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Purple Circuit Theater Directory - USA - 2010
Gay/Lesbian-Supportive Theater Companies
The Purple Circuit lists gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or “queer” theater and performance throughout the world, as well as “Kindred Spirit” organizations that produce such work. Our directory indicates which venues accept scripts, sponsor visiting performers, and which have specific criteria for submissions. Most venues have volunteer, or small reading staff, so replies may take a long time. In many cases, an exploratory letter with synopsis may be desirable, rather than sending full scripts.

Past Directories are located in our Archive.
To be included in this directory, please send the following to
        Company Name
        Web Site
         Wheelie Accessed? or access with obstacles?
        Contact Person(s)
        Identity (GLBT, Feminist or Kindred Spirit)
        Brief Description
        Accepts Scripts?
        Accept Visiting Performers?
    1222 West Wilson Avenue, 2nd Floor West, Chicago, IL 60640
    773-784-8565; fax 773-784-8557;
    Contact:  Jane Beachy, marketing dir.
    Identity: GLBTQ
        About Face Theatre creates exceptional, innovative, and adventurous plays to
        advance the national dialogue on gender and sexual identity, and to challenge
        and entertain audiences in Chicago, across the country, and around the world. 
        Accepts scripts:
        Accepts visiting performers:

    2517 N. 4th St., Columbus, OH 43202
    614-263-9448; fax 614-263-9448;
    Contact: Frank A. Barnhart, exec. dir.
    Identity: GLB
        No longer accepting scripts.
        Interested in sponsoring visiting performers.
        Act Out Productions are the sponsors of the Columbus
        National Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival. 

    P.O. Box 306, 31 Adelaide St. E., Toronto, ON, Canada M5C 2J4
    Contact: Sky Gilbert, AD and LM
    Identity: GLQBT
        No scripts or visiting performers.

    7985 Santa Monica Blvd. #109-1, West Hollywood, CA 90046
    Celebration Theatre 7051-B Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038
    323-957-1884; fax 323-957-1826;;
    Contacts: Michael A. Shepperd, Artistic Director,
    Michael C. Kricfalusi, Managing Director,
    Anthony Frisina, Associate Artistic Director,
    Identity: LGBTQQI
        Accepts submissions in full.
        Playwrights may submit to literary manager at our mailing address.
        Playwrights may submit the following:
            1. Full script with cover letter.
            2. One page synopsis.
            3. One page character breakdown.
            4. First 10-15 pages of the script if not submitting the whole script.
            5. SASE for the return of any materials,
               or a note telling us to discard submitted materials.
            6. Self-addressed stamped postcard to request a full script.
            7. CD of music if work is a musical.

    Ocean Grove and Asbury Park, NJ
    Adm./fax 732-807-4052; cell 617-512-6066
    Contact: Marjorie Conn, AD
    Identity: GLQBT
        Presents the Provincetown Fringe Festival in Asbury Park, N.J. all
        year round. There are no admission requirements. Anyone who wants
        to a part of this theater is welcome. We have an open door policy
        in the spirit of giving everyone a chance.
    4545 Park Blvd., #101, San Diego, CA 92116
    619-220-6830; Box office 619-220-0097; fax 619-220-0148
    Contact: Dan Kirsch, executive and artistic dir.
    Identity: GLQBT
        3rd oldest continuously producing GLQBT theatre in the US.
        Play submissions meeting posted guidelines accepted year-round.

    2085 Monroe Ave., Memphis, TN 38104
    Wheelchair accessible
    Contact: Hal Harmon Den-Nickolas Smith
    Identity GLBT
        Producing works focused on GLBT issues for Memphis and
        the mid-south. Accepts scripts and visiting Performers.

    P.O. Box 38280, Los Angeles, Ca 90038
    323-850-6271; fax 323-850-6295;
    Contact: Dennis Safren, literary manager
    Identity: Kindred Spirit
        Accepts scripts with contact number.
        If you want script returned include SASE.
        Allow 2-6 months reply time.
        Will sponsor visiting performers, if it is a work-in-progress. 

