Now accepting submissions!
From November 20-December 20, PIC is accepting submissions of full-length and one-act scripts-in-progress by local playwrights. Priority will be given to playwrights based in Hampshire, Hamden, and Franklin counties, but playwrights also based in Worcester, Berkshires, Northern CT, and Southern VT may apply.
In 2024, PIC will be holding free, monthly salons PIC PIPS (Plays In Progress Series) at the Workroom (33 Hawley St, Northampton) featuring readings of new work in front of an audience. PIC is seeking a wide selection of plays representing diversity amongst the writers (age, race, gender, location, experience, etc) and diversity in terms of writing genre and approach to storytelling. PIC is specifically looking for plays with the potential to spark community conversation.
Submissions Due By Dec 20, 2023. All submissions must be sent via the link below. We will not be accepting submissions by direct email.
We will continue to have a few multi-disciplinary salons this year which will feature short excerpts of works-in-progress (scenes, songs, poems, dances, video etc). If you are interested in sharing an excerpt of work, learn more here.
PIC is pausing mini-residencies and full residencies for 2024 but will continue them in 2025.
MORE SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES
In addition to our 2024 PIC PIPS, we will also continue to host ourroving salons where creators of all sorts can present 5-10 minute excerpts of a work-in-progress to an audience and receive feedback through our PIC curated process from our panel of artists as well the audience. Salon pieces can be music, poetry, dance, plays, etc. For playwrights, we ask that writers attempt to gather their own cast for these presentations, but if assistance with casting is needed we may be able to help with advance notice. Click the button below to submit a selection for a future salon.
We leave space at the end of each PIC Salon for open mic presentations. Similar to the salon presentations, these will be performed for an audience. However, no feedback will be given and you do not need to submit in advance. Anyone attending the salon is welcome to present a 5 minute work in progress as part of the Open MIC.
PIC is a collective of empowered theater artists centering stories that challenge the status quo through a highly collaborative, unique play development process. PIC artists (actor-dramaturgs, directors, stage managers, designers, and more) work with the incoming local writer(s) to identify the most beneficial next steps in the development of their piece: a customized approach tailored to their specific needs. We are dedicated to building long-term collaborative relationships with all artists we work with, providing a safe space to experiment with new ideas and concepts on an ongoing basis.
PIC artists work closely with the incoming writer to determine the best path forward for their specific piece. Worksessions could take the form of:
a single full table read with time for discussion and feedback
a one-time look at and reworking of select scenes
getting the piece up on its feet with actors
a 9-month residency deep-dive where the writer has a chance to make changes based off of worksessions and then bring the new draft back again
an improvisational process to help with further character development
a public facing presentation to see how the work sits with a larger audience
We work closely with the incoming writer to determine the right fit for casting, the best approach for worksessions, and the most beneficial group of artist-advisors to aid in the feedback process.