Pittsburgh New Works Festival
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|Country and Region||United States — Pennsylvania|
|Type of Festival||Drama|
|Location of Festival||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA|
|Festival Contact Information|
Pittsburgh New Works Festival
Pittsburgh New Works Festival is dedicated to fostering the development of original one-act plays. each Each September PNWF is an annual event where 12 new one-act plays are produced by different theater companies during the four weeks of the festival. Three new one-acts are performed each weekend.
The Festival features performances Thursdays through Sundays. There are also staged readings, one-act plays that have never been produced form the program of the festival. Playwrights interested in submitting their new work should visit the website for additional information at http://www.pittsburghnewworks.org
|Festival Dates||September 5 - 29, 2013|
Call for plays 2013:
- PITTSBURGH NEW WORKS FESTIVAL SEEKS PLAYS FOR 23rd SEASON
$500 Award for Best Playwright
- The Pittsburgh New Works Festival (PNWF) is now accepting one-act plays that have never before been produced. Twelve one-act plays will be selected to be performed as mainstage productions for the festival’s 23rd season, which begins in September; an additional six will be selected for staged readings, to be performed the last two Sundays of August. Each of the 12 playwrights whose plays are selected for mainstage production will receive a $50 honorarium. The playwright who receives the most votes for Outstanding Contribution by a Playwright in the balloting for the Donna Awards will receive $500, to be awarded at the Gala in October. All playwrights will receive brief comments from at least two readers (samples can be found on the PNWF website).
- For more information or to submit, please visit http://www.pittsburghnewworks.org/play-submission/.
- For any additional questions, please contact PNWF at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412-944-2NEW (2639).
- To be considered for inclusion in the festival, playwrights must submit ON OR BEFORE the deadline of April 6, 2013.
- All submissions must be made through the online submission form.
- There is a $15 submission fee that will be collected at time of submission, payable online via PayPal (and all major credit cards accepted).
- All scripts must be uploaded in pdf format. Please be sure that your name does not appear anywhere on the submitted script. The judging is done anonymously.
- Plays previously submitted to the Festival may be resubmitted; plays reworked based on commentary received in previous years are particularly encouraged.
- Additional criteria for play submission include
- No more than 40 minutes long
- Limited number of scenes and simple scene changes
- No more than eight characters
- No musicals
- Simple sets, costumes and props
- Plays may have been “read,” but never produced (workshops and readings are acceptable)
- Playwrights are limited to one submission each year
- Selection of plays for the festival will take place in mid-June.
- If you like this festival — listen to…
- Neil Barclay
- Neil Barclay
Articles and Reviews:
- A Class Act: Pittsburgh New Works Festival returns to raise curtain on new plays, by Caitlin Price (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 23, 2007)
- Father Ryan Arts Center
420 Chartiers Avenue (Route 51)
McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania
- About the new venue
The Father Ryan Arts Center provides a clean, bright, venue for the Festival with its 125-seat Baverso Theatre, which features new technical equipment for lighting and sound. The attractive, pleasant building sits amid a thriving business district, with restaurants, banks, and a shopping mall. There is ample free parking nearby, and the location is served by several Port Authority bus lines. Says Festival Director Mindy Rossi-Stabler. “Not only is it a beautiful theatre, it also has a spacious lobby where we can hold the after-theatre parties we call Mingles. And it will be a great spot for auditions in late July.” In its multi-level, state-of the-art facility, the Father Ryan Arts Center provides outstanding resources in all facets of artistic education, enrichment and entertainment serving residents throughout the region. Among its events this summer are a weekly farmers market, Peace Camp, Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania Fit & Fun, and Sto-Rox Library’s weekly “Catch the Music Bug” program of storytelling and performances. The Father Ryan Arts Center is fully accessible to persons with disabilities.