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Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC) seeks Queens-based writers for ASTORIA STORIES

Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC) seeks writers to participate in a new piece of programming: ASTORIA STORIES, taking place in February 2016.

In celebration of APAC’s 15th Anniversary Season and our namesake neighborhood, ASTORIA STORIES will tell stories about some of Astoria’s most beloved and engaging sites!

For ASTORIA STORIES, 8 writers (or writing teams) will be selected to write 10-minute plays and musicals, to be workshopped, rehearsed, and presented as a single cohesive evening. The production will be presented for 6 performances on dates TBD between February 17th-29th, 2016. ASTORIA STORIES is curated by APAC Artistic Director Dev Bondarin.

1) Submit contact information and a bio for each writer.

2) Submit a list of three (3) Astoria cultural sites, locations, or businesses that are of interest to you. For one, please write a short treatment (100 words) on that place and why it is engaging and special to you.

3) For playwrights – include 5-7 sample pages of a short or full length play.

For musical writers – include 2 sample songs in mp3 format or a link to a web page (“downloadable” files are preferred) along with a 5 page scene sample.  Work samples that are representative of the collaborative team applying are best. (Individual musical writers who wear multiple hats may also apply.)

Email all application materials as a single PDF file, as well as mp3s or website links (if applicable) to by Tuesday December 1st.


We hope writers will be as involved with the process as possible, so please review the timeline below to confirm your availability.

After the submissions are evaluated, the selected teams will be notified within a few days of the deadline. We begin with a meet & greet with all writers and APAC staff to discuss the project. The pieces will be performed by a versatile cast of 8-10 actors made up of company alumni. There will be approximately 3.5 weeks of rehearsal, beginning on (or around) Saturday, January 23rd. The rehearsals will take place in the evening and on weekends.

Tuesday, December 1st — Submission deadline.
Friday, December 4th — Applicants notified of acceptance.
Tuesday, December 8th evening — Meet & Greet with APAC staff. Writing assignments formalized and discussion of the process, schedule, and guidelines.
Saturday, January 16th —1st Draft due/check in meeting with writers. (Individual meetings with will follow over the next week.)
Saturday, January 23rd — Rehearsals begin.

PERFORMANCES — 6 performances between February 17th and 29th TBD.


**Writers will be offered a modest stipend for their participation in ASTORIA STORIES.
**Writers retain all copyright/ownership of their work.

For other submissions:
To submit your work for consideration for future productions, readings, or workshops, please email a letter of interest and a PDF of your play to No phone calls, please.

Please note that we are only able to respond to submissions being considered for productions. All submissions will be kept on file.


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