American University of Sharjah Middle Eastern Playwriting Competition

From: Henry, Gregg [mailto:GHenry@Kennedy-Center.org]
Sent: Tuesday, May 03, 2011 4:04 PM
Subject: American University of Sharjah Middle Eastern Playwriting Competition

American University of Sharjah Middle Eastern Playwriting Competition

Objective

To stimulate interest in theatrical activities and further creative and artistic expression at American University of Sharjah and the greater community, as well as encourage the work of playwrights writing on issues of regional significance in an effort to support the continued growth of theatre and culture in the Middle East.

Dates of Project

Call for entries:                                                 May 1, 2011
Deadline for entries:                                      Sept. 1, 2011
Announcement of winners:                        Oct. 1, 2011
Production work to begin:                           Jan. 2012
AUS visit by winning playwrights:              May 2012 (1 week residency)
Productions to be presented at AUS:      May 2012

Announcement: The theatre program, housed within the Performing Arts Program in the College of Arts and Sciences at the American University of Sharjah invites entries for a playwriting competition to be held during summer 2011, prior to the 2011-2012 academic year. Entries must be in English or Arabic, in an acceptable standard playwriting format, and must be on themes relevant to Middle Eastern culture. Winning plays will be selected by a committee with experience in the field of theatrical presentation. The winning playwrights will be invited to AUS in May 2012 to attend a presentation of their award-winning work as part of an evening of one-act plays; the playwrights will also attend an awards event and ceremony. AUS will provide airfare, accommodation in the UAE, meals, and local travel. The winning playwrights will each also receive a 2,500 AED honorarium, and a fully mounted university-level theatre production of their play. All VISA expenses for the winning playwrights will be handled by AUS. The winning play will be collected by AUS theatre for possible publication in a playwriting anthology. Entries must be unpublished plays, between 10 and 50 pages in length. No entry fee is required. The winning playwrights will be notified by October 1, 2011, and the winners will be announced on the AUS website. Plays and any questions regarding the contest should be submitted via email to: playwriting@aus.edu

For more information about AUS Theatre, please visit our website at: www.aus.edu/cas/pap/playwriting

Playwriting Rules and Guidelines

  1. Entries must be a one-act play between 10-50 pages in length and in no less than 12-point font.
  2. To be considered, the play must be based on themes relevant to Middle Eastern culture.
  3. Plays may be in English or in Arabic.
  4. Playwrights and producing organizations may submit no more than 2 entries.
  5. Poetry and short stories will not be considered.
  6. Final presentations of the plays will be in English. Arabic entries will be translated at AUS prior to being forwarded to the selection committee.
  7. Plays should be submitted in an acceptable standard playwriting format.
  8. AUS theatre will retain the rights to publish, print and distribute copies of the winning play in a future anthology; however, the playwright will retain copyright and all production rights to the play, as well as any other future publication rights, and will receive appropriate compensation should the anthology receive publication.
  9. AUS will retain the right to distribute production photographs and a DVD recording of the AUS production of the play; however, playwrights will be compensated for any earnings associated with the DVD distribution.
  10. Although AUS will apply for VISAs on behalf of the winning playwrights, VISA approvals are the sole priority of the UAE government.  In the event that a playwright’s VISA cannot be approved, the playwright will still receive the honorarium, as well as a DVD recording of the AUS theatre produced work.
  11. No entry fee required.
  12. An honorarium of 2,500 AED will be provided to the playwright at the award ceremony. For winning playwrights not in attendance, a money transfer can be conducted, or check in AED forwarded via regular post.
  13. AUS will provide airfare, meals, accommodation and local travel for the winning playwrights.

Please submit your play and any relevant questions to: playwriting@aus.edu

Following submission of your script, you will receive an automatic message of receipt.

This competition is presented by the American University of Sharjah Theatre Program, housed within the Performing Arts Program in the College of Arts and Sciences