Deadline: October 15, 2024
Special Interests: bipoc
Accepts Submissions of: Musicals / Plays /



Musical Theatre: Live & In Color is looking for playwrights, composers, and lyricists of color and/or other underrepresented communities interested in developing their new musical. The selected musical submission will have a two-week workshop in the fall at The Bingham Camp in Salem, Connecticut culminating in a staged presentation to an invited audience.

Submissions will close at 11:59pm EST on 2/15/2023. For any questions email Dennis Corsi at

The full application is available at

The musical must be able to be performed with 4 actors or less. All submissions should include: Single page synopsis, Single page character breakdown, Demo of score (2-3 songs), Sample of dialogue (~10 pages), and Brief production/development history (properties with prior full productions not accepted.)


June Bingham New Playwright Commission: This commission opportunity provides resources and support toward the creation and development of a new play by early-career women/femme and/or non-binary storytellers. The opportunity will culminate in a 60-minute 2-person play that will be workshopped and presented as a reading for an audience at L&IC’s Fall Retreat in September of 2023. Applications are now open and will close at 11:59 pm EST on 1/31/2023. Due to the volume of submissions, no deadline extensions or late applications will be accepted.

The total fee for this Commission will be $3,000; housing, meals, and travel for the retreat are also provided. Schedule and deadlines will be at the discretion of the commission recipient and the program director.

We define “early-career” as artists who have written pieces previously, or have engaged in writing via books, film, TV, etc. but have not had theatrical work that has been extensively professionally produced by commercial or non-profit organizations and have less than two full-length pieces that have been published in print. If you have questions about your eligibility or any portion of the application, please email

The full application is available at

The play must be able to be performed with 2 actors. All submissions should include: a short (5-page max) writing sample/excerpt in PDF format

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Rachel Kwiecinski, MA (She/Her)
Cell: 847-707-5675
Design and Marketing Associate | Live & In Color

Comments from NMI Staff:

For 2023, the deadline is usually around February 15. Come back because the deadline should be updated for the 2024 contest in October.

CONTACT NAME: Rachel Kwiecinski
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