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For a few aspiring writers, OnyxFest 2021 – the first and only Indiana theater festival exclusively for African American playwrights – will cover all expenses required to bring scripts to life. One-act plays will be accepted for consideration up to midnight Sunday, February 28th.
This competition is designed to showcase the broad spectrum of stories that depict Black life and culture. OnyxFest Director Vernon A. Williams said, “This is an event that empowers Black artists to create their own narrative, to tell their own stories.”
Playwrights will receive royalties along with stipends to pay actors, directors, lighting assistants and sound technicians. The grant will include funds for set design, props, costume and makeup as well as the complete cost of theater rental for both rehearsal and performances.
Scripts should be submitted to https://go.iu.edu/3AGv by midnight, February 28. Entries will then be submitted to a jury of theater professionals who will read each and determine five winners. Winners will be notified Monday, March 22, 2021. OnyxFest 2021 will be held in October.
OnyxFest 2021 is sponsored by the Africana Repertory Theater of IUPUI (ARTI), a program of study offered by the IUPUI School of Liberal Arts, School of Education and Office of Community Engagement using theater to document and artistically reflect the history, cultural life, and
politics of people of the Africana Diaspora.
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