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Native Voices at the Autry
Call for Scripts 2017-2018

*Please note that we only accept submissions written for the stage or theatre by Native American, Alaska Native, Hawaiian, and First Nations artists.

For Short Plays

Deadline: Extended to August 16, 2017
Short plays submitted by August 16, 2017 will be considered for Native Voices’ 7th Annual Short Play Festival, to take place in November 2017 at the American Indian Arts Marketplace at the Autry in Los Angeles, and at La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego. Read more about the theme for the Short Play Festival below.

The 7th Annual Short Play Festival

The theme of this year’s short play festival is Seven Generations. A core value of the Haudenosaunee people, the Seventh Generation principle compels us to consider the effects of our present-day actions on the next seven generations. Using this principle as inspiration, Native Voices invites playwrights to explore what the future holds for indigenous communities and beyond. Viable play topics include the fate of the environment, reactions to current political events and their potential repercussions, or even complications around starting families and bearing children in uncertain times. Is there urgent action to be taken now to ensure cultural survival? What’s worth fighting for and preserving? How will indigenous people persevere or change within the next seven generations? In juxtaposition – what was done seven generations ago to secure our fate today? What will become of tribal enrollment, blood quantum, tribal sovereignty, and the complicated legacy of education in Native communities in North America? Plays may be contemporary, futuristic or historic, must be theatrical and imaginative, and should have a powerful sense of urgency.

Selection Process: Short plays (15 page maximum) that are related to the theme and are received by August 4, 2017 will be read and evaluated by a national reading panel comprised of Native American theatre artists and community members along with nationally-recognized theatre artists. The panel will select 5 to 8 plays for the festival based on the creative use of the theme, originality, theatricality, structure, and execution.
Selected plays will be given a staged reading on November 12, 2017 as part of the Autry Museum of the American West’s American Indian Arts Marketplace and again in San Diego at La Jolla Playhouse on November 13, 2017. A panel of judges will select the 2017 Von Marie Atchley Award for Excellence in Playwriting, a $1,000 cash prize!

Plays that are longer than 15 pages will not be considered for the Short Play Festival. Please note that the Short Play Festival is only open to Native American, Alaska Native, and First Nations Playwrights.

Plays must be submitted using our online submission form and in the correct format. Please see our “Checklist for All Submissions” below for further details.

For Full-Length Plays

Deadline: September 22, 2017
Native Voices is currently accepting submissions of full-length plays (60+ pages) by Native American writers addressing all themes and topics.

2018 Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays

The retreat and festival brings artists to Los Angeles to work on 3–5 plays through a rigorous directorial and dramaturgical commitment for 8–10 days in May/June. The retreat culminates in public presentations of the plays at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles and La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego. Selected playwrights receive directorial and dramaturgical support as well as an honorarium; out-of-town artists receive roundtrip airfare plus lodging in Southern California.

Selection Process: Full-length plays (60+ pages) received by September 22, 2017 will be read and evaluated. A select number of playwrights will be invited to submit formal proposals detailing their developmental goals should their play be chosen for the short list. Scripts will then be sent to a committee of nationally recognized theatre artists for further evaluation. With their help, Native Voices selects up to five plays for the Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays. Playwrights will be notified in December 2017.

A Note About the Native Voices Distance Dramaturgy Process

Months prior to residencies at the Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays, selected playwrights participate in dramaturgical conversations with an assigned director and dramaturg. Workshops with these creative teams and a cast of professional actors commence once the playwright arrives on-site. It is important to note that these conversations and workshops are playwright driven, allowing the writer to shape his/her own developmental path. Selected playwrights should be prepared to dedicate adequate time to this process prior to arriving on-site.

Checklist for All Submissions

Please label script attachment as follows: PlayTitle_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: MyNewPlay_Doe, J.doc).

All submissions must conform to a standard play-script format (one-inch margins, #12 Times or Courier font, all pages numbered).

Include a title page with full contact information (mailing address, phone numbers, e-mail address) and a draft or revision date.

Include a character breakdown at the beginning of your script.

Provide a biography of 75–100 words. Please label attachment as follows: Bio_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: Bio_Doe, J.doc).

Provide a press ready photo of at least 300dpi. Please label attachment as follows: Photo_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: Photo_Doe, J.doc).

Provide development history for the play. Label attachment as follows: DevHistory_PlayTitle_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: DevHistory_MyNewPlay_Doe, J.doc).

To submit, fill out our online form and upload your submission materials here: Native Voices Script Submission Form

Please do not send treatments or outlines. Previously submitted plays should only be resubmitted if the play has undergone significant dramatic changes. Plays that are not selected are kept on file for consideration for future opportunities. Playwrights are encouraged to make multiple submissions (up to three per event), but selection will be limited to only one play per playwright, per event.

Where to Send Submissions
We now only accept electronic submission (in Word or PDF format).

To submit, fill out our online form and upload your materials here: Native Voices Script Submission Form

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