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NYC Theatre Festivals

July 3, 2013

There have to be a million reasons I love the summer. I prefer heat to cold, my birthday, summer vacation for kids, and of course: all the theatre opportunities in the summer. A lot of different theatre festivals happen from the end of May till early September. That’s the time of where there are hundreds of new shows all playing in rep at once. Asides from how many shows one can see, but there’s more opportunities to work on shows and network for future shows. For the first theatre festival of the summer here was Planet Connections Theatre Festivity (PCTF), which I was fortunate to work on 4 shows in this one festival (which also made the past couple of weeks extremely busy), but I’ve also gotten a lot of future work from it.

I love working in festivals for a number of reasons. It gives you the opportunity you network with other theatre artists by both watching and supporting their shows and by talking to them to see if you can work with them in the future.  Since any artist that is working on a show in PCTF can see any other show in the festival for free, I made the time to see as many shows as possible (I went to nearly 30) and went to all of the special events. So in that time, I met so many other artists and staff members of the festival that it not only expanded my network of artists, but now I’m working on two shows in the another festival, and several people are interested in working with me in the future in general.

It has a few challenges to work within a presenting theatre festivals with a bunch of different companies producing their work in the festival. Particularly the limited amount of time in the space that comes with it. Most of the time, the tech time is only double the run time of the show. Along with that, you usually are only given 15 minutes before the show starts to get in the space to set up the stage they way you need it for your show and to open house; and you only have 15 minutes to strike everything and get out of the space so the next show can have their 15 minutes. Along with that, You have to work within a lighting rep plot (that depending on how it’s set up can be very limiting), and ultimately there are a lot of limited resources in this setting. However, I find that the limited resources gives you the opportunity to be creative and think outside the box.

I feel like all theatre artists should work within a festival setting with plays in rep at least once, since it gives one an entirely new outlook on theatre. Here’s a few that happen(ed) every year around the same time.

List of (some) NYC Theatre Festivals in the Summer time:

– Planet Connections Theatre Festivity – Premiere Eco-Friendly Theatre Festival (May-June)

-Midtown International Theatre Festival – (July-August)

-New York City International Fringe Festival – Largest in North America (August)

-New York Musical Festival – (July)

-Dream Up Festival – (August-September)

sarah sig

2 Comments leave one →
  1. actinginlondon permalink
    July 3, 2013 4:22 pm

    Yes, I guess it works quite different out there. During summer, we get less, unfortunately; it’s a shame, because that’s when you’re really in the mood to see some great shows!

    • July 3, 2013 9:07 pm

      That is a shame. Does it have anything to do with Edinburgh Fringe Festival or is it that most people produce during the year?

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