Playwright's Festival

original works written by Black Indigenous People of Color

a collaboration with the African American Playwrights Group

Important Dates:

Submissions Due • January 31st

Staged Readings • April 10th 

Winning Production • September 10-12th

More about this project:

The Matthews Playhouse of Performing Arts and the African American Playwrights Group (AAPG) have joined forces to collaborate and expand the Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) presence in the Matthews area within the performing arts. We are excited about this collaboration and the bridging of theatrical cultures in Matthews and Charlotte.

Matthews Playhouse is a community based non-profit theatre committed to enriching the lives of children, adults, and families by inviting them to participate in the world of performing arts and education. As a part of this commitment, we are collaborating with the African American Playwrights Group to produce original works written by Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) artists to be performed as a part of 2021-2022 season at Matthews Playhouse.

 

The African American Playwrights Group, created by founder Vickie L. Evans, is a collaboration of African-American playwrights whose mission is  to  produce  quality and excellent theater works in our communities and abroad. Working from the guidelines of the AAPG’s “Playwrights on Parade” event, we are very excited to incorporate this project into our season and establish new relationships with community members.

 

For interested artists:
 

Matthews Playhouse is holding an open submission call for original theatrical works written by BIPOC playwrights. Submissions should include a cover letter and a 10-page selection of the chosen piece. This abbreviated version of the piece will be reviewed by a panel of judges. Out of all the submissions, four (4) will be chosen to continue to the next stage of the selection process. The chosen four (4) will be asked to develop their selection into a one-act version that will produced as a staged reading in front of an audience and a panel of judges. The winning piece will be mounted as a fully realized production (either as a one-act or a full-length play) as part of the 2021-2022 season at Matthews Playhouse.