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Thursday, December 29, 2022

3rd Annual Arts Incubator Short Play Fest


Deadline: January 8, 2023 at 11:59pm EST

For the 3rd consecutive year, we are thrilled to accept script submissions for the Arts Incubator Short Play Fest, which will exist (for the first time ever!) in a hybrid format of online events and in-person readings in and around Irvington, NY, all taking place in March 2023.

Celebrating short, new, and in-development works of theater, the festival was launched by Irvington Theater in 2021. (Explore 2021 and 2022 festivals here.) It is an opportunity for playwrights to share their work with a wider audience and engage with that audience directly — and depending on the medium of their piece, an opportunity to experiment with the virtual format or the chance to experience the latest draft of their play out loud with a small, live audience. 

Submission Guidelines:

Plays should be unpublished, unproduced, and no more than 20 pages in length. Playwrights should only submit one script.

All playwrights are responsible for assembling their casts and creative teams; this is an unpaid, non-union opportunity.

Playwrights should articulate whether they want to be considered for the virtual portion of the festival, the in-person readings in Irvington, New York, or both. (To be considered for the in-person readings, you and your cast/team must be local, or able to travel, to Dobbs Ferry, NY for a to-be-scheduled reading in March 2023.)

Festival participants will be notified by February 2, 2023. If selected for the virtual portion of the festival, playwrights (and their teams) will be asked to deliver a recorded video of their play by February 28, 2022; your video will stream for free on YouTube with other festival selections for a one-week, limited release from March 18-26, 2023. If selected for the in-person portion of the festival, you and your cast will be scheduled for a one-night-only reading of your play on March 25, 2023, alongside other festival selections, at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY (a 45-minute commute from NYC via Metro-North Railroad); you and your team are responsible for any preparation and rehearsals you deem necessary ahead of the in-person reading. All festival selections will be promoted across Irvington Theater social media and widely circulated emails, our website, and in-person signage throughout the Rivertowns, NY.
Submission Materials:

Briefly tell us a bit about who you are as an artist. (150 words or less)

Briefly describe the play you are submitting. (150 words or less)

Tell us if you want to be considered for the virtual portion of the festival, the in-person readings in Dobbs Ferry, NY (see submission guidelines), or both. Please also tell us how you see this festival benefiting your play in its current phase. (250 words or less).

If submitting for the virtual portion of the festival, tell us your vision for deliberately embracing the video format. We encourage you to be as creative as possible!

Please tell us the names of your cast and creative team, or a clear plan of intent to secure them. (We’ll collect headshots and bios from them later!)

Do you have a connection to Irvington Theater or the Rivertowns? If not, please tell us where you are from/based and how you heard about our festival!

Please include a headshot and bio (150 words or less), and if you have a website, share that link as well!
How to Submit:

To submit, email a PDF of your play and all submission materials to ITArtsIncubator@yahoo.com with the subject “Short Play Fest Submission: [Name of Play] by [Name of Playwright]” by January 8, 2023 at 11:59pm EST.

Questions? Email us at ITArtsIncubator@yahoo.com.

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