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MITF: Summer 
July 16-August 7
Submission Deadline for Short Plays Extended to May 7!


MITF: Summer Is Still Accepting Short Subjects!
Production Dates
July 16 - August 7, 2016
 
NO PARTICIPATION FEE!*
EXTENDED SUBMISSION DEADLINE MAY 7!

Dear Friend in the Theatre, 

MITF: Summer has extended the submission deadline for short plays and musicals to April 30. MITF: Summer is taking place at the WorkShop Theater's Main Stage and Jewel Box Theaters, 312 W. 36th Street, in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Details are straightforward: 
• Dates for the Festival are July 16-August 7, 2016.
• We're looking for any kind of short play or musical that fits the guidelines:
  - 30 - 45 min. long.
  - Easy to produce in a no-frills festival. 
  - Any genre.

• * Both union and non-union plays will be considered.

• Scripts with guns as props will not be accepted.
•  Plays must be sent in Word Document or PDF File. Pages MUST be numbered and script must be in standard playscript format.* Please also include the running time.
• Short plays and musicals receive 3 performances, all in the same week.
•  Producers receive a share of the profits, if any.
• There will be a tech rehearsal running 2 times the running time of your show.
• The Festival provides the venue (the WorkShop Theater's Main Stage and Jewel Box Theaters), shared scenery (rehearsal cubes, a table, and 4 chairs), front-of-house staff, and a board op (NOT a lighting designer). The festival DOES NOT PROVIDE A BOARD OPERATOR FOR FULL- LENGTH PLAYS. The rest is up to you! You are 100% responsible for your own production. Shows must be fully produced (off book!).
To submit a project, mark it clearly "MITF: Summer," and let us know if it is a short play or musical. We'll curate the entries as they come in, so you can start working on them as soon as possible.
We look forward to your submissions!

Extended Submission Deadline For Short Subjects is May 7, 2016. 
 
*12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions; 1" margins all around.
 

Thanks, 
John Chatterton


MITF: Summer
SEEKING VARIETY ACTS
July 16-August 7, 2016

The WorkShop Theater's Main Stage and Jewel Box Theaters,
312 W. 36th St. NYC

Dear Friend in the Theatre, 
 
MITF: Summer is seeking Variety Acts. MITF: Summer combines some of the most popular features of past MITF festivals: short plays and musicals, a Variety division, the Short Play Lab, and staged readings. The Festival will take place at the WorkShop Theater's Main Stage and Jewel Box Theaters and will run from July 16 - August 7, 2016.

The Variety division spans cabaret, magic, improv, sketch comedy, standup, and burlesque. Acts can be solo or group affairs, so long as they fit within an hour, including setup and strike, and so long as they bring their own music director and so forth. The Festival provides a keyboard, mike, and amp. Each act will be given one performance with the possibility of added performances to those acts with the best advance ticket sales-Festival schedule permitting. Shows receive a 1-hour tech rehearsal and a share of the profits, if any.

To submit a Variety Act: Mark it clearly "MITF: Summer," and that it is a variety act. Please also include video reels (you tube, etc.), of your act as part of your submission application. We'll curate the entries as they come in. Please send all Variety submissions to: john.chatterton@gmail.com
We look forward to watching your acts!

Submission Deadline For Variety Is June 15, 2016. 


MITF OPENS DOORS TO EQUITY SHOWS!
MITF RETHINKS EQUITY SHOWS!

Dear Friend in the Theatre,

Good News for Equity Showcases!
In the past, the MITF has discouraged Equity showcases from participating in its short-play festivals, because of the number of complimentary tickets required by the Equity showcase code. The Festival, now in its 17th season, is pleased to announce that it has relaxed its policies regarding Equity showcases for short plays. From now on, both union and non-union short plays will be welcome in the upcoming MITF short-play festivals. These festivals occur in March, July, and November, 2016. (There will be no change in the non-union policy for the Short Play Lab.)

Instead of rejecting showcases outright, the Festival will make adjustments to Equity shows' share of the profits, if any, to make up for the extra cost of complimentary tickets.

