The Thespis Theater Festival is a playwright’s contest designed to offer writers a chance to direct their own, never-before-seen 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 unique 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 Best Play will receive a prize of $3,500. Winner of Best Actor will receive $500. Thespis, as well as our wintertime festival, Venus, is hosted by the CabriniRepTheater.com, a beautiful, 200-seat proscenium theater in uptown Manhattan.
Only plays from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania will be accepted.
There is no fee to submit your play to the Venus Festival.
Once you are accepted, there are two methods of participant payment and ways to make a profit at your show’s box office:
1. You can send in a $300 refundable check. The deposit will be returned as long as the production is able to bring a minimum of 33 audience members in total to all three performances assigned to each show; that means at least 13 people per performance = 39 audience members in total to all three performances assigned.
2. You can send in a $500 non-refundable check and receive 60% of every ticket sold for your play. That means you’ll receive $12 for every ticket sold. If you get 14 audience members for each of your 3 shows, you will break even and from there on, make a profit. Nominees for Best Play will be given a fourth performance and have even more of a chance to make a profit at their box office.
Plays from last year’s festival whose creators came from the Tri-state area brought an average of 70 audience members for their show’s run.
Again, there is no submission fee. Only those plays that are accepted will be required to send in participant payment.
General submission to Venus is free-of-charge and submissions will be accepted until June 1st.
So no "submission fee," but a $300-$500 "participant fee." Self-supported production, basically?