Submissions Accepted from Everywhere in the US
Shows from outside NY and NJ can only run if the
entire cast and crew are from New York City.
Submissions must be between 30 and 90 minutes long.
Please know that all genres are welcome, including MUSICALS. Several of our winners over the years have been musicals. We are all musicians, and know exactly what you need to make your show a success.
ONE ACT PLAY WELCOME BUT THEY MUST BE
30 MINUTES OR LONGER.
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. Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director will each receive $500. Best Original play will receive $200.
Welcome to Thespis,
a festival created by playwrights
Please read our introduction carefully. We assure you that, by the time you reach the end, it will be very hard for you not to participate. Over the past few years, we’ve gained an impeccable reputation, gathering praise for our dedication to and support of all the playwrights who participate in our festivals.
If your show has already had a run (in theaters or in other festivals before 2014) you can still participate as long as you work with a completely new cast and crew! Now, take a look at why this festival is the perfect place for you to put your work onstage.
Each production is given:
An incredible theater
A 5-hour tech and the opening night on the same day so you have 7 hours in the theater to prepare…instead of being rushed in a tech that is merely double your show’s run time, you will have time to make it great rather than compromising your vision in a stressful rush.
An incredible website on which all shows are listed by date, in alphabetical order and on an interactive calendar, and you will receive a dedicated page/post where you can upload all you need like a dedicated website, such as: SOUL OF A BLUE BUTTERFLY
Amazing awards: you won’t find bigger prizes anywhere!
A 12-week long festival that offers the opportunity for all cast you 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 75 professional lights and colors – 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 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 55. (http://thespisnytheaterfestival.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.
Free box office management.
An extremely low participation fee
The incredible opportunity to hire a professional videographer, photographer and tech directors who is part of the festival. They will cover your show at half of the usual price.
Judges from Manhattan’s theater world who decide on the winners. No Audience Choice Awards, which usually translates as ‘the show with the biggest audience wins’. Many of our past winners 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! (http://thespisnytheaterfestival.com/winners-2012/).
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 may close before July 1, 2015, if we reach the maximum number of plays.
I have worked in a variety of NYC festivals and I have never worked with a more accommodating venue. The management made my cast and crew feel instantaneously comfortable. As artists we were given the support we needed to put on a well-polished production. I would highly recommend Thespis Theater Festival to artists of all ages.
Madeleine Rose Parsigiam –
Director of Cal and Grey -Second place, Thespis Festival 2013