Our next festival is MITF: Summer, running from July 16-August 7. Please send us your Union and non-union shows!
 
Thanks,
John Chatterton
Executive Producer, MITF: Spring,
MITF: Summer, MITF: Fall, Short Play Lab


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The Midtown International Theatre Festival is proud to present a new lineup of festivals and, in keeping with our stated mission to nurture theatre in New York City and beyond, the festival is delighted to announce there are no participation fees* to submit to any of our festivals! We are truly the festival that cares. We are also expanding to three festivals per year: MITF: Fall; MITF: Spring; and MITF: Summer.

Our next festival is MITF: Summer, beginning July 16th and running through August 7th.

*Please read the Festival Manual to learn about MITF's Profit Sharing Policy (PSP),
the participant's options and our requirements.


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MITF: Summer
July 16 - August 7, 2016
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ALL PERFORMANCES ARE AT:
The WorkShop Theater's Main Stage and Jewel Box Theaters
312 W 36th Street, New York City

Festival Manual

NO PARTICIPATION FEE!*
UPDATED SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Dear Friend in the Theatre, 
 
MITF: Summer is one of the oldest and biggest theatre festivals in New York City. Our Midtown location is safe, clean, convenient, and close to the offices of industry members. We set ourselves apart from other festivals as we do not require application or participation fees.*
We're looking for any kind of play or musical that fits our guidelines:
• 30 - 90 min. long (musicals may run up to 120 min.)
• Easy to produce in a no-frills festival
• Any genre. (Short subject plays/musicals using guns as props will not be considered. Full-Length plays/musicals using guns as props are accepted).
• Union or non-union
• Word document or PDF file. Pages MUST be numbered and script must be in standard playscript format: 12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions; 1" margins all around.

The Festival will take place at the Workshop Theater's Main Stage and Jewel Box Theaters, 312 W. 36th St., NYC. MITF: Summer runs from July 16 - August 7. The Short Play Lab runs Saturday, July 16 - Sunday, July 17 in the Jewel Box Theater.
 
The Festival provides a theatre (the WorkShop Theater's Main Stage and Jewel Box), shared scenery (rehearsal cubes, a table, and 4 chairs), and front-of-house staff. Shows must be fully produced (off book!).

To submit a project, mark it clearly "MITF: Summer," and let us know whether it is a full-length or short, a play or a musical, a variety act, a 10-min. play, or a staged reading. We'll curate the entries as they come in, so you can start working on them as soon as possible. Please send all playscripts and all Variety submissions (video reels, YouTube, etc.) to: john.chatterton@gmail.com.
We look forward to your submissions!

Submission Deadline For Short Subjects and Full-Lengths is April 15, 2016.
Submission Deadline For Variety Acts is May 2, 2016
Submission Deadline For Short Play Lab is June 20, 2016.


MITF: Summer
SEEKING CHILDREN'S PLAYS!
SEND US YOUR SCRIPT TODAY!
JULY 16 - AUGUST 7, 2016

The WorkShop Theater's Main Stage and
Jewel Box Theaters
312 W.36th St. NYC

Circus artDear Friend in the Theatre, 
 
Every small theatre company in the country is aware of the possibilities of children's theatre (meaning, for me, theatre performed by adults for children and their parents). Why? Because children's-theatre audiences are populated by people whose only requirement is that they have children (or be children). If you perform children's theatre and market it properly, you can expect regular audiences of people who otherwise wouldn't think of going to a play.

MITF: Summer is searching for companies who want to try out new material in this genre, either to see it on its feet, test it with a young audience, or develop an audience for themselves. To create a special focus for the genre, we're reserving special slots early on weekend mornings and in the daytime on Thursdays and Fridays (Mondays through Wednesdays are reserved for tech rehearsals). Details are straightforward:

