Arizona Theatre Company Accepting Submissions for 2015 National Latino Playwriting Award

Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) is now accepting submissions for the 2015 National Latino Playwriting Award from Latino playwrights currently living in the United States, its territories or in Mexico.

The program was established by ATC to create greater awareness of the work being done by Latino playwrights. Plays may be on any subject. Submitted scripts must be postmarked by Dec. 31, 2014. Winners will be notified by Aug. 1, 2015.

"The National Latino Playwriting Award was founded by Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein to celebrate Latino writers at all stages of their careers. ATC has been the first to recognize many noteworthy plays and playwrights before they have gone on to receive wider recognition, contributing significantly to the canon of contemporary Latina/o works," said ATC Playwright-in-Residence and long-term judge Elaine Romero. "Each year ATC expresses its faith in a Latina/o writer with this award. The number of plays that have gone on to full production continues to be astonishing."

Recent winners include Kristoffer Diaz, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, which was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and has been produced in theatres across the country; Michael Mejias' Ghetto Babylon (2013), which earned rave reviews in its world premiere last summer at Off-Broadway's 59E59; Kristiana Colón's Octagon (2014), and Caridad Svich's Spark (2013).

The award winner receives a $1,000 cash award and a possible reading of the play at ATC's Café Bohemia, a unique play-reading series in Tucson and Phoenix.

Playwrights submitting their works are required to:

• Submit one script, securely bound by brads, a big clip, three-ring binder, presentation folder or any other non-permanent binding system. Submissions should not be spiral bound.

• Include a title page with the play's title, author's name and contact information, including phone number, mailing address and email.

• Include a separate biography and cover letter no longer than one page, detailing the play's developmental history and a description of how the play fits into the playwright's broader career.

• Mail manuscripts to:

National Latino Playwright Award

ATTN: Katherine Monberg, Literary Associate

Arizona Theatre Company

343 S. Scott Ave.

Tucson, Ariz. 85701

Email scripts will not be accepted.

Scripts for full-length and one-act plays may be written in English, English and Spanish or solely in Spanish. Minimum length is 50 pages. Spanish-language and bilingual scripts must be accompanied by an English translation.

Plays must be unpublished and unproduced (professionally) at the time of submission. Plays previously submitted for the award may be considered if they have undergone significant revision.

The actual physical scripts, not the intellectual property or any rights to the play, become the property of Arizona Theatre Company and will not be returned.

About Arizona Theatre Company:

Touching lives through the power of theatre, Arizona Theatre Company (ATC), is the preeminent fully professional theatre in the state of Arizona. Boasting the largest seasonal subscriber base in the performing arts in Arizona, ATC is the only resident company in the U.S. that is fully based in two cities, providing its wide array of programming and community outreach across the region. Now in its 48th season, more than 130,000 people a year attend our performances at the historic Temple of Music and Art in Tucson, and the elegant Herberger Theater Center in downtown Phoenix. Each season of homegrown productions reflects the rich variety of world drama-from classics to contemporary plays, from musicals to new works along with a wide array of community outreach programs, educational opportunities, access initiatives. ATC is led by Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein, Interim Managing Director Matt Lehrman and Managing Director Emeritus Jessica L. Andrews. For information, visit www.arizonatheatre.org.



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