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MITF Mission Statement

The Midtown International Theatre Festival is proud to present a new lineup of festivals and, in keeping with our stated mission to nurture theatre in New York City and beyond, the festival is delighted to announce there are no participation fees to submit to any of our festivals! We are also expanding to three festivals per year: MITF: Fall; MITF: Spring; and MITF: Summer. Our next festival is MITF: Spring, beginning March 7, 2016 and running through March 27, 2016.

In the summer of 2000, in midtown Manhattan, the Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF) began celebrating the diversity of theatre. Now we will be celebrating three times per year!

We emphasize imaginative, low-tech staging. But putting on a play in a festival burgeoning with many other shows – in only a handful of theatres – means tight organization, both in the Festival and among the participants. We have sufficient caring, paid staff to keep the trains running on time. We are truly the Festival That Cares.

In addition to offering a safe environment to develop innovative theatre, the MITF is devoted to keeping costs for participants down. 

This means there are now no participation fees for any of our festivals!

The MITF welcomes submission of any kind of stage play, musical or otherwise, new or revived, mainstream or focused on an ethnic or cultural niche.

The Festival is the brainchild of John Chatterton, creator of OOBR ("the off-off-broadway review"), which for many years was the only publication exclusively devoted to covering the Off-Off-Broadway scene. Mr. Chatterton started the MITF as a way to present the finest Off-Off-Broadway talent in convenience, comfort, and safety. He also produces the Short Play Lab and the Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival.