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Opportunities for Playwrights, Fringe, and the Coolest New Database on the Block

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The Hollywood Fringe Festival town hall and workshops dates are now available.

Organizers of the Hollywood Fringe Festival have announced the details of this year’s Town Hall & Workshop Series, a collection of free community events designed to assist venues, participants and other community members prepare for the 2016 Festival.

Festival Director Ben Hill is slated to lead the town halls, which are primarily informative sessions packed with registration and marketing details. The networking-focused workshops will be led by successful Fringe veterans who can provide a range of perspectives about their festival experiences. All of the events will be followed by social mixers at a nearby Hollywood establishment.

Directors Lab West 2016 is accepting applications.

DLW is a free eight-day summer intensive for stage directors and choreographers. Part conference, part workshop, part focused discussion, all theatre, the Lab provides a place for directors and choreographers to meet and exchange ideas. They’re accepting applications through February 26.

NEFA National Theater Program is holding an info session for artists regarding funding proposals.

This info session (January 28 at Bootleg) will discuss program and application requirements, and will also share strategies for creating a more competitive proposal.

The National Theater Project promotes the development of artist-led, ensemble, and devised theater while extending the reach and life of these projects through touring. Since its inception the National Theater Project has awarded $3.8M, supported 37 new works, and reaching audiences in 29 states across the U.S. Grants range from $80,000 – $130,000.

The information session is free of charge, but attendees must confirm their attendance by reserving a ticket. If you have any questions, please contact Mark Valdez, NTP Advisor, at artsvaldez@gmail.com.

Free Museum Day is on January 30 in Los Angeles.

Over twenty museums—presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science—will open their doors and invite visitors to attend their museums free of charge. Here’s the list of participating organizations.

CTG and HUMANITAS are requesting submissions for their PLAY LA workshop.

Center Theatre Group and HUMANITAS will be accepting submissions from Los Angeles-based playwrights until February 29, 2016, for the second edition of its PLAY LA Workshop. Writers will receive a $1,500 stipend as well as input from theatre, film and television professionals throughout the year. At the end of the process, one play will be featured as a workshop at the Kirk Douglas Theatre as part of PLAY LA’s weekend celebration of new plays in the winter of 2017. More info on their website.

BONUS:

The New Play Exchange is awesome and you should know about it.

More to come on @ This Stage about how incredible this resource is, but you should probably know about it sooner rather than later.

From its website, the NPX is… A cloud-based script database, enhanced with a robust search-and-filter mechanism, crowd-sourced recommendations of plays, and the connectivity of a social networking site. The NPX lets writers share scripts and helps theaters discover and evaluate them in a more streamlined, targeted way than ever before. It’s a neutral platform built for the common good of the entire new play sector—writers, producers, and everyone in between who enjoys new work—and its goal is ambitious: to revolutionize the way playwrights and theaters connect field-wide.