It runs From July 10 to October 8 2017 Submissions now being accepted – Only spots in September are available firstname.lastname@example.org
Best Play or Musical
NO FEES REQUIRED TO SUBMIT YOUR PLAY TO THIS FESTIVAL
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 5 and 90 minutes long.
NYSummerfest is not only a festival,
it’s a competition as well.
That means that there are prizes! The winner of the Best Play or
Musical award will receive a prize of $3,500.
Best Actor, Best Actress
Best Director and Best Singer will each receive $500.
Best Musical Score $300
Most Creative Play, Stage Manager, Set Design and Lighting design
Will each receive $200
Please know that all genres are welcome, including MUSICALS. Several of our winners over the years have been musicals we have a large Venue ideal to run them. 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.
There is no question why Summerfest has taken the world of playwrighting and musical festivals by storm, becoming one of the largest festival in the country in just 5 years.
It’s because productions enjoy staging their plays with us!
We are a group of playwrights who, after years of staging our
plays in NYC festivals, said: “Why don’t we create a festival
that includes everything we dreamt of having while being
part of others?”
The result is beyond our wildest expectations. In just a few
years the NYSummerfest has caught fire as the number of
submissions we receive continues to grow every year.
Is this sheer luck or an acknowledgment of what we offer?
Let’s find out:
Our participating playwrights receive:
1) Acknowledgement in the form of excellent prizes more than any other U.S. festival that we know of.
2) A 3 month-long festival that lets each production breathe,
with 45-minute set-up times and prime
performance hours. And since we offer free tickets to all
shows for the cast and crew of every production, participants
have the opportunity to learn from the work of their artistic
3) The longest tech hours offered from a festival.
4) A 99-seat theater with beautiful, fixed red fabric seats,
and six places for wheelchairs.
5) 92 lights on our grid! Yes, you read right; 92 lights,
including colored gels and LED lights in order to let you
paint the moods and atmospheres of your scenes.
6) 2 projectors that covers a 21×12′ backstage and a 8×14′
7) An 88 key electric piano that all productions can use.
8) 74 prop sets, including varied pieces of real
furniture, that every production can use for free. Ninety percent of
our past participants have created their sets with our props.
No more double parking rental vans, while you rush to
9) Enough storage space to allow you you to leave your
costumes and props in the theater during your run.
10) Winners selected by the festival’s team. 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
11) A real large dressing room with mirrors on 3 walls, a
sink with running water and a bathroom
12) No seasonal volunteers! One of our principle founding
members is always at the theater to support you during your
tech, box office times and performances
NYSummerfest is our dream festival created for you!
Welcome to NYSummerfest
a festival created by playwrights and musicians
for playwrights and musicians!
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.
Browse through a few of the many testimonials we’ve received over the years see: (Testimonial) to see how the playwrights we’ve hosted feel about us. We’ve also been granted a most prestigious award from the International Centre for Women Playwrights in 2014; a bit of recognition for our consistent and enthusiastic support of female playwrights.
As playwrights, directors and actors ourselves, 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! Our festival is designed to offer writers a chance to put their shows onstage instead of placing their creative vision into other hands, as often happens with playwrights. We will help you to develop a sense of direction and staging, as well as the meaningful use of lighting and sound.
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.
If your show has already had a run (in theaters or in other festivals before 2015) you can still participate as long as you work with a completely new cast and crew Or purchase the box office rights of your run. 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
Long tech hours and the opening night on the same day so you have hours in the theater to prepare…instead of being rushed in a tech that is merely the time or double of 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 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 3 months no just 3 packed weeks long festival that offers the opportunity for all cast that 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 team, giving you real answers and a personal touch.
A professional lighting and sound system–including 92 professional lights and LED (color lights) – that’s easy to use, even for non-techies.
A free tutorial on how to use the manual light/sound/projection system on one of the two lighting boards we offer to all productions, 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 set props to help stage your play 74. (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 (which we also provide) or black folding chairs that make every play look alike, we offer you real furniture & set pieces.
Free box office management.
The incredible opportunity to hire a professional tech directors who is part of the festival. He will cover your show at half of the usual price.
The festival team decide whom are 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.
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 31, 2017, 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 NYSummerfest to artists of all ages.
Madeleine Rose Parsigiam –
Director of Cal and Grey -, 2013
NYSummerfest was an amazing opportunity for my cast and creative team to showcase our work at the professional level. As young artists, it can be difficult to find affordable space and supportive people to sponsor us as we work towards polishing our aesthetic. The festival team was an invaluable resource to us, being warm, friendly and full of good advice as we went through the festival process. As this was my very first time participating in a festival, I feel very lucky to have had the wonderful folks at the festival to teach me the ropes. Moreover, the opportunity to extend our show into the Finals portion of the competition was incredibly exciting and made the entire team feel as if they had accomplished something at a much higher level. NYSummerfest has been an incredible experience – bringing together many artists into one collaborative atmosphere. Thank you!
Lily Raabe –
Director of Eaten Voices
I have been investing and producing in NYC theatre for over ten years. I have participated in financing two off Broadway productions of plays that I have written. I have produced numerous showcases, stage and table readings of over seven different plays. The experience was the same for each; frustration, disappointment and great financial loss. In absolute contrast, the Festival was a joy to participate in on every level. The group made everything easy to accomplish and bent over backwards to be certain that our production would have every chance of success, both artistically and financially. Several of the members of my creative team had participated in other well known festivals in NYC and agreed that the festival was several notches above the rest. I can only hope that in the future I can write other plays that will be accepted into this wonderfully nurturing home for a playwright and creative team.