New York, NY 10001




NYSummerfest Playwright/Musical/Onw Acts/Shorts Theater Festival Competition 2017


Welcome to the best and most supportive festival in US Play and Musicals between 5 and 90 minutes accepted   TO SUBMIT   http://newyorktheaterfestival.com/summerfest-festivals/submission-rules-summerfest-playwrights-festivals/



NO FEES REQUIRED TO SUBMIT  TO THIS FESTIVAL.   WHY YOU WILL NOT FIND ANY OTHER FESTIVAL EVER THAT OFFERS ALL WE OFFER    Submissions Accepted from Everywhere in the US Shows from outside NY and NJ can only run if the entire cast and crew are from New York City. Submissions must be between 5 and 90 minutes long.    NYSummerfest   is not only a festival, it’s a competition as well. Please know that all genres are welcome, including MUSICALS. Several of our winners over the years have been musicals. We are all musicians, and know exactly what you need to make your show a success.

ONE ACT PLAY WELCOME Our 11th Festival Season There is no question why NYSummerfest has taken the world of playwrighting festivals by storm, becoming one of the largest festival in the country in just 5 years. It’s because playwrights and musicians enjoy staging their plays with us! We are a group of playwrights who, after years of staging our plays in NYC festivals, said: “Why don’t we create a festival that includes everything we dreamt of having?” The result is beyond our wildest expectations. Is this sheer luck or an acknowledgment of what we offer? Let’s find out: Our participating playwrights receive: Acknowledgement in the form of excellent prizes $7,000 in total, you won’t find bigger prizes anywhere!   This is more than any other U.S. festival “On Stage” that we know.

A 3 month-long festival that lets each production breathe, with 45-minute set-up pre-show and prime performance hours.

We offer free tickets to all shows for the cast and crew of every production, participants have the opportunity to learn from the work of their artistic colleagues.

The longest tech time than any other festival.

A 99-seat theater with beautiful, fixed red fabric seats, + six places for wheelchairs.

92 lights on our grid! Yes, you read right; 92 lights, including colored gels and LED lights in order to let you paint brush the moods and atmospheres of your scenes.

2 projector – back stage that covers a 21×12 and stage right 14×8

An 88 electric piano that all productions can use.

74 set props, including varied pieces of real furniture, that every production can use. Ninety percent of our past participants have created their sets with our props. No more double parking rental vans, while you rush to unload props, trying to outsmart meters!

Enough storage space to allow you you to leave your costumes and props and sets in the theater during your run. We don’t have popularity prizes for bringing the largest audience. In our festival, sometimes the barest production with the smallest audience attendance wins first prize simply because it was excellent! We do not use seasonal volunteers! One of our principle founding members is always at the theater to support you during your tech, box office times and performances.

NYSummefest is our dream festival created for you!   Over the past few years, we’ve gained an impeccable reputation, gathering praise for our dedication to and support of all the playwrights who participate in our festivals. As playwrights, directors and actors ourselves, it is our intention to give writers a chance to create their vision from the first stroke of their pen to the last scene of their play! Our festival is designed to offer writers a chance to put their shows onstage instead of placing their creative vision into other hands, as often happens with playwrights. We will help you to develop a sense of direction and staging, as well as the meaningful use of lighting and sound. All genres are welcome, including MUSICALS. Several of our winners over the years have been musicals. We  know exactly what you need to make your show a success. If your show has already had a run (in theaters or in other festivals before 2016) you can still participate as long as you work with a completely new cast and crew!    Now, take a look at why this festival is the perfect place for you to put your work onstage.
Each production is given:

An incredible theater

Extra long techs and the opening night on the same day so you have long time in the theater to prepare…instead of being rushed in a tech that is merely the time of your show’s run time, you will have time to make it great rather than compromising your vision in a stressful rush.

An incredible website on which all shows are listed by date, in alphabetical order. You will receive a dedicated page/post where you can upload  all you need like a dedicated website. 

A 12-week long festival that offers the opportunity for all cast you get that much inspiration in one place!

Special guidance for playwrights staging their first show to help make their performances a success.

Answers to all questions in a matter of hours and only from the festival’s founders. You’ll never wait days for an answer.

Knowledgeable staff. We don’t fill our festival with seasonal volunteers. All those who work in the festival are dedicated and experienced members of our theater company, giving you real answers and a personal touch.

A professional lighting and sound system–including 92 professional lights including LED lights and color gels – that’s easy to use, even for non-techies.

A free tutorial on how to use the light/sound/projection system, and expert technical guidance on how to paint the mood of your play.

Storage for your props, costumes and set pieces during the entire run of your play. (This is an enormous time and money saver!)

A large, varied collection of props to help stage your play (http://newyorktheaterfestival.com/props/). That means no more truck rentals and the risk of getting a ticket while you rush to unload your props. And we spare you the time and money it takes to search for & buy them. So, rather than use a few available rehearsal blocks or black folding chairs that make every play look alike, we offer you real furniture & set pieces.

Free box office management.

An extremely low participation fee

The incredible opportunity to hire a professional tech directors who is part of the festival. They will cover your show at half of the usual price.

No Audience Choice Awards, which usually translates as ‘the show with the biggest audience wins’. Many of our past winners presented very small, intimate and ‘unglitzy’ productions. An unforgettable award ceremony at the end of the festival that honors your talent in front of your artistic colleagues, similar to Oscar night! 

Above all, you will be treated with great respect, support and a real spirit of friendship.

We are happy to welcome you into our community of playwrights and theater innovators!

Plays are considered on a first-come first-served basis. (The earlier you submit, the better your chances are of having your script invited to the festival.) Submissions may close before July, 2017, if we reach the maximum number of plays.    Testimonial I have worked in a variety of NYC festivals and I have never worked with a more accommodating venue. The management made my cast and crew feel instantaneously comfortable. As artists we were given the support we needed to put on a well-polished production. I would highly recommend NYSummerfest to artists of all ages.

NYSUMMERFEST THEATER FESTIVAL IS FOR NON-UNION AND EQUITY SHOWCASE Each applicant is fully responsible for all elements of their production. These include directing, casting, stage-managing.


July 9, 2017 – October 8, 2017



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