• Dates for the Festival are July 16 - August 7, 2016.
• The Venue for MITF: Summer is The WorkShop Theater's Main Stage and Jewel Box Theaters, 312 W.36th Street, NYC.
• Submission deadline is April 15, 2016. 
• Plays must run 30-60 minutes. Better short than long.  The plays will be timed at tech and cannot go over.
• Scripts should be submitted in standard playscript format.* 
• Any subject matter okay, including musicals.
• All plays must be off-book. There will be no staged readings. We have no interest in shows that require projections or other special effects. Smoke and fire are prohibited. 
• Production requirements must be minimal: rehearsal cubes, a table or two, some chairs (all provided by the Festival), and your own props and costumes. There is no overnight storage at the Theatre.
No participation fee!* 
• Tickets are $20.00
• Union and Non-Union Shows are accepted.  
• The Festival provides a publicist, TD, box-office manager, and a board op.
• While the Festival provides the venue and staff, you must provide the production. 
• There will be a tech rehearsal running 2 times the running time of your show, and will be scheduled prior to your first show.
• Performance will take place from 11 am to 2pm weekends. 
• Each show will receive 3 performances, probably all in the same week.  
*12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions; 1" margins all around.
  
Please send scripts to john.chatterton@gmail.com

Thanks, 
John Chatterton
Executive Producer, MITF: Spring, MITF: Summer, MITF: Fall, Short Play Lab.


John Chatterton's Short Play Lab
May SPL: Send us your scripts!
Production Dates: May 21-22. Cash Prizes!

Spl artDear Friend in the Theatre,
 
Whether you've thought about doing a short play in New York but have never tried, or if you're a regular at such events around town, please give a thought to producing a show in the May Short Play Lab. Not only do you rub shoulders with your fellow short-play playwrights, but you get to showcase your work to people you don't know yet. The rules for submitting to May's Short Play Lab are easy-peasy:
• Deadline is May 7. Notification will be soon after submission, depending on number of submissions. The sooner you get your script in, the more time you have to prepare. Get that script in pronto!
• Plays should be 1 - 10 pp. in standard playscript format.* (The shorter the better; shorter plays get priority.) Include a title page, as the first page of the script, with your contact info (only means of contact is by email).   
• Submit scripts in a MS Word document or PDF file.
• You produce the play whether or not you live in New York.  The SPL provides the theatre.  This Lab will take place at The Davenport's Black Box Theatre, 354 W.45th Street, NYC.
• Productions must be non-union: no showcases please! (And no Equity waivers, either.)
• Keep production values to a minimum: costumes and hand props are okay. We provide rehearsal cubes, chairs, and a table. You can't leave your stuff in the theatre overnight.
• Scripts requiring the use of guns are not accepted. 
• Lit cigarettes and herbal cigarettes are not permitted. E-cigarettes are fine.
• We provide a board op, box office, and venue management.
• There are no fees. The SPL keeps the door.
Tickets are $20. Each playwright and director gets to watch his/her show for free. There are no other comps.
• There will be a tech rehearsal in the daytime on Saturday, May 21. The production dates are Saturday, May 21 - Sunday, May 22.
• Every play gets 2 performances, 1 on Sat. and 1 on Sun. Each play will be part of 1 of 2 programs: Program A or Program B, but not both. Program A takes place at 7 pm Sat. and 4 pm Sun. Program B takes place at 9 pm Sat. and 2 pm Sun.  
• We don't do staged readings. Be off-book, please! Plays not off-book during tech will be removed from the line-up.
THE MOST POPULAR PRODUCTION IN EACH PROGRAM RECEIVES A CASH PRIZE OF $75. Winners are determined by polling patrons after the performance. Playwrights, directors, and cast cannot vote for their own play. We reserve the right to break ties.
*12 pt Times Roman; character names in the middle on their own line; line spaces between speeches and between speeches and stage directions; indented stage directions.

The SPL is a lot of fun and a good way to see your work on its feet in a supportive environment. It's also a great way to see actors and directors at work, so you can recruit people for later productions.
To submit a script, send it as an attachment, in a Word document or PDF file, to john.chatterton@gmail.com. Any questions, don't hesitate to shoot me an E-mail!

Thanks,
John Chatterton
Executive producer, Short Play Lab

*Please read the Festival Manual to learn about MITF's Profit Sharing Policy (PSP), the participant's options and our requirements.