Submissions Information

 

 The Application Deadline for the 2024 CreateTheater New Works Festival is March 1st, 2024. 

Final decisions will take place in March, and applicants will be notified as to the status of their application. We are particularly looking for musical submissions for The First 15 Minutes Festival, which should include the Opening Number, the I Want Song, and the inciting event.

A zoom interview process with finalists will take place in early April and selected artist residents and runners-up will be notified by early April, 2024. No application fee required.

We will accept applications for the Monday Night Development Series on an ongoing basis.

 

Read more about our partnership in Broadway World here.

Please allow us up to two months to read your work and to get back to you.

We are now taking applications for our

4 Part SMASH It! Musical Development Workshops

 

The first SMASH It! session will be taped on March 9th. live-captured in front of a studio audience in NYC. We’ll have 6-8 presentations of a 10 minute integrated scene/song from a new musical in development, with feedback from an industry panel: Neil Gooding (Broadway & International Producer), James Rocco (Producer & Director)

Here are the 2024 Workshops:

Part 1: The Opening World & Want (March 9) : How the First 15 Minutes of a Musical – the Opening Number, the I WANT Song and the Inciting Event – make or break your musical

Part 2: The Set Up (June 22) : Set up Act 1 to build excitement in Act 2

Part 3: Act 2 Conflict & Obstacles (September 21): Build heightened action that sets up the climax to come

Part 4: The Climax and the Send Off (December 7): Nail the complete climax and send them home singing

GUIDELINES

 

WHO CAN SUBMIT

• Producers are invited to submit new work that they are interested in developing.
• Theater companies are invited to submit new work that they wish to co-develop with us
• Writers are strongly encouraged to submit. CreateTheater exists in service to writers.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR)

We are looking for a diversity of work, commercial as well as experimental or “non-traditional.” Basically we are looking for contemporary stories that are ready to be presented in front of an audience (including devised, site-specific and/or immersive work).

  • We are interested in full-length plays and musicals, dealing with stories of  significance in terms of subject matter 
  • For the 2024 New Works Festival, we are looking especially for the submissions to the First 15 Minutes Musical Festival, with the opening number, the I Want Song, and the inciting event.
  • Plays that deal with and explore current social issues are always of interest.
  • Works may be as short as 75 minutes with maximum length of no more than 120 minutes, with no more than 12 actors (smaller casts are preferred).
  • Work in its present form must not have had a previous professional production (readings and workshops are fine).

THERE IS NO SUBMISSION FEE

 

HOW TO SUBMIT: 

In order to ensure a “blind” selection process, please remove your name/production company from all materials on every page. We cannot do this for you.

Fill out the online application, and be prepared to upload the following documents to the application form

(a) one blinded copy script (first 20 pages only) uploaded to the application. (You may be requested to send in the full script at a later date.)

(b) one copy of a short synopsis (maximum one page)

(c) one copy of a cast breakdown and production history

(d) statement of purpose for having your play or musical developed with CreateTheater 

(e) a professional resume outlining your previous work, plays written and produced, and any other experience or detail you’d like to share to familiarize us with your work.

(f)  Dropbox link for Demo MP3s for musicals, Vimeo/YouTube link only for MP4s

Deadline: March 1, 2024 for the 2024 CreateTheater New Works Festival & the First 15 Minutes Festival

What we provide: As a non-profit, for your participation fee we will provide support with casting, pulling together a team, paperwork, dramaturgy, marketing and promotion. You will be responsible for the presentation costs.

Participation fees: Readings: $2000-4,000, Showcases may be considered with a consultation. First 15 Minutes Festival: $750 for two presentations, with an additional $250 to be included in the livestream on Streaming Musicals

No Deadline for the Monday Night Development Series. We will accept submissions on an ongoing basis, but please allow us two months to process your script and respond. You may also submit pre-recorded work which may be considered as well.

What we provide: For your participation fee we will provide a fully-equipped recording studio, support with casting, pulling together a team, paperwork, dramaturgy, and  marketing and promotion. You will be responsible for the presentation and will own the recording.

Participation fees: $2000-4000 for a 9-camera studio shoot. Under certain conditions we may accept a high quality previously-recorded video at a reduced rate.

Deadline for the SMASH It! Musical Workshop Series: Deadlines are:

  • Part 1: March 1st
  • Part 2: June 1st
  • Part 3: September 1st
  • Part 4: November 15th

What we provide: For your participation fee we will provide a fully-equipped recording studio, piano, support with casting (if necessary), paperwork, and will provide the industry panel. You will be responsible for the presentation and will own the recording.

Participation fees: $400 per presentation for a 9-camera studio shoot.