2021 Austin Latinx New Play Festival Call for Play Submissions

Teatro Vivo is proud to announce a call for plays for the 2021 Austin Latinx New Play Festival in collaboration with Scriptworks.

Teatro Vivo is pleased to announce the call for entries for the 2021 Austin Latinx New Play Festival (ALNPF), presented in collaboration with ScriptWorks, to be read on a digital platform May 13 to May 15, 2021. All playwrights are invited to submit original scripts that speak to the diverse Latinx experience. We are looking for plays that would resonate with our Teatro Vivo and Austin, TX audience. Plays can be monolingual or multilingual.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 15th, 2021 by 11:59 PM CST.

Plays will then be blind read and scored by a diverse panel of readers. Four scripts will be selected for presentation at the festival, including one play by a currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate university student, and one play for young audiences. Selected plays will be announced by February 21st, 2021.

Eligible plays must be original, full-length works with a minimum 50-minute run time and a max of 10 roles, or include a breakdown of doubling. Additionally, plays must align with the Teatro Vivo mission statement, be focused on Latinx lives, and must not have been produced before the 2021 ALNPF or already scheduled for production in 2021.

Now in its ninth year, the ALNPF provides an opportunity for playwrights to hear, see, and receive feedback on their original work. The festival brings each playwright together with a dramaturg, director, and actors to bring their play to life as a staged reading in front of an audience (online this year due to COVID). Additionally, the selected works will receive a preliminary reading in March and a period of about one month for playwrights to work with dramaturgs to revise and continue to develop their play.

Playwrights of the selected pieces will collaborate with a dramaturg and directors hired by Teatro Vivo and Scriptworks. Playwrights must be available to attend the preliminary reading of their play on March 29th, 2021, and the online public readings in May (13th-15th), and participate in a facilitated talk back on zoom with the audience immediately following the public reading. The Austin Latinx New Play Festival will take place virtually this year as we continue to work around the current pandemic.

Submissions can be sent to teatrovivoaustin@gmail.com

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

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