SATE is seeking womxn directors and playwrights

Website URL Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble

SATE is seeking submissions for Directors and Playwrights for the Fifth Annual Aphra Behn Festival, which will be presented digitally April 30-May 2, 2021. The theme for the 2021 Festival is “Do Over”.

Established in 2017, the Aphra Behn Festival’s goal is to give womxn interested in directing and writing for theatre an opportunity to get some more experience, try out ideas, experiment, and hone their craft.

The Aphra Behn Festival is named for a fascinating poet, translator, and spy. Aphra Behn is widely considered to be the first English woman to make her living as a playwright. SATE produced a play about her, “Or,” by Liz Duffy Adams, in February 2015 and collaborated with Prison Performing Arts to adapt Behn’s play, “The Rover”, for the women at Women’s Eastern Reception, Diagnostic, and Correction Center in Vandalia to perform. “The Rover” was also the text shared by the directors in the 2020 Festival. SATE feels very much a part of Aphra’s legacy.

For artists interested in applying to be a director, email to by January 7, 2021 an anecdote or a story about a piece of theatre you saw, or an experience you had that inspired your interest in directing for theatre. SATE’s co-producers, Rachel Tibbetts and Ellie Schwetye, will contact applicants for a further interview.

For artists interested in submitting a play, email it to by January 7, 2021. The play must contain the following ingredients:

Theme: Do-Over
2-3 characters max
Include 3 lines from previously published play
Include a piece of music from an unexpected source
Include a revelation of space
Include a surprise entrance
Break of Frame
Repetition of object or image 3 times
A sequence of extreme contrast
Must be between 10-15 minutes

The Fifth Annual Aphra Behn Festival will be performed live on Zoom over three evenings. All rehearsals will also take place over Zoom.

SATE will be hiring three directors and three writers for the 2021 Aphra Behn Festival. Womxn artists of all ethnicities, races, ages, abilities, and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Submissions from applicant directors and writers will be reviewed by members of SATE’s newly created Artistic Advisory Ensemble.

Timeline for the 2021 Aphra Behn Festival is as follows:

January 7, 2021: Director submissions and Plays due.
January 11-22, 2021: Director interviews
January 21, 2021: Plays chosen
February 4, 2021: read-thru of scripts with directors, playwrights, and members of the Ensemble
February 11, 2021: plays assigned to directors
March 11, 2021: script re-writes due
April 5, 2021: rehearsals begin
April 27-29, 2021: Festival Tech/Dress rehearsal
April 30-May 2, 2021: Live, online Aphra Behn Festival

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