With all the festivals in New York how do you choose which one to enter?Introducing Summerfest 2020: NYC’s fastest growing competition. Now accepting submissions only from playwrights who live no farther that 30 miles from Manhattan. The NY WinterFest stopped accepting submissions in June and those that were accepted will be showing their work from Dec 28th through March at The Hudson Guild Theatre, located at 441 West 26th Street.
Here’s a chance to have your play live on a New York City Stage! Submit your work to the SummerFest festival competition. Accepting plays and musicals of all genres between 5-90 minutes in length. New York Theater Festival has been a haven for playwrights for 16 seasons—Read below to find out why! SUBMIT by clicking on this link
Why is New York Theater Festival a mecca for new and original plays? Simple.
We offer up to $8,000 in Prizes. $4,500 alone goes to the best play or musical.
Can you find another festival that gives away this much money in prizes? Our winners are selected by the festival’s team, so it’s not simply some “popularity contest” based on whoever brings in the largest audience. Sometimes the most “non-glitzy” smallest budget productions with the fewest audience members that win first prize, simply because it was excellent. We love sincere, heart-felt performances, and honest writing.
Prize categories include:
Best director, Best actor, Best actress, Best singer $500 Each
Best lighting design, Best choreography,
Most creative play $300
Best score $300
Best play or musical Short $500
Can you find another festival that gives away that much? The winners are selected by the festival’s team, so it’s not a “popularity contest” for bringing in the largest audience. Sometimes the barest “non-glitziest” production with the smallest audience attendance wins first prize, simply because it was excellent. NY Summer and WinterFests love sincere, heart-felt performances, and honest writing. Prize categories include: best director, best actor, best actress, best singer, best stage manager, best set, best lighting design, most creative play or musical, best choreography and best score.
♣ A quality venue.
The Hudson Guild Theatre is located at 441 West 26th Street. With 99 beautiful red fabric seats and 4 wheel-chair friendly spots. A stage the size of your average 2 bedroom apartment in Manhattan (29’x22’) with plenty of backstage space, room in the wings, a large dressing room complete with mirrors, sink, clean and functional bathroom.
♣ Need set/prop pieces? No problem.
What other festival offers you the use of 85 set props/furniture in their storage for free? Not only are you invited you to use our items, we offer free storage to all full length productions. It’s not fun double parking your truck outside of theaters to find your windshield sporting a new parking ticket. It’s annoying lugging all your props, set items, and costumes back and forth on the subway throughout the length of your run. Don’t sweat it. They have space and that’s not easy to come by in NYC! See the props we offer.
♣ Easy to use technology.
Where else will you get a lighting plot of 94 lights, complete with LED lights that can flush a full range of deep color to your scenes. You are also free to use their projector that project a back stage image of 21×12′.
♣ If MUSIC be the food of love, play on!
Need music? A Yamaha brand 88-key electric piano, complete with a suspension pedal, music stand, piano stool, and a light to read the music.
♣ Long tech hours
Do you know how important it is to have ample tech rehearsal time?
For a Full-Length (60-90 minute long play) 4.5 hours for tech.
For a One-Act (30-45 minute long play) 2.5 hours for tech.
For a Short (5-20 minute long piece) 1 for tech.
There is no reason to run the risk of your show looking miserable during your run because you did not have enough time to prepare. Feel confident with how it will look. That’s why they offer a generous amount of tech time. (After all, time is money!)
♣ What’s more important than advertising your show?
Many festival websites do not advertise your show. Many that do will have mundane descriptions and a thumbnail of a poster. Check out NY SummerFest pages from previous productions. https://newyorktheaterfestival.com/let-go/
Large posters, detailed information, and a catchy blurb of your show… That’s more like it! You can copy the link and share that post without embarrassment. Additionally, you will send you a link for tickets that is easy to share with your family, friends, colleagues, and community. All cast and crew from all productions however earns free tickets to see all other shows in the festival!
♣ Prime performance hours
Ideal prime time slots, 45 minutes of ample set-up time before performances, and since the festival runs for 3 months each production has time to breathe.
♣ No seasonal volunteers
Their principle team members are always at the theater to support you during your tech, box office times and performances. You will always see a familiar face! Feel free to ask for help or special guidance to make your performance a success. Your questions will be answered in a matter of hours from the festival’s team. You will never have to wait days for a response. Their staff is knowledgeable and experienced, providing you with real answers and a personal touch.
♣ Award ceremony
An unforgettable award ceremony at the end of the festival to honor your talent in front of your artistic colleagues, similar to that of an Oscar’s Night!
♣ LAST, BUT NOT LEAST: YOU WILL BE TREATED WITH THE LOVE, RESPECT, AND APPRECIATION THAT YOU DESERVE AS A WRITER AND AS AN ARTIST.
Submit your play to NYC theatre’s best kept secret TODAY.
*Submissions Accepted from Playwrights that live no farther than 30 miles from Manhattan only, and Shows can only run if the entire cast and crew are from New York City. Plays are considered on a first-come first-served basis. The earlier you submit, the better your chances are of having your script invited to the festival. Each applicant is fully responsible for all elements of their production, including directing, casting, stage-managing. We know exactly what you need to make your show a success and we welcome you into our community of playwrights and theater innovators!