Native Voices accepts submissions of full-length plays (60+ pages) by Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations playwrights addressing all themes and topics––all year long.
To be consdiered for the 2020 Playwrights Retreat and 26th Festival of New Plays please submit by August 19, 2019.
The Retreat and Festival bring artists to Los Angeles to work on 3–5 plays through a rigorous directorial and dramaturgical commitment for 10 days in May/June. The retreat culminates in public presentations of the plays at the Autry 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 August 19, 2019, 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 shortlist. 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 January 2020.
*Missed one of the deadlines listed above? Don’t worry! Native Voices accepts scripts all year long. The deadlines listed are for the Short Play Festival and Retreat & Festival development opportunities. We have numerous other workshop and reading slots both here at the Autry and with partnering organizations. So, go ahead and submit!
2020 OPEN Submission for Production Consideration
We accept scripts all year long. Do you have a full-length script that has been developed and produced that you’d like us to consider for a future Native Voices production in Los Angeles? Please follow the Checklist for All Submissions below and in the Native Voices Script Submission form check the box for 2020 General Submission for Production Consideration.
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 note that we only accept submissions written for the stage or theater by Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations playwrights.
Please do not send treatments or outlines. Previously submitted plays should only be resubmitted if the play has undergone significant dramatic changes. Previously produced plays should be submitted under the 2020 General Submission for Production Consideration. 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 (preferably PDF format).
To submit, fill out our online form and upload your materials here: Native Voices Script Submission Form.
Native Voices is Sponsored By
ACTORS’ EQUITY FOUNDATION • DAVID CARTWRIGHT • DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS, CITY OF LOS ANGELES • EDISON INTERNATIONAL • JOYCE AND DAVID EVANS • LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF ARTS AND CULTURE • NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS • THE NISSAN FOUNDATION • PETER GLENVILLE FOUNDATION • JEAN BRUCE SCOTT AND RANDY REINHOLZ • SAN MANUEL BAND OF MISSION INDIANS • SEELEY W. MUDD FOUNDATION • SHUBERT FOUNDATION, INC. • SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT • SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GAS COMPANY • THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY