The 2019 Austin Latino New Play Festival

The 2019 Austin Latino New Play Festival (ALNPF)
April 18- 20, 2019, 3 nights and 1 afternoon, 4 new plays

Submission Deadline: Friday, January 18, 2019

The Austin Latino New Play Festival, produced by Teatro Vivo in collaboration with ScriptWorks, brings together playwrights and audiences for staged readings and rich conversations about new works of Latino theatre. The Festival features four new plays, including a script written by a student, and a play for young audiences.

The Festival is an opportunity for playwrights to further develop, hear, and receive feedback on their original work. Each playwright is teamed with a dramaturg, director, and actors to bring their new play to life in a reading for a public audience. After each reading, the audience can provide valuable feedback to the playwright in a facilitated conversation.

Teatro Vivo Mission Statement: Inspired by the power of theater to educate and entertain, Teatro Vivo produces and promotes bilingual theatre that provides a window into the Latino community, and makes theatre accessible to all audiences, especially those underserved in the arts.

ALNPF Script Guidelines:

* The script is in line with the Teatro Vivo mission.
* The script is a work by a Latino/a playwright and/or focused on the lives of the Latino community.
* The script is an original work, a minimum of 60 minutes (or 35 minutes for TYA), with no more than 10 characters.
* Though not a requirement, preference will be given to plays that utilize both English and Spanish.
* Scripts cannot have been produced before the ALNPF, or scheduled for full production during 2019.
* Playwrights are not eligible for selection 2 years in a row.

Selected Playwrights will …

*Be available and willing to collaborate with their assigned dramaturg and director from February through April.
*Be available, in person or via video chat, to attend a preliminary reading of their play in early March.
*Attend the festival and participate in a facilitated talkback with the audience immediately following the reading of their script. Playwrights are encouraged to attend the readings of all four plays.

Submission Instructions:

*Playwrights must submit their script in a PDF file via email by Friday, January 18, 2019, 11:59pm. Playwright information, including name and address, should NOT be included anywhere in the script. The selection committee must NOT know the playwrights’ identities when reviewing the submissions.

*In addition to the script, please submit a separate Word/PDF document with:

-Title of play,
-Playwright name,
-Home address, email address, and phone number
-Indicate if you are entering your play into the theatre for young audiences category, or as a student (students must be enrolled in a college or university and pursuing playwriting)
-Brief autobiography / playwright background.

Please also answer the following questions in 400 words or less: What areas of your script are you still eager to explore and develop? What are your goals for this particular play festival process?

*Teatro Vivo will put together a reading committee to select the plays for the festival; Due to the large number of entries we receive, feedback for plays that are not selected will NOT be provided.
*Playwrights will not receive payment for their time or contribution of their script. Teatro Vivo will offer the selected playwrights a small stipend to assist with travel expenses only. Housing with Teatro Vivo company members may be available.
*Teatro Vivo may forgo the selection of a student and/or theatre for young audiences play if insufficient entries are received in those categories. In that case, submissions to those categories will be added to the main pool of entries.
*Selected plays will be announced by February 28, 2019.

E-mail submissions to BOTH: CC:
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Mil Gracias!

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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