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Interested in Hosting EMOS?

The steering committee of Earth Matters on Stage invites proposals from organizations interested in hosting the sixth EMOS New Play Festival and Symposium.  


EMOS was founded in 2004 by Theresa May and Larry Fried to stimulate and support the development of theatrical work through a nationally adjudicated New Play Contest, which recognizes new plays focused on ecological issues and emerging from an ecological sensibility. Since then, EMOS has grown to include both the playwright’s  contest and a concurrent symposium on theatre and ecology, and has been hosted by five different institutions. If you have attended an EMOS Festival, you know that each location gives a unique flavor and feeling to the festival. If your institution would like to host a future EMOS Festival, we would love to hear from you! 


The EMOS steering committee will select a host and location for EMOS 2020 or 2021 (and beyond) from the proposals that are received in response to this CFP. All future conferences will be set up through this proposal process. Throughout the process of planning and implementing the festival and symposium, the artistic director, managing director, and a small steering committee will offer support.  


The guidelines below will help you think about and shape your Proposal to Host EMOS. Please feel free to contact us with questions. We’re happy to help you think about ways to make it work for your institution and community. We will read proposals on a rotating basis, so there’s no deadline. Please read our page on planning the timing of your EMOS so that you allow enough time to plan.


To enable us to make an informed choice and to help local organizers begin the process of planning, the conference committee has put together guidelines for preparing a proposal. To download the file, click here.


When you are ready to propose, please send a copy of the completed proposal with a signed cover letter from the local organizer(s) by via email to:


Dr. Brian Cook

Managing Director, EMOS


Dr. Theresa J. May

Co-Founder and Artistic Director, EMOS

Professor Emerita, University of Oregon

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