Call for Submissions: SubletSeries@HERE Program

November 6, 2014

This item from Liene Camarena, Program Intern

Since 1993, HERE Arts Center has been one of New York’s most prolific producing organizations, and today, it stands at the forefront of the city’s presenters of daring new hybrid art. HERE supports multidisciplinary work that does not fit into a conventional programming agenda. Our aesthetic represents the independent, the innovative, and the experimental. HERE supports the work of artists at all stages in their careers through fully-produced works, commissions and subsidized performance and rehearsal space. In addition, HERE’s staff provides marketing, technical and administrative support. All work at HERE is curated based on the strength and uniqueness of the artist’s vision. 

One of our most vital services, the SubletSeries@HERE Program, supports 250 guest independent artists and groups—such as New Georges, Vampire Cowboys, and ViBe Theater Experience (an educational arts group for underserved urban teen girls)—and their audiences each season. 

This creative curated rental program has allowed many upstart companies and emerging artists to realize their full artistic vision on a small budget. The program provides subsidized performance and rehearsal space, technical assistance, and administrative support, including a fully staffed box office. SubletSeries@HERE artists can also access equipment that is not typically available in venues our size such as video projectors, wireless microphones, color scrollers—all for free or at subsidized rates. We accept applications from artists all over the world for the opportunity to show work.

For more information, and to fill out an online application, please visit the SubletSeries@HERE website at:


October 27, 2014

This item is from Anna Fearheiley, Associate Producer, Sanguine Theatre Co

From the hundreds of annual submissions, Sanguine’s literary team determines 3-6 finalists, announced in December. In January, Sanguine Theatre Company will produce a festival evening of staged readings in New York City with excerpts of the finalists’ scripts. Each excerpt is assigned a director and team of actors, and the audience votes on the winning script. This grand-prize winner is announced at the end of the festival evening, and his or her play will receive its world premiere in New York City as a part of Sanguine’s 2015 season.

Before submitting, each playwright is asked to read the guidelines and agreements, which can be found on Sanguine’s website under “Project Playwright“. The entry fee for the competition is $5.00, also processed through the website via PayPal.

Celebrating the Plays and Playwrights Books

September 8, 2014

Indie Theater Now, NYTE’s digital theater library, has been around for more than 3 years now; we’ve published more than 1000 plays there. But Indie Theater Now would never have happened if we hadn’t spent a dozen years publishing good, ol’ fashioned print play anthologies! From 2000 to 2011 we put out a new edition of our Plays and Playwrights series each year, followed up in 2013 and 2014 by the Cino Nights anthologies.








Many of the early editions are now unavailable, and in fact both Plays and Playwrights 2001 and Plays and Playwrights 2002 are about to go out of print. These volumes include early works by such seminal and influential indie theater playwrights as Trav S.D., Ken Urban, Matthew Freeman, Marc Spitz, Chiori Miyagawa, and Julia Lee Barclay-Morton.

Later volumes of the series introduced audiences to the likes of Taylor Mac, Josh Fox (Academy Award nominee for Gasland), Michael Lew, Michael Puzzo, Saviana Stanescu, Boo Killebrew, Chad Beckim, James Comtois, Crystal Skillman, Daniel Talbott, Chris Harcum, Mac Rogers, Nat Cassidy, Josh Koenigsberg, Joshua Conkel, and Richard Sheinmel and Clay Zambo.

Yep, we were the first to publish all of these extraordinary playwrights. And dozens more.

The Cino Nights books were curated by Daniel Talbott of Rising Phoenix Rep, and feature short commissioned works by such authors as Adam Szymkowicz, Jessica Dickey, Megan Mostyn-Brown, Brooke Berman, Dael Orlandersmith, and Keith Reddin.

You can learn about all of these volumes–including interviews with authors and lots of other useful content–at NYTE Small Press.

There are literally only 12 copies of Plays and Playwrights 2001 left. We want them to have loving homes.

That’s why we’re making this special, unprecedented, and absolutely limited offer:

For a donation of $100 to The New York Theatre Experience, Inc. (the nonprofit parent company of NYTE Small Press and Indie Theater Now), you will receive the complete collection of 10 currently available volumes of Plays and Playwrights/Cino Nights. You’ll get:

  • Plays and Playwrights 2001
  • Plays and Playwrights 2002
  • Plays and Playwrights 2006
  • Plays and Playwrights 2007
  • Plays and Playwrights 2008
  • Plays and Playwrights 2009
  • Plays and Playwrights 2010
  • Plays and Playwrights 2011
  • Cino Nights
  • Cino Nights II

And, to get you started with our digital library, you’ll also receive a complimentary 5-play subscription to Indie Theater Now.

That’s more than 100 plays for a $100 donation. Your contribution, by the way, will help us grow and expand our digital publishing program, which enables us to introduce the work of hundreds of new playwrights each year to our international audience.

Make your donation now and claim your collection! (You’ll be sent to Network for Good’s website to make your secure donation by credit card.)

Only 12 sets of this premium collection are available. Shipping is free; the plays will be sent via US mail within a few days of receipt of your donation.


August 27, 2014

This item from Peter Michael Marino

NYC’s Only All-New Solo Comedy Theater Festival Now Accepting Applications 


The People’s Improv Theater proudly announces the return of SOLOCOM following last years’ record-breaking weekend, which debuted over 60 world premieres to sold out houses. Creators Toby Knops and Peter Michael Marino are once again seeking all kinds of solo performers from traditional solo show artists to sketch, storytelling, stand up, physical comedy, musicians, multi-media, improv, cabaret and burlesque who are eager to debut their brand new solo comedy.


