All genres of shows are welcome in our festivals. If your show has already had a run (in theaters or in other festivals) you can still participate, but only with a completely new cast and crew.
The Thespis Theater Festival is a playwright’s contest designed to offer writers a chance to direct their own shows, helping them to develop a sense of casting, staging, use of lights and direction. With Thespis, it is our intention to give writers a chance to create their vision from the first stroke of their pen to the last scene of their play. Thespis is not only a festival; it’s a competition as well. That means that there are prizes! The winner of the Best Play award will receive a prize of $3,500. Winner of Best Actor will receive $500 and Best Actress, $500. Thespis, as well as our wintertime festival, Venus, is hosted by the Cabrini Repertory Theater, a beautiful proscenium theater in uptown Manhattan.
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 may close before June 1st if we reach the maximum number of plays our festival can hold.
Only plays from New York & New Jersey, will be accepted
Or from anywhere else in US, but the director and the cast must be from NY or NJ.
Submissions must be between 30 and 90 minutes long.
THESPIS THEATER FESTIVAL IS FOR NON-UNION / NON-EQUITY MEMBERS
Each applicant is fully responsible for all elements of their production. These include directing, casting, stage-managing.
In order to submit a play please send the following via email:
1. A 100 word synopsis of the play
2. The complete script
3. Your telephone number and home address, plus the phone number of one other person in your production that we can contact
4. Your bio
As soon as your play is accepted, you will be sent the festival guidelines.
All plays will be given a three-performance run at the theater.
After all plays have had their three-performance run, the best 6 plays will be selected by the Thespis jury as nominees for the $3,500 prize of Best Play. Those 6 shows will be given a fourth performance.
Along with audience members three judges will also attend your fourth performance. This panel of outside judges will make the final decision about the winning play.
There will also be several nominations for best actor. In addition to the winning actress ($500 prize) and winning Actor ($500).
All winners walk out with their check which they can cash the day after with no limitation.
Winners will be announced during a special prize ceremony at the end of the festival to which the cast and crew of all nominated productions will be invited.
There is no fee to submit your play to the Venus Festival.
Once you are accepted, you will be asked send in a $200 fee to participate to the festival. That is the only fee you pay, no hidden and surprising costs.
Again, there is no submission fee. Only those plays that are accepted will be required to send in participant payment.
Submissions will be accepted until June 1st.
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