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AJT 2020 Virtual Conference: Request for Performance Proposals

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Alliance for Jewish Theatre is thrilled to announce our official 2021 Virtual Conference Dates

Sunday, October 24, 2021
Monday, October 25, 2021
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

events (typically lasting 75 – 90 minutes) occur each day around the following times:
12pm Eastern / 9am Pacific
3pm Eastern / 12pm Pacific
7pm Eastern / 4pm Pacific

Tickets for AJT’s 2021 Virtual Conference will go on sale:
Sunday, August 29, 2021
$59 for Members (before October 10, 2021)
$99 for non-Members (and members after October 10, 2021)

Alliance for Jewish Theatre (AJT) 2021 Virtual Conference: Request for Performance Proposals – Submission Form

Performers, playwrights, companies, collectives, and theatre artists are invited to apply. 

Alliance for Jewish Theatre (AJT) is seeking Performance Proposals for AJT’s 2021 Virtual Conference. Accepted submissions will be paid a stipend and artists will have the opportunity to present their work to an engaged audience of theatremakers creating Jewish work around the world. In addition, the lead/submitting artist of accepted projects will receive a free “all-access pass” to the conference. 

The AJT 2021 Virtual Conference will take place from Sunday, October 24th through Tuesday, October 26th, 2021. An estimated 200 theatre artists involved in Jewish work will be in attendance, including around 25+ Artistic and Producing Directors from Jewish theatres across the US, Canada, and the world. 

Deadline and Submission Details:
Projects can be submitted starting Friday, August 20th, 2021. The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 17th, 2021 at 3:00 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time / 6:00 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time. There is no fee for submission or participation.

Applicants:
Proposals may be submitted by individual artists, collectives, or companies. Artists do not need to be Jewish or AJT Members to apply or perform. BIPOC artists, Jewish artists of Color, and International Artists are strongly encouraged to submit.

Criteria:
Projects should be Jewish in content, whether it revolves around Jewish experience, values, thought, characters, cultural expression, or identity.

Projects will be chosen through a juried process based on several factors including: artistic merit, Jewish content, relevancy to the moment, uniqueness of voice, and readiness to present.

We are open to comedy, drama, political theatre, text-based projects, clown, improv, digital theatre, live theatre, spoken word, everything!

Submission Categories:

I. Solo shows
II. New plays (cast of two or more)
III. Outside the Box & Digital Works

Because of the virtual nature of this year’s conference, we will only be showing 10 minute excerpts of each project/play and a brief introduction (around 2 minutes) from the lead artist. Because of the digital nature of the conference, chosen projects will be asked to produce their own work to be shown and viewed at the conference. AJT will aid in helping artists connect to additional collaborators through AJT’s network if they are needed through an email request for artists. Additional resources are available such as AJT’s Facebook Group Page, AJT’s Public Member Directory, and AJT’s Individual Membership Page

If selected in category two, new play excerpts must be pre-recorded and submitted no later than October 15 to be included in the conference.

Projects should be submitted to only one of the categories. A single artist may submit only one project. 

AJT will host two 2021 Virtual Conference Performance Proposal information sessions via zoom on Friday, September 3 at 12pm PDT / 3pm EDT and Thursday, September 9 at 4pm PDT / 7pm EDT. You don’t have to attend the information session to apply. If you plan to attend the session, email us at conference@alljewishtheatre.org with Subject Line: RSVP to (date) 2021 RFP Information Session

If you have any questions including which category best suits your project, please email us at conference@alljewishtheatre.org.

Submission Category Details:

Performance Category I: Solo Shows
Please confine submissions to the following guidelines:

  • A synopsis of the play (maximum 500 words)
  • Development history (maximum 250 words)
  • Excerpt of the play to be presented (maximum 10 pages)
  • Outline of plans for live performance or filming (maximum 250 words)
  • Brief bios of key creative personnel involved with the project (maximum 1 page) *Projects submitted can include Union and/or Non Union talent (including AEA actors)
  • Please submit with subject line: AJT 2021 Conference Performance Category I Submission: [title of play]

Chosen “Category I” projects will receive a stipend of $150 for the entire team and the lead artist will receive an all-access “pass” to the virtual conference. We will provide a Stage Manager to help with cues for each individual project. Stage Manager will be present for one short tech rehearsal and the performance.

Performance Category II: New Plays (cast of two or more)
Please confine submissions to the following guidelines:

  • A synopsis of the play (maximum 500 words)
  • Development history (maximum 250 words)
  • Excerpt of the play to be presented (maximum 10 pages)
  • Outline of plans for filming if selected to meet the October submission deadline (maximum 250 words)
  • Brief bios of key creative personnel involved with the project (maximum 1 page) *Projects submitted can include Union and/or Non Union talent (including AEA actors)
  • Please submit with subject line: AJT 2021 Conference Performance Category II Submission: [title of play]

Chosen “Category II” projects will receive a stipend of $350 for the entire team and the lead artist will receive an all-access “pass” to the virtual conference. We will provide a Stage Manager to help with start and end cues for each individual project. Stage Manager will be present for one tech rehearsal and the performance. For these purposes a new play is considered as any play that has received two or fewer fully mounted professional productions. Since the excerpts are only 10 minutes, we recommend choosing no more than 4-6 characters for your project.

Performance Category III: Digital Work / Outside the Box
Pieces submitted in Category III should be:

  • Submitted if the other two (2) categories very clearly do not fit for your project. If your project is close to any of the other categories, we recommend you submit in one of them. If your project only includes one performer, please submit in Category I.
  • If your piece doesn’t fit in our box, then submit here and create your own!
  • Submissions in this category can also be work that require a live element (improv, comedy, clown, etc.)

Please confine submissions to the following guidelines:

  • An outline of the piece (maximum 500 words)
  • Development history (maximum 250 words)
  • Supporting material – writing excerpt, demo reel, etc. (15 pages or 10 minutes of video maximum)
  • Outline of plans for filming if selected (Can be done on Zoom) 
  • Brief bios of key creative personnel involved with the project (maximum 1 page)
  • Brief bios of key creative personnel involved with the project (maximum 1 page) *Projects submitted can include Union and/or Non Union talent (including AEA actors)
  • Please submit with subject line: AJT 2021 Conference Performance Category II Submission: [title of play]

Chosen “Category III” projects will receive a stipend of $350 for the entire team and the lead artist will receive an all-access “pass” to the virtual conference. We will provide a Stage Manager to help with cues for each individual project. Stage Manager will be present for one tech rehearsal and the performance.

After completing this form, you must send an email to conference@alljewishtheatre.org with the excerpt of the project / play to be presented (maximum 10 pages or 10 minutes of video)

Please submit with subject line: AJT 2021 Conference Performance Category [your category] Submission: [title of play]

Submission Form:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeoJ80VTdf3OzHA2Pyg3-60MO5MqRZlUrScQgH_qnRv2Yc3zA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Questions? Please email us at conference@alljewishtheatre.org

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