Toby Knops (creator of NY Improv Fest & NY Sketch Festival) and award-winning solo show artist Peter Michael Marino (Desperately Seeking the Exit) created SOLOCOM to inspire artists to generate new comic material. Last years’ 60 shows were carefully chosen from over 100 submissions from around the world. Dozens of shows that made their debut at SOLOCOM 2013 have gone on to tour the world and various festivals including Stage Left, Hollywood Fringe, NC Comedy Arts Festival, Magnet Theater, Edinburgh, and Orlando Fringe. The New York International Fringe is currently presenting David Carl’s “Gary Busey’s One Man Hamlet” and Leila-Ben Abdallah’s “How Did I Get in Here? The Beverly Blondell Story”, which both got their start at SOLOCOM.  


What: SOLOCOM Application Form

Deadline: Midnight, September 5, 2014

When: Performances during the weekend of November 15 & 16, 2014

Location: The People’s Improv Theater. 123 E 24 St, NY NY 10010

Applications at:

For more information visit


  With shows ranging from 15 to 60-minutes in two spaces, there’s bound to be something to tickle everyone’s funny bone during the return of this groundbreaking, comical weekend.

FringeU Invite

August 17, 2014

Indie Theater Now is co-producing FringeU at this year’s festival, because it is right in line with our mission to be a lasting resource that will nurture, promote, disseminate, and preserve the foundational art created by America’s indie theater creators.

Time: 1pm

Place: Flamboyan Theater at CSV (adjacent to FringeCENTRAL) – at 114 Norfolk Street between Delancey & Rivington Streets.

MONDAY, AUGUST 18: A Talk with Jeffrey Sweet

Renowned playwright/theater writer Jeffrey Sweet is back at FringeNYC this year with his new play Kunstler. We persuaded Jeff to take an afternoon to share some of his vast experience with the festival community, and he has happily agreed. The focus will be on the world of improv: Jeff is the author of the seminal book on that topic, Something Wonderful Right Away. Jeff knows or knew EVERYBODY who helped build improv at Second City and elsewhere into the world-class artform that it is today–from Viola Spolin and Paul Sills to Nichols & May. He’s the ultimate improv “insider.” Hear him share perspectives and anecdotes and join in the conversation!

TUESDAY, AUGUST 19: Bringing Indie Theater to the Classroom

Students at all levels of the educational system comprise the future of indie theater–they are going to be its creators and also its audience. A diverse panel of teachers and artists will talk about how we reach out to this important population, and how we make indie theater meaningful and resonant for them. Moderating the discussion are FringeNYC alumni Julie Congress and Ryan Emmons, who are the co-directors of the New York Thespian Society/New York Chapter of the Educational Theatre Association and co-artistic directors of No.11 Productions. Joining them for lively conversation will be actor/playwright/director/teaching artist Kevin R. Free (currently appearing off-Broadway in The Fantasticks); solo performer Tim Collins, who works extensively with students of all ages; Joe Norton, Director of Education & Outreach at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and author of FringeNYC ’14 show The Truing; and Erin Kaplan, who has worked as a teaching artist for several years in NYC and has served on the faculty at many NYC colleges and universities.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20: Devising Indie Theater at Colleges and Universities

FringeU wraps up this year with a knockout panel on devised theater and how its techniques can be used to train actors and directors at colleges and universities. FringeNYC alumni David Dannenfesler and Kevin Kittle have decades of experience working with students on devising theater; they’ll be sharing insights with our other distinguished panelists, who are current FringeNYC participant Neal Utterback (The Picture (of Dorian Gray); he’s a professor at Juniata College in Pennsylvania) and Adam R. Burnett, who just completed a tour of his play NIGHTMARES: a demonstration of the Sublime at three different colleges in the American West. Expect in-depth discussion of the hows and whys of devising original work.

terraNOVA Collective Now Accepting Submissions for Groundbreaks Playwright Group

July 30, 2014

This item from Andrea Alton, Press

terraNOVA Collective is now accepting online submissions for the 2014-15 Groundbreakers Playwright Group. The Groundbreakers Playwrights Group will run from September 2014 – February 2015. 

Now in its 6th year, terraNOVA’s Groundbreakers Playwrights Group is a playwriting intensive that gathers six innovative voices in a room once a week for eighteen weeks to work on each individual writer’s play. Each writer receives three opportunities to bring their play to the group to be read by professional actors and receive feedback from the writers group and terraNOVA’s artistic staff, with the third reading in front of an invited audience. 

The application process opens on Monday, July 14th; all submissions are due by Monday, August 11th. terraNOVA will hold final interviews September 14th – 16th with notifications going out on September 19th. The sessions run Monday nights starting September 29th 2014 and ends on February 16th, 2015 with a break for holidays. Applications are available at

New York Children’s Theater Festival 2015 Submissions Being Accepted

July 5, 2014

This item from Rodi Rosensweig Zimmerman

Submissions for the fourth annual New York Children’s Theater Festival will be accepted July 7, 2014 to August 18, 2014, it was announced today by Festival co-founders Michael Shawn Lewis, Chelsey Shannon and Renee Barnett. …

Submissions to The New York Children’s Theater Festival are free, and are adjudicated by an expert panel. The entire extensive process is anonymous.  In addition, in an effort to assist the artists in their development, the Festival principals will provide feedback to finalists who are not chosen…

The spring 2015 Festival will feature four winning submissions.  Musicals, plays, puppetry, event presentations, and any other live theatrical form of children’s entertainment are encouraged.  Work that has been previously produced may also be submitted for consideration.  There is no fee for the submission process.  All details at  All submissions will be read by a team of 30 industry professionals including artists, writers, producers and designers from leading national theaters, Broadway, and children’s television. The finalists will be adjudicated by a Festival Panel of ten top industry leaders including participating advisory board membersThe New York Children’s Theater Festival is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


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