Dream Up Festival

Producing Organization: Theater for the New City
Executive Director/Producer: Crystal Field

Apply to Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival 2015

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Theater for the New City (TNC) as a venue for new artists and playwrights, it presents performances that would probably otherwise not be seen by the general public. Dream Up will allow us to present more new, unproduced plays for the America stage from not only New York City area talent but talent from across the country and abroad. We feel this is especially needed now in a time of donation reductions, grants not being awarded due to market conditions, and arts funding cuts on almost every level. TNC is unique in its commitment to both high artistic standards and community service. In an effort to make theater accessible to all, TNC sponsors several free, multi-ethnic events a year, including the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts, which celebrates the artistic and cultural diversity of TNC"s Lower East Side community, and the Annual Summer Street Theater, which travels to thirteen neighborhoods in all five boroughs. TNC has consistently been the most inexpensive theater of its caliber, with the Dream Up Festival ticket prices will be $12-$20 for the participating productions. As the cultural hub of its Lower East Side community, TNC develops new artists and inspires future audiences.

TNC's 2015 summer festival known as Dream Up Festival will run August 30 to September 20 2015!

We are accepting festival applications: January 12, 2015 to May 11, 2015.

Pay the submission fee online here http://www.theaterforthenewcity.net/submission.html

Or by mail

Early Submissions: January 12 to March 16 $25 certified check, cashier's check, or money order in US Dollars payable to: Theater for the New City

General Submissions: March 17 to May 11 $35 certified check, cashier's check, or money order in US Dollars payable to: Theater for the New City

Snail option is mailed to Dream Up Festival 2015 c/o Theater for the New City 155 First Avenue New York, NY 10003

All applications must be accompanied with a submission fee. We prefer the application materials to be emailed to tncdreamup@gmail.com and the submission fees be paid online at http://www.theaterforthenewcity.net/submission.html


-Script/or Concept (if not text based)

-Bio Primary Artist (and Collaborators if known)/ Production History

-Brief Statement

-Synopsis of Work w/character breakdown

-Submission Form

-Submission Fee


All applicants will receive a position notice (accepted, wait listed, or not accepted) after their submissions are evaluated in spring 2015.


Title of Submission:

Contact Name:




Mailing Address:

Street: ______________________ City:______________ State:______ Zip:_______ Country

(if outside the US) :


Email Addresses: ___________________________________

Genre of Work (Please Mark): Dance Musical Drama

Length (Please Mark): Short One Act Full Length

Estimated Running Time in Minutes:


Number of Cast / Crew:


Technical Requirements (for set, lighting, sound if known):

This piece previously had a (Please Mark): Reading, Staged Reading, Workshop, Full Production (please tell us when and where)

Please express in a short statement (500 words max.) what makes this inventive or what will make it inventive when presented.

Please Note: Submissions without a statement will not be considered.

All judged applicants will receive a position notice (accepted, wait listed, or not accepted) after their submissions are read. Acceptances will be mailed on or about May 19, 2015. Artists who are accepted will be required to submit participation documents by about May 26, 2015. A non-refundable $500 participation fee will be required, in the form of a certified check, cashier's check or money order or online payment for participating productions. No personal or company checks will be accepted.

Final Deadline to apply is May 11. US and International artists welcome to apply.

Festival Description
Theater for the New City will present a 3 week long anthology of wide-ranging and original theatrical visions embracing drama, poetry, music, and dance in the summer of 2015 from performing artists representing theater and performance companies in our theater complex in downtown New York. The motto of the festival is "Dream Up: Invent, Concoct."

Theater Background
Theater for the New City (TNC) Selected Awards: TNC has won over 42 VILLAGE VOICE OBIE AWARDS for excellence in for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC has won 5 ASCAP AWARDS. Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Sam Shepard's BURIED CHILD, premiered & commissioned by TNC.


Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue
(between 9th and 10th Streets)
New York, NY 10003
Telephone: (212) 254-1109
Fax: (212) 979-6570

E-mail: info@theaterforthenewcity.net

Click Here for information on submitting a script!