    P.O. Box 14912, Portland, OR 97293
    Contact: Howie Baggadonutz
    Identity: GLQBT
        No scripts. Interested in sponsoring visiting performers
        who have a Press packet and a video of the entire show. 

    520 W. 50th Street, #D4, New York, NY 10019
    Contacts: John Sowle and Steven Paterson, co-A.D.s and founders
    Identity: Not exclusively GLQBT
        Independent theatrical production company which presents
        sporadically, generally no more than once a year. Not currently
        accepting unsolicited manuscripts. No visiting performers.

    1028 R Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
    Contact: Tom Swanner, Artistic Director
    Identity: GLBT
        Accept scripts, new works welcome. Prefer full-length pieces.
        We prefer e-mail submissions in MS Word, RTF, PDF, or HTML
        format. Please provide brief bio, previous performance
        listings (if any) and all relevant contact information. If
        sending by postal mail, please know we do not return scripts, we
        donate them to the theatre section of our GLBT library. Reply
        time 4-6 months. We are open to booking traveling performances -
        submit inquiry with VHS/DVD and relevant press material.

    1103 Third St., SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401-2305
    Adm./reservations 319-364-1580;
    Contact: F. John Herbert, executive director
    Identity: Kindred Spirit
        Visual and performing arts presenter based at CSPS, a community
        arts center in a landmark, century-old building. Member: NAAO
        and NPN. Committed to diversity, regularly presents solo
        performers, small companies, and musicians.
        Rarely produces outside work.

    10061 Riverside Dr., #528 Toluca Lake, CA 91602
    Contact: Dee Jae Cox, co-founder, artistic director
    Identity: Kindred Spirit
        Accept scripts: contact us first by e-mail.
        Feel free to contact us if you would like to be a volunteer
        or for further information. The Los Angeles Women's Theatre
        Project is a 501(c) nonprofit organization, that supports and
        creates opportunities for women in the performing arts.    

    P.O. Box 402, Durham, NC 27702
    919-682-4974; reservations 919-682-3343;
    Contact: Edward Hunt, managing director
        Not currently accepting scripts.
    3802-A Keokuk Street, St. Louis, MO 63116
    314-773-6526; reservations 314-534-1111;
    Contact: Scott Miller, AD
    Identity: GLQBT
        Accepts scripts for issue-oriented, full-length,
        small cast musicals. Send script and tape or CD.
        Time for reply varies. No visiting performers. 

    79 E 4th St., New York, NY 10003
    212-780-9037; fax 212-460-8996;
    Contacts: Jerry Manning, artistic assoc.
    Jim Nicola, AD; Mandy Hackett, literary manager
    Identity: Kindred Spirit
        Accept scripts. Send a 10-page synopsis and
        writing sample with SASE. Perhaps interested
        in sponsoring visiting performers.

    Studio 303-372 St. Catherine St. W., Montreal QC H3B 1A2 Canada
    Contacts: David Allan King, AD; Miriam Ginestier, assoc. AD
    Identity: GLQBT
        Not accepting unsolicited scripts at this time.
        Interested in sponsoring visiting performers.
    Out Production´s Pink Network
    Links Canadian producers of GLBT performing arts together for
    visibility, mutual support and pride in our arts and communities.
    The Network´s Québéçois home also taps into producers of
    French-language performing arts. Out provides the network
    free of charge to Canadian companies and individuals involved
    in queer creation in the performing arts.

    3023 N Clark 327, Chicago, IL 60657
    773-250-3112; 773-281-4844
    Productions are wheelie accessible
    Contacts: David Zak, executive director
              John Nasca, Patrick Rybarczyk, Allison Fradkin, artistic associates
    Identity: GLBT
        Pride Films and Plays fosters excellent writing for the stage and screen that
        speaks to both the GLBT and worldwide community. Offering human stories of
        parenting, marriage, faith, and love can become a cultural bridge to understanding.
        Pride Films and Plays links an international network of writers with professionals
        working in film and theater through readings, contests, classes, screenings,
        productions, and development, to create great artistic experiences.
        Scripts must be submitted via the contests: Pride Films and Plays Contests
        Visiting performers on case by case basis.

