Friday, November 18, 2016

Theater on the Lake in the Works: Call for Submissions

Entering its 65th season, Theater on the Lake programming is expanding to include a brand new initiative—a new play commission. For decades this festival has successfully showcased Chicago’s finest off-Loop theater. In order to better support and nurture Chicago’s thriving theater community, this festival will now also include the development of one new play each season.

In partnership with Chicago Dramatists and supported by Artistic Curator Isaac Gomez, the recipient of this new play commission will receive the following support:

A small stipend;
Four seasonal public readings held in Chicago Park District locations throughout the city, kicking off in August 2017. These readings will be fully cast and moderated by established literary managers and dramaturgs in Chicago;
Consultation with literary managers and local dramaturgs throughout the development process;
Fully supported main stage production as part of Theater on the Lake’s 2018 season.

At this time the Chicago Park District’s Theater on the Lake is accepting submissions. Please submit the following in PDF or Word formats:
A full-length, never-before-produced play as a draft (no musicals, please);
A statement (approximately 500 words) explaining why you are interested in collaborating with Theater on the Lake to continue developing this play as the commission;
A professional resume outlining your playwriting and other related experience.
(Please Note: Synopses and 10-page work samples will NOT be considered.)

Please create an account below to learn more about eligibility and how to submit.

The submission deadline is December 16, 2016. We will notify you of our decision the first week in February.

Thank you!
Theater on the Lake, Chicago Park District

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