Festival Submission Guidelines

2021 festival of new american theatre

For The Phoenix Theatre Company’s 2021 Festival of New American Theatre 

The Phoenix Theatre Company is accepting submissions for the following:

1.    Full Length Plays: Both dramatic and comedic. 

  • Plays should be original, un-produced, full-length scripts. 
  • A blind copy of your script should be submitted. (no names)
  • Plays that have received more than two development processes (i.e. festival participation) are not eligible.  
  • No screenplays please. 
  • No Theatre for Young Audience please.
  • Cast size must be limited to 6 actors or less (actors may play more than one role).
  • Submission fee: $10.00* 
    • Fees are waived for members of WGA or Dramatists Guild (please provide photo/copy of your membership card when submitting your script) 
  • PDF attachments only!  Hard copy (mailed in) or word documents will NOT be accepted.  
  • A notice of receipt will be sent by email once your script has been received.
  • Plays selected will receive a development process with a director, dramaturg and actors.  This includes twenty hours of rehearsal time and two performed readings, with script in hand, in front of an audience.  Either a guided feedback session with the audience will follow the performance or the play will have a dramaturgical breakout session at the festival.  Questions for the talkbacks are developed with the playwrights and are facilitated by the festival director or one of the coordinators. 
  • If selected, you must be available to be in residence for 6 to 7 days during the festival.  Timing will be determined after selections are made. 
  • Airfare and lodging are provided for the festival, as well as a small honorarium.  Travel to and from your home airport not included.

2.    Full Length Musicals: Both dramatic and comedic.

  • Musicals should be original and un-produced.
  • A blind copy of your script and score should be submitted. (no names)
  • Please submit a full libretto and demos of at least three songs (more are recommended and do not need to be fully produced). Sheet music/Score will be asked for after the first round of readings.
  • No Musical Revues please.
  • Jukebox Musicals are okay. You must provide proof rights to the song.
  • No Theatre for Young Audience please.
  • No more than 3 collaborators (book writer, lyricist and composer) for each work.  
  • Cast size must be limited to 10 actors (actors may play multiple roles.)
  • Submission fee: $10.00*
  • Fees are waived for members of WGA or Dramatists Guild (please provide a link to your DG/WGA page, ID number or photo/copy of your membership card) 
  • PDF attachments only or provide link to Dropbox, Google Drive or other sharable platforms.  Hard copies (mailed in) or word documents will NOT be accepted.  
  • A notice of receipt will be sent by email once your script has been received.
  • Musicals selected will receive a development process with a director, dramaturg and actors.  This includes twenty hours of rehearsal time and up to three performed readings, with script in hand, in front of an audience.  Either a guided feedback session with the audience will follow the performance or the musical will have a dramaturgical breakout session at the festival.
  • If your script/musical is selected, all collaborators must be available to be in residence for 6 to 7 days during the festival.  Timing will be determined after selection.
  • Airfare and lodging are provided for the festival as well as a small honorarium.  Travel to and from your home airport not included.

3.    Original Songs for our Composer/Lyricist Cabaret

  • Please submit piano sheet music and demos of 5 complete, original songs.  
  • Songs can be from an existing musical (of your own in development) or be stand-alone pieces. We are looking for a sampling of your work.
  • If selected, the composer and lyricist must be available to be in residence for the week the cabaret is scheduled. Timing is determined after selection. 
  • Composers/Lyricists will receive airfare, housing and a small honorarium.  Travel to and from your home airport not included.
  • No more than 2 artists can be eligible for free housing/airfare.

 
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