arciTEXT '18 Ten Minute Play Festival: SOCIAL MEDIA

arcitext 2018


Call for Playwrights and Directors

arciTEXT. The Arc Theatre’s annual festival of short new works, arciTEXT, returns for its sixth year. Each year, The Arc challenges the Chicago Artist Community to come up with original new works inspired by a literary theme. This year, the theme is “SocialMedia”. The Arc seeks provocative playwrights, directors and actors to collaborate and create their unique presentation inspired by this year’s theme, taking any and all liberties.


The Plays.

The Arc seeks submissions of short works from new playwrights riffing on the central theme of “Social Media.” Plays will be chosen based on their unique exploration of the theme, as well as how they fit into an evening long dialogue of the subject matter. Plays should be no more than 10 pages long and can be written in any form or style. Number of actors (2-5 actors preferred, but all plays will be considered) and ease of production will be taken into account in the selection process as limited lighting, sound and set support will be available in the final production. Playwrights contact information will be provided to Directors, and playwrights can be involved in the rehearsal process in a mutually agreed upon manner.

*Please Note: One playwright will be selected to develop their play throughout 2018 with our Director of New Works, and The Arc will end their season with a staged reading of this new work. This year's play selection will be up to the audience! If you are submitting a play for the festival and DO NOT wish to develop your piece further- that's perfectly fine- but please indicate this in your submission email.

Playwrights should submit their completed first draft scripts to by January 28th, 2018 for consideration.


The Directors.

The Arc seeks directors to facilitate each of the short works. Directors will be expected to lead the rehearsal and production process of their particular play within the festival. Some rehearsal space will be provided for each production, as well as designated tech time. Directors can, in collaboration with their cast, schedule additional rehearsal time as needed. A group audition will be facilitated by The Arc, directors may cast from this casting pool in collaboration with other directors, or they may cast the show on their own- provided actors are committed to all rehearsal and production dates prior to the casting deadline.

*Please Note: Directors and Actors must be available for all pertinent dates in order to be considered. (see below).The goal of the production process will be to present unique stories in a provocative manner contributing to the larger conversation about “Social Media”. The Arc seeks to limit the amount of commitment from Actors and Directors in order to facilitate participation from a wide cross section of the Chicago Arts Community.


Directors should submit their resume, statement of interest and availability to by January 28th, 2018 for consideration.


Tentative Important Dates to Know (subject to change):

Director and Play Submissions Due:  1.28.18

Plays/Directors Chosen and Notified:1.31.18

Plays/Directors Roster Finalized: 2.04.18


Meeting with all Playwrights/Directors: 2.10.18

arciTEXT Auditions: 2.10.18

Director Casting Meeting: 2.10.18


Rehearsal Block One: 2.24.18

Rehearsal Block Two: 3.03.18

Rehearsal Block Three: 3.10.18


TECH: 3.10.18/ 3.11.18

PERFORMANCE #1: 3.11.18

PERFORMANCE #2: 3.12.18

PERFORMANCE #3: 3.13.18


*Performances will be held at the Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble space at 1650 W. Foster Ave.

*Rehearsal space will be provided at The Theatre School at DePaul, and each Director will be assigned a rehearsal 1-1.5 hour rehearsal block depending on space availability.

*Rehearsal and Tech times will be pre-scheduled and staggered. Directors will receive contact information and can switch scheduling amongst each other at their discretion.


Any questions? Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns as you put together your submission. Contact Natalie Sallee natalie@arctheatrech

Basic Info
Deadline Type: 
Deadline or Post Expiration: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Natalie Sallee
Contact Address: 
United States