Midtown International Theatre Festival

Midtown International Theatre Festival
Is Seeking Projects for July-Aug., 2014 

 Dear Friend in the Theatre:

As usual at this time of year, the Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF) is gathering projects for its fifteenth season (production dates: July 14 - August 10, 2014).

If you have a project you think might be worth producing in the MITF, now's the time to send it in! The rules are easy-peasy. There's an application fee of $30. If your project is accepted, there's a participation fee of $550. This earns you a place in the Festival, with many FREE perks (see below).  If you wish to participate in revenue from your show, you may pay a Theatre Usage Fee that entitles you to a share of the gross.

In exchange for your participation fee, the Festival offers a unique array of benefits unmatched by any other theatre festival in NYC:
• Twenty hours FREE rehearsal time, plus severely discounted additional time
• FREE showcase insurance
• FREE external storage (availability permitting)
• FREE marketing consultation, with E-mail followup
• No side letter with Equity, so no hidden costs
• COMPS for all participants to each others' shows
• Five production photos taken by our publicity staff

Our regular lineup of full-lengths will be supplemented by our Commercial Division, to be held at the Barrow Group's TBG Theatre, in the same building. This division is for shows with commercial ambitions. Shows can have sets; they get more time to set up and strike; they get unlimited extra rehearsal time during the run to fix problems; and the Festival will stay open an extra week just for them.

In addition to our traditional festival of full-lengths, we are also a growing festival of one-acts, known as the MITF Short Subjects, curated in person by Festival executive producer John Chatterton. These are performed in the same spaces as the full-lengths. Short subjects don't pay an application fee, and the participation fee is only $100. They get most of the same perks as full-lengths, except for free rehearsal time (they can pay for unlimited discounted time) and marketing consultation. Short Subjects are also limited to non-union productions. They receive half the profits from their performances.

Please check out our Web site, at, for more details, contained in the Festival Manual and online application forms. (The manual contains links to the application forms.) The MITF is the third-biggest theatre festival in New York City. It also has the biggest ratio of paid staff to participants. It's a comfortable place to preview your work, whether you're new to producing or have commercial ambitions. (This year 4 MITF alumni shows were playing Off-Broadway simultaneously!) And the location can't be beat for access to industry and general theatregoers!

John Chatterton
MITF executive producer