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Saturday, May 13, 2023

Emerging Artists Theatre (EAT) Fall Spark Theatre Festival NYC


Deadline: May 21, 2023

Emerging Artists Theatre (EAT) is seeking submissions for their Fall Spark Theatre Festival NYC. The festival is scheduled to run October 30th through November 19th.

Spark Theatre Festival NYC showcases polished works-in-progress. Many of the pieces that are showcased at the festival are being presented in front of an audience for the first time. Each participant is given the option of doing a talkback following their performance, where they are given the chance to ask the audience for feedback on their work.

The deadline for submissions is midnight (EST) May 31, 2023. There are no submission or festival fees, and participants receive a 50/50 box-office split when the audience guarantee is met. Artists who have packed the house have made $300 to $900 for 30 minutes to an hour presentation. All participants must be fully vaccinated.

Application and submission guidelines are available at http://www.emergingartiststheatre.org/submissions.

Applicants must be located in New York and the tri-state area. POC artists and ages 15 to 115 are encouraged to apply.
  • Submission types:Plays (60 minutes in length or shorter)
  • Short and full-length musicals
  • Solo performance
  • Dance
  • Cabaret
  • Sketch comedy
  • Jazz
  • Burlesque
  • Drag
  • Variety
  • Storytelling
  • Subway musicians/acts
  • Magic
  • Out of the box - wow us with something different!
Artists are free to showcase their work, whether it’s a staged reading or an off-book production. Shows run nightly Monday thru Saturday at 7 pm, Friday and Saturday at 9 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm, 5 pm, and 7 pm. Presentation slots are 60 minutes for the 7 pm slots on Friday and Saturday. If you are submitting a short piece, you will be paired with another play or dance piece to create a 60 to 75-minute show slot. Submissions must be a minimum of 5 minutes for dance pieces. Productions will not be accepted if performed two months prior to the Spark Theatre Festival NYC or one month after.

Emerging Artists Theatre provides:

• A 99-seat off-Broadway theater in the heart of Manhattan (please note seating may be reduced due to Covid)
• After the artist minimum is met, artists receive 50% of the box office
• Professional/Equity stage manager and technical staff
• Piano and music stands
• Ticketing services
• Box office and house management
• A projector
• Two dressing rooms
• Curated talkback (where you decide what feedback you need)
• Safe and supportive environment
• Nice, friendly staff
• Simple set pieces available (blocks, tables, chairs, couch)
• One technical rehearsal
• Rep light plot and sound system - typically shows are limited to approx 10 sound and 10 light cues for an hour performance
• Full color program brochures
• Covid protocol managers

The Spark Theatre Fesival NYC is a bi-annual three-week developmental series that provides artists of different disciplines the opportunity to present one night of a "work in progress" with audience feedback. Since its inception in 2006, successful FringeNYC, NYMF, Edinburgh Fringe, and Off-Broadway shows have been born out of this series. Artistic Director Paul Adams and company member Vanessa Shealy serve as curators for the series.

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