    P.O. Box 221012, St. Louis, MO 63122
    Adm./reservations 314-276-8693;
    Contacts: Jerrold Rabushka, AD; Skip Hardesty, managing director
    Identity: Kindred Spirit
        No scripts; occasional visiting performers.

    1300 Altamont Ave., Richmond, VA 23230-4714
    Wheelchair accessible
804-346-8113; fax 804-342-8015 Contacts: Philip Crosby, managing director: John Knapp, artistic director: Identity: GLQBT We are the only full-time professional theater in the mid-Atlantic regions presenting plays and performers of relevance to the LGBT community at large. We accept scripts and visiting performers. STAGEQ, INC. P.O. Box 8876, Madison, WI 53708-8876 Adm./reservations 608-661-9696, ext 3; Contact: Tara Ayres, AD Identity: GLBT Accept scripts; require synopsis with full script upon request. Prefer electronic copies. Resident company at the Bartell Theatre, 113 E. Mifflin St., Madison WI Occasionally produce visiting LGBT performers. Contact: with proposals. TAPIT/NEW WORKS, ENSEMBLE THEATER 1957 Winnebago St., Madison, WI 53704 Adm./reservations 608-244-2938; Contacts: Donna Peckett and Danielle Dresden, producing artistic directors Etta Gasport, tour coordinator Identity: GLBT and Kindred spirit No scripts. Possible interested in co-sponsoring visiting performers. THAT UPPITY THEATRE COMPANY 4466 W. Pine Blvd., #13c, St. Louis, MO 63108 314-534-1454; fax 314-534-6591; reservations 314-995-4600; Contact: Joan Lipkin, AD Identity: Kindred Spirit No scripts. Sponsors visiting performers and/or also refers them to other appropriate area companies and venues. Send e-mail, or postcard describing the work, and how we can get in touch. We also create original work with various groups we initiated including The Louies, an ensemble of gay men, Apple Pie, an ensemble of LGBT youth and The DisAbility Project. THEATRE ASKEW P.O. Box 1603 Cooper Station, New York, NY 10276-1603 212-957-8925; Contact: Jason Jacobs and Tim Cusack, co-artistic directors Identity: GLBT Theatre Askew views the world through a queer eye in order to create bold and innovative theatrical events for viewers of all orientations. Our definition of "queer" is based upon a concern for the outsider perspective; it includes a vast terrain of sexual, social and personal diversity. We draw from our theatrical and literary heritage to inspire new work, and we seek to educate and develop future generations of artists and audiences. Through productions and outreach, Theatre Askew strives to make work of social impact and spiritual consequence. All projects originated by the artistic directors. No scripts or synopses accepted. No visiting artists. Notices of NYC-area productions or readings are welcome. THEATRE OFFENSIVE 565 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116 617-661-1600, fax 617-266-1601; Contact: Abe Ryebeck, artistic director Identity: GLBT The Theater Offensive’s mission is to form and present the diverse realities of queer lives in art so bold it breaks through personal isolation and political orthodoxy to help build an honest, progressive community. Accepts scripts and visiting performers. TOSOS - The Other Side of Silence 506 Ninth Ave., 3FN, New York, NY 10018 212-563-2218; Contacts: Mark Finley, artistic director; Barry Childs, administrative director Identity: GLQBT No scripts or performers. Revival of TOSOS, NYC´s pioneer professional gay theater company. Original founder: Doric Wilson TRIANGLE CIRCLE PLAYERS c/o The Pride Center of New Jersey, 85 Raritan Ave., #100, Highland Park, NJ 08904-2701 732-595-7529 Contact: Darren L. Nye, managing director, Identity: LGBTIQ The mission of the Triangle Circle Players is to educate and inform New Jersey area residents about issues and topics that relate to the LGBTIQ community by producing