5th STAGE International Script Competition

5th STAGE International Script Competition Deadline: 1 December 2011 (All entries must be postmarked on or before)

Eligibility: international

The International Script Competition:

The STAGE International Script Competition, now in its fifth cycle, awards a $10,000 USD prize for the best new play about science and technology in content and/or form.

The prize is given at a public awards event with distinguished professionals from the worlds of , film, science and/or technology, to be held in conjunction with a staged reading/performance/demonstration with a cast of professional actors.* In addition, the winning playwright will have access to advice and guidance from professional and film artists as well as experts in the fields of science, engineering and technology. Other development opportunities for the winning script may be possible.

What is STAGE?

STAGEScientists, Technologists and Artists Generating Exploration – a unique collaboration between art and science, began as a partnership between the Professional Artists Lab and the California NanoSystems Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

STAGE endeavors to:

  • Cultivate appreciation and collaboration between the two cultures of science and art
  • Catalyze the development of art that depicts the technological age in which we live
  • Promote understanding of the sciences in the public arena
  • Foster new and imaginative voices and methods of storytelling
  • Accomplish all of the above within an international community

STAGE, which is housed at the , is engaged in two primary activities: the STAGE International Script Competition and the STAGE Collaboratory.

To assist the STAGE Competition in ongoing fund-raising efforts – and to thereby assist future artists – winning author(s) are asked to specifically acknowledge the support of STAGE, the , and the California NanoSystems Institute in the credits of any work that incorporates the winning play.

The winning play will be announced on this website in July, 2012. The winning author will be notified directly, prior to public notification.

Scripts will be judged by an esteemed panel of jurors.

All submissions must include:

a.    A cover letter.

b.    Completed and signed entry form, as follows:
Please submit the entry form online. After you click on the “Submit Entry Form” button, a confirmation page will appear on your screen. Please print out this confirmation page, have all collaborators sign and date the form in the space provided, and mail it in with your script copies and other submission materials.

c.    A bio/resume for each author/collaborator.

d.    Two copies of a separate one-page (maximum) synopsis of the script. Include the name of the play at the top of this page, but identification and/or the name(s) of the author(s) must not appear anywhere on the synopsis.

e.    Two copies of a separate written statement with answers to the following three application questions:

a.    How, specifically, does your play relate to the fields of science and/or technology?

b.    How has your play developed up to the present? Include information about the artistic evolution of the play and its ideas. Also include information regarding past readings, workshops, etc.

c.    How do you envision the future development of the script and the culmination of this work?

It is understood that, in some cases, names of collaborators may need to be mentioned as part of the developmental history, but again, do not include the name(s) of the author(s) anywhere in your answers to these three application questions.

f.      Three (3) copies of the play, in English. Since scripts will be read as blind submissions, the title pages on all copies of the play must include only the name of the play and the year in which it was written. Identification and/or the name(s) of the author(s) must not appear anywhere on the scripts. Each script must include a list of characters or a cast breakdown. Double-sided photocopies of scripts are encouraged.

And, if applicable:

Other supporting materials that must accompany the submission of multi-media theatre pieces, new forms, works that are not entirely script-based, musicals, adaptations, and translations (see Submission Guidelines #3c through #3f for details).

Receipt of complete submissions will be sent by e-mail. Please note that it may take up to three weeks for entries to be processed before a receipt is sent.

We regret that it is not possible to return any submission materials.

Send submission materials to:

STAGE Script Competition
Professional Artists Lab
CNSI – MC 6105
3241 Elings Hall – Bldg. 266
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6105

Please direct all inquiries about the STAGE Script Competition to:

E-mail: stage@cnsi.ucsb.edu

To learn more about the Professional Artists Lab or the California NanoSystems Institute, please visit our respective websites:

The Professional Artists Lab

The California NanoSystems Institute

Complete rules and application form may be downloaded from the web site:


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