There are nine days left to submit for Corkscrew Theater Festival! (looking to apply? click here!) As we get down to the wire, we thought we’d take a minute to answer some Frequently Asked Questions.
1. Are you only looking for “world premieres,” or work that has never been seen in New York?
No! We’re happy to accept submissions from pieces that have had workshops or small productions. The google form has space for you to describe any past incarnations of your piece – take that opportunity to tell us what you learned, and where you’d like to go next.
2. How “involved” will the readings be in terms of staging?
Our reading slots will afford participants rehearsal time in the theater ahead of the reading. If you want to take that opportunity to try specific staging ideas, that’s great! Be sure to tell us about that goal in your application.
3. I’m unsure if my piece fits your criteria. Should I apply?
Our philosophy is: apply, and we can work out the kinks later. Share your concerns with us in your application!
4. I want to apply with a show I haven’t written yet! Can I apply?
If you haven’t written the piece yet, you can definitely still apply. Share an outline, a synopsis, or any other preparatory materials you’ve generated. Even partial scripts (or rough first drafts) are welcome.
5. What are the length limitations of productions and readings?
Productions should be no longer than three hours, and at least one hour long. Readings should be no longer than two hours.
6. What kind of work samples should I include with my application?
We know work samples are anxiety-inducing. We’re looking for work samples that share something critical about your submission – something that we wouldn’t know otherwise. So if you’re applying with a musical, you should include any demos you’ve made (or if you haven’t written the music yet, samples of your past work that reflect your aspirations for this piece). If you’re applying with a devised piece (so you don’t have a script), you can send us a mock-up calendar of your devising process, or the script from one of your past devised pieces.
7. What are you looking for in the “Lead Artist Bios” part of the application?
Collaborative relationships are the cornerstone of TBD; as such, we are looking to hear from you about the key team members you’ve assembled. The artists listed in that section should be the artists referenced in your answer about the “Key Collaborative Relationship” in the final section of the application.
8. I want to get involved but I don’t have something to submit. What do I do?
Send us an email telling us about what you want to do! We’re looking to hire House Managers, Production Assistants, Tech Directors, Marketing Helpers, etc. etc. etc.! Hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ready? Apply now!