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The Emerging Artist Program of the Renaissance Theatre is accepting full length play, musical, screenplay and documentary submissions for their 2022-2023 season.

The goal of the program is to guide, encourage, support and advocate for artists of all ages who wish to find their own voice through the creation of original work. By establishing an environment that promotes the importance of self-expression, risk-taking and collaboration, the Theatre 166 Emerging Artists Program is designed to foster and translate an artist’s creative thinking into smart, vital, and thought-provoking new works. 

7-10 scripts will be selected for readings. From these, 1-3 will be selected for our workshopping phase. Authors whose work has been chosen to workshop will receive a $500 Emerging Artist Award. Script submissions will be accepted January 31, 2022 through February 28th, 2022. 

Submissions for the Emerging Artists Program should include: your name, address, phone number, email address, short bio, resume, and a 10-page sample of the play/musical/screenplay.  

The sample file must include: Title of the play, a character breakdown and description; (including total number of characters), a one page (or less) synopsis of the play, and a paragraph describing the development history of the play/musical/screenplay. Please do not send full scripts at this point. All script samples must be submitted in PDF format using 12pt Times New Roman font, with a title page that lists characters and settings.  Authors of scripts chosen for readings will be notified by email within 60 days of their submission. 

All submissions should be sent via email to [email protected]. Please include “Script Submission for Emerging Artist” in the subject box of your email.  There is only one submission per playwright, and only unproduced submissions will be accepted. Plays and musicals must be full length, meaning one-acts are not being accepted at this time. Screenplays and documentary treatments may be full length or short films. 

The Renaissance Theatre is a 1400-seat, 1929 Warner Brothers movie palace located at 138 Park Avenue West in Mansfield, Ohio. Theatre 166, the Ren’s 125-seat black box space, is located at 166 Park Avenue West in Mansfield, adjacent to the main theater. The Renaissance produces three mainstage and three studio productions each season, along with live concerts, family programming, youth theatre performances, the Mansfield Symphony and the Miss Ohio Scholarship Program. The Emerging Artist Program presents 3-5 productions each season. Past original programming developed at the Renaissance has included: 

2010 Sentimental Journey: Voices of World War II (Play with Music), 2011 Remember Me Always (Musical), 2012 The Unforgettable Marvelenes (Musical Revue), 2013 Twilight Gardens (Musical), 2014 Count: The Legend of Dracula (Ballet), 2015 Creole Cinderella (Ballet), 2016 Hot Mess: A Lethal New Musical (Musical), 2017 Sentimental Journey with the Mansfield Symphony (Play with Music), 2018 The Last Act (Musical), 2019 At Last: An Evening with Etta James (Musical), 2020 Heartaches (Teleplay), 2021 QuaRENtine Creations (Streaming Series), 2022 Young and Unsullied: The Redemption of Ruby Crowe (Play), 2022 This Too Shall Pass (Musical), and 2022 Desde Mi Corazón (Documentary Film). 

For more information about the Emerging Artist program at Renaissance Theatre please email [email protected] or visit the rentickets.org/emerging-artists-program.

Source, Photo: Renaissance Performing Arts Association

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