NYSummerfest 2018

Plays, Musicals, Full lengths
One Acts, Shorts
Festival Competition


Runs from July 9 to October 7 
Submissions now being accepted nysummerfest@gmail.com
Best Play or Musical

Submissions Accepted from Everywhere in the US

Productions behind 30 miles from Manhattan 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 Short competing for the first prize and

additionally for best short $300.

Best Actor, Best Actress

Best Director and Best Singer will each receive $500.

Best Musical Score $300

Most Creative Play, Stage Manager, Set Design. Choreography

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.
There is no question why NYSummerfest has taken the world of playwrighting and musical  festivals by storm, becoming the largest festival in the country in just 6 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 4 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′

stage left


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

unload props, trying to outsmart meters!




9) Enough storage space to allow 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 AGAIN 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.



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  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 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
  • 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 team. 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.
  • An unforgettable award ceremony at the end of the festival that honors your talent in front of your artistic colleagues, similar to Oscar night! 
  • 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, 2018, if we reach the maximum number of plays we are looking for.
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 NYSummerfest 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.
John Anastasi –

NYSummerfest Competition

wants to make staging your show a pleasure.

First-time writers are more than welcome!

We’ll help you with everything you need to

stage your play.




Each applicant is fully responsible for

all elements of their production.

These include directing, casting, stage-managing.