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NY Summefest A Dream Festival Created For Emerging Playwrights

NY Summefest A Dream Festival Created For Emerging Playwrights
Hudson Guild Theatre

The audience

NY Summefest runs from July 11 thru October 2nd. With the Fringe closing up shop this year, this festival is a God send to writers, because of the fee and quality of support. Over the past few years, this festival has gained an impeccable reputation, gathering praise for their dedicated support to all playwrights, who have participate in their festivals. As playwrights, directors and actors ourselves, it is Summerfest’s intention to give writers a chance to create their vision. We will help you to develop a sense of direction and staging, as well as the meaningful use of lighting and sound. All genres are welcome, including MUSICALS. Several of our winners over the years have been musicals. We know exactly what you need to make your show a success. If your show has already had a run (in theaters or in other festivals before 2016) you can still participate as long as you work with a completely new cast and crew!

Hudson Guild Theatre

The stage

They are just completing a Winterfest and now applications for Summerfest have begun. This festival’s intention is to give writers a chance to see their visions come to life in a affordable way. If your play or musical is accepted the entrance fee is $250 (not $750 to $1000) if it is 50 to 90 minutes long , $150 if it is 30 to 50 minutes long or $75 if it is only 10 to 30 minutes long. If you wish to participate as an Equity show case you will be contacted by the festival and you will be sent a different sets of guidelines.

Writers have a chance to put their shows onstage for 3 to 5 performances, depending on the audiences demand. What is even better is all their rights are retained. Writers are given a sense of direction and staging, if needed. A light and a sound person is also available. All genres are welcome, including MUSICALS. Several of the festivals winners over the years have been musicals. Summerfest knows exactly how to make your show a success.

If your show has already had a run (in theaters or in other festivals before 2016) you can still participate as long as you work with a completely new cast and crew!

Each production is given..

An incredible theater, that is easy to get to 26th between 9th and 10th. Subways and buses go within two blocks.

Extra long techs and an opening night on the same day, so you extra time in the theater to prepare…instead of being rushed.

An incredible website on which all shows are listed by date, in alphabetical order. You will receive a dedicated page/post where you can upload all you need like a dedicated website

A 12-week long festival that offers the opportunity for your cast and you to get that much inspiration in one place!

Special guidance for playwrights staging their first show to help make their performances a success

Answers to all questions in a matter of hours and only from the festival’s founders. You’ll never wait days for an answer

Knowledgeable staff. We don’t fill our festival with seasonal volunteers. All those who work in the festival are dedicated and experienced members of our theater company, giving you real answers and a personal touch

A professional lighting and sound system–including 92 professional lights including LED lights and color gels – that’s easy to use, even for non-techies

A free tutorial on how to use the light/sound/projection system, and expert technical guidance on how to paint the mood of your play

Storage for your props, costumes and set pieces during the entire run of your play. (This is an enormous time and money saver!)

A large, varied collection of props to help stage your play (http://newyorktheaterfestival .com/props/). That means no more truck rentals and the risk of getting a ticket while you rush to unload your props. And we spare you the time and money it takes to search for & buy them. So, rather than use a few available rehearsal blocks or black folding chairs that make every play look alike, we offer you real furniture & set pieces

Enough storage space to allow you you to leave your costumes and props and sets in the theater during your run. We don’t have popularity prizes for bringing the largest audience. In our festival, sometimes the barest production with the smallest audience attendance wins first prize simply because it was excellent!

2 projector – back stage that covers a 21×12 and stage right 14×8

An 88 electric piano that all productions can use

Free box office management

We do not use seasonal volunteers! One of our principle founding members is always at the theater to support you during your tech, box office times and performances

Cash prizes of up to No Audience Choice Awards, which usually translates as ‘the show with the biggest audience wins’. Many of our past winners have presented very small, intimate and ‘unglitzy’ productions. An unforgettable award ceremony at the end of the festival that honors your talent in front of your artistic colleagues, similar to Oscar night!

Best actress, Best Actor, Best Director and Best singers will all receive each $500.
Best Musical Score $300. Best Original play, Stage manager and Set Designer will all receive each $200.
Best Play or musical $3,500.

Above all, you will be treated with great respect, support and a real spirit of friendship

We are happy to welcome you into our community of playwrights and theater innovators!

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.) Submissions must close before July, 2017, if we reach the maximum number of plays.



Each applicant is fully responsible for all elements of their production. These include directing, casting, stage-managing.

NY Summefest is a dream festival created for you!

To submit:


Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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