must have no more than six main characters.

Before entering the BBC African Performance playwriting competition click please read the rules of the competition carefully.

This competition opens on 1 November 2010 and all plays must reach us in London by 2400 GMT on Saturday 15 January 2011.

You can send your play along with an entry form either by email attachment as a word document to

Or you can post your play to:

BBC African Performance

P.O. Box 76

Bush House




The Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, New York's premiere eco-friendly/socially conscious, not-for-profit theatre festival, is currently accepting submissions for its 2011 season. The festivity accepts all topics and subject matters including but not limited to: new works, revivals, musicals, adaptations, one-acts, and solo shows. No matter what form or length your show is, it is eligible. For details and an application, please visit:

The deadline is February 1st. The festivity will take place in June 2011 at Robert Moss Theater (440 Lafayette Street), The Gene Frankel Theatre (24 Bond Street) and Bleecker Street Theater (45 Bleecker Street).

The Festivity is designed to utilize art to promote social consciousness, inspiring people to become involved in their community. Live theater can ignite social change.  Through theatre, audiences view the world from a new perspective, exploring the unique connection of humanity.

Fostering a community of like-minded artists is fundamental to the success of the festivity as the relationships formed throughout allow talented artists to find new audiences and partner with new teams opening doors to creative outlets beyond their previous scope.

Executive Director, Glory Kadigan, is “looking forward to the third year of the festivity with eager anticipation.  As I meet with the returning artists and new artists I am confident that this year will continue our tradition of coupling high-quality productions with vital philanthropy. The festival has been featured on the Sundance Channel, and has been written up in the NY Times, Clyde Fitch Report, Broadway World, Theatre Is Easy, and The Happiest Medium. Productions have received favorable reviews from Back Stage, Broadway World, Fab Marquee and more.

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Short Play Lab Seeks Scripts for Nov. 6 – 7 — Cash Prizes!!


Dear Friend in the Theatre,

The Short Play Lab is looking for scripts for Nov. 6 – 7. New participants are welcome! The rules are easy-peasy:

  • Deadline for Nov. 6 – 7 is Oct. 26. Get that script in pronto!
  • Plays should be 1 – 10 pp. in standard playscript format.*
  • Submit scripts in MS-Word.
  • You produce the play; the SPL provides the theatre (at the Roy Arias Studios, 300 West 43rd Street, NYC).
  • Productions must be non-union: no showcases please! (And no Equity waivers, either.)
  • Keep production values to a minimum: costumes and hand props are okay. We provide rehearsal cubes, chairs, and a table or two.
  • We provide a board op, box office, and venue management.
  • There are no fees. The SPL keeps the door.
  • Tickets are $18. Each playwright and director gets to watch his/her show for free. There are no other comps.
  • There is a tech rehearsal, on the afternoon of Nov. 6. Plays get either 15 mins of tech (1 – 5 pp.) or 30 mins. of tech (6 – 10 pp.).
  • Every play gets 2 performances, 1 on Sat. and 1 on Sun.
  • We don't do staged readings. Be off-book, please! Plays not off-book during tech will be removed from the line-up.
  • There are usually 2 separate programs of plays; each program is performed twice. THE MOST POPULAR PRODUCTION IN EACH PROGRAM RECEIVES A CASH PRIZE OF $50. Winners are determined by polling patrons at the box  office.


*12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions.


The SPL is a lot of fun and a good way to see your work on its feet in a supportive environment. It's also a great way to see actors and directors at work, so you can recruit people for later productions. 


To submit a script, send it as an attachment to Any questions, don't hesitate to shoot me an E-mail!

John Chatterton
Executive producer, Short Play Lab

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Eric Louie is looking for an Artistic Intern for the Public Theater

Artistic Internship

The Artistic Office is responsible for producing the Public Lab program as well as spearheading projects in development for future seasons. This office communicates with all other departments at the theater. 

Responsibilities: Interns work with Artistic Staff on projects in development as well as current shows. Duties include assisting producers on readings and workshops, maintaining departmental databases, general office management and providing support for Artistic Staff and Literary Department as needed. The intern must be extremely detail oriented, have a great deal of initiative and be an independent worker. The ideal candidate is interested in producing, directing and all aspects of how a play develops. 

Position(s): One full-time starting in September. Stipend available. 


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Emerging Artists Theatre presents
The 6th Annual ILLUMINATING ARTISTS: New Work Series
April 2010 at the TADA! Theatre, NYC
Paul Adams, Artistic Director
Stacy Mayer, Production Coordinator

Emerging Artists Theatre (EAT) ILLUMINATING ARTISTS: New Work Series is a three week developmental festival that provides artists of different disciplines the opportunity to present one night of a “work in progress” with audience feedback. Scheduled to run April 2010, the four series now accepting submissions are:

A series of one woman shows in all stages of development. Male or Female playwrights may apply. Running Time 5 – 60 minutes.
Festival Curators: Stacy Mayer and Jessica Carr Phillips

A series of one man shows in all stages of development. Male or Female playwrights may apply. Running Time 5 – 60 minutes.

A series of short musicals 15 minutes or less in all stages of development.
Festival Curators: Peter Saxe and Jonathan Warman

A series of full length ensemble musicals in all stages of development. Open to NYC, NJ and CT composers/lyricists. Please include a CD and full or partial script with your submission.

Festival Curators: Paul Adams and Derek Jamison

All application materials must be postmarked by December 15, 2009.
If your show is chosen, you will receive notification on or around January 30, 2010. Please check for updates and email any questions to the above addresses.

For more information, visit the Web site for Emerging Artists Theatre:

(Kathleen Warnock’s monthly reading series, Drunken Careening Writers, is dedicated to the proposition that readings should be by 1) good writers; 2) who read their work well; 3) and who have something in it that makes people laugh–nervous laughter counts. Since 2004, during the third Thursday of every month–at 7:00 pm–Drunken Careening Writers has found a home at KGB in the East Village, 85 E. 4th St., FREE!  Why not visit?)

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