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Founded in 2008, Blackboard Plays has been devoted to Black Playwrights throughout the African Diaspora.  A Feature reading and a Community Night are the two main ways to have your work supported by Blackboard.

In 2022, Semi-Finalists from both the 2nd Annual Obsidian Theatre Festival in Detroit and the 2nd Annual Black Motherhood and Parenting New Play Festival will receive digital readings as part of Blackboard.


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Obsidian, produced in the city of Detroit, by Detroiters, is a celebration of Black stories that will highlight the prolific work of emerging Black voices, focusing on the vast array of diverse experiences of those within the African diaspora in America.


MISSION STATEMENT

It is the mission of the Obsidian Theatre Festival to feature the work of exciting Black voices, and illuminate the rich diversity of experiences relevant to the African diaspora in America. 


PURPOSE STATEMENT

We will entertain, educate and provoke the thoughtful consideration of a broad theatrical audience, while normalizing the panoply of Black American culture. 


SEEKING

The OBSIDIAN THEATRE FESTIVAL is seeking new plays by Black playwrights for its upcoming theatre festival: June 22-26, 2022. 


DUE DATE

January 17, 2022 (applications accepted on a rolling basis)


SUBMISSION DETAILS

Please submit a play no shorter than 30 minutes. 

Although we ask for a sample of 10-pages, this is not a 10-minute play festival.  The rest of the play will be requested when the semi-finalists are announced.

Video Submissions will not be accepted.


LOCATION

Produced for live audiences and filmed in Detroit.


COMPENSATION

Selected playwrights will be paid a stipend of $250USD


Selected content will be staged, rehearsed, produced, filmed, and made available for viewing as part of a four day festival, June 22 - 26, 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?
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?

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.  

Ends on This opportunity will close after 50 submissions have been received.



Obsidian, produced in the city of Detroit, by Detroiters, is a celebration of Black stories that will highlight the prolific work of emerging Black voices, focusing on the vast array of diverse experiences of those within the African diaspora in America.



MISSION STATEMENT
It is the mission of the Obsidian Theatre Festival to feature the work of exciting Black voices and illuminate the rich diversity of experiences relevant to the African diaspora in America. 

The OTF Musical Theatre Showcase is seeking works in all stages of development and will provide an opportunity for composers, lyricists, and librettists to receive the feedback that is so necessary when developing a new piece.



PURPOSE STATEMENT
We will entertain, educate and provoke the thoughtful consideration of a broad theatrical audience, while normalizing the panoply of Black American culture.


SEEKING
The OBSIDIAN THEATRE FESTIVAL is seeking new musicals by Black playwrights for its upcoming theatre festival: June 22-26, 2022. 

Four (4) Musical Theatre Pieces will be selected 


DUE DATE
January 13, 2022 (applications accepted on a rolling basis)


SUBMISSION DETAILS

For consideration, please submit the following:

  • Musicals no shorter than 30 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).

*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 4 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 $250USD

Selected content will be presented live and filmed. It will be made available for viewing as part of a four-day festival, June 22 - 26, 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 work?
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?
While we encourage new work we also support the developmental process.  If your piece is in development, has had a reading, or has been produced at smaller theatres, please feel encouraged to send it along.  


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

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.



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Blackboard Plays and Parent Artist Advocacy League (PAAL) partner to uplift the experiences of Black Parenthood. The Black Motherhood and Parenting New Play Festival was established to tell stories from and about Black artists with families.

MISSION STATEMENT

Since 2008, Blackboard Plays has been devoted to Black Playwrights throughout the African Diaspora.  Blackboard Reading Series was incubated at Nancy Manocherian's the cell in Chelsea's Manhattan as a resident series for 10 years before Blackboard made its home in The Mary Rodgers Room at The Dramatists Guild in 2018.  Feature Readings and Community Nights are two ways that Blackboard supports the development of new work by Black Playwrights.  Blackboard was founded by Garlia Cornelia Jones.

Parent Artist Advocacy League (PAAL) is a national advocacy organization serving as a resource hub, community, and solutions generator for caregivers in the performing arts and media and the institutions who support them. PAAL created the first all-gender, all-discipline national PAAL Childcare Grants for individuals and institutions. PAAL has participated internationally in think tanks, on panels, and facilitated workshops on parenting in the arts at multiple gatherings, including the national TCG conferences, BroadwayCon, Actors Equity Association, Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, and the first national conversation on caregiving in the Latinx community at the Latinx Theatre Commons Annual Convening, Miami in Motion, in 2019. PAAL commits to anti-racist roots in structure, practice, policy, principle, and production, through Vertical 50/50, centering support on BIPOC artists, and gathering resources for active anti-racism in caregiver support.

PURPOSE STATEMENT

PAAL and Blackboard established #BMPFest to showcase the creative output of Black parent playwrights. They issued an open call in October 2020 for writers who identify as Black parents or caregivers to submit up to 10 pages of work that they would develop into a one-act.


SEEKING

The Black Motherhood and Parenting New Play Festival (#BMPFest) is seeking new plays by Black Parent and caregiver playwrights for its upcoming theatre festival in the Fall of 2022.

#BMPFest is open to those that identify as Black parents and caregivers.

#BMPFest is seeking stories centering the Black parenting and caregiving experience.

This includes, but is not limited to stories from artists with family responsibilities.

PAAL and Blackboard are transgender and non-binary affirming spaces. All language referencing "mother," "parent," "dad," "caregiver," and their derivatives include and refer to any individual who identifies with them.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

March 1st, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST

SUBMISSION DETAILS

Please submit up to 10 pages MAX of a play that you would develop into a One-Act (30 - 45 minutes.)

Ten (10) Semi-Finalists will have a feature digital (zoom) reading as part of Blackboard Plays’  ‘21-22 Season.

Four (4) Finalists will develop their One-Act centering on the Black parenting and caregiving experience to premiere digitally during the Fall of 2022.

  • If you are chosen as one of our ten (10) semi-finalists, we will request the full script for review.
  • Diverse Gender representation will be prioritized in the review and selection process.
  • Each produced play will have digital production elements and an assigned director.

Although we ask for a sample of 10-pages, this is not a 10-minute play festival. . Video Submissions will not be accepted.

LOCATION

The Final four (4) plays will be produced virtually.

Pending partner theatre preferences, we will consider a hybrid presentation.

Vaccination will be required for all participants of in-person productions

COMPENSATION

Each of the four (4) Finalists will be paid a stipend of $1,000. USD, as well as a $500. USD Caregiver Reimbursement Stipend per artist.


FAQ

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

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.

Founded in 2008, Blackboard Plays has been devoted to Black Playwrights throughout the African Diaspora.  

  • Black Playwrights Submit up to 10 pages in consideration for a Feature reading.
  • A Feature and a Community Night are the two main ways to have your work supported by Blackboard.

Those not selected for a feature, are encouraged to attend a community night, which is structured like an Open Mic Night for Playwrights, where up to 10 pages is cold-read by Actors in person or on Zoom (During COVID-19 Social Distancing Practices).


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