Designer Call: Spring New Plays

January 01, 1970

The Z is hiring designers for 2 shows this spring.

Set Design – Taking Measure

Taking Measure fuses the world and characters of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure into a young woman’s struggle through contemporary academia to explore today’s Me Too movement and Cancel Culture in a surprisingly nuanced way.

Design meetings begin in December.
Rehearsals February 13 – March 2, 2023
Opens March 3, 2023.

Set, Projections, and Costume Design- Refraction of Light

Refraction of Light explores friendship and prejudice in post WW2 America. Each performance will be followed by a talk-back with community partners.
Design meetings begin in February
Rehearsals April 10 – May 4, 2023
Opens May 5, 2023. 
Student design intern opportunities are available also!
Interested designers should send a resume and website link or work samples to [email protected].

Jazz Road Tours Grants Open for Artist Applications

January 01, 1970

Jazz Road Tours supports small, artist-led, three- to six-site tours at an array of venue types, often in rural communities and other areas traditionally underserved by the genre. Grant amounts generally range from $5,000 to $15,000.

Jazz Road Tours will operate on regularly recurring application cycles through 2026. The next deadline is Thursday, December 1, 2022 for tours taking place between March 15, 2023 and March 15, 2024. Applicants will be notified of their funding status by February 15, 2023. For additional deadlines and funding information, please visit the South Arts Jazz Road Tours web page.

This artist-centric grant program—designed to support approximately 50 tours each year—is made possible with funds from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from the Mellon Foundation.

  • The Asheville, North Carolina-based Center for Craft invites applications for its Teaching Artist Cohort. Through the program, 21 mid-career craft artists will receive an unrestricted grant of $10,000 and participate in an eight-month cohort experience where they will be guided through training that encourages and sustains a generative practice as both artists and educators. Proposals are invited from mid-career craft artists who teach. Deadline: November 30, 2022.
  • The Fine Arts Work Center invites applications for its 2023-24 Writing Fellowship, open to writers in the emerging stages of their careers. The seven-month fellowship includes a rustic but comfortable apartment, a monthly stipend of $1,000, plus an exit stipend. Residencies run from October 1, 2023, through April 30, 2023, and during this time, fellows can pursue their work independently in a diverse and supportive community of peers. Deadline: December 15, 2022.
  • Saratoga Arts is inviting applications for its Community Arts Grants program, which will provide grants of up to $5,000 to support projects that are open to the community they serve and allow the citizens of that community to interact directly with art. Eligible applicants include 501(c)(3) or New York State nonprofit organizations with an active board of trustees either incorporated in N.Y. State or registered to do business in N.Y. State. Deadline: December 15, 2022.
  • Folger Institute Artist Research Fellowships are open to artists working in all media whose work would benefit from significant primary research. This includes, but is not limited to, visual artists, writers, dramaturgs, playwrights, performers, filmmakers, and composers. Artist fellowships may be conducted either as a virtual fellowship for one month or as a residential fellowship at the Folger for one, two, or three months. Deadline: January 15, 2023.
  • Adobe created the Stock Artist Development Fund to support and promote outstanding artists identifying with underrepresented communities and provide a platform to showcase and celebrate their independent, empowered, and creative forms of visual expression. The fund offers empowerment of artists’ voices and financial support for talented artists with the eventual impact of promoting imagery that has been historically underrepresented in commercial media and aims to ensure that artists are compensated for their work. Rolling Deadline: January 22, 2023.

Z Artist Member Clyde Santana Wins VA Screenwriting Award

January 01, 1970




~Winners are from Richmond, Charlottesville, and Norfolk ~

RICHMOND, VA — The Virginia Film Office has announced the three winners of the 2022 Virginia Screenwriting Competition, an annual event founded in 1989 as a way to promote Virginia’s in-state talent and give exposure to aspiring screenwriters.

The winners and their screenplays are Carolyn Schaumburg (Charlottesville) for MINE, Clyde Santana (Norfolk) for A PLAYGROUND MIRACLE, and Heather Louise Morgan (Richmond) for RIVER BLUFF, a television pilot episode.


SUBMISSIONS: 10-minute Plays

January 01, 1970

10-minute Plays for 19th Annual Festival of Lakeshore Players Theatre

Attention: International

Deadline: December 15, 2022 OR when they received 300 entries

Fee: none indicated

Prize:10 Winners; Live Performances of winning plays in 2023; $10 per performance (a total of 8); 2 Complimentary tickets

Description: “Founded in 1953 in White Bear Lake, Lakeshore Players Theatre has continuously operated as a community theater. In April 2018, Lakeshore began a new era, operating year-round in the new Hanifl Performing Arts Center.”


1. The play should be approximately ten minutes in length. Plays over 15 minutes long will not be accepted.

2. The play must be unpublished and unproduced at the time of submission. (If you have had a past staged reading of the play, please let us know, as it can still be accepted, but no produced productions will be accepted.)

3. The play must have no more than five onstage (speaking or non-speaking) characters.

4. The play should have simple technical requirements. We only have about one minute in between plays to change scenes

5. We will not accept plays that propagate racist, sexist or ableist stereotypes. Plays with excessive offensive language, misogynistic throughlines, and extraneous violence or gore will be less likely to be accepted.

6. Please also read the guidelines page on this link Please submit via their online form, the link is located in the guidelines page.


Inquiry Email: [email protected]


Artist Member Update: “Disconnected to Connect”

January 01, 1970

The Z Artist Member Update: Kendra Louka

New Essay Publication: “Disconnected to Connect”

Artist Member Kendra Louka is published in “The Nuances of New-Age Feminism”, a new monthly journal from Musing Publications.

“In 2017, I wrote an essay after a much-needed yoga class. I dusted it off last year to share at The Word, a safe space event. The experience boosted my writing confidence along with the ability to be vulnerable. I’m happy to announce the essay will be published in the inaugural issue on October 8th.”