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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Corkscrew Theater Festival seeks productions

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Corkscrew Theater Festival (July 10-August 4, 2019) at the Paradise Factory Theater on NYC's Lower East Side
Submissions deadline Friday, November 23 at 11:59pm
Apply here: https://corkscrewfestival.org/application-2019

Now in our third year, Corkscrew Theater Festival is a curated presentation of new work by early career artists concentrated over four weeks at the Paradise Factory Theater in the summer of 2019. This year’s festival, running July 10-August 4, will contain four fully realized productions receiving ten performances each, and four “reading slots” for work to be heard publicly for the first time. Corkscrew seeks projects that demonstrate real collaboration, especially if they are being created through innovative or nontraditional partnerships or models.

We believe in increasing access to professional production opportunities for a wide range of early career artists and enabling their success in those opportunities. We enthusiastically support under-represented artists of all or no genders, artists of color, and LGBTQIA+ artists. Corkscrew’s model is an extension of our belief that we can do more together than we can individually: by presenting our work in a festival setting that facilitates meaningful collaboration between and among its artists, we mutually benefit.

From selection to final curtain, we provide casting assistance, design roundtables, a weekly Writers’ Group, readings in springtime for each of the five productions, and regular face-to-face meetings with our festival staff. We guarantee at least sixteen hours of technical rehearsal time and curtain times at prime theater-going hours. As a festival large enough to break through the clutter, yet still intimately connected to its artists, we are uniquely positioned to pursue external validation in the form of reviews, press features, and audience testimony. While there are many summer festivals, we believe this artist-centric approach distinguishes us within the New York theater community.

The application is not meant to kill you! We’re looking for the following materials:

A full draft of a script

Lead artist bios (broadly defined as Playwright/creator, Director, Producer, any other notable creative partners).

One or more work samples (photos, audio, or video)

Short answers (100-200 words) to five open-ended questions about the project.

Applications will be accepted through Friday, November 23 at 11:59pm. Phone interviews will take place January 3-10, 2019. All applicants will be notified of their status by February 14.

Our application is live! Fill out this informational google form. This is where you’ll upload your short answers, script, and any other supporting materials.

FAQs: Playwrights may submit more than one play; plays should not have previously had a fully-staged production (previous workshop productions are acceptable and in fact encouraged); playwrights must retain their own producer or self-produce, though the festival offers a lot of hands-on assistance - visit corkscrewfestival.org to read the details. 

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