Now Accepting Submissions for Fall Spark Theatre Festival NYC

Submissions Now Open for
Fall Spark Theatre Festival NYC!

Dear Artistic Cohorts,

Our Spring Spark Theatre Festival NYC (formerly known as the New Work Series) recently wrapped up and it was our most successful festival to date. Over three weeks we showcased more than 60 shows, 24 shows sold out and over 3,000 audience members came out to experience new pieces of work. It was an exciting month, and we’re gearing up to do it again!

As we continue to celebrate our 30th anniversary, we are thrilled to announce that submissions are now open for our Fall 2023 Spark Theatre Festival NYC. The deadline to apply is May 31st. The festival is scheduled to run October 30th through November 19th at the 28th Street Theater (aka TADA Theater) in the Flatiron district.

All the information is below. If you or someone you know has a new work you would like to put up in front of an audience, we hope you will apply.

All the best,
Paul Adams & the Emerging Artists Team
Emerging Artists Theatre (EAT) is seeking submissions for their Fall Spark Theatre Festival NYC. The festival is scheduled to run October 30th through November 19th. 
Spark Theatre Festival NYC showcases polished works-in-progress. Many of the pieces that are showcased at the festival are being presented in front of an audience for the first time. Each participant is given the option of doing a talkback following their performance, where they are given the chance to ask the audience for feedback on their work.
The deadline for submissions is midnight (EST) May 31, 2023. There are no submission or festival fees, and participants receive a 50/50 box-office split when the audience guarantee is met. Artists who have packed the house have made $300 to $900 for 30 minutes to an hour presentation. All participants must be fully vaccinated.

Application and submission guidelines are available at

Applicants must be located in New York and the tri-state area. POC artists and ages 15 to 115 are encouraged to apply.

Submission types:
Plays (60 minutes in length or shorter)
Short and full-length musicals
Solo performance
Sketch comedy
Subway musicians/acts
Out of the box – wow us with something different!
Artists are free to showcase their work, whether it’s a staged reading or an off-book production. Shows run nightly Monday thru Saturday at 7 pm, Friday and Saturday at 9 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm, 5 pm, and 7 pm. Presentation slots are 60 minutes for the 7 pm slots on Friday and Saturday. If you are submitting a short piece, you will be paired with another play or dance piece to create a 60 to 75-minute show slot. Submissions must be a minimum of 5 minutes for dance pieces. Productions will not be accepted if performed two months prior to the Spark Theatre Festival NYC or one month after.

Emerging Artists Theatre provides:
 • A 99-seat off-Broadway theater in the heart of Manhattan (please note seating may be reduced due to Covid)
• After the artist minimum is met, artists receive 50% of the box office
• Professional/Equity stage manager and technical staff
• Piano and music stands
• Ticketing services
• Box office and house management
• A projector
• Two dressing rooms
• Curated talkback (where you decide what feedback you need)
• Safe and supportive environment
• Nice, friendly staff
• Simple set pieces available (blocks, tables, chairs, couch)
• One technical rehearsal
• Rep light plot and sound system – typically shows are limited to approx 10 sound and 10 light cues for an hour performance
• Full color program brochures
• Covid protocol managers

The Spark Theatre Fesival NYC is a bi-annual three-week developmental series that provides artists of different disciplines the opportunity to present one night of a “work in progress” with audience feedback. Since its inception in 2006, successful FringeNYC, NYMF, Edinburgh Fringe, and Off-Broadway shows have been born out of this series. Artistic Director Paul Adams and company member Vanessa Shealy serve as curators for the series.

Please feel free to share this call for submissions with your friends and network.

Published by malinism

Malini is a native New Yorker who has been involved in the arts for her entire life. She's served the theatre in many aspects of which she's very proud – actress, director, producer, stage manager, costume designer, prop designer, theatre reviewer, publicist and most recently writer/monologist. She received her BA in Theatre Arts and English Literature from Baruch College and her MFA in Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School. In 2003, Malini and her husband, Ian, created Black Henna Productions with a handful of innovative artists. Every member of the company collaborates on every piece, either writing, acting, directing, designing, or filling any other role that fit their own personal skills with a commitment to bring new, exciting, and challenging theatre to the world. She is an associate member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women. Malini received the Woman of Distinction Award for her contribution to Media, Arts and Culture from the City of New York in 2008. She is also a Person of Godspell which ran at Circle in the Square on Broadway from 2011-2012.

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