plays, musicals and other productions. Accepts scripts. THE VILLAGE 1125 N. McCadden Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90038 Wheelie accessed 323-860-7393; fax 323-308-4090 Contact: Matt Walker, coordinator Jon Imparato, cultural arts dir. Identity: GLQBT Accept scripts. Info: 323-860-7336 (Sue) Interested in sponsoring visiting performers. Proposal Form: VILLAGE PLAYWRIGHTS LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th St., New York, NY Adm./Tickets: 212-645-1514; Contact: Emanuel Gavales Identity: GLQBT New and developing plays read on the 2nd and 4th Weds. Playwrights have opportunity to self produce plays that have been workshopped at economical cost. VORTEX REPERTORY COMPANY 2307 Manor Road, Austin, TX 78722-2135 512-478-LAVA; Contact: Bonnie Cullum, AD WALK & SQUAWK PERFORMANCE PROJECT (No longer active Web site: Contacts: Erika Block and Hilary Ramsden, co-ADs, founders Identity: Kindred Spirit Creates original physical and visual performance. No unsolicited scripts or videos. ———————————————————————— The following are assumed to be active, however, they did not respond to our requests for verification. ———————————————————————— BAX / BROOKLYN ARTS EXCHANGE 421 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215 Adm./Office/Reservations: 718-832-0018; fax 718-832-9189 Contact: Marya Warshaw, Dir. Identity: GLQBT 75-seat theater presenting dance, theater, performance, video with lbgt themes and by lbgt artists. Artist in Residency program, space grants to develop new work for Brooklyn based artists. Also offering professional workshops to the field and the general public. Occasionally sponsor visiting performers. C.J. PRODUCTIONS 199 Gilla Dr., St. Louis, MO 63011 Contact: Christopher Jackson, president Identity: GLQBT Accept scripts. Allow 2-3 weeks for reply. Interested in sponsoring visiting performers. DIXON PLACE AT VINEYARD 26 161A Chrystie St., New York, NY 10002 Adm./Res.: 212-219-0736; fax 212-219-0761; Contact: Ellie Covan, director and founder Identity: Kindred Spirit Accept scripts only from artists based in NYC. Are looking for works of performance and theatre in new forms. Especially encourage women and minorities to submit. Send script and/or video with SASE and brief letter. Allow 8-10 weeks for reply. HALLWALLS CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER 341 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 14202 716-854-1694; fax 716-854-1696 Contacts: Edmund Cardoni executive director; Polly Little, development dir.; John Massier, visual arts curator; Joanna Raczynska, media program, Steve Baczkowski, music program; Carl Lee, technical director Identity: Kindred Spirit No scripts. Hallwalls offers programs in visual arts, film, video, new music, jazz, performance, and literature. HIGHWAYS PERFORMANCE SPACE 1651 - 18th St., Santa Monica, CA 90404 310-453-1755; reservations 310-315-1459; Contacts: Mary Milelzcik, administrative dir./gallery curator; Leo Garcia, artistic director Identity: Kindred Spirit No scripts. Primarily a performance art space for LA-based artists. JUMPSTART PERFORMANCE COMPANY 108 Blue Star, San Antonio, TX 78204 Fax 210-222-2231; Contacts: S.T. Shimi, A.D., company programming; Lisa Suarez, A.D., guest artist programming Identity: GLQBT NEW CONSERVATORY THEATRE CENTER 25 Van Ness Ave., Lower Lobby, San Francisco, CA 94102 415-861-4914; fax 415-861-6988; reservations 415-861-8972 Contact: Ed Decker, AD Identity: GLQBT Accepts scripts through agents only. Interested in sponsoring visiting performers. PERFORMANCE SPACE 122 150 First Ave., New York, NY 10009 212-477-5829; fax 212-353-1315 Reservations: 212-477-5288 Contacts: Kari H., office manager Mark Russell, exec. director Identity: Kindred Spirit Accept scripts. First get flyer "How to get a Gig at PS122." Allow 4-6 months for reply. Interested in sponsoring visiting performers. PLAYWRIGHTS´ ARENA 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013 Adm./box office 213-627-4473; Contact: Jon Lawrence Rivera, AD Identity: Kindred Spirit Playwrights´ Arena is the only theatre dedicated to discovering, nurturing and producing works for the stage written exclusively by Los Angeles playwrights. We do not produce one-act and one-person plays. Accept scripts that must be written by Los Angeles playwrights and that have never been produced. Allow six months for reply. No visiting performers. SNAP! PRODUCTIONS P.O. Box 8464, Omaha, NE 68108 402-341-2757 Contact: Michael Simpson, AD, Identity: Kindred Spirit Accept scripts Sponsor SNAP!fest each summer, a festival of new theatrical works. THEATRE Q 1872 Grove Way, Castro Valley CA 94546 510-326-8197; Contact Persons: Dale Albright Identity: GLBT theatre Q is committed to bringing the evolving images of gays and lesbians in theatre to the greater Bay Area. We accept scripts. Performance address varies, but we are committed to being wheelie accessible. THEATRE NEW WEST 1415 California, Houston, TX 77006 Adm./Off./Res.: 713-522-2204 Contact: Joe Watts, AD Identity: GLQBT. Accept scripts for full length or one-acts. Allow one month for reply. Maybe will sponsor visiting performers. THEATRE RHINOCEROS 2926 - 16th St., San Francisco, CA 94103 415-552-4100; fax 415-558-9044; reservations 415-861-5079 Contact: John Fisher, AD Identity: GLQBT Accept scripts. Allow one year response time. Interested in sponsoring visiting performers. TRIANGLE PRODUCTIONS! 3430 S.E. Belmont St., Portland, OR 97214 503-230-9404; fax 503-230-9303; reservations 503-239-5919 Contact: Donald I Horn, AD Identity: GLQBT Accept scripts. Allow 3-6 months for reply. Sponsors visiting performers. Please send video, script, and press packet. WINGS THEATRE COMPANY, INC. 154 Christopher St., New York, NY 10014 212-627-2960; fax 212-462-0024; reservations 212-627-2961 Contacts: Jeffrey Corrick, AD; Trish Gilbert, literary mgr. Identity: Kindred Spirit Accept scripts for full-length plays or musicals. Include a SASE. No synopsis or letters of inquiry, etc. Scripts read by May 1st get a reply in summer. No visiting performers. WOW CAFE THEATER 59-61 East 4th St., New York, NY 10003 Adm./reservations 212-777-4280 Identity: Lesbian, All Women. All women are welcome to join The Collective. ———————————————————————— The following are defunct, or have changed their mission. ———————————————————————— BAILIWICK REPERTORY [Note: Closed it’s doors in November 2009 and re-organized as Bailiwick Chicago. Bailiwick Chicago’s new mission statement: “We tell stories that stimulate our audience and celebrate our diverse community, enhancing our understanding of ourselves and others.” No specific mention of GLBT concerns.] 6201 N. Hermitage, Chicago, IL 60660 773-969-6201; PHILADELPHIA GAY & LESBIAN THEATRE FESTIVAL [NOTE: Now Defunct. This group closed after their 7th season in March 2010.] P.O. Box 1164, Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-627-6483 Contact: Matthew Cloran, artistic dir.; Bill Esher, managing dir. Identity: GLQBT Presents gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender plays, musicals, one- acts, one-person shows, cabarets and young audience plays. The Festival takes place in June, running a week and a half. We´re especially interested in producing new works. Submissions are accepted year-round; however, the deadline for each Festival is October 31. $10 submission fee. Mail submissions to above address. The Festival also brings in visiting performers and theatre companies to be presented along with plays